E.g. SH and TH; as the English H. For example, thuilm 'hoolim'. As in the previous section, this lengthening does not happen if a vowel follows the RR (note: it does happen if a vowel follows an RN or an RD), e.g. cat pronunciation cat. E.g. Gaelic has a system of broad vowels (A, O, U) and slender vowels (E, I). AO is a new vowel, and we all love those. N only slenderises initially or after a back vowel. E.g. As follows: A/EA before DH/GH; the DH/GH is not silent, and the A/EA becomes another new vowel, like the ur in English burn but further back in the throat and shorter. These are names that usually have no etymological connection with the Gaelic name, they … After a while, these sorts of words just start to look wrong. As a general rule, an I following a vowel does not change its pronunciation, thus AI, EI and ÒI are pronounced the same as A, E and Ò respectively. R and RR; rolled, and never left out. This is going to be a long guide. Gaelic baby names have become popular with the English-speaking population, and most of the names are derived from the names of flowers, trees, and plants from lands of the Gaels. (that is, consonants surrounded by broad vowels.). E.g. Therefore aird 'aarsht'. Irish Gaelic is pronounced (in English) ‘gay-lik’. iubhar 'yoo-uhr'. riabhach 'reea-uhkh'. When many - but not all - consonants are surrounded by slender vowels (called a slender consonant), they change their sounds to sound as though they have a Y following them. If you can't make this sound, you might as well give up now, because there's no surer sign that you're a Sassenach than being unable to pronounce loch as anything other than 'lock'. E.g. If you come across one of these four in that situation, you're safer assuming that it's silent than that it sounds as it should: e.g. Honestly, who makes these things up? In some cases, the equivalent can be a cognate, in other cases it may be an Anglicised spelling derived from the Gaelic name, or in other cases it can be an etymologically unrelated name. E.g. By popular demand (by which I mean at least two separate requests from Club members) I hereby present the sequel to my Welsh Guide, a guide to pronouncing Scottish Gaelic hill names. Of course, there are a lot of exceptions. E.g. P, T and C; as in English, except that in the middle or end of words you should add a very slight 'kh' sound before them, almost no more than a little extra breath. aonach 'uw-nuhkh'. E.g. Welsh is a more distant relation (compare Welsh pen and Gaelic beinn; Welsh moel and Gaelic meall). chridhe pronunciation chridhe. tom 'tohm'. Writing out the pronunciations for these things isn't easy either! U is a short version of the sound in food; like French ou. uisge 'uwshk-yuh'. A consonant + H denotes a completely different sound to the same consonant without an H following it. À is a longer version of the above, as in father. Lachlan was originally a Scottish Gaelic nickname for someone from Norway, but now it's one of the most Scottish boys names … broinn 'brueyn'. The consonants B, BH, M, MH, F, FH, P, PH, SH and TH only slenderise before a back vowel (see the Ground Rules section). mullach is 'mu-luhkh' not 'moo-luhkh'), but there are a couple of exceptions: EA becomes a Gaelic short A, but still has a Y preceding it if it starts a word off. CH; as in loch or German Bach. caisteal 'kash-tchuhl' and coire 'corruh'. Samhain pronunciation Samhain. E.g. This list of Scottish Gaelic given names shows Scottish Gaelic given names beside their English language equivalent. There is also a distinction that needs to be understood in certain places between back vowels (vowels that sound in the back of the mouth, that is 'aw', 'ur', 'oo', 'ow', 'aa', 'o', 'u', 'a') and front vowels (everything else). These videos will help you learn many of the Gaelic sounds! E.g. So aonach and coire are both valid words, but not aonech or core. Search our online Gaelic dictionary for words, phrases and idioms. It's a bit like gargling, or sitting on a G for several seconds. The (Scottish) Gaelic name for (Scottish) Gaelic is Gàidhlig, pronounced ‘gaa-lik’, not to be confused with the Irish (Gaelic) name for Irish (Gaelic), which is written Gaeilge and pronounced ‘gail-gyuh’. E.g. When it comes after a consonant, it modifies the sound of the preceding consonant instead of having a sound of its own. Consonants do exactly the same in English when followed by a U. In the case of EA, a Y sound is added before it when it starts a word, and it doesn't change before M. AI now makes the sound in English sky. as above, but with the vocal cords vibrating. clais 'clash'. Browse an interactive list of Gaelic baby Girl names with their real meanings and religion. This one is simpler though. An exception is that when this would lead to the sound combination E-R-E, an A is sounded instead. Names with a Gaelic or Celtic influence are both unusual and beautiful and many date back to medieval times. E.g. Thus bruach 'bruakh'. So aonach and coire are both valid words, but not aonech or core. Gaelic has only eighteen letters in its alphabet, so no J, K, Q, V, W, X, Y or Z. Culross is pronounced “Coo-riss”, Milngavie is “Mull-guy”, and “Edinburgh” can be either “Edinburruh” or “Edinbruh” depending on your allegiances, but never, ever “Edinburro”. Both languages are descended from 6th-century Old Irish, and are about as mutually intelligible as Cockney and Glaswegian (i.e. lapaich 'la(kh)-piçh'. E.g. Or you may admire the culture and pay homage to it by choosing a Gaelic name. dhearg 'yyerrak'. Enjoying yourself? E.g. It's like the OO sound in English ''food'', but with the lips unrounded, and sounded further back in the throat. Pronunciation: LACK-lan. EA: this combination sounds just like a Gaelic E before the letters D, G and S. Elsewhere, it mostly has the sound of the English E in ''bed'', e.g. Irish Gaelic is Ireland’s native language. tarsuinn 'tar-sin'. E.g. E.g. A difficult sound formed by running together the back-of-the-throat Gaelic AO sound (see below) and an 'ee'. Simples. To some, it sounds like a cross between that OO sound and the UR sound in burn. For example, cìr above only has one syllable, and it ends with what sounds like an R and a Y run quickly together. Visit our Scotland101.com to get Scottish baby boy Names list sorted by A to Z name popularity with meaning. aibhne 'eyev-nyuh'. Here's a roundup of all the conventions used: Right, now that you've been reminded of what all my garbled pronunciations are trying to say, cover up the right-hand side of the page/screen and have a go at these Munro names: Copyright Cambridge University Hillwaking Club - All rights reserved - To report any errors or problems please contact cuhwc-webmaster[at]srcf[dot]ucam[dot]org, The Unofficial Guide to Pronouncing Welsh Place Names ›. Tha cuideachd criomagan-fuaime againn airson do chuideachadh le fuaimneachadh. The Gaelic boy names fall under the category of Goidelic languages which is one of the two Insular Celtic Languages (originated in Britain and Ireland). H as in English, but only when it's found in isolation (which isn't often). The most annoying thing about these four consonants is their tendency to disappear when following a vowel. E.g. Also, Gaelic vowels have a habit of changing before certain consonants, much as the A's in the English words ''half'', ''hand'', ''hall'', ''halt'' and ''hallow'' are all pronounced differently. To help with some of the trickier Scots and Scots Gaelic pronunciations, the kind folks at Forvo have installed their great guide into our site to allow users listen to the correct pronunciations – and add their own! Cuidichidh na bhidiothan seo gus cuid de ne fuaimean Ghàidhlig ionnsachadh. It's the same in English with the words fall and fallow. Most consulted pronunciations in Scottish Gaelic. Looking for Scottish Gaelic names for baby boys? Gaelic uses the grave accent on vowels, so suddenly we have ten to cope with. A similar lengthening takes place before the combinations RR, RN and RD. teallach 'tchal-uhkh'. fionn 'fyoon', fhionnlaidh 'yoon-lee' - don't forget the FH is silent! No other vowels appear in unstressed syllables. To be precise: where an L, N or R is followed by a B, BH, CH, G, GH, M or MH, or preceded by an M, an extra vowel comes between the two. The whole discussion about vowels only applies in stressed (i.e. cìr 'kyeery'. (That 'kh' is the back of the throat sound as in loch or German Bach. Related Posts: Strong, Rustic Boys Names You’re Guaranteed to Adore. The vowel a. 2. It can sound rather like a severely overdone Y. Practise it.) Slender GH and DH are a voiced version of the above, i.e. Yeah, trying to write out how these words are pronounced isn't very easy when English doesn't contain half the sounds involved. Usually this vowel is a copy of the previous vowel; e.g. See below. So we have rèidh 'ray' but bhuiridh 'vui-ryee'. somewhat, if you speak slowly). Gaelic names are extremely popular right now. OI becomes the sound of the Welsh EI, that is, a sound formed by running together a short 'uh' and an 'ee'. F, L, LL, M, N, NN and S; as in English. nead 'nyet' and duine 'duwn-yuh', but teine 'tyen-uh'. Ionnsaich fuaimneachadh leis an t-iùl bhidio againn.