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:) Yes, it is Naoise in fact. Naoisiu is a more traditional Gaelic spelling (which I truly only learned a couple of years ago when I finally made it back home after a .. long time) - The iu emphasises an 'uh' sound at the end instead of an 'aa'. Think of it as the u in 'must'.
I've never had anyone in Ireland or elsewhere who has commented on the aoi pronounciation before. Reading it from a book is just plain confusing. I'm sure I don't have the subtlties quite right myself, so no worries if anybody else misses the mark ;)
I do have some Irish speaking friends though, so when I'm home next I'll start bugging them about the details.
I don't know that my parents even knew of a more traditional spelling - I learned it recently from someone else. I think things are confusing enough without adding yet another vowel - besides, I'm over being picky about people getting my name right, and life is easier now ;)
I think I'll email my little brother and ask him about the accent above the u, he should be able to figure that out... he takes Irish in school and his father speaks a little. Better than my Canadian French I'm sure..
When Microsoft took Mike Rowesoft to court because his name sounded like their patented product, did they win?
Yes they did. Mike Rowe had to handover the domain. But in return, MS give him some free stuff (ie. free xbox, pass to meet Bill Gates etc.)
So its pretty equal I guess.
Hope this doesn't happen to Brett ;)