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Thread: Saoirse?

  1. #1
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    Jan 2009


    I'm in LOVE with the name Saoirse (pronounced sare - sha). I love how the name looks as well, but I'm really worried that I'd be condemning my future child to a life of pronouncing and spelling her name for everyone. This has been my #1 name choice for a while now and my husband loves it also but I can already see my relatives raising their eyebrows at this choice - any suggestions? I don't know what to do and the baby is due pretty soon. Any help would be great!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2009

    Re: Saoirse?

    As someone who has a dear friend named Siobhan, I say if you love it, go for it. People shouldn't have trouble saying it, but they might never be able to spell it. But screw it, you'd be surprised how many people can't spell Melissa, for crying out loud. Saoirse is lovely.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2009

    Re: Saoirse?

    Saoirse is a beautiful name, and if you love it, you should use it. If you family likes it, that's great, but if they don't, they'll get over it. :-)

    That said, I think it's fair to say that she (and you) will indeed have to explain to most people how her name is pronounced. Seeing it in print, I think it's reasonable to assume that if someone isn't familiar with Irish names, he or she will likely mispronounce it as "Say-ors," "Sow-ear-sie," or as other nifty oopsies. If this doesn't bother you, and you have the patience to deal with it, than go for it! Saoirse is lovely.

    If it bothers you too much, however, to deal with people saying it incorrectly, how about using it for a middle name?

    Rowan Saoirse
    Rory Saoirse
    Finola Saoirse
    Fiona Saoirse
    Teagan Saoirse
    Megan Saoirse
    Ruby Saoirse
    Maeve Saorise
    Lily Saoirse
    Aveline Saoirse
    Delaney Saoirse
    Bronwyn Saoirse
    Tamsin Saoirse
    Ainsley Saoirse
    Gwendolyn Saoirse
    Rhiannon Saoirse
    Rowena Saoirse
    Wendolyn Saoirse
    Wynn Saoirse
    Tatum Saoirse
    Margaret Saoirse

    Best wishes to you!

  4. #4

    Re: Saoirse?

    Wow Jill, I love your suggestions! I just wanted to add Tierney and Avalon, I really like those names!

  5. #5
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    Jan 2009

    Re: Saoirse?

    Thanks, OverwhelmedMomma. Tierney and Avalon are great, too!

  6. #6
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    Dec 2008

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    Bronwyn Saoirse is amazingI just love it!
    :: o l i v e ::

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    Re: Saoirse?

    Saoirse has a few problems for me. The first is the obvious: the pronunciation, it's non-intuitive.

    The second is the politically charged history of the name - its meaning of 'freedom' means that it has been used in Ireland by the Republicans as a slogan in support of separation from the UK. It's also the name of Republican Sinn Fein's newspaper. In the past it has very much been used as a statement of affiliation as well as name. As someone who has no strong feelings in support of either side, I consider it to be a name that comes with baggage that isn't to do with anything I feel strongly about.

    You may like Sorcha (sor-ka/sor-a-ka), Sadhbh (siev), Saraid (sor-id), Siofra (shee-fra) or Sinead (shin-aid).

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    Re: Saoirse?

    I love Saoirse - I think I would use it for a middle name. Since my family is Irish, I would have no problems from them with pronunciation. In real life, I have heard it pronounched "seer - sha." I think my brother is going to use it though! I actually love the meaning of freedom. I also have a really good friend Siobhan and after the beginning first day of school stuff, everyone caught on. hope this helps. I love it!

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    Re: Saoirse?

    Speak to someone who has the name if you can. I personally had NO idea how it was pronounced (w/ little of what I know about Irish names, I would have pron; it Sore-sha)... It's not that I'm ignorant, it's just in a different tongue. My dh worked with a Siobhan. She loved the spelling and didn't mind correcting people on the pronounciation. So, that's one plus.... you AND dh both love the name, there's another plus.

    As for the pp replying how come people can't even figure out how to spell Melissa... I get the same thing. Because my name has been brutalized with Jazmin's Jazzman's and Jasmyn's, few people actually spell my name correctly... plain ol' Jasmine. A lot of names are getting hacked and frankensteined for the sake of kreeatifitee and it annoys me, but at least you can say "hey, this is a real ligitimate name!" and it IS beautiful. The family will love it when they see what a beautiful unique baby she is.

    I went a little ranty there didn't I, lol

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2009

    Re: Saoirse?

    I love the name Saoirse, and needless to say, as those have said before me, you'll always be spelling it. My family are Irish also, but I'm not sure how they'd feel about the political association with the name. At the moment it's my husband I have to convince- he thinks that names should be easy to pronounce and easy to spell. We're currently expecting our 2nd child and can't agree on a single name.

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