Found a name I haven't heard before. Wdyt?

Im curious what do you think of the name [name_f]Siobhan/name_f? Im really loving the way it looks written as well as how it is pronounce. The name is just very interesting to me. What do you think and what mn would you pair with it? Im looking for an E middle name to go with my daughters middle name [name_f]Eliza[/name_f].

It’s a beautiful name! And [name_f]Eliza[/name_f] [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] is just gorgeous. But I do think it would be a little odd to use [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] if one had no Irish background. It’s a very ethnically Irish name, uses distinctly Irish spelling, and it’s fairly uncommon outside of [name_f]Ireland[/name_f] as far as I know.

I have long loved this name. I especially like that it is an Irish form of [name_u]Joan[/name_u], which is a nod to [name_u]Joan[/name_u] of [name_m]Arc[/name_m].

I love the name [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f].
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Abigail[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Bryony[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Lorelei[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_u]Eloise[/name_u]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Estelle[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Rosalie[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Isabel[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Iris[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Juliet[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Jessamine[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Judith[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Amelia[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Pearl[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Olivia[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Scarlett[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Cecilia[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Cecily[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Cerys[/name_f]

I know a girl named Shivhan. Makes the pronunciation much more intuitive.

Shivhan [name_u]Eloise[/name_u]
Shivhan [name_f]Elise[/name_f]
Shivhan [name_u]Ellery[/name_u]
Shivhan [name_u]Elliot[/name_u]

this is actually my middle name and I love it !!

My name is [name_u]Tatum[/name_u] [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] but I go by [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] 80% of the time !! I’ve always loved it

I think that unless you have some sort of Irish heritage it may be a little weird to use since it is so distinctly Irish in terms of spelling, sounds and association. I live in NZ where many people have an Irish background so I have met a few [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f]'s in my time and as far as I know, they’ve never had any spelling or pronunciation issues but that may be because Irish names like [name_f]Niamh[/name_f], [name_f]Moira[/name_f] and [name_f]Sinead[/name_f] are relatively well-known where I live. But if you live in a country with ties to [name_f]Ireland[/name_f], I don’t think you’d have any problems. It’s a beautiful name.

I would go with the [name_f]Shavaun[/name_f] spelling unless your other child also has a distinctly Irish name.

It’s like using [name_m]Sean[/name_m] or [name_u]Shawn[/name_u]. There is a person on TV calling himself -seen-. I suppose he just got tired of saying [name_m]Sean[/name_m] is pronounced -shawn-.

For an E middle name…
[name_f]Shavaun[/name_f] [name_f]Erin[/name_f]
[name_f]Shavaun[/name_f] [name_f]Elora[/name_f]
[name_f]Shavaun[/name_f] [name_f]Estelle[/name_f]
[name_f]Shavaun[/name_f] [name_u]Eden[/name_u]
[name_f]Shavaun[/name_f] [name_u]Ember[/name_u]
[name_f]Shavaun[/name_f] [name_f]Eve[/name_f]/[name_f]Eva[/name_f]
[name_f]Shavaun[/name_f] [name_f]Elin[/name_f]
[name_f]Shavaun[/name_f] Evienne

I very much agree with this point. It’s so decidedly Irish (especially considering the spelling) that it feels a bit off if she would have zero Irish heritage. If she would, then [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] is a lovely option, and paired with the elegant [name_f]Eliza[/name_f], the combo is absolutely stunning.

Other ideas to consider:
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Elisabeth[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Emilia[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_u]Eloise[/name_u]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Evette[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Elina[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Evadne[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_m]Edel[/name_m]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Elise[/name_f]

As a British berry, [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] doesn’t strike me as solely Irish at all!

It’s one of those names (like Irish [name_f]Niamh[/name_f] or [name_f]Aoife[/name_f], or Welsh [name_u]Seren[/name_u] or [name_u]Rhys[/name_u]) which are now fairly commonly used in the UK even by people without that heritage.

[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] was most popular over here in the 70s and 80s, I’d say, so it does strike me as a tad dated now, but I think it’s a nice name and will no doubt feel fresh where you are.

[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Elinor[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Elsie[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_u]Evelyn[/name_u]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Elowen[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Eris[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Emmeline[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Edie[/name_f]
[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Elise[/name_f]

I love [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] and think [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Eliza[/name_f] is a great combo. I disagree that it’s only for those with Irish heritage. I’m Australian and have seen it used fairly generally. I don’t think it is even that unusual.

Also please don’t change the spelling to [name_f]Shivaun[/name_f] or anything else - these just come across as quite tacky and ignorant.

I had to google it to figure out the pronunciation. The English version is [name_f]Shavon[/name_f], and I know one of those whose in her early 20’s and wears the name beautifully.

So, I say go for it, but go with the easier, English spelling so it’s easier to pronounce. [name_m]Even[/name_m] if it isn’t as pretty to look at.

Thank you for all the feed back. I never thought it would have been weird if I used it and was not Irish. After reading your comments it made me a little uneasy about using it but, the name is not common where I live and I didnt know it was an irish name until I researched it. I would keep the original spelling, there are only very rare occasions where I would change a name from its original spelling. The way a name looks spelt out influences my opinion on a name quite a bit, that said, none of the “easier” spellings look right to me…

I don’t see what the problem is w/using [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] if you’re not Irish. Are we only allowed to choose names from the nationalities of our parents? I guess my parents screwed up then by picking an English name for my middle name as we have no English ancestry at all. At least in the Northeastern US, the name [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f], while not common, is familiar enough that almost everyone recognizes it. My daughter had a classmate named [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] whose last name was extremely [name_m]German[/name_m] & no one batted an eyelash over it.

I didnt think it was an issue either, I live in the US also and see names all the time that origins do not match the nationalities of the people who wear them.

Whilst [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] very much isn’t my style I think it’s a fine name. I definitely don’t think it’s weird to use it without being Irish - there are thousands of names being used by people who have no tie to the origin of the name! [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] has a different alphabet use, but loads of Irish names are being more commonly used! (note I am also a Britberry, so see these names more regularly than some)

If you use it, please please please spell it [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f]. All of the other spellings look strange and in my opinion if you are going to use a name from a culture you have no connection to, you should at least fully use it. Also the ‘intuitive’ spellings are far less pretty. Some people will get her name wrong. The first time I encountered the name [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] it was in a book when I was 11 and I had to ask my parents, but once you know how to say it then it’s really no problem at all.

It’s a name I’ve come across a lot in the UK, mostly used by people in their 30s and above, so I see it as a name that boomed during the 70s and 80s, then declined during the 90s and is pretty unused now. It’s nice, but not that exciting or interesting for me. It’s more shiv-awn/shiv-orn than shiv-on, though.

[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_u]Eloise[/name_u], [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Eliza[/name_f], [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Emily[/name_f], [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Eve[/name_f] and [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] are all nice.

Oh, but please use Siobhan. These suggested alternative spellings are awful.

I’m from the UK and I think [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] is perfectly usable, if just a little dated. I might assume a [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] had Irish ancestry but I wouldn’t find it weird if they didn’t. I think most English speakers have probably come across Irish names before and it won’t seem too weird. If they can get used to [name_f]Niamh[/name_f] and [name_f]Aileen[/name_f], they can get used to [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] - and paired with [name_f]Eliza[/name_f], it has a very nice grounded feel.

If you like this Irish name, could I suggest others: [name_f]Sinead[/name_f] (Shuh-naid), [name_f]Roisin[/name_f] ([name_f]Ro[/name_f]-sheen), [name_f]Aine[/name_f] (Awn-ya), [name_f]Mairead[/name_f] (Mur-aid), [name_f]Caoimhe[/name_f] (Key-va), [name_f]Bronagh[/name_f] (Bro-nah), [name_f]Orlagh[/name_f] ([name_f]Orla[/name_f], sometimes spelt this way too), or my personal favourite, [name_f]Saoirse[/name_f] (Sor-sha). :smiley:

I love how it sounds, and hate how it’s spelled. It’s cute though.

[name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] is not uncommon in Australia and is generally pronounced “Shiv-awn” rather than with a hard “on” sound at the end.

I love this name and don’t think it requires an Irish background/heritage for use.

For middles I like simple and sweet names like [name_f]Ella[/name_f] or [name_f]Eve[/name_f]. Nothing too long or with sounds that clash or take away from how lovely [name_f]Siobhan[/name_f] sounds.