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Can we get away with Dewi?

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JacobsPrincess · 07/06/2008 23:18

Really stuck on boys names for DS2. DH & I like Theo (or Teddy) and Evan but are not sure and we both keep coming back to Dewi, pronounced Dow-ee (Dow, rhyming with cow!). It's a Welsh name, nickname for David. We dislike David as a name BTW.
My DH is Welsh, and I'm English but have lived in Wales and studied the language. We live in Hastings and don't plan on returning to Wales anytime soon. Our reservation with Dewi is that he'll spend his life being called Dewey and correcting people!
And the name has to fit with DS1, Jacob.
What do you think?

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cece · 07/06/2008 23:19

Makes me think of libraries!

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FAQ · 07/06/2008 23:23

I'm sorry but as a non welsh person the very first thing I thought of was

Huey, Dewey, and Louie.......

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ButterflyMcQueen · 07/06/2008 23:25

i would say go for it
i am a great believer in going for it with names
he can easily correct mispronunciations without too much grief

its beautiful btw

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Flibbertyjibbet · 07/06/2008 23:26

Same here faq. In fact I came on this thread to make the same comment and you'd beaten me to it!

OP - you might think its pronounced Dowee but the world will say Dyooweee. Why not call him Dai which is the proper Welsh for David?

Theo, Evan and Dai. Sounds quite nice.

Theo, Evan and dyoowee.

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Flibbertyjibbet · 07/06/2008 23:29

Ooops sorry not reading properly I though you had two other ds's called Theo and Evan durrrrrrrrr

Why give a child a name he will spend his life correcting people?

Jacob and Dai.
Jacob and Evan
Jacob and Theo

Jacob and jyoowee. When said together sounds like two names beginning with J.

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cat64 · 07/06/2008 23:30

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fishie · 07/06/2008 23:30

jacobsprincess yes do. most people are happy to learn about pronunciations, it isn't the problem always made out here.

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Kindersurprise · 07/06/2008 23:30

I think that as your DH is Welsh, then you can get away with Dewi. It would be a bit strange otherwise. It sounds lovely.

I have to say, it did remind me of Dewey Decimal System.

And he is always going to correct the pronounciation, there are going to be some folk who will never get the hang of it (DD has an unusual name so I know what this is like)

Saying that, DD said to me recently that she is glad that she has an unusual name and is not another Sophie like so many other girls in her kindergarten.

The point of this rambling mess of a post is, if you are happy with it then go for it.

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themoon66 · 07/06/2008 23:32

Same as FAQ... Huey, Dewey and Louie... Bruce Dern film wasn't it? Sci Fi thing.

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RustyBear · 07/06/2008 23:34

I knew a lovely little boy called Dewi; sadly he was very ill & died at the age of 8, so it has sa associations for me, but I think it's a lovely name & I don't remember it causing a lot of problems with the pronunciation.

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FAQ · 07/06/2008 23:34

NOOOOOOOOO! Huey, Dewey and Louie - the disney ducks!

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kittywise · 07/06/2008 23:35

NO!!!

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FAQ · 07/06/2008 23:35

btw - the NOOOOOOO! was to themoon66

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themoon66 · 08/06/2008 00:02

Disney ducks??? I thought it was the three cute little robots who tended the gardens when earth had died. Gardens floating through space with the remnents of flora and fauna.

Will try to find link if nobody knows what the hell I'm on about.

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FAQ · 08/06/2008 00:05

maybe someone used the names later -but they were definitely originally Disney characters!

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Desiderata · 08/06/2008 00:06

No, don't do it.

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themoon66 · 08/06/2008 00:06

i was right about the names

Fab film and ripe for a revival given the current ecological worries.

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FAQ · 08/06/2008 00:09

ahhh - but Disney still got there first

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themoon66 · 08/06/2008 00:10

Still not a good baby name though.. its a duck or a droid. Great.

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FAQ · 08/06/2008 00:12

PMSL moon

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themoon66 · 08/06/2008 00:28

droids to save the earth

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mejon · 08/06/2008 10:30

Cat64 is spot on with her pronounciation explaination. I can't think of anything in English that rhymes with it though plenty in Welsh. It is definitely not 'Dewey' of 'Dowey' (sorry OP) in Welsh.

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LuckySalem · 08/06/2008 10:34

If I'd have had a boy I was arguing with DP to call him Dewey. It's a gorgeous name but he will have to explain how to say it a few times and it's not said like that it's dehwey.

My little girl is aaliyah and we have to keep telling people how to say it but I don't care cos I love it.

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MrsBadger · 08/06/2008 10:40

LuckySalem, if you spell it Dewey it is Dyoo-ee.

I (with my poor S Welsh) would say Deh-wi for Dewi rather than Dow-i

Evan is good too.

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LuckySalem · 08/06/2008 10:48

Didn't mean to put the y on the end. (Is that one of the freudian slips, lol)

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