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Alisvolatpropiis Sat 28-Jun-14 14:42:55

What do you think?

Showy Sat 28-Jun-14 14:47:33

I'm vaguely remembering a revolt hundreds of years ago. It's pretty. Obscure though.

funkypigeon Sat 28-Jun-14 14:53:28

Depends where you live I think. Welsh is my first language so to me it's a pretty name and easy to say but I think most folk would struggle with the double l sound.

My name has been mispronounced my whole life!

guineapig1 Sat 28-Jun-14 14:58:47

Lovely Welsh name, can be shortened to Gwen too.

SaltyGoodness Sat 28-Jun-14 16:40:15

How do you pronounce it?

Youdontneedacriminallawyer Sat 28-Jun-14 16:42:15

Love it, but I'm Welsh too and I know how to pronounce it, and don't find it that unusual. My fave Welsh name is Ffion.

DramaAlpaca Sat 28-Jun-14 16:42:35

It's very pretty, but quite hard for non-Welsh speakers to pronounce I'd guess with the 'll' sound.

WallyBantersJunkBox Sat 28-Jun-14 16:51:13

Are you living in Wales? I agree it would be hard for non Welsh to pronounce.

Also, apologies, but it's the name of a hotel and a few pubs in my old stomping ground.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 28-Jun-14 16:52:47


I love Ffion but a friend already has a daughter called it <sigh>

Also like Haf.

More for middle names as my dp is English and though he does a good approximation of the double L it's not quite right. I suppose he should be able to pronounce his own child's name grin

guineapig1 Sat 28-Jun-14 16:54:33

How about Gwennan instead if the ll is causing a problem?

somedizzywhore1804 Sat 28-Jun-14 16:55:10

Sorry- English person alert- is that just an alternative spelling of Gwendolen like Gwendolen Fairfax in The Importance of Being Ernest? If so I like it but DH has vetoed it.

somedizzywhore1804 Sat 28-Jun-14 16:58:37

Oh and if it is I can pronounce it (and I'm from Essex) so I wouldn't worry.

Youdontneedacriminallawyer Sat 28-Jun-14 17:00:37

Llinos? (But your back with the ll). Susan, Angharad, Myfwnwy, Sioned, Elin???

Youdontneedacriminallawyer Sat 28-Jun-14 17:01:17

Siwan, not Susan!!!!

WallyBantersJunkBox Sat 28-Jun-14 17:10:54

Oh I love Gwennan.

No it's nothing like Gwendolin, the "ll" has a specific pronunciation that is high impossible to pronounce by non Welsh speakers.That is also a lovely name though.

This kind of gives away my place of birth then! grin

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 28-Jun-14 17:11:17


One of those you just listed is my middle name smile

Elin is pretty and surely nobody could go wrong! grin

WallyBantersJunkBox Sat 28-Jun-14 17:16:08

Yes Elin is lovely and a nice middle name.

funkypigeon Sat 28-Jun-14 17:57:03

How about Gwenno? Biased as that's DD's middle name! But maybe a good compromise?

somedizzywhore1804 Sat 28-Jun-14 17:59:28

Okay, now I've heard it pronounced I'm going to say that I don't think many English people will be able to pronounce that properly OP. I've sat here for five minutes trying and sound like I've either got a speech impediment or am doing a really piss taking impression of Ruth Madoc grin

So if you live in England I wouldn't. It's a tongue twister! Agree that if you can say it and in a Welsh accent it's very nice though.

MissYamabuki Mon 30-Jun-14 07:45:08

Love Gwenllian but isn't the story a bit sad?

Elin Fflur has a good song about her, it's going through my mind as I type!

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