Alan Rickman do this for English names?????
Just wanted to jump in on this thread. The only (Irish ) Ciara I know is pronounced (Key-ar-rah) and as for the whole Bronwen / Bronwyn thing. Yes, the wyn /wen this is a male/ female distinction, but I am Welsh and have never met a Bronwen, but lots of Bronwyns- none of whom were male. As another poster said, names evolve over time . In earlier times Maria was pronounced Mary-ah
and if were sticklers for male/female word rules Gwyneth, Gwyneira and the like would in fact be male names.
No worries. Some people are just rude and don't think before they hit post. They are more concerned about being right than people's feelings , especially when it is something as precious as your daughter's name.
Your girl's name is gorgeous btw.
Merida - but don't know if it's too linked to 'Brave'
I've starred the ones I think match your daughters the most- my favourite probably being Meredith nn Merry very. very cute :D
Merida, that was one she came out with, and we both really like it! (which is rare, because he's the one stuck watching all princess movies with Ciara, and he's at the point where, anything to do with a princess, he practically runs away) I have to say, with the exception of Maeve and Rhiannon, you've got all my absolute favourites off that list! :D Meredith nn Merry is adorable, definitely considering it! :-) thank you!
I've personally only ever known Ciara pronounced as Keer-uh, like Keira Knightly pronounces her name, though I've only met two by the Ciara spelling. I know a Chiara who pronounces it Key-AR-uh, like you do. And then there's the American singer Ciara who says it like Sierra which I totally don't get. I don't think Key-AR-uh is going to cause her too many problems, yes you'll get people saying it as Keer-uh or even Sierra, or hear Key-AR-ah and want to stick a H in the spelling, but at the end of the day it's a legitimate name, and the spelling of it is beautiful.
I'd stick with something short and sweet for a sister. Names I've left off I don't think work in terms of length or style.
Merida - Too linked to Brave
Martha - I like Ciara and Martha together, but I don't know if the repeated 'ar' sound is too close for you.
Vienna -Too much of a place name
Tessa - Lovely
Hadley - Too masculine, I'd think of Ciara and Hadley as sister and brother
Gemma - Lovely
Kiana - too close to Ciara as well, in spelling and pronunciation
Payton - See Hadley
Orla - I believe this is Irish too. I think it would make a nice middle name.
Lydia - Gorgeous
Ainsley - See Hadley
Meredith - An underused beauty.
Josie - Ciara and Josie has something nice about it.
Isla - I find this a bit close
Laura - I just find this dull next to Ciara
Lara - too close to Ciara (key-ar-uh and lar-uh...they pretty much rhyme)