Ceili: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Ceili

Ceili

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Although a popular name with many spellings, this is also a real Gaelic word. It is pronounced "kay-lee." It has two accents, one over the "e" and one over the second "i."

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My husband and I named our third child Ceili (with the traditional accents over the "e" and second "i") after one of our favorite memories. We were vacationing in Ireland on the lonely Dingle Peninsula at dusk, when we came across two hitchhiking girls. Normally, we wouldn't pick up hitchhikers, but night was falling and the area was very remote. It turned out that they were delightful college-aged girls who were on the peninsula to study the Irish language, because it's one of the few pockets of Ireland where the language is still commonly spoken. They were trying to get to Dingle Town to a pub in order to attend a ceili, a big folkdance party--and they invited us! That night turned out to be one of the most fun nights we've ever experienced. The ceili was amazing, such a blast! When we wanted an Irish name for our daughter, we couldn't find one whose phonetics went well with our Scandinavian last name--but Ceili went perfectly with it, as well as reminded us of that wonderful night we spent in Ireland on the Dingle Peninsula.

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"A céilidh (Irish pronunciation: /ˈceːlʲiː/, English pronunciation kā'lē) (in modern usage) is a traditional Gaelic social dance originating in Ireland and Scotland, but now common throughout the Celtic diaspora. Other spellings encountered are ceilidh, céilí (Irish reformed spelling) and cèilidh (Scottish Gaelic reformed spelling)" (from wikipedia).

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