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What is Your Name?

March 20, 2011

Another question when meeting and greeting:

  • Dè an t-ainm a th’ort? (inf/sg)  (Jay ahn TAHN-im a horsht?)  What is your name? (informal/ singular)
  • Dè an t-ainm a th’oirbh?  (Jay ahn TAHN-im a HORE-iv?)  What is your name? (formal/ plural)  

The ort and oirbh you see above are two more examples of amalgamated pronouns, such as the agam (aig + mi) we saw earlier.

  • Ort = air + thu (on + you informal/singular).
  • Oirbh = air + sibh (on + you formal/ plural)


  • what
  • ainm name
  • ort/ oirbh on you

You are literally asking, What is the name on you?

More tomorrow about asking names.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. David Moody permalink
    August 25, 2015 10:10 pm

    Would love to know my name in Scottish Gaelic.

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