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Pronounced "SHAY-gha" (the dh/gh is gutteral, like "ch"/"kh", but based on the sound of a hard "g".)
-- gaelruadh19  1/14/2007
Also has another variant: Séaghdén, but that is pronounced SHAY-N, more or less.
-- Anonymous User  12/20/2014
Sé is not a diminutive of Séaghdha, it is instead a variant from after the spelling reform movement:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_orthography#Spelling_reform

Sé & Séaghdha are pronounced identically, so even possible use as a diminutive is unlikely.

MacLysaght includes it in an appendix of “Surnames of Ireland, ” one in a list of names stripped of their definition-origins by the reforms (that is, Séaghdha means hawk, Sé means nothing).
-- Domhnall  3/20/2015

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