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Fleur or Olwyn

(41 Posts)
SleeptightDaisy Tue 24-Jun-14 21:48:09

Just that really Fleur or Olwyn. Months until we need to decide but these were our girl choices when we had our little boy. What do people think?

Anotheronesoon Tue 24-Jun-14 21:49:15

I think fleur sounds prettier than olwyn

Rhubarbgarden Tue 24-Jun-14 22:15:18


bundleofnerves Tue 24-Jun-14 22:21:30

I prefer Olwyn, I think it's lovely.

DitzyDonkey Tue 24-Jun-14 22:21:49


CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Tue 24-Jun-14 22:23:12

Olwen was my Granny's name. I think it is really unique. She was vehemently Welsh, are you Welsh?

HorraceTheOtter Tue 24-Jun-14 22:23:28

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Bowlersarm Tue 24-Jun-14 22:24:25

Fleur by a mile.

Better still Flora, or Freya.

MsVanRein Tue 24-Jun-14 22:26:07


A close relative is Olwen. Lovely name I think.

iMN Tue 24-Jun-14 22:28:46

But Olwyn means wheel in welsh. Olwen is prettier imo and because of the wheel thing too

BestIsWest Tue 24-Jun-14 22:28:54

I prefer Fleur but if you have to use Olwyn I think it looks better spelled as Olwen.

guineapig1 Tue 24-Jun-14 22:29:44

If you're thinking of the welsh name is it Olwen not Olwyn. Typically welsh girl names end in the feminie "wen" and boys names in the masculine "wyn"". Think Eirwen and Eirwyn, Carwen and Carwyn etc.

Sorry to be pedantic and apologies if this comes across as rude but please don't use Olwyn with a y. Not only is it incorrect it is also the welsh word for "wheel"!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 24-Jun-14 22:29:58

Olwen is the usual spelling for females IME.

I much prefer that to fleur (which gets autocorrected to flour!)

VirkeligRodet Tue 24-Jun-14 22:30:51

Olwen is lovely.
Dont like fleur.

MsVanRein Tue 24-Jun-14 22:32:23

Oh I also prefer the wen spelling...thank you for those of you who have explained it!

I am not welsh so didn't know the wheel thing but agree wen looks better.

Allalonenow Tue 24-Jun-14 22:32:30

Fleur is just so beautiful.

Olwyn, very traditional Welsh, but not to my taste. If you are looking for a Welsh name how about Seren or Carys?

MissYamabuki Tue 24-Jun-14 22:36:56

OP, do you mean Olwen? Olwyn means "wheel" in.Welsh. But I think Olwyn can be an Irish name for a boy?

Love Olwen, on the Mabinogion she was supposed to be amazingly beautiful( whoever saw her would be filled with love for her etc).

Notso Tue 24-Jun-14 22:55:09

I don't like Fleur, it sounds like something you say when you taste something unpleasant.

Olwen isn't my favourite welsh name but I quite like it. I prefer Anwen or Arwen but not sure if Arwen is actually a welsh name or just from LOTR.

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Nereida Tue 24-Jun-14 23:51:13

Definitely Olwen, and spelt this way. -wyn is a masculine ending, -wen is feminine.

ViviPru Wed 25-Jun-14 08:17:10

Olwen is great! Would add to my shortlist were it not so similar to my dog's name (no offence, my dog is wonderful)

BeckaH123 Wed 25-Jun-14 09:21:24

Olwen / Olwyn. It's really lovely. Not a fan of Fleur at all.

peppinagiro Wed 25-Jun-14 09:25:19

Oh I don't like Olwen at all. It was a real old lady name when I grew up, and it sounds really drab and dowdy to me. I don't think old lady Welsh names have had the same granny chic revival! But then, despite being Welsh, I don't like any Welsh names. I think they all sound a bit ugly, with a few exceptions like Seren and Eleri

Don't like Fleur because it sounds like bleuuuuggghhhh.

So feel free to ignore me as our tastes are clearly polar opposites!

burgatroyd Wed 25-Jun-14 09:34:31

Neither to my taste. Agree with poster above.

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