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If I was Welsh I would name my daughter Carys...

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twowasthemagicnumber Wed 23-Apr-14 12:40:40

To be honest if I'd even been there on holiday I'd consider it. But we have no Welsh connections at all, so I just can't do it (I know the arguments about just picking a name you like, but my other DC have culturally relevant names, and I'd like one for this baby as well).

I'm sure I'll have another boy anyway (in which case he will be Fergus), but if anyone feels like humouring me and suggesting English or Scottish (either would be fine in our family) girls' names which we might like, given that we can't bring ourselves to use Carys, I'd be very grateful.

JimmyCorkhill Fri 25-Apr-14 21:44:52

Just go for it. My DDs have Scottish names and my DH hasn't even visited Scotland. Doesn't bother us, they're gorgeous names.

badtime Fri 25-Apr-14 21:30:26

A lot of Americans and Australians are convinced that 'Megan' is Irish hmm, and I wouldn't say Carys is more obviously Welsh than Megan.

mathanxiety Fri 25-Apr-14 16:30:35

People outside of the British Isles have very odd notions of what constitutes Irish, Welsh, Scottish, etc., names anyway.

I know a Cuban woman who wanted to give her DDs Irish names and chose Lauren and Michaela hmm.

So Carys could easily pass as Scottish smile or conceivably Irish, French, Danish or anything else you fancied..

It's a beautiful name and if you love it then use it. You would be kicking yourself if you didn't and still loved it years down the road.

ThisFenceIsComfy Fri 25-Apr-14 12:30:26

Or what about Coira/Cora?

feathermucker Fri 25-Apr-14 12:22:21

I have a Rhys and I'm not Welsh, though I grew up there so it may be slightly different.

If you love the name, go for it - Celtic connections n'all wink

DillydollyRIP Fri 25-Apr-14 12:15:43

Cerys is lovely. My friends dd is Cerys, wish I'd have chosen it first.
I also really liked Niamh but would be forever spelling it out and it's not phonetic so possibly difficult for dd to write.

ThisFenceIsComfy Fri 25-Apr-14 12:11:56

What about Caitir? That's a pretty Scottish name

soontobeslendergirl Fri 25-Apr-14 12:02:04

I definitely wouldn't assume that someone called Carys was Welsh. I know a few Carys' & Karis' and they are all Scottish (probably because I live in Scotland grin ) and I don't think any of them have Welsh parents.

Seems like you now have a little shortlist so you can choose when the baby is born maybe?

We liked names beginning with a "k" sound or "m" sound as they went well (we think) with our McK surname so that helped to narrow it down for us.

twowasthemagicnumber Fri 25-Apr-14 09:50:18

Thanks Countess, that's the right answer grin. I do love Flora too actually, but it's also 'taken' (by a friend whose DSs have the same names as my DSs - although we didn't know them when we named the boys - it would just be too odd to use her girl's name too!).

CountessOfRule Fri 25-Apr-14 09:39:41

Nowadays it's really not that Welsh, no. As Welsh as Flora is Scottish, perhaps.

twowasthemagicnumber Fri 25-Apr-14 09:34:08

Thanks for the replies. I wonder if I am over thinking this. We do love Carys as a name. To my ears it sounds very obviously Welsh, but I'm happy to be told that it's in mainstream use (anyone like to suggest some equivalents? Is it e.g. a 'Caitlin' or 'Fiona' type name, i.e. Irish / Scottish but I wouldn't automatically assume that someone called Caitlin was Irish / Scottish?).

Lacka yes I agree that Scottish girl's names are tricky. My boys too have strong, very Scottish names, and I felt that we had lots to pick from. I am not feeling that way with girls names (and didn't the last 2 times either - had either DS been a DD we would have used Alice, but it has now been 'taken'!).

We do like Mairi though, and Catriona may also be a contender, although it's on the frilly side for us.

mathanxiety Fri 25-Apr-14 05:29:34

People ask questions about names to make polite conversation, but ultimately they don't really care how you came to your decision.

A lot of people you meet won't know the first thing about Wales, where it is, that it isn't a part of Scotland, or Ireland, or somewhere close to Iceland, etc. So give whatever name you like.

LackaDAISYcal Fri 25-Apr-14 00:25:10

scottish girl's names are tricky....which is why I have 2 DS with strong Scottish names and a DD with a typically English rose name (DH is English)

But...if you like Carys, then use it.

toffeelolly Fri 25-Apr-14 00:16:08

I love Carys. I called my dd Carys, and I am not from wales. Think if you like the name nothing else matters.

ChickenMe Thu 24-Apr-14 23:25:12

It's a nice name. Who cares what anyone thinks. Karis Jagger carries it well

TheOldestCat Wed 23-Apr-14 23:33:56

Go for it! I'm Welsh, DH is English and DS has an Irish name (DH's mum's family were originally Irish but it's tenuous; we had a friend with the name and just loved it).

Carys is beautiful; Cerys too.

swingonastar Wed 23-Apr-14 23:28:17

Cara? Sometimes used just as it is, but also as a diminutive of the Gaelic Cairistìona (carishteeona).

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squoosh Wed 23-Apr-14 22:21:05

I saw a Senga working in M&S a few weeks ago, had never seen one in real life before!

Theonlyoneiknow Wed 23-Apr-14 22:20:19

Scottish girls names i like are


Lucked Wed 23-Apr-14 20:59:26

I am Scottish and know two women named Charis, it was on our short list but I worried everyone would assume on hearing it that it was Carys.

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MrsBonnie Wed 23-Apr-14 20:44:39

I think Carys is a lovely name! My cousin named her child Cerys, which is similar, but I prefer Carys.

I am Scottish, and love Scottish baby names. I would suggest;


Good luck with the name!

soontobeslendergirl Wed 23-Apr-14 20:29:40

smile You don't come across many little Mairis, even in Scotland.

Had we had two girls instead of boys, I am fairly sure we would have a Mairi and a Carys smile

squoosh Wed 23-Apr-14 20:26:13

But not that tied to the Scottish/English theme if Charis is on the list.

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