We are hoping that someone can help us out. We have just had a little baby girl and want to call her Aoibhe and pronounce it Ava, most people agee that this is the correct pronouncation but a couple of people have mentioned that it shoud be pronounced as Eva- I just want to be sure that if we choose Aoibhe that we will have the right pronouncation in Ava. If not we will have no choice but to go for the English spelling of Ava.
All comments greatly appreciated
If it's of any help
I'd go with EEVAH
My sister called her daughter Aoibhe ( pronounced Ava).
I would also pronounce Aoibhe as Ava.
I suppose other people may say differently,but it is after all your decision .
I have looked at the previous thread, and personally rekon the decision is yours, I see no right or wrong, she is your daughter, go for the name you like the best.
'Aoibhe' is pronounced something like 'Eeva'; not 'Ava'.
Aye, try Éabha - that's way closer to Eva.
Thanks everyone, but we want to try and avoid using fadas to prevent confusion. Could it be that the pronouncation of Aoibhe could be Ava or Eva depending of where in the country you are living?
I'd say eeva. Sorry!
well Aoife is Ee-fa so Aoibhe would be ee-va
Thanks for your replies everyone but if you think if the name Aoibheann, where I live (south Ireland) this is pronounced at Av-een, thats how I thought Aoibhe would be Ava.
Eva (Eaova or similar, broader "e" sound, not eeee)
Sorry I don't fully understand, do you mean that Aoibhe is neither pronounced Eva or Ava?
sorry ot be a nuisance
I don't get it - you want an Irish name but you don't want fadas and you want to bend the pronunciation to your own rules - why not just come up with a new spelling of your own that covers whatever sound you want (in English or in Irish)? Seems less confusing.
Or I guess you could leave fadas out - a Pádraig I know has Padraig on his official documents.
I'd say its pretty clear that technically, it's a dialect difference, but that certain names have become popular being pronounced certain ways (such as Aoibheann being Ay-veen). So, I think the more popular version is Eva, but depending on where you live in the world no-one will have heard either pronunciation, and so you can decide yourself. Anyone agree?
Well, I can't think of any Irish dialect where it would be said like that - it seems that it's pronounced like that amongst some English speakers, though. There's Éimhín as a name as well - maybe people mix them up?
Do you think the fada over the E in Eabha would have to be in place to allow for the pronouncation of Ava?