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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 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 Éire! (
― Anonymous User  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.
― Anonymous User  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--
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:
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
Wow. This is such a beautiful and refreshing name! I am amazed that it means "freedom". The Irish origin is awesome. All in all, Saoirse is a brill name. :)
― Anonymous User  2/12/2015
A very beautiful name!
lizochka  8/25/2015
I'm from Ireland and we named our daughter Saoirse (which we pronounce Seer-Sha) in 1996. Her middle name is Meabh. We live in the U.S. And it can take a few tries for people to spell it and pronounce it initially. I understand that well as I have the same problem with my name. The teachers, when my daughter was in school, were great and mastered it quickly. I could never imagine her called anything else.
Briege  8/27/2015
My Saoirse Aurelia was born on January 1st, 2013. I'm Filipino and my husband has Irish roots. We decided on an Irish name when my father in law passed away a couple of weeks before she was born, so he never got a chance to meet her (he's met my oldest, Alethea). We pronounce it Sair-sha, and paired it with Aurelia since that was my late grandmother's name who I was very close to. We live in the U.S. and have had people ask about pronunciation, but we live in a diverse city that other people and teachers have heard of the name Saoirse before. Plus, I'm used to people not pronouncing my name correctly (I get called the herb Rosemary a lot, it's Rosemarie).
― Anonymous User  12/2/2015
Hope no 2 legged Saoirses are offended, but I have chosen this name for my new service dog in training. I chose it because of its beauty and meaning, as he will provide freedom for me to navigate, but also because of its unusual pronunciation and spelling. If a passerby hears me address my service dog with a common name, they can pick up on the name and distract him by using it. I know it is usually a girls name, but I doubt very much that the male puppy will care. Then, if I am asked his name, I give out a more usual "public" name which he never hears in training. In this day and age of predators, I would think the unusual name for a child would have the same advantage.
Helping paws  2/2/2016
Today I legally changed my first name to Saoirse. I chose it for two reasons. 1. I wanted a Celtic name that meant "freedom" 2. It felt right paired with my surname. I am now complete!
Thundermtn  3/9/2016
LMS  5/16/2016
Saoirse is the name of the little selkie in the 2014 Irish animated fantasy film Song of the Sea.
0delia  5/18/2016
Someone above mentioned Song of the Sea. I had honestly never heard of the name before that movie but I'm in LOVE with it. I wish my husband was on board with using it :(
SweetieG  12/11/2016
The name Saoirse was given to 158 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/15/2016
Being the American that I am, when I first saw this name I thought it was supposed to be pronounced say-OY-ers! But the true pronunciation is so lovely! I don't think I would name my child this, though, because no one would know how to say it, but I would definitely use this for a character.
― Anonymous User  9/9/2016
On this site, it lists it as both a girls and boys name.

I'm hoping to name my child Saoirse regardless of the gender.
kshea333  10/2/2016
Saoirse Una Ronan is an Irish and American actress. She is a two-time Academy Award nominee; receiving a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Atonement, and a Best Actress nomination for Brooklyn. She also received three BAFTA Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, two Screen Actors Guild nominations and two Satellite Awards.
cutenose  2/28/2017
Saoirse was the only name my husband and I could agree on for a girl while I was pregnant. We watched Song of the Sea and we both fell in love with it, both the sound of it and the meaning. Living in America, I always have to explain the pronunciation and spelling, but that's okay. After her first pediatrician appointment when the nurse called us back with a, "Say-o-irs?" I decided that I have to teach my daughter that if someone says a name starting with an S and ending with a question mark, it's probably her!
Speglet  5/2/2017
The name Saoirse was given to 271 girls born in the US in 2016.
― Anonymous User  6/6/2017
I'm in love with the name Saoirse! (SEER-sha)
But please, how could you write it in English language so that everyone could read it properly? Searsha? Seersha?
Sirsha? How?
Shirley28  9/26/2017
Saoirse Ronan hosted Saturday Night Live recently and sang a song about how to pronounce her name. She said "It's ser-sha like inertia."
― Anonymous User  1/3/2018
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