er.evans at auckland.ac.nz
Wed Sep 20 16:32:02 EDT 2006
It might be unkind to call a child Angharad, because about half the people
who encounter it will probably pronounce it wrong, or spell it wrong, or
both, and that can grow to be a real bore after about fifteen years of it.
That's a reason for going with names that are reasonably familiar to the
culture one lives in. It may not be a good reason not to use an unusual
name, and it may be vicarious cowardice or something, but it saves a lot of
hassle for the child if she is called by a name that most people recognise
Minnow (well, at least most people know how to say it, even if a few try
to spell it Minna!)
My daughter's name is Siân, which is unusual out here in NZ, but she likes having an uncommon name, and is prepared to put up with all the people who mis-pronounce it (a common attempt is See-ahn). At least when she rings people up and says 'It's Siân here' she doesn't have to append a surname or a context reminder, as I do.
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