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welshnotyooneek Sun 14-May-17 21:58:59

Posting on behalf of my dad who unfortunately doesn't have an MN account but wanted me to ask grin
DstepM and DF are expecting a baby girl any day now. They live in London but dad is Welsh, DstepM is Polish.
They finally agreed on Alice but DF is adamant on the Welsh spelling 'Alys'.
What would you think if you met an Alys?

HorraceTheOtter Sun 14-May-17 22:00:14

That they had at least one Welsh parent... I like it.

user1459464195 Sun 14-May-17 22:00:45

I'd expect her to have Welsh heritage/family connections. Lovely name.

sunnysouthend Sun 14-May-17 22:01:03

I like it - she'll constantly be spelling it to anyone outside of Wales though.
But it's a stronger and more attractive spelling IMO.

Judashascomeintosomemoney Sun 14-May-17 22:02:51

Well we know one! DDs best friend and she's adorable. No idea if they have Welsh heritage or just liked the name. Did need telling it was spelt differently the first time but everyone knows now.

EmmaWoodlouse Sun 14-May-17 22:06:54

It might actually be quite a good idea in their case, because any Polish relatives who don't speak much English would look at the spelling "Alys" and pronounce it pretty much as we pronounce Alice. The English spelling would be more confusing to them as a C is always pronounced "ts" in Polish.

Yika Sun 14-May-17 22:08:39

Love it, knew one when I was growing up (not Welsh; don't know if she had Welsh connections) so it doesn't seem strange to me.

OhtoblazeswithElvira Sun 14-May-17 22:09:47

I'd think she's Welsh or has Welsh connections.

Agree that the spelling works admirably well in both Welsh and Polish.

ScarlettFreestone Sun 14-May-17 22:09:47

Lovely spelling.

Sophronia Sun 14-May-17 22:37:35

It's lovely. Alys was also a variant of Alice in England in medieval times.

bridgetreilly Sun 14-May-17 22:40:07

I think if you're not Welsh it can look a bit pretentious, but since the father is Welsh, that's perfectly fine.

DramaAlpaca Mon 15-May-17 00:25:16

I love the spelling Alys, beautiful name.

QuietNameChange Mon 15-May-17 09:17:13

Lovely name, lovely spelling.
Great name imo smile

Dixiestamp Mon 15-May-17 09:21:07

Lovely! I have a cousin called this that lives in England but her dad is Welsh. Oddly, though, DS has a girl in his class in school who spells her name like this but pronounces it Elise (we're in Wales!).

onalongsabbatical Mon 15-May-17 09:23:37

I'd think - what a pretty name, I like it spelt like that!

MiniMaxi Mon 15-May-17 09:24:52


RubertRoo Mon 15-May-17 10:04:44

I knew an Alys but it was pronounced Aleese or Elise.
She used to get really annoyed if people called her Alice - so I tend to read it as I used to pronounce hers.

Really pretty name though and like the Alice pronunciation.

welshnotyooneek Mon 15-May-17 10:16:39

Ahh all round good feedback, thank you!
I guess if it's pronounced Elise by some, she can just show them they're wrong via google grin
It needing to be easy to pronounce in Polish was quite a big criteria for them, and I think DstepM used it to her advantage to throw out Myfanwy and Gwladys.

villainousbroodmare Mon 15-May-17 19:40:59


BelafonteRavenclaw Mon 15-May-17 19:45:20

I love it. We live in Wales and we had it on the list for both of my pregnancies. We had 2 boys so I've yet to use it. It's a beautiful name IMO.

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 15-May-17 22:52:24

Lovely name

Joeybee Mon 15-May-17 23:24:54

As the father is Welsh, I think Alys is fine. However she will have to constantly spell out her name, as most people would assume it's spelt 'Alice'.

AbernathysFringe Tue 16-May-17 00:15:24

I didn't know it was Welsh and assumed Game of Thrones! When I read it in the books I thought, hmm, that makes me like the name (never liked Alice).

Dixiestamp Tue 16-May-17 07:50:15

It's funny, isn't it- I love Alys if it's spelt like that, but not a fan of Alice at all!

Carbon Tue 16-May-17 09:35:01

Alys is a lovely name and I like this spelling.

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