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24th Feb '18 7:54:32 PM nombretomado
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* '''Saoirse''' (Seer-sha), as in the actress SaoirseRonan. Means "freedom" and was once unisex (like "Sam" or "Alex"); nowadays almost always feminine.

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* '''Saoirse''' (Seer-sha), as in the actress SaoirseRonan.Creator/SaoirseRonan. Means "freedom" and was once unisex (like "Sam" or "Alex"); nowadays almost always feminine.
5th Feb '18 9:11:31 PM karstovich2
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* '''Una''', or "Oonagh" (both pronounced ooh-na) may be associated either to the word "uan" for lamb, or the Latin "una" for "one" or "unity". A feminine name, "Oonagh" was a Queen of the Faeries.

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* '''Una''', or "Oonagh" (both pronounced ooh-na) may be associated either to the word "uan" for lamb, or the Latin "una" for "one" or "unity". A feminine name, "Oonagh" was a Queen of the Faeries.
Faeries. The most famous modern bearers used the spelling "Oona", and are related: Oona O'Neill was Creator/EugeneONeill's daughter; she later married Creator/CharlieChaplin, and their daughter Geraldine named her own daughter Creator/OonaChaplin after her mother.
5th Feb '18 9:04:55 PM karstovich2
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* '''Sorcha''' (Sor-ka) means "bright" or "radiant". The actress Sorcha Cusack is a well-known bearer of this name. Her sisters, Niamh and Sinéad, are also recognized actresses, the latter is married to Jeremy Irons.

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* '''Sorcha''' (Sor-ka) means "bright" or "radiant". The actress Sorcha Cusack (currently playing Mrs [=McCarthy=] on ''Series/FatherBrown'') is a well-known bearer of this name. Her sisters, Niamh and Sinéad, are also recognized actresses, the latter is married to Jeremy Irons.
5th Feb '18 9:01:32 PM karstovich2
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* '''Enda''' (Enn-dha). Despite appearances it is mainly a masculine name the current [[UsefulNotes/IrishPoliticalSystem Taoiseach]] (i.e. [[UsefulNotes/PrimeMinistersOfIreland Prime Minister]]) is named Enda Kenny. It means "birdlike" or perhaps, metaphorically, "free of spirit".

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* '''Enda''' (Enn-dha). Despite appearances it is mainly a masculine name the current [[UsefulNotes/IrishPoliticalSystem Taoiseach]] (i.e. [[UsefulNotes/PrimeMinistersOfIreland Prime Minister]]) is named 2011-17 was name Enda Kenny.Kenny, and he was widely hailed for doing a decent job of it (not that everyone liked him or his policies, but he restored a measure of respect and dignity to the office after the previous two had gotten up to some truly embarrassing shenanigans). It means "birdlike" or perhaps, metaphorically, "free of spirit".
5th Feb '18 8:53:28 PM karstovich2
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* '''Aengus''' (ain-gus) was the name of famous kings. Means something like "unity of strength" from "aon" (one) and "gus" (strength). The Scots form Angus is more familiar in the wider world.

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* '''Aengus''' (ain-gus) was the name of famous kings. Means something like "unity of strength" from "aon" (one) and "gus" (strength). The Scots form Angus is more familiar in the wider world. Predominantly masculine.



* '''Aisling''' (Ash-ling), means 'dream-vision'

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* '''Aisling''' (Ash-ling), means 'dream-vision''dream-vision' Predominantly feminine
27th Dec '17 6:07:46 PM nombretomado
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* '''Brían''' (Breen), is an Irish spelling (with an accent on the 'i') and pronunciation of a name that exists in France, Britain, and Ireland (in variations of Brian and Bryan) and is usually pronounced with the vowel sounds separated outside Ireland. It is, however, particularly popular in Ireland because of the tenth century king, Brían Bóruma, better known as Brian Boru, who reconfigured the internal politics of Ireland (taking the high kingship to Munster) and famously defeated a Norse army at the Battle of Clontarf. The actor Brían F. O'Byrne starred in ''[[FlashForward2009 FlashForward]]''.

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* '''Brían''' (Breen), is an Irish spelling (with an accent on the 'i') and pronunciation of a name that exists in France, Britain, and Ireland (in variations of Brian and Bryan) and is usually pronounced with the vowel sounds separated outside Ireland. It is, however, particularly popular in Ireland because of the tenth century king, Brían Bóruma, better known as Brian Boru, who reconfigured the internal politics of Ireland (taking the high kingship to Munster) and famously defeated a Norse army at the Battle of Clontarf. The actor Brían F. O'Byrne starred in ''[[FlashForward2009 FlashForward]]''.''Series/FlashForward2009''.
23rd Dec '17 5:24:14 PM nombretomado
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* '''Óglaigh na hÉireann'''. The [[UsefulNotes/PaddiesWithPropellerPlanes Irish Defence Forces]], aka their military. Pretty small and mostly does peacekeeping. Practically a division of the UN peacekeeping forces. The Irish people who want some... "action"... tend to join the BritsWithBattleships.

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* '''Óglaigh na hÉireann'''. The [[UsefulNotes/PaddiesWithPropellerPlanes Irish Defence Forces]], aka their military. Pretty small and mostly does peacekeeping. Practically a division of the UN peacekeeping forces. The Irish people who want some... "action"... tend to join the BritsWithBattleships.UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships.
28th Jul '17 4:48:52 AM SeptimusHeap
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* '''Deirdre''' (deer-dra'), not "deer-dree" as in [[Series/CoronationStreet Hunt-Langton-Barlow-Rachid-Barlow]]. Listen to how Lady Deirdre Skye of ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' pronounces her name (although somewhat confusingly, she's supposed to be a Scot--who speaks in a highly [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents RP-ified accent]]).

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* '''Deirdre''' (deer-dra'), not "deer-dree" as in [[Series/CoronationStreet Hunt-Langton-Barlow-Rachid-Barlow]]. Listen to how Lady Deirdre Skye of ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' pronounces her name (although somewhat confusingly, she's supposed to be a Scot--who speaks in a highly [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents RP-ified accent]]).
2nd Jul '17 12:37:19 AM Doug86
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* '''Cormac''' (Kore- muck), means "raven". As in ''{{Cormac McCarthy}}''.

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* '''Cormac''' (Kore- muck), means "raven". As in ''{{Cormac McCarthy}}''.''Creator/CormacMcCarthy''.
12th May '17 4:35:14 AM Cryoclaste
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** There's a common and persistent myth that '''[[{{Metroid}} Samus]]''' [[{{Metroid}} Aran]]'s first name is a feminine variation on this name. It's not true in real life[[labelnote:*]] Her name is apparently based on Pelé's real surname, ''Arantes'' and the mistaken impression his first name was something like "Samus".[[/labelnote]] (but may well be true in-universe and is surprisingly fitting given that Séamus means "one who conquers/supplants".)

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** There's a common and persistent myth that '''[[{{Metroid}} '''[[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus]]''' [[{{Metroid}} [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Aran]]'s first name is a feminine variation on this name. It's not true in real life[[labelnote:*]] Her name is apparently based on Pelé's real surname, ''Arantes'' and the mistaken impression his first name was something like "Samus".[[/labelnote]] (but may well be true in-universe and is surprisingly fitting given that Séamus means "one who conquers/supplants".)
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