Meaning of the Irish name Aoife. Listen and learn how to pronounce Aoife so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: “beautiful, radiant, joyful.” Known as the greatest woman warrior in the world, Aoife was the mother of Cuchulainn’s (read the legend) only son, Connlach. Aoife Dearg (“Red Aoife”) was a daughter of a king of Connacht who had her marriage arranged by St. Patrick himself. In 2003 Aoife was the third most popular Irish girls name for babies in Ireland.

GENDER: Girl | Female




AUDIO: (Listen to the late author Frank McCourt pronounce Aoife and read along with the meaning)

Famous People with the Irish name Aoife: Aoife Walsh who won Miss Ireland in 2013. You can view Aoife Walsh personal twitter page here.

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  1. Nigel says

    We named my first daughter Aoife as my wife is Irish, and I felt it would be good to give our children Irish names as she lost her Irish ‘identity’ by losing her surname when we married. Our second daughter is called Sibéal which is another beautiful name. I fell in love with the name when we’re poring over the baby name book.

    • says

      you are great first daughter Aoife as my wife is Irish, and I felt it would be good to give our children Irish names as she lost her Irish ‘identity’ by losing her surname when we married.

  2. Aoife says

    I find it so amusing when in class on the first day of school or when a substitute teacher comes in I know it’s my name because they always pause and squint at the roll call. I get so many variations of a mispronounced name like ay-oi-fi, ee-fee, oi-fee, ay-oh-fah. I can never help but laugh.

  3. Trinity Skye says

    This is a beautiful name. I feel it carries on the tradition of Irish names with odd spellings! On a side note, i love frank McCourt! Wonderful author, with a history nearly as sad as Ireland’s.

  4. Chelsie says

    My little girl is called Aoife-Mai. I love her name but most people pronounce it a-o-fee quite annoying after 10 times of telling them

  5. sarah says

    My 5th daughter is Aoife named after my godmother and great Aunt Eva. My american friends cannot say it correctly . Funny and also annoying as I grew up with the Children of Lir story and did my art project of Aoife .

  6. Kirsten says

    I think this is a beautiful name, and one I hope to use if we have a baby girl. Such a unique and lovely alternative to the over-popular Ava and Eva. The legend behind the name lends an air of strength to its elegant simplicity making it an appealing choice for any little girl’s first name

    • Aoife says

      I love having this name because you don’t meet many people with the same name as you. But at school it can be a bit annoying sometimes as almost no one knows how to say your name. But it is funny to hear some of the attempted pronunciations sometimes :)

      • Zoë says

        I have some confusion with the pronunciation. This website and various others say that it’s ee+fa but other people say eh+fa…which is it?

        • patrick fahy says

          Really the english pronunciation is nearer to -but not really Eh-fa but most who are not Gaelic speakers will pronounce it EE-fa, you can find it on you tube

        • aoife-leigh says

          it’s eefa!!depends what accent you have i suppose but it’s definitely meant to be pronounced eee-fa

          • David Butler says

            I am Irish born and grew up with lots of Aoife’s!
            Our second daughter is Aoife, and when explaining the phonetic pronunciation, I try to emphasise that it’s not an “a” ending. Its more of an “e” ending, as in the first syllable of “feather”. But if I use “EE-fea” as the phonetic, folks still get it wrong. So I use EE-feh. Ands then jus correct them agani!!
            It is always worth it, as Aoife is a very beautiful name and we have a daughter to match!

  7. Kyle says

    I named my daughter Aoife. I feel in love with this name. her full name is Aoife caolainn aednet meaning bright pure little flame. Btw I pronounce it ee-fa. it can be annoying how many people mispronounce it. the biggest I get is ee-fee. Like wtf lol


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