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    Looking for ideas for an Irish/Gaelic/Celtic Girl name

    We still haven't found a name for our baby girl due on Christmas Day. Our older kids have Gaelic/Celtic/Irish names and we'd like to stay with the same origin. We know her middle name will be Joy. I prefer long, feminine sounding names and I think that something with 3 or 4 syllables would sound best with a short monosyllabic middle. Hubs has a thing for cute nicknames. I absolutely love the name Eilionora (or any of the spelling variations) with the nn Eli or Nora but hubby is completely against it. He says it reminds him of the First Lady Roosevelt and sounds stuffy and old to him. :'( So we are back to the drawing board. If I could find something with a meaning related to her DD (such as light, winter, cold, ect.) that would be a bonus. We are avoiding names starting with "B" because our last name starts with "S". I'm looking constantly and nothing seems to strike a cord for us. Suggestions would be appreciated!

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
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    I believe lots of names beginning with "El" mean bright light or torch. Elina or Elaina for example could both still get you to the nn you like of Eli. The names Lucy, Luciana, Lucille mean light as well. I'm not sure about other meanings related to the Christmas Day due date. But if she happens to be born early on Christmas Eve, or late on New Year’s Eve, I would love to see you use a name that had "Eve" in it, and there are so many great "Eve" options out there! I know these aren’t Gaelic, Celtic, Irish...curious, what are your other kids names?

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    Possible Names:

    Liam Ezra Aoife Roisin Fionn Mordecai Clara Rosemary Leo Benedict Eloise Clodagh

    Lysander * Hyperion * Oliver * Roderick * Seamus * Niall * Edmund * Draco * Tadhg
    Lilyanna * Lux * Saoirse * Helena * Emma * Luna * Ellie * Ava * Arurora

  4. #7
    Good point & I love the way "El" names sound. I think Elaina is a great option. I don't know that I'm sold on "Lu" names but it's something to consider. My son's name is Logan and my daughter's name is Aibhlin pronouced Ay-vuh-lyn. Her nn is Ava so we will probably stay away from the nn Eve for our youngest but I wouldn't mind finding a way to incorporate it. Thanks so much for the suggestions!!

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    Aibhlinn (Ave-leen. Anglicized to Eveline nn Eve for the Christmas Eve idea)
    Airlia
    Alannah
    Aoife (ee-fa. Eva?)
    Caoimhe (Kee-va. Keeva?)
    Carrigan
    Catriona (ka-tree-na. Katrina?)
    Fenella
    Fiona
    Iona
    Madigan
    Maeve
    Mairead (mawr-aid. Margaret?)
    Saoirse
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