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What do you think of Deryn?

(27 Posts)
Catherinebee85 Mon 20-Feb-17 14:10:52

Haven't mentioned this to DP yet but...what do you think of the name Deryn for a girl? It comes from the Welsh Aderyn meaning bird. I think it's pretty but I'm interested in what others think x

EggsEleven Mon 20-Feb-17 15:04:11

Unless you live in Wales, I think you and/or your DD will spend a lifetime being asked how it's spelt, where is the name from etc etc and being met with blank faces. If you're OK with this, then the name is fine.

I suffer with the above with my 7 month DD and I would say her name isn't as unusual as Deryn.

ZaZathecat Mon 20-Feb-17 15:06:40

Well, I do know a Derryn (2rs). I think it's quite pretty.

ILoveCheeseMoreThanYou Mon 20-Feb-17 15:09:28

Irish spelling is Doireann

CryingShame Mon 20-Feb-17 15:12:11

Not knowing the name, I'd expected you to say it was for a boy, similar to Darren. Is it pronounced Derrun?

KoalaDownUnder Mon 20-Feb-17 15:13:41

I only know Derryn, spelled this way, for a boy.

I don't like it for boys or girls, sorry.

Catherinebee85 Mon 20-Feb-17 15:26:38

Like Erin with a D smile

Drquin Mon 20-Feb-17 15:42:54

I know one ..... I'll say this and it applies to all kinds of normal or weird & wonderful names ..... After a while it just becomes "the name".

I've got a fairly standard name popular in mid-70s and I get asked how to spell it .... And it was the Eve or Ava of its day.

dalmatianmad Mon 20-Feb-17 15:44:58

I think it's a lovely name....

KlingybunFistelvase Mon 20-Feb-17 15:45:52

I don't like it all that much. I prefer Erin.

Derren Brown the magician was my first thought, and when I first heard his name I thought someone had mispronounced Darren as I hadn't heard of Derren before.

rainbowstardrops Mon 20-Feb-17 16:01:34

I like it! I also like Aderyn. I like Erin too.
I just wonder if you'd need a double d so people know it's an 'add' sound?

OvariesBeforeBrovaries Mon 20-Feb-17 16:03:23

I love it! It would be our name for future DD2, if DD1 wasn't Celyn (don't want it to be too rhymey!).

Beautiful, beautiful name.

rainbowstardrops Mon 20-Feb-17 16:04:37

* that was for the Aderyn name.
I love Deryn

spankhurst Mon 20-Feb-17 16:06:31

It sounds very like a boy's name to me. TBH, it sounds like Darren that someone has tried to make 'unique and creative' with a slightly altered spelling.

KlingybunFistelvase Mon 20-Feb-17 16:25:43

Fwiw I think Aderyn is a lot nicer than Deryn on its own. Arwen is really lovely too and a similar sound to Aderyn maybe.

Hullygully Mon 20-Feb-17 16:30:55

It sounds like medication for ADHD

Brighteyes27 Mon 20-Feb-17 16:32:08


Frankiefarr Mon 20-Feb-17 17:08:15

I know a Deryn who is in her sixties now. Not pretentious and a lovely person. I used to really envy her name when I was little because it was more unusual here in Yorkshire and she was always getting compliments on it

SuperBeagle Mon 20-Feb-17 19:54:16

There's a well known (and very controversial) politician in Australia named Derryn Hinch. He's a man. To me it sounds like a bogan name, because it fits in so well with the other Darrell, Dale, Dave, Darren etc. names that have that connotation.

So, to me, Deryn (or any other spelling) = male, and not particularly nice.

JakeBallardswife Mon 20-Feb-17 19:58:35

I know a Derry, 16 year old boy. Good name.

junemami Sun 26-Feb-17 09:40:08

What about Delun instead?

PaperdollCartoon Sun 26-Feb-17 09:45:21

It wouldn't be my choice but I like it, would know how to pronounce it and it clearly looks Welsh to me rather than made up or a yoonique spelling. Doesn't look or sound like a boys name to me, just not a super flowery and girly girls name

JaxingJump Sun 26-Feb-17 09:46:50

I don't think it looks nice or sounds particularly nice. Pretty sure I've heard it before.

tigerdriverII Sun 26-Feb-17 09:47:59

Lovely name, I was taught (many years ago) by a Deryn.

I don't really understand the posters who say that it'll be difficult with people asking for spellings and/or pronunciation. After all there are a zillion non-yooneeque variants of Catherine, there are plenty of baffling misspellings (Pheonix, anyone?) and loads of non Anglo-Saxon names in every school. Everyone seems to manage just fine.

Purplebluebird Sun 26-Feb-17 09:55:04

I think it's a nice name, though initial thought was it's for a boy! But would work for a girl too, my son has one of those unisex names as well smile

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