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    How do you pronounce Donnachaidh?

    For any Scottish Gaelic speakers out there, how do you pronounce Donnachaidh? I have read that Clan Donnachaidh is the Gaelic name for the Highland Robertson clan, of Struan and Lude. Also, I read where Duncan the Stout was one of the ancestors of the Robertsons of Struan. I wasn't sure where would be the proper place to put this question, but here seemed as good as any other.

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    DONNA key is close. The ch is a soft K to H sound, the ai is a long e, the dh is completely silent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dterrell View Post
    DONNA key is close. The ch is a soft K to H sound, the ai is a long e, the dh is completely silent.
    This. There are of course spelling variants of the root name Donnchadh.
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    Maybe the Irish pronounce it differently but I would have always pronounced it 'dun-ah-ka'.
    Last edited by FionnSneachta; 03-26-2018 at 05:35 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ADogsSon View Post
    Rather doubt it's donna-key in Scottish Gaelic. Seeing as Chaidh is pronounced cea death in actual linguistic books.
    That sounds closer to what I'd expect as well. This website actually has good pronunciations for Donnchadh. The two pronunciations under the Irish section is what I'd hear most often but the top pronunciation under the Scottish Gaelic section sounds good too but has a sort of 'coo' at the end instead of 'ka' or 'ke' sound.
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    Obviously the name was approximated by English speakers at some point, as the rough Anglicisation can be seen in names like MacConachie, MacDonachie, etc.

    There was one line that I'm researching where the name was originally "McConachie" in records but they changed it to "Duncan".
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    Quote Originally Posted by spruithean View Post
    Obviously the name was approximated by English speakers at some point, as the rough Anglicisation can be seen in names like MacConachie, MacDonachie, etc.

    There was one line that I'm researching where the name was originally "McConachie" in records but they changed it to "Duncan".
    I wouldn't go by modern pronunciations of surnames as a guide for pronouncing pre-Anglicised names. Surnames were often Anglicised to a version that was often very different to the original. Although, the modern Donoghue surname, which is also derived from Donnchadh, has a pronunciation similar to the Scottish pronunciation in that link. Many surnames can be vastly different to their original version. The Forde surname is an Anglicised version of the three different surnames Mac Consnámha, Mac Giolla Naomh and Fuaráin. None of them mean ford in English and none even sound like Forde. As another example, the Crawley surname comes from the name Cruadhlaoch where you actually do pronounce the 'ch' at the end.
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