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Annakin31 Fri 03-Jan-14 07:51:20

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enaj1308 Sat 04-Jan-14 00:53:51

Also, yes Wevet the 'd' is soft, nowhere near the hard 'Donal' people say!

squoosh Sat 04-Jan-14 01:00:25

'Doll' is the Scottish pronunciation, 'Donal' is the Irish pronunciation. Both are correct.

neunundneunzigluftballons Sat 04-Jan-14 01:07:30

I prefer Donal personally I love it. Domhnall is very common in Ireland too, I love it too but no matter how cosmopolitan the area I would not use it outside a Gaelic/Irish area.

neunundneunzigluftballons Sat 04-Jan-14 01:10:30

Ohh I just realised I misunderstood. Doe nal is how both names are pronounced in Ireland it is not an English version that is the name.

BonnieWeeJeannieMcCall Sat 04-Jan-14 06:40:15

I'd pronounce it Doll, too, but with the middle bit extended, sort of - Dawwwll. If I met one, I'd be able to spell it, and would think it a lovely name, but I wouldn't choose it for my own DC, IYSWIM.

saintmerryweather Sat 04-Jan-14 06:53:00

I wouldnt have a clue how to pronounce that and would say how I see it - "dom-nall". Which is ibviously completely wrong!

whenwilltherebegoodnews Sat 04-Jan-14 07:00:01

I'm from a Gaelic speaking area and know a few with the name (who pronounce it Dol), but think the spelling and pronunciation would cause problems elsewhere. Not keen on Donny tho.

Levantine Sat 04-Jan-14 07:10:32

I really wouldn't do it if you are not in an area where people won't know it as a name. I live in London, and would have no clue whether it is a boys or girls name, or how to pronounce it. I honestly think it would be a huge pita for your son.

CormoranStrike Sat 04-Jan-14 09:02:09

I love Donald and Donal, not so keen on Donnie.

MaeveBehave Sun 05-Jan-14 11:30:05

just spell it Donal

skolastica Sun 05-Jan-14 17:44:11

I know a 19 year old Domhnall Iain generally known as Dolleen. Am in Argyll.

DramaAlpaca Sun 05-Jan-14 17:46:43

I'd go for Donal.

neunundneunzigluftballons Sun 05-Jan-14 20:17:49

Just on the Donal version, the actual pronunciation my friend's father used from an Irish speaking area had the D sound made with the tongue behind the front teeth, kinda like for a th but with a D sound. That is probably as clear as mud sorry.

Rosencrantz Sun 05-Jan-14 20:54:36

I'd spell it Donal.

I know a lovely 22 year old Donal smile

Ilovekittyelise Sun 05-Jan-14 22:40:47

as much as i love traditional spellings, the name isnt really recognisable to most. your son will constantly have to correct mis-pronounciation and mis-spellings. donal would be kinder, if not as interesting to you.

donny, i really dont like im afraid. its babyish and silly.

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