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Posted March 13th, 2014
24 Responses to “St. Patrick’s Day Baby Names: Irish melody makers”
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March 14th, 2014 at 12:15 am
How is Bono’s son’s middle name ‘Guggy’ pronounced? “GOO-jee?”
I like Mairead and Maire.
March 14th, 2014 at 1:50 am
I adore Irish names, great list and I could list sooo many more that I love.
March 14th, 2014 at 3:02 am
March 14th, 2014 at 3:32 am
I remember buying that Ronan Keating album in the picture – that was a long time ago.
March 14th, 2014 at 5:25 am
I love Enya (the Eithne spelling is gorgeous but prone to serious mispronunciation issues outside of Ireland).
I also like Roisin, which is more familiar to the rest of the world (especially in Britain) but still prone to problems.
Saoirse is my favourite Irish name, but same problems again!
March 14th, 2014 at 5:56 am
The names on here are gorgeous, but mostly I’m excited that two of my favorite musicians (Sinead O’Connor and Van Morrison) have been featured. I was expecting Sinead to crop up, since it’s a lovely and very Irish choice, but I was not expecting to see Van on here.
March 14th, 2014 at 9:19 am
Love Niall, Donal, and Colm. Also Roisin. Names you didn’t mention are Aine, Grainne, and Eilis, which I also love. (Although the only Irish children I currently know are Stella, Ava, and twins Charlie and Cora.)
March 14th, 2014 at 10:41 am
I love authentic Irish names!
Mairead is more popularly spelled Mairead, rather than Mairiead, though. I love a lot of these, including Sinead, Roisin, and Donal. I first learned of Donal as the name of the character in A War of Children, the young Donal Tomelty played by Danny Figgis.
How is Maire pronounced? I’ve seen it Maur-ya, but learned of other possible pronunciations, too.
Here are some others I love:
March 14th, 2014 at 10:42 am
I meant Shi-VAUGHN as the pronunciation of Siobhan.
March 14th, 2014 at 10:46 am
Okay, yeah, HOW is Maire pronounced??? It looks so pretty.
March 14th, 2014 at 11:25 am
I live in Ireland (admittedly in Dublin, where the Irish language isn’t as strong), but I have only ever heard Maire pronounced moy-rah.
March 14th, 2014 at 11:47 am
Sloane for a girl and Riordan for a boy.
March 14th, 2014 at 12:09 pm
My Irish best friend is Maire pronounced moyra
March 14th, 2014 at 12:14 pm
March 14th, 2014 at 11:25 am
“I live in Ireland (admittedly in Dublin, where the Irish language isn’t as strong), but I have only ever heard Maire pronounced moy-rah.”
Thank you. That’s helpful.
March 14th, 2014 at 12:18 pm
I like Aine rather than Enya.
Aisling is nice, but everyone will think it’s Ashley.
March 14th, 2014 at 7:40 pm
Umm, the Niall section should be changed to Harry Styles, not Harry Stiles! Ah, my sister would be so disappointed to see that misspelling!
March 14th, 2014 at 9:31 pm
This write-up is a pleasure to read, but just watching spelling of Máiréad – “Máiriéad” with the extra “i” is incorrect.
March 14th, 2014 at 10:15 pm
Please correct this its Harry STYLES not stiles aaaaaaaaah
March 15th, 2014 at 10:47 am
I really like Máiréad. It sounds very lyrical and has a sprightly demeanor. I also like Colm as an alternative to Connor.
March 15th, 2014 at 2:00 pm
One of my teachers is from Ireland and his name is Colm but he pronounces it with only one syllable.
March 15th, 2014 at 5:15 pm
Best theme feature in a long time! Irish AND musical…I love it!
March 15th, 2014 at 10:02 pm
Three of my favorite things in one post: One Direction, U2, and Irish Names 🙂
I love Declan, Aoife, and Caoimhe
March 16th, 2014 at 7:06 am
I work with a girl called Mairead, and she pronounces it My-Raid, I found it so strange at first I still accidentally pronounce it Mah-Raid sometimes.
I absolutely love Aoife but SOs cousin has a daughter called Aoife and they would both have the same surname so it’s a big no no so I suppose I’ll just need to let it go 🙁
March 17th, 2014 at 2:55 pm
Honestly there are so many lovely Irish names out there!
Happy St. Patrick’s day!!
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