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jayhenson 
Posted: 30-Jul-2008, 09:01 PM
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I am opening this topic to find a name for my dog that is a Gaelic word. The word for "dog", "companion" etc... are all good ideas. I think I found the Irish word for Friend is Cara (or close) but it is a male dog and Cara is just too feminine. He is an Australian Shepherd that I adopted from the animal shelter here. Another idea is the Gaelic word for "marble" if there is one, since his current name (given at the pound) is Marble, named for his marbled eyes (blues and browns in the same eye). Both eyes are marbled and it looks really cool. I prefer a one word name that is easy to [learn to] pronounce and would be a word that would get his attention (he doesn't answer to "marble" anyway so I thought I would change it to a Celtic name that I like and could train him to respond to). Any help is appreciated and I know there are some language aficionado's here.

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Posted: 30-Jul-2008, 11:57 PM
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My son and his wife just got a Siberian Husky a few weeks ago. That bantered around several names, but finally settled on Aidan. The pup seems to like it well enough! They also considered Seamus, but Aidan has a nice ring to it.

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Posted: 31-Jul-2008, 04:45 AM
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Posted: 31-Jul-2008, 06:02 AM
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The word for marble is "marmar," what's called a "loan word", that is, borrowed from the germanic part of the European pool and not specifically gaelic in origin. Here is the entry:

marble = marmar
marble = mirlín

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a statue of marble = dealbh déanta as marmar;
marble, travertine, ecaussine = marmar, traibhirtín, ecaussine;
granulated marble agglomerated with cement = marmar gránaithe agus é ceirtleánaithe le stroighin.

Maybe not so attractive.

Why don't you think about giving him a male name, like Aonghus, or Cillian, or Fionbharr (Finbar), or Ruaidhri (Rory), instead of the word for what he is? These are all from Irish -- Scots names are somewhat different, but similar. They all mean something. Here's a link with lots of names -- be prepared, they rarely sound even close to what they look like, but this list gives pronunciations and meanings too:

http://www.namenerds.com/irish/trad.html
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Posted: 31-Jul-2008, 10:23 PM
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How about CUCHULAINN
(Born Setanta) gained his name which means "Hound of Culain" after he killed a fierce wolfhound guarding the fort of Culain using his skill as a hurler while still a young boy. He offered to take the dogs place as protector to the King. His most famous deeds were perhaps the time he single handedly held back the forces of Connaught until his Ulster kinsmen had time to rally to fight them and the time he fought his friend Ferdiad, champion and chief of the Connaught Knights of the Sword. So feared was he that even after dying in battle he struck terror into all enemies who approached his body, which his kinsmen had propped up against a boulder and armed.


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Posted: 31-Jul-2008, 10:39 PM
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Wow Robert, that is actually a pretty good choice. How is it properly pronounced? This is why i love this site, sooooo much cool knowledge

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Aengus is my dogs name, and if you met him, you would choose no other.

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Posted: 03-Aug-2008, 11:18 PM
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Wikipedia as a sound sample as Cue hear um. Not sure if that is right though. I would check around. Somebody would know here on the forum.
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Posted: 04-Aug-2008, 01:17 AM
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If you want to read a fantastic telling of the legend of Cuchullain, try to get Rosemary Sutcliff's "The Hound of Ulster." It's out of print, but libraries have it.

It's a heroic name for a dog, to say the least!

I have heard it pronounced by the Irish singer Noireen ni Riann "cu CHUL lin." The CH is like the sound in "loch," not "chicken." smile.gif
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KYLE;

From the Gaelic Coill a district in Ayrshire, Scotland. The River Coyle.


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QUOTE (stoirmeil @ 04-Aug-2008, 12:17 AM)
If you want to read a fantastic telling of the legend of Cuchullain, try to get Rosemary Sutcliff's "The Hound of Ulster." It's out of print, but libraries have it.

It's a heroic name for a dog, to say the least!

I have heard it pronounced by the Irish singer Noireen ni Riann "cu CHUL lin." The CH is like the sound in "loch," not "chicken." smile.gif

Thanks Stormeil, that's the way I've heard it pronounced in the past. That's why I thought it be best to double check with others here. Wikipedia is not the most reliable of sources.
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QUOTE (Camac @ 04-Aug-2008, 10:44 AM)
KYLE;

From the Gaelic Coill a district in Ayrshire, Scotland. The River Coyle.


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When my kids were little we had a Irish Setter, his name was Kyle best baby-sitter I ever had.


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The pronunciation is 'Koo kul lan' but said all together. That is as helpfull as I can be.

If you say the word Kill you have the start of the K and now say Koo

Next take that same K and say Ulster

Now add the K and the UL

Now go for lan. Say land, but take off the d

Now add the whole lot together KooKullan
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Or alternatively drop me an email with your tel number and I will call you with the pronounciation as said by all Irish and Scottish

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Posted: 10-Aug-2008, 07:04 AM
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Thank you all sooooo much for your input, especially the pronunciation lesson from Charles. cool.gif
My family has rallied to keep his original name but I plan on getting another dog (a puppy so I can start fresh) and this thread will really come into play. If you think of anymore please come back to it and add more suggestions or message me.

Sláinte,


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