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Coran - Irish (?) boys' name - how do you pronounce it?

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prairiegirl81 Sun 10-Nov-13 18:45:11

Just that really, I'm not expecting a baby but just came across this name and it really struck me. Google says it's Irish, does anyone know how to pronounce it? Thanks, C x

Iatemyskinnyperson Sun 10-Nov-13 18:50:44

I'm Irish and I'm not familiar with that name. Might you mean Ciaran?

Maryz Sun 10-Nov-13 19:04:28

I've never heard of it, though google tells me there is a St Coran's well in Youghal. Coran seems to be a French saint, though confused

If it was Irish, I would expect it to be pronounced Core-un, with the emphasis on the first syllable.

BunnyLebowski Sun 10-Nov-13 19:07:42

I'm Irish and have never heard of that name.

Conan, yes.
Ciaran, yes.

Coran, no.

prairiegirl81 Sun 10-Nov-13 19:12:53

Thanks, all, I've never heard the name either (mind you, I'm not Irish!). Maryz: I also found the reference to St. Coran's well, but nothing else about St. Coran himself. Hmmm, the name is on several baby name sites, but it seems to be a bit of a mystery! x

Maryz Sun 10-Nov-13 19:18:49

I have a very vague memory of being in Youghal many years ago and asking the very question. And getting no answer. I have a friend from there - I'll ask her if I see her.

Names like that would be Ciarán, Conan and Conal.

JuneauWhoIAm Sun 10-Nov-13 19:29:39

It's definitely not Irish.

prairiegirl81 Sun 10-Nov-13 19:56:48

Thank you, Maryz and JuneauWhoIAm, still can't find much, but seems to definitely be 'Celtic' in origin. Some suggestion that there is a Cornish version, Corin. I need to find out about this mysterious name! x

wigglesrock Sun 10-Nov-13 21:34:09

I only know it spelt like Corin Redgrave - the actor.

Anchoress Mon 11-Nov-13 11:25:59

I'm Irish too and have never heard of it. If you encountered it on a US baby names website, in my experience, they frequently impute entirely spurious Irish origins to names which aren't! How it would be pronounced if it were Irish could depend in whether it had a fada (acute accent) on either or both vowels - it could be Corran, COE-ran, COe-RAWN etc.

prairiegirl81 Mon 11-Nov-13 20:36:34

Wigglesrock - I didn't click, but yes, I've heard it as in Corin Redgrave.

Anchoress, thanks, I actually saw in a newspaper about the Royal Festival of Remembrance, one of the fallen servicemen was called Coran. So, in Irish, if it were written down, to be pronounced Corran, would it have any fadas? x

Maryz Mon 11-Nov-13 20:56:10

No fadas for Coran.

As in Co-run - the run is more like run than ran, iyswim, but a very short syllable.

Córan = Core-un
Corán = Co-rawn (to sound sort of like yawn, but without the w sound)

But you can't tell people it's Irish. It really isn't a name. It would be like my writing ljeud and saying it's a word, how do you pronounce it in English.

JuneauWhoIAm Mon 11-Nov-13 21:17:14

It couldn't ever have a have a fada.
You can't Irish up a name.
Really, if you want to use it do but don't try and explain it or give it heritage it doesn't have.

If you found it on an American type name site please don't take it as Gospel or tell people you read it was Irish.
Those sites try and tell you names like Brayden are Orish because of the tale of An Bradán Feasa. That means salmon of knowledge by the way and has nothing to do with any Braydens, it doesn't even remotely sound the same.

The zed talks sense up there ^

JuneauWhoIAm Mon 11-Nov-13 21:23:44

Anchoress sorry, I just saw your post saying the same.

You still can't make it anything it's not though.

prairiegirl81 Sun 17-Nov-13 14:53:48

Thanks, guys! Don't worry it's not going to be used any time in the near future and if it is, I won't be telling anyone it's Irish! x

Anjou Sun 17-Nov-13 23:37:09

My friend has a DS named Corran, pronounced Korr-un. It's the same spelling as the Corran Ferry which runs near Fort William in Scotland. She says that she researched it and found that the Corran Narrows (the water the ferry crosses) somehow links back to an Irish saint? No idea which one or how though. Not very helpful am I?! Sorry. grin

florascotia Fri 29-Nov-13 21:41:31

Corin (as in Redgrave) is a good name.

Just in case it is relevant, Corran in Scottish Gaelic is usually a geographical description. Language experts say meaning of Corran Ferry = ' ferry at the spit of land running into the sea'.

However, there was a fascinating monk called Oran (various spellings), who lived on the beautiful island of Iona, not that far away. See And also a St Oran from Ireland...

Twighlightsparkle Fri 29-Nov-13 21:43:05

Agree with flora, sounds more scottish

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