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Dafydd vs. Yes vs. No

My husband and I love the name Dafydd for our son, after his father. It's Welsh and pronounced dah-vith. We live in Carmarthenshire, Wales so people here shouldn't struggle but my husband is concerned that, because of his job, we may end up moving outside of Wales and Dafydd will be a tough name to have. Personally, I think that Dafydd doesn't have difficult sounds and if people can learn to spell Phoebe/Siobhán ect they can learn to spell Dafydd. The name does also have short forms like Dai/Deian or even Dav/Dave if he wants to use something different. What do you think?

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Poll created: Feb 14, 2020
Total Votes: 22


I live no where near wales
(scottish borders) and I am familiar with the name and although I may have to double check the spelling of it the first time I met him that can be said of many names
Eg. Catherine, Stephen, Ann, Nora, Rachel, Neve all have different spellings that people use. If I saw it written on paper I would know how to read it.
posted by Guest :: 7 months ago | report
The name is new to me, so I would have had to look up the pronunciation. But I wouldn't worry about the spelling, if that's the actual Welsh spelling. Especially since you put ect instead of etc, lol.
posted by Guest :: 7 months ago | report
It sounds like it's a well known name where you live. It has a nice ring to it. Go for it!
posted by Guest :: 7 months ago | report
For years I mispronounced Siobhán and had no idea it was pronounced the way people spell it phonetically...
posted by Guest :: 7 months ago | report
It reminds me of the Little Britain character if I'm honest and that's not what I would personally want
posted by Elle :: 7 months ago | report
I would say use the name Dafydd. If you move outside Wales (which at this point is still hypothetical and may never come to pass), and the name is too difficult, he can choose to go by David/Dave or something easier in your new country/region. And honestly, the world is becoming more globally-oriented and I think there is increasing acceptance of unusual names. If you love it and it works for now, use it.
posted by Guest :: 7 months ago | report
I'd use it for a nickname for David.
posted by Guest :: 7 months ago | report
I say go for it! I live outside of wales and I know how to say it, but I'm also a language nerd. But that shouldn't be too much of a struggle, and if it is, he can just go by Dave.
posted by Guest :: 7 months ago | report

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