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mill1020 Says:

March 14th, 2014 at 12:15 am

How is Bono’s son’s middle name ‘Guggy’ pronounced? “GOO-jee?”
I like Mairead and Maire.

evergreen Says:

March 14th, 2014 at 1:50 am

I adore Irish names, great list and I could list sooo many more that I love.

chellemma1 Says:

March 14th, 2014 at 3:32 am

I remember buying that Ronan Keating album in the picture – that was a long time ago.

freddiethepink Says:

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!

findemaxa13 Says:

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.

miloowen Says:

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.)

LuMary Says:

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:

Girls:

Aoife (Ee-fa)
Muireann (MWIR-in)
Siobhan (Shi-VAUGN)
Niamh (Neev)
Brigid
Nollaig
Saoirse (Seer-sha)

Boys:

Ciaran
Cian
Declan
Seamus
Sean

LuMary Says:

March 14th, 2014 at 10:42 am

I meant Shi-VAUGHN as the pronunciation of Siobhan.

mermuse Says:

March 14th, 2014 at 10:46 am

Okay, yeah, HOW is Maire pronounced??? It looks so pretty.

thiswastheirworld Says:

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.

shelly68 Says:

March 14th, 2014 at 11:47 am

Sloane for a girl and Riordan for a boy.

MrsB_lookatme Says:

March 14th, 2014 at 12:09 pm

My Irish best friend is Maire pronounced moyra

LuMary Says:

March 14th, 2014 at 12:14 pm

thiswastheirworld Says:
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.

LuMary Says:

March 14th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

I like Aine rather than Enya.

Aisling is nice, but everyone will think it’s Ashley.

rainierloner Says:

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!

Tess27 Says:

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.

sofiastyles Says:

March 14th, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Please correct this its Harry STYLES not stiles aaaaaaaaah

ahoymccoy Says:

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.

flowercait Says:

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.

Saracita00 Says:

March 15th, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Best theme feature in a long time! Irish AND musical…I love it!

bowtiful Says:

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

laurakatex Says:

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 :(

tori101 Says:

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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