I'd pronounce it Ai-yo-fee, but I guess that's not the usual way to say Aoife.
SnorkakLife  5/6/2020
I choose this name for my horse as she is beautiful and the name's very suiting. Also knew a dog with this name.
Niamhbaszyl  5/16/2019
>"Eventually she was reconciled with her sister and became the lover of Cúchulainn."

I guess that's one way to put it.


"When Aífe turns to look, he overpowers her, throws her over his shoulder, and carries her back to his side. He held his sword at her throat as she begged for her life. He chooses not to kill her, on two conditions: that she cease hostilities with Scáthach and she bear him a son."

"When her rival, the warrior woman Aífe, threatens her territory, Cú Chulainn defeats Aífe in battle. At swordpoint, he decides to spare her life under the condition that she will lie with him and bear him a son. This rape leaves Aífe pregnant with his son Connla, whom Cú Chulainn kills years later - only realizing who Connla is after he has slain him."

Sorry, but I've never been comfortable with hiding the ugliness of the past behind euphemisms.
star3catcher  12/23/2018
LOVE my middle name Aoife.
― Anonymous User  9/12/2018
The name Aoife was given to 107 girls in the US in 2017.
Lady_Skywalker  9/10/2018
Very lovely if it is pronounced the correct way, ee-Fuh. This name sounds like the name of a princess or something to me, and I don't think of Eva.
― Anonymous User  4/23/2018
A most inviting Irish name. Neither boring nor overstated. Certainly sweet, whether you're born in Ireland or not. I love it. Gaelic names are rather easy and warm.
dranagan  9/23/2017
Hmm, just too difficult whether as a child or an adult unless living in Southern Ireland... best keep it there.
― Anonymous User  11/3/2016
You don't have to be in/live Ireland to name your child Aoife. I don't know anyone in the US with this name so I can't comment on whether they'd know how to pronounce it or not. My grandfather is half/full Irish.. But I live in England and everyone I know knows how to pronounce Aoife so tell me again how you'd have to be in Ireland to name someone this or to know how to pronounce it.
― Anonymous User  1/31/2017
The name Aoife was given to 98 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/17/2016
LMS  5/16/2016
I'm not Irish but my grandparents are. My daughter is now 15 months old and is named Aoife Belle. I don't have issues with people not pronouncing it correctly. I've only had to tell them once or twice. In my opinion, you shouldn't have to be Irish or living in Ireland to have a Irish name! My cousin is called Alisha and people call her 'A li sha' and that is a very common name. It doesn't matter what you name your baby. You'll always get mistakes.
rachellen  1/25/2016
I think it is a beautiful name, but I would not name my child that because people will spell and pronounce it wrong. It's the name of a girl at my school :).
Jghazt333  11/24/2015
This is a beautiful name and in my opinion we should start using these old Irish names wherever we live now even if we no longer live in Ireland but our ancestors come from Ireland. It brings a rich heritage to our children when they have names like these they are very uncommon and much better then the standard new names... without much history or meaning.
SandraMM  10/4/2015
Yes, Aoife is a very pretty name, but unfortunately there aren't very many Gaelic speakers here in the States. Most everyone here would butcher the crap out of the pronunciation.
mrose19  6/27/2013
I don't see the big deal about using this name in an anglophone country. If I had Irish heritage, I would MUCH rather have a traditional Irish name than a butchered and/or faux one. And this is a fairly simple Irish name at that.

My siblings grew up with much more complicated foreign names, but they and others learned the pronunciation and spelling just fine. Xenophobes just need to suck it up.
bathos  2/23/2011
This is the classic attempt of an American parent trying to sound unique. How many people will pronounce this correct right of the bat? I think we're looking at a whopping ZERO. The name itself, when pronounced correctly, is pleasant, but a tad bland. But, please, can we leave the Irish names to the Irish and name our children something they can pronounce themselves?
EchoSketcher  7/22/2010
I don't care for this name. It's kind of boring and overrated in my opinion. I'm not really fond of unanglicized Irish names.
bananarama  12/26/2009
Who the *heck* can pronounce this? Unless you teach everybody in town (your, most likely, NON-Irish town) the paths and twists of Irish phonetics, you're gonna be getting "ah-oy-fuh," or "ah-oh-ee-fay," or God knows what.

Though when it's actually pronounced correctly, it's a beautiful name, yeah.
― Anonymous User  11/18/2009
I like Aoife. I wouldn't name a child this, but I think it's nice.
thecookiemonster  2/6/2009
To be honest, when I first looked at it I pronounced it "Oyf!" :P
It's an okay name, but could use a different spelling (one that doesn't start with every other vowel but the expected one, haha).
not_another_Jessica  12/29/2008
Living in Ireland personally, I've only ever heard this name pronounced "EE-fuh". The "a" at the end of Aoife is like the "a" at the end of Sarah or Veronica.
Sophannagh  12/23/2008
Very beautiful name! I have a fondness for Irish names. I can easily imagine it on a little girl as well as a grown woman.
CanadianChibi  11/20/2008
This is a beautiful name with a great meaning & history. However, I wish to pronounce it right. I have gone to several sites and been given eefa, eefah, eefeh. Should I pronounce the fa like far, or fa like beginning of fa ctory, or feh like fe tch me the ball?
louise fielder  9/13/2008
Beautiful name, one of my favourites. I'd never use it though, simply because I know that most people would spell and/or pronounce it completely wrong.
SuperstarBear  7/1/2008
For the darker side of Aoife see King Lir's second wife who was a beautiful witch and turned all 4 of Lir's children into swans condemned to fly for 900 years.
Still a beautiful name and worthy of any sorcerer.
― Anonymous User  2/19/2008
Good luck teaching your kid to read. :)
jasmineenimsaj  2/10/2008
*eek* Is this pronounced like it's spelled? I mean I know that Irish doesn't have the same phonetics as English, so is there some other way to say this name other than ay-oh-ee-fay? If not and this is the right way to say it, I find it to be a bit vowel-heavy and "ay-oh-ee" sounds like "owie" to me so you end up with "Owie Fay"(?) -- the fairy of boo-boo's? Hmmm. Um, no. Not pretty to me. I would LOVE to hear it said by an Irishman. I'm sure it lilts off the tongue, said correctly.
leananshae  12/23/2007
It's said ee-fa.
The names on this site tend to have the pronunciation listed right under. :)
nothingshortoftragic  12/28/2007
I think it's a pretty Irish name, but I personally wouldn't name my child that.
joanie2007  7/1/2007
Gorgeous Irish name, I really like it.
Twix  6/13/2007
One of the contestants on 'How do you solve a problem like Maria?'. She didn't win, Connie did.
Luangi  10/29/2006
Very, very beautiful name, I love it!
GLynElisabeth  8/21/2006
One of the most common names in Ireland - along with Ciara, Roisin and Aisling. I much prefer the English version Eve.
emeraldstar  6/28/2006
Very pretty name, I like it much.
― Anonymous User  6/6/2006
My name is Aoife and in the environment in which I work I state my name to 100s of people every day, receiving different impressions of the name. The majority of people like it but others get frustated because it contains most of the vowels in the alphabet. Sad but true! Usually people would like to change their name, but I love mine!
Aoifeok  2/10/2006
Aoife means beauty - and I think it's a suitable meaning for the name. It sounds beautiful and melodic when it's spoken with a true Irish accent.
hana  1/27/2006

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