[name]Hi[/name] all! We are expecting our wee girl on [name]November[/name] 11th - Remembrance [name]Day[/name] - and DH and I are still wobbling on names. We both have names we like, but nothing feels “right”. DH wants to go with the “bring a list to the hospital” formula, but I’d feel more reassured with something a little more solid in mind.
So, that said, here are our caveats:
- the middle name is decided on: [name]Verity[/name]
- the first name will be Irish (of the hardcore, mind-boggling spelling variety). My phd is in Irish history, so this is non-negotiable for me.
- our last name is hyphenated: very similar to “[name]Grant[/name]-McKay”
On our list so far:
[name]Aoibheann[/name] (“EE-van”) - my favourite - I actually called baby this for 5 months before Dh vetoed it - he dislikes it, even if using [name]Evie[/name] or [name]Eva[/name] ([name]Aoibhe[/name]) as a nickname
[name]Saoirse[/name] (“SEER-sha”) - we both love, but has been mutually vetoed because of its thorny political connotations
[name]Sorcha[/name] (“SOR-ha”) - means “clarity”, which creates the meaning “clear truth” with [name]Verity[/name]. ALso, has some of the same sounds as
[name]Saoirse[/name], without the baggage
Saorlaith (“SAIR-la”) - again, picking up on the sounds in [name]Saoirse[/name]. DH is drawn to “S”-names in general,
Laoise ("[name]LEE[/name]-sha") - similar ending to [name]Saoirse[/name], and incorporates DH’s brother, [name]Lee[/name]. I worry it will lose its personality by being confused with [name]Lisa[/name] and [name]Alicia[/name].
Eibhleann (“AYV-lan” - the closest compromise to [name]Aoibheann[/name] - but worry it sounds like the too trendy “Avelynn”
We both like [name]Niamh[/name] and [name]Caoimhe[/name], but the “V” sound blends in too much with [name]Verity[/name].
So…any suggestions or thoughts? I’d especially welcome any obscure Irish names that flow well with our mn & ln. Like I said, we’re down to the wire on this one, and some reassurances would help so much!