This is my name and has been for 25+ years.

I love my name I must say. More so in the latter years just because of its uniqueness and it's pretty cool even though I cringe telling people it means little wolf from time to time.

The correct pronunciation I have always used for Faolán has been Fway- Lawn. After moving abroad to a place less familiar with uncommon Irish names, I adopted to drop the fada (or á) for a regular a. Mainly for paperwork and meeting new people. Pronouncing Faolan as Fay-Lawn. This has come after having to constantly say it twice to people and then being asked to spell it, which only makes it more difficult. So I'll spell it out like FayLawn the 1st time to save time :)

People closer to me call me by Faolán.
FaolanM  11/2/2018
I pronounce the name Fa-o-lan and I show you the separated syllables.
― Anonymous User  9/18/2017
My family's surname is Gilleland. We are proud of the name. FAOLAN has many variants of the name including Gilleland with many different spellings. I've traced the origin of Gilleland to Sligo Ireland with the spelling at that time as mac gillilan and gilliland.
wegilleland  7/13/2017
My fifth son's name is Faolán. We pronounce the name FAY LYNN. It is quite unique and he never has anyone make fun of his name! His middle name is Tadhg... pronounced TIGE. Like tiger without the "r".
mtbjake  10/1/2016
LMS  5/16/2016
I've heard that it's said 'Fwee-lin'.
foreverslowly  4/4/2013
Faolan is the main character in the Wolves of the Beyond series by Kathryn Lasky, a spinoff of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. He's a "cursed" wolf with mysterious powers that, after being abandoned, is raised by a bear named Thunderheart.
Rainears  1/16/2013
This name is pronounced "FWAY-lin" according to
SakiHeart  9/23/2011
I would pronounce it in a Japanese type of way. Like "FAHW-LAHN" Example: FAHW as in the way you'd say "Ow!". This will be my son's name, in the future of course!
NiftySasha  5/10/2011
I adore this name. It's cute enough for when they're young, but dignified enough to carry them through adulthood. I'd use it if my surname wasn't Phelan, which is an Anglicised form of this name!
paintwolf  6/11/2008
It makes me think of a brave elf-prince warrior in a fantasy story (actually, that's the kind of character I'm using this name for in one of my stories). It sounds dark-green to me (if you can understand what hearing names in colors means).
Pippin  3/15/2008
I'm not certain, but from what I have learned about Gaelic pronunciation 'ao' makes an 'ee' sound and 'Á' with an accent over it would make an 'aw' sound. So wouldn't Faolan be pronounced fee-lawn?
Arieanne  9/14/2007
This name reminds me of exactly what it means. I think it's kinda cute sounding.
WritersEye  6/2/2007
This is a cool name, I like the meaning.
flamestar  5/13/2007
Faolan is the name of a character in Juliet Marillier's Bridei Chronicles. She uses the pronunciation FEE-lan.
sweet-and-shy  3/12/2007
I love this name! It's quite uncommon, and it's Irish (I am fond of Irish names, for some reason). If I ever have a son, I am going to name him Faolan (of course, by the time he's in middle school, he'll probably want to kill me, because others might shorten it to 'Fay', which is a girls' name.)
xxFallenAngelxx  9/23/2006
Pronounced either FEH-lahn or FAY-lawn.
Rosethorn08  4/18/2006
Probably does derive from faol "wolf". However, some other sources link it to faoileann "seagull". This was a common early name, borne by some 14 saints and by 10 of Fionn mac Cumhail's warriors, as well as by 3 Irish kings.
Elly747  2/12/2005

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