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Torii Croft (sum-p1-134.hitter.net - 207.192.77.134)
Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2000 - 02:42 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

My husband pick Caelan for our son's middle name. For 5 years we have pronunced it "KAY-lyn" now I am trying to learn Irish and I don't think we are saying the name correctly. Could someone please tell me what is the correct pronunciation for Caelan?

Thanks Torii

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Dennis King (proxy1-external.sttln1.wa.home.com - 24.4.254.154)
Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2000 - 06:26 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

This looks like an Old Irish spelling: Cáelán, the "Slender One" or "Little Thin One" or something along those lines. In today's Irish, it would be Caolán. You can see the common noun "caol" in it, along with the common affix -án (cf. Caomhán, Dallán, Earnán, etc.) So, saying the first syllable as KAY would be close enough, following the Munster pronunciation of "caol", but the second syllable should then be LAWN, with a full long vowel.

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Torii Croft (cit-p3-181.hitter.net - 207.192.71.181)
Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2000 - 07:25 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

According the the baby name book it ment "mighty in battle" Thank you I knew we had it wrong after listening to lessons but I thought it was the first syllable oh well LOL THanks for your help

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Risteárd (placid.cam.cornell.edu - 132.236.122.29)
Posted on Friday, April 21, 2000 - 12:58 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Dennis is right about Caolán. If I remember correctly, the name Cathal (KA-al) means "mighty in battle".

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Dennis King (proxy1-external.sttln1.wa.home.com - 24.4.254.154)
Posted on Friday, April 21, 2000 - 01:56 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Is fíor duit. Ach déarfainn féin KAH-huhl, le "h" soiléir i lár an fhocail. Most dialects of Irish pronounce the medial /h/ sound of the "th", and in Cois Fhairrge, where the medial /h/ is lost, you end up with one syllable /ka:L/.

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