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Welsh names - how popular is Taliesin?

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TierAufTier Sat 22-Apr-17 23:01:52

We are not in Wales but have Welsh heritage and so are thinking of names for a DS. Taliesin is the favourite so far.
If you are in Wales do you know any Taliesins? Is it a fairly popular name there or is it still quite 'out there'?
Thank you! smile

nancy75 Sat 22-Apr-17 23:04:17

I can't help because I'm not Welsh but is live to know how the name is pronounced?

Mwnci123 Sat 22-Apr-17 23:06:47

I live in Wales and know one Taliesin. We call him Tal, mostly. I think
it's uncommon rather than out there. I like it a lot.

TierAufTier Sat 22-Apr-17 23:07:13

From what I've heard it's like Tally Ess In (emphasis on the Ess).

TierAufTier Sat 22-Apr-17 23:08:03

I was thinking Tal as a NN as well, thank you mwnci smile or Tally perhaps

OvariesForgotHerPassword Sat 22-Apr-17 23:08:32

Uncommon but lovely. If DH's parents' dog wasn't called Taliesin, I'd have it as a middle name for a future DS.

nancy Tal-ee-ess-in

Tal to rhyme with pal smile

OvariesForgotHerPassword Sat 22-Apr-17 23:09:21

Ooh actually yes Tally-ESS-in is more accurate smile

nancy75 Sat 22-Apr-17 23:11:01

thank you for the explanation, I like the name smile

WhiteHairReally Sat 22-Apr-17 23:22:46

Knew one when we lost bed in Wales. He pronounced his name as shown upthread. However, there's one on 'Child in our Time' - the Robert Winston fronted Programme following children born in 2000.

That child's name is pronounced Talison - like Alison with a T on the front.

Twoevils Sat 22-Apr-17 23:25:34

I'd say Tal-yess-in.

Lovely name

TierAufTier Sat 22-Apr-17 23:35:13

Thanks all!

I'm surprised how much I've fallen for it. Saw it on here then read it in a mythology book. grin

But that happened with my youngest's name too - had no idea for ages, then suddenly saw the name (it's not even an unusual one, I just hadn't considered it) and that was it, that WAS his name.

Gwenhwyfar Sat 22-Apr-17 23:36:08

"Tal-yess-in."

Yes, this is correct. It's a very old Welsh name. The only one I can think of is Tal Michael, son of the politician Alun Michael.

TierAufTier Sat 22-Apr-17 23:39:17

Tal-yess-in sounds more like what I was trying to describe thank you. Hopefully won't be too difficult for people to pronounce in England?

2ManyDicksOnTheDancefloor Sat 22-Apr-17 23:39:29

My friends son is called Taliesin, nn Tali. I love it! It was also the name of my local primary school, in North Wales!

Dixiestamp Sun 23-Apr-17 01:14:01

I'm in (South) Wales and have only ever come across one. I like Tal.

BlueKarou Sun 23-Apr-17 23:32:38

Never met one, but there's an American voice actor named Taliesin Jaffe in Critical Role, a popular YouTube DnD show I watch. I think they pronounce it Tally son but that's probably the American pronunciation.

SacharissaCrisplock Sun 23-Apr-17 23:43:24

I know one, he's just turned one and the name really suits him. Go for it, I think it's a lovely name smile

SwirlingCockatoo Sun 23-Apr-17 23:45:20

I know one who is 8.

SwirlingCockatoo Sun 23-Apr-17 23:47:09

Meant to say, i would say it is still uncommon here in wales even though most people have heard of the name.

Itsagoodnightfromme Mon 24-Apr-17 07:39:04

I am in Wales and never heard of it until I moved to Taliesin Street! No one can ever pronounce it. Quite like it though.

CakeRattleandRoll Mon 24-Apr-17 08:38:34

I'm not in Wales and don't personally know any Taliesins, but it is my most favourite Welsh boy's name ever! I would pronounce it tal-YES-in. I have Welsh heritage, but would never have been able to convince DH to use it, so I'm very jealous.

TierAufTier Mon 24-Apr-17 19:30:01

Thanks so much everyone smile
I'm pretty much set on it now. As is DH!
It's quite a bit more unusual than our older DCs' names but I think that's not so much of an issue when the name has such a strong history IYSWIM? I may be talking crap there of course grin blush

Rockaby Mon 24-Apr-17 20:51:14

I am not Welsh, but met a little Taliesin while on holiday there last month. I think it's lovely smile.

JemimaMuddledUp Mon 24-Apr-17 20:54:29

I know several, most use the nickname Tali

MamTal Wed 31-May-17 11:49:55

My son's name is Taliesin. We call him Tal mostly. He's 17 now. We had 2 other Taliesins in the family between late 1800s and 1980. It's a really strong name.

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