Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Saoirse

Today's name: Saoirse

Pronunciation: SEER-sha, sometimes SAYR-sha, and more rarely SIR-sha

Potential nicknames: Sersh, Search, Sea, Isa, Shay, Shy

Origin: Modern Irish Gaelic, meaning "freedom." It has only been used since the last century, specifically the 1920s, and is strongly patriotic due to the fact that it is a word-name, equivalent of Liberty or Freedom in the U.S.

Popularity: Saoirse is very popular in Ireland, ranking in at #25 in 2009. There were 71 baby girls named Saoirse in 2010 in the U.S. In 2011 it rose to 101 births for girls, and by 2016 it ranked at #983.

Fun fact: (1) Saoirse is the name of an Irish Republican newspaper, and it is considered a patriotic, Nationalist/Catholic Nationalist, Republican baby name. It refers to Ireland being completely free, not a part of the UK. (2) Saoirse Ronan, famous Irish actress who played  in the movie Atonement.

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