Eileithyia's NOTD

I used to hate [name_f]Wendy[/name_f] but recently it has been growing on me! It’s adorable yet also serious, a wonderful name!


I absolutely love [name_f]Wendy[/name_f]! :heart_eyes: I’m thrilled to see it on your NOTD thread.

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Stella don’t give me any ideas about putting [name_f]Wendy[/name_f] on my boys list…

In all actuality, I had never given [name_f]Wendy[/name_f] much thought before, but I kind of love her :smiling_face_with_three_hearts::smiling_face_with_three_hearts: maybe a good alternative to my beloved [name_f]Gwen[/name_f] :smiling_face_with_three_hearts::smiling_face_with_three_hearts:


I say it’s totally my style, not as a standalone, but as a nn for my lovely [name_f]Gwendolen[/name_f]. I just adore it! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

Thank you for this fascinating post! Your research is so well-done. * applauding *

I love this detailed write-up of [name_f]Wendy[/name_f], even though I (sorry!) really don’t like the name. It’s my mum’s name and although she is absolutely awesome, she has always hated her name and I feel like I’ve been indoctrinated into disliking it too. I love [name_f]Gwendolen[/name_f] though!

I say mer-SAY-dehs.

Did my [name_f]Wendy[/name_f] name disappear for anyone else? For some reason, it’s not showing up for me!

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I’m not seeing it either! :frowning:

How annoying! I don’t have a save of it anywhere else unfortunately. :frowning:

Oh well! I’ll do another name today.

R.I.P [name_f]Wendy[/name_f] post


Emrys / [name_m]Ambrose[/name_m]

"[name_f]Em[/name_f]-riss or [name_f]Em[/name_f]-rees"

This post is kind of a double whammy. Two names in one, type of thing. I hope you enjoy it! This is my first post in 5 days. Sorry I’ve been absent over the last week! Thank you to @AdroitArtemis for the recommendation! I learned a lot during this one. It has some very confusing history so I tried to keep it as simple as possible, dividing information into sections, but if anything is unclear, please don’t hesitate to ask! I want this thread to be an open resource for as many people as possible to learn about things they otherwise would never have the time to research by themselves.

[name_m]Emrys[/name_m] does not currently rank in the US top 1000 baby names for boys. However, it ranked at #792 in [name_f]England[/name_f] in 2019, and #185 on Nameberry in 2020. [name_m]Emrys[/name_m] seems to pop up semi-frequently on Nameberry, and its popularity in [name_f]England[/name_f] and here on Nameberry may be a sneak-peak into what we can expect [name_m]Emrys[/name_m] to rise to in the United States in the future.

[name_m]Emrys[/name_m] is a Welsh name given to baby boys. The name means “immortal”. This refers to the Greek word ‘ambrosios’. Although very different in sound, [name_m]Emrys[/name_m] is actually the Welsh variation of the more widespread name [name_m]Ambrose[/name_m]. [name_m]Ambrose[/name_m] is of Latin origin. I’ll be going more into detail with the name [name_m]Emrys[/name_m] in this post, however, I think it is relevant to include the fact that [name_m]Ambrose[/name_m] is very much the older brother of [name_m]Emrys[/name_m], and some consider [name_m]Ambrose[/name_m] and [name_m]Emrys[/name_m] to be the same name.

The pronunciation of [name_m]Emrys[/name_m] is very much open to debate. I personally find it hard to imagine the sound of this name as anything other than ‘em-rees’, although most naming guides and Youtube videos sound the name as ‘em-riss’. Maybe it’s the similarity to the Name ‘[name_u]Rhys[/name_u]’ that provokes confusion regarding this name. In Welsh, ‘hy’ makes a long ‘E’ sound (Such as in the [name_u]Rhys[/name_u]), so perhaps the complications around pronunciations stem from here.

That being said, the most phonetically correct way to say this name IS “[name_f]Em[/name_f]-riss”, like in [name_f]Carys[/name_f]. Although you could probably get away with the other pronunciation, too.

When you search the name [name_m]Ambrose[/name_m], the first page that comes up is a Wikipedia page for [name_m]Saint[/name_m] [name_m]Ambrose[/name_m]. [name_m]Saint[/name_m] [name_m]Ambrose[/name_m] was born as [name_m]Aurelius[/name_m] Ambrosios and was the bishop of [name_u]Milan[/name_u]. [name_m]Ambrose[/name_m] was a very significant ecclesiastical figure in the fourth century. Overall, he was known for his ideas that ‘provided a model for medieval conceptions of church-
state relations’, according to Britannica. [name_m]Emrys[/name_m] could be tied to this name in one of two ways - a simple Welsh version, much like [name_f]Betrys[/name_f] is for [name_f]Beatrice[/name_f], or perhaps [name_m]Emyr[/name_m], meaning king in Welsh, with the -rys being a very common ending in Welsh names. The first significant figure named [name_m]Emrys[/name_m] was [name_m]Emrys[/name_m] Wledig of the fifth century, who was a successful military leader who fought off invaders of his homeland. [name_m]Geoffrey[/name_m] of Monmouth, a chronicler, created Myrddin [name_m]Emrys[/name_m], more commonly known as [name_m]Merlin[/name_m], a mythological figure used in retellings of traditional Welsh stories about [name_m]King[/name_m] [name_m]Arthur[/name_m]. The name, Myrddin [name_m]Emrys[/name_m], combined the names of the aforementioned [name_m]Emrys[/name_m] Wledig and Myrddin Wyllt, an early Welsh prophet.

Although less commonly known, [name_m]Emrys[/name_m] is also categorized as a place name. Dinas [name_m]Emrys[/name_m] is an ancient hill-fort located near Beddgelert in [name_u]Gwynedd[/name_u], north-west [name_m]Wales[/name_m]. As the story goes, [name_m]King[/name_m] Vortigern initially chose this location as his fortress, however, the construction on the fortress was never completed, as every day after completing their work, the next morning they’d come back and the entire work of the day would be undone. Vortigern summons the local [name_m]Emrys[/name_m] who explains to him that a pair of dragons battle each night near the fortress site, undoing all of Vortigern’s worker’s efforts.


Illustration from Merlin - Wikipedia ([name_u]Artist[/name_u] [name_u]Howard[/name_u] Pyle, 1903)

[name_m]Saint[/name_m] [name_m]Ambrose[/name_m]

Picture from St. [name_m]Ambrose[/name_m] - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

[name_m]Emrys[/name_m] Wledig

Illustration from Ambrosius Aurelianus - Wikipedia ([name_u]Artist[/name_u] unknown)

Dinas [name_m]Emrys[/name_m] Grynedd, [name_m]Wales[/name_m]

Picture from Dinas [name_m]Emrys[/name_m] [name_u]Gwynedd[/name_u], [name_m]Wales[/name_m].

Sources / Further [name_m]Reading[/name_m]

Baby Name of the [name_u]Day[/name_u]: [name_m]Emrys[/name_m] - Appellation Mountain
Emrys: Name Meaning, Popularity, and Similar Names | Nameberry
Dinas [name_m]Emrys[/name_m] [name_u]Gwynedd[/name_u], [name_m]Wales[/name_m].
Emrys | Welsh Boy's Name | Meaning, Origin & Popularity
Ambrose: Name Meaning, Popularity, and Similar Names | Nameberry
Name [name_m]Ambrose[/name_m]: Name Meaning, Origin, and Popularity - [name_u]Baby[/name_u] Names
Ambrosius Aurelianus - Wikipedia

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Poll time!

Do you prefer ‘[name_m]Emrys[/name_m]’ or '[name_m]Ambrose[/name_m]?

  • Emrys
  • Ambrose

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Do you like the name [name_m]Emrys[/name_m]?

  • :heart_eyes: I love it!
  • :smile: I like it
  • :thinking_face: I’m neutral
  • :unamused: I dislike it
  • :angry: I hate it

0 voters

Which pronunciation is intuitive for you?

  • Em-riss
  • Em-rees
  • Other (reply!)

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@eileithyia I’m not sure if you’re taking suggestions, but if you are, I’d love to learn about [name_f]Sura[/name_f], my newest name crush. There seems to be so many different stories behind it!!

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Thank you so much for doing this one! I’ve always wondered where such a unique name comes from! I’ve loved this name for a while and now reading this has sparked a new love of it in me. I guess I’ll just have to add it to my user card (once I finally get rid of my holiday names lol)

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These are amazing! I love how thorough all the information is. I don’t know if you’re taking suggestions right now, but if you are, I’d love to see [name_u]Antonia[/name_u] one day whenever you can!

LOVE [name_m]Emrys[/name_m] :heart: Thank you for this wonderful write-up!