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Irish posters! How do you pronounce this name?

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0verNow Sat 26-Dec-15 10:05:17

Just had a text from a friend announcing the name of her newborn son - Mael.

How is it pronounced?


Help! I want to call her and get it right!

Thank you.

originalmavis Sat 26-Dec-15 10:16:51

Errr a French friend has a nephew called that. I think its maaaah-el.

Luckystar1 Sat 26-Dec-15 10:22:59

I think it's more used in France tbh, I've never heard it in Ireland. I'd just ask her how to pronounce it.... But I'd think it's as in male?! God knows!

edengarden123 Sat 26-Dec-15 10:28:30

If there is a fada over the á id be incline to say mah-el. Never have come across the name before in ireland so could be wrong.

MrsLeighHalfpenny Sat 26-Dec-15 10:31:55

French. Should have a diaeresis over the e (ë).

It's Mah-y-el

3luckystars Sat 26-Dec-15 10:45:56

I have never heard that name.

hollyisalovelyname Sat 26-Dec-15 10:51:03

Maelíosa is an Irish name
The Mael part is pronounced like male.

Zhabr Sat 26-Dec-15 11:18:29

I heard this name. In the french film LOL the cool boy's name is Mael.

oneowlgirl Sat 26-Dec-15 11:41:59

I've never heard that name before - is it definitely Irish?

0verNow Sat 26-Dec-15 12:00:20

My friend is Irish, so I just sort of assumed.... Found this though, which seems to say Celtic and Breton.ël

Annarose2014 Sat 26-Dec-15 12:01:31

Not an Irish name anyway.

pleasegotowork Sat 26-Dec-15 12:03:05

Nope, not an Irish name I've ever heard.

Bogburglar99 Sat 26-Dec-15 12:08:04

Ah . Breton link maybe? I know a little girl of Breton descent with the feminine version, which is pronounced (ish) My-ell but with the two syllables not very distinct.

CastaDiva Sat 26-Dec-15 19:47:49

Not an Irish name I've ever come across. There's Maoliosa, but the first syllable is more like MWAY-ul.

Twasthecatthatdidit Mon 28-Dec-15 18:43:47

Is it not pronounced Mel? I think that's how the Mel I know spells his name. Irish speaking family, all of the rest of the family have Irish names so I presume it's Irish too. Old Irish Google tells me

hollyisalovelyname Mon 28-Dec-15 18:56:53

Twasthecat There was a St. Mel.
There's a St. Mel cathedral somewhere in Athlone or Longford I think.
Perhaps it's a different name

mathanxiety Tue 29-Dec-15 03:52:46

It's not a version of Mel. Afaik Mel (as In Longford cathedral and boys' school) is Mel in Irish too.

IoraRua Wed 30-Dec-15 04:42:52

Mel (as in the cathedral/school in longford) was supposed to have been a nephew of St Patrick iirc. He came with his uncle to convert the heathens wink . Or so my grandad told me.

Never seen Mael as a name though. Though we do also have Maelruain so it's possible.

mathanxiety Wed 30-Dec-15 22:05:59

The prefix Mael is an older version of Maol (meaning monastic tonsure).

Borninthe60s Wed 30-Dec-15 22:13:23

Why don't you say congrats and ask how it's pronounced?

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