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Thread: Saoirse

  1. #16
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    I am in the same boat as you are. As a name nerd, I know how to spell and pronounce it correctly. However, I'm not sure the majority of people do.
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  2. #18
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    Saoirse is on our list. DH is a Dubliner. The only trouble is we like the slight mispronunciation "Sor-sha." And for that reason it might have to come off the list.

    DH wants to use the Irish spelling and thinks we could get away with it as an Irish-American couple. I think we could spell it phonetically since we aren't staying with the true Irish pronunciation.

    If you are staying with the true Irish pronunciation "Seer-sha or "Saer-sha"...keep the Irish spelling. IMO.
    Possibles for our DD due in October...but we can't agree on which one/combo will fit. DH is from Dublin. I'm from L.A. We have an Aine (5) & a Patrick (2).

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  3. #20
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    The problem with the name isn't JUST that it's hard to pronounce --it's that there are lots of different ways to pronounce it. In Ireland it's Seer-sha OR Saer-sha....those are pretty different just there. Then you get into the actress who pronounces it SIR-sha and I've also heard it SOR-sha.

    It's a mess. I have a colleague who puts the pronunciation of her name in her email signature and Facebook name. Do you want to condemn a child to that?
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    Mommy to one sweet little boy who I loved naming Lennox Andrew Michael

  4. #22
    renrose Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by m3lissa View Post
    DH wants to use the Irish spelling and thinks we could get away with it as an Irish-American couple. I think we could spell it phonetically since we aren't staying with the true Irish pronunciation.
    You have an Aine O_o You used the correct spelling there, so why should Saoirse be any different. I'm sure people must pronounce Aine as 'anne' or 'annie' all the time.

  5. #24
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    It's a beautiful name, I love how it sounds, but I couldn't deal with the constant spelling and pronunciation mistakes, and wouldn't want to stick my daughter with that.

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