I wish the pronunciations were more complicated. This name seems a bit incomplete. Aodhan is cool, even if Aidan is common and sounds like an actual name.
Cool name!
I'm gonna have to pass... the pronunciations! I mean, I really don't want to offend, but it sounds a little... medieval.
The pronunciations. I can’t take the laughter!
I think it's a great name, and I'll name my kid this. But the kid's name is gonna be pronounced like AWD instead. I'm Irish BTW.
Aodh is a name from Scottish history and mythology and it is anglicised to Hugh. It does mean, in the original Scottish Gaelic, fire. [noted -ed]
It isn't actually pronounced like ay. It's pronounced (forgive my usage of the IPA) like this /iuɣ/. Which is hard to anglicize.
Don't like it. It sounds ugly and hard to pronounce, and it's unfortunately where we get the nauseatingly trendy Aidan from.
WHAT THE HELL kind of a name is this? Can you imagine your mother calling you home for dinner? EEEEEE! Sounds like a shriek for help. God, some of these Irish names are so damn stupid!
Irish is a different language. It was not made with the intention of clashing or coordinating with the English language. Irish uses an entirely different set of sounds and letters, thus creating a clash between Irish and English. Just because a name sounds a certain way in English doesn't mean it sounds the same way in Irish. At any rate, I doubt the Irish spell an expression of fear/disgust "Aodh", or even have the same sound for it.The name Aodh is a wonderful name; it is simple and beautiful and not too complex in pronunciation, even for Americans. It would actually work relatively well in America or an English-speaking culture.
I've once read that another written form of this name is Y. But it's from the fifteenth century and I don't think that anybody would use this today.
I think this is a short sharp funky name, despite how long it's been around. The downside is you might have to say how it's pronounced and spelled, which my sister has to suffer all the time.
I read that same 'like may' pronunciation, and I never got it either. I can't say I really like this name, I and a child would constantly have to tell people how to spell/pronounce it.
This is the perfect middle name. It has the perfect meaning, perfect origin, and it isn't unspellable or extraordinarily unpronounceable. And as an added bonus, it's aesthetically pleasing. Perfection.
Aodh can also be Irish for Hugh, another nice name.
I read somewhere that this was pronounced 'like May'. Finally I get it, because they never specified that there was no 'M'.
In Irish myth, Aodh is one of the four children of Lir who were turned into swans for 900 years.

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