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MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Mon 07-Oct-13 08:45:42

DH (not British) says Arthur is too English. He likes Welsh names (I am Welsh) and has googled and says Arthwr is a Welsh spelling. It's not one I have ever heard and I think it's pretty's a crazy idea right? A small part of me does wonder if it works though, and with Arthur shooting up the popularity charts maybe it would be an idea... After all no one thinks the welsh spellings of Alys and Huw are silly do they?

Please help my pregnancy befuddled brain on this one. Only 4 weeks to go! We have other ideas but none of the welsh ones are really standing out as much as DS1's did, and there aren't any from DH's country that he loves, in fact he hasn't suggested any at all!

Tiredemma Mon 07-Oct-13 08:53:55

be prepared for people spelling it the 'english' way

curlew Mon 07-Oct-13 08:56:15

Please don't- he will spend his whole life with people correcting the "typo"!

I think Gethin is a fabulous Welsh name. Geth for short. Or Huw?

MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Mon 07-Oct-13 08:57:23

DH says Gethin sounds like Get in
I have been pushing for Huw since before conception but he still says no.

MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Mon 07-Oct-13 08:59:09

Wanna see my list?

Aneurin/ Aneirin

OryxCrake Mon 07-Oct-13 08:59:51

People will 'correct' the spelling.

How about Gwilym? (I know a lovely Gwilym so am biased!)

MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Mon 07-Oct-13 08:59:53

Oh somehow missed off Arthur in the cut and paste

OryxCrake Mon 07-Oct-13 09:00:55

Really like Taliesin as well

MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Mon 07-Oct-13 09:02:35

I am going to have to name change forever after this, but that is DS1!
Is the lovely Gwilym you know 2 years old OryxCrake??

Gwilym had family connections and I haven't found anything that stands out like that did.

OryxCrake Mon 07-Oct-13 09:05:31

Ah, such a lovely name for your DS1! (The Gwilym I know is an adult.)

curlew Mon 07-Oct-13 09:06:37

Shame- I think Hugh/Huw is lovely. I don't think anyone will have a problem with pronouncing Gethin since there's a famous(ish) one. And I do love Geth!
Emrys is nice. And Taliesin- but it's a bit hippy (if that bothers you!) Tal is good.

I think Arthwr is just setting him up for a lifetime of minor daily irritation.

curlew Mon 07-Oct-13 09:08:37

Ah, I don't think you can have Gwylim and Gethin, can you? It sounds a bit like two guards in Merlin who fall asleep and let the baddies into the castle........

MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Mon 07-Oct-13 09:14:13

Lol Curlew
I've never watched Merlin, are there really a pair of guards called that? Maybe I should watch it for further inspiration...

MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Mon 07-Oct-13 09:15:44

I like hippy. But I do want the sort of name where he could choose to be a corporate banker OR a teepee dwelling wood carver. If you know what I mean.

curlew Mon 07-Oct-13 09:17:03

Not really- but there are a lot of welsh named guards- the equivalent of people in red shirts in Star Trek, if you see what I mean!

mejon Mon 07-Oct-13 09:29:41

I've never seen/heard the Welsh spelling Arthwr (I'm first-language Welsh speaker). It tends to get spelt Arthur but prn. Arthir with a short 'ir' sound like in irregular.

TobyLerone Mon 07-Oct-13 09:32:33

Arthwr looks like I typo. I thought it was one, in your title.

Taliesin is lovely.

Trills Mon 07-Oct-13 09:38:36

Welsh names that do not have an exact homophone in English (most of the rest of your list) can look any way they want, IYSWIM, because people are not thinking of the English name.

Alys and Huw look like they are quite deliberate.

Arthwr looks like a typo. It's too close in spelling to Arthur to be easily recognised as a deliberately different name. (even though U and W are not close on the keyboard)

Beehatch Mon 07-Oct-13 09:44:37

Not convinced about Arthwr as a spelling, it doesn't even make the sound of how I would pronounce Arthur in Welsh.

If you want to keep up the Arthurian theme though, how about Tristan (or Drystan for a more authentic spelling) very romantic!

Or you could keep up the Welsh bard theme, saw you have Aneirin, but Cian is another.

Other Welsh names I love are Gerallt, Guto, Gareth (has the advantage of working well in English), Macsen and Ianto

harryhausen Mon 07-Oct-13 09:51:05

Welsh is my second language and I've never ever seen a Welsh spelling - Arthwr. I think it just looks like a typo too, like someone got a bit flouncy with the 'u'.

My favorite Welsh bits names are Emrys, Gethin, Dylan (pronounced Dil-lan) and Alyn.

harryhausen Mon 07-Oct-13 09:52:07

Wooo I've just seen Beehatches post - Ianto. Definitely, gorgeous name. I've never met an awful Ianto.

TobyLerone Mon 07-Oct-13 10:06:20

How ironic that I should make a typo in a post about something looking like a typo blush

MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Mon 07-Oct-13 10:13:00

My Dad (very welsh) has always used Ianto as a joke name for some reason.

V grateful for all the linguistics advice from Welsh speakers, I think that's what I wanted. Arthwr is off the list. Do you think Arthur will be a 10 to a class name in a few years?

Emrys is quite a recent idea but I think it's becoming a front runner. DH not keen on the sound, but if he keeps being this awkward he might just have to let me pick.

Do love Taliesin but it is a bit of a mouthful isn't it?

SconeInSixtySeconds Mon 07-Oct-13 10:14:58

Ianto is good, Hugh is lovely (biased wink ) what about Rhys? I am not sure about Arthwr, it does look like a typo.

MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Mon 07-Oct-13 10:16:00

Aneirin I love (and like the idea of a bards theme! Relative Gwilym was a bard), just think that the non welsh will find it very hard.

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