We’ve been scrutinizing your responses to our recent survey, in particular the question that asked what you’d like to see more of on nameberry, with an eye to accommodating your suggestions. Quite a few responders put in requests for more ethnic names— with pronunciations—and a couple took note of our blog on birth announcements in the London Times, interested in seeing similar subjects, which Pam will be updating soon.
So, since we aim to please, this time we are taking a look at announcements in the Irish Times over the past few months–the ethnic and not-so-ethnic names found there–with pronunciations when needed.
The current batch of newborn names in Ireland shows a typical mix of Anglo-Saxon classics (especially for boys), modern Irish standards , and the old Gaelic names that have been revived and become fashionable in recent years, as well as some internationally trendy choices. Below are some of the more interesting, with pronunciations where useful–bearing in mind that they change from region to region (and reference book to reference book).
Among the currently most popular girls’ names are Emily, Lucy, Isabel (and Isabelle, Isabella and Isobel), and Grace, with several appearances of Hazel and Sophia/Sofia , Rose and Ruby. Leading middle names in this sampling appear to be Elizabeth, Grace, Rose, Louise, May and Maeve.
Here, some of the more unusual choices–including some interesting combos:
SABHBH (SIVE—rhymes with five) Olivia
SIUN (shoon) Margaret
The boys’ roster is significantly Anglo-classics-heavy, with many Matthews, Michaels, Davids, Charleses, Jacks, Thomases, Jameses, Edwards, and a liberal sprinkling of the more Irish Patricks, Oscars and Hughs. In addition to which we find:
DEVLINN Pearse Giles
EOGHAN (OH-an) Patrick
MICHAEL Oisin (OH-sheen) Charter (mother’s maiden name)
Coming soon–what’s in in Inverness: Scottish birth announcements.