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  1. #1
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    Irish/Celtic girl's name... need help!

    Our baby girl could come any day now, and we are still stuck on a name. My entire family is of Irish heritage (with a teeny bit of Scottish), and I'd like a name that is "classic Irish" -- a name that when it is said or written people (at least most) will identify it as Irish/Celtic. However, I don't know that I want a name so uniquely Irish that it would be difficult for many people throughout my daughter's life to pronounce or spell here in the US. There are lots of names that I'd have no hesitation choosing if I were living in Ireland. The traditional spellings don't bother me personally and I prefer them, but I wonder if it would make things challenging for my daughter?

    My two sons' names are Conor and Liam. When I chose their names I was going with the guidelines above -- "classic Irish" but not too "out there" for living in the US. Unfortunately, the names have become quite a bit too popular for my liking since naming them. But I do love their names as they stand alone.

    Anyway, here is a sampling from the long list of girls' names we've been collecting. Many of them are okay with me, but I keep waiting to love one or discover one that I absolutely love. And that would go well with my boys' names, etc.
    *Aislinn (ash-lin) (unsure how concerned to be over spelling/pronunciation for my daughter's sake... also I do not like Ashlyn, Ashley and the like and want a name that conjures up classic Irish, not trendy pop-ish names, if that makes any sense?)
    *Nora (feel like has become so mainstream that not necessarily immediately identified or known as Irish)
    *Maeve (husband does not like)
    *Alana (same comments as Nora)
    *Fiona (but cousin and friend both have girls with this name)
    *Caelainn (but don't like Kaylin and don't want it confused as such) ... also having difficulty confirming traditional spelling and how much I'd want to stray from it or not
    *Keelin (for some reason I find this a little hard to say? and not sure how I feel about the Anglicized spelling)
    *Ciara

    Names that I think are now somewhat unisex but we fear are too boyish for our taste: Quinn, Finlay

    Our list is much longer, but I'll spare you all from all of them! I'm sure some of you may suggest other names we've thought of. Any thoughts? Thank you!

  2. #3
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    Aileen
    Aoife
    Brigid
    Cassidy
    Deirdre
    Iona
    Muriel (I like this version better than the original Irish spelling of Muirgheal)
    Roisin
    Saoirse
    Teagan

  3. #5
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    Also, I like Mauve best from your list. It's a shame your husband doesn't like it.

  4. #7
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    Maeve is a favorite name of mine. I feel the same way about Nora and Alana as you do. For some reason I don't like Ciara. I like Fiona but it seems that you know too many little girls already with this name.
    Other names to consider
    Ailis-aye-lish
    Aibhlinn-ave-leen form of Evelyn- Love it
    Aideen
    Aine-another of my favorites like Anya
    Aislinn
    Aoife
    Bidelia
    Branna
    Brenna
    Bronagh-Brona
    Brigid-like it
    Caoimhe
    Ciara
    Cliona-starting to like it
    Colleen
    Clodagh
    Dara-I like it
    Darcy-Another favorite
    Delaney
    Decla
    Deirdre
    Duff
    Eachna
    Einin
    Eileen
    Eimear
    Eithne
    Enya
    Etain
    Emer
    Erin
    Fianna-I like it
    Fiona-gorgeous of course
    Fionnuala
    Grainne
    Ida/Ide
    Iona-Love it
    Isolt-starting to like it
    Juno
    Keela
    Keeva
    Kyna
    Kathleen
    Maeve-A favorite
    Maire-love this with the Irish accent
    Mairead-like parade with an m (a favorite of mine)
    Meara-i like it
    Mona
    Moira
    Muirgen
    Niamh-another favorite
    Neila
    Noleen
    Oona
    Orla-another favorite
    Reagan-I know it's popular but I still like it
    Riona-starting to be a favorite
    Roisin
    Saoirse
    Siobhan-have always liked it
    Shannon-my sister
    Sinead
    Sorcha
    Tara
    Tiernan
    Tierney
    Una
    Girls: Anya, Leia, Maeve, Adelaide, Lelia, Belle, Daphne, Vada, Evangeline, Anneliese, Leda, Livia, Carys, Liana, Cleo, Piper, Elena, Mercedes
    Boys: Flynn, Isaac, Ronan, James, Alaric, Jude, Damian, Emmett, Gabriel, Henry, Lucas/Lucian, Arthur, Ian, Wyatt, Leo

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  5. #9
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    I don't know too much about irish/celtic names, but I'm one of those people who really doesn't know how to pronounce those names at all. So with that perspective, of the names listed:
    Brigid - seems classically Irish but not at all out there - I think it goes well with Conor and Liam
    Siobhan - I'm not a huge fan of this name but I feel like it's familiar enough that people would know how to pronounce it although it has the irish spelling.
    Riona - I didn't even know this was a name, but I like it. It has a nice meaning. It's easy to pronounce. Don't know if it would be too similar to Fiona for you.
    Aislinn - Now I am one of those people who would see this name and think its "Ays-linn". BUT I have met a few baby Aislinns and I think maybe it's becoming a little more popular to where it will be more familiar to people.

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