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fourcorneredcircle Tue 24-Jan-17 16:47:36

Hello all... we have had a girl's name in mind for years, since we saw a painting of a woman with the name. The name's Elin (how funny that there's already a thread running with that name!). We want a Celtic/Welsh or Icelandic/Norse/Danish name to represent our heritages BUT it's really important to us that the name is said as it's written. I have a Gaelic name which I have spent my life explaining.

Anyway, we are officially on team surprise, so have been looking for a boy's name that we like and that "fits" our criteria. Also, it has to fit with a second name we have no choice in... Ronald shudder.

Any thoughts on the name Einar for a boy? It's Danish/Norse and means "warrior one"

I love it. It doesn't "go" with Ronald ... but then, what does?!

10Betty10 Tue 24-Jan-17 17:07:11

I'm not sure if it's as straight forward as Elin pronunciation wise.

I'm reading it as:
'Eye nar'

But I can also see it being seen as:

'E (long e) nar'

Am unsure which it is supposed to be?

Kirstyinnorway Tue 24-Jan-17 17:09:15

As you can guess from my username, it's a common name where I'm living and I really like it.

From my part of Norway, it would be pronounced "eye-nar". I can't imagine pronouncing it differently, but that's probably because I've been introduced to so many. Perhaps more difficulty in the UK though? <unhelpful>

BadToTheBone Tue 24-Jan-17 17:09:40

I'm reading it as Aye Nar, which is Yes No where I live.

smilingsarahb Tue 24-Jan-17 17:10:40

I wasn't sure how to pronounce it either. I thought eenar. It reminded me of eimear so thought it might be a girls name as I wasn't familiar.

OrchidaceousRose Tue 24-Jan-17 17:13:21

Eye-nar. Always makes me think of the Sugar-cubes.

But I could see some people saying it A-nar. And that might be a minefield in the playground.

CRbear Tue 24-Jan-17 17:13:53

Ay-nar with a rolled r would be the pronunciation in the part of Norway I lived in (and pronunciation does vary a bit across the country) - I think it's really nice but would probably pronounce eye-nar in the UK. How had you envisaged it being pronounced OP?

Cinnamon84 Tue 24-Jan-17 17:15:30

I like it - would pronounce ein like nine ein-nar. A bit like dime bar I suppose?! Iyswim

SallyInSweden Tue 24-Jan-17 17:15:49

If you are looking for Norwegian can I suggest "Karl-Ove"?

EssentialHummus Tue 24-Jan-17 17:16:09

In South Africa "Eina" is something like "Ouch!", so that puts me off a bit. Not sure OP.

eltsihT Tue 24-Jan-17 17:17:37

We live in Scotland and have an Einar. He fits in well and we haven't had any problems.

eltsihT Tue 24-Jan-17 17:19:17

Should have said it's mostly pronounced eye - nar but we pronounce it ai-nar as we have Icelandic roots

fourcorneredcircle Tue 24-Jan-17 17:54:16

I'd envisaged Aye-nar (which is how my norther accent probably pronounces eye-nar!). I might try writing it down for a few people and seeing what I get :D

We already have a Karl in the family Sally so would probably lead to confusion!

Are there sugar cubes called that orchid I had no idea! I don't think other children would call him Anna... surely when he meets them at 2/3/4/5 they won't read his name so will accept his pronunciation... and then by secondary they'd be too full of themselves to pretend to read badly! I am a secondary teacher though... how cruel can five year olds be?! confused

eltsihT Tue 24-Jan-17 18:24:41

We also had

Ragnar on our list

sonlypuppyfat Tue 24-Jan-17 18:33:47

Kirk Douglas in my favourite film The Vikings

KatherinaMinola Tue 24-Jan-17 18:35:35

orchid is talking about the band The Sugarcubes (Bjork, Einar, etc), which was my first though too smile.

fourcorneredcircle Tue 24-Jan-17 22:33:42

Well there you go, I seem to have a general "why not" and I've learned that Bjork has been around a lot longer than I realised!

MiriAmmerman Wed 25-Jan-17 10:07:03

I love it (I first came across it in The Danish Girl - Einar Wegener was an amazing artist and imo a cool namesake to have).

OrchidaceousRose Wed 25-Jan-17 14:45:15

Yes, it was the band...

Five year olds can be pretty cruel..but not as cruel as teenagers. I wasn't insinuating that they'd call him Anar or Anna. I was trying to hint that they'd say Anar does Anal.

fourcorneredcircle Wed 25-Jan-17 16:06:44

orchid yeah...ok, that I can imagine! But I think it will be ok... "Ei" doesn't sound like "A" in our local accent.

Besides... kid will have to have developed a thick skin by high school to have dealt with "Ronald Macdonald"!

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