We have decided to name our next son Cierdan. That is set in stone.
However, I just realized today that the actual spelling is Cirdan (no idea how I managed to add an “e” in my mind…). He is a character in [name]Lord[/name] of the Rings so it is a pretty specific namesake.
I’ve been using the Cier spelling for months and so I’m used to it, and it seems more intuitive for the pronunciation (“keer”)… but I’m usually pretty against inventive spellings and don’t particularly relish the thought of changing Tolkien’s choice.
So basically, I thought I’d get your opinions:
Cierdan or Cirdan
What should I do?