Top ten mispronounced Irish Names
(and how to pronounce them)
Caoimhe – Meaning “gentle” in Irish language. Pronounced “Kweeva” not “Cam-he”.
Siobhán- Very common name in Ireland. Pronounced “SHIV awn” not “SEE o ban”.
Oisín – Historical old Irish name of a fabled Irish warrior. Pronounced “USH een” not “Waz an”
Sinéad – Again this is a common girl’s name in Ireland. Pronounced “SHIN ade” not “SIGN aid”
Aisling- Meaning dream or vision. This is often pronounced “ASS sling” by tourists. Proper pronunciation is “ASH ling”.
Niamh – A very common name for girls in Ireland. Pronounced “KNEE ov” not “NI Am H”.
Gráinne- Gráinne was the famed love partner of Diarmuid a chieftain of old Ireland. Theirs is a story similar to the tale of Tristan and Isolde. Pronounced “GRAWN YAH” not “granny”.
Cathal- This is a boy’s name meaning Charles in the Irish language. Pronounced “Cah Hull” not “cattle”.
Tadgh- This is a difficult one. This is a boy’s name. Pronounced “TIG” as in the first three letters. Not “Tad guh”.
Saoirse – This name means ‘freedom’. It is pronounced “See Or Shah” not “Sway oar she”.
Practice makes perfect! And remember, before you complain about how hard Irish names are to pronounce bear in mind the reason it’s so hard : the names are in another language!
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