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Old 04-01-2014, 10:48 AM - Thread Starter
 
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What are some thoughts on these, negative or otherwise? Any one stand out over the others?

 

Note: they're Irish Gaelic, so pronunciations have been added.

 

Ailish Etain Isebéal  (ISLE-ish, eh-TAIN, ISH-uh-bale)

 

Eilish Mellé Isebeul  (ISLE-ish, muh-LAY, ISH-uh-bale)

 

Ailish Ianna Aaralyn  (ISLE-ish, ee-AWNNA, AIR-uh-lyn)

 

ETA 2 more:

 

Ailish Ianna Elspeth  (ISLE-ish, ee-AWNNA, ELS-peth)

 

Ailish Niamh Isebéal  (ISLE-ish, neeve, ISH-eh-bale)

 

I've posted on the baby name wizard forum and can't seem to get any responses. Hoping they're not *that* bad, or at least if they are, to be enlightened or given perspective. lol!

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My first thought is that they seem difficult to pronounce. I like the first name. Do these names have cultural/ethnic significance to you?



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Unless these are common names in your culture/location I think you, and then your child, will spend a lot of time spelling them and correcting pronunciation. If that doesn't worry you then, all good :-)

None of them stood out for me but I don't know how to pronounce them so I wasn't able to get a feel for how they sounded.

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Yes, I desire to honor my strong Irish heritage. Going back now to add pronunciations. (guess I'm such a name geek, they seem pretty no-brainer to me. :-P)

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I actually recognized your names from babynamewizard! Not stalking you though, i promise. smile.gif I think the experts there may be a little stumped since you were originally so specific in what you wanted.
Of the names you've listed here I think my favorite is Ailish Ianna Aaralyn, second would be Ailish Etain Isebeul. Have you considered Niamh as a mn? I think Ailish Niamh Isebeul has a nice rhythm to it and goes with Elora's name as well.

ETA: there's nothing "bad" about the names you've chosen. But they are unusual and for most folks likely unfamiliar. People who aren't name geeks or Irish will have no idea how to pronounce them.

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What is the traditional Irish spelling for these names?

I really struggle with all of them--even with the pronunciation guide. It doesn't seem like the pronunciation fits the spelling.
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LTurtle, thank you. I appreciate your input. I love Niamh, but was unable to get dh on board. Tho, I think I'm going to revisit and try and work on him again. :)

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rnra, Irish Gaelic names are often not phonetically spelled. Niamh, for example, is pronounced Neeve, or Nee-uv.

 

I suppose I'm not too worried about the pronunciation of the middles... Hoping tho Ailish is easy enough? If I see Aileen, or Eileen, it seems pretty basic to me. Input still is appreciated!

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I like the third one. I can pronounce it easier at first sight than the other two.

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Or....

 

Ailish Ianna Elspeth

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Oh, Elspeth is nice too. I think most people will guess that Ailish is pronounced AY-lish, and I have heard it used that way. Eilish is a more intuitive spelling for the pronunciation you want, though I haven't seen it spelled that way before.

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We heard a little girl at the park being called ailish the other day. I had never heard it before but really liked it! I like the latest version with elspeth or your 2nd name in the original post.
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Thanks for adding the pronunciations. If I'm pronouncing them right, I like the third one on your original list the best.

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Definitely this one: Eilish Mellé Isebeul  (ISLE-ish, muh-LAY, ISH-uh-bale).  It's spelled the most phonetically and it also sounds the prettiest.


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I like the first one best :) I've always loved the name Etain. 


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Or....

 

Ailish Ianna Elspeth


This one gets my vote.

 

We have Irish in our family too (DH side). I went with Erin for DD. I kinda wish I spelled it differently though. Errin or Erryn or Aeryn. Oh well. I guess she can change it when she gets older if she wants. Love the Irish/Gaelic names. They're so beautiful!


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