Hi all, a question for the Scottish (although others feel free to comment).
We're having twin boys and have decided on the names Rory and Finlay for them. My husband thinks that we should go for the original Scottish spellings - Ruairidh & Fionnlagh. Would this be cruel? I quite like the idea but am not sure it would work in reality.
Would you Scottish mummies know how to pronounce Ruairidh & Fionnlagh? My husband thinks that lots will but I'm not so sure!
PS Forgot to mention that we are Scottish and live in Scotland (the boys will be raised here!).
Ruairaidh would be recognised, often used in Scotland. I prefer it to Rory. Never heard of someone using Fionnlagh and doesn't make sense to me.. surely the name is derived from the surnames Finlay and Findlay?
I am Scottish and would pronounce Ruairidh (Roori) and Rory (Roari) differently. I also wouldn't know how to pronounce Fionnlagh. I would personally either go for Rory and Finlay or Ruairidh and Finlay.
I'm Scottish and I would know both names too. Ruairidh (prn roo-ry, not row-ry) is very common - in fact if you combined all the different spellings it would be quite high in the name charts. Fionnlagh looks too try-hard. It's not usually spelled that way in Scotland - in fact I've never seen it used before.
Fionn is a nice spelling of Finn and more common than Fionnlagh.
I'm sure there was also a Scottish king named Findlaech. Maybe Findlay would be a compromise?
I am Scottish (and have lived my whole life in Scotland), and would recognise Ruairidh but not Fionnlagh. As others have said, I would pronounce Ruairidh as "Roo-a-ree" (lovely name!), not "Rory" (which I see as a quite different (English?) name.
I always think of Rory / Ruari as wrong / anglicised versions of Ruairidh, whereas think Finlay is the normal Scottish spelling (I've never seen your suggested spelling used). No idea if this is actually right, it's just how I perceive these names.
Finlay is very popular round here just now, and I think people would automatically assume that this was your son's name, he'd be forever correcting them.
I am Scottish too and agree with the others who said go for Ruairidh and Finlay (I wouldn't know how to pronounce the other way of spelling Finlay), as long as you don't mind Ruairidh being pronounced "Rooaree'.
Congrats, I'm expecting twins too, but don't know the sex, so have to have 2 good Scottish or Italian names for girls or boys, I'm struggling!