St. Patrick's Day | Posted 14 Mar 2018

The 17th of March is the most famous day on the Irish calendar, it’s St. Patrick’s Day and it is celebrated all around the world. There is nowhere better to celebrate though than in Ireland itself, and it seems the tourists agree with us as thousands of people travel to the Emerald Isle for the national day of celebration. To help those visiting Ireland this Paddy’s Day, Jurys Inn has published a list of Ireland’s most frequently mispronounced names – an official guide for the visiting tourist and the sometimes baffled (but too embarrassed to ask) local.

Based on feedback from hotel guests and Jurys Inn employees who called out the names they believe cause most confusion, the pronunciation guide outlines 20 tongue twisting names in an effort to help tourists brush shoulders with the locals this St. Patrick’s Day and avoid annoying the Caoilfhionns and Tadhgs amongst us!

Here are our top 20 tongue twisting Irish names and how they should be pronounced:

 

Female Names

Male Names

Niamh
Nee-av not Ni-am

Daithí
Dah-hee not Day-thigh

Caoimhe
Kwee-va not Kay-oy-mee

Tadhg
Tai-g not Tad-hug

Méadhbh
Mave not Meed-huh

Oisín
Osh-een not Oy-sin

Siobhán
Sh–vawn not Cy-ob-han

Feardorcha
Far-dur-uh-ka not Feer-door-cha

Caoimhseach
Kweev-shock not Kay-im-seech

Séamus
Shay-mus not See-mus

Saoirse
Seer-sha not Say-o-err-see

Eoin / Eoghan
Oh-un not Ee-oy-n or Ee-og-han

Caoilfhionn
Kee-lin not Kay-oil-fy-on

Pádraig / Pádraic
Paw-drig or Paw-rick not Pad-ray-g

Sinéad
Shin-aid not Sign-eed

Conchobhar
Kru-hur not Con-chob-har

Gráinne
Grawn-ye not Grain-ee

Darragh
Da-ra not Dar-rag

Aoife
Ee-fa not Ay-oy-fee

Micheál
Mee-hawl not Mick-eel

 

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