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Donovan or Conell

(31 Posts)
fluentinsarcasm Sat 03-Sep-16 22:14:54

Which do you prefer? Surname is Irish (very)

Always liked Donovan, DH prefers Conell.

kktpj Sat 03-Sep-16 22:22:22


kktpj Sat 03-Sep-16 22:23:27

Sorry....bit rude.....clonal is usual spelling.......gorgeous name

Footle Sat 03-Sep-16 22:27:29

Surely not Clonal ? Will nobody think of the child ?

NannyR Sat 03-Sep-16 22:30:16

I love conal. I think I prefer that spelling - to me, Conell looks like it should have the emphasis on the -ell part as in con-ELL rather than con-ull.

MrsGsnow18 Sat 03-Sep-16 22:47:37

I'm Irish and know a few Connells. Its def pronounced 'con-al' but I've only ever come across spelling with two ns before
Doesn't really make a difference to how it's pronounced though. I think it's a lovely name (however it's spelt as there are several variations) I prefer it to Donovan.
Although Donovan is nice too and could have Van as NN.
Con as a NN is lovelier in my opinion though.

switswoo81 Sat 03-Sep-16 22:52:28

I'd pronounce it cun al. It's a lovely name, friends gorgeous baby boy is called it.

lenny2011 Sat 03-Sep-16 22:59:47

Used to have a boyfriend as a teenager called Donovan! Called Don for short. Love it but I was seen as a really republican name.
Conal is spelt like this! Connell is a surname. Lovely name too. Good choices

Sophronia Sun 04-Sep-16 00:12:41


fluentinsarcasm Sun 04-Sep-16 11:13:58

Thought Conell was the most simple spelling, confused about which is best

Conal, Connall, Conell

Come back please MrsGsnow!

eachtigertires Sun 04-Sep-16 12:59:39


Loyly Sun 04-Sep-16 13:10:19

Connell is my favourite of the two (spelt that way as it's the only spelling I know of it).

twinjocks Sun 04-Sep-16 13:29:37

Conal is the usual spelling for a first name, and in a surname it would be double n and l (i.e. McConnell, O'Connell).

squoosh Sun 04-Sep-16 14:24:21


I've never met a Connell.

Laquila Sun 04-Sep-16 14:29:35

I like both but not so keen on Don as a nn (I loved the singer though!).

I'd expect Conal as a first name to be spelt like this.

FWIW I quite like Conell but would pronounce that CO-null (as in conman) as opposed to COH-null (as in cone).

Cloeycat Sun 04-Sep-16 14:31:37

Also Irish and reckon Conall is the correct spelling. Double n and double l is the surname Connell.

squoosh Sun 04-Sep-16 14:32:45

Conal is pronounced Connell though, not cone-ull.

squoosh Sun 04-Sep-16 14:33:53

Noel Gallagher's son is called Donovan.

fluentinsarcasm Sun 04-Sep-16 15:30:55

Thanks for your advice. I (think) I like Conall the best (Conal looks unfinished somehow)

Tad disappointed Donovan didn't get more love...smug looking DH!

Stevefromstevenage Sun 04-Sep-16 15:33:26

Yes Conall or Conal and I prefer those to Donovan. Be warned though there are 3 separate pronounciations to the Irish name Conal. Connell, Cun-al and Cone-al.

Stevefromstevenage Sun 04-Sep-16 15:41:51

Although thinking again Cone-al is probably more Cónal (like This ) although I have seen people drop the fada (accent) for the easier life.

DramaAlpaca Sun 04-Sep-16 15:48:01

Both Conalls I know have the double L. It's nice, I prefer it to Donovan.

fluentinsarcasm Sun 04-Sep-16 15:53:23

Always had a soft spot for Noel Gallagher squoosh

LonestarStateOfMind Sun 04-Sep-16 20:02:06

Conall like this 1 x n and 2 x l

Sugarpiehoneyeye Mon 05-Sep-16 08:17:43


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