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Post January 13 2009, 0:44 AM
BridMhor
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Brighid is what my mother taught me. But when I went to school the teachers changed it to modern spelling, i.e. Bríd.

OP both are pronunced the same. The gh in Brighid is silent.
Not to be confused with Bridget.

 
Post January 13 2009, 12:56 PM
BridMhor
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In no way am I trying to put the OP off choosing Bríd here.
In my experience only Irish speakers pronounce the name correctly. As you know I went to England last month and my two year old grand-niece was the only one who got the pronunciation right. My two nephews who don’t speak Irish say “Breed”. Actually Breed is the commonist pronunciation I hear amonst English speakers, with the English “r”. My sister-in-law who has lived in my hometown for at least 30 years calls me Breege. Even though she was originally a Irish speaker.(she went to USA as a small child and raised there, and that was the end of the Irish).

In a gaelscoil they will have no problem with the name. In my generation Bríd is a very common name in Ireland. It wouldn't be in America or elsewhere abroad. I recommend the name. Bríd.

Post January 13 2009, 14:03 PM
MacFear
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fiairefeadha wrote:
Barnaí wrote:
pabehan20 wrote:Failte romhat,

My wife and I are expecting our first child in ten weeks time. We don't know the gender yet but we love the name 'BREEGE'.

Is there a definitive spelling AS Gaeilge for this name?

We intend to send our child to a Gaelscoil so we want to make sure the spelling is correct.

Go raibh maith agat,
Paddy


You could go for an older spelling.

Brighde
This looks like Genitive case.Brighid would be more correct


Aye my aunties name was spelled Brighid. Im going to call my kid Bríd though just because it looks nicer to me :)

Post January 13 2009, 17:14 PM
pabehan20
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Thanks very much for all the replies.

Your replies substantiate my suspicions.

The only problem I have now is that if we spell it BRID...people will not pronounce it as BREEGE!

Any thoughts on that one?

Post January 13 2009, 17:35 PM
Redwolf
Ard-Banríon na Ráiméise
 
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pabehan20 wrote:Thanks very much for all the replies.

Your replies substantiate my suspicions.

The only problem I have now is that if we spell it BRID...people will not pronounce it as BREEGE!

Any thoughts on that one?


Are you in Ireland? If so, I doubt that anyone will have a problem with it. If you're in the U.S., however, all bets are off.

Don't forget the fada, though! It's "Bríd," not "Brid."

Redwolf

Post January 13 2009, 17:43 PM
pabehan20
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Thanks for that...in Kilkenny...up the Cats!

So you don't think there will be a problem...I must return to the boss with that information.

Slan


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