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  • phoenix84
    phoenix84
    Participant

    What are your favourite gaelic names for girls and boys and do you think they are usable outside of ireland, Scotland etc? Also, would you change any spelling? Thanks x

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  • Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
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    There are plenty of Gaelic names out there that I love. If you want to lump Manx and Cornish names in there, those are some of my favorite names ever!

    Spelling an pronunciation are a bit tricky. I agree with two of the following choices. I definitely would consider, if living in the US, to anglicize the name…but only to the commonly accepted and most popular Anglicization. HOWEVER, I think it is more and more common, and becoming more expected, for people to simply use the original spelling…like Aislin over Ashlyn, because people are more aware and have more info at the tip of their fingers than ever before. I love the name Roisin, and I would use it in a heartbeat just the way it is!

    Myosotis
    Myosotis
    Participant

    My favourites are:
    Caoimhe
    Ailbhe
    Mairéad/Mairead
    Ferelith
    Eibhlin

    And I probably wouldn’t change the spellings, because I like to keep original spellings even if there could be pronunciation difficulties. I really don’t like the look of most of the Anglicisations; I don’t mind Alva for Ailbhe, but hate Keeva for Caoimhe. I just love how the original names look anyway! But I live in England, and have known a few people with Gaelic names as a child (2 Niamhs, Siobhan, and a Roisin) and their names didn’t cause any problems. In fact it helped with the pronunciation of other Gaelic names.:)

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    While I’m usually in favor of original spellings I do think the spelling of some Gaelic names can be incredibly confusing for people who aren’t familiar with them and I can imagine that being a pain to deal with throughout one’s lifetime if living in the US (especially in an area where Gaelic names are less common). If you do go with an anglicized spelling, I agree that I would go with whichever one is the most common.

    TheWishingStar
    TheWishingStar
    Participant

    I honestly don’t like a lot of Gaelic names because I find the original spellings too difficult to justify using. I like names that are pronounced the way they are spelled, and while I know there’s some value in sticking with the traditional spelling, sometimes the traditional spelling will cause hardships for your kid their whole life, and I do not think it’s worth it. Plus, for the life of me I never remember the pronunciations, no matter how many times I hear it or see people post about it on name sites. Why do so many of the letters sound like Vs??

    lcd1912
    lcd1912
    Participant

    Anabel-I love the name Roisin too! I probably wouldn’t use it because of the spelling, but I would also never EVER change it to something like Rosheen ugh

    They can be confusing but a few major rules that might help: 1. with traditional Gaelic spelling the letter “K” basically doesn’t exist (hence Ciara not Kiera, Caoimhe not Keeva, Colin not Kollin, etc). and 2. When in doubt the odd pairing of letters probably do make a “v” sound haha (“bh” as in Siobhan, Aoibheean, Dearbhla for example is the big one). “Ea” usually makes the Ay sound (as in Eamonn & Seamus) but this rule is what ruins Sean for me because I always think it should be prn like Shane not Shawn.

    Some of favorites are Roisin, Mairead, Deirdre, Dearbhla, Ronan, Liam, Seamus, Niall, Riordan, Colin, Declan

    I have a friend with kids: Aoibhinn (girl-pen. Eve-een), Eirnan (boy-prn. Air-nin), Mallaidh (girl-prn. Molly)


    lovenames
    Participant

    I like Sian (Shaan), Bridget, Elspeth, Sinead, Saoirse, Aoife, Damhnait (Devnet), Eithne, Meabh, Siobhan, Niamh, Orla.

    Gaelic names I do not like: Morag, Clodagh, Grainne, Sadhbh, Oonagh, Cobhlaith.

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