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MissTriangle Tue 13-Nov-12 08:54:53

I am due in 3 weeks with DD2. I am English and DH is Welsh, but we live in England. He is adamant that we use a welsh name this time, as DD1 has a English name that was my choice.
I think we have narrowed it down to 2, just wondering which you prefer.

Seren Elizabeth
Eleri Jane


CombustionEngine Tue 13-Nov-12 09:12:21

Eleri Jane is lovely!

picnicbasketcase Tue 13-Nov-12 09:12:57

Both lovely but I prefer Seren smile

sweetkitty Tue 13-Nov-12 09:16:54

Both are lovely but I prefer Seren, DD4 was going to have Seren as a middle name after my MIL but she was a he.

kenanddreary Tue 13-Nov-12 09:19:13

Definitely prefer Seren Elizabeth.

Eleri makes me think of celeri.

Ebb Tue 13-Nov-12 09:30:48

Seren Elizabeth is lovely.

MissTriangle Tue 13-Nov-12 09:34:01

I am a bit worried about Eleri being mispronounced and ending up sounding like celery. It is said El-air-ey, but I guess Seren is a safer option as you can't go much wrong with that.

badtime Tue 13-Nov-12 10:02:01

Actually, I've never heard anyone saying 'Seren'. I would pronounce it 'Serren', but I don't know if it should be 'Se-REHN' or even 'Sear-en'.

I prefer Eleri.

Leeds2 Tue 13-Nov-12 10:07:59

I like both.

The only Eleri I have known was pronounced to sound like "celery" though, which was what her parents intended.

sleeplessinderbyshire Tue 13-Nov-12 10:21:38

I like both but prefer seren (my DD2 is also called Seren though as I have a wlesh husband)

Cezella Tue 13-Nov-12 10:33:08

Seren is pronounced Se-ren with both es being pronounced as in "egg". Eleri doesn't exactly rhyme with celery but its a very close sound- just a bit welsher. I would say that an English person pronouncing it as celery would be doing a very good job at getting the correct sound.

Snowflakepie Tue 13-Nov-12 10:41:45

I like both! I think seren is probably better known in England but if you want Eleri pronounced a certain way then people will soon learn!

BobbiFleckmann Tue 13-Nov-12 10:43:38

LOVE Seren.

Dontbesodramatic Tue 13-Nov-12 10:44:37

I really like both but like Seren that little bit more.

FriggFRIGG Tue 13-Nov-12 10:49:08


Ebb Tue 13-Nov-12 10:51:43

You sound a bit disappointed that people seem to prefer Seren? smile If you love/prefer Eleri then you should go with that.

campergirls Tue 13-Nov-12 11:08:54

An English person pronoucing Eleri as celery would NOT be doing a good job! Stress in 'celery' falls on the first syllable, in Eleri it's on the second. That makes a big difference.

MissTriangle Tue 13-Nov-12 11:15:14

Thanks for your comments everyone.
Ebb, I don't mean to be disappointed at all as I do love both names. But OH really wants to use Jane as a middle name after his gran who recently passed away. (DD1 has my grans name as a middle name) but I don't like Seren Jane! I think they almost flow into one another to make one word.
But Seren Elizabeth sounds good.

Pasiphae Tue 13-Nov-12 11:17:46

Eleri Jane is so nice, though.
Seren seems to be the Welsh girl name of the moment. Eleri is different and with Jane, it looks rather elegant.

Ebb Tue 13-Nov-12 11:29:08

Could you use two middle names Seren Eleri Jane?

BarbecuedBillygoats Tue 13-Nov-12 11:31:14


That and Eira were on my list

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 13-Nov-12 11:44:52

I rather like Eleri,it's more unusual than Seren in Wales by a mile! Or it is where I live. Seren is becoming this decades Megan.

goralka Tue 13-Nov-12 11:46:27

sorry I don't like Seren it is Welsh chav-tastic

goralka Tue 13-Nov-12 11:49:59

Eleri is lovely but in England I am afraid it will rhyme with celery and be annoying.
How about Manon? Such a pretty name....?

Cherrypieplum Tue 13-Nov-12 11:53:03

Both are lovely but Seren is very popular (though not chavvy based on the many,many Serens I know).

I would reiterate that Eleri is nothing like celery!
El-air-ee. Beautiful and I wanted it for my DD but hubby couldn't say it. It has potential for being mangled. A colleague in work often misprounced the name and set my teeth on edge!

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