My roots are African and I carry my Nigerian name proudly. I keep hearing variations of my name in the UK due to pronunciation difficulty but whenever I get the opportunity, I try to get whoever to pronounce my name correctly. In my time here, I have encountered some very unusual names and I believe that nothing irks like addressing someone with the wrong pronunciation of their name. Learning is an art and it can be a game changer if it becomes a habit. Imagine showing up for an interview and you ask to see your interviewer called Siobhan by pronouncing their name as spelt. Ideally it should be pronounced with the English syllables in mind but where the name is actually called “Shi-von” even though it is spelt Siobhan then what do you do?
This post is to help you make a good impression always! Whether you are in Ireland, Scotland, Wales or good old England, we have a fair selection of these “special” names. Thank us later!!!
|Liusaidh||Loo-sai||Gaelic version of the Italian name Lucia||Graceful light|
|Isla||EYE-la||Scottish||The Queen of the Hebrides|
|Mairi||MAR-ee||Scottish inspired by Mary||Beloved or wished for a child|
|Beathan||BAEY-un||Scottish||Life/for the lively and happy little boy|
|Angus||ANG-oos||Scottish||one-choice/level headed leader|
|Eilidh||AY-lay||Scottish inspired by Helen||Torch|
|Nia||NEE-a||Welsh||Radiance and beauty|
|Ciara||KEE-ar-a or KEE-ra||Irish||Dark-haired|
|Maeve||MAYV||Irish||She who intoxicates|
|Niamh||NEE-av or NEEV||Irish||Bright, radiant|
|Sinead||shi-NAYD||Irish||Jehovah has shown favour|
|Eoin||O-in||Irish||God is gracious|
|Sean||SHAWN||Irish||Gift from God|
|Siobhan||Shi-Von||Irish||God is gracious|
Other simple names that are still mispronounced are:
Yvonne – pronounced: ee-Vonne
Joaquin – pronounced: wah-Keen
Noel- pronounced: Knoll – who would have thought!?
Xander pronounced: Zander
Elias-pronounced : ee-Lahy-us