Ianto is another one people can't pronounce its "yan-toe" but people say it as "ee-an-toe" or "I-an-toe"+
Fair enough :)
I believe my name is Welsh but I have an extra issue with my name in that my Surname is James so the 2 often get reversed and people call me James Leighton.
I am not Welsh and neither are my parents so I'm not 100% sure how the name came about.
My mum always taught me how to say Welsh names when I was younger, but when i first saw torchwood my first thought was "they actually say his name right!"
I can see where she is coming from, but I think she is in a bit of a bubble. You don't want to shelter your kids too much.
My friend Geraint pronounces it Gehr -eynt
Ieuan is either Yayan or Yyan - I know one of each. DEFINITELY NOT EWAN
Iestyn is indeed Yestin. Nothing to do with Justin
I did think of calling my son Ianto or the family name, Maldwyn (could be Mal-dwyn or Maul-dwyn) but I wasn't allowed those either :(
*I called him Rhys - which caused problems for him when he was little as you can't sound it out!
My first child will be call Ffion if its a girl, i've always liked it as a name, it means foxglove in Welsh....but im guessing the double F will confuse alot of people, even though its still a regular f sound.
Not decided on a boys name yet, but his 2nd name will be William after my Great-Grandad who recently passed away, but he survived being a Japanese POW in Burma...and he still hated the French more than the Japanese in his words "The Japanese were evil sadistic monsters, but at least they didn't run away and hide like the French did"
On the subject of names, I'm hoping the Duchess of Cambridge will have a baby girl and that she will call her Princess Alexandra - such a famous use of the name is bound to help educate people. Giving thought to putting a flutter on at the bookies.
Im guessing that people saying Alexandria rather than Alexandra is your annoyance then?