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FifaFater Mon 24-Oct-16 23:19:03

My favourite name in the world, but can enough people pronounce it? I don't want my child going through life explaining how to pronounce, and why it's pronounced the way it is.

Thanks a lot!

MaudGonneMad Mon 24-Oct-16 23:20:11

Is it pronounced like YOLO?

Chinlo Mon 24-Oct-16 23:20:46

I really love it but I think the YOLO trend may have ruined it :-(

(I know they're not pronounced the same but lots of people will see it that way)

SauvignonPlonker Mon 24-Oct-16 23:22:44

Mhmm, a bit similar to Lollo lettuce?

WussyWat Mon 24-Oct-16 23:24:46

Like YOLO or Low Low cheese?

Either way... it's going to be one of those names that you fear, and sounds more like a nickname than an actual full name imo.

SpeakNoWords Mon 24-Oct-16 23:26:08

iolo or LOLO?! If iolo then most people in Wales will know how to pronounce it. Probably not so much elsewhere, so you would have the issues you describe.

GiddyOnZackHunt Mon 24-Oct-16 23:26:15

Are you in Wales or England?

pieceofpurplesky Mon 24-Oct-16 23:27:49

Boy or girl? It is a unisex name?

It is a bit .... kids tv character

FifaFater Mon 24-Oct-16 23:29:50

Sorry it is an i at the front, so pronounced Yolo as exactly the same as the stupid trend that nearly stopped me from choosing it.

So I'm Welsh, my great grandfather was named Ioworth (yo-worth) but was abbreviated to Iolo (Yo-low) as Ioworth rhymed with his surname (The Worth part)

I love the history behind the name, and love the sentiment, I was worried about the Yolo trend, but I refuse to let it ruin a great name!!

I'm more worried about readin the name, especially in type capitol i looks like a small l etc...

KnitFastDieWarm Mon 24-Oct-16 23:30:04

i love it, just makes me think of iolo williams and his lovely soothing welsh nature documentaries smile

FifaFater Mon 24-Oct-16 23:30:42

It's a male name, but I think it could work for a girl, I don't see why not.

BertrandRussell Mon 24-Oct-16 23:32:50

" I was worried about the Yolo trend, but I refuse to let it ruin a great name!!"

It's not going to be you that has to deal with it, though, is it?

FifaFater Mon 24-Oct-16 23:33:13


I love walks with Iolo!!!!

FifaFater Mon 24-Oct-16 23:34:18


It is a good point, but Yolo is almost dead now, baby isn't born yet so by the time he's 4/5 and is capable of taking flak for it would it still be an issue come 2021?

MrSlant Mon 24-Oct-16 23:34:29

I think it's a beautiful name. I'd know how to pronounce it and it wouldn't think twice about the stupid YOLO thing but then I live in a deeply rooted Welsh speaking part of Wales so probably not representative of the majority. Keep it for a middle name even if you don't go with it for the first name (I may be biased as my children have very Welsh names, easier to pronounce first names and very traditional middle names!). If I had another it would definitely be up there on the short list.

IPityThePontipines Mon 24-Oct-16 23:34:55

I love this name and think it's gorgeous. Trends come and go, by the time he's at school, Yolo will be a past thing.

Ziggitypop Mon 24-Oct-16 23:35:02

It would be really really easy for the child to learn to write his name! grin

gettingtherequickly Mon 24-Oct-16 23:36:25

I seem to have totally missed the Yolo trend.
Iolo would look like low-low all in lower case.
Not difficult to explain though.

TheCraicDealer Mon 24-Oct-16 23:36:50

It's not awful (I like a good Welsh name) but I wouldn't if you're outside Wales. I had to Google how to pronounce it and it wasn't an easy find. It's very like Rollo which is another cool AF name but hard to carry off. Unfortunately you're also likely to get a lot of YOLO jokes from knobheads and it really depends on how long your fuse is with things like that.

FifaFater Mon 24-Oct-16 23:37:17

Mr Slant

We were considering Iestyn, Rhodri was ruled out due to dog being named same, we even considered Amlodd, but that wouldve been child abuse.

GloveBug Mon 24-Oct-16 23:37:29

There will be a lot of people who don't know how to pronounce it, especially if your child moves out of Wales. The i can look like an l as well. But it's a lovely name so you need to decide how much of an issue it would be with people getting it wrong. Personally, I would go for it

GiddyOnZackHunt Mon 24-Oct-16 23:38:44

Don't use it for a girl! People in England will think you've got J-Lo spelt wrong grin

TheCraicDealer Mon 24-Oct-16 23:40:31

I confess, before the thread opened I though it was like Io, you know the one from Greek mythology. But look, I'm an idiot grin

GiddyOnZackHunt Mon 24-Oct-16 23:41:01

What about Ianto? not Panto stupid Saes autocorrect

FifaFater Mon 24-Oct-16 23:41:52

It's my first child and despite having historical and family routes I just think having something too difficult for others to pronounce might infuriate the poor child long term.

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