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    Irish Spellings

    I come from Ireland and have an Irish name (Siobhan). I would love to include that heritage in my children's names but I have been wondering after reading an interesting thread on "youneek" spellings.

    If "youneek" names have discrimination from employers as I have read on a few threads, will Irish spellings be understood as traditional spellings or will they be misunderstood or discriminated against?

    Names such as

    Eilhoise (Family name said "Ay-leesh") F
    Caoimhe (Keeva) F
    Saoirse (Seer-sha) F
    Tadg (Teeg) M

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    I guess as a name-nerd I’m a bit biased but I think that traditional Irish names are sort of the opposite of treendee and youneek names. In reality though I think that if you have an Irish last name most people will assume it’s Irish but if your last name is something other than Irish (say Italian or Croatian) I think there is a greater chance for people to assume a youneek spelling.
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    I agree that Irish spellings are desirable, especially with an Irish or Celtic last name.
    From our ancestors come our names, but from our virtues our honors. ~ Proverb

    Caroline Pearl & Elizabeth Mae; Claire Josephine & Rose Genevieve;
    Jack Andrew & Liam David; James Frederick & Luke Benjamin

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    I definitely think Irish spellings are understood to be traditional and not generally mistaken for "youneek". Have you experienced discrimination you felt was due to your name?

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    I think it is good

    Quote Originally Posted by srmarynapalm View Post
    I come from Ireland and have an Irish name (Siobhan). I would love to include that heritage in my children's names but I have been wondering after reading an interesting thread on "youneek" spellings.

    If "youneek" names have discrimination from employers as I have read on a few threads, will Irish spellings be understood as traditional spellings or will they be misunderstood or discriminated against?

    Names such as

    Eilhoise (Family name said "Ay-leesh") F
    Caoimhe (Keeva) F
    Saoirse (Seer-sha) F
    Tadg (Teeg) M
    to use traditional names and I love Celtic names. I do struggle with names like these because not only do I not know how to pronounce them, but I tend to forget once I know.

    I love the Welsh Eluned but I cannot seem to say it right.

    I don't know if people discriminate but I know people tend to avoid saying words they have no idea how to say...

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