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Jolyon - too jolly?

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Wafflingaboutnames Wed 22-May-19 09:48:31

I’ve likes this name for a while but now I’m wondering if it’s too tricky to pronounce & it’ll be one of those names he’ll spend his life spelling out. Opinions appreciated!

Purplelavenders Wed 22-May-19 10:39:47

Is it pronounced Jol y on?

Calixtine Wed 22-May-19 10:47:29

Don’t like it. It’s a bit of a comedy toff name. Sorry to be blunt!

Julian? Jonty?

daisypond Wed 22-May-19 12:05:16

I know a Jolyon. I like it. But it does get confused with Julian at times.

BertrandRussell Wed 22-May-19 12:07:25

Isn’t it a bit cartoon posh boy? And I say that as a cartoon posh woman!

Purplelavenders Wed 22-May-19 12:11:34

I've not heard it before but would pronounce it Jolly-on. Is that right?
As I've not met anyone called Jolyon, it has no associations to me. I quite like it actually. I also like Julian and Julius.

RubaiyatOfAnyone Wed 22-May-19 12:45:51

i knew a Jolyon (Pron. Joe-le-un). I always liked it, but i have the associations of a nice person with it which helps.

Switsy Wed 22-May-19 13:22:09

Definitely a comedy toff name.

ghislaine Wed 22-May-19 13:24:51

I know a Jolyon. I think it’s the Scottish variant of Julian. He’s insufferable. Only do it if you plan to have a clutch of sons and name them Mungo, Peregrine and Marmaduke.

AnnoyedByAlfieBear Wed 22-May-19 13:27:16

I know a Jolyon. He just goes by Joe in everyday life.

sue51 Wed 22-May-19 13:27:22

It's a bit Forsyte Sagaish.

TillyTheTiger Wed 22-May-19 13:30:38

Makes me think of Jolyon Palmer (racing driver), and Jolyon from the Forsyte Saga remake (played by Rupert Graves... yum). I like it but yes it is quite posh.
If it's the joe-leon pronunciation you are looking for rather than jolly-on you could spell it like Joleon Lescott (footballer), which doesn't have the toff connotations.

AdaColeman Wed 22-May-19 13:33:33

I love it!

Switsy Wed 22-May-19 13:37:34

Was Jolyon in the Forsyte Saga the evil one?

Switsy Wed 22-May-19 13:38:03

Ah no, that was Soames. Imagine calling your baby Soames.

MsChookandtheelvesofFahFah Wed 22-May-19 13:39:32

I've always pronounced it Joe Lion. How embarrassingblush

Wafflingaboutnames Wed 22-May-19 13:49:01

Thanks for the comments, yes I did get it from the Forsyte Saga but hey, have to get inspiration from something!
Thanks, pronunciation comments most appreciated. I would pronounce it ‘Jolly-un’ but I can see there would be issues. I was thinking ‘Jol’ for short..?

I’m not too bothered about connotations, I think that can be personal and name trends change such a lot. Couldn’t do Julian as his character is so annoying in the Famous Five 🤣 I still think of Florence or Bertie as old-person-ish and dull but Mumsnet & thousands of parents think they’re cool & sweet!
DH not on board with it (yet?!) so may have to be back to the drawing board!

Purplelavenders Wed 22-May-19 14:18:43

Also, associations change - people will associate Jolyon with your son rather than a racing driver or a 'toff' ;whatever that means confused).

I like it.

Purplelavenders Wed 22-May-19 14:18:51

Also, associations change - people will associate Jolyon with your son rather than a racing driver or a 'toff' ;whatever that means confused).

I like it.

Purplelavenders Wed 22-May-19 14:19:01

Also, associations change - people will associate Jolyon with your son rather than a racing driver or a 'toff' ;whatever that means confused).

I like it.

Purplelavenders Wed 22-May-19 14:19:07

Also, associations change - people will associate Jolyon with your son rather than a racing driver or a 'toff' ;whatever that means confused).

I like it.

Purplelavenders Wed 22-May-19 14:19:10

Also, associations change - people will associate Jolyon with your son rather than a racing driver or a 'toff' ;whatever that means confused).

I like it.

Purplelavenders Wed 22-May-19 14:19:15

Also, associations change - people will associate Jolyon with your son rather than a racing driver or a 'toff' ;whatever that means confused).

I like it.

SallyWD Wed 22-May-19 16:25:18

I know a baby Jolyon and a 40 year old who likes to be called Jolly. I don't mind it but prefer Julian

BigusBumus Wed 22-May-19 16:35:44

I LOVE the name Jolyon. Bu then i am a bit posh and don't actually care what people think.

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