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  1. #1
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    Favourite Gaelic or Welsh Names for Girls?

    I seem to be really attracted to Gaelic and Welsh names at the moment, but I'm not sure what names are the most usable.

    The only off limits choices: Briana, Catriona, Alana, & Sian.

    Which Gaelic or Welsh names do you like the most? Which do you feel are the most usable?
    haley / ttc 2018
    alyssa dorothy ○ britney violet ○ brooke amelia ○ chrissy margaret
    heather olivia ○ kelly christina ○ melissa amy ○ jessica bluebell ○ stephanie ava ○ ashley sophia ○

    aaron jacob ○ adam kenneth ○ aiden michael ○ andrew jordan
    daniel thomas ○ ethan robert ○ jake matthew ○ nathan scott ○ zachary william ○

    testing out: kayla emily & katrina evelyn
    boys. / girls. / vote.

  2. #3
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    Celtic

    Irish (or names used in Ireland)

    Bridget/Brigid
    Ailis
    Maeve
    Grainne/Grania
    Laoise
    Majella
    Roisin
    Orla/Orlaith
    Sine (sheena)
    Siobhan
    Eithne
    Aoife
    Ciara
    Sinead
    Fionnuala
    Sadhbh (Sive)
    Niamh
    Caoimhe (keeva)
    Clodagh
    Cliona

    Scottish (or names used in Scotland)

    The "onas" - Fiona, Iona, Rhona/Rona

    Annabel
    Isobel
    Eilidh
    Elspeth
    Malvina
    Mariota
    Morwenna
    Flora
    Ailsa

    Cornish

    Elowen
    Endellion
    Kerensa
    Melangell

    Welsh (or names used in Wales)

    The "wens" - Bronwen, Rhonwen, Olwen, Anwen, Branwen, Ceridwen

    Meredith
    Rowena
    Nerys
    Iola
    Briallan
    All the best,
    Mischa.

  3. #5
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    My top favourites (though there are many others I love too):

    Ailbhe
    Aneira
    Anwen
    Arianwen
    Caoimhe
    Ceridwen
    Fionnuala
    Iseult
    Morgana
    Saoirse
    Just a 20 year old weirdly obsessed with names, no babies in the near future

    Aila Anwen Arianwen Aveline Calla Caoimhe Cosima Fionnuala Hazel Hestia Josephine Rowan
    Alaric Asa Evander Ezra Jasper Leander Lucas Orion Perseus Ruairi

    ♥ Hazel Arianwen ♥ Asa Benjamin ♥
    ♥ Rowan Oriana ♥ Lucas Orion ♥

  4. #7
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    Irish-Gaeilge and Scottish-Gallic are quite different but sometimes share similar names, although not all Scottish/Irish names are from Gaelic languages. Welsh-Cymraeg names are from a whole different root again but share some of the confusing phonetics.

    These are some of my favourites that haven't been suggested yet (I don't think), bolded are the ones that I think are most usable out of the UK. Lots of them are in Anglicized forms...

    IRISH
    Ailbhe / Alva
    Oona
    Twila (Anglicization of Tuilelaith ''twill-lay-lah'')
    Aine / Anya - Eithne can be translated similarly to Enya (but is sometimes Etna/Ethna)
    Siofra
    Eibhlin / Evelyn
    Brigh / Bree
    Clodagh ''clow-dah''
    Eilis / Eilish
    Eimear / Emer ''ee-mer''
    Cliodhna / Cliona
    Orlaith / Orla

    SCOTTISH
    Ceitidh / Katie
    Iseabail / Ishbell
    Ailsa
    Isla
    Elspeth
    Blair

    Ferelith
    Fenella/Finella
    Mhairi (''VAR-ee'') or Mari (''MAR-ee'')
    Teasag (often nicknamed Jessie)
    Morag
    Mairead (Mih-RAYD)

    WELSH
    Seren
    Eirys
    Enid
    Rhonwen
    Betsan
    Alys
    Delyth
    Enfys
    Eira
    Olwen
    (sorry for the lack of names on the Welsh front, they're not really my thing although some are really magical)
    Rosemary Oona (Romy) / Iseult Mathilda / Sibylla Briar (Billie) / Maud Evangeline / Alba Leontine / Iseabal Atarah / Clemency Margo // Emmett Kielder / Wilfred Fox / Alec Oberon / Rufus Elliot / Hugh Raphael / Jeremy Aidan (Jem) / Nicholas Hosea (Cas)
    (Iseult = ee-soolt. Iseabal = ishbel.)

    (im olivia, im a filmmaker with a kitty called shura. names calm my soul)
    vote on my full list

  5. #9
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    My faves are:
    Ailbhe, Caoimhe, and Eibhlin (Irish)
    Elspeth (Scottish)
    Morgana, Eira, Enfys, Ffion, Enid, Guinevere, Gwyneira, and Eirawen (Welsh)
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    Dreaming of
    Evanthe Rosalind Lyra • Zenobia Sybil Hermione • Marigold Sylvia Ann(a) • Lavender • Guinevere • Amadea
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    Horatio Phoenix Arthur • Nikolai Emrys Altair • Prosper William Kit • Artemus • Ephraim
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    "'Mycroft' is the name you gave me; if you could possibly struggle all the way to the end."

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