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How is this Gaelic name pronounced...

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FingersCrossedLegsNot Fri 06-Sep-13 20:10:02

It pronounced Doh nal, its just a fancier spelling of Donal really!

TallulahBetty Fri 06-Sep-13 18:28:11

Interesting, thanks smile

OnTheBottomWithAWomensWeekly Fri 06-Sep-13 18:07:32

*its, not is.

OnTheBottomWithAWomensWeekly Fri 06-Sep-13 18:06:53

because it is used more often to mean scots gaelic, and its got colonial connotations, which obviously we don't like so much. If you speak Irish is Gaeilge, if you speak English you translate it as Irish. not gaelic, its just not the name of the language.

TallulahBetty Fri 06-Sep-13 17:54:57

Just being nosy, why is Gaelic not the right word?

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 06-Sep-13 15:54:08


Dp vetoed ever using Sebastian for that reason. Tenuously in my opinion as it's the name of the boy I dated for the first 2 months of university and didn't have anything to do with after that!

I returned the favour and vetoed a fair few girls names on that basis grin

Monkeyandanimal Fri 06-Sep-13 07:03:02

My ex boyfriend was a Domhnall, Irish, pronounced Doh-nal, or Doh-nl. Nice name. He was good looking and intellectual. I can't use the name for baby3, or DH would be very upset!

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 06-Sep-13 00:29:18

Oh I didn't realise Onthebottom, apologies. I thought Gaelic was a better way of putting it since I wasn't sure of the exact origins of the name, I know the actor is Irish but it could have orignated in Scotland.

Thanks ladies, it is said how I thought it would be.

OnTheBottomWithAWomensWeekly Thu 05-Sep-13 23:48:46

Theres an n in it! It's definitley Donal, I've talked to the man.

squoosh Thu 05-Sep-13 23:46:42

This Domhnall is Irish though (he's Brendan Gleeson's son) and it's definitely two syllables in Ireland.

chickenschicken Thu 05-Sep-13 23:45:26

I'd say its more one syllable - Doahl

jenny77 Thu 05-Sep-13 23:44:34

Dawl in mull

ShowOfHands Thu 05-Sep-13 23:43:48

Chap out of Harry Potter, yes? Plays Bill.

OnTheBottomWithAWomensWeekly Thu 05-Sep-13 23:43:01

Donal. And its an Irish name (we don't say gaelic).

squoosh Thu 05-Sep-13 23:42:57


It's the more traditional spelling for Dónal.

ShowOfHands Thu 05-Sep-13 23:42:12


Alisvolatpropiis Thu 05-Sep-13 23:39:14


He's the lead male actor in About Time, the new Richard Curtis film. He also appeared in one of Charlie Brookers Black Mirror episodes. Just wondered how the name was pronounced. It may well be glaringly obvious, in which case blush in advance!

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