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Thread: Emrys

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Lijiang, China


    I'd like to hear some thoughts on the name Emrys (pronounced em-riss; Welsh variation of the Greek name Ambrose meaning 'immortal')
    It's been slowly climbing it's way up our list and is now sitting solidly in our top five (and our top five is finally starting to become actually solid, whereas before it just kept changing every week or so).

    What do you think of Emrys?

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    I like it, different, phonetic, and easily said. All in all a great name!

  3. #5
    I love it!
    Gideon ~ Ezekiel ~ Abel ~ Emmett ~ Declan ~ Silas ~ Ezra ~ Flynn ~ Jasper ~ Elliot
    Maisie ~ Willa ~ Naomi ~ Vivienne ~ Evangeline ~ Gemma ~ Amaryllis ~ Lux ~ Remi ~ Sophie
    Shiloh ~ River ~ Sage ~ Rowan

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  4. #7
    I love it too. Wish I'd thought of it! My assumption was that it would be pronounced the way you pronounce it but there is some risk that it will be pronounced Em-Reese. I think it's easily corrected and not that big of a deal, though.

  5. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    United States
    I like Emrys a lot, but I watch the TV show Merlin and have read many renditions of the Arthurian legend, so naming a kid Emrys would feel sort of nerdy to me, since it's one of the names for Merlin. To me it's similar to naming your daughter Eowyn. Beautiful, beautiful name, but everyone is going to know that you're a huge Lord of the Rings fan. No problem with that, but I might not want to tie myself so closely to something. Emrys is less well known than just naming your kid Merlin, of course. In fact, maybe the only people who would know the reference would be fans of Arthurian legend themselves. But you could be inducting yourself into a little club.

    Edit: The name profile says it was the TV show that named Merlin that. That's certainly how I came to know about it, but there IS some historical basis for him being called Emrys as well. Geoffrey of Monmouth, who basically invented the character of Merlin, called him Merlin Ambrosius. The Welsh form, of course, is Emrys. Since the TV show is pretty terrible and will hardly be a classic, and no one actually reads Geoffrey of Monmouth, you can probably rest easy that in a few years, no one will even realize the connection.
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