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Welsh boys names -help!

(21 Posts)
Artigene Wed 13-Feb-13 13:12:21

DH's family are Welsh although he was born and raised in England. After lots of debate getting us to a shortlist of good English names DH now says he would like to use a Welsh name for our soon to be DS.

His first thought was Ioan. He pronounces it Jo-en but I think it might be more like Yo-en. Does anyone know?

He also likes Ivor shortened to Ivo. Is Ivor incredibly old fashioned in Wales? I am concerned it might be.

And finally what do people think of using a Welsh name when we are all London born and bred?

CheeseStrawWars Wed 13-Feb-13 13:18:49

The Ioan I know is Yo-an. Often gets called Owen though, which is quite a popular name round here.

I don't think anyone would think anything of using a Welsh name in London, go for it... There are plenty to choose from but I couldn't inflict Ivor on a child, think of the nickname potential: "Ivor Biggun", "Ivor Hardon"... the playground will not be kind.

AdmiralData Wed 13-Feb-13 13:57:02

Hello :D My friend has a two year old son called Ioan and she pronounces it yo-un although it does depend on your preference, if your husband prefers to pronounce it his way it shouldnt raise any eyebrows. smile

specialknickers Wed 13-Feb-13 14:49:15

Another vote for Ioan, top name. I'd pronounce it yo-an as well though. But them I'm not a welsh speaker.

Ivor is a lovely name but could bit of a cross to bear unfortunately.

13loki Wed 13-Feb-13 15:08:35

My Ioan is yo-un, but since we've moved to Sweden, he gets called Jo-an a lot.

babe2be Wed 13-Feb-13 15:34:06

Just thought i'd respond as someone who lives in Wales. Ioan is pronounced Yo-an here in N Wales, it may possibly be pronounced Jo-an but i've never heard it. What about Owain? It's Welsh and still similar? or Iuean (said Ewan). Then again if DH likes it as Jo-an and you do too, then go with it.

There is no V in the welsh language, a single F is used instead, so Ivor would be Ifor (but pronounced the same as Ivor).

Cai (pronounced K-eye) is very popular at the moment. There are lots of names to choose from here WelshBoysNames

spiderlight Wed 13-Feb-13 15:58:17

I'm Welsh: Ioan is pronounced Yo-an or Yo-un, not Jo-en.

IncogKNEEto Wed 13-Feb-13 16:02:30

Ioan is lovely (I would say it yo-an too) how about Geraint? Gair-int (as in pint at the end) pronunciation I think but I'm not Welsh. I like Ifor too.

mejon Wed 13-Feb-13 16:07:34

FFS - sorry for not pussy-footing around, but it isn't pronounced Jo-an and if your DH is, he's pronouncing it incorrectly. It is Yo-an and Yo-un at a push if you aren't a Welsh speaker. Similar names : Iolo (Yo-lo - short 'lo' not as in 'low'), Iwan (Ewan/Euan), Ianto.

No problem in giving your DC a Welsh name if you live in London - that there Lunnun is full of all nationalities so I'm sure no one will bat an eyelid.

HoratiaWinwood Wed 13-Feb-13 16:25:40

I like David nn Dewi for a Welsh touch.

But choosing a Welsh name with no connections is a bit ... odd IMHO. We have no Welsh connections but a common Welsh surname, so we avoided Welsh names entirely lest people think we had pretensions.

Beatrixpotty Wed 13-Feb-13 17:10:49

I think if you have Welsh connections on your DH side it is fine to use a Welsh first name if you want to.My DHs parents are Welsh and we have a common Welsh surname but I'm not & we have never lived in Wales.Had there been a Welsh name I had loved I wouldn't have thought twice about using it--but I didn't like any of my MILs suggestions--

foxy6 Wed 13-Feb-13 17:17:11

I wanted to give ds a Welsh name but couldn't find any I liked so opted for Elis with 1 L for the Welsh version

PickledInAPearTree Wed 13-Feb-13 18:43:03

I much prefer the proper yo-an pronunciation I know one and his mum calls him yoyo. Which is cute.

I really like the name.

A very popular name in Wales at the mo is osian. Osh-an.

Or how about something like Rhys (Reece) or Dylan (dul-an)

I really like ianto (yan-to) too.

You can see top names by region so tou could search for welsh ones.

I don't see too many Ivors but its old man chic everywhere now so why not I like it.

Artigene Wed 13-Feb-13 21:18:43

I'd never thought about Ivor sounding like "I've a...". Food for thought there.

Yo-an pronunciation is nice. I like Iolo too, or Teifion. We have a very Welsh surname (no vowels!) so this little Londoner could sound very Welsh indeed.

AntsMarching Wed 13-Feb-13 21:24:20

We used Welsh names for both our dds as my DH is Welsh. We had a boy's name picked out, but never got to use it.

The name we liked was Emlyn.

Arithmeticulous Wed 13-Feb-13 21:31:55

Ianto (Yan-toe)

echidnakid Thu 14-Feb-13 03:41:14

I third Ianto! Love it and wanted it on our boys list but my Welsh DH didn't want to go down the Welsh route for first names. Since your DH's family are Welsh I don't think there's any issue with using that culture for your naming inspiration.

echidnakid Thu 14-Feb-13 03:41:24

I said Welsh a lot in that post.

PickledInAPearTree Thu 14-Feb-13 15:02:00

I love ianto but dp won't have it.

LastDaughterofKrypton Sat 02-Mar-13 06:46:33

(Ends battle with auto correct)

deemented Sat 02-Mar-13 06:52:56

Aneurin. Nye for short.

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