Fionnoula

Meaning of the Irish name Fionnoula. Listen and learn how to pronounce Fionnoula so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish girl name.

MEANING: The name comes from fionn + ghuala “fair shouldered.” The chieftan King Lir and his wife Aobh had a daughter Fionnoula and three sons Aedh, Conn and Fiachra. When Aodh died Lir’s new wife Aoife was so jealous of her husband’s love for his children that she cast a spell on them and turned them into swans and condemned them to spend 300 years on Lake Daravarragh, 300 years on the Sea of Moyle and 300 years on Innis Glora. However, if they heard a Christian bell in Ireland they would become people again. One morning they were awakened by the sound of a Mass bell. St. Patrick had arrived. The children were brought to him and he baptised them and they have lived on in Irish mythology as the “Children of Lir” (read the legend).

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Fionnoula

PRONUNCIATION: finn + ula”

ENGLISH: Finola

AUDIO: (Listen to the late author Frank McCourt pronounce Fionnoula and read along with the meaning)

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