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

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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.

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

I'd spell it Donal.

I know a lovely 22 year old Donal smile

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.

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

I'd go for Donal.

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

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

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

just spell it Donal

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

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

enaj1308 Sat 04-Jan-14 00:52:33

We would pronounce it 'doll' in the Hebrides, no pronunciation of the middle 'n' at all. That's how it was taught at degree level Gaelic too.

florascotia Fri 03-Jan-14 20:00:42

In this region (NW Scotland) traditionally the name had an initial 'T' sound : almost like 'Tow-nhall', very similar to what Ada and Wevet say above.

Several older ladies in the district are called 'Dolly' - today, prounounced just like that. Their names are short for anglicised female versions of Domhnall, such as Dolina or even Donaldina. That sounds rather similar to the male contracted name 'Doll' mentioned by Solaia.

Frontdoorstep Fri 03-Jan-14 17:51:50

I don't know how to pronounce that name and I am Scottish.

Wevet Fri 03-Jan-14 13:33:25

It's a nice name, but I am Irish and deliberately didn't choose a name beginning with a soft 'D' (as someone else said, the correct Irish pronunciation is ''Though-nall') because people giving it a hard 'D' in the UK drives me mad.

Unless the Gaelic pronunciation is entirely different, it wouldn't shorten to Donny however it's spelt, though.

LadyKooKoo Fri 03-Jan-14 13:17:55

I think lots of people would pronounce Donal like Donald without a d at the end so don't think that would help to be honest. I have an Irish name which is a really popular one and people still get it wrong. I am used to some people spelling/saying it wrong and you get used to it.

squoosh Fri 03-Jan-14 12:55:31

It's a pretty cosmopolitan world but that would be a name that he'd have to explain and correct every single day.

It can be tiring.

NuggetofPurestGreen Fri 03-Jan-14 11:24:36

That was what I thought too wiggles. I love Domhnall Gleeson.

adaloveslace Fri 03-Jan-14 10:56:09

Lovely name. It doesn't shorten naturally to Donny, I don't think. The pronunciation (in Ireland) is almost like Though-nall, or if you spell it Donal, it would be Doe-nal. The usual shortening would be Donie (rhymes with Tony), as opposed to Donny (rhymes with Ronnie.)

Sorry to be pedantic - it's a great name either way

wigglesrock Fri 03-Jan-14 10:34:31

I like it - I went to school with a few mostly shortened to Don, my husband knows quite a few as well - both spellings.

I know if I heard a baby called it now, the first thing I would think of would be "oh like Domhnall Gleason"

Solaia Fri 03-Jan-14 10:17:10

I know someone with this name, native Gaelic speaker and it is pronounced 'Doll'. He is from the Islands and it possible that there is a subtlety to the pronounciation that my central belt ears don't pick up, but he does answer to 'Doll'. Then again so do I... wink

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