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My name's Sorcha and we've been pronouncing it with a hard "c" forever. But one of my Dad's friends is a professor of Gaelic language and said it's meant to have 3 syllables and should be pronounced "sur-uh-kah". Also, the way my name is pronounced means twat in Italian. Don't name your daughter Sorcha.
sorchajet  7/18/2016
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My name is Sorcha Danay _____ and I am 14. Sorcha is originally spelled Sorsha, which is why so many people get confused. The 'c' in my name is supposed to be 's'. My mom got my name off Willow and wanted my name to be special, while my dad wanted my name to be spelled correctly. But if Sorcha is spelled with an S or a C it is still pronounced the same.
― Anonymous User  3/21/2016
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This is not and never should be pronounced Sor-sha or Sur-sha. It's either Sor-kha or Sor-u-kha. Just because you are pronouncing your own name wrong does not mean it's an acceptable alternative. You do not say Pierre as Pyre as an alternative. You do not say Jose as Joe's. You do not say Sorcha as Sorsha. You are not entitled to change a Gaelic language because of your own ignorance.
Quro  2/18/2016
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My name. It's Irish & means "bright."

Pronounced "sor-uh-kha" with a slightly trilled R & a guttural "ch."
Sorcha56  8/22/2015
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Possibly pronounced "Sor-sha". Some suggest it's the Irish form of "Sarah". [noted -ed]
DRyelle  8/27/2014
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The name Sorcha can be pronounced many ways but one of the ways to pronounce Sorcha is actually SORSHA I know this because Sorcha is my name and I pronounce it SORSHA. So anyone who is saying that SORSHA is the wrong way to pronounce Sorcha is wrong.
― Anonymous User  1/26/2014
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This is my siblings name, however, we pronounce her name: Sorr-kha.
― Anonymous User  3/25/2013
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My friend is named this and she says it's pronounced like sarah-ka but I suppose the pronunciation would vary.
audreybee  3/24/2012
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Here for pronunciation:
http://www.babynamesofireland.com/pages/girl-names-n-z.html

From Sorcha meaning "bright, radiant, light." Popular in the Middle Ages, the name has become popular again in recent years partly due to the success of the Irish actress Sorcha Cusack in Britain.
Ligeia  5/20/2010
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My name is Sorcha, my mother and I pronounce it soar-sha. We both know that's wrong. But it's just another way to do it.
SorchaMary  2/23/2009
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It's Sor-i-ka!
clairabella  1/29/2009
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It's pronounced SOR-sha. Very silly how people are coming up with surr-ik-a and other things- there's not even an I in there! I love this name, however.
― Anonymous User  1/27/2009
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The "ch" in Gaelic is always pronounced "kh" as in "loch", never as in "Charlotte"; I speak Gaelic and I can say that it's pronounced "SOR-kha" or "SOR-i-kha" depending on the speaker. And the added (and actually half-pronounced most of the time) "i" sound is found in many Gaelic words to soften the pronunciation; "dearg" (JER-uk), "Donnchadh" (DAWN-ukh-a), "garg" (GAR-uk), "garbh" (GAR-uv), "doirbh" (DUR-uv), and the like.
gaelruadh19  1/28/2009
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Gaelruadh19 is right, though it's more of a SOR-ik-ah than SOR-ka.
― Anonymous User  1/29/2009
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Incidentally, Sorcha does not mean Sara(h), or anything Hebrew or Latin. We Gaelic speaking Irish had our own, unique names, the meaning of which is often lost in the mists of time. When the English forced us to learn English (after emancipation in 1823), they renamed us names in school that usually sounded similar to theirs. For example, Donal became Daniel & yes - Danny boy might have been Donal boy, or more probably, anglicised as Donny Boy.
eiringo  8/13/2008
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Well, my name's Sorcha and I can confirm that there are multiple pronunciations of the name used all the time! All are pretty much acceptable too! I use the version as if phonetically spelt SOR-A-KA, and then I usually use SORKA as a nickname.
sorcha3692  8/12/2008
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It is pronounced SUR-ik-a in phonetic English, not SOR-sha. Many people make this mistake.
GarbageGuy  5/11/2008
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Well, isn't this funny? A dozen people claiming THEY know the right pronunciation of the name. There seem to at least six correct pronunciation until now.
― Anonymous User  5/7/2008
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What posessed my parents to call me this (it's my middle name) I don't know.
Glamorous  1/7/2008
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It's not Sor-ka, that is a very, very wrong pronunciation and it annoys me. It's pronounced Surr-i-ca.
Clodagh  10/27/2007
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The name Sorka is the protagonist's name in Dragonsdawn, by Anne McCaffrey. It is also the name of a main character in the Keltiad novels 'The Throne of Scone' and 'The Copper Crown', by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, with the spelling of Sorcha.
reinedudrame  7/10/2007
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Actress Sorcha Cusack played the title role in the 1973 film version of "Jane Eyre." I have been told this is the best version ever made.
Annabeau  2/15/2007
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It's actually pronounces SOR-ra.
nothingshortoftragic  2/10/2007
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Virtually unknown in this country, Sorcha is an old Irish name that has become very popular in contemporary Ireland. It means "shining bright" and is pronounced SOR-ra.
nothingshortoftragic  2/10/2007
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More accurately pronounced as 'SURR-kha' with the last syllable being softer than it looks.
Lizdebiz  1/17/2007
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The meaning is lovely but the whole look of the name makes me screw my face up and when I say Sorcha it gets stuck in my mouth and comes out sounding horrible.
laney  1/6/2007
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It's pronounced "SOR-kha".
gaelruadh19  11/27/2006
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There's also the Gaelic "Dorcha," which has the opposite meaning of "Sorcha" (that is, "dark").
gaelruadh19  11/27/2006
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Pronounced SOR-ca or SUR-ha.
Mine  8/29/2006
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I think this is such a pretty name - one of my (few) favourite Irish names (even though I'm Irish myself!) A girl in my class has this name but she is the only person I have ever heard with this name. There also used to be character called this on the Irish soap-opera "Fair City". You can pronounce it like SOR-SHA, but I much prefer SOR-KA, with a hard CH.
emeraldstar  6/28/2006
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This name is also used in the movie Willow.
Jeana Bradbury  1/26/2006
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I'm sorry, it is not! The name used in Ron Howard's fantasy-epos "Willow" was SORSHA, as you can see here: http://www.lepconnie.com/willow/encyclopedia/thepeople.html (see 'Sorsha') or here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096446/ (see 'Joanne Whalley').
MusicalTwinSiStar2  2/15/2006
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The main character in Juliet Marillier's "Daughter of the Forest". I absolutely adore this name!
queenofaquitaine  7/20/2005
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YES! Wonderful book, and a lovely name made more-so by the character! Since names tend to take on more than their original meaning through usage (and some are begun as literary devices), it would not surprise me to have the additional meanings of "brave warrior, courageous lady", etc. added as the result of the literaty usage!
Peri  9/30/2005
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It's the name of Donal O'Donnell's wife in "The Wonders of the Three Donals," a folktale from Donegal.
Jenna R  7/11/2005
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I have read elsewhere that this is the Irish form of Claire, as they both mean bright.
CDN  7/3/2005
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It is the Irish variation of "Sarah".
― Anonymous User  5/12/2005
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Hebrew for "sorceress".
Sorcha  2/10/2005

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