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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
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    Looking for opinions on our mostly Irish & Scottish list

    I'd love some feedback on these potential names. We have a 3 yr old son, Darragh (pronounced Da ra) Patrick and are due our second at the end of December. We're both Irish, currently living in Northern Ireland and generally are drawn to Irish or Scottish names with Gaelic roots, but it can be difficult to find a middle ground between the really popular names (eg Sean, Connor) and the less common but very complicated to spell names (eg Caoilfhionn). Here's some I'm considering:

    Girls
    Aoibhinn (pr. Eev-een or Ave-een, means beautiful in Irish)
    Ailidh (pr. Ailey, Scottish meaning noble/kind)
    Isla (pr. Eye-la, Scottish for island)
    Alannah (Irish means beloved child)
    Aisling (Irish means dream or vision)
    Niamh
    Sadhbh (pr. Syve, Irish means sweet)
    Lile (pr. Lee-la with fada on the I, Irish for Lily)
    Juliette
    Grace
    Aveline
    Sophia

    Boys
    Rian (pr. Ree-un, Irish means little king)
    Callum
    Finn (from Irish legend)
    Cathal (pr. Ca-hull)
    Rory/Ruairi
    Caolan (pr. Kay-lan)
    Theo
    Seth
    Callan
    Adair

  2. #3
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    London
    Posts
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    Hi Louise,

    You have wonderfully named son! I have a special crush on Scottish/Irish names (and I will never have a chance to use any of them, as I'm Slavic-German-English married to Dane), so it'll be hard for me to judge, but I'll try to.

    Girls
    Aoibhinn - I must agree with what you said about spelling difficulties. She may spend the rest of her life explaining the pronounciation . But it's lovely!
    Ailidh - not a great fan of. Sounds old-ladyish
    Isla - like it, but I would use it as a middle
    Alannah - one of my favourite Irish names because of the meaning
    Aisling - isn't it one of the most popular ones? Do you prefer something mainstream, or niche?
    Niamh - I think doesn't match your son's name
    Sadhbh - see Aoibhinn
    Lile - see Isla
    Juliette, Grace, Aveline, Sophia - when you have a chance to use Gaelic names, I'll take it!

    Rian - see Niamh
    Callum - not a fan
    Finn - better as a middle
    Cathal - my favourite as a combo with your son's name
    Ruairi - better than Rory!
    Caolan - also good as a combo
    Theo, Seth - see Juliette
    Callan - Darragh and Callan make too many 'a' sounds set
    Adair - also good one to match Darragh

    What do you think of Moira, Saoirse, Orla or Eamon?

    Good luck!
    Zelda Astrid - 21.02.2011
    Dashiell Roman Leif - 15.05.2013
    Vita Malin - 23.04.2014

    Soon-to-be aunt for the first time!

  3. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Canada
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    Congrats on your pregnancy and welcome to Nameberry! First off, I would eliminate names that are too similar to Darragh (Isla, Alannah, Adair, Cathal) as well as names that aren't Celtic at all (Juliette, Grace, Aveline. Seth, Theo and Sophia. I have my doubts about Callan too). I think any of these names would be lovely with Darragh's.

    Girls

    Aoibhinn (pr. Eev-een or Ave-een, means beautiful in Irish)
    Ailidh (pr. Ailey, Scottish meaning noble/kind) - I like this name with Darragh.
    Aisling (Irish means dream or vision) - I also like Aislinn.
    Niamh - My fave
    Sadhbh (pr. Syve, Irish means sweet)
    Lile (pr. Lee-la with fada on the I, Irish for Lily)

    Boys

    Rian (pr. Ree-un, Irish means little king)
    Callum
    Finn (from Irish legend) - although Fionn would be more authentically Irish, wouldn't it?
    Rory/Ruairi
    Caolan (pr. Kay-lan)

    What about Ciaran or Cian/Cianan?
    Last edited by mischa; June 5th, 2013 at 11:33 AM.
    All the best,
    Mischa.

  4. #7
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
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    I left the ones I like best, and those I think have a similar degree of spelling difficulty to your son's name.

    Girls
    Ailidh, Niamh, and Aveline

    Boys
    Rian and Cathal
    CONSTRUCTION ZONE!!!
    maybe Endora, Dexter, Gideon & Lorelei
    Newlywed (Not TTC...yet)

  5. #9
    Eek...

    You might want to consider names that are easy to spell, or read phonetically. Some of these names will make it SO hard for your children to learn to spell or read them.

    I think Aoibhinn, Ailidh, Niamh, and Sadhbh are very bad choices. I also think Saoirse, Orla, Eamon, and Ruari are bad choices. (Except that Ailey SOUNDS so pretty! But the spelling is too difficult.) You really need to think about how the child is going to grow up with these names. And their teachers are going to just butcher it every year in school.

    Favorites:

    Aveline (SO PRETTY!!!)
    Sophia

    Adair (Wonderful boys name! I might steal it now! XD)
    Finn

    Congratulations!!

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