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Hushpuppy  6/27/2018
I really dislike this name pronounced the American way (as lock-lin). Pronounced the Scottish way, with the hard -ch, it's a lot better, but the American pronunciation just seems whiny and awkward to me.
theparkite  10/23/2017
The name Lachlan was given to 351 boys born in the US in 2016.
― Anonymous User  6/8/2017
Lachlan Nieboer is a British actor. He played the role of Gray in Torchwood, Captain Jack's younger brother.
Dadazia  9/25/2016
There is some confusion over the names of "Lachlan" which is pronounced as "Lack" lan and the completely different name of "Lochlan" which is pronounced "Lock" lan".
― Anonymous User  4/15/2016
I like the name Lachlan, but I can see it having a lot of pronunciation problems in the United States.
hkols  11/3/2014
It's pronounced how it is spelt LA-chlan with the ch making the sort of scraping noise that is at the end of the word loch rather than the ch at the start of church for example. Apologies for the dodgey description but it's the best I can do!
My son is called Lachlan (although he's only two, so calls himself wacken) I live in Scotland but I am English and back home people are unfamiliar with the ch sound so it is often pronounced lacklan. Although that isn't as annoying as people saying lochlan, which is a different name altogether. I think people get mixed up with laughlan.
It means "from the land of the lochs" or "warrior of the lochs".
ecoemma  5/2/2014
This is so popular in Australia, but I've never heard it in the US. How do you pronounce it?
Oohvintage  1/19/2013
I am sick of this name. Where I live, it seems like every other little boy is named this. It's getting boring. It's not even a nice-sounding name.
zaki95  9/11/2012
Another variant for Lachlan is Loch. I think that this name is very masculine. Although I have trouble finding a middle name for it.
foreverslowly  6/20/2012
I am guessing this is the full name of the character Lockie Lennard from the book Lockie Lennard by Tim Winton.
emilymaryjane  1/16/2012
This name had to grow on me, but I really like it now.

PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO TURN THIS INTO A FEMININE NAME. So many male names have been turned into feminine names and now there's few good names left for boys.
GibsonGirl  9/7/2011
I know it isn't anywhere near the same word, but this name always makes me happy because it looks a lot like the German word lächeln--aka "smile!"
welovejamesarness  8/13/2011
I don't know if anyone mentioned this already here, but Lachlan is used as a surname too... singer Sarah McLachlan is a bearer.
― Anonymous User  7/22/2011
I have a friend who spells it Laughlin, which I like better.
megi99  4/16/2011
Lachlan is such a lovely name, although often mangled beyond all recognition. My boyfriend's name is Lachlan, and I have had to suffer through years of teachers and friends butchering it. I've heard "Latchlawn", "Latchlan", "Lacklan", "Locklawn"...

I still love the name though. It sounds very strong and smart.
― Anonymous User  2/15/2011
Now please understand before I say anything else: Lachlan is a fine name. It's solid and enduring. It sounds handsome in a self-deprecating sort of way. It still has upwardly mobile, socially aspirant connotations, yet is so common and ordinary that is completely free of snobbery.

But please try to imagine yourself in a world where the name Lachlan has been popular and well-used, not just for a few years, but for several decades. Imagine that for your entire lifetime there have been numerous Lachlans who have been your friends, relatives, workmates and members of your footy team.

Now imagine that Lachlan becomes even more popular - sure, if you look at the BTN popularity for Australia it says Lachlan has been a top 5 name for over a decade now.

But that is only for one state, and doesn't take into account local popularity.

Lachlan was the number ONE name in my home town last year. And the year before. And the year before that. In fact it's been #1 for more than ten years now.

Can you imagine a world where people are always introducing you to their brother Lachlan, uncle Lachlan, best friend Lachlan and their son Lachlan?

Now can you please have some level of sympathy when I say I AM REALLY BORED WITH THE NAME LACHLAN NOW. PLEASE MAKE IT STOP.
keepitreal  1/24/2011
Lachlan "Lockie" Leonard is a fictional character in a series of children's books by acclaimed West Australian author, Tim Winton. Lockie is a teenage surf rat who moves from the city to a remote coastal town and has to survive high school and the usual pubescent problems.

"Lockie Leonard" has been made into a stage play and a TV series which was filmed in Albany, Western Australia.
keepitreal  1/24/2011
Should be added to English names as well, since it is common in Australia. [noted -ed]
Andrew Everett  9/9/2010
When ever I see this spelling of the name I read 'Lack-len' I never got how it was 'Lock-len' like an a making an o sound?
dancingintherain  7/17/2010
Should be pronounced as 'lack-lan' but is commonly mispronounced as 'lock-lan' both in Scotland (where you would think we'd know better) and elsewhere.
Scotty  12/26/2009
Lachlan Macquarie was Governor of New South Wales, Australia, from 1810 to 1821. He played a leading and historically memorable role in the colony's development.
RubyDooby  6/8/2009
Lachlan Murdoch is the son of Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and married to Australian model/actress Sarah Murdoch (nee O'Hare).

Lachlan is an extremely popular name in Australia, ranking within the top 5 baby names in every year for the last decade. Outside of Australia it is not nearly as common.

Personally, while I like the spelling, yet familiar sound (reminds me of Lincoln), I don't particularly like the meaning of this on a child; unless, of course, he is from Norway, or at least somewhat Scottish.
RubyDooby  5/8/2009
Wow. What an incredibly handsome, strong name for a boy or man. This is a great name.
emmiix3  3/18/2009
I love this name and think it would be perfect for our son. Alas, my husband hates it and thinks it sounds like a name I am making up to sound cool.
bess  1/25/2009
Lachlan sounds like "lachtan" (seal) in Czech.
Emilie007  12/25/2008
I have a cousin named this, and I have seen him grow from a cute toddler to a full-sized man, and the name has grown with him. It's an excellent name, and I can see it becoming more popular soon, and in Australia it's become very common already. I do prefer the spelling Lochlan though.
RazzleDazzle  3/31/2008
OH, please don't try to turn this into a girls name. GEEZE. There are enough girl names to go around, without taking a sexy, handsome, masculine and proud name like this and turning it into something butchy and semi-feminine.

Signed, a girl with a guy name and I HATE it! (Ashley)
― Anonymous User  2/11/2008
This is such a cool, smart, handsome name! It should definitely be used more.
And might I be so bold as to suggest it as a girls name if varied as Lachlyn?
Georgia_kh  4/13/2007
You can suggest Lachlyn for a girl, but I truly hope no one takes you up on it. Lachlan, on the other hand, is a fine, handsome boy's name.
Isla  1/3/2008
Lachlan is a nice name for a boy or a man. It sounds strong, handsome, and smart.
― Anonymous User  10/29/2006
Definitely one of the coolest names I've ever heard. I love the sound and look. Fabulous!
wefrox  8/8/2006
My neighbour's grandson is called Lachlan and he is so cute! I think this name can be really nice but I imagine it gets pronounced wrongly a lot, especially outside Scotland - either by people who can't pronounce the ch sound properly so it ends up as Locklan which is awful, or by pronouncing the a as 'ah' instead of 'aw'.
reniannen17  7/30/2006
In a Danish book by Lene Kaberbool, Lachlan is a family-name (the book's name is Skämmerskans Dotter, Skämmerskans = Someone who make you remember your worst mistakes, and dotter =daughter).
Dahlis  1/29/2006
LACHLAN means "Lord of the Lochs" and was originally meant as a Scottish title for someone who owned a Scottish Loch (lake).
gingermeg  6/7/2005

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