(53 Posts)
natwebb79 Tue 10-Dec-13 16:22:39

We already have a Niall (DH's mum's side are Irish) and really struggled to decide on that one but we love it now and DS is 2. We are expecting DC2 and DH's family are ALL boys for generations so I want to get thinking. I really like Malachy (pronounced Mal-a-kee) but saw that the meaning is 'God's servant' or something which put me off a bit (we're atheist, ha!). I could definitely ignore the so-called 'meaning' though I think. My other favourite is Flynn but my DH said his mum's family had poodles called Flynn so we're not allowed! What do you think? We need Irishy but not whacky/hard to spell or pronounce...

natwebb79 Tue 10-Dec-13 16:23:23

P.S. I'm livid at bloody One Direction! grin

Beegey Tue 10-Dec-13 16:34:16

I think it is really lovely. I also like the Hebrew and Arabic spelling Malachi. I would use it myself but unfortunately it rhymes with our stupid surname.

Frank McCourts little brother in "Angela's Ashes" is Malachy if I remember rightly.

natwebb79 Tue 10-Dec-13 16:37:04

Ooh good one vote! Keep them coming - need to win DH round...

natwebb79 Tue 10-Dec-13 16:38:06

I though it would be quite nice for them to be called 'Mal' for short too.

Sorry to say my first thought was it sounds very similar to 'maladie' (sp?) which means sickness

natwebb79 Tue 10-Dec-13 16:44:09

Oh bugger. As a French teacher I didn't even pick up on that! Ha! I taught a Malachy once and that never occurred to me when I said it out loud but written down you may have a point...

As an atheist Irish person I really don't like it.

It's a very culchie name in my experience and the religious overtones put me right off.

Flynn is lovely <not helpful>

What about.....

Odhran (or Oran for easier pronunciation!)

natwebb79 Tue 10-Dec-13 16:49:17

Bunny - the meaning did make me flinch to be honest but I'm really gutted because I do like it. I love Flynn. Some on your list would just cause us misery as nobody over here would be able to say/spell them, although I agree they are lovely. It's nice to hear an Irish person say they like Flynn. Perhaps the generations of poodles can be forgotten...Rory I liked but I've recently taught a right nutter called Rory so that's ruled it out.

ZingSweetPea Tue 10-Dec-13 16:51:42

I vote for Malachi instead of Malachy.

and I wish I had been brave enough to name DS3 Malachi or Micha instead of Michael!

Middleagedmotheroftwo Tue 10-Dec-13 16:53:43

H think it should be pronounced Mal-ak-eye, but I love it.

loisismyhero Tue 10-Dec-13 16:55:52

I went to college with an obnoxious bloke called Malachy/Mal so I'm turned off it but it's a nice enough name I suppose.

Flynn is a surname not a first name imo.

If you're looking for Irishy but not difficult how about:

Finn (not a million miles from Flynn)
(Ok the last two mightn't fall into the not difficult category, but I like them and wasn't allowed use them!)

natwebb79 Tue 10-Dec-13 16:58:01

Oh jeeze why are boy's names so bloody hard?! We had about 5 girl's names lined up but the chance of us having a girl are very slim, ha! Thank you for the suggestions so far, keep them coming. One of DH's cousin's just called her little boy Cuan. I'm a bit annoyed I didn't pinch it first as I think that's lovely. grin

cantheyseeme Tue 10-Dec-13 16:59:16

Lovely name grin

I've only ever met one Cuan!

What about Ciaran or Cian?

And I agree about boys names!

I'm hoping this baby is a girl as I have 4 names I'd happily use!

The only boys names I have are my granda's names! I don't like any others!

It's hard work this baby naming craic grin .

natwebb79 Tue 10-Dec-13 17:02:18

Ooh maybe you know her Bunny, ha! Those two names are lovely but the English versions are classic 'naughty names' at school so again I've been put off them... Could I apply for the meaning of Malachy to be changed? Surely they won't mind changing the history books for me??

loisismyhero Tue 10-Dec-13 17:09:17


Yeah Cian is a definite naughty name. Ciaran isn't but Kieron is in my mind!

Caolan is gorgeous, one of my favourite Irish boys names but again probably too tricksy in the pronunciation department.

Shay (naughty kid territory possibly)

natwebb79 Tue 10-Dec-13 17:12:33

Shay is possibly the naughtiest child I have ever taught, ha! Ooh Conal...worth a thought. May have a look at the list of Irish boy's names and run a couple past you - I'm paranoid I'll name him not realizing the name has some awful reputation in Ireland for some reason and he'll end up being laughed at!

Ha! I had a suspicion Shay would be a no go for that very reason grin .
Conal is lovely.

ofcoursethisisanamechange Tue 10-Dec-13 17:15:34

donagh- my favourite Irish boys name

natwebb79 Tue 10-Dec-13 17:19:16

Ok, I quite like:


Thoughts? I'm in no doubt at all that DH will hate all of them but worth a thought.

natwebb79 Tue 10-Dec-13 17:20:14

Donagh is lovely but my very immature family (love'em really) would call him 'doughnut'. The buggers.

Anlon - I've never heard of this name.hmm. Not keen. Sounds like "a while hanlin" which is N.I. for a bad occurence grin

Donal - Lovely

Farron - Again, never heard of it. Not sure. Sounds a bit American and Falcon's Crest-y

Gil - Love! What about Gus?

Lorcan - LOVE it!

Oran - Love too. What about Oisin?

Quinn - depending on your surname could be great or could be awful.

malymoo Tue 10-Dec-13 17:22:44

I have a Malachy. We wanted an Irish name and thought of Flynn, but I'm sooooo glad we went decided on Malachy. I'd read it meant 'my angel' which I love. I was worried that it sounded like a 'naughty boys' name, but now it's just my little boys name and it suits him so well. I've never met another one!

loisismyhero Tue 10-Dec-13 17:25:46

Never heard of Anlon. Or Farron.
Donal is lovely I think. Also Lorcan and Oran.
I wouldn't think of Gil as Irish.
And Quinn is another surname. Or an American girl's name ( I hear it and I think Glee, sorry).

Donncha? Fachtna?

DD1 was going to be Malachi but was a DD! We also had Fintan and Finbar on our list.

natwebb79 Tue 10-Dec-13 17:31:04

Our surname is Freeman.

hoppinghare Tue 10-Dec-13 17:33:50

I wanted a malachy.

adaloveslace Tue 10-Dec-13 17:39:11

I love Malachy. There's a gorgeous one in DD's class.

Flynn is the name of the hero in Tangled/Orlando Bloom's child and I fear about to go the way of Aiden as a result.

I like Conal or Connell a lot - know a gorgeous one. I also know two Cuans - great name. Oh well.

How about:
Cormac (Mac or Corey for short)
Rían (pron. Ree-en)
Fiachra (pron. Fee-Ach-ra)

adaloveslace Tue 10-Dec-13 17:42:20

Oooh, or Art or Ardal?

Middleagedmotheroftwo Tue 10-Dec-13 19:04:51

I know an Irish Jarlath. Jarly for short. I love that name.

ZombiePenguin Tue 10-Dec-13 20:11:08


Okay, seriously:
I love Malachy. I am an atheist and my DC all have Hebrew names (tbf, to do with my family). I also like nicknames available for it- Allie, etc;

natwebb79 Tue 10-Dec-13 20:45:32

Ooooohhhhh DH likes Oran!!! We might actually be closer to having a name! smile

Yay! grin

Oran is fab and goes great with Niall!

loisismyhero Tue 10-Dec-13 20:53:17

Oran Freeman - I like that!

natwebb79 Tue 10-Dec-13 20:55:46

Thank you everyone, especially Bunny. You're my Irish names guru grin

BadRoly Tue 10-Dec-13 20:56:25

I love the name Malachi (rhymes with eye) but dh vetoed it. So I think you should use Malachy/Malachi on my behalf grin

RaRa1988 Wed 11-Dec-13 13:14:32

I think it sounds like a chemical. Sorry hmm

Lebkuchenlover Wed 11-Dec-13 15:24:05

I'm not so keen on Mal part of Malachy - sounds a little negative to me.

I love Quinn and think that Niall and Quinn go well together. Also quite like Oran.

squoosh Wed 11-Dec-13 17:32:09

You CANNOT have a Niall and a Quinn, unless you're a scary enthusiastic Niall Quinn fan? I mean he was a good footballer and apparently is a lovely man but...................NO!

squoosh Wed 11-Dec-13 17:34:52

Anlon - never heard of it
Donal - ok but a bit boring
Farron - have only heard as a surname Farren
Gil - Scott Heron? good if you're jazz fans
Lorcan - geeky, irrititaing, swotty school prefect type
Oran - people will think it's Aran, Aaron and many other names.

Malachy is far better than all of those!

ProfondoRosso Wed 11-Dec-13 17:38:08

I really like Malachy. Malachi/chai is great too, so long as your DS is prepared for when his schoolmates are old enough to watch Children of the Corn! grin

loisismyhero Wed 11-Dec-13 18:40:57

Jesus no you can't have Niall and Quinn! Never thought of that! grin

natwebb79 Wed 11-Dec-13 22:00:13

Haha - DH pointed out the Niall Quinn thing. Hilarious!

Footle Wed 11-Dec-13 22:08:05

I think Malachi is the origin of malarkey, but none the worse for that - great name, whether i or y.

natwebb79 Wed 11-Dec-13 23:07:15

I am a big Gil Scott-Heron fan...

neunundneunzigluftballons Wed 11-Dec-13 23:12:15

Caolan pronounced Kay lawn or Qwai lawn depending on your preference.

ZingChoirsOfAngels Thu 12-Dec-13 08:28:35


Malachi means "my messenger" or "my angel"

the last syllable is pronounced "kai", to rhyme with "hi".

other spellings of the name are Malakai - the "y" spelling is actually not listed frequently.

SofaKing Thu 12-Dec-13 09:20:30

I've always loved Lachlan with Lachy as a diminutive.

Dh would only consider English names as he is English and had never heard any Scots or Irish Gaelic names, he thought I was making them up!

hatsybatsy Thu 12-Dec-13 11:56:36

malachy is lovely - and I prefer the mal-a -kee pronunciation. Surely the mal-ak-eye pronunciation is Jewish not Irish?

I know one and his Mum didn't consider the meaning - I just don't think its relevant?

I also like Ardal, Arlo and Ivo - any good?

ZingChoirsOfAngels Thu 12-Dec-13 12:13:56


I only knew about the Mal-ak-eye pronunciation!
the other does sound malarkey, so I wouldn't choose to sound it out that way.

would Malachy be Irish spelling too?

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