I have a little writing project in mind. A short story or two perhaps. And I need some help in naming the character. I already know that I want him to be Irish, of Anglo-Ascendancy background. I also want him to be originally from the Gaelic aristocracy (possibly the “Old English”, the Hiberno Normans, but even then I would be insisting that his line really came from the Celts first). And that forefathers changed religion and names and political sides as necessary over the centuries to keep ahold of their estates. Which were then lost in the 1920s of course.
Which is where someone with a good knowledge of Irish Gaelic could be very useful. I want to have as a repeating joke the difficulty of saying aloud/spelling between the two languages, Gaelic and English. Along the lines of “Siobhan” is pronounced “Shevaughn”. But I’d like it to be as extreme as possible.
It should be a place name and a small village out west would be just fine. But preferably not something that actually had a noble title attached to it.
“Ballybedknockerfillintheresthere” isn’t the point. The idea is to have a place name that looks near impossible to pronounce when written down but is very simple once you know the trick. I’m pretty certain that you can’t get from “somethinginirishgaelicthatlookscomplicated” to the English pronunciation of “Smith” but that’s the sort of thing I’m looking for.
So, anyone with any ideas?
It’s possible to do much the same in English itself of course, Cadogan and Caduggan, Cholmondleigh and Chumly, but looking for one in Gaelic to English.