Help!! Gaelic names??

Hi everybody! I'm currently applying to universities, and the top of my list is stocked with Irish colleges. As an American, I cannot for the life of me figure out what gender 'Reiltin' is. I don't know how to address my reply email!!!! Can anybody help me out?

thanks, and much love,

izzy

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July 4, 2012 1:22 AM

In times like that, I turn to two trusty sources: Google and Facebook.

A quick Google search turned up a site or two listing it as a girl's name but the clincher was that a search on Facebook showed a whole list of people with the first name Reiltin/Réiltín, all of whom were female.

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By izzy
July 4, 2012 1:29 AM

Thanks!! yeah, i googled it and a site said it was a girl's name, but i wanted to kind of double check? and, you would think i'd have checked facebook...

thank you so much for your help!!!

 

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July 4, 2012 1:38 AM

No problem! I definitely don't trust it when one site says anything. However, the Facebook evidence was quite conclusive, so I felt confident replying.

I'm happy to help, and now I've learned a new name :)

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By Guest (not verified)
July 4, 2012 1:51 AM

You can never be too sure. You'll look like an idiot if you take a guess and are wrong. If you can't find reference to that specific person online to find out the gender, then address your email without the name. For example, 

"Greetings,

I'm inquirying regarding...." 

It will look much worse to get the gender wrong.  

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By izzy
July 4, 2012 2:01 AM

thanks! i also messaged a girl on tumblr who is Irish - she just got back to me and let me know that is is a gir;'s name. Thank you for your help though!!

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By izzy
July 4, 2012 2:00 AM

Same, and I actually quite like it. I'm not sure though, if my pronunciation is correct... Ryel-tin? I don't know... I still like it!! :)

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By Guest (not verified)
July 4, 2012 11:45 AM

"RAYL-teen" or "RAYL-cheen". It means "Little star" from the word Rialta.

 

An easy way to tell gender in most Gaelic names: if it ends in an (with a fada on the a) it's a male diminutive. If it ends in in (with a fada on the i), nait, agh, or laith, it's a female diminutive. Thus:

 

Aodhan, Breandan, Deaglan, Cianan, etc are male.

Roisin, Damhnait, Bronagh, and Orlaith are female.

 

 

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By Guest (not verified)
July 4, 2012 11:45 AM

"RAYL-teen" or "RAYL-cheen". It means "Little star" from the word Rialta.

 

An easy way to tell gender in most Gaelic names: if it ends in an (with a fada on the a) it's a male diminutive. If it ends in in (with a fada on the i), nait, agh, or laith, it's a female diminutive. Thus:

 

Aodhan, Breandan, Deaglan, Cianan, etc are male.

Roisin, Damhnait, Bronagh, and Orlaith are female.

 

 

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By Guest (not verified)
July 4, 2012 12:39 PM

Off-topic, but I think it is always fine to phone and ask the secretary.

Back in my applying days, I used to do that fairly frequently.

It's also a good way to know if there is actually an honorific you should be using, like Dr.

Academic types who have earned Phds, are often justly proud of them and like them to be used!

Good Luck!