Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Kiss me, I'm Irysh!

Original Poster: I love the name Ireland, for a very long time. I need a MN for "her", any suggestions? I don't want a "filler" MN or one that's used a lot, but still normal. Thanks!

Now, for those of you who might not be able to guess, Ireland is one of those Names of Shame around here. Brooklyn was dumb enough, but at least Brooke and Lynn are names. Ireland? Only if you want a real live leprechaun to kick your ass. Irelynn? Not a chance. A lot of people say they want to use this "name" to "honor their Irish roots." I think that if you're Irish enough to be honoring your Irishness, you probably know that no Irish person would name a kid Ireland, nor would it really be patriotic to use this particular Anglicized form of "Eire" anyway.

I've detailed my feelings about Irysh-philia briefly in the past, but I figure a refresher wouldn't hurt.

The Bad Baby Names Blog Primer on Irish Naming:

1. There are thousands of beautiful Irish names out there. None of them begin with K. Those are Anglicizations. None of them begin with Mc, either. Those are Scottish. If you feel like that's all the same, perhaps you shouldn't be considering an Irish name.

2. Irish Gaelic uses a different set of phonics than English, even if it does use the Roman alphabet. Thus Ciara is "key-ruh," not "sierra"; Siobhan is "she-vahn," not "see-oh-bahn"; and Saoirse is "seersha," not "ooh!-it-means-"freedom!"-that-can't-have-any-political-connotations-it's-perfect-for-my-little-American-girl!!!"

3. An Irish name will not make you Irish. Or even half-Irish. If you are 1/64th Irish and want to use an Irish name to "honor your Irishness," 63/64ths of you are telling me you are really really not Irish. Maybe you should quit while you're ahead.

4. Ireland's number one export, believe it or not, is not: shamrocks; mystic Celts; enchanted little men; Celtic knot tattoos; "faeries"; the Middle Ages; alcohol. It's actually machinery. Sorry to disappoint, Little Miss Pregnant Renfaire.

Now that that's out of the way, let's go on to the suggestions:

Ireland Abigail
Ireland Matilda
Ireland Lorraine
Ireland Eleanor

Hm, these aren't so bad. Maybe I was worried for nothing.


Ireland Bailey (mm, Bailey's Irish Creme!)
Ireland Mackenzie (mm, Scottish!)
Ireland Teague (boys name - demonstrates a clear understanding of Irishness, doesn't it!)
Ireland Faith (but is it Catholicism? Or Church of England??)
Ireland Peace (if only!)


Anonymous Amelia said...

Baby in my hometown: Irelyn. Oh Lord above.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006 8:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, man, I LOVE the name Saoirse. I have loved it for years. Please tell me the Baby Name People have not gotten to it. The preschools will be full of little SearSh'as before I know it.

- Siobhan, not Chavawne

Thursday, September 14, 2006 11:39:00 AM  
Blogger TurabianNights said...

I've definitely already seen a Seershah.


Thursday, September 14, 2006 11:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anna said...

My mom would love you.

Actually, she was considering naming me Siobhan at one point; instead, I was stuck with the name Johanna Denise (I go by Anna Cassidy now, on account of despising my real name...).

Incidentally, in 6th grade, one of my 1st grade reading buddies was named Ciara...AND IT WAS PRONOUNCED CORRECTLY! Huzzah! (I actually still know her; she lives in the tiny little community I live in, the one we only call a town because it has its own post office.) She's a cute kid.

Monday, July 30, 2007 4:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee, Thanks... My name is Ireland Alisse MacKenzie. I am Scottish and Irish. And yes I know my name is the Anglicized version(I speak Irish Gaelic, thank-you-very-much), but I still like it quite a lot and many people I met do too. I am very thankful I have a unique name and I'm not another Erin. (Now that my rant is over please, by all means continue bashing beautiful names.)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 10:51:00 AM  
Blogger TurabianNights said...

Dear Ireland,

I'm sorry that your hobby appears to be looking for criticism of your given name on the Internet. I hope that, as you progress through life, you will be able to accept that random bloggers on the Internet aren't targeting you as an individual when they say that they don't like the name Ireland, they don't care for spoken Irish Gaelic, or that they don't have a lot of patience for commenters who are individually offended by broad humorous statements written over four years ago.

Friday, October 15, 2010 3:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Turabian you are hysterical! "I'm sorry that your hobby appears to be looking for criticism ofyour given name on the internet." We would be best friends in real life.

Saturday, August 22, 2015 7:04:00 PM  

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