How to pronounce Ailbhe?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Non-financial Questions' started by delgirl, 8 Dec 2006.

  1. delgirl

    delgirl Frequent Poster

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    Could someone please tell me how to pronounce Ailbhe phonetically?

    Thanks
     
  2. sharecarer

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    I think it's Al-va
     
  3. moylan1

    moylan1 Registered User

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    are you buying a present for my daughter?

    ailbhe= al (as in pal) ve (as in vetinary)
     
  4. doberden

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    a friend of mine is called Ailbhe and I always pronounce it Alvey. She never corrected me and I know her years!
     
  5. delgirl

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    Thanks a lot - some of the Irish names are a bit confusing!
     
  6. Bgirl

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    al-va
     
  7. Molly

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    My cousins daughter is ailbhe and pronounced ale - va (ale as in pale and va as in ta)
     
  8. Marie M

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    I know of 3 girls who pronounce it like that.
     
  9. joanmul

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    My niece of that name is called al-va
     
  10. delgirl

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    Well I tried Al-va and she didn't correct me, so I think that's probably the way she pronounces her name. Find some Irish names really tricky.
     
  11. Blathgirl

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    Looks like this debates already closed but for what its worth, I know a girl called Ailbhe and she pronounces it 'Ale vee' rather than 'Al-va'.
     
  12. Ailbhe11

    Ailbhe11 New Member

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    Hi fellow humans i know that it is 13 years later but when i saw this i had to reply as this is a serious issue the name ailbhe is said al-va as most of you have said but i need to explain that if you read the name dont you dare say it ava as you have gotten the hardest part right and its a shame u forgot to pronounce the L .
     
  13. Jazz01

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    Ava.... my pronunciation is all over the place, but my math is good, well I used to think anyway, but 13 years on from 2007 = 2020? or have I slept in and missed a year? o_O
     
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  14. dub_nerd

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    I say it's Alvə. :p

    My niece Ailbhe was born since 2007. She has a German mother, a Dutch-speaking Irish father, and French/German-speaking Belgian siblings. The name was perfect for being pronounceable by all nationalities, yet retaining a bit of Oirishness. That said, her siblings pronounce it Al-vah, with 'a' as in father rather than in dental. It's a minor distinction but I think the latter is more appropriate for the proper Irish pronunciation. In the International Phonetic Alphabet it's the mid-central vowel, also known as schwa, and written 'ə'.
     
  15. Sue Ellen

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    Probably :) The thread was started on 8th December, 2006 + 13 = 2019.
     
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  16. Ailbhe11

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    Exactly i am very glad that some ppl can read
     
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  17. Ailbhe11

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    I just wanted to say that i think it is a great accomplishment that after over 10 years of inactiveness i single handedly have brought it back again