I love love love Nollaig, for a boy or a girl, but DH won't stand for it!
some lovely suggestions by the way, enjoyed this thread and might get one of those books nearer the time pls God
BallerinaBride09 wrote:lux wrote:hartley wrote:Definitely be careful of giving your child a mad complicated Irish name that looks nothing like the pronounication. Both myself and DH have them and have spend our whole life spelling them out which I hate hate hate. People assume we are from a gaeltacht area which we ar not and we both work for US companies which makes it hard. When I was travelling Oz I changed my name as it was just easier…… so be careful. Your child may not thank you for the funny sneachta/cabaiste names……..
Can't say how much I agree with this post! A lot of the "Irish" names are dreadful.
I have a different spelling of my first name. Its a common Irish name but my parents decided to be "different" (they were a bit rebellious when they had me) and its a pain in the bum. I have to spell it every time I make a phone inquiry, official documents (our registrar spelt it wrong when we registered our intent) are often incorrect and I always get comments on it. At this stage I put up with having it spelled incorrectly 95% of the time if its not important. I'm never going to give my kids an Irish name, particularly one that's "unusual".
If you pick a name like Saidhbhín or Caoilfhionn you are condemning your child to a lifetime of having to spell it out, tell people how to pronounce it, and correct their misuse of it! The very fact that there have been misspellings, use of letters that don't exist in the irish language and disagreements over spellings over this thread only backs this up. Some people may think this isn't a big deal, but those of us who have been through it beg to differ! Just another side of the coin ladies.