This may be it...

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This may be it...
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Wed, 06-30-2010 - 12:28pm

So finally, finally a name is truly jumping out at me (yay).

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Registered: 06-25-2010
Wed, 06-30-2010 - 12:43pm

I bet you would get the correct pronunciation from most people. Some people will get it wrong, though, but I bet not enough to let the name go over. People are familiar with Niles, so they would probably assume a long 'i" sound from the looks of it. I am happy that you have found something that you are excited about. Congrats!

 

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Wed, 06-30-2010 - 1:04pm

I love the name Niall! Great choice. I do think he'll have to do a bit of pronunciation-correcting, but he'll live. :)

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Wed, 06-30-2010 - 1:34pm

My name is Kristine and have spent my life saying:


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Wed, 06-30-2010 - 3:42pm
To me, nye-uhl is the intuitive pronunciation. My guess is that he'll run into some people who pronounce it as Neil, but a lot will try to sound it out and get the pronunciation you're going for. If he does have to correct people sometimes, it's not really the worst thing in the world. As a Kristen, I've been everything from Christine to Christian to Tristan to one person or another (including my own grandmother until I was close to ten.) I get the feeling that having to correct people bothered my mom far more than it ever did me.
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Wed, 06-30-2010 - 5:36pm
I agree that having to correct people on how to pronounce your name isn't all that bad. I don't think anyone has ever pronounced my name correctly the first time, and I've gotten used to teachers, nurses in waiting rooms, etc. butchering it. I have learned to just listen for something close to my name and then saying "You mean Chrysalis?" Even with my boys, Zavier is often misread as Xavier, and Quintin as Quentin. It doesn't bother me to have to correct people on that either. I think Niall is a great name, and the obvious pronunciation for me would be NYE-uhl, so hopefully that's the case for most people who come across it. I think if people slowed down more often and actually LOOKED at the name they are trying to say, they would realize it's not as difficult as they think. Good luck!
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Wed, 06-30-2010 - 6:04pm

I love it!

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Wed, 06-30-2010 - 6:40pm

My first thought pronouncing it was

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Wed, 06-30-2010 - 9:29pm
I think in the US, you will get mostly the pronunciation you want. When I taught in Scotland I had two Nialls in one class once and one pronounced it Neal, the other Nye-al. So if he ever spends time across the pond, he may have to do a little more clarifying. Maybe it's dominantly Nye-al in Ireland, but in Scotland and England, it's definitely used as an alternate spelling for Neal. Great name - I like it a lot!
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Fri, 07-02-2010 - 6:58pm

I've always thought it was 'nye-ul'. I really like it!

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Fri, 07-02-2010 - 8:44pm
I like it, too - but it turns out that DH has persuaded me against it. He's convinced that not only will it be mispronounced as Neil half the time, but also misheard as Niles. I test drove the name among some colleagues, and DH was right. So another cool name bites the dust. I am just not a patient enough person to correct against both Neil and Niles. C'est la vie.

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