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natwebb79 Tue 10-Dec-13 16:22:39

We already have a Niall (DH's mum's side are Irish) and really struggled to decide on that one but we love it now and DS is 2. We are expecting DC2 and DH's family are ALL boys for generations so I want to get thinking. I really like Malachy (pronounced Mal-a-kee) but saw that the meaning is 'God's servant' or something which put me off a bit (we're atheist, ha!). I could definitely ignore the so-called 'meaning' though I think. My other favourite is Flynn but my DH said his mum's family had poodles called Flynn so we're not allowed! What do you think? We need Irishy but not whacky/hard to spell or pronounce...

malymoo Tue 10-Dec-13 17:22:44

I have a Malachy. We wanted an Irish name and thought of Flynn, but I'm sooooo glad we went decided on Malachy. I'd read it meant 'my angel' which I love. I was worried that it sounded like a 'naughty boys' name, but now it's just my little boys name and it suits him so well. I've never met another one!

loisismyhero Tue 10-Dec-13 17:25:46

Never heard of Anlon. Or Farron.
Donal is lovely I think. Also Lorcan and Oran.
I wouldn't think of Gil as Irish.
And Quinn is another surname. Or an American girl's name ( I hear it and I think Glee, sorry).

Donncha? Fachtna?

blueberryboybait Tue 10-Dec-13 17:26:51

DD1 was going to be Malachi but was a DD! We also had Fintan and Finbar on our list.

natwebb79 Tue 10-Dec-13 17:31:04

Our surname is Freeman.

hoppinghare Tue 10-Dec-13 17:33:50

I wanted a malachy.

adaloveslace Tue 10-Dec-13 17:39:11

I love Malachy. There's a gorgeous one in DD's class.

Flynn is the name of the hero in Tangled/Orlando Bloom's child and I fear about to go the way of Aiden as a result.

I like Conal or Connell a lot - know a gorgeous one. I also know two Cuans - great name. Oh well.

How about:
Cormac (Mac or Corey for short)
Rían (pron. Ree-en)
Fiachra (pron. Fee-Ach-ra)

adaloveslace Tue 10-Dec-13 17:42:20

Oooh, or Art or Ardal?

Middleagedmotheroftwo Tue 10-Dec-13 19:04:51

I know an Irish Jarlath. Jarly for short. I love that name.

ZombiePenguin Tue 10-Dec-13 20:11:08


Okay, seriously:
I love Malachy. I am an atheist and my DC all have Hebrew names (tbf, to do with my family). I also like nicknames available for it- Allie, etc;

natwebb79 Tue 10-Dec-13 20:45:32

Ooooohhhhh DH likes Oran!!! We might actually be closer to having a name! smile

BunnyLebowski Tue 10-Dec-13 20:46:03

Yay! grin

Oran is fab and goes great with Niall!

loisismyhero Tue 10-Dec-13 20:53:17

Oran Freeman - I like that!

natwebb79 Tue 10-Dec-13 20:55:46

Thank you everyone, especially Bunny. You're my Irish names guru grin

BadRoly Tue 10-Dec-13 20:56:25

I love the name Malachi (rhymes with eye) but dh vetoed it. So I think you should use Malachy/Malachi on my behalf grin

RaRa1988 Wed 11-Dec-13 13:14:32

I think it sounds like a chemical. Sorry hmm

Lebkuchenlover Wed 11-Dec-13 15:24:05

I'm not so keen on Mal part of Malachy - sounds a little negative to me.

I love Quinn and think that Niall and Quinn go well together. Also quite like Oran.

squoosh Wed 11-Dec-13 17:32:09

You CANNOT have a Niall and a Quinn, unless you're a scary enthusiastic Niall Quinn fan? I mean he was a good footballer and apparently is a lovely man but...................NO!

squoosh Wed 11-Dec-13 17:34:52

Anlon - never heard of it
Donal - ok but a bit boring
Farron - have only heard as a surname Farren
Gil - Scott Heron? good if you're jazz fans
Lorcan - geeky, irrititaing, swotty school prefect type
Oran - people will think it's Aran, Aaron and many other names.

Malachy is far better than all of those!

ProfondoRosso Wed 11-Dec-13 17:38:08

I really like Malachy. Malachi/chai is great too, so long as your DS is prepared for when his schoolmates are old enough to watch Children of the Corn! grin

loisismyhero Wed 11-Dec-13 18:40:57

Jesus no you can't have Niall and Quinn! Never thought of that! grin

natwebb79 Wed 11-Dec-13 22:00:13

Haha - DH pointed out the Niall Quinn thing. Hilarious!

Footle Wed 11-Dec-13 22:08:05

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

natwebb79 Wed 11-Dec-13 23:07:15

I am a big Gil Scott-Heron fan...

neunundneunzigluftballons Wed 11-Dec-13 23:12:15

Caolan pronounced Kay lawn or Qwai lawn depending on your preference.

ZingChoirsOfAngels Thu 12-Dec-13 08:28:35


Malachi means "my messenger" or "my angel"

the last syllable is pronounced "kai", to rhyme with "hi".

other spellings of the name are Malakai - the "y" spelling is actually not listed frequently.

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