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How do we pronounce the Gaelic name McLeod?

Does any Gaelic name have a specific pronunciation? For the continental European it is a real nightmare.

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yes, it is a "Highlander" hero, miklaud or something other? –  Igor Urazowski Nov 9 '11 at 23:10
    
"I'm Connor MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod. I was born in the year 1518, and I will never die." –  MT_Head Nov 10 '11 at 0:05
    
I believe sometimes, when they move to America, they use the spelling McCloud. imdb.com/title/tt0065492 –  GEdgar Nov 10 '11 at 2:33
    
I think the correct pronunciation can be inferred from the old joke: "How do you know Mick Jagger isn't Scottish?" "Because he sang, 'Hey, you, get off of my cloud' and not 'Hey, McLeod, get off of my ewe!'" –  Malvolio Aug 31 '12 at 19:32
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If it helps, in the International Phonetic Alphabet, it’s/mək’laʊd/.

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The English pronounce McLeod "Mack Loud" with the emphasis on the second syllable. If you make the effort to leave out the vowel in the first syllable entirely, that is good enough for most Scots, though the c should really sound like the ch in 'Bach'.

There are subleties beyond that, but probably not worth worrying about for your purposes. (All regions and languages have their own subtleties, and unless you can listen to a native, it is probably futile to worry about getting any name 'absolutely right' (let alone the differences in Scottish v Irish, Highland v Lowland, West Coast v East Coast... right down to those gravel-chewing barbarians at the bottom of the hill v the vowel-strangling snobs at the top.))

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In Australian English 'McLeod' would be pronounced as 'McLoud'.

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Assuming the Gaelic spelling is Mac Leòid, in Ireland that would be 'Mack Layoh-dge'.

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It's also a Scottish name, MacLeòid, where it's [maxkˈlɔːtʲ], or approximately "Mach Lot". –  Mark Beadles Aug 10 '12 at 2:25
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It will be mac loud, loud as crowd.

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I seem to recall visiting a Lake McLeod in my youth and the locals pronounced it "Mack-a-Lloyd"

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