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Thread: Welsh Name for our son
June 29th, 2012 10:00 AM #6
Ioan is great! I have Welsh heritage, too, so I'm always interested in Welsh names. Bryn and Rhys are two of my favorites. I think if you pronounce it for them, then it won't be a big deal. It is an unusual name, so you'll probably have to pronounce it and spell it just like you would any other unique name, but if you really want to honor your son's Welsh history, I would think it'd be worth it. It'd be worth it for me, anyway!
The only other Welsh boys' name I can think of right now that I don't think has been mentioned is Ianto. I've always thought it was so cool! Is Gavin Welsh? I thought it was but I'm not 100% sure. It may be a bit too mainstream for him, but I do like it a lot.
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June 29th, 2012 10:22 AM #8Senior Member
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Yeah, I'm wondering how Rhys is pronounced. To me Reese rhymes with priest "rees" while Reece and Rhys rhyme with breeze "reez"
Iwan may have less trouble with pronunciation
Don't understand why American trends would matter if you're in NZ. It doesn't matter to me and I live here, Bryn is one of my top boy names. Also like
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June 29th, 2012 06:26 PM #10Junior Member
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Thank you so much for all of the feedback, it is all so helpful.
First let me answer your questions about the pronunciation of Rhys, first of all the "H" sound is not silent and is in fact the most significant sounding part, whereas the r at the start is quite soft, as for the ys that is pronounced like "iss", so combined the pronunciation is kind of like "r-H-iss" - so definitely know ee-type sound you have when pronouncing it like Reese/Reece.
Sunshine Kid - My partners name is in fact Dafydd and although he has trouble with people saying it, I love it. Also Dai is a nickname for Dafydd so I quite liked the idea of naming our Son this as it would kind of be like naming him after his Dad. Only thing that puts me off is that it sounds like "Die" and am not sure how I feel about it sounding like, Die as in Death My partner is not keen on Maxen, which I loved - or Rhodri but I will ask about Aled.
Lauren Kay & Nat108 - Thanks for the advice about Bryn, I am going to stick it back on the list. It might be years before it starts becoming popular as a girls name over here and by that time I doubt I will care.
Dantea - I like the name Griffin too, but it conjures up images of the mythical creature, does anyone else have this problem or is it just me. Also, I like the idea of nick name Cole for Colwyn as well
Ashthedreamer - Gavin is a really popular welsh name actually, unfortunately my partner knows too many people with that name. Ianto was one that he actually suggested and secretly I quite like, but I was concerned people would have no idea how to say it. It is pronounced "Yan-To", is this very straight forward do you think?
June 30th, 2012 08:44 AM #12Senior Member
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Holy cow I forgot how much I LOVE Braith! Always thought Braith Anasta had the coolest name ever
And yes, definitely stick Bryn back on the list. I love it and I'm not convinced it will get popular here as a girls name actually. I went to primary school with a girl Brynn from America so it's been a girl's name over there for a while and still hasn't caught...
June 30th, 2012 08:57 AM #14
Here is a few more suggestions:
Elian -though I think this is a unisex name, or a variant of one
Hefin -I like that it means summer
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