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#1 McG2013

Posted 26 November 2019 - 12:56 AM

Thoughts? Have you heard it before? Do you automatically assume it's made up when you see it? Said how it's spelt.

#2 rosie28

Posted 26 November 2019 - 01:52 AM

I’ve heard it in Ireland, but spelled Seanan. I wouldn’t assume made up unless it’s pronounced differently.

#3 José

Posted 26 November 2019 - 02:40 AM

Never seen it before.
I'm not sure how to pronounce it.

#4 BornToLove

Posted 26 November 2019 - 02:41 AM

I would assume it’s Sean spelled incorrectly. Sorry.

#5 McG2013

Posted 26 November 2019 - 03:48 AM

It's Irish, pronounced sen-an. Can also be spelt like Rosie said above, seanan. Dh is Irish and I thought the Irish names would be more common in oz these days!

ETA seanan is pronounced Shawn-an and senan is the more anglicised version.

Edited by McG2013, 27 November 2019 - 10:54 PM.

#6 JomoMum

Posted 26 November 2019 - 05:47 AM

Yes, looks made up to me, I’ve never seen it before.


#7 Lucrezia Bauble

Posted 26 November 2019 - 05:54 AM

it looked like “semen” when i first read it, but my eyes are dodgy. i’ve not seen it before.

#8 Wolf87

Posted 26 November 2019 - 06:14 AM

View PostLucrezia Borgia, on 26 November 2019 - 05:54 AM, said:

it looked like “semen” when i first read it, but my eyes are dodgy. i’ve not seen it before.

This, and I’m Irish. I prefer Rosies spelling.

#9 Islander

Posted 26 November 2019 - 06:27 AM

It’s not an Irish name I’d heard, but googling Irish sites tells me it’s pronounced sort of Shen-non and spelt Senán? I have a quite uncommon Irish name and have been helping people pronounce and spell it all my life. It’s not been too big a deal.

#10 kerilyntaryn

Posted 26 November 2019 - 06:46 AM

I've never heard of that before, I pronounce it sen an

#11 GingerbreadWoman

Posted 26 November 2019 - 07:07 AM

I’d never seen that spelling and didn’t connect it with Seanan until I saw Rosie’s post. I prefer the Seanan spelling too, but that could be because that is what I’m used to.

#12 ~Jolly_F~

Posted 26 November 2019 - 07:17 AM

Another who seen semen, sorry. I couldn’t do that to my kid!

#13 little lion

Posted 26 November 2019 - 07:57 AM

I’d guess Sen-an but once I knew it was Irish I’d probably second guess myself and have no idea how to say it. I don’t know if it is a girl, boy or unisex name, not that it matters.

#14 SeaPrincess

Posted 26 November 2019 - 08:03 AM

I know two people named Sinan. One is Albanian, and the other’s parents are from the same region, but I’m not sure exactly where. I’ve never heard of Senan.

#15 kerilyntaryn

Posted 26 November 2019 - 08:08 AM

seenan might be a better for spelling and pronounciation, and the non semen association

#16 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 26 November 2019 - 08:19 AM

I've not heard of it. My Irish baby name book says it's pronounced Shan-awn. It's one of those names that sounds better in an Irish accent. I think the pronunciation  will get mangled.

#17 just roses

Posted 26 November 2019 - 08:24 AM

I've never seen it before.

#18 Hands Up

Posted 26 November 2019 - 08:33 AM

I’ve never seen it before. Does look a lot like semen and kid could be set up for a lot of teasing at school.

#19 Gudrun

Posted 26 November 2019 - 08:35 AM

I would think unfamiliarity would be the only issue. And that's not much of an issue.

Seems easy to spell and say. Certainly not made up. Very agreeable name in fact:)

#20 Daphne27

Posted 26 November 2019 - 08:40 AM

Never heard of it. I thought could be a spelling variation on an irish name in which case i would havs tried to pronounce  it with a shh at the start.

I think it would be unlikely many would get the pronunciation you are seeking correct, but it didnt make me think of semen.

#21 Astrocyte

Posted 26 November 2019 - 08:52 AM

I've seen it before but spelled 'Seanan'. One of my favourite authors (Seanan McGuire) has the name.

#22 Ollie83

Posted 26 November 2019 - 09:28 AM

I’ve not heard or seen it before. I wouldn’t of assumed it made up but perhaps Arabic but have come to learn its Irish. I think outside of Ireland an alternative spelling might be better.

#23 amdirel

Posted 26 November 2019 - 10:47 AM

Never heard of it. I thought you'd misspelled Sean.
I'm still not understanding how to pronounce it... senan, seenan, shawnen?

#24 bearosauraus

Posted 26 November 2019 - 10:51 AM

Looks like Semen to me, sorry.

#25 Imaginary friend

Posted 27 November 2019 - 08:05 PM

I am not sure how people are seeing semen in Senan .. seems less  close in letters or sound to semen than Simon does - and Simon is long standing name many people have, and I've never associated it with semen.

I have not heard of the name Senan - my first pronounciation thought would be Senn-an, sort of like seven.
Rhyming with Brennan.

If it is pronounced Shawn-an then I would spell it Seanan - as I think most people are familiar with Sean and would then get Seanan right from that.

Although I would just use Sean myself - but I realise that isn't the question.

Edited by Imaginary friend, 27 November 2019 - 08:07 PM.

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