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Pronounce Lorcan please

(35 Posts)
mika2 Fri 19-Jun-15 08:02:55

Hi, DC2 due in a few weeks and struggling with Irish boys names. I'm Irish and DH English so struggle to find a strong recognisably Irish name that won't cause too much of a headache with spelling/pronounciation growing up in UK. Lorcan seems to tick the box but after running it past a couple of Irish family members they both seem to butcher the pronounciation IMO!

Would you pronounce Lorcan as:

1. Laur-can ( almost Laur-cun) or
2. Lar-kin (much shorter sound)

I really hate the pronunciation no. 2 (sounds so harsh) but even when prompted my DM can't seem to get her tongue around pronunciation no.1! (The difference is definitely just the accent as apparently I'm saying it with an English accent whereas to me they're shortening the vowel sounds too much.)

How would you pronounce it? WIBU to call DS Lorcan and tell my family in Ireland we pronounce it like no.1?? And hope/assume that growing up in England everyone else will pronounce it like no.1... Or am I just settling myself up for years of headache?!

DirectorOfBetter Fri 19-Jun-15 08:03:46

Law can

60sname Fri 19-Jun-15 08:05:45

Having not heard it spoken before, and being English, I would have gone for 3: Lor-can

Cantmanage Fri 19-Jun-15 08:06:46


ChippyMinton Fri 19-Jun-15 08:08:03

You can't control people's accents. Just go with the flow.

JillBYeats Fri 19-Jun-15 08:10:49

I know a Lorcan and his parents pronounce it Lurkin. Unfortunate pronunciation I think.

Andcake Fri 19-Jun-15 08:11:43

Law - can

gymboywalton Fri 19-Jun-15 08:14:37

or law-cun

CurlsLDN Fri 19-Jun-15 08:15:07


TheVeryHungryPreggo Fri 19-Jun-15 08:16:46


Holden10 Fri 19-Jun-15 08:21:31

Law-can. That's how the one I know says it.

tabulahrasa Fri 19-Jun-15 08:24:07

Lorr-can, I'm scottish though, things often get an extra r.

GeorgeYeatsAutomaticWriter Fri 19-Jun-15 08:25:19

Laurrr- can.

Irish people pronounce the letter 'r' properly more strongly than English people.

prepperpig Fri 19-Jun-15 08:25:55

Never heard it but I would expect it to be pronounced law-cun

BikeRunSki Fri 19-Jun-15 08:28:40

Law can

Grannyapple Fri 19-Jun-15 08:33:37

I'm Scottish & worked with a Lorcan in Kent. I pronounced it Lor-kin. All the English folk pronounced it Laur-cawn (think posh English). There were a few Eastern Europeans & South Africans & the pronounced it Lor-can. I have to say I love the name...we almost named DS2 Lorcan.

Dadado Fri 19-Jun-15 08:33:46

sorry links don't work on phone -
Irish R pronunciation defeats some English speakers/accents.

Purplehonesty Fri 19-Jun-15 08:34:23

Lorr can

Kraggle Fri 19-Jun-15 08:34:31


Dadado Fri 19-Jun-15 08:34:38

Oh that did work smile

Sophronia Fri 19-Jun-15 11:06:51


squoosh Fri 19-Jun-15 11:24:15


No matter which name you pick it will sound different in your Irish accent and your husband's English accent so there's no point stressing about it too much. Whereabouts in the country are you that it sounds like Lar-kin?

mika2 Fri 19-Jun-15 15:07:31

Thanks for the replies! I hadn't even thought about Law-cun but living in England he probably would get that a lot. I don't mind that it's just Lar-kin/Lahr-kin (family in SE Irl) that I can't stand. And the fact that my DM can't pronounce it my preferred way is going to drive me batty as she enquires how Lar-kin is every day... Even if we tried a nickname like Lori she's pronounce it more like Larry! sad

twinjocks Fri 19-Jun-15 17:21:47

Irish here, and would pronounce it LAUR-kin

Walkingonsunshine00 Fri 19-Jun-15 17:26:48

Lork- Anne

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