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  1. #1
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    An Irish or English surname?

    Hey guys, I'm stuck between two surnames for my character Anita: the Irish and the English versions. The English version is Mulready (Anita Mulready), while the Irish version is Ní Mhaoltáin (Anita Ní Mhaoltáin). Which do you think sounds better? Just to be clear, they're both Irish surnames, except that the first one is translated from Gaeilge to English, while the second one is just Gaeilge. Thanks =)
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    If you're not using an Irish first name (Anita is a Spanish verison of Anne), then I think Mulready would be the better option. Just curious: in your experience, have most Irish surnames been Anglicized today?
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    Mischa.

  3. #5
    If you are writing a story/book then you want the name to be readable and pronounceable so I would reccomend Mulready

  4. #7
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    I agree with the PPs, Mulready is the best option.
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    I also agree with Mulready.
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