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18 Magical Scottish Baby Names That Will Make You Want To Have Children

http://www.buzzfeed.com/hilarywardle/magical-scottish-baby-names#.va3n60dV2

The pronunciation for some of these and meaning is a little off while being literally correct in actuality might have some who knew Gaelic look at you oddly.

Katriona or Catriona is pronounced with the emphasis on the first syllable as all Gaelic is. And the c is always a k sound at least in Skype or Cape Breton Scots Gaelic,  it is.

So it’s Kat ree own a not katreena and mh is silent in the middle of a word often so Domnhall is pronounced Donal. Angus is just that, an gus. Make sure you’re pronouncing it correctly before you embarrass your kid.

And seriously? Ailsa Craig? Elf Rock? And you people who name your girls Cameron? Broken nose? Okay for boy but did you really want to invoke that in a little girl and Campbell refers to someone with a wry or crooked mouth. You want to invoke a frowning kid?

Words have power, people. And Scots tend to name their kids after a grandparent and descriptors like red haired, ruadh, good – mhath pronounced vah, or little – beag pronounced beck.

Since my name in Gaelic is Mairi Ealasaid and pronounced mar-ee
yalasitch and if called is Varee since when spoken becomes Mhairi not Mairi

Poetry Month – Bi Ann!

Bí ann, bí liom
Bí gasta, bí cróga
Bí cliste, bí cinnte
Bí casta, bí glic
Bí grámhar, gealgáireach
Bí socair laistigh
Bí doimhin ach bí éadrom
Gan teannas ar bith
I do chorp, i do chroí
I do cheann, ins a tslí
Ina chuireann tú tú fhéin i láthair
I pé chomhluadar ina bhfuil tú
Bí ann liom
Bí láidir il-dána
Nuair a chasann an domhan
Bí ann dom
Agus buailfimid le chéile
Nuair a thagann an t-am

Be there, be with me
Be quick, be brave
Be clever, be sure
Be tricky, be sharp
Be loving, light-hearted
Be steady inside
And be deep but be light
With no tension inside
In your body, in your heart
In your head, __
In the way which you present yourself
In whatever company you happen to be
Be there for me
Be strong and be able
When the world takes a turn
Be there with me
And we will meet together
When the right time comes

-Kila-

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Bi Ann

Bi Ann

Feb

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Bí ann, bí liom

Bí gasta, bí cróga

Bí cliste, bí cinnte

Bí casta, bí glic

Bí grámhar, gealgáireach

Bí socair laistigh

Bí doimhin ach bí éadrom

Gan teannas ar bith

I do chorp, i do chroí

I do cheann, ins a tslí

Ina chuireann tú tú fhéin i láthair

I pé chomhluadar ina bhfuil tú

Bí ann liom

Bí láidir il-dána

Nuair a chasann an domhan

Bí ann dom

Agus buailfimid le chéile

Nuair a thagann an t-am

Be there, be with me

Be quick, be brave

Be clever, be sure

Be tricky, be sharp

Be loving, light-hearted

Be steady inside

And be deep but be light

With no tension inside

In your body, in your heart

In your head, __

In the way which you present yourself

In whatever company you happen to be

Be there for me

Be strong and be able

When the world takes a turn

Be there with me

And we will meet together

When the right time comes

-Kila-

Poetry Month – Latha Math

By Manran

Latha Math air an Eilean

Chorus

Latha math air an Eilean

Eilean Leòdhais mo Ghràidh

Latha math air an Eilean

Dachaigh mo smuaintean gu bràth

Verse 1

Ag èirigh tràth anns a’ mhadainn

A’ ghrian a’ deàrrsadh sìos

Tha àile na mara a’ tighinn tron uinneig

Tha h-uile duin’ an àirde

Verse 2

Tha an abhainn làn le pailteas uisge

Tha am bradan a’ tighinn a-rithist

Tha na balaich bheaga shios air an drochaid

Feuch an glac iad aon no dhà

Verse 3

Tha an t-Earrach ann ‘s na làithean fada

Tha na h-uain a’ ruith mun cuairt

Tha na bodaich a-muigh a’ buain na mònach

Tha an t-àm sin air tighinn a-rithist

Verse 4

Tha a’ ghealach shuas ‘s a’ ghrian na cadal

Tha an oidhche nis air tighinn

Tha e sàmhach is ciùin tron an Eilean

Tha e math a bhith beò

Tha e math a bhith beò