ANSTHRLD - House Mac an Ghabhann
rbculver at hotmail.com
Thu Mar 30 11:41:43 PST 2000
If so: the Rules for Submission say that names have to
> differ (in general) in both appearance and sound. I don't know
> much about Irish or Scottish Gaelic, but I think "Mac an Ghabhann"
> and "MacGowan" are pretty close in sound. I would ask an expert,
I know the "bh" represents a "v" sound in Modern Gaelic according to my
Gaelic-English/ English-Gaelic Dictionary. I also know the name "Siobhan"
is pronounced "shi-vahn". I would make sense with an anglization is migt
have changed to a "w" sound leading to "Gowan". English did not follow the
"w" to "v" consanent shift which happened in the other Germanic languages.
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