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Help with Welsh name ideas?

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farmers Mon 25-Apr-16 07:05:37

We have decided on using a Welsh first name with a more 'normal' English middle name which baby could use if preferred in the future, however we're struggling with which names to choose.

For girls I like names like Arianwen or Eiddwen (wouldn't use it though because of geographical association) with more English/easy to pronounce middle names like Georgiana/Charlotte/Penelope or something.
For boys things like Bryn or Aneirin. Also really like Cai but to me it seems like more of a nick name because it's so short (as does Bryn).

Also slightly worried that giving an obviously Welsh name together with obviously not-Welsh middle name is odd? Finding it difficult to find first/middle name combinations which sound good together.

Very grateful for any suggestions and opinions!

NettleFarseer Mon 25-Apr-16 07:09:43

Our 3 DC all have Welsh names and 'English' middle-names,don't think that's unusual at all.

I'm Welsh and I've never heard of those girl namesconfused.are you sure their real?

CheshireSplat Mon 25-Apr-16 07:17:08

Personally, I'd choose a name that people in the rest of the UK will find easy to pronounce. I worked with a Buddug a long way from Wales and whilst she was happy to explain how to pronounce her name a few times she'd get really (rightly imho) irritated by people who didn't even bother trying.

CheshireSplat Mon 25-Apr-16 07:19:25

PS Aneurin (which I guess you meant) is popular round here at the moment (we're on the border). Nye is a lovely version, easy to understand and remember.

farmers Mon 25-Apr-16 07:24:38

nettle I am also from Wales and pretty sure they are real? Maybe only used where I am from. I think Eiddwen might be a bit more modern/made up but is definitely used as a name.

Cheshire we don't want names which are too hard but I think with Welsh names some level of mispronunciation is inevitable (My name is pretty easy by Welsh standards but still no one can pronounce it). I think we will probably steer clear of 'dd' or 'll' names.

doleritedinosaur Mon 25-Apr-16 07:25:42

I originally wanted a Welsh first name but could not find one I like so Celtic first name & Welsh middle name with an Irish name before Welsh & very English surname & his names all work together.
There is a book on Welsh baby names which is useful as some websites can be unreliable.

WellErrr Mon 25-Apr-16 07:26:06

I've never ever heard those names either.

Laquila Mon 25-Apr-16 07:26:08

I've heard of a few Arianwens - lovely name.

I have a son with a Welah first name and a typically English (actually biblical) middle name. And we're not even Welsh 😄

You might also like Macsen, Emrys and Gethin for a boy? I like Enfys for a girl. There a Welsh spelling of Meredith that I really like too - can't remember if it's for a boy or girl though.

WellErrr Mon 25-Apr-16 07:26:26

What about Ceinwen?

Zampa Mon 25-Apr-16 07:26:50

I love Llyr for a boy and also Idris. Angharad is my favourite Welsh girls' name.

Cookingongas Mon 25-Apr-16 07:28:58

Both the girls names could be hard to pronounce unless you know them. Perhaps it would be better to choose names that are phonetic to English? Anwen, blodwen, bronwen, ffion, seren, gwen, Megan, Rhian etc?

For a boy I like aneurin(which I've always known spelt < that way) which surely every one can pronounce because of aneurin bevan? But I like Bryn too- but it's very popular in my corner of Wales.

NettleFarseer Mon 25-Apr-16 07:33:25

My mistake...didn't mean to imply the girls names were fake.
Maybe a north/south walian variantsmile

Anyhow.if u have any more Dc they shall be called-



NettleFarseer Mon 25-Apr-16 07:34:25

If I have anymore dc obviouslyblush

farmers Mon 25-Apr-16 07:37:22

Cooking yes, I agree that they would be a bit hard. Was more using them as an example of something I think sounds ok iyswim.

I always believed that Aeurin/Aneirin could be spelt either way?? Can anyone clarify ?

I really like Bryn - I think I'd like a name which could be shortened to Bryn or Cai as a nickname but can't think of one

NettleFarseer Mon 25-Apr-16 07:38:00


Laquila Mon 25-Apr-16 07:39:53

Just googled and apparently there was a 6th century poet calles Aneirin!

How is Arianwen pronounced? The two I know pronounce it as it looks.

farmers Mon 25-Apr-16 07:47:27

Yes, I would pronounce it as it looks. But actually with everyone repeating it I have suddenly decided it's not on my list any more blush

eternalopt Mon 25-Apr-16 07:50:46

Brynmore is the only one I can think of that can be shortened to bryn. Some websites might list brynley, but I associate that Australia as that's the only place I've heard it used (and they spell it brinley)

Daffolill Mon 25-Apr-16 07:51:54

I would either go for Welsh names that can be pronounced easily- Cerys, Seren, Anwen, Eira. Macsen, Rhys, Ioan etc or go for a non Welsh first name and a Welsh middle name.

eternalopt Mon 25-Apr-16 07:54:10

Girls names on our list were Mali (welsh for Molly), Mari (welsh for Mary) and Betsan (I loved Betsi for short).

I like seren, but I know loads of those.

farmers Mon 25-Apr-16 07:59:47

Thanks for suggestions!
I can't use Betsan, Bethan, Taliesin, Owen, Seren, Mair, Madoc or Sian.

af2000 Mon 25-Apr-16 08:03:16

Aneira is the female version of Aneurin which I think is really beautiful. Can be shortened to nye.

I have heard of Arianwen but not Eiddwen, not that it matters whether people have heard of it or not!

farmers Mon 25-Apr-16 08:10:35

Love Aneira!
I think a lot of my favourite names sound odd with English middle names though, but maybe I'm just picking the wrong middle names

SchnitzelvonKrummsverylowtum Mon 25-Apr-16 08:15:48

DS is Rhys James - never thought it sounded odd. We wanted a Welsh first name, and James is a family name. I'm expecting DC2 now. Llewelyn and Gruffydd are on our boys list, and Erin, Elin and Lowri are on our girls list.

AddictedtoGreys Mon 25-Apr-16 08:26:25

I like Iestyn and Rhys for boys

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