I couldn't find an irish language thread that covered this,
we have a young woman called Aoife, is this pronounced afa or efa?
Everyone seems to have a different version and aoife rolls her eyes when asked for clarification.
It's usually Eefa, but really, whatever she tells you her name is is how you should pronounce it.
Where I grew up it was a rare name and pronounced afa(like it's spelled), and as she isn't enlightening us.............
I wonder if it's a dialect thing, efa-v-afa?
I've never heard it pronounced like that.
It's pronounced Eefa.
Definitely think a dialect thing. I've friends from Donegal who pronounce the name Áine, which would be 'Awn-ya' to us, as Ann-ya or Enn-ya (sail away sail away sail away). Also, Róisín (Ro-sheen) as Rash-een.
As Redhaired guy said, dialect could be at fault, particularly if she's from Donegal (no offence!)
I've never heard it pronounced any other way than 'eee-fah'
See this for a guide too
Another version from there is...Rosh een (the proud to be prod version, im told)
Im a dub, so I assume have dub irish, fairly sure I first heard it as afa.
Galway city -> Irish forum
Like inisboffin said, it's pronounced "ee-fah"
All the Gaeltachtaí are at one on this Gaelic name, it's ee-fah.
Definitly pronounced ee-fa. Though 'as Gaeilge' more like e-o-fa
Can we please produce evidence for the recurrent claim that certain 'dialects' pronounce 'Aoi' as 'Aay'? It's a particularly prevalent claim concerning the name Aoibheann, coming from people who want to pronounce the first syllable as an 'Aay' sound.
Here are the three dialects on Teanglann.ie pronouncing Aoi:
Not one gives support to the Aay pronunciation for Aoibheann. Likewise with Aoife.
Never heard aoi pronounced any other way to be honest, nor Aoife.
Not sure where the 'aye' is coming from either..