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Niamh is pronounced "Neeve" not "Niamah", although there are names that use simular spelling and are pronounced "Niamah".
-- Anonymous User  2/20/2005
Niamh is pronounced differently in different parts of Ireland. Although it is pronounced 'Neev' for the most part, in some areas, such as Cork, it is pronounced 'Nee-iv'.
-- Niamh Cinn Oir  4/7/2005
Niamh (be it "NEEV", "NEE-av", or however else it is pronounced... but not "NEE-am-ah") is such a beautiful name!
-- gaelruadh19  5/5/2005
I am a Niamh living in England. The name Niamh is much more popular here now than it was, the pronunciation is still an issue in England. Many people still call me Nim-ah, or Nime or even Nimph!
-- NIAMHMC  11/13/2005
This is my little sister's name and I think it's gorgeous! It reminds me of a little pixie!
-- poetic_freedom  2/2/2006
In Irish mythology, there is the story of Niamh and Oisin. Niamh is the most beautiful woman in all of Ireland.
-- poetic_freedom  2/2/2006
I really don't like it. It's so ugly looking, and nobody would ever pronoune it right.
-- claraelizabethann  2/27/2006
When my sister Niamh was born no one else was called it but it is so popular now and it is a lovely name.
-- Anonymous User  3/27/2006
Beautiful name! I think it is a name which will carry through every age gracefully.
-- Anonymous User  6/20/2006
It is a beautiful name, and also the name of one of the daughters in the second book of the Sevenwaters Trilogy (Son of Shadows) by Juliet Marillier. Such a beautiful name was done justice in this book, with such a beautiful, lovely description to match.
-- Anonymous User  6/23/2006
A lovely name!
-- Anonymous User  11/25/2006
I know a girl named Niamh and she said that it's pronounced nee-av not neev.
-- Anonymous User  12/8/2006
My first or second daughter WILL be named Niamh. I love this name. It may be common in Ireland but in America it's still pretty out there. I think people with this name will tend to be very clever and serious or will be very cautious and forthright. I know a lot of people won't like it but the middle name I matched with Niamh was Belle. It's French for Beautiful. I used it mostly because of my Great Grandmother (her middle name was Bell). But I thought it was cool. Niamh - "Bright" Belle - "Beautiful". Bright and Beautiful. XD this name rocks I could go on for hours!
-- Cyneburga  3/7/2007
At first, I did pronounce this name "nee-am-heh", but now that I know the CORRECT (xD) way to say it, I really like it!
-- Georgia_kh  4/13/2007
My sister's name is also "neev" but she spells it Naomh which has a totally different meaning (holy). My parents decided on "holy" instead of "bright" because she was born on a Sunday. I love both names though I think they're beautiful whether they are pronounced "neev" or "nee-av"!
-- Anonymous User  6/16/2007
At first I thought it was pronounced "Nee-am", which I think would be pretty too. I love Niamh! I told my mom I was gonna start calling her Niamhy. LOL. I think Niamh sounds like a name for a little fairy.
-- sabrinafaye  8/6/2007
I'm a Niamh and I love my name very much and I'm proud to bear it.
-- Anonymous User  8/17/2007
Niamh Cusack (b. 1959) is an Irish actress.
-- Kate  9/14/2007
I really like this name. This is a name one of my friends uses as sort of a nickname. I pronounce it as nee-AHM or NEE-ahm, which is probabley wrong but I wouldn't know how else to pronounce it. I am considering using this as a middle name and maybe even first name for a future daughter.
-- renee06  9/19/2007
Such a pretty name. It's funny how its spelling differs so much from its pronunciation.
-- Anonymous User  10/29/2007
I really like this name and I use it as a nickname, because it sounds so mysterious and simple, just like a whisper. I would really like to call my daughter Niamh.
-- Niamh07  11/26/2007
Niamh came from Tir na nOg or the land of the ever young. She fell in love with Oisin a mortal and took him away with her on her white horse to become immortal. He missed home and went back on her horse to visit being told not to put his foot on Irish soil. He saw the Irish struggling against their enemies and he leant down to help them but the girth on his saddle broke and he became as old as he would have been. Legend says he told his story to St. Patrick when he died and swirling white clouds are Niamh coming to look for him again.
-- Anonymous User  2/19/2008
Niamh was the daughter of the King of Tir na nOg and not the daughter of the sea king. She dwellt in the land of the ever young where she still rides out on her white horse looking like a cloud in the sky.
-- Anonymous User  2/19/2008
I didn't like this name when I was younger but now I'm glad that I have a pretty unusual name, even if my French and Spanish classmates pronounce it nee-am! I know some other Niamh's who only like their names pronounced either neev or nee-uv, but I like both pronunciations! If I have a daughter in the future, I might give her this name as a middle name.
-- NiamhMarion  2/24/2008
There is a video game called Azrael's Tear. In this game you go on a quest to find the holy grail. Niamh's ghost comes out of a well to ask you where Oisin is. She also gives you hints on which way to go.
-- telfalathiel  3/18/2008
This is an ok name, but I would only use it where people know how to pronounce it, like Ireland or England. I would never use it in the U.S. because they will probably pronounce it NEE-um-huh.
-- jasmineenimsaj  3/23/2008
Just because there's an H on the ending doesn't mean Americans will pronounce it, we're not stupid. The most likely pronunciation by us Americans in nee-um or nee-am.

People should stop underestimating Americans and the pronunciation of names and saying Americans will pronounce a name that way when the person isn't American themselves.

I love the name Niamh. But I wouldn't name my daughter that since in America people would pronounce it wrong. But I would use Neev or Neve as an alternate spelling.
-- D.Scott  7/22/2009
I can never remember how to pronounce this name properly!
I'm Welsh, so I read it as Nia, than get completely stuck. :P I pronounce it so it rhymes with Liam. Totally wrong! So I am glad that I found out Nia is actually used as a nickname for Niamh, that means I've got a chance of not embarassing myself if I do ever meet one. :P

I'd never use it, obviously. What's the point if I don't know how to pronounce it? :P



If I did use it, then i'd be just like the stupid people who cant pronounce Welsh names so they make it up, change the gender and still use it =/
-- SioniWinwns  4/25/2008
For the Welsh person who is not sure how to pronounce Niamh. Mh in Irish is NOT like the mh in Welsh which is an unvoiced m as in ym Mhen-y-bont. No it is pronounced like the soft mutated form of m in Welsh which is written f in Welsh & pronounced v. Just as the Welsh word mawr "big" becomes fawr [pronounced /vowr/ after a feminine noun so the Irish word mór "big" is written mhór & pronounced /vo:r/ after a feminine noun. E.G. Welsh: y garreg fawr = Irish: an charraig mhór = the big rock
So Niamh is pronounced Niaf in Welsh or Niav in English. Some native speakers of Irish pronounce the mh with a slight nasal tinge and this was perhaps the normal pronunciation in earlier times.
-- Deas23242  7/7/2008
Niamh should become Néimhe in the genitive case & should in former times have become Néimh in the dative case. [The dative case is becoming archaic in Irish today [except in cases where it has itself replaced the nominative]]. But though the genitive is much more usual in modern usage, this does not seem to apply to many personal names. An bhfaca tú leabhar Niamh? would be a more usual usage today than the more correct an bhfaca tú leabhar Néimhe? perhaps.
One explanation for this might be that the name was not in common use as a girl's name in earlier centuries and only existed in the story of Oisín mac Fhinn going to Tír na nÓg with Niamh Chinn Óir [Bright-(one) of (the) Head of Gold]
Searching all the names in the 1911 census for county Dublin there was one Niamh & one Neave. These two were both young children which suggests that the name had not been used in the 19th century.
-- Deas23242  7/8/2008
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the name Niamh! Even though the pronunciation is tricky. In America, they would assume it is prounounced NYE-Amph or something, but they would have to learn it is NEEV. I will probably name one of my children this!
-- Dragon_Clarinet  7/16/2008
I personally love this name! I probably wouldn't ever use it as a first name (as to save it from being slaughtered pronunciation and spelling-wise), but I would TOTALLY consider it as a middle name.
-- Anonymous User  7/26/2008
I LOVE the name Niamh! However, I wouldn't name my daughter this unless I lived in Ireland where people actually pronounce it correctly. In America, this name would be a pronunciation nightmare and the kid would be sick of people getting her name wrong.
-- Anonymous User  8/29/2008
I'd love the name if only it were spelt differently.
-- not_another_Jessica  10/26/2008
In the "Sevenwaters" series of books by Juliet Marillier, Niamh is the eldest daughter of Sorcha.
-- Martha Gold  11/4/2008
The name Niamh is pretty. I love the associations with Tír na nÓg, and I think the story is really sad, though, because Oisín never gets to visit Niamh again. :(
-- rachypiesheepbaa  1/30/2009
When I first saw the spelling I wasn't sure how to pronounce it. Plus, it reminded me of NiMH batteries[!] I don't think North American people would ever get this name right. The true pronunciation is pretty though as described.
-- arxsyn  3/2/2009
Modern version is Niab.
-- Anonymous User  5/18/2009
I don't like this name. It will never be pronounced correctly in English, and of course it's part of the stupid trend of using unanglicized Irish names. For a long time, Irish people in America used non-Irish names and were satisfied with it. Really, there are other ways to honor your Irish heritage.
-- bananarama  7/6/2009
Yes, Americans (with or without Irish heritage) should limit themselves to Kevin, Ryan and the faux-Irish Colleen and Erin. Fantastic. Are you the name police? The amount of times I've heard people on here with their ridiculously stringent "You shouldn't use this, this and this" drives me mad.

Niamh may not get pronounced right in the US, but it's a no-brainer in Britain and well known in Australia and New Zealand. Many modern anglicisations bother me more than the scary spellings you mock. And Niamh is hardly Caoilfhionn so get over yourself.

I love seeing names reclaimed. Not much for heritage are you?
-- Anonymous User  9/12/2009
How is using unanglicized Irish names stupid? Niamh is used without any real problems in many countries such as the U.K. and Australia by people with and without Irish heritage. It is a nice name and the pronunciation is fairly straightforward. I think you're being a little dramatic.
-- vomiting  1/7/2010
It's such ugly name! Yuk.
-- Ravynne  9/28/2009
Such a beautiful name.
-- father ted  11/6/2009
I actually really like this name now, especially the meaning. When I first saw it I thought it was nee-am-ah but now I really like NEEV. Although if I were to name my child this it would be hard for them to keep correcting people (since I live in North America). Anyways, really nice name.
-- Fray  12/6/2009
Wow! A lot of people must have trouble asking others how to pronounce a name. Why would you let other people not pronouncing a name correctly stop you from using it? They say it incorrectly you simply correct them. Being a complete name nerd I know or can usually guess many pronunciations. In my line of work I've met many people with hard to pronounce names. I always ask the correct pronunciation. I believe people appreciate this. Niamh is a beautiful name. One of my favourites. And I would not let other people keep me from using it or any other hard to pronounce name. Cheers to all the Niamhs out there!
-- Anonymous User  1/9/2010
I named my daughter Niamh, and we live in the U.S. I thought long and hard about the spelling, but in the case of this name, I don't think changing the spelling is appropriate. I know of people with very traditional/common names who report that people STILL mispronounce/misspell them.

So far, people have been ultra-careful about the spelling and pronunciation. Once in awhile it's an issue at the doctor's or something, but since I write in the phonetic version, not a big problem.
-- Anonymous User  2/5/2010
The correct pronunciation in Irish Gaelic in Ulster is:
NYEE-uw

In Munster, Leinster and Connacht it is:
NYEE-uv

The pronunciation NEEV is an Anglicised mispronunciation used by English speakers.
-- Anonymous User  5/8/2011
I am called Niamh and used to find my name boring. I am from Ireland (the north to be exact) and lots of girls my age are called Niamh, but after reading all these lovely comments I am feeling much happier with my name. So I suppose I owe you all a thank you! And the name Niamh is pronounced neev. I don't think people should change the spelling of the name. Neeve just doesn't look right or very nice.
-- NiamhNicLiam491  9/22/2011
Wow, this name is really popular in England, Ireland, and Scotland, but I've never heard of it in the States. I don't think anyone here would be able to pronounce it, I know I was very surprised to see how it was pronounced. How do you get "neev" out of "Niamh"?
-- Anonymous User  1/13/2013
Whoever said that Niamh is 'well-known' in australia is wrong! Even in melbourne about every one in one thousand people I meet can pronounce it. I've gotten pretty used to the day-to-day slaughtering of my name though, and it's beautiful - so I don't really mind!
-- mydoglikesme  2/22/2013
I used to work for a models agency in Northern Ireland and I knew a girl there from the west called Niamh. She was such a lovely, kind girl and extremely beautiful. Altough in the myth of Tir na nOg Niamh had golden locks, this girl I knew had dark brunette hair and bright blue eyes yet for some reason the name just suited her so well. I would seriously consider this name if I ever have a baby girl.
-- ChristiansGirl  6/16/2014
My name is Niamh and I live in Northern Ireland.. Most people don't have a problem, but people that aren't brought up in the Irish culture would sometimes pronounce it as nee-uv.. But I think people in different parts of Ireland pronounce it slightly differently, Me and all the Niamh's I know, which are quite a lot as It is a very popular name, especially in a catholic school, pronounced as nee-v.
-- Anonymous User  6/25/2014
My name is Niamh, and I live in the US. It's a family name, and I love it! Yes, people mispronounce it the first time they see it, but that really hasn't been a big hardship in my life. I explain the pronunciation once, and that's the end of it. I wouldn't want any other name.
-- crazyperson  7/8/2014

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