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MrsVik Sun 27-Sep-09 19:50:30

This is on the table as a middle name for our daughter. I can't decide if I like it or not, really.

Not sure if it's Welsh, as some websites claim, or an invention of Tolkien, which others claim.

What are your reactions? Feel free to slate, I might just need a kick up the bum on this one.

Northernlurker Sun 27-Sep-09 19:53:56

It's a bit too closely associated with Tolkien imo. You will sound like a mad middle earth freak. grin

moondog Sun 27-Sep-09 19:54:48

Arwyn is a boy's name here in Wales. Don't know any Arwens.

TeamEdwardTango Sun 27-Sep-09 19:56:47

Arwyn as boys name, best said in proper Welsh accent.
The only Arwen's I know are cats. hmm

janeite Sun 27-Sep-09 19:56:47

I think it's nice as a middle name. Wouldn't use it as a first name though. And I liked it better before the bloomin' Liv Tyler link, as I thought she was useless.

bigstripeytiger Sun 27-Sep-09 19:59:26

I think Arwen is lovely, but the LOTR connection would put me off ever using it.

Tidey Sun 27-Sep-09 20:01:02

If you do use it, Arwen looks nicer. I do think you'd have to be quite brave though. Agree with janeite too - Liv Tyler was v annoying, with her big horsey face and crying too much.

MrsVik Sun 27-Sep-09 20:06:18

Yes, I think I prefer Arwen - especially if Arwyn is a boy's name!!!

Anya4 Sun 27-Sep-09 21:07:17

Love it ! Like Anwen too.

theagedparent Sun 27-Sep-09 21:19:52

Arwyn is nicer. I used to know an Eowyn which is also quite nice.

MrsBadger Sun 27-Sep-09 21:24:57

Anwen is pukka welsh and much better IMO

ChilloHippi Sun 27-Sep-09 21:27:04

I think it's a lovely name. I met a family last week and the daughter was called Arwen.

VerityBrulee Sun 27-Sep-09 21:34:20

There is a lady on Irish radio, she does traffic reports, called Arwen, I seem to remember her saying that her parents were Tolkien fans, hence the name.

KleineMaus Sun 27-Sep-09 21:57:14

I knew an Arwen (girl) as a kid, and that was in Scotland. It was unusual but didn't seem odd. I like it. Didn't know about the LOTR connection, I'm sure a lot of people wouldn't.

MrsBadger Sun 27-Sep-09 22:00:37

oh I know one IRL - ahe must be about 20 now

it does sound pretty but the first thing you think of is 'hippy tolkein parents'.

Arianne?

TotallyUnheardOf Sun 27-Sep-09 22:04:48

I know an Arianwen (not sure of spelling, but that's how it's pronounced) which I think is absolutely beautiful.

MrsBadger Sun 27-Sep-09 22:07:22

oh so do I!

bet it's the same one, you can;t get many of those to the pound

florence2511 Mon 28-Sep-09 02:10:38

I worked with an Arwen once. Her Parents were LOTR fans. She was lovely and the Character Arwen was lovely so go for it.

ObsidianBlackbirdMcNight Mon 28-Sep-09 16:57:34

I know a Dwynwen which is welsh and lovely, pronounced Doinwen. But if you aren't welsh would be a bit silly.

Vivia Tue 29-Sep-09 09:11:21

Elwyn is better, I know a gorgeous girl of that name.

GooseyLoosey Tue 29-Sep-09 09:14:26

Arwen sounds lovely but you will never get away rom the LOTR connection

skihorse Tue 29-Sep-09 10:11:51

Only if you're a gog - else you'll sound like a pretentious twat and law of the playground dictates he'll forever be known as the sheepshagger.

Jamieandhismagictorch Tue 29-Sep-09 11:05:44

I think it has a lovely sound.

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