My name is Caoimhe. I live in Indonesia. Having a name like Caoimhe is fine in Ireland, but you can run into trouble with it everywhere else. I've heard my name mispronounced many times in different places that I've been around the world. Perhaps you're wondering how to pronounce it right now...You may be thinking 'Cow-mee', or 'Kay-oh-mih-hay'. If your from Indonesia, you might think 'Chow-Oh-Mi'. Some people think it's Caomi (like Naomi).
At home in Ireland people get it straight away. That's because it's an Irish name. The phonics can sound confusing to some, but to us Irish - it makes perfect sense. Caoimhe: the feminine of Caoimhin. It means kind and gentle (hopefully I live up to the name - I'd like to think that I do - unless I'm tired and cranky...then I definitely don't!)
Think of Queen without the 'n', and then merge that with Diva without the 'd', and you get: Queeva. That's my name. Correction: that's how to pronounce my name. I'm not a diva and I don't act like a queen. Promise.
I'm so glad to have this name. Yes it's awkward to pronounce. Yes it's confusing at times. Yes it's got a red squiggly line under it when I type it into word. A colleague told me recently that he thinks that my parents threw a bunch of letters together and made up a name. Of course I quickly corrected him and we had a laugh about it. But that's why I'm glad I have it; people find it curious and we talk about it. It's the start of a conversation. It's a great ice-breaker when I meet new people. 'What's your name?' is not such a simple question. It's a whole story; or my first blog post!