girl sibling name for Olwen .... need help!

(57 Posts)
Toowittoowoo Mon 22-Jul-13 15:03:56

We found it really easy to decide on Olwen with Dd last time but now I don't have a clue so I would be grateful for any suggestions.

I really don't know whether to go for another Welsh name (we live in Wales I am Welsh) or whether to go for another old fashioned name (e.g. Enid or Agnes - i like both of those more than DH who is not convinced). The list of Welsh names just seems a bit short though as DH is English and obviously needs to be able to pronounce it properly (lovely names such as Gwenllian and Eirlys have been ruled out).

Anyone got ideas for a girl's name to go with Olwen?

BikeRunSki Brazil Mon 22-Jul-13 15:06:37

My favorite names in the world are Elin and Carts.

pinkpanther79 Mon 22-Jul-13 15:09:05

Rhian?

kelda Mon 22-Jul-13 15:09:06

Teleri

BikeRunSki Brazil Mon 22-Jul-13 15:09:09

Carys!

BikeRunSki Brazil Mon 22-Jul-13 15:10:04

Myfannwy
Megan
Eleri

Toowittoowoo Mon 22-Jul-13 15:24:38

Meh.... I suppose I'm looking for an unusal Welsh name which is still easily pronounced by English relatives.

When people hear Olwen's name I often get told that it was their grandmother or their great aunt's name so maybe I am looking for an old fashioned Welsh name. My Nanna didn't have a Welsh name but I wonder what Welsh names where popular in the early 20th century or how I would even find out?

MarmaladeNapkins Mon 22-Jul-13 15:25:21

Eiriol (easier to pronounce than Eirlys)
Eleri
Eluned
Dilys
Lowri
Haf
Mair
Nia
Bethan
Nerys
Eira
Manon
Carys/Cerys
Delyth
Llinos
Efa (as in Eva but Welsh spelling)
Ffion
Lona
Seren

8thplace Mon 22-Jul-13 15:35:12

Betsan
Rhoswen
Rhiannon
Caitlin
Sian

MarmaladeNapkins Mon 22-Jul-13 15:41:15

Olwen was my great aunt's name so if you're looking for names of the same period then the ones from my list that are from those generations of my family would be Eluned, Dilys, Mair, Lona and Eiriol. I wanted Eirlys for my dd but also discounted it as difficult for non-Welsh speaking family to pronounce correctly.

Tirion is very traditional and pretty hard to get wrong as it's completely phonetic. The only difference would be Welsh-speaking family rolling the 'r'

Toowittoowoo Mon 22-Jul-13 15:43:01

Eiriol is lovely - I've never heard on it - that is now on the list! I like Mair too and Betsan. Dh likes Nia but I'm not sure. I went to school with a few girls called Nia and although they were all really nice it does seem a bit odd.

What do you think of Bettrys (welsh version of Beatrice)? Dh thinks that it sounds like I am just mispronouncing Beatrice but it is my favourite name.

Delyth and Ffion are good too though so they are on the list

enwnewydd Mon 22-Jul-13 15:44:09

Love your suggestions so far.

I have an Enfys. Her NN is Effy smile

MarmaladeNapkins Mon 22-Jul-13 15:56:41

I like Bettrys, very pretty. Eiriol means snowy, as in Eira 'snow' and Eirlys 'snowdrop'. Eiriol would be even easier to pronounce and means 'content'.

MarmaladeNapkins Mon 22-Jul-13 16:04:32

That should have been Siriol in my last post

Toowittoowoo Mon 22-Jul-13 16:15:20

siriol is very nice too and I didn't go to school with anyone called that!

I can't believe how hard it is to choose a second DD's name! We seemed to have loads to choose from last time but this time I don't like any as much as Olwen and I feel guilty about it being a second choice.

run4it Mon 22-Jul-13 19:35:17

Gwennan
Menna
Cadi (promounced Kay-dee)

AnnaBegins Mon 22-Jul-13 19:45:22

How about another celtic country, like Brittany? I love Sterenn! Or Gwenael, Katell...

niffernaffer Mon 22-Jul-13 20:22:33

What about Gwennan instead of Gwenllian?

niffernaffer Mon 22-Jul-13 20:23:06

Also Seren, Nia, Nerys?

PurpleGirly Mon 22-Jul-13 20:25:08

Angharad

kelda Mon 22-Jul-13 21:17:18

Bettrys is very pretty and doesn't sound like a mispronunciation of Beatrice.

TalkativeJim Mon 22-Jul-13 21:23:28

We had Olwen on the list for DD -

other names on the list that I can remember were:

Hawys
Betrys
Annest
Manon
Heledd

I think Hawys goes well with Olwen!

thegreylady Mon 22-Jul-13 21:31:41

I love Eleri Lowri and Seren

TalkativeJim Tue 23-Jul-13 12:37:17

Cadi isn't pronounced Kay-dee!!

It's Caddy, like a golf caddy.

Always!!!

Clearlymisunderstood Tue 23-Jul-13 12:39:36

Gwenlais?

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