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Pronounced fin-OO-la.
-- Aqua  11/21/2006
I say it as "fyoon-WA-la".
-- gaelruadh19  1/17/2007
The Irish actress Fionnula Flanagan is sometimes credited as "Fionnuala Flanagan".
-- gaelruadh19  1/17/2007
It's pronounced Fin-OO-la in Ireland. This is my friends name, and I love it. Often shortened to NOO-la as a nickname, less often shortened to Fin.
-- Link  5/28/2007
This name is nice. I prefer it pronounced FIN-oo-la though. However, I wouldn't call a daughter this because I don't like Nuala as a nickname.
-- GarbageGuy  6/8/2008
I prefer the spelling "Fionnula" because I personally hate the "Nuala" part.
-- pusherwoman  12/29/2008
Gorgeous name, it has an ethereal beauty. The story behind it adds to it's charm.
-- blue_belle  8/11/2010
Pronounced (fin OO lah).
-- maddogpony  11/29/2010
I don't like the Nuala bit, but I would very much consider the name Fion ( pronounced FEE-ON) for a boy. Maybe a girl.
-- DidiGiraffe  7/8/2011
My name is Fionnuala but I mostly go by FINN for short, not Nuala, which is unusual because I am a girl.
-- queenfinn  7/26/2011
I always grew up knowing the meaning being "swan-necked", which is nearly the same thing, I suppose. (My mother grew up in Ireland and speaks Gaelic).
-- queenfinn  7/26/2011
I think that it is an utterly enchanting name, personally. However, it is much too... pretentious? To bestow onto a child outside of Ireland. As always, I suppose of you have a large amount of close heritage stemming from Ireland, and possess a surname to pair with, it has the potential to be successful.

If you have no Irish blood, the name may as well be "kre8tiv." A Fionnuala Mac Pharlain has a chance-- not Fionnuala Adamsen.
It is amazing how a simple last name holds the power to either suggest, A). Being the definition of subtle beauty and of maturity, to B). Appearing to be a "kre8tiv," pretentious, pompous atrocity. Future employers will be wary of any name that seems unprofessional-- a name much like Fionnuala if you are not cautious.
-- Francesca  9/1/2011
Albeit I wouldn't name a daughter this, in my opinion anyone would be SOOO lucky to have this name. I mean, why the heck ISN'T it popular? It has everything... a beautiful sound, rarity... it doesn't sound like a trendy or teeny-bopper name at all, your daughter won't need to worry about being "Fionnuala C." or "Fionnuala W." all her life, it ages marvelously, and "Nuala" sounds like a beauteous and melodic nickname on its own. I wish it were MY name.
-- StarMoon  1/22/2013
-- LMS  5/16/2016
I adore this name and if blessed with another daughter will call her Fionnuala. I have a Breton surname which will go beautifully as it also starts with an F. First heard of the name when watching Fionnuala Sweeney on CNN and have loved it ever since.
-- breton-fanatic  1/22/2017
My name is Fionnuala, but I am referred to as Nuala and I love it! All my friends call me Nunu Fionunu, Nu, and occasionally Nuala.
-- Anonymous User  2/2/2017
My name is Fionnuala, but I go by Nuala. My family pronounces my nickname noo-ah-luh. I think this name is really unique and pretty.
-- CinderellaTiger  6/30/2017

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