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May 19th, 2014 04:46 PM #6Senior Member
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Never heard it before, but I like the sound and the nature ties with the "wolf" sound. Pronunciation would be quite an issue, though.- Elise -
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May 19th, 2014 07:09 PM #8Senior Member
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It looks like something out of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles. I do think it's very cool. However, I would personally never use it in a million years. There are a lot of obvious pronunciation/spelling/familiarity issues. 'Perhaps' it isn't as well established as Wolfgang is a wild understatement, you are certainly not worrying over nothing. Generally speaking this is not a name in current usage, it's a relic from Anglo-Saxon times. People will forever be doing a double-take at his name, raising eyebrows, commenting, won't know how to spell it, won't know how to say it. But then some people enjoy having that sort of name I hear, so it's really a matter of taste. I knew someone with the middle name Beowulf and most people thought that was cool, but then it was his middle name rather than his first name, and Beowulf is a thousand times more recognisable than Cynewulf.
Incidentally, I'm pretty sure it's properly pronounced kin-uh-wolf, not kine-wolf. There are usually no silent letters in Old English.Emil - Ingimar - Kjartan - Matthías - Óskar - Róbert
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May 19th, 2014 09:29 PM #10
Cynewulf is best as a middle name, in my opinion. The only people who are even going to recognize Cynewulf as something other than a random combination of letters are people who are either extremely knowledgeable about ancient names and/or historians who specialize in the Dark Ages. And perhaps the occasional high fantasy guru.Emily, 19, Southeastern US.
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May 19th, 2014 11:23 PM #12Senior Member
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Even, Cyneburg on many random baby sites, quote it as Kyne-burg as in the German tongue. So I can see the innocent mistake. The y acts like an elongated 'e' as in Keen-wulf or Keen-uh-wolf. It is a name that I have been fascinated with since I verbally heard it, then I researched it, and my goodness there are more spellings than what you can shale a stick at. You could say Kin and still be accurate according the verbal pronunciation sites. :-)
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