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    Any Irish ladies here? What would you think of a baby named Fianna?

    I'm liking Fianna as an alternative to Fiona, but I was wondering how it would be perceived by Irish people since its also the name of a political party over there... Is it still used as a girl name in Ireland? Or is it just used by foreigners?

    Also, how would everyone here pronounce Fianna?

    Thanks!

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    I don't live in Ireland, but I scanned some recent popularity lists in Ireland and I haven't seen it at all in at least the last five years.
    I would pronounce it fee-AH-nuh.
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    Yeah, I'm starting to think we'll be taking this name off our list... I definitely want a 'legit' name for our baby, not one that will just look like a misspelled version of Fiona to most people... Oh well...

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    I definitely think it's a legitimate name, but perhaps in Ireland it's simply very dated, or too associated with the party. I read a book once where there was a minor (Irish) character named Fianna - it was set in the early 1900s. Though it doesn't sound like you live in Ireland - so that's not a problem.
    I lot of celebrities and people I've met are using Hebrew names like Zipporah or Zahava, thinking them interesting, new, and trendy. In reality, there isn't a Zahava in Israel under the age of 85. Knowing this, it's a little irksome, but especially if you don't know or will be associating with many bonafide Irish people, it shouldn't be too much of a concern.
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    Edited for privacy.
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