4th Child, First Girl

Hi all, I'm new to this site but in need of some name help! I'm currently expecting a new baby girl due in August. She will be welcomed by three older brothers: Connor Benjamin, Sean Christopher, and Declan James. We want to stick with the Irish/Irish- American trend for our new daughter but haven't found any we love yet. Any and all suggestions would be wonderful :) Thanks in advance!

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July 4, 2012 8:29 PM

Your sons have very handsome names!!

How Irish are you willing to go with the spelling of your daughter's name? There are a myriad of gorgeous Irish names but a lot of them have very difficult spellings and pronuciations for Americans.  You can angliscise the name but sometimes that loses some of the charm.

Irish names I'm fairly familiar with are:

Aislinn

Aoife

Brigid/Bridget

Caitlin

Caoihme

Cara/Caera

Catriona

Clodagh

Fiona

Ida

Iona

Maebh/Maeve

Mairead

Niamh/Neve

Norah

Orlaith/Orla

Roisin

Siobhan

 

I personally know children/adults with the names: Aislinn, Siobhan, Roisin, Maeve, Niamh and Catriona so none of those seem difficult for me spelling or pronunciation wise.  I live in Australia, though, and Irish names are slightly more common here.

I think if you want something that is familiar Fiona, Maeve, Norah, Caitlin and Brigid work really well. They would fit in with their older brothers and it would still read Irish to me.  

 

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By Guest (not verified)
July 6, 2012 10:55 PM

Thanks for the suggestions- Bridget, Cara, Maura, and Clare are the perfect blend of known Irish, but familiar American names! We also like Siobhan and Caoimhe but think they would cause too much confusion (especially Caoimhe). We're also thinking of using Maeve or Kathleen in the middle spot. 

What are your favorites of

Bridget Maeve/Kathleen

Cara Maeve/Kathleen

Maura Maeve/Kathleen

Clare Kathleen 

Cassidy Maeve

Shannon Maura

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July 6, 2012 10:59 PM

^ whoops! That was me, I forgot to sign in :)

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July 7, 2012 1:23 AM

Bridget Maeve is my favourite.  It fits in well with your boys, is recognisable and has the Irish-American vibe.

I think Cara Maeve would be my second choice, followed by Clare Kathleen.

I think Maura sounds best with Kathleen as middle, I'm not sure I like the M's together.  Cassidy Maeve and Shannon Maura also sound OK. I don't think I've come across any baby Cassidy or Shannon's for awhile.

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July 12, 2012 9:41 AM

Clare Kathleen and Maura Kathleen are my favorites.

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By Guest (not verified)
July 4, 2012 8:40 PM

Darcy. 

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July 4, 2012 11:59 PM

Do you like any of these?  

Maura, Fiona, Brigid, Maeve, Kathleen, Deirdre, Moira, Molly, Finola, Orla, Nora.

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July 5, 2012 1:37 PM

Claire!! - as in the county, and very popular in Ireland.  It's got the same blend of Irish heritage and American ease of pronunciation and spelling as your boys' names.

 

 

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July 5, 2012 6:39 PM

I realized as soon as I posted that I should have clarified that. :) 

The county Clare and the name Claire are pronounced the same, though. The Claire spelling is much more common as a given name (oddly, despite St. Clare).

 

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By Guest (not verified)
July 8, 2012 1:27 PM

Well I absolutely adore the name Bridget and it fits well with your boys. Also Cara and Catriona are lovely. I would be tempted to use something like Catherine in the middle, or Marie, Mary, or Margaret for Catriona. Good luck and God bless!