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emblosion Wed 10-Jul-13 20:56:57

Fway-lon or Fay-lon round here. it means little wolf I think. Nearly used it for ds2 as when he was born he was covered in dark hair but went with Oisín in the end.

JazzAnnNonMouse Wed 10-Jul-13 20:09:12

It kind of sounds like 'failing'

Arudonto Wed 10-Jul-13 14:34:20

The one I know(west of ireland) is pronounce Fway-lawn. Ive always liked it.

Phelim is more fey-limb around here.

DramaAlpaca Wed 10-Jul-13 13:43:54

Interesting. Where I live this would be pronounced FEE-lan.

Amazing how many different dialect pronunciations there are of Irish names.

ZolaBuddleia Wed 10-Jul-13 13:39:43

The one I know is Faolán, pronounced Fway-lon.

squoosh Wed 10-Jul-13 13:38:21

I'd assume Fway-lan/Fway-lawn too.

monniemae Wed 10-Jul-13 12:46:38

I like it, I would also assume Fway-lan or Fay-lan pronunciation.

I also like Cuan (sorry don't know how to do fada) which my cousin's boy is called - means the same thing ie little wolf. Coo-awn (but faster iykwim)

MistyB Wed 10-Jul-13 12:27:47

Phelan (usually a surname) is the English translation of O'Faolán (literally descendants of Faolán).

UpTheFRIGGinDuff Wed 10-Jul-13 08:36:46

Yes,that's my worry,I love Celtic names but the pronunciation is almost always an issue sad

I've not heard of Phelim,but I think Phelan is a variant...

MistyB Wed 10-Jul-13 00:09:52

I would have said 'Fway Lawn' but many Irish names were pronounced / spelled differently in different regions and have been adopted into English with varying spelling and pronunciation so yours could be equally valid!!

I think it is beautiful but I shy away from difficult to pronounce names of Celtic origin having spent more than half my life correcting pronunciation and spelling of my own name.

Zynnia Tue 09-Jul-13 23:53:01

like Phelim?

Not a fan of Phelim because it reminds me of phlegm but Faolan looks McIrish. I might be being too harsh there. No idea of its origins.

UpTheFRIGGinDuff Tue 09-Jul-13 23:46:00

Pron Fay-Lin Or Feh-lahn.

Boys name,meaning 'little wolf'


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