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I love this name. It's gorgeous and its meaning is lovely.
-- poetic_freedom  3/3/2006
Wow, this is a cool name, but if it's really pronounced SEER-sha, which is absolutely beautiful, I don't think there are going to be too many people who can pronounce that correctly.
-- swisssugar  5/23/2006
This name gained popularity as part of the Republican movement in Northern Ireland. The word "saoirse" was and is a part of many mottos of Republican grops.
-- Jenna R  6/21/2006
This will be my daughter's name (due Jan. 07) if we have a girl. I pronounce it sair-sha and I have had the pronunciation confirmed correct by Gaelic and Irish citizens. Seer-sha is also a correct pronunciation. According to the Irish I have spoken to about the name it is a difference of dialect, of which there are many in Ireland. I believe the pronunciation sair-sha is more from the Munster/South Ireland dialects and seer-sha is more from the North. Beautiful name and though it may be difficult for Americans to understand and pronounce I love it too much to not use it for my daughter someday.
-- marissa85  6/22/2006
I used to correspond with an Irish friend who bore this name. She also pronounced it SAIR-sha. I love that pronunciation.
-- Anonymous User  7/27/2006
I personally love this name! I love it pronounced either way and although the spelling really throws people off, I would name my daughter this someday. I think I would pronounce it Sair-sha.
-- stuckonstupid  11/1/2006
I love this name, and hope I can use it someday despite the difficult spelling. Though it seems a hard name to put a middle name with. I think something like "Faith" or "Joy," or especially "Grace" would go pretty with a name that means "freedom."
-- Anonymous User  1/2/2007
I love this name. If I ever chose it for a child, I think I'd have it pronounced 'SEER-sha', but I think people would probably struggle with the pronunciation.
-- Skye x  2/5/2007
There's a guy in my Irish book called Saoirse. Weird. I'm pretty sure it's a girl's name though.
-- Clodagh  4/9/2007
I love the meaning. Saoirse America. It's pretty.
-- VictoriaCalledTori  6/3/2007
Saoirse is a feminine name. Seoirse (SHOR-shah, version of George) is a masculine name that has a very similar spelling.
-- Anonymous User  9/11/2007
Saoirse is also used for males.
-- NiamhWitch  11/17/2007
Surprisingly, no one's mentioned Saoirse Ronan who plays Briony in the movie adaptation of Ian McEwan's "Atonement." Wonderful actress. =]
-- foolsinlove  12/29/2007
This name is so cute for a girl. It's unique, pretty, and looks quite powerful in spelling, I think. Very good name.
-- tu_es_faux  3/8/2008
I used to know a little child called Saoirse. She pronounced it very nicely as, well, I can't write it in phonetic English, but phonetic Irish is easier.

Saoir-sa

Saoir as in the first syllable of Sarah, and sa as in yes in Irish (which is pronounced 'sha').
-- GarbageGuy  5/11/2008
A beautiful name with a beautiful feminine sound and an even more beautiful meaning: I just have to hope that if I name a daughter this that she never leaves Ireland, because the rest of the world has not a clue how it's said!

Additionally, you can see it painted on walls, murals etc in Republican areas of Belfast, where I live. As someone mentioned, it was something of a slogan for the Republican movement (as much as the word "freedom" alone can be a slogan). So it's also a name with history, I suppose you could say. :)
-- vindemiatrix  6/7/2008
Saoirse has only been used as name since the 1920s (more specifically 6 December 1922, when the Irish actually got their freedom from Britain). It's strongly patriotic, full of Irish history and national pride. Because of the name's history and meaning, it is regarded as Republican too. Today, Saoirse a popular girls' name in Ireland, but it used for boys as well, though it's less common. Saor √Čire! (http://homepage.ntlworld.ie/derek.ivory/saoirsename.html)
-- Undine  3/21/2009
Saoirse Ronan played Bryony Tallis in the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's Atonement.
-- RoisinMcLaughlinDowd  4/15/2009
I love this name. I'd probably pronounce it SEER-sha. I'd probably only use it for a child if I actually lived in Ireland, though. Giving your children unpronounceable names in America is not the best idea, to me.
-- GrainneImmaculata  5/2/2009
I pronounce it sairsha as my family are from Carlow in the Midlands of Ireland. I know people pronounce it seersha further north, and that it's used as a boys name too. I don't mind that people struggle to pronounce it, I like having an unusual, meaningful name, and it's an ice-breaker.
-- saoirse86  7/3/2009
Where are people getting that this name is unisex? I live in Ireland and the only Saoirses I know and know of are female. A boy called Saoirse would get teased. And grammatically, Saoirse couldn't be a male name, since "Saoirse" is a feminine noun in Irish.
-- Ailis  9/19/2009
Saoirse is typically pronounced SEER-sha in Northern Ireland, but SAIR-sha in Southern Ireland. It's all a matter of dialect.
-- Dessa  10/6/2009
In an interview on George Lopez's talk show, actress Saoirse Ronan said that it's pronounced "'SIR-sha', like 'inertia'". Probably just another regional variation on that particular vowel sound.
-- Anonymous User  2/17/2010
I like this name a lot. The spelling looks so cool and classy. I'd definitely use it if I was Irish.
-- Aureliano  4/11/2010
Saoirse is pronounced in 1 syllable. You need to hear it to get it. As the a is neither long or short going by English--
"saaaarSSS"
Forget about the o and i.
-- Saoirse_1  4/17/2010
Saoirse has only been used as name since the 1920s, when the Republic of Ireland was created & the Irish got their "freedom" from Britain (hence Saoirse). It's a strongly patriotic name, making a bold statement, a controversial name full of recent Irish history & National pride (to some). The Irish Republican Sinn Fein monthly publication is called 'Saoirse'.
-- CelticStar  7/19/2010
I love this name. Original, has a beautiful meaning and is beautiful sounding. I'm approximately 1/4 Irish and I'm very proud of the fact that I have ancestry from Ireland, and thus I adore Irish names. Saoirse is just so pretty, and would be lovely on a little girl and a grown woman.
-- Hannah_E  3/2/2011
I'm from Ireland and Saoirse can be pronounced:
1. SEER-SHA
2. SAIR-SHA
3. SOR-SHA
Hope I've helped :)
-- dizzydoll  7/17/2011
This is a lovely name! It's one of the finest I've ever heard. If I ever have a daughter someday, this will be my first choice, and if I could rename myself, I would use this one. Beautiful name.
-- BTM  8/24/2011
I've heard this name pronounced; SEER-sha, SAIR-sha, SER-sha and SOR-sha.
-- Anonymous User  9/6/2011
Strong, gorgeous name. I think a good combination is "Saoirse Lee."
-- BTM  10/13/2011
My daughter is 3 months old and I've called her Saoirse. I live in New Zealand however I'm from Ireland. We haven't ruled moving back to Ireland some day so I couldn't let the pronunciation bother us! We didn't know the gender and the name came to us after she was born which is much better as once you see your baby it's much easier to give her a name I think. My partner thought of Sorcha which is also Irish and Sasha which is English as another name so we compromised! I wanted a name that wasn't too popular and that couldn't be shortened! Everyone loves the name and I hope every other Saoirse is as happy and smiley as mine.
-- mageire77  11/30/2011
I just discovered this name, and I think it's so beautiful and graceful, yet strong and full of personality. The meaning and sound are lovely too.
-- sunshinechild67  3/11/2012
I love this name. I named my daughter Saoirse when she was born in 1998. We pronounce it Sair-sha and while it has been difficult from time to time... it is worth it to me, and now to her. She loves her name. I have read some other comments where there has been a question of pairing it with a middle name, I found this to be a bit challenging too and we settled on Irene for her middle name. Of course, I have become accustomed to it... and now it suits her and seems to flow right out when the "full name" from mom moments happen. :)
-- summisse  6/22/2012
Saoirse is a beautiful name, proud and strong yet feminine. My Father named me Cerisa pronouned SEER-E-Sa which is the anglicized version.
-- cerisa  9/11/2012
I've always loved this name so we decided if we ever had another daughter we would call her Saoirse. My little girl was born this February but she was 16 weeks early. Saoirse was perfect for a preemie. She certainly wanted her freedom:) The nurses in the NICU had a hard time at first with the pronunciation but everyone commented on how beautiful it was!
-- Anonymous User  9/21/2012
The name Saoirse was given to 107 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/17/2013
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this name, hence why I named my one and only child this name. I'm not Irish, I have to pronounce it 7 times to everyone new I meet, and I'm pretty much the only person in her world that pronounces it properly. (I pronounce it Seer-sha). Most people just pronounce it Ser-sha. Her full name is Saoirse Amy Willow ( + surname).
-- Anonymous User  7/16/2014
Ever since I saw the movie "THE LOVELY BONES" and I saw this name spelled "SAOIRSE" I had a gut feeing it wasn't pronounced as it looked but I didn't know how to pronounce it and I didn't want to try! It wasn't until I started to learn the Gaeilge "Gway-ilGuh" in most cases "OI" made a long "E" sound. I'm also a fan of Eithne Ni Bhraonain "EN-YA Nee Vree-nine" the famed New Age Gaeilge Ceol artist. The "AO" in Her last name is also a long "E" I did eventually look the name up here to get the answer and it made perfect sense that it's pronouced "SEA-R-Shuh"!
-- Stephen1976  7/17/2014

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