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#1 cabbage88

Posted 07 February 2019 - 06:34 PM

I HATE alternative spelling. I've spelled all my kids names as logically as I could, but of course people still stuff it up.

We have chosen the name "éowyn" which is pronounced "Aye-oh-win". From what I know of French, the é indicates the pronunciation but as we are aussie I'm assuming vast majority of people won't realise that and will call her "ee-oh-win" or some other made up thing.

So I thought "Aowyn" but hubby reckons that's pronounced "ewe-win" phonetically, which I guess it probably is.

Hubby wants Aeowyn, and believes that makes more sense, considering we all know names like "Renae" are pronounced "Aye" at the end, but I don't think that makes sense either. I think people will see a pile of vowels and just have NFI how to say it.

So, question one: phonetic experts on EB, what makes the most sense phonetically? I guess I don't care that much if people generally have a poor understanding of phonetics anyway, so I probably can't find a spelling the general population would get,  and would therefore prefer the most accurate spelling.

And question two, for anyone- how would you spell "aye-oh-wyn"?

#2 Allegra99

Posted 07 February 2019 - 06:38 PM

I would go the traditional spelling.
I don’t think any of your alternatives make it easier to figure out the pronunciation.

#3 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 07 February 2019 - 06:39 PM

If you want your child’s name pronounced right, don’t call them eowyn.  How about Sarah? Everyone can spell Sarah.

Otherwise, your hubby’s spelling Aeowyn was easiest for me to get my head around.

#4 Mooples

Posted 07 February 2019 - 06:40 PM

Honestly regardless of how it’s spelt I’d still have no idea how to pronounce it. Stick to the traditional spelling, at least if she ever visits France people will get it right then.

#5 cabbage88

Posted 07 February 2019 - 06:46 PM

Haha thanks for the replies so far honesty is good.

#6 deedee15

Posted 07 February 2019 - 06:47 PM

View PostMooples, on 07 February 2019 - 06:40 PM, said:

Honestly regardless of how it’s spelt I’d still have no idea how to pronounce it. Stick to the traditional spelling, at least if she ever visits France people will get it right then.
It’s not French, it’s Tolkien, the character played by Miranda Otto played, perhaps watch Lord of the rings: Two towers to hear how it should be pronounced and go from there

#7 FiveAus

Posted 07 February 2019 - 06:49 PM

Gorgeous name, but out of the choices your husbands is the only one that I could actually look at and pronounce.

When I look at the original it says "Ewen" to me.

#8 FEdeRAL

Posted 07 February 2019 - 06:54 PM

Isn’t Eowyn a Welsh name made famous by Tolkien in LOTR books? I would use Eowyn - most of us who have watched LOTR would have no problem pronouncing it correctly.

#9 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 07 February 2019 - 06:55 PM

Funny timing at this hilarious sketch showed up on my Facebook yesterday.

You might appreciate it OP
https://youtu.be/d6r6nhBcIbA
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#10 cabbage88

Posted 07 February 2019 - 06:58 PM

View Post~LemonMyrtle~, on 07 February 2019 - 06:55 PM, said:

Funny timing at this hilarious sketch showed up on my Facebook yesterday.

You might appreciate it OP
https://youtu.be/d6r6nhBcIbA
I

Haha!!! Ah my pregnant stomach hurts for laughing

#11 fancie shmancie

Posted 07 February 2019 - 06:58 PM

Will you be spelling it with the acute over the 'E' ?

If yes (and I don't know if BDM allow accents on letters) then I like original spelling.

If the acute over the "E' is not allowed, then your husband's spelling would be better.

#12 cabbage88

Posted 07 February 2019 - 07:01 PM

View PostFEdeRAL, on 07 February 2019 - 06:54 PM, said:

Isn’t Eowyn a Welsh name made famous by Tolkien in LOTR books? I would use Eowyn - most of us who have watched LOTR would have no problem pronouncing it correctly.

Yes it's from LOTR, pronounced "aye" at the beginning as he spelled with a é not e. It's purely fictional, but we love it for many reasons.

Sounds like his spelling is the most logical really!

#13 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 07 February 2019 - 07:03 PM

Sorry, but if you don't know how to spell it then how do you expect the rest of the world to have a clue? Your child will not thank you for making them have to spell their name out for the rest of their life. Ask me how I know.

#14 Future-self

Posted 07 February 2019 - 07:07 PM

You do NOT mess with Tolkien! :)
If you are using a name from a book, you use the name - which means as it is spelled. Messing with the spelling is silly - it’s no longer that name/character and just a mess of letters apparently pronounced the same. Anyone that knows that name knows how to pronounce it and anyone that doesn’t will just need to be told once. Which is the case for many many names in unfamiliar countries, cultures or dialects.

#15 AliasMater

Posted 07 February 2019 - 07:14 PM

Honestly, I think you should find something else you both like.

#16 bec578

Posted 07 February 2019 - 07:19 PM

I love that Michael McIntyre clip!

There is a girl near us called Arwen - yes that's the spelling!

#17 Treasure Island

Posted 07 February 2019 - 07:27 PM

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There is a girl near us called Arwen - yes that's the spelling!

Another LOTR name (Liv Tyler's character).

I think Eowyn is pretty, it isn't too difficult and people can ask if they have trouble anyway. If you love it, use it.

#18 spr_maiden

Posted 07 February 2019 - 07:31 PM

It's a beautiful name, the guy had a way to make words sound pretty clearly.

Use his spelling or your DH's.

#19 MarigoldMadge

Posted 07 February 2019 - 07:33 PM

Love that clip - I'm a Sarah and I'm always saying with a h.

I've had a few people ask me over the years if that's with a Z or an S - teeth grindingly annoying.

#20 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 07 February 2019 - 07:52 PM

What about my fave girls name that's similar, Kerowyn?
She's a kick butt character from Mercedes Lackey's Valdamar series. Couldn't ever use it as niece is Kiera so too close.

#21 kerilyntaryn

Posted 07 February 2019 - 07:53 PM

I think stick with the original spelling

#22 MissMilla

Posted 07 February 2019 - 07:55 PM

View Post~LemonMyrtle~, on 07 February 2019 - 06:39 PM, said:

If you want your child’s name pronounced right, don’t call them eowyn.  How about Sarah? Everyone can spell Sarah.

Otherwise, your hubby’s spelling Aeowyn was easiest for me to get my head around.

She would be 'sarah with an h'
Its my sister's name and everyone spells is sara ;)

#23 Avocado tree

Posted 07 February 2019 - 07:55 PM

No offence, but why would you saddle a child with a name neither you nor you partner can agree on the pronunciation of?  

If you go ahead, don’t ever get upset or angry or annoyed that people mispronounce or misspell your child’s name.  Unfortunately she doesn’t get a choice, and she will be the one who wears the burden.

I haven’t read or seen LOTR’s so wouldn’t have a clue.

Maybe you could use the name you obviously like for your next pet?

#24 casime

Posted 07 February 2019 - 07:58 PM

I've spent my entire life having to correct the pronunciation and spelling of my name.  Please don't do that to a child.

#25 José

Posted 07 February 2019 - 08:02 PM

i would look at each of the spellings and have no idea!!




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