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07-12-2015, 17:42   #46
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Yup, we had a Setanta horse too. Magnificent animal. I'm from Cork so am used to Setanta as a child's name, but don't know if I'd name a child it.
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Amanda Brunker has a Setanta. That was enough to put me off.
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No no and no. It's an awful name.
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I think it's a beautiful name.
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I like it. Would you pronounce it with a sh or an s sound - I've heard both?

As for it being "unusual", I've worked in one single office with an Éibhear, an Eimear, a couple of Endas (male and female), a Macdara, a Séadhna…
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No no and no. It's an awful name.
Ah come on. There's people reading this who might have the name. I personally don't like Irish names (even though I have one myself) and would never pick one for my children. But its more of a concern that one of the parents doesn't like it than a stranger not liking it.

As an aside, I never heard of the name until someone I know called one of their children Setanta, even though I remember doing the myths and legends stuff in school.
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I actually love it and I would associate it with the mythical legend and not the TV station. I used to teach a little boy called Setanta and it suited him so much but there were four brothers in his family and they all had strong Irish names. I do love it and associate it with strength and courage! I did love that little boy so maybe I'm bias too
This is where my thinking was at too. I like the name, don't associate it with the TV channel at all (in fact have never watched it).
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There is of course Setanta Ó hAilpín too. That is the name that springs to my mind.
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There is of course Setanta Ó hAilpín too. That is the name that springs to my mind.
A man who famously had a mother from Fiji, a father from Fermanagh, neither one a place with a strong hurling tradition.
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Ah come on. There's people reading this who might have the name. I personally don't like Irish names (even though I have one myself) and would never pick one for my children. But its more of a concern that one of the parents doesn't like it than a stranger not liking it.

As an aside, I never heard of the name until someone I know called one of their children Setanta, even though I remember doing the myths and legends stuff in school.
OP asked for opinions on the name - I just don't like it. Nobody is going to like every name there is. If there's going to be a name discussion, some will like it while others will not.

And yes I agree that it is more of an issue that one parent dislikes the name.
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A man who famously had a mother from Fiji, a father from Fermanagh, neither one a place with a strong hurling tradition.
At the risk of being ridiculously pedantic I would have to point out that that particular comment was made about his brother Sean Og, although we can probably safely assume that they have the same parents
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I think it's irrelevant what we think of the name, once one of you in the couple don't like the name, then it should be out. I don't think you should choose any name that both of you don't like.

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I think it's irrelevant what we think of the name, once one of you in the couple don't like the name, then it should be out. I don't think you should choose any name that both of you don't like.
Completely agree. When I was pregnant there were a couple of names that I LOVED but my husband didn't like them, so they were instantly off the table. There are millions of names out there, it's not fair for your hubby to be trying to push one that you obviously dislike.
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Pretty awful tbh.
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Is your surname "Sports"? Setanta, I'm afraid, is a terrible name for a person. It's ok for a dog maybe.
Have you considered the following?

TNaG
RTE
BBC
Channel4
E
Dave (this one is unusual, I grant you)
Gold
E+1
Men & Motors
Playboy
etc

Anyway, I'm sure you get the point.
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