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This name thing is getting ridiculous. Can anyone suggest any nice WELSH names?

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bohemianbint Sun 13-Jul-08 16:18:31

Baby due next month and we're still no further on than we were 8 months ago. Am getting very stressed that this poor child could be nameless for weeks!

My name is Scandinavian as is DS1's but our surname is Welsh. Having not got very far with agreeing on more Scandinavian names, (maybe Magnus for a boy, but I'm less sure than DH) I'm wondering if we should go for something Welsh. (DS's middle name is Welsh and we're debating moving there so thought it might be a plan.)

We are considering Arianwen for a girl. (Well, I am, DH not so much. We just can't agree this time at all!)

Any suggestions? Please?!

moondog Sun 13-Jul-08 16:19:41


popsycal Sun 13-Jul-08 16:20:44

i love seren

moondog Sun 13-Jul-08 16:21:13

i do too
i have one myself

Blandmum Sun 13-Jul-08 16:21:38

Do you live in Wales? If not they may well have a life time of spelling it, and many people will not be able to pronounce it properly (I'm welsh BTW)

I love Gareth for a boy, but could use it myself as we have lots in the family already

Cerys for a girl, or Anwen

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moondog Sun 13-Jul-08 16:22:23


sarah293 Sun 13-Jul-08 16:22:56

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Blandmum Sun 13-Jul-08 16:23:16

not nerys. I knew a nerys in school and she put me right off the name

sarah293 Sun 13-Jul-08 16:23:35

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bohemianbint Sun 13-Jul-08 16:23:45

Seren is lovely. I used to really like Ceridwen as well but I guess it would just get shortened to Kerry, so not convinced now.

bohemianbint Sun 13-Jul-08 16:25:31

Ooops, x-post riven!

DH not recently Welsh, but has a surname no one can cope with. So thought might as well bless next DC with an equally unfathomable first name. grin

moondog Sun 13-Jul-08 16:25:55

nerys is only suited to over 50s

mustrunmore Sun 13-Jul-08 16:26:27

Cerys is lovely, and most people will know how to spell it! I also like Angharad and Ffion.

Blandmum Sun 13-Jul-08 16:27:11

The nerys I'm think about isn't 50, but acts as if she is.....

popsycal Sun 13-Jul-08 16:27:31

easy to spell#
easy to pronounce
siounbds nice
means star i think

JacobsPrincess Sun 13-Jul-08 16:28:05

Love Seren or Non for a girl,
Dewi or Ianto, Iolo or Ioan for boys.
DH is Welsh.

littlepinkpixie Sun 13-Jul-08 16:28:26


moondog Sun 13-Jul-08 16:28:36

i rest my case
bb does not want a newborn with sensible glasses and hot flushes.

moondog Sun 13-Jul-08 16:29:04

Don't do Iolo.Everyone is called Iolo thee days.

bohemianbint Sun 13-Jul-08 16:30:31

What do you think the etiquette is when you know people who have kids with the names you like? Is it weird to nick them?

Unbelievably, I found out that my #2 choice for a boy (Sennen) is also my brother's #1 choice. He then got really pissy and told me I couldn't use it! (He hasn't even got a girlfriend, let alone kids.) I guess if it wasn't so unusual it wouldn't be such a problem...

bohemianbint Sun 13-Jul-08 16:32:07

I've never heard of an Iolo! How do you pronounce that?

Is Ioan like "Yowan"?

Very tempted re Seren...but I do distantly know someone who has one...

sarah293 Sun 13-Jul-08 16:32:32

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Blandmum Sun 13-Jul-08 16:33:40

Yo Lo

beanieb Sun 13-Jul-08 16:33:45

Mabli is unfortunately a name a lot of people in Wales use for their Dog!

I am Welsh (well, I wasn't born here but considermyself Welsh) and think it would be nice to give my children a Welsh middle name but I find a lot of the female names very harsh sounding.

Gwawr for example.
Gwawr is Dawn
Enfys is Rainbow
Eira is Snow
Blodwen is White flowers

The short version of Ceridwen is spelt Ceri not Cery. And Ceridwen means blessed poetry while Ceri is thought to derive from the Welsh word for Love.

What about Gwen or Gwyneth

Haf (Summer)
Llinos (though you would need to know how to say your 'LL')

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