[name]Hi[/name], everyone – I’m new to this board and hope that you can help with my dilemma! Sorry this is kind of long. I’ve always loved Arthurian legend and “[name]Morgan[/name]” (or some variation thereof) has always been my top pick for a girl’s name. It sounds just perfect with our last name, and I haven’t been able to find anything else I’m quite as fond of. I’m not so keen on this spelling, however, for a few reasons:
Spelled this way, it’s actually traditionally a Welsh man’s name or surname having nothing to do with Arthurian legend; “[name]Morgan[/name]” for a girl is much more recent in origin. In Arthurian literature, the spelling is all over the place (more on that later). I have a semi-unisex name myself and always wanted something more feminine; wouldn’t I be giving her the same problem I always had (teacher calling roll, looking around to see if it’s a boy or girl, etc.)?
More awkwardly, we recently found out that a relative of ours on my husband’s side has a one-year-old BOY named [name]Morgan[/name]! The chances of us running into this branch of the family more than once a year are slim, but I know it’s the first thing my mother-in-law would say if she heard our choice, and I’d hate for our daughter to have to carry this baggage!
My husband dislikes this spelling, and prefers the following alternatives: [name]Morgain[/name], [name]Morgaine[/name]. I prefer [name]Morgain[/name]. Or perhaps [name]Morgane[/name].
OK, so here’s what I’d like your advice on: If you saw the name “[name]Morgain[/name],” or “[name]Morgaine[/name],” would you be inclined to prounce it like “[name]Morgan[/name],” or “Mor-GAIN”? I’d always assumed they were interchangeable with [name]MORgan[/name], but lately in asking around, I’m finding a lot of people insisting that the pronunciation would be [name]MorGAIN[/name].
This has proved to be more complicated than I thought! I even had one person on another board lecture me about defying the English language by making up a spelling I thought was pretty. This couldn’t be further from the truth, as it actually is a traditional (Old French) spelling of the name (even listed on this board!), but it really made me worry about people judging my daughter – as well as her having to deal with constant mispronunciation of her name.
So I’d really appreciate your honest feedback, as well as any alternate spellings you might like for the name pronounced “[name]Morgan[/name].” Thanks a million!