I’ve seen Eilonwy around, and it started growing on me, until I realized I was thinking it was ELIONwy (which I was saying ell-ee-on-wee).
I don’t like Eilonwy as much, and I don’t think Elionwy is a name, so I’m wondering, do you know of any other names ending in -wy that could be used for a girl?
I love Eilonwy (eye-lon-wee). It’s darling but I can see why you wouldn’t like it after finding out you were saying it wrong. Are you looking for the WY ending or is it the wee sound you’re wanting?
In case it’s the wee sound you’re liking:
The only ones I know are [name]Aeronwy[/name], [name]Gwenfrewi[/name], and [name]Myfanwy[/name]. I’d be interested in learning more as well.
All I can think of is [name]Huey[/name], [name]Dewey[/name] and [name]Louis[/name]. Sorry.
Eilonwy was made up for a book I think. The author uses Welsh sounds but doesn’t pronounce them right. He says it’s ‘eye-lon-wee’ but the correct pronunciation would be ‘AY-lon-wee’, if that makes a difference.
Here is a whole shed-load of Welsh girls names and their pronunciations: Welsh Names. Eilonwy is on there.
Generally they’re spot on but I noticed they’ve forgotten that the ‘ng’ letter in Welsh contains a silent g. So like, [name]Angharad[/name] would be ‘an-ha-rad.’ Also [name]Carys[/name] is ‘KAH-riss’.
Not only that, but I couldn’t use Eilonwy if it’s (eye-lon-wee) because my cousin has a son named [name]Ilan[/name]. That’d be too similar for me, I think. I believe it’s the “wee” sound I’m interested in, as it’s not really a common sound to hear in a name.
I’m kind of intrigued by [name]Aeronwy[/name]. Though maybe as a middle name since I think where I live people’d say air-on-wee.
renrose: Thanks for the list! I’m intrigued by a lot of these, though some I wish were pronounced slightly differently, haha.