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How is the name Guto perceived outside of Wales?

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Reesie Sun 09-Oct-11 22:00:54

Dc3 is due any time now and I know that he is going to be a boy. I had no problems naming dd1 and dd2 but dh and I are completely stuck on boys names. Both of us like the name Guto (pronounced Geit-oh) and most local welshies are positive about it. However, a couple of relatives/friends who over the border really don't like it. I've known a couple of Guto's over the years and they have been rather cool, very gorgeous sporty blokes which has probably increased my preference of the name!

Anyway, would you say yey or nay?

Grumpla Sun 09-Oct-11 22:01:39

I've never heard it before, I'd assume it was foreign but not necessarily Welsh!

I like it.

jkklpu Sun 09-Oct-11 22:02:17

Guto Harri

Beamur Sun 09-Oct-11 22:02:19

I have to say I have never heard it being used in RL. Is it an unusual name in Wales? I like the way it sounds though.

othersideofchannel Sun 09-Oct-11 22:07:24

Not heard of it but like the look and sound of it. Nice choice especially with Welsh heritage.

Reesie Sun 09-Oct-11 22:19:00

We have considered Guto Harri! It isn't that common in Wales either, mostly Welsh speakers I suppose. There is probably one or two in dd1's primary school. I like it as it is a little bit different, is short and reflects my welsh roots. And of course he will grow up to be one of those effortless intelligent, tall, sporty cool blokes if i give him this name!!!! Past experiences with a people of that name really does make you have a negative/positive feeling for a name choice!

Reesie Sun 09-Oct-11 22:33:06

Oh! Just googled Guto harri and he looks neither sporty or handsome!

Reesie Sun 09-Oct-11 22:34:36

Actually I was looking at a picture of Guto Bebb, Guto harri looks much better!

seeker Sun 09-Oct-11 22:35:24

I'm afraid that calling q child who will go to a school outside Wales q name that's wound like Git-o would be q big mistqke

seeker Sun 09-Oct-11 22:36:19

Go for Gethin.

Mollydoggerson Sun 09-Oct-11 22:43:01

Reminds me of 6uido, nice, reco6niseable, i like it

Fixture Sun 09-Oct-11 22:50:56

Lots of people will pronounce it Goo-to.

Reesie Sun 09-Oct-11 22:51:57

He will go to a welsh speaking school so would be ok. Not sure if I like Gethin though! I know what you mean about the pronounciation/application of the term Git-o. It wouldn't spring to my mind but was wondering if it would to others.

oohlaalaa Mon 10-Oct-11 09:43:31

I have a friend called Guto. He lives in Snowdonia (sheep farmer), but he did live in England for a few years, and everyone called him Gitso. Guto likes this nickname. Everybody, who was English, liked his name by the way, Gitso or Guto.

ripstheirthroatoutliveupstairs Mon 10-Oct-11 09:47:34

I would look at it and pronounce it Gut-too.
Have you considered Adrian, Dunan or Gavin?

oohlaalaa Mon 10-Oct-11 10:12:32

The Guto I know is sporty and handsome too, if thats any help.

LunaticFringe Mon 10-Oct-11 10:18:13

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BelleEnd Mon 10-Oct-11 10:23:39

I am Welsh first language and I wouldn't pronounce it Geit-oh- It's Git-oh. And it's lovely!

Do you want to give out your DC's names so that we can see your taste? I love Gerwyn, Geraint, Gwyn, and Gwyddno.

GuillotinedMaryLacey Mon 10-Oct-11 10:23:52

Not sure on the pronunciation, is it Gay-toe or Guy-toe? Never heard it before but if you're in Wales then I'm sure it's fine.

campergirls Mon 10-Oct-11 10:32:36

lol at Adrian, Dunan or Gavin as alternatives. I think it's a great name, and Guto Ffowc is a fine role model!

HappyAsIAm Mon 10-Oct-11 10:43:39

I'm Welsh and I've never heard of it, and I definitely wouldn't have recognised it as being Welsh so I wouldn't have got the pronounciation right.

If you like Welsh names, what about Ieuan, Gethin, Rhys etc?

AvengingGerbil Mon 10-Oct-11 10:53:25

Another ignorant English person here. Never having seen it written down, I thought the BBC journalist was called Git O'Harry.

(I thought it was unusual grin but never cared enough to check. MN education service rides to the rescue again.)

Hotpotpie Mon 10-Oct-11 10:58:36

Ive never heard of it either sorry, not sure I like it but thats not up to us to call (I do love Gethin though and Geraint)

minipie Mon 10-Oct-11 11:02:30

I've never heard it. If I read it I would assume it was pronounced Gutt-oh or Goot-oh. Neither of which is very nice imo. Gait-oh is much nicer but I would have to be told that that was how to pronounce it.

Reesie Mon 10-Oct-11 19:25:03

I'm going to go for it. Adrian, Dunan and Gavin are just not my taste and other welsh names such as Rhys, Ieuan and Gethin as so popular around my neck of the woods. There would probably be at least 3 of each in ds class. It is pronounced 'Git-oh' but didn't want to draw attention to the 'Git' part to see if people would pick up on it!

DD's are called Eve (Dh's choice - I was pushing for Efa but dh won!), dd2 is Gwenllian but is called Gwen day to day.

I forgot that it was a welsh alternative for Guy (as in Guy Fawkes, Guto Ffowc)!

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