Quinn Loftis uses this name in her series, The Viking's Chosen.
kat99808  11/3/2019
Cathal Ó Searcaigh is an Irish poet.
Kosta  8/29/2019
The name certainly comes from the Gaelic element "cath", from Indo-european kéh'tus, but I'm not so sure about the "val" element, mainly because I can't find any etymology.
Aside from that, you'd have to be completely fried in the brain to think that a name that has been borne by numerous chieftains and local kings of Ireland before the birth of Jesus sounds Catholic or even Christian- and even more to somehow deduce that something is Christian because it's Irish- surely Irish Gaelic was not the tongue used by Celtic pagans, as opposed to the English used by protestants and caths...
momgatha  7/23/2018
Could be used as a male form of Catherine. Also good that it sounds like Catholic, as it's Irish.
Hushpuppy  3/2/2018
LMS  5/15/2016
One of the most famous bearers of this name must be Cathal Brugha (1874-1922, born Charles Burgess), an Irish revolutionary politician and freedom fighter, active in the Easter Rising as well as the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War.
Darnaguen  6/25/2008
Seeing that my name is Cathal I feel I have the right to comment on it. For children the name is impossible to pronounce leading to comical abbreviations such as Cockles. Also as it is an Irish name people from other countries often have trouble with it, leading usualy to you having to spell it for them. But it is for this reason, the Irishness of the name, that I love it.
cathal  6/7/2006

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