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PostPosted: Tue 26 Oct 2021 11:03 am 
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I am expecting two baby girls and one of the names I really love is Aibhílín. However, I've read a lot of different variations on pronunciation from ayv-il-een, eve-il-een, evelyn. I don't know anyone personally with the name, and I wondered if anyone on here could help me with pronunciation? Our area would be ulster dialect but open to different options!

Many thanks!


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PostPosted: Tue 26 Oct 2021 2:15 pm 
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abrigid678 wrote:
Hi

I am expecting two baby girls and one of the names I really love is Aibhílín. However, I've read a lot of different variations on pronunciation from ayv-il-een, eve-il-een, evelyn. I don't know anyone personally with the name, and I wondered if anyone on here could help me with pronunciation? Our area would be ulster dialect but open to different options!

Many thanks!


https://forvo.com/word/aibh%C3%ADl%C3%ADn/
Brendan’s pronunciation. /ævıli:n/

BTW: I’d think, the correct spelling is Aibhilín (only the last i with accent)


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PostPosted: Tue 26 Oct 2021 7:16 pm 
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Labhrás wrote:
abrigid678 wrote:
Hi

I am expecting two baby girls and one of the names I really love is Aibhílín. However, I've read a lot of different variations on pronunciation from ayv-il-een, eve-il-een, evelyn. I don't know anyone personally with the name, and I wondered if anyone on here could help me with pronunciation? Our area would be ulster dialect but open to different options!

Many thanks!


https://forvo.com/word/aibh%C3%ADl%C3%ADn/
Brendan’s pronunciation. /ævıli:n/

BTW: I’d think, the correct spelling is Aibhilín (only the last i with accent)



Thanks so much for your help. I wondered about the first fada too but had taken the spelling from "Irish Names" by Donnchadh Ó Corráin & Fidelma Maguire. But on second look it looks like they use both spellings so perhaps the first was a typo:

“*EIBHLÍN (ei-l’īn’, ev-’ l’īn’) f. This name was brought to Ireland by the Normans in the forms Avelina and Emeline. It comes ultimately from Old German and is identical with the English names Evelina and Evelyn. It was the name of many aristocratic ladies in Norman Ireland—the wife of Walter de Burgo, Earl of Ulster (1271), and the daughter of the Red Earl of Ulster amongst others. It passed to Gaelic Ireland as Aibhílín and Eibhlín. Aibhilín was the name of a daughter of MacCarthy More in the sixteenth century. As Eibhlín the name achieved great popularity.”

Would any of those variations of spelling give something closer to "ayv-il-een" (like Domnal's pronunciation on forvo), or are you aware of any usage of the name in that way? That's how I had instinctively pronounced it and I guess I've sort of warmed to it now.


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PostPosted: Wed 27 Oct 2021 5:33 am 
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Labhrás wrote:
abrigid678 wrote:
Hi

I am expecting two baby girls and one of the names I really love is Aibhílín. However, I've read a lot of different variations on pronunciation from ayv-il-een, eve-il-een, evelyn. I don't know anyone personally with the name, and I wondered if anyone on here could help me with pronunciation? Our area would be ulster dialect but open to different options!

Many thanks!


https://forvo.com/word/aibh%C3%ADl%C3%ADn/
Brendan’s pronunciation. /ævıli:n/

BTW: I’d think, the correct spelling is Aibhilín (only the last i with accent)


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PostPosted: Thu 28 Oct 2021 9:33 pm 
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Aibhilín - as someone previously said only one letter has the accent. Otherwise it would be difficult to pronounce. I'm not familiar with that word. Eibhlín is the commonest version.
But I'm guessing Aibh and Eibh have the same sound, "eye". I'm going by the word "aibhneachaí" a word I do know meaning "rivers". But I'm not sure.


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Thanks, all!


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