I have an "ethnic" surname, so are these ethnic names best avoided?

What’s your view on having an ethnic surname and using a first or middle name from another ethnicity? Too clashy? I like the Welsh names [name]Bethan[/name] and [name]Seren[/name] and the Irish name [name]Cathleen[/name] (this spelling only). But I have an ethnic surname that is neither Welsh nor Irish. Except for [name]Bethan[/name] (it’s one of the few B names I like), I’d only use them in the middle name position. Thanks!

I think especially for a middle its completely fine.

And for a first, well, I’m going the other way - I married an Irish guy with a rather Irish name, but I have no intention of giving up ALL my family names! :smiley:

Depending on the surnames country of origin, it may or may not be too clashy.

I think [name]Seren[/name] is sort of culturally neutral as it isn’t so common that it’s not associated with one group.

Some names that are similar:
[name]Alden[/name]
[name]Auden[/name]
[name]Austen[/name]
[name]Avalon[/name]
[name]Bryony[/name]
[name]Elowen[/name]
[name]Maren[/name]
[name]Vesper[/name]

I think it is perfectly find as long as the names flow together. My Dh is Filipino and i am Irish so why should my kids name not reflect who they are. So i say go for it.

I think it depends. I have an ethnic surname as well. It’s long, difficult to spell/pronounce and Russian/Eastern European.

[name]May[/name] daughter’s name is French but it sounds great in Russian & Polish accents of our family members- if that isn’t a concern I think it matters much less.

I think that [name]Cathleen[/name] works with a non Irish surname cause the sound & spelling are familiar in the US. More out-there, less popular picks with obvious Gaelic spellings might trip people up or cause them to assume your kids are half Irish. It just depends if that matters to you.

It definitely depends on exactly what ethnicity your surname is.

[name]Bethan[/name], [name]Seren[/name] and [name]Cathleen[/name] are quite commonplace in [name]England[/name] so I don’t really see them as very Celtic anyway. I actually know a little girl named [name]Bethan[/name] who’s father in [name]Indian[/name] and she has a traditional Hindi surname.