Aneurin - I have questions

(39 Posts)
YuffietheNinja Thu 02-Jan-14 21:44:57

Is it pronounced A-NYE-rin? Or An-YUR-in? Or something else? And how would you shorten it? DH has Welsh heritage but we are English living in England, could we get away with it? I really love it...

JanePurdy Thu 02-Jan-14 21:52:21

A NYE rin. I love it. I have known two who were both shortened to Nye. One is in his 30s and one is a toddler.

YuffietheNinja Thu 02-Jan-14 21:54:44

Thanks JanePurdy I thought that was right!

Does it sound too much like Anakin? Love Star Wars but hate the Skywalker brat!

mejon Thu 02-Jan-14 21:56:37

The Welsh pronunciation is An-ey-rin (the 'ey' sound is like the 'ay' in hay or say) but it is also prn. (incorrectly in my view wink) An-eye-rin - which lends itself to the shortened Nye.

greeneyes1978 Thu 02-Jan-14 21:57:48

I have an Aneurin and lived in England before moving to Wales. We use Nye nearly all the time and pronounce it a-Nye-rin if we use his full name. I know someone who has just use Nye as the full name. I love both of them.

YuffietheNinja Thu 02-Jan-14 22:01:49

mejon would we be upsetting Welsh people if we pronounced it with a NYE rather than a NAY? I like both ways!

BrokenFairylights Thu 02-Jan-14 22:02:02

I think the pronunciation depends on which part of Wales you hail from, Northern and Southern welsh folk pronounce it quite differently. Both ways are fine but personally I'd always say an-eye-rin. I've known a few who all pronounce it that way. grin

TheAwfulDaughter Thu 02-Jan-14 22:04:17

I love it. The only thing you might want to consider though is that it makes me think of Aneurin Bevan (Labour politician who created the NHS), and I'm sure it would spring to people's minds too. I personally think it's a lovely namesake to have.

greeneyes1978 Thu 02-Jan-14 22:08:51

Mine is named partly in honour of Aneurin Beven and I love that connotation. I have had no negative comments about the way we pronounce it, we live in South Wales. It is quite old fashioned here, a bit like calling your child Sidney in England!

sonlypuppyfat Thu 02-Jan-14 22:11:05

Love Welsh names. Greatest country in the world.

YuffietheNinja Thu 02-Jan-14 22:26:15

Thanks all, it is firmly on THE LIST! Boys names are incredibly hard!

squoosh Thu 02-Jan-14 22:29:00

Welsh names are lovely but Aneurin just makes me think 'aneurysm'.

HermioneWeasley Thu 02-Jan-14 22:30:55

As a non Welsh speaker I would assume Aneurin was a girl's name. I would pronounce it "an-new-rin" if I saw it written down.

Reminds me of Anadin and aneurysm.

HermioneWeasley Thu 02-Jan-14 22:31:23

X post with squoosh!

Pronounced An-nay-rin. DS1's best friend is called Aneurin, Nay for short.

mum2jakie Thu 02-Jan-14 22:34:00

I also assumed this was a girl's name. It reminds me of a brand of pain killer. Might be a good choice if you are planning to move to Wales but can imagine the name being difficult to carry off in England.

TheFabulousIdiot Thu 02-Jan-14 22:35:11

It is ah-neigh-rin if you want to pronounce it properly. Typical that the first response was incorrect.

All the 'depends on what part of Wales you are in' stuff is still incorrect. The way the welsh alphabet works the correct way to pronounce it is not 'nye' but people do li to convince themselves otherwise.

peppapigmustdie Thu 02-Jan-14 22:38:40

Ah neigh rin here in North Wales and have never heard it pronounced Ah nye rin.

greeneyes1978 Thu 02-Jan-14 22:55:02

Oh dear, seems we've been pronouncing our son's name wrong for 5 years grin Still no one seems to mind down here!

YuffietheNinja Thu 02-Jan-14 23:00:00

A-NAY-rin is nice grin people are going to think it is "weird" either way (couldn't give two shiny shits about that), but I'd like to get it right!

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 03-Jan-14 00:44:39

TheFab is correct.

Accents in different parts of Wales may alter the sound slightly but the Welsh alphabet doesn't change.

It's An-neigh-rin.

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 03-Jan-14 00:45:37

Also it's a great name! smile

Kniternator Fri 03-Jan-14 01:01:18

DS2 is Aneurin, we pronounce it An-eyer-in. He is Nye for short.

TiffanyAtBreakfast Fri 03-Jan-14 01:01:48

Really made me think of Anadin or an aneurism sad sorry.

TheFabulousIdiot Fri 03-Jan-14 23:25:21

There's a woman on tv called Sian. She pronounces it sigh-Ann but it's clearly not supposed to be pronounced that way (should be Shan).

Same with Sinead or Siobhian. There are correct ways to say them and incorrect wats. A-nye-rin is wrong.

greeneyes1978 Fri 03-Jan-14 23:30:07

Yeah ok fabulous I'll make sure I send out the memo to family, friends and the school to change the way we pronounce it on your recommendation... hmm

TheFabulousIdiot Sat 04-Jan-14 00:03:12

You can pronounce it however you like, of course, but just because several people pronounce it incorrectly, doesn't cancel out the fact that it's phonetically incorrect. The welsh language and alphabet means it is pronounced with 'neigh' not 'nye' that's all. Of course most people know of Nye Bevan and think it is pronounced 'nye'. My reason for posting wasn't to pick on you but to explain why it is wrong. It's the same as Aberaeron which many people pronounce aber-eye-Ron when it should be aber-ayre-on. Same as the French Jean not being pronounced 'gene' and so on.

Nataleejah Sat 04-Jan-14 09:13:58

Sounds like a medication

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 04-Jan-14 20:24:41


Who is the woman who pronounces Sian Sigh-ann? shock

TalkativeJim Sat 04-Jan-14 20:42:00

Probably Why-vonny's sister Alis grin

Just to throw something else into the mix, I've known two (older generation) folks who spelled their name Aneirin.

But, Aneurin = A-neigh-rin.

Which technically makes Nye incorrect, but as a shortening that has a valid claim of its own I reckon... after all, why Ned for Edward or Bob for Robert? Your average valleys rugby club simply would not be the same without someone shouting 'Nye! NYE BOY!! Ew want a pint then?!' at some point during the evening grin

southeastastra Sat 04-Jan-14 20:43:17

cue several thousand aneurins on next years list

curlew Sat 04-Jan-14 20:45:22

How can you love it, OP, if you don't know how to say it?

LadyIsabellasHollyWreath Sat 04-Jan-14 21:04:34

I know a couple of adult and child Aneurin's and think it's lovely. I'm surprised so many people are unfamiliar with it tbh. Nye is a nice easy shortening. But he would face pronunciation issues on the Nigh/Neigh thing and spend his life on the phone saying "that's A.N.E.U.R.I.N". Might get a fair number of Urine jokes at school too (along with any little Gorans with Swedish parents).

sonlypuppyfat Sat 04-Jan-14 21:05:01

Perhaps she likes it all the ways it's pronounced.

EmmaFreudsGivingMeJip Sat 04-Jan-14 21:16:53

At work I speak to a lot of GP's/HCP's in Aneurin Bevan primary care trust who all pronounce it An-eye-run. Not saying that it's the correct way of pronouncing it but that's how most would say it in south east Wales.

Cwtchbach Sat 04-Jan-14 21:25:04

I'm in South Wales and would also say 'Nay'. There are a few in DSs school (Welsh medium) and they almost all go by Nye.

mejon Sat 04-Jan-14 21:40:42

Alis - the Sigh-Anne Sian was on Property Ladder years ago then got her own series last year I think. She claimed that it was pronounced that way because there was no 'to bach'/circumflex on the 'a'. Unfortunately she's wrong and it's clearly because her parents were a bit twp grin.

YuffietheNinja Mon 06-Jan-14 00:07:31

curlew a valid question smile I like the way it looks written down. I had seen it shortened to Nye (when referring to Bevan) but vaguely renembered seeing it discussed here before, just couldn't remember the consensus.

YuffietheNinja Mon 06-Jan-14 00:09:24

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