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  1. #1
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    Irish Girls Name...Possibly Associated with Water?

    Hey all,
    I'm looking for an Irish name to be used on my main character. She's a female, but I'm open to using traditionally male names for a girl. I'm interested in finding a name that relates in some way to water, ocean, swimming, etc. but haven't been able to come across anything that has really stood out to me. Any suggestions?

  2. #3
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    There aren't many names on Nameberry that were Irish, had to do with water, and were easy to pronounce in English (I'm guessing you're writing in English?). I did find a few, though:
    Meara
    Moira
    Isla, which technically is Scottish.

    I also looked up lists of Ireland's lakes and rivers - maybe the character could have been named after the lake her parents met at or something? Here's what I found:
    (Lake) Lene
    Clea (Lake)
    Lacy ('s Canal)

    Hope that helped a bit

  3. #5
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    I'm going to assume that you mean the Republic of Ireland and list off the river and lake/lough names from there which, I think, can maybe work for a girl.

    Irish Rivers:
    Fane
    Boyne
    Liffey
    Avoca
    Bann
    Vartry
    Erkina
    Suir
    Dalua
    Bride
    Lee
    Bandon
    Llen
    Shannon
    Brosna
    Moy
    Erne
    Annalee
    Cladagh (Be aware, this is also a style of jewelry involving a heart, two hands and a crown!)
    Eske
    Feale

    Irish Lakes/Loughs:
    Allan
    Arrow
    Beg
    Carra
    Conn
    Corrib
    Key (My nickname!)
    Lene
    Owel
    Ramor
    Ree
    Rynn
    Sheelin
    Sillan

    If you wanted to go with a word relating to water translated into Gaelic:
    Water: Uisce (Pronounced Ish-keh)
    River: Abhainn (Au-wann)
    Lake: Loch (Lock)
    Drop: Titim
    Rain: Báisteach (Bou-shteak)
    Drizzle: Ceobhrán (Cou-ran)
    Sea: Farraige (Far-rig)

    Just to warn you, if your character is actually living in Ireland then she would be a laughing stock; Absolutely no one in Ireland is named anything on these lists, except for Shannon, Allan, Annalee, and Lee. If they were in America or someplace I guess it would be alright but definately not here! Good luck with your story
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  4. #7
    I live near lough Erne (air-n) which woudl make a nice girls name.

    Cliodhna (clay-na/clio-na) was an irish goddess who was washed away to sea after falling in love with and marrying a mortal
    Niamh (neev) was the daughter of the sea.

    I agree with nikitaj though, be careful with some of those river and word names, because they could end up being ridiculous!

  5. #9
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    thanks a lot, this is super helpful. I'm leaning towards going with Llen or Loch. My story is set in a futuristic US, would that be an inappropriate time for any of these names? My character has never lived in Ireland, she's 4th generation.

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