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Issy42 Thu 23-Jul-09 22:03:15

I'm Welsh and would like to give my baby a Welsh name, but don't want to choose something that sounds too old or too odd for a child living in England. Always thought I would use Rhian/Rhiannon/Rhianedd for a girl but since the Rihanna umbrella song, I think it's a bit of a teenage mum name now. I'm not religious so trying to avoid names with meanings relating to God. Also can't begin with T, C or M.

Currently have:

Arwen (means fair/fine)- love the 'rw' sound but too Lord of the Rings?
Anwen (fair and beautiful)
Branwen (beautiful raven)
Eira (snow) - good for a winter baby, but too old?
Aneira (snow)

Vaughan (little)
Rhys (enthusiasm)
Gethin (dark-skinned - I'm very pale)

Also like Leon for a boy, though not Welsh. Would it be better for a boy to use a more popular first name with a Welsh middle name?

Any thoughts/other suggestions?

MrsMattie Thu 23-Jul-09 22:07:47

I like Aneurin (sp?) for a boy. I know a guy called this and it's such a lovely name.

Eira is pretty. I also like Cerys and Gwen for a girl.

MamaHobgoblin Thu 23-Jul-09 22:11:56

Am not Welsh, so not informed in any way, but I love the sound of Myfanwy. I think it might have some 'trendy' oomf behind it now, so perhaps not too outlandish for England? (plus, it's the name of Jack Harkness' pet pterodactyl in Torchwood!) (That's not going to make you choose it, is it? grin)

I do know a Seren, who is living in England but born to Welsh parents. Means 'star' as you know - very pretty.

Gethin - isn't he a Blue Peter presenter? A nice name, though.

MamaHobgoblin Thu 23-Jul-09 22:13:27

Ooh! Meredith for a boy? Lovely name.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 23-Jul-09 22:15:09

Elin, Lowri, Nansi (not sure it's Welsh), Mair, Seren.

Evan, Aled, Gwyn, Sion, Dyfri, Tomos

Not sure of any of ther meanings though sorry

ilovemydogandmrobama Thu 23-Jul-09 22:16:42

Aneurin is lovely.

I know a Rhiannon who was nicknamed 'Annie'

TAFKAtheUrbanDryad Thu 23-Jul-09 22:16:57

I like Ianto for a boy, or Huw.

LionstarBigPants Thu 23-Jul-09 22:18:16

My fave Welsh girls names - Taryn, Tyrion, Elin, Enlli and Esyllt (though difficult for English speakers). I like Anwen and Eira - though the only Eira I know (in England) gets pronounced eye-ra. I Like Eirawen too!

Boys names, I love Bryn and Osian

Issy42 Thu 23-Jul-09 22:20:34

Thanks MrsM. I like Aneurin too, but wasn't sure if it was too girlie.

I like Cerys too but can't use a name beginning with C - would remind me of a particularly unpleasant family member. Not keen on Gwen though I like the meaning and the wen sound - thankfully you can add wen to the end of so many Welsh names.

Mama - I had IVF and embryos were called Idris and Myfanwy as joke names. I'm only expecting one so bean's name is Idry now. Gethin is the blue peter presenter who was on Strictly but I had it in mind before I knew that.

I like Seren. It's a unisex name too.

Sidge Thu 23-Jul-09 22:22:10

I know a Taliesin and a Seren.

How about Brynn, Rhodri or Dillon for a boy, and Lowri, Eleri or Tegan for a girl?

Issy42 Thu 23-Jul-09 22:22:11

Lots of cross posting - thanks for all the replies. Lots of great suggestions.

GwarchodwrPlant Thu 23-Jul-09 22:25:51

Lois is nice for a girl

Irda for a boy?

Issy42 Thu 23-Jul-09 22:26:31

Sidge - I love Tegan too but my name begins with T and I'd like them to have something different. Memories of a friend getting his exam results opened by his dad (same name) by mistake.

lowrib Thu 23-Jul-09 22:33:50

All lovely names smile

I particularly like Eira and Gethin, fantastic names.

Rhys sounds most 'normal' IMO

lowrib Thu 23-Jul-09 22:40:51

Osian is a fantastic name too, and with a great story behind it.

I've heard of a few Serens in England, lovely name again.

Lowri is my (middle) name!! I like it and I get compliments from English people saying it's a pretty name.

TAFKAtheUrbanDryad Thu 23-Jul-09 22:43:11

Lowri is a lovely name. My mate (from Swansea!) is Lyndele.

I love Welsh names, my dd has a Welsh first name and a Cornish second name. We have Cornish ancestry but no familial connection to Wales at all, I just like it! blush

Issy42 Thu 23-Jul-09 22:57:58

Hi lowrib I think we've been on a thread together before. Is 'normal' good or bad? My name was the most popular girl's name in my school and I hate it, so going for less popular, but does that mean bullying? Lowri is lovely. I'm glad so many people like Eira - I love it and the meaning is good for a January baby.

TAFKA - I love Swansea - went to uni there. I've not heard of Ianto before, how is it pronounced?

GwarchodwrPlant - Not heard of Irda either, do you know what it means?

rokersmum Thu 23-Jul-09 23:03:12

I love Seren ... didn't know it was unisex how exciting could cover number 2 due in January whatever their sex!

Frizbe Thu 23-Jul-09 23:05:08

Bumping for Flame!

bronze Thu 23-Jul-09 23:05:37

I have a Nia
nice and easy to say and spell. Get the occasional Mia bu only from people who havent heard clearly.

Also Bronwen is a cracking name wink

I love quite a lot of the names but when tested out I found people got the wrong. Thing slike Eira seemed obvious to me but seems not to muh to some people

TAFKAtheUrbanDryad Thu 23-Jul-09 23:08:27

It's pronounced "Yan-toh" and is a form of John, AFAIK. So it would mean "Gift of God", I think.

Flamesparrow Thu 23-Jul-09 23:11:55

I have a Bronwyn (wen is the "proper" welsh), and an Emrys

I love Aneira (DH has vetoed it )

I had a thread a while back where people gave me oodles of names, and I have forgotten most of them (intending to print it out and make DH read it, so was not a wasted thread).

Jas Thu 23-Jul-09 23:14:16

Not good on Welsh names, but I would like to say that Leon is a particularly lovely namegrin

Issy42 Thu 23-Jul-09 23:15:17

Frizbe - who's Flame?
rokersmum - Seren is lovely isn't it.
bronze - Thanks for replying. I knew a Nia from Neath when I was younger. I love the sound of Bronwen but it means white breast and one of the baby name sites mentioned quite a lot of bullying associated with it. Sorry any Bronwens/mums of Bronwens out there.

Mammina Thu 23-Jul-09 23:17:24

Am going through the same thing at the moment and love Eira, actually prefer Eiry but 1) am having a summer baby 2) I think it would be pronounced Eye-rah/Eye-ree as someone else pointed out.
My fave name is Aneira but DH isn't keen - I think it's beautiful. Might have it as a middle name.

So our shortlist is:
Cerys (middle name Aneira as a compromise with DH)
Cassi - 2 'n's so that it's not pronounced Casey (although don't have a middle name, don't think Aneira goes with it?)

Osian (middle name Lewis)
Gruffydd (middle name ?)

Strange as I also considered Leon, pron Layon rather than Leeon..

I couldn't use Ms either which is annoying as there were loads with M I loved.

I can't use them but like Iago or Ianto

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