How do you pronounce Nuala?

(52 Posts)
JudyR Tue 18-Oct-11 07:29:33

I think it looks pretty but not sure how to say it:


Or another way?? Don't want a DD whose name I can't pronounce properly. That said, not sure it's a good idea to have a name that may cause so many pronunciation problems full stop confused

Many thanks!

notevenamOoOooOoooosie Tue 18-Oct-11 07:30:41

Nu - la
As in the Lion King??

fivegomadindorset Tue 18-Oct-11 07:31:38


PIMSoclock Tue 18-Oct-11 07:32:19

(nu as is in shoe)

TanteRose Tue 18-Oct-11 07:34:17

Nu-la, as in the traditional Irish girls name...

JudyR Tue 18-Oct-11 07:34:50

Oh right! That option hadn't even occurred to me (not seen the Lion King).

Thank you!

TanteRose Tue 18-Oct-11 07:40:16

Not sure if I would say its an option - Nu-la is the only correct way to pronounce the name Nuala...

JudyR Tue 18-Oct-11 07:55:49

Sorry Tante - quite agree - I meant that that way to pronounce the name hadn't occurred to me, rather than it's just one of many ways to say it. Had no idea that it was a traditional Irish name.

BalloonSlayer Tue 18-Oct-11 07:58:48

The one in the Lion King is Nala, isn't it?

Agree Nuala is pronounced Noo-la.

wigglesrock Tue 18-Oct-11 09:03:13

Noo to rhyme with boo la.

Definitely not like the Lion King character. That's Nala.

Nuala is pronounced Noo-la.

Plus what Tante said.

New la, surely??

Not Noo or there would be no u in it.

GooseyLoosey Tue 18-Oct-11 09:07:28

Noo la

RitaMorgan Tue 18-Oct-11 09:08:44

Noo-la, short for Fionnuala.

it is shortened version of Fionnuala.
It is pronounced Noo-la.

Nope Madame it's definitely Noo-la.

It's an Irish name. I'm Irish. It's a fairly common name where I grew up.

Fixture Tue 18-Oct-11 09:19:36


it's Noo-la

my general rule of thumb for choosing names was never to pick something I couldn't pronounce lol

lesstalkmoreaction Tue 18-Oct-11 09:29:53

New-la not noo-la

RitaMorgan Tue 18-Oct-11 09:31:09

Are you sure lesstalk? Have never heard New-la.

wigglesrock Tue 18-Oct-11 09:34:22

I've never heard of Newla either, first syllable rhymes with boo. Am in NI, I know someone just had a baby called this - they just went for Nuala as opposed to Fionnuala.

GooseyLoosey Tue 18-Oct-11 09:35:55

I know several Irish people with this name and unless I am missing some subtley, they all pronounce it Noo la.

SjuperWereWolef Tue 18-Oct-11 09:40:20

I'd of said noo la

FessaEst Tue 18-Oct-11 09:45:31

Noo La, definitely.

PenguinsAreThePoint Tue 18-Oct-11 09:48:07

No other way to say it

Noo - La

Means new day

grumplestilskin Tue 18-Oct-11 09:49:43

noo-la, only way I've ever heard it
new-la? I really don't think so!

Becaroooo Tue 18-Oct-11 09:50:38


(its my mums name!)

RitaMorgan Tue 18-Oct-11 09:51:27

Don't think it does Penguins - doesn't it mean "fair" like Fionn?

RitaMorgan Tue 18-Oct-11 09:53:02

"Fair" as in light haired that is.

Floggingmolly Tue 18-Oct-11 09:53:23

Noo la. Categorically grin

grumplestilskin Tue 18-Oct-11 09:55:36

from google:

"Nuala "noo + la"
It is really a shortened version of Fionnuala (see Fionnuala above) and in Ireland it is more widely used than Fionnuala. Meaning "fair shouldered, exceptionally lovely," the name has been in existence since the 13th century"

and Fionnuala is pronounced fun/fin-oo-la. Fun/fin-new-la would sound completely wrong to an irish ear, it just doesn't flow

Yep Rita

Fionnuala means white/fair shoulder from Irish fionn "white, fair" and guala "shoulder".

chipmonkey Tue 18-Oct-11 10:18:53

If it were "new day" it would be Lá Nua, not Nua la in any case. It's a short form of Fionnuala and is pronounced Noo-la.

Superfly Tue 18-Oct-11 10:21:46

Noo-La. It's my middle name.

demonicma Wed 19-Oct-11 21:11:51

definitely noo-la

aquashiv Thu 20-Oct-11 13:11:14

We say Finn - oola for our Fionnuala. Nuala is the short version so say it Noola. Think someone asked why there is a u in it. As its Gaelic not ENglish so effectively another language with its own variation on letters and pronounciation.

Xiaoxiong Thu 20-Oct-11 15:57:33

Gosh, you learn something new every day. Before reading this thread I would have said it like "koala". Nu-AH-lah.

Xiaoxiong Thu 20-Oct-11 15:58:52

(And with my accent, that would be noo-AH-lah rather than new-AH-lah)

SlinkingOutsideInSocks Thu 20-Oct-11 18:30:53

I have a good friend Fionnuala and her Mum's Nuala. Categorically pronounced Noo-la. The only way you'd pronounce it New-la is if you'd never met someone with either of these names, nor come across it ever before. grin

ScaredBear Thu 20-Oct-11 18:39:36

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sqweegiebeckenheim Thu 20-Oct-11 19:56:21

Noo-La. Had one in my class who was always known as NoolaHoola.

mathanxiety Thu 20-Oct-11 20:40:18

Not 'New', especially if your 'New' rhymes with 'Mew'.

It's NOO-uh-la if you want to be really picky. UA is a diphthong in Irish, pronounced 'OO-woh'. There's a tiny almost inaudible schwa between the Noo and the La.

But NOO-la is close enough, with the emphasis on the first syllable.

rockboobs Thu 20-Oct-11 20:41:54


My lovely midwifes name, spelt Nuala

picnicbasketcase Thu 20-Oct-11 20:44:51

Only ever met one Nuala, pronounced Nyew-la, not Noo-la confused

mathanxiety Thu 20-Oct-11 20:46:43

The name comes from 'Fionnghuala', the older form of Fionnuala, 'fionn' meaning fair and 'guala' meaning shoulders, so the meaning is 'white/fair shoulders'.

The GH in the older spelling would have given the name the pronunciation 'Fyung-OO-alah'. It was dropped as the spelling became rationalised and the pronunciation now reflects the newer spelling ('Fyun-OO-alah' or more frequently 'Finn-OO-lah') but makes the meaning more obscure.

LavenderScream Thu 20-Oct-11 20:48:27

It ain't Noo-la it's noo-a-lah with stress on the first syllable and the "a" almost swallowed. But it's three syllables not two.

Even in Ireland it does get mispronounced Noo-la but that's a feature of Irish accents in English I think because really becomes "reely" and Beatrice becomes "beetrice" etc. But in Irish pronunciation it's three sylls.

DioneTheDiabolist Thu 20-Oct-11 20:51:36

It's Noo-la.
Nothing else to say about it.

LavenderScream Thu 20-Oct-11 20:58:44


collegedropout Thu 20-Oct-11 21:13:35

My sister is a Nuala, and she is definitely Noo-la. I hadn't realised that there was any other way to prenounce it hmm

HardCheese Fri 21-Oct-11 01:01:42

Lavenderscream is right, but the majority of Irish people speaking English will say 'Noo-la' and swallow the 'ua' diphthong. I know I pronounce my own name slightly differently depending on whether I'm speaking Irish or English.

I have an irrational hatred of the name because of a dreaded Auntie Nuala, though I love Fionnuala as a name.

scottishmummy Fri 21-Oct-11 01:18:17

Noo la.lovely name

Nualaj2 Thu 01-Mar-12 10:19:04

Hi guys! I'm a Nuala English with a full Irish family so can tell you for sure..... It's pronounced Nu rhymes with shoe and la but not a laa as though it's in a song..... Although I have friends that pronounce it New as in mew- la. my name is original but sometimes a pain.... Trying to give my name over the phone it always comes back Julie? Norma? And I do have a tendency to use my middle name when ordering taxis take aways etc Louise has no problem ha ha saying that I wouldnt change it for anything... It makes me me

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