10 Unpronounceable Irish Baby Names That'll Wreck Your Kid's Head For Life 3 years ago

10 Unpronounceable Irish Baby Names That'll Wreck Your Kid's Head For Life

So we love baby names, the more unusual, the better and we Irish are pretty lucky in that we have a wealth of gorgeous baby names that provide the dual purpose of honouring our heritage while baffling the world at large with their strings of consecutive consonants and random fadas.

Disclaimer: Every time I write a piece about Irish baby names, it proves virtually impossible to satisfy everyone's staunchly held views on correct pronunciation and spelling. So apologies in advance: If your pronunciation or spelling differs from mine – as any Sadhbh or Sive or Saibh or Sadbh will tell you: it's not always easy to settle on the definitive spelling or pronunciation for our unique names!

10 Unpronounceable Irish Baby Names That'll Make the J1 Extra Fun:

1. Seanán

Meaning: Diminutive of Seán, Irish version of John

How it will be pronounced: Cee-an-an

How it should be pronounced (I think): Well I knew one Seanán who called himself 'Shinawn', but I've also heard it pronounced 'Shawnawn'!

2. Eoghan

Meaning: Born of the Yew tree (appara)

How it will be pronounced: Eee-OG-an

How it should be pronounced (I think): Oh-win.

3. Coillte

Meaning: Forrest

How it will be pronounced: Koyle-TEA

How it should be pronounced (I think): Qweelche (let the berating of my attempt to pronounce Coillte commence in the comments!)

4. Líadain

Meaning: Grey lady

How it will be pronounced: Lya-dane

How it should be pronounced (I think): Lea-dan or Lea-dawn – again I know two people who say their names differently.

5. Síbeail

Meaning: God is my oath, Irish form of Isabel

How it will be pronounced: Sib-WHAAAAAA?

How it should be pronounced (I think): Shib-ale

6. Raghnall

Meaning: Strong

How it will be pronounced: To rhyme with urinal

How it should be pronounced: To rhyme with urinal

7. Clodagh

Meaning: Irish river name

How it will be pronounced: Clod-ag or Clod-hag

How it should be pronounced: Clo-dah

8. Aoibheann

Meaning: Fair or beautiful

How it will be pronounced: Aye-oh-been

How it should be pronounced: Ave-een or Eve-een

9. Tadhg

Meaning: Poet, philosopher

How it will be pronounced: Tad-hig, Tad-gee

How it should be pronounced: Ty-ge

10. Sinéad

Meaning: God is gracious

How it will be pronounced: Sin-ee-aahd

How it should be pronounced: Shin-ade

Do you have an unusual Irish name? Tell us about the crimes against your moniker in the comments...