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

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LadyKooKoo Fri 03-Jan-14 07:58:16

Love Domhnall but don't like Donny (Osmond). If I hear Donald, I think duck.

Penny6Pence Fri 03-Jan-14 08:10:32

Like it.

SoupDragon Fri 03-Jan-14 08:17:22

Are you in a Gaelic speaking region?

NuggetofPurestGreen Fri 03-Jan-14 08:33:13

I like it but you could go for Dónal instead if you were worried about people not knowing how to pronounce (depends where you live).

Not keen on Donny though.

Annakin31 Fri 03-Jan-14 09:06:30

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GwendolineMaryLacey Fri 03-Jan-14 09:07:54

Love it. Also not keen on Donny though.

Onesleeptillwembley Fri 03-Jan-14 09:08:32

Love the sound, hate the spelling. But Donny? That's really bad.

MrsBungle Fri 03-Jan-14 09:10:36

I wouldn't go with that spelling. I'd go with Donal.

Chaoscarriesonagain Fri 03-Jan-14 09:21:39

Hmmm I was brought up Gaelic, in Gaekic speaking region- Dòmhnalls a plenty !

Now on mainland and my much younger brother really hates his name- even his 65 year old boss sags it's a really old name.

The spelling has also been a massive bugbear for him.

Chaoscarriesonagain Fri 03-Jan-14 09:22:08

*gaelic not gaekic !

hollyisalovelyname Fri 03-Jan-14 09:26:45

Love Domhnall or Domhnal but think it could be a problem in U. K. Cos of pronounciation. Donal would be better but not as nice. I hate Donny, sorry.

CarryOnDancing Fri 03-Jan-14 09:31:17

I like the sound but really dislike the spelling. On first glance my brain kept trying to change the beginning to "dumb".

SoupDragon Fri 03-Jan-14 09:47:55

I"d go with Donal instead then. I like the sound but not the look of the Gaelic spelling (although I'm not against proper Gaelic spellings in general)

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

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"

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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