Irish name pronunciation :)

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  1. mushroom

    mushroom Well-Known Member

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    Just noticing that there are a lot of Irish names pronounced wrong here, also several names described as Irish when they;re not at all. Not criticising or anything! I'll phonetically spell out most common names here, feel free to ask me how to spell (though there are variations besides names that have been anglicised)/pronounce another name.

    Girls

    Aoife- Ee-fa- very common
    Sinéad- shi-nayde- Jean in english- common
    Siobhán- shuh-vawn -common
    Áine- awn-yah -Anne in english- less common now
    Aisling- ash-ling -meaning is dream,vision- very common
    Cáit (this is THE most difficult one!) cawtch- comes from kate, from catherine, meaning pure- common
    Róisín- row (as in boat, not fight!)-sheen -very common
    Emer/Eimear- ee-murr -very common
    Aoibheann- ee-veen -only common recently
    Aoibhe- ee-va -only common recently
    Sadbh- rhymes with I've -one of the Irish translations of Sarah -only common recently
    Mairéad- murr-aid- Margaret in english- less common now
    Síofra- sheef-rah -only common recently
    Máire- moy-rah- mary in english -not common anymore
    Caoimhe- kwee-vah. not keeva, the 'caoi' produces a kwee sound- very common
    Sorcha- sore-kah -a version of sarah in english- only common recently
    Niamh- neeve -very common
    Maebh- mave -common
    Saoirse- seer-sha- meaning is freedom- common
    Gráinne- grawn-yah -Grace in english- common
    Orlaith- orla -common
    Caitríona- cah-treen-ah -Catherine in english- common
    Eilish- eye-lish- not that common
    Ailish- ay-lish -not that common
    Ailbhe- al-va -Olivia in english- not that common
    Eithne- et-nah -not that common
    Muireann- mwir-in -not that common
    Bébhinn- bay-vin -Eleanor in english- common
    Bláthnaid- blaw-nid -not sure, but bláth is flower- only common recently
    Clíodhna- clee-nah -not that common
    Dearbhail- durr-vil -not that common
    Chlodagh- clo-dah -common
    Réaltín- ray-ul-teen literal translation=little star- only common recently
    Caoilfhionn- keel-in (prononuciation different to Caoimhe because the l is soft..) Anglicised as Keelin- common
    Iseult- ee-zult- pretty sure this is an Irish version of Isolde- only common recently
    Nóinín- no-neen- literal translation Daisy- only common recently
    Imadin- Imm-igin- translation of Imogen- not common
    Radha- Ray-a or rye-ah- not common
    Ribh- Reev- not common

    Boys

    Ciarán- keer-awn -very common
    Cian- kee-un -common
    Oisín- ush-een- common
    Daragh- darr-ah -very common
    Eoghan- o-un -very common
    Séan- shawn -John in english- very very common
    Ferghal- fur-gull -not that common
    Fionn- fyunn -not that common
    Caoimhín- kwee-veen- Kevin in english -not that common
    Cathal- coh-hull common
    Naoise- nee-sha (can be unisex) not that common
    Diarmuid- deer-mud common
    Dónal- doh-null common
    Niall- nile Neil in english very common
    Padraic- poy-ric Patrick in english common
    Padraig- pod-rig another version of patrick common
    Cillian- kill-ee-un common
    Ruadhán-roo-awn uncommon
    Odhrán- oh-rawn uncommon
    Ruadhrí- roo-ree- rory in english-uncommon
    Rian- reen or ree-un- Ryan in English- uncommon

    These are all traditional spellings, anglicised versions of the names and of the spellings are to be found everywhere. You won't find too many Erin's in Ireland! Personally I love Sadhbh, Maebh and Oisín...OH does not like the latter two though. Also love Iseult and Nóinín and Réaltín are just TOOOO cute, but not sure how great they'd be on a 30 year old..hmm.
     
  2. teddiebear_hu

    teddiebear_hu Well-Known Member

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    Very interesting! Thank you for posting this.

    Padraic has been a name on my list for decades. I have never heard it pronounced poy-ric or said to be pronounced that way. I have only seen it has pronounced paw-ric and pod-ric. A friend of ours that is Irish says paw-ric.
     
  3. mushroom

    mushroom Well-Known Member

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    I've heard it pronounced paw-ric too. Poy-ric is the more traditional spelling..might depend on regional differences though!
     
  4. phoebe

    phoebe Proud mummy to Florence

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    thankyou lovely x:flower:
     
  5. IrishGirl

    IrishGirl Katies Mam&Expecting

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    LOL as you can see im a Dublin girl.I get ALOT of people asking me how to pronounce my OHs name lol.Theres no harm i really dont mind tho:)
     
  6. mushroom

    mushroom Well-Known Member

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    Forgot some boys names- I don't think there's as many? They're not as common. Séamus- shay-mus (James) would be the most common one I forgot.

    Yeah I totally see why people wouldn't know how to pronounce them! Particularly some variations that have loads more b's and h's, like Sadhbh.
     
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    Thanks for that! Very instructive!
     
  8. whoops

    whoops Just me and my LO

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    Great thread! :thumbup:
     
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    LittleSpy Well-Known Member

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    Since there's so much incorrect information out there in name land, can someone tell me if Maisie is really a nick name used for Mairéad?
     
  10. IrishGirl

    IrishGirl Katies Mam&Expecting

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    As far as i know im nearly sure its a nickname for May:)
     
  11. neadyda

    neadyda Well-Known Member

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    :thumbup:

    like this thread

    My name is Sinead! and my sons middle name is Declin (after my dad) even though most people spell Declin-Declan
     
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    neadyda Well-Known Member

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    and my sons first name is James!
     
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    mushroom Well-Known Member

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    I don't think so. Never heard of it coming from that. Unless Maisie comes from Margaret, in which case it technically would be. The name Mairéad is not very common anymore, you won't find it on the Irish name lists anymore but you probably would have 20 years ago. My friend Mairéad got called Ray occassionally, or Ray-ray!


    Oh that's nice, James Declin. Or Séamus Déaglán! :)
     
  14. whoops

    whoops Just me and my LO

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    I'm fairly sure it's a Scottish nickname for Margaret... I've never heard it in relation to Mairéad before.
     
  15. mamamay

    mamamay Mummy to Leo

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    Very interesting thread, thanks x
     
  16. Marzipan_girl

    Marzipan_girl A lioness and her cub

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    Eeee you forgot Ruaridh! Which is the traditional gaelic spelling for my son's name, Rory! We spelt it the easier way haha
     
  17. mushroom

    mushroom Well-Known Member

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    I find it easier to remember girls names! Ruaridh would be the way it's spelt in Scotland, Irish (or Gaeilge) is very similar to gaelic but has differences. It would be Ruadhrí here, or Ruarí. Lovely name in any language!:)
     
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    Great list thanks ;)
     
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  20. JosieM

    JosieM Mummy to a boy and a girl

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    Great thread, thanks! You forgot my baby boy's name, Odhrán! Apparently it's quite old-fashioned, a wee elderly lady in the street told me she hadn't heard it in a long time. I love Meabdh for a girl, or Orlaith. If it's a wee boy, not so sure, maybe Aodhán/Aidan, but it's quite similar to Odhrán.Can't believe we're back to thinking up baby names again so soon! But it's fun!
     

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