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Gwen no more

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Elasticsong Sun 21-Oct-12 20:38:56

Am I asking for help here? Not sure... just wanted to share.

Am in trimester 3 and we've been secretly calling our baby Gwen all along. We both love this name.

However, we've just discovered that Gwen, in Cornish, means 'arsehole'. Really. In every other bloody celtic language, it means lovely things, but in Cornish, no. Anus.

Laughing and crying about this.

We live in Cornwall.

Apologies to any Gwens out there. It's still our favourite name but we cannot unknow this.

YankeeAlphaBooingUniform Sun 21-Oct-12 20:40:56

Stick with it, who on earth knows this? Or go for Gwyn.

TwllBach Sun 21-Oct-12 20:44:48

Could you lengthen it to Gwendoline? Are you both Cornish or do you just live there? Could you claim welsh roots? grin or how about Gwyneth?

Elasticsong Sun 21-Oct-12 20:50:44

Well, I'm Cornish and there are some Welsh roots... but I have several family members who are into the whole Cornish language thing and would know.

Have considered Gwyn / Gwyneth (Gwendoline doesn't cut it at all), but we're still at the 'oh-no-nothing-else-is-as-good' stage at the moment grin

YoullLaughAboutItOneDay Sun 21-Oct-12 21:00:57

If you didn't have family who would know, I would say 'sod it'. Plenty of names have odd meanings in some languages. Suri means pickpocket in Japanese doesn't it? And Orla has something to do with circumcision.

But if you have family it would bother, honestly I would let it go.

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 22-Oct-12 10:29:55

That's a pain! But Gwyn is a male name and every Welsh person you ever meet (there a quite a lot of us not in Wales!) would twitch.

I can't think of any names that are similar to Gwen in sound sorry sad.

stowsettler Mon 22-Oct-12 10:49:32

Gwenan? Gwenfair? Gwenllian? OK all a bit Welsh-sounding (mainly because they are Welsh names!) but possible compromises.

If you change direction entirely, what sort of names do you like?

tigrou Mon 22-Oct-12 11:17:13


telsa Mon 22-Oct-12 12:59:57

What about Glenda?
or Wanda?

Viviennemary Mon 22-Oct-12 13:20:05

I'm not too keen on the name Gwen. But I wouldn't let this meaning thing influence you. As I doubt very many people, if any, will even know this.

Kelerina Mon 22-Oct-12 19:08:29

Sorry but your post made me laugh! I love the name Gwen, I have a good friend called Gwen but also just love the name. I say go for it, I had never heard that it meant arsehole......

Gwen is lovely smile

amck5700 Mon 22-Oct-12 22:52:13

Google says that Gwen in cornish means White hmm

amck5700 Mon 22-Oct-12 22:53:30

Gwenifer — (GWEN-i-fer) Cornish form of Welsh name Gwenhwyfar (Guinevere). See also Jenifer.
Gwennol — (GWEN-ohl) Cornish name of the bird "swallow".

amck5700 Mon 22-Oct-12 22:55:53

Must say from that list I like Kerenza - very pretty and has a similar sound to Gwen.......well sort off smile

turniptop Tue 23-Oct-12 08:28:30


are all lovely I think (I have a daughter named one of those). Thanks for bringing the Gwen/Anus thing to my attention. An absolutely lovely name, but I totally get what you mean about not being able to un-know it now, especially as you live in Cornwall.

Rhubarbgarden Tue 23-Oct-12 10:46:07

Ask those family members what they think. They may well say you are worrying about nothing.

For what it's worth, I think Gwen is lovely.

echidnakid Tue 23-Oct-12 11:04:51

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Elasticsong Tue 23-Oct-12 17:46:14

Hey, thanks for all the replies - I thought the thread had dwindled. I find it amusing now, tbh. We've gone back to the drawing board and are busy trawling all the name blogs out there so we can find something we agree with (trickier second time round, it appears).

Some of the suggestions you people have come up with have gone onto the 'maybe' list, so thank you for all the input.

As an aside, I told one of the women I work with about this today and, to my amazement, she jumped in before I'd finished and knew the Cornish meaning. So that does it, I'm afraid. It appears the Cornish language revival is real!

Still love the name though...

Hobbes8 Tue 23-Oct-12 22:49:27

What about Wendy?

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