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Irish folks, proper pronunciation of Niamh?

Asked by Mama_Cakes (10930points) February 26th, 2016 from iPhone

Is it ‘Neev’ or ‘Nee-iv’?

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Love_my_doggie's avatar

For full disclosure, I’m not Irish, just Irish-American. But, I have traveled extensively throughout Ireland, and I have relatives named Niamh.

I believe that either NEEV or NEE-av is correct. It’s likely a regional thing, much like saying AHNT v. ANT.

zenvelo's avatar

Here’s a video on how to pronounce it.

Strauss's avatar

I’m not Irish, but I’m somewhat familiar with pronunciation of Gaelic and Celtic words.

My educated guess is that it would be something close to what @Love_my_doggie says, “NEE-av”, with regional variations.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

Irish names are so beautiful. I love the name ‘Saoirse’ (‘Seer-shah’).

Seek's avatar

Sent this question to our resident Dubliner.

Though, I will say I love the regional variants just as much. There’s a massive difference between Ulster and Munster.

janbb's avatar

@Seek Yeah, one’s a city and the other’s a cheese.

cazzie's avatar

Cheese can’t pronounce a name! Silly penguin.

janbb's avatar

I dunno – sometimes when I eat cheese, it talks back!

NerdyKeith's avatar

I’m Irish, so I’ll take this one.

Niamh is pronounced as “nee”+ “ve”

You only really pronounce it as “Nee” + “iv” if you have a very strong Dublin accent. My Dublin accent isn’t that strong. So I go for the first pronunciation.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

@NerdyKeith You’re hereby and officially our Resident Irishman and go-to person for All Things Irish.

How lucky you are, living in such a beautiful country.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

Helpful, jellies. Thanks.

NerdyKeith's avatar

Hehe thanks @Love_my_doggie; I’ll do my very best to answer any Ireland related questions.

@Mama_Cakes You are very welcome

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