LearnIrishwith Us!

Start Learning!

Irish Language Blog

Bláth Buí Eile — An Caisearbhán (‘Dandelion’ in Irish) Posted by on May 24, 2016

(le Róislín) Continuing our break from the flower-themed girls’ names (like Bláithín, Lile, and Nóinín), we’ll look at another actual flower.  Why specifically a “bláth buí” at this particular time?  Well, we did nóiníní, which may be partly or all yellow, and then cama an ime, which are completely yellow (hence the “im” part of…

Continue reading

An Maith Leat __?  (Can you complete the question in Irish?) Posted by on May 21, 2016

(le Róislín)   Well, usually we try the buttercup question on people, not dogs, ach tá an pictiúr an-ghleoite, nach bhfuil?  In this blogpost, we’ll take another short break from the flower-themed names series, and look specifically at one more flower, the buttercup, generally known as “cam an ime” in Irish. First let’s look at the…

Continue reading

Please Don’t Eat the ‘Nóiníní’ (and a few other flower phrases in Irish) Posted by on May 16, 2016

(le Róislín) Mostly we’ve been focusing on ainmneacha lately, but I thought we’d take a short break and look at the flower behind one of the flower-themed girl’s names featured in a recent blog. So today we’ll look at various uses of the word “nóinín” in Irish.  We discussed ‘nóiníní’ pretty thoroughly in the last…

Continue reading

Five More Irish Names for Girls: Nóinín, Pt. 4 of ‘Names with a Flower Theme (Bláth / Bláithín / Bláthnaid, Daifne / Dafnae, Lil / Lile, Nóinín, Róisín / Róis / Róise, and, sort of, Mairéad / Maighréad)’  Posted by on May 11, 2016

(le Róislín) Daisy?  Nóra? Onóra? Honor? Nóirín vs. Nóinín?  So what exactly is going on here with this name? Well, here’s the short answer.  “Nóinín” is generally considered to be a variation of the name Nóra (Onóra), even though “Nóra” also has another diminutive form, “Nóirín” (Noreen).  The name “Onóra” means “honor (honour),” close to…

Continue reading

Five More Irish Names for Girls: Lil / Lile, Pt. 3 of ‘Names with a Flower Theme (Bláth / Bláithín / Bláthnaid, Daifne / Dafnae, Lil / Lile, Nóinín, Róisín / Róis / Róise, and, sort of, Mairéad / Maighréad)’ Posted by on May 6, 2016

(le Róislín) Continuing with our series of flower-themed names for girls (naisc thíos), let’s look now at the names “Lil” and “Lile (Líle),”  which may be equated with Lily or Lelia, or which may be pet forms of the names “Elizabeth” and/or “Cecilia.”  That latter derivation is from the late Irish names authority, Patrick Woulfe…

Continue reading

Older posts
Newer posts