I hate it when people criticize my name choice :(

Heather - posted on 03/29/2010 ( 62 moms have responded )

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My son's name is Rhys (pronounced like Reese). "Rhys" is actually the traditional way to spell the name. I knew that we would have a little bit of a hard time with people accepting the name, but I had no idea that absolutely no one would have any idea how to pronounce the name. My son is usually referred to as "rice". :( I'm really worried about him going to school and having trouble with it. Does anyone have any advice? His name is Rhys. We still love the name. I'm just worried that he won't.

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Dulce - posted on 04/12/2010

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Rhys is a beautiful name! Your son will be proud of it!

im not surprised how many people actually mispronounce or misspell other people's name, even how simple or "ordinary" the name is. my first daughter's name is Journey. We chose it coz we dont want her to have two lengthy names . Despite, she gets too many "what?" when she says "jurnee" (jur as in bird). most people says "jor as in boy". they follow it up with "how do you spell your name?" and then she says journey.. journey.. as in travel.. oh my! she once told me that she's happy her name is not Travel :)

Julee - posted on 04/12/2010

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I say don't worry. This sounds harsh, but only an idiot would think you named your son "Rice." Come ON! I like that the spelling is unique. My name is Julee, with two e's, and there are people out there that acutally drag out the "e" sound at the end of my name! WHAT?!?! Some people are just too stupid to breathe. You picked a wonderful name, and I think you will just have to teach your son to embrace his cool name, and how to graciously correct people (a.k.a. idiots) when they call him rice.

Clare - posted on 04/11/2010

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Heather, It's a really nice name although I am biased because it's a welsh name and fairly popular over here. Don't worry its a very normal name compared to perculiar names out there!! Rhys will no doubt correct people if they pronounce it wrong. My daughter's name is Isla and I think she will a few comments too!!

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Rhys is a perfectly common name! lol our daughter is Shaylee, people say Sally or Shirley, you can never please everyone. i'm sure he will love his name just fine, after all he won't know any different :)

Chany - posted on 04/11/2010

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i love the name and i know a few ppl in my daughters school who have the same spelling, my sons name is Ryleigh (Riley) we decided to spell it different. ur son will be fine

Kaitlyn - posted on 04/10/2010

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Honestly he'll just get used to pronoucing it to everyone. lol And he'll still like his name. My son is named Kainan (like the Land of Canaan in the Bible only cooler lol), everyone says "oh Kaidan, Aidan, Kailan, and so on!" So now when I tell people I have to say "Kainan K-A-I-N-A-N" spell the whole thing out and then repeat cause people jus don't get it. But we fell in love with the name and I'm sure he'll like it to when he's old enough to care. You little Rhys will too.

Ruby - posted on 04/10/2010

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my oldest son is Rohan (rO-h(o)n) yet people will call him Ro-hAn (like cAn).
I named my youngest Tresten (tre-st(in)) yet people have called him Trusten, Tristen, treston. It's sad really cause my four year old is constantly correcting people like they are slow.

Jenelle - posted on 04/10/2010

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I named my first daughter Lexi..just Lexi not Alexis or Alexia but to this day people seem to have a hard time just calling her by her name. It used to bug me so much. Today 9 years later Lexi corrects people simply by saying " Nope just Lexi, short and sweet like me !" Thankfully she did not get my temper :) P.S. Love the name Rhys !!

Nikita - posted on 04/10/2010

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My daughter's name is Liana which i never expected people to mispronounce. Everyone has though. Of course they always call her Leann &that only makes me more mad because first of all there is an "A" at the end of it.&secondly ew. lol I have better taste than leann. No offense if your name is Leann its just not my cup of tea.

Justyna - posted on 04/10/2010

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Make sure you teach your son to introduce himself properly, and don't care what other's think. My name is Justyna and most people pronounce it weirdly because of the Y instead of the I ......do I care...???? No.....and neither should you...you like the name , it is a very nice name, ....so there.......who cares about what others think, .......or say...kids will tease either way about something...so don't worry ahead of time......

Lorraine - posted on 04/10/2010

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I like that name too.When i named my little girl everyone got it wrong.The doctors and anyone new i meet always say it wrong but i just correct them,then they say y did you pick that name for her.I just tell them i love it and it was for me to pick what i called her.
I called her Aaliyah.

Sarah - posted on 04/10/2010

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It's a lovely name, you are the one that will have to be confident about it. My little boy is called Cole logan, and lots of people including my mother had trouble with it in the begining. It's a surname, not a first or it has to be short for coleman etc.....
I just stuck with it and now because I'm assertive with it, everyone else falls into place. Every child deserves a name which suits THEM, including the spelling and I've incountered a few rhys's all spelled the same. Your little boy is perfect with a perfect name, others will just have to learn!!!!

Tia - posted on 04/05/2010

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I wouldn't worry about it too much, My daughters name is Sharntae Rivahh, pronounced Sharn-tay River, but people always seem to get it wrong bit it does not bother me because its perfect for our little princess, and I am sure Rhys is perfect for your little boy =)

Lindsey - posted on 04/05/2010

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My daughter's name is Brelana ( Bray-lawn-uh) but everyone says bree-lauwn uh! So i understand!!! We made her name up by using 3 grandma names!!!! so i think her name will always be pronounced wrong! I guess its something we will have to deal with! But your sons name is nice and people will eventually get the hang of it!!!

Cheri' - posted on 04/05/2010

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my name is cheri' (pronounced sure-re) all through my life ppl have had a hard name pronouncing my name, they would call me sherry, cherry, etc. i would tell ppl my name on the phone and they think that i said thereasa! i would have to repeat my name a milliom time until they got it. he wont get picked on with that name at all! its just going to be more of annoyence correcting ppl... now i am 21 and i just dont correct ppl anymore specially if i am never going to see that person again, its more of a hassel! i wouldmnt worry about it at all! think about all the stars kids like apple and things!

Priscilla - posted on 04/05/2010

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Don't worry Heather my Daughter is 13 years old and her name is Chazzmine but all her teachers insist on calling her Jassmine go figure cleary its spelled with a ch to make the cha sound but they insist on calling her that and she simply corrects them as a matter of fact she thinks its funny.he will be just fine.

Chloie - posted on 04/05/2010

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yeah his names good kids will be kids u could give him the least teasable name ever n they can still find a way chin up. I have a friend Rhys n hes fine

Caren - posted on 04/04/2010

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love his name, thats how I would spell it! its way more original the Reece, and way more masculin!

Rabiah - posted on 04/04/2010

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Don't worry about his name. He'll love it. My name is Rabiah, and I can't begin to tell you about the trouble I went through...BUT I LOVE MY NAME. When I began school, I just simply told people how to pronounce it. It makes me an individual and your son will embrace his name. I named my son Fox Jabari and though its easy enough to pronounce I know he'll have some issues in school, but he'll get through it as will your son!

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I love your name choice! I think Rhys will like it too...and appreciate that it's a little bit different. I'm surprised people think it's Rice, too...then again, I think some people would mispronounce Smith if given the chance, haha! We chose Finnigan for our son, and call him Finny (and eventually Finn). We thought it was different and cool, and now it is ALL OVER. So be psyched about your individual name...I love it! Plus he is adorable...I give Finny little mohawks after every bath. :)

Jana - posted on 04/04/2010

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dont worry about it! its a great name and i love the spelling. my sons name is mylo and we like it because its different!

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I wanted to name my daughter Imogen (Short i = Imo-jen), and nickname her Immy, but it took my hubby a loooong time to accept it. He said it looked like someone didn't know how to pronounce "imagine." However, it's SUPER popular in Great Britain and Europe. When I told people the name, I got blank stares in return (we live in BC, where it was a very uncommon name). Imogene (Imo-jean) is a more old school version of it but too matronly for my liking. In the end, we went with our backup name, Heidi, because when she was born, she just didn't look like an Imogen. Then again, now that I've seen that newborns always look nothing like they will when they grow, I will not hesitate to use that name if we have another girl and be confident that she'll grow into it. And if people call her Imogene, she'll have to correct them. Growing up, substitute teachers always called me "Mee-gan," even though there's an 'h' in my name. Drove me bonkers. So I stopped replying if they called me that. I have always secretly liked correcting people for mispronouncing my name - it made me feel unique and special.

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wen i first looked at the name i pronounced it "Reese" i kinda had the same problemwen i was at school and even now my name is kIRstie and i was always called kRIstie
i dont think u will have any problems at school
good luck

Wendy - posted on 04/03/2010

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I love it. And there are quite a few british actors with the name. John-Rhys Davies, for example, played Gimli in Lord of the Rings. Don't worry about him hating it--even if he dislikes it a bit, he'll get over it when he falls for a girl who loves it.

Brianna - posted on 04/03/2010

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my little sister's name is natane` (pronounced nataney) but everione accidently calls her na-tain . but its fine after we correct people. my family didnt really like tha name i chose 4 my daughter Trinity but u have 2 remember at tha end of tha day as lonq as u like tha name & tha child qrows 2 like tha name thats all that matters. now my family luv her name :)

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We were going to name our baby Seamus Neal if it was a boy. We liked the traditional Scottish name and spelling. My parents hated it and we very vocal about it. The best bit of advice I got was from my friend Marilee (merrily). She told me "even if he hears 'you shame us Seamus!' twice as much as I heard 'merrily we roll along', he'll still turn out fine."
But we had a girl and named her Martha Simone....and my parents still didn't really like the name Martha. You can't please everyone.

Victoria - posted on 04/02/2010

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i love the name!!!
and i think he will love it too when he gets old enough!!:]

Tairyn - posted on 04/02/2010

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Change the spelling, if it becomes a really big deal for the family. I thought the name was pronounced "Riss" D=
But I know exactly what that's like. Tairyn [Tay-Rin]. No one EVER pronounces it right. And my sister, Taomi [Tay-oh-me]. And my best friend Ngozi! [in-g-zee]
I really love my name, anyways though! AND the spelling! I love the individuality of it, and take a lot of pride in my name. Maybe your son will take pride in his, too!

Desiree - posted on 04/02/2010

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my name still gets mis pronounced. I think it is great having a name that is unique. He will too. I was always glad in school that I never had to be addressed by my last inital. I had a class once that had 4 Jennifers. so everyone was Jennifer A. Jennifer M. and so on. at least he will never have that problem. Im sure at first he may have a tough time with the different name but he will learn to love it.

Kayla - posted on 04/02/2010

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my sons name is Macon. the doctors and nurses always call him mason.. its frustrating!! and my grandma just hates the name... but its your choice not theirs and i think his name is perfect

Yvette - posted on 04/02/2010

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I love the name Rhys and the spelling of it. Yes he may have to correct a few people at times. My son's name is Silar and we all ready have people mispronouncing it
(Sigh-ler, Sy-ler)) I also have an Orion (O-ry-un) and Rilon (Ry-Lun) and they get mispronounce too...lol No matter what your name is even the simplest name does get mispronounced. I even grew up with mine being pronounced and spelled wrong

Linda - posted on 04/02/2010

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I have the same problem with my daughters name. My husband and I named her Waunita after his mother. We decided that if we had a girl we would due to his mothers passing. NOONE will call her by her name. They all call her Angel. Her middle name is Angelica. Till she was born I was really iffy about her name as I didn't have much say in it. My father in-law gave her, her middle name. I love her name now and wouldn't change it for the world!

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I think it's cute! My ENTIRE family hated the name Malakai, but me and my husband LOVED it so we told them it's our son and we will name him wahtever we want to name him so keep your opinion to yourself. Anyway now about half of both our families call him by his middle name Blue. Which is going to be confusing for him in my opinion because no one calls him that on a regular basis!! LOL and my other son Elijah is supposed to be pronounced Elisha (sha) where the j is, but no matter how many time we correct them they have a very pronounced j sound. so annoying.
teachers go thru the class roster during the first week and ask if they are saying different names right and most try to correct and remember soon so i wuldn't worry about that. Also, kids in school will rememebr his name. as long as you aren't moving every year. I'm sure he'll like it!

Angela - posted on 04/01/2010

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I think that's a great name and I like how your spelling it. I wouldnt worry about what other people think. Great thing is he's your baby and that's all that matters! :) My son's name is Keegan (pronounced Key-gan) and you would be amazed at how many people mispronounce it. I figured the 2 e's would give it away at how it should be pronounced but I guess not! Lol!

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That's the only way I've ever seen it spelt, the traditional Welsh way. I love it. Don't worry what people say, just correct their misspelling and mispronunciation if necessary.

One of my daughters is called Amy; nice simple name, we thought, until some people started spelling it the French way, Aimee!

Heather - posted on 04/01/2010

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Yea. My family is welsh. I was actually looking for a Welch name when we decided on "Rhys".



Thanks to everyone for making me feel a little better :)

Katherine - posted on 04/01/2010

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I kinda know how that is. My son's name is Raven, and everyone calls him "her" after they see his name (even if they see him dressed in blue!) until I correct them. I like the name Rhys, but unfortunately you might have a lot of problems with mispronunciation over the years. Perhaps he can go by his middle name?

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It's a frustrating thing. My daughters name is Zara (zah-rah). I thought is was a simple name but even my father sometimes pronounces it 'zare-rah'.

Amy - posted on 04/01/2010

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As soon as I saw the name I automatically knew it spelt 'Reece'. I know 2 people called Reece 1 a girl and 1 a boy. female is spelt Reece and male is spelt Rhys!! make sence to me. My daughters name is Mia Mae and the amount of people that spell it wrong is amazing.

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I can relate, my name is jeanne, its pronounced like shawn, except with a french accent to it like jjjjjjjjeanne, but everyone calls me jeenie, like thats how its pronounced, its actually a french cajun name, my advice for you is just tell your son his name is unique, thats how my mom did with me and now i actually like my name, it takes a while for them to get used to it, but they definitely do get used to, i wouldnt worry about it too much!

Louise - posted on 03/31/2010

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I love the name and as for nobody pronouncing it correctly, he will learn to correct them himself. My name is always pronounced louis and my son Liam who is now 11 yrs old corrects people when they mispronounce his name without being rude (mispronounced "Lame" or "Lime" by adults) He may go thru a phase when he does not like his name but I think we all do.

Jessi - posted on 03/31/2010

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i wouldn't worry about it. He will just learn to spell it right after he pronounces it. I have to do that with my first and last name. It is Jessi Cremers. People always want to put an "e" at the end of my first name and mistake me for a boy. My last name is pronounced Kramers with a long a. If i didn't spell it, they would write kramer, they don't even hear the s when i say it. if he really does not like it, he can always use his middle name or just pick a name to go by.

AND my nieces and nephew have very different names, they're still young yet, but they like them right now. They are Jade, Granite and Opal. Yup, all after rocks/stones, my sister is a little strange, but it was her choice and we all just go with it.

Lyndsey - posted on 03/30/2010

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i love names that are spelled different or literally...my daughters name is Airyanna...we were gonna spell it Aireawna but that was a little crazy..lol..i like the name Rhys i have a friend who just named her boy that but spelled it Reese

Bridget - posted on 03/30/2010

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My daughter is Adeline (add a line), which I never expected people to have a difficult time with! So far her name has been mispronounced by EVERYONE at EVERY doctors office weve been to, and every friend who learned of her name via emails and facebook posts. Most think its pronounced Add a lean. But I love it!
I think Rhys is a GREAT name! He may need to correct people but I think thats OK!

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I wouldn't worry to much I worked in childcare and had lots of boys called rhys spelt like that, it is fairly common, don't know why people having a hard time with it. I called my second son Hayes and we got some odd comments but most people loved it and thought it unusual, as long as you are happy that's all that matters. Keep smiling

Morgan - posted on 03/30/2010

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I love the name Rhys! It's traditional, but it also has a unique ring to it. I really wouldn't worry about your son not liking his name...many kids like being different in some way or another, and I'm sure he'll embrace the name as he gets older. It's not like "Pilot Inspektor" or something off the charts....it's a legitimate name. I'd tell people to take a hike....as long as you like it, I think he will too. :)

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