Cathal

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Cathal
Pronunciation /ˈkæhəl/
Irish: [ˈkahəlˠ]
Gender Masculine
Language(s) Irish, English, Scottish Gaelic
Origin
Language(s) Celtic
Derivation cath + val
Meaning "battle" + "ruler"
Other names
See also Cathal, Cathel, Cahal, Charles, Cahill, Kathel

Cathal is a common given name in the Irish, Scottish Gaelic and English languages. The name is derived from two Celtic elements: the first, cath, means "battle"; the second element, val, means "rule".[1] There is no feminine form of Cathal. The Gaelic name has several Anglicised forms, such as Cathel,[2] Cahal, Cahill and Kathel.[3] It has also been Anglicised as Charles,[3] although this name is of an entirely different origin as it is derived from a Germanic element, karl, meaning "free man".[4]

As is evident from the list below, the name was in medieval times most popular in Ireland's two western provinces, Munster and Connacht.

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  1. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 343, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1 
  2. ^ Maceachen, Ewan (1922), Maceachen's Gaelic-English Dictionary (4, revised and enlarged ed.), The Northern Counties Newspaper and Printing and Publishing Company, pp. 467–469 
  3. ^ a b MacFarlane, Malcolm (1912), The School Gaelic Dictionary prepared for the use of learners of the Gaelic language, Stirling: Eneas Mackay, p. 144 
  4. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 52, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1