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Irish-English Name Dictionary Quiz
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Sep 16th, 2012 at 09:14 GMT
Another great addition.
Sep 16th, 2012 at 15:09 GMT
This one is my favorite so far, quite tough
Sep 16th, 2012 at 16:23 GMT
Agreed that this is another great and extremely interesting and informative quiz. Only thing is that this one requires more thinking than the Spanish and French quizzes and deserves at least a couple more minutes. I was carefully plodding along without a miss and not paying attention to the clock when BOOM it was over with 15 more to go.
Sep 16th, 2012 at 17:41 GMT
I added 3 minutes in case you want to give it another go!
Sep 17th, 2012 at 18:27 GMT
Lots of fun and well done! One comment -- perhaps Kathleen would be a better translation of Caitlin. The Irish for Catherine would, I think, be Catriona. Your source indicates this possibility and in modern day Ireland it seems to be more the case. Not a big deal, though.
Sep 17th, 2012 at 19:05 GMT
@Duckie, good comment. My understanding is that Caitlin was the Irishization of Catherine. Then Kathleen was the anglicization of Caitlin. So I went with the original English name.
Oct 12th, 2012 at 17:12 GMT
Full marks for me! I'm really glad you didn't include Sorcha/Sarah. My name is Sorcha and I get really annoyed when people say Sarah is the equivalent since they mean completely different things!
Oct 13th, 2012 at 23:04 GMT
This was fun, though I spotted several after I'd made wrong guesses. :-)
Game published: Nov 3rd, 2012 at 17:00 GMT
Nov 3rd, 2012 at 17:23 GMT
Interesting quiz although I've never come across an 'Honora' nor a 'Columba' before. I felt they were both weird inclusions or perhaps I just don't get out enough.
Nov 3rd, 2012 at 17:26 GMT
Weird that George becomes Seoirse. The only person I know called Seoirse is a girl...
Nov 3rd, 2012 at 17:40 GMT
This quiz appears to be full of inaccuracies. A few spellings seem to be off and I'm not sure about a few of the answers. You should have included more obvious ones like Paul = Pól. Great idea nevertheless!
Nov 3rd, 2012 at 17:44 GMT
Even though I come from 'the oul country' I didn't recognize all of these. Still, you live and learn every day on Sporcle! :-)
Nov 3rd, 2012 at 17:55 GMT
I had both an Honora and an Eamon in my family tree, so yes, the names definitely do exist. Actually, that's the first time I've ever run across another Eamon, though the spelling is different (my grandfather's kid brother).
Nov 3rd, 2012 at 18:42 GMT
Nov 3rd, 2012 at 19:36 GMT
Excellent and fun quiz, and generally easier than expected. However, there were a few banana skins, mainly names beginning with either f or g.
Nov 3rd, 2012 at 20:16 GMT
Got seoirse and séafra mixed up with Saoirse and Siofra (girls names. Few answers seemed a bit of though, Jonathan is usually translated as Sean and William generally becomes Liam. Great idea for a quiz though
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Nov 3rd, 2012 at 21:01 GMT
It's Siobhán not Siobhan. These are weird translations what did you use, google translate! You've been cnyb'ed. Laters.
Nov 3rd, 2012 at 21:17 GMT
Some of these are very odd... However, as somebody who's middle name is legitimately Proinsias, I'm willing to believe that they might be right.
Nov 3rd, 2012 at 21:47 GMT
Whoa, Irish is officially the weirdest language I've ever encountered. Also, Owen = Eógan.
Nov 3rd, 2012 at 22:17 GMT
Good quiz but I thought Eoin was the Irish for John though
Nov 3rd, 2012 at 22:33 GMT
Does anybody else have Adhamh, Eabha, Eamonn, and Iomhar at the end of the list and not in alphabetical order? It caused me to miss one at the beginning of the quiz because I assumed they were all alphabetical. Is it a glitch in mine alone, or are other seeing this as well?
Nov 3rd, 2012 at 23:27 GMT
As an Irish born Australian who's middle name is "Fergal" I loved this quiz. :)
Nov 3rd, 2012 at 23:51 GMT
@Deugea: Ádhamh, Éabha, Éamonn and Íamhor all begin with letters with accents above their initial first letter. In some languages, these letters come at the end of the alphabet anyway (such as å, ä and ö in Swedish), but as Sporcle will use an English alphabet, letters such as é and í will automatically be moved to the end of a list in alphabetical order as they do not count as part of the alphabet.
Nov 4th, 2012 at 00:10 GMT
nightfloat: I'm with you on the Catherine/Caitlin/Kathleen topic. And I would never have gotten Seoirse/George if I didn't have an Irish cousin, born George, who goes by Seoirse.
Nov 4th, 2012 at 00:29 GMT
Alexander/Alastar... Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, Alastaire Cooke... hmmm, interesting.
Nov 4th, 2012 at 01:08 GMT
Thanks for lots of time. This is definitely one of those quizzes you want to think about and not be rushed. I like to battle time on many quizzes but sometimes you just want to be able to get through all the options. Good job!
Nov 4th, 2012 at 01:39 GMT
26/26 for this bare!!!! :D
Nov 4th, 2012 at 01:51 GMT
@Equium: thank you! I didn't realize that the accent would redistribute the alphabetization of the names. I love learning new things every day on Sporcle!
Nov 4th, 2012 at 06:44 GMT
I wish there were a way to hear how these beautiful names are pronounced
Nov 4th, 2012 at 10:29 GMT
I would guess that Saoirse would mean Georgina, since Seoirse is George. @Robthewookie It is, from what the Internet says, including Google Translate and Wikipedia.
Nov 4th, 2012 at 12:14 GMT
I like these cognate name quizzes, they are nice. Now we need someone to do a German version. Paul=Paul, Peter=Peter, Katharina=Katherine, Stefan=Steven. Oh, and Hans=Jack.
Nov 4th, 2012 at 13:54 GMT
Anyone else read out all the names in an Irish accent while doing this quiz?
Nov 4th, 2012 at 14:16 GMT
Nice quiz! Some of the names though are ones I've never even heard of like Columba and I don't know anyone called most of the others :s Fluent in Irish though so I worked them out :)
Nov 4th, 2012 at 19:09 GMT
im from ireland and got 43. Don't know anything about gaelic language so not too bad i suppose
Nov 4th, 2012 at 20:13 GMT
@Xolotl123: I would have guessed that Saoirse, as a name, comes from the word for freedom in the Irish language, which is also "saoirse". A lot of people seem to confuse Seoirse and Saoirse though, even here in Ireland.
Dec 4th, 2012 at 00:00 GMT
Columba is not a common name but there was a Saint Columba who I believe came from Ireland to Scotland, so in her homeland she would have been called Colm. Anyway I loved this I call for a Welsh one, our names are much easier although some are very similar to the Irish.
Dec 28th, 2012 at 14:27 GMT
Love your quiz. It was a fantastic puzzle :)
Mar 8th, 2013 at 16:17 GMT
Bhí sé éasca, mar is féidir liom caint as Gaeilge. [use Google Translate]
Mar 8th, 2013 at 17:32 GMT
The 'P' names kinda sound like your saying them in English but with a cold: Pilib, Peadar, Pádraig. ;D
May 19th, 2013 at 18:46 GMT
58/58 with four minutes over. Do I rock or do I rock? It's lovely to see how the vowels come together. My dad occasionally goes through bouts of trying to learn Gaelic (Scottish) so I've picked up a little pronunciation by overflow.
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