i finally learned how to pronounce “Siobhan”

Update: I get a silly number of hits from Google on how to actually pronounce Siobhan, and have even received email asking why I don’t explain how considering the title of this post. Fair enough. It’s pronounced “shiv-awn”, like Chevonne, but with more of an “ive” sound instead of “ev”.

Update 2: I also got feedback in the comments from another Siobhan as follows:

im called siobhan and you pronounce it


I’ve heard it pronounced both ways in our Dublin office, so I’ll put both pronunciations up here. The first pronunciation is the predominant one, as the latter pronunciation seems to be a regional dialect. There are a number of references to the latter pronunciation out there, so I’ll add it. Thanks for the additional info, siobhan!

Update 3: Shivie says

and its probly pronounced better: “shivon”

and you know what, she’s got a really good point. :) thanks, Shivie!

Now you know and now, back to the original post:

Wedding’s done, and it was hella fun. The ceremony was at 14:30, and was accompanied by music from the Star Wars soundtrack. It was short, on time, and tastefully done (even with Kj being one of the objects of attention). Laura looked phenomenal, and even Kjell looked respectable, which is the way it’s supposed to be.

I got to spend the aft chatting with Rachel at the King’s Stag drinking cheap ($4.25) pints of Guinness, and we headed to Darrel and Siobhan’s room (#666) to meet up with a bunch of old Ingenia crew and their families. Where did all those kids come from, anyways? We had a beer there, marvelled at the way parents can balance a kid, their food, a beer, and a diaper bag simultaneously, and then departed back to the pub as Siobhan had a hankerin’ for a Kilkenny, and we reluctantly *cough* decided to join her.

The reception and dinner was great, and I got to know a bunch of my friends wives and kids a little better, along with catching up on where everyone was. Good times, and we managed to close the place out.

Congrats guys, and thanks for inviting me out, I had a great time.

The rest of the day will be spent crucifying chocolate bunnies, and taking in the gorgeous weather. Twenty degrees and sunny, I’m glad I’m here instead of the left coast where it’s overcast, damp, and near freezing. Tomorrow it’s back home though, so I must go and waste the day away with the family properly.

463 thoughts on “i finally learned how to pronounce “Siobhan”

  1. I was just googling my own name, out of complete boredom. I’m from Wales and I’m sure my father had part Irish in him, I’m not sure though.
    It really irritates me when people pronounce my name SHI vawn.. It’s SHU VORN not shubon, not shivawn not si o Bhan.. Not shuvon… I’ve been called many different things in my life time at school all of my friends call me shuv (shove).. Many teachers have said my name wrong and it always turns out to be a comical moment when it comes to my name on the register. The worst was when I was called SEBASTIAN/ shuboner.. I did get teased for about a year for that.. I got used to it though then people stopped.. I don’t know whether I like my name although I get really excited when I meet someone with the same name. It doesn’t happen very often.. But yeah.. SHU VORN :)

  2. I googled my way here too. I typed only ‘Siobhon’ and this post appeared in number 3! My sister’s new English teacher’s name is Siobhon and she told me it was something like ‘siwon’. So I had to google it. For a non-naive English speaker, a foreign names (non-english) like this are very difficult and quite frustrating to read. Thank you a lot for making this easier! :)

  3. Siobhan is on the whiskey, Siobhan is on the gin, Siobhan is drinking a Red Bull and vodka and won’t be home again. I stay up late here every night, although it is no sin, Siobhan is on the whiskey and she won’t be home again.

  4. Greetings from another Siobhan. I’m from Ireland and have therefore learned to speak the Irish language! The Irish alphabet consists of the following 18 letters: a b c d e f g h i l m n o p r s t u. The vowels can also have an acute accent, this is called a fada. It comes from the irsh for long which is fad, and as you might have guessed, elongates or accentuates the vowel. In the name Siobhan, there should be a fada over the ‘a’, but I have omitted it here as I’ve noticed in previous posts that the spelling turns into rubbish when other people have tried to use it. So, bearing in mind that there should be a fada on the ‘a’, the end of the name is pronounced “awn”….there is not, and should be an ‘r’ in sight! The inclusion of an ‘r’ is a British thing, in the same way that I’ve often heard British people say “draw-r a line” instead of “draw a line”! With regard to the middle of the name, the ‘bh’ is most commonly pronounced ‘v’, but there are some dialects in which it is pronounced ‘w’, hence the two different authentic pronunciations of the name. With only 18 letters in the alphabet, it is a regular occurance that a combination of two or even three letters produces a sound that might be created by the equivalent of one letter in the english alphabet. The beginning of the name is more difficult to explain. The best example I can give is to as you say “shush”, having done that, repeat it, this time omitting the second ‘sh’! (As a general rule, the ‘s’ in the Irish language is pronounced ‘sh’ when followed by a slender vowel, but ‘s’ when followed by a broad vowel). So, we can now put the entire name together and come up with Shvawn or Shwawn. If you need to write it, please don’t forget to include the fada….and if you’ve been pronouncing it with an ‘r’ in it, please try to get it right!

  5. …..grrrrrr….I’ve just read my post above and have noticed that a very important word is missing! Instead of “there is not, and should be an ‘r’ in sight!”, it should read “there is not, and should NOT be an ‘r’ in sight!” Sorry if I have caused any confusion!

  6. Ohmygod, there’s another Siobhan K above me! Greetings to you. :) I googled my name to see if that’s how other people pronounced the name, and I was bored. Yep, it is pronounced ‘Shi-von’, with the accent on the ‘Von’ part, so it’s really ‘Shi-VON’
    It’s a gaelic name, but I’m not gaelic. I’m from north-east Scotland! :D
    Plus, do you know the meaning of the name? Lol, it basically means ‘White Fairy’. The ‘Bhan’ part of it means white, but anyway that’s what I’ve been told.

  7. I am yet another Siobhan…

    I live in South Africa and it is not a common name. So many people cannot pronounce my name.

    My dad could not spell my name till I was 9 (he spelt it Siohban), so I forgive those who cant spell it.

    I have had people try to tell me how to pronounce my name because I an wrong! Really?

    I think it is a beautiful name and love it.

  8. Hello Kev (Kev? Really?),

    I am yet another of those who Googled the pronunciation query and came up with your site.
    It’s not quite at the top of the Google list, but it’s damn close.

    Thank you.

  9. My daughter’s name is Siobhan. I always thought it was a beautiful name. People who don’t know how to pronounce it always wind up saying “sigh-o-ban”.

  10. Thanks for the list of Irish letters. My grandfather, born in Ireland, was named Olaf, but it was spelled with 8 or 9 letters. He said German monks came to Ireland to teach the people how to write, not knowing that they already had a written language. (See the Book of Kells.) ‘These savages can’t handle 26 letters, so we’ll give them just 18,’ the monks said.

  11. My name is also Siobhan even kids in ireland were im frm have trouble wiyh it lol. i get si-o-bann alot which sucks. Also alott of shove on ur nickers ur das coming as a jokelol

  12. Love the name…found it on a soap opera..Yes no one can pronounce it BUT..it sure makes for great conversations. And then you get to meet Siobhan and ask How it is pronounced.

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