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Pronouncing Caitlin?

(34 Posts)
Clawdy Fri 22-Mar-13 17:11:28

We nearly picked Caitlin for DD's name years ago. I thought of it as "Kate-lin" though I knew as it is Irish it was more likely to be pronounced "Cat-lin". Now a friend from Northern Ireland tells me it is pronounced more like "Cash-lin". How do you say it? The two Caitlins I knew were both "Kate-lin"......

SummerInSicilia Fri 22-Mar-13 17:15:25

I'm from Northern Ireland, "Cash-lin" is news to me, never heard of that. Definitely Kate-lin.

Trills Fri 22-Mar-13 17:16:39

If you live in England most people will probably say Kate-lin.

Caitlin Moran says Cat-lin.

Mutt Fri 22-Mar-13 17:19:03

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soontobeslendergirl Fri 22-Mar-13 17:21:26

Generally in Scotland it is pronounced Kate lin, but i think it's supposed to be Kath leen or similar confused

halecromp Fri 22-Mar-13 17:23:32


mrsbungle Fri 22-Mar-13 17:23:42

I say Kate - Lin. (Scottish)

badtime Fri 22-Mar-13 17:23:52

I'm from Northern Ireland.
Kate-lin is not an authentic pronunciation, but it is in use among non-Irish-speakers in Ireland. The names has been popularised by Americans. I've heard those buggers pronounce Aisling as 'ase-ling'.
The Irish pronunciation varies between (sort-of) Cotch-leen, Cawtch-leen and indeed Cach-leen (bear in mind, the traditional Anglicisation is Kathleen).

Thewhingingdefective Fri 22-Mar-13 17:24:00


wedontplaywithelectrics Fri 22-Mar-13 17:58:06

I'm English and pronounce it Kate-Lin x

MamaBlue4 Fri 22-Mar-13 19:12:54

My Niece is called Kaitlyn which I guess is the same just different spelling and we pronounce it Kate-lin

MajaBiene Fri 22-Mar-13 19:16:00

I'm aware it should be pronounced something like Cotchleen, but also that most English speakers use Kate-lin or Cat-lin these days.

ElegantSufficiency Fri 22-Mar-13 19:22:07

Coythchleen or cotchleen
But unless you're Peig Sayers you can say Caitlin! I'm Irish and I'd raise an eyebrow now if somebody said, this is my daughter cotchleen. Unless maybe they went to a gaelscoil in which case i'd raise my eyebrown again {joke}

Letticetheslug Fri 22-Mar-13 19:32:42

I've always said Kat-lin, but my friend's daughter is Kate-lin,

MTSgroupie Fri 22-Mar-13 19:36:45

Where were you ladies when I needed you last week? smile

Some (English?) posters insisted that the correct pronunciation for Caitlin was 'Kath-leen'. I fruitlessly tried to make the point that it was an Irish name and however the Irish pronounced it was the 'correct' pronunciation.

Ficidy Fri 22-Mar-13 22:23:40

I'm Irish too and would pronounce it Coyt-leen. There should actually be a fada (accent) above the 'a' and the last 'i'. This name drives me mad because nobody pronounces it properly nowadays. It's the Irish for Kathleen, but most people don't seem to know that.

I think if you're (by this, I mean the vast number of people who have anglicised the name Caitlin) going to call your child Katelynn, then spell it like that, not a totally different name that should be pronounced differently.

Startail Fri 22-Mar-13 22:32:12

Kate-Lin here of Welsh extraction I believe.

Haylebop12 Fri 22-Mar-13 22:36:09

Dds middle name is caitlyn, pronounced Kate-Lin. Few family members couldn't get the hang of it and tried to say cat-a-Lin before being promptly corrected!

ballroomblitz Fri 22-Mar-13 22:37:19

I say Kate-Linn myself. I'm in NI and have a southern friend who pronounces her name Catch-Linn.

WafflyVersatile Fri 22-Mar-13 22:40:46

I'm fairly sure the Scottish one I know is Kate-lin.

Iwishiwasasleep Fri 22-Mar-13 22:43:02

It's like Cotch-leen in Irish in the dialect I learned anyway. I know 2 Katelyns. If you were going to pronounce it Katelyn then why not spell it that way.

simplesusan Fri 22-Mar-13 23:45:44

I always thought it was Kathleen, pronounced something like Cot ch leen, as there is definately no th sound.

Clawdy Sat 23-Mar-13 08:12:54

Interesting replies,looks like Caitlin has become an anglicized name in some ways.

MamaBlue4 Sat 23-Mar-13 16:07:56

MTSgroupie I'm English and I've always pronounced it Kate-lin, like I said my niece is called it. Tbh I've never been heard it called anything else so this is all new to me!

Stokes Sat 23-Mar-13 20:51:00

Completely agree with Ficidy, I would spell is Cáitlín and pronounce it Coyt-leen. I think Caitlín pronounced Cotchleen is fine too. Caitlin pronounced Katelynn makes my teeth itch.

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