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Would you use the name Dewi if you weren't welsh but had welsh background

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tweeni Thu 07-Aug-08 00:29:20

It is pronounced Deh-wee.

Califrau Thu 07-Aug-08 00:34:59

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nappyaddict Thu 07-Aug-08 00:37:06

Cali - does it vary for diff parts of wales? i have heard some people pronounce it doh-ee

babs10000 Thu 07-Aug-08 00:38:02

some welsh names are very cool..Dylan being one..some really are not Gareth, Elfed..weird!

babs10000 Thu 07-Aug-08 00:38:39

of course Rhys is currently very fashionable as is Ioan..

nappyaddict Thu 07-Aug-08 00:39:09

good point. dylan has become mainstream now and used uk wide. maybe the same can happen with dewi.

babs10000 Thu 07-Aug-08 00:40:18

somehow I don't thin so but maybe!! My father's middle name was Maldwyn..man that's never gonna be cool

Califrau Thu 07-Aug-08 00:42:25

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nappyaddict Thu 07-Aug-08 00:43:24

The name Dyfan always reminds me of divan beds grin

babs10000 Thu 07-Aug-08 00:44:27

the funniest thing I've heard for ages is Nicole Kidman's baby called..Sunday Rose..ttt

nappyaddict Thu 07-Aug-08 00:46:48

i know what you mean. seperately lovely names. together you get something that sounds remarkably like sunday roast!

TwoBigNorks Thu 07-Aug-08 08:35:56

nope

CuppaTeaJanice Thu 07-Aug-08 14:11:47

Isn't it the name of that little brat from 'Malcolm in the Middle'?

frazzledoldbag34 Thu 07-Aug-08 14:17:28

I wouldn't use it no, absolutely not.
And my kids father has a welsh parent.
But, I repeat, absolutely not.
grin

Washersaurus Thu 07-Aug-08 14:21:44

Makes me think of those 3 ducks - Huwey, Duwey and Louey, or whatever it was!

beanieb Thu 07-Aug-08 14:24:55

it should be pronounced DEW-EEE (but not the DEW pronounced as in morning Dew but Deh-wee)

I like some Welsh names but Dewi is not one I like.

Dyfan is pronounced DUH-van not DIV-an.

Washersaurus Thu 07-Aug-08 14:32:34

I always read Dyfan as Devon for some reason.

I have a Dylan; Dullon is the welsh pronounciation and Dillon is the english one - both are correct I believe (but heywhat do I know? I wait to be corrected grin).

beanieb Thu 07-Aug-08 14:50:10

Dull-An, really grin

Washersaurus Thu 07-Aug-08 14:52:35

blush Can you tell I am not welsh

In answer to the OP, I think you (and he) would spend a lot of time correcting pronounciation.

Washersaurus Thu 07-Aug-08 14:52:36

blush Can you tell I am not welsh

In answer to the OP, I think you (and he) would spend a lot of time correcting pronounciation.

Washersaurus Thu 07-Aug-08 14:53:04

Sorry DS2 is 'helping'

edam Thu 07-Aug-08 14:54:39

I do like Dewi (my Dad's Welsh as was my late FIL) but discounted it for ds as we live in England and people would have struggled to pronounce it correctly.

There's something very lovely about people referring to Dewi Sant (sp?) instead of St David. Don't know of any other nation that is so affectionate towards their patron saint.

We gave ds what we thought was a very 'easy' name for English people to deal with. Four letters, two syllables, well-known as a surname in England. And they STILL get it wrong.

beanieb Thu 07-Aug-08 14:56:18

Iwan?

Pronounced Ewe-AN..

Or you could be brave and try Aneurin?

Kewcumber Thu 07-Aug-08 14:57:25

I wouldn't for two reasons:

1- I think Dewi is very oldfashioned
2- you (as already said) will spend your life telling people how to spell it and ponounce it. My neice (in England) is Cerys and got very self consious about the variety of spelling and pronounciations. Best one so far was "Sir-Rees" with emphasis on teh Rees.

And lordy the problmes my friend Geraint has - he's considering changing his name to Grant!

I'd pick a name which is more phonetic or anglicised - Gethin, Rees(Rhys), Huw, etc

Kewcumber Thu 07-Aug-08 14:59:44

Edam - I have a feeling that your DS's name is what I was going to call DS right up until I met him and decided that he didn't look like one. Is it a girls name in the US?

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