Niamh (Irish pronunciation: [n̠ʲiəvʲ], from Old Irish Niaṁ) is an Irish feminine given name (meaning “bright” or “radiant”), anglicised as Neve, Nieve, Neave or Neeve .
[nʲɪəw] English: /ˈniːv/
Why is Niamh pronounced Neeve?
Niamh is an Irish (Gaelic) name, so it uses the pronunciation rules from that language, not English. In Irish Gaelic, “mh” is a consonant. When it’s “broad”, it’s pronounced a bit like an English “w”, or like “v” but with the back of the tongue pushed up towards the roof of the mouth.
How is Caoimhe pronounced?
A fairly common feminine name in Ireland, Caoimhe is pronounced kee-va and comes from the Irish caomh, meaning dear or noble.
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How do you pronounce Nguyen?
Southern Vietnamese tend to clip some of their sounds, so Nguyen would be pronounced something like “Win” or “Wen.” Northern Vietnamese would keep it, giving a pronunciation more like “N’Win” or “Nuh’Win,” all done as best you can in one syllable.
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