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Pronunciation of Cearbhall?

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TooTiredToCoo Sun 21-Feb-21 00:21:03

Can any Irish people out there tell me the proper way to pronounce Cearbhall?

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Brokenfurnitureandroses Sun 21-Feb-21 00:34:36

I think like this: car ool (pronounce ool as in pool).

FlatteredRhubardFool Sun 21-Feb-21 01:01:53

Ker val.

Twistered Sun 21-Feb-21 01:16:24

bh together in Irish gives a v sound and the name can be pronounced two ways
Ker vill
or Car vill

TheFoz Sun 21-Feb-21 01:21:35

I’m Irish and I’ve never heard this name. Where have you gotten the idea for it?

Tavannach Sun 21-Feb-21 01:26:35

My (very) limited knowledge of Scottish Gaelic suggests Ker vil.

HereComesATractor Sun 21-Feb-21 01:27:07

There was a president of Ireland with this name!

RubysArms Sun 21-Feb-21 03:48:05


SeanChailleach Sun 21-Feb-21 07:48:57
Carroll grin Kerval or Charvil, which is quite nice

mydailymailhell Sun 21-Feb-21 07:53:22

Kyar- vull

Never heard of this name before though!

HarrietM87 Sun 21-Feb-21 07:53:27

I’d say carval. I’m from NI.

Spudlet Sun 21-Feb-21 07:56:34

It’s a nice name, but unless you are in Ireland your child will have a lifetime of ‘Oh, that’s an unusual name, where’s it from?’ My dad is from NI but moved England and has an Irish name (although one that’s straightforward to pronounce without knowledge of Irish IYSWIM) and always had this - drove him nuts.

MadeForThis Sun 21-Feb-21 09:11:23


LApprentiSorcier Sun 21-Feb-21 09:15:27

If you live in England your child will need to get used to being called 'Sear ball' .

Twistered Sun 21-Feb-21 09:16:01


Definately not pronounced Cur

SecretIdentitee Sun 21-Feb-21 09:19:45

While bh does normally give a V sound, in this case the first poster is correct and it would largely be pronounced Car-ool as that's how Cearbhall O Dhalaigh, Irish president from the 70s pronounced it.

SionnachGlic Sun 21-Feb-21 09:21:19

It is name of former Irish President...
It is Car-ool. Most times the 'bh' gets the 'v' sound but not in this one. When he used anglicised version he pronounced it Carroll...

If that is a lovely old name

NoSquirrels Sun 21-Feb-21 09:38:34

This thread does not seem particularly helpful on definitive pronunciation so if you’re considering it for a baby, OP, I think I’d steer clear! grin

TooTiredToCoo Sun 21-Feb-21 12:25:22

Interesting, lots of replies it’s Car-ool. I was pronouncing it Ker-val.

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SeanChailleach Sun 21-Feb-21 12:43:33

Charles in England:

Chahrrlz - West Country
Charrels - Far North
Chahlz - posh South
Chawlz - vair posh
Joyilz (Birmingham)

What a tricksy name!

Seriously op, is that your son's name or are you just considering it?

LizzieAnt Sun 21-Feb-21 13:15:44

Yes, there seems to be a variety of ways of pronouncing this name. My mother always said it as in the link SionnachGlic gave above (ie as Car-ool), but it does look like it should read Car-val (with the first syllable like the beginning of Carol). However bh isn't always pronounced as a 'v' - it may be pronounced more as a 'w' sound in some dialects. Sometimes it's not pronounced in the middle of a word.
Here is another link to a fluent Irish speaker saying Cearbhall.
The surname Ó Cearbhaill, which derives from the first name, was variously anglicised as O'Carroll, O'Carvill, O'Carwell, O'Carrowill, which seems to indicate different pronunciations of the name too.

TooTiredToCoo Sun 21-Feb-21 18:50:16


It’s not my son’s name. It’s just a name I found on a list of baby names that I liked the look of and I was just curious about the pronunciation.

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bridgetreilly Sun 21-Feb-21 18:55:07

If you don't know how to pronounce, don't call your child that.

abiirthdaycake Sun 21-Feb-21 21:18:44

"bh" would be pronounced as a w when it's broad, right?

LizzieAnt Sun 21-Feb-21 23:00:23

It depends on the dialect.

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