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14 struggles only people called Aoife will truly understand

Shout out all the Ayoofs.

OK. First, let’s get things straight. Aoife is a lovely name. A beautiful Irish name with a rich heritage.

It is also, at times, a MASSIVE PAIN IN THE HOLE.

Mainly, obviously, when you go abroad

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And you kind of know what’s coming even before it happens

But also… sometimes at home

Honestly, it can be easier to fake it

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For the manglings of Aoife are a rich and varied tapestry.

There’s ‘Ah-woof’

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‘Wifey’

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‘Owff’

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And even occasionally ‘Alfie’.

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Plus many, many more.

Even when people Google it, they get it wrong.

There’s also the ‘Eva’ thing.

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Which again… sometimes it’s easier just to go with.

Oh, and then there’s this conversation.

…- Yes, it is a name

- Yes, it is weird

And let’s not even talk about  how you could never get keyrings with your name on on holiday

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Really, it’s no surprise that Aoifes resort to things like this.

BUT.

Is anyone else named after Aífe, the greatest woman warrior in the world and mother to Cú Chulainn’s son Connla?

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No, they’re not.

Does any other name have an actual DEDICATED INTERNATIONAL FANBASE, because it’s kind of weird and unusual?

No, they don’t.

(Hardly any, anyway)

Aoife forever!

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This article was compiled with the help and assistance of Aoifes. Thank you to them all. We hope we have fairly represented your #strug.

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