Advanced search

Think you've decided on a name? Check out where it ranks on the official list of the most popular baby names first.

Reuan for a boy?

(27 Posts)
T2016 Tue 27-Dec-16 19:58:55

Opinions on Reuan for a boy (pronounced ' rew-un') ?

Pluto30 Tue 27-Dec-16 20:07:22

So it's pronounced like the word "ruin"?

I don't mind the sound, but think the association is quite negative.

Pluto30 Tue 27-Dec-16 20:07:33

Perhaps Reuben?

T2016 Tue 27-Dec-16 21:02:55

Where we are from we would pronounce 'ruin' 'rew-in' whereas Reuan would be 'rew-un' like Reuben too

Maverickismywingman Tue 27-Dec-16 21:05:08

I quite like it.

Struan is a good name too (means Stream and is also a place on the Isle of Skye)

mathanxiety Tue 27-Dec-16 22:28:17

How about the Irish name Ruan instead?

I think it's too close to 'ruin'. The distinction between rew-un and rew-in is too small.

T2016 Tue 27-Dec-16 22:30:06

Do like that spelling too.. however worried that people wouldn't know how to pronounce?

SingaSong12 Tue 27-Dec-16 22:39:49

Just looking at is id guess it was pronounced roo-an (roo as in "kangaroo" and an as in "and"

Do think it is a bit close to ruin. Like PP suggestion of Reuben.

Raines100 Wed 28-Dec-16 08:49:39

Mother's ruin... 🍸 <hic> blush

1horatio Wed 28-Dec-16 21:27:26

I have no idea how to pronounce that. But I'm not English, so I guess I'll ask DH if he'd know...

What about Raoul?

LoupGarou Thu 29-Dec-16 00:11:34

I love it, and would have pronounced it Rew-un. I think its unusual but sounds beautiful and classic. Were we looking for a boys name I may very well steal it, but not likely to ever need to choose a name again!

QuodPeriitPeriit Thu 29-Dec-16 00:15:13

I wouldn't because where I'm from it would be pronounced identically to "ruin" with the second vowel sound being the unstressed schwa. Like Struan though.

1horatio Thu 29-Dec-16 00:19:24

DH pronounced this like ruin as well...

T2016 Thu 29-Dec-16 16:26:26

Hmmmm.. don't like struan or raoul in the slightest

1horatio Thu 29-Dec-16 16:46:37

I'm not trying to make you not like the name.

To me personally it looks too much like 'reuen', which means to be sorry for/to regret in German. But unless you're planning to move to a German speaking country that doesn't matter.

I think you should go for the name you love. I had a few names I liked and then ultimately went with the one people on mumsnet liked the least of my final choices (DH only my got veto rights because he insisted on DD getting his last name...) and I've never regretted it.

1horatio Thu 29-Dec-16 16:47:38

DH only got my veto rights

Puremince Thu 29-Dec-16 16:52:34

If I saw this written down I would guess it was pronounced like Euan with an R in front. So Rr-yew-an. But once I'd been corrected I wouldn't get it wrong again. I'm in Scotland, and guess a lot of people would see it as Euan with an R in front.

T2016 Thu 29-Dec-16 23:26:35

Thanks all smile

1horatio Thu 29-Dec-16 23:27:34


T2016 Thu 29-Dec-16 23:56:37

Like Reuben too but wanted something a little less heard of!

RosieThorn Fri 30-Dec-16 00:17:19

I think the spelling Ruan would be more easily recognisable as being pronounced how you want it to be than Reuan tbh

keekaw Fri 30-Dec-16 07:12:24

I love it

T2016 Fri 30-Dec-16 17:07:07


Nonameyet1 Fri 30-Dec-16 21:17:31

Great name

Dottysims Fri 30-Dec-16 21:26:39

I like it. Im just thinking about when he's older and it can then be used against him. But its your choice, your son 😀 Isn't it hard to choose the right one!!

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: