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How to pronounce Sian?

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
I've been looking on the internet trying to figure out how to pronounce this name but I've found several different pronunciations.
thanks!
post #2 of 29
I think i would pronounce it shawn but if I knew the baby was a girl I would think it could be pronounced SI - anne
post #3 of 29
I vote "shawn"... as my friend Siaban is pronounced "Shi-vaghn"
post #4 of 29
I have a friend called Sian. She pronounces it Sharn, as in rhymns with barn. Hope that helps.
post #5 of 29
Just upon seeing it I would probably pronounce it SY-an but I suck at pronouncing things

I thought Sean was "shawn" and have never seen Sian
post #6 of 29
I suck at pronunciation too, but for what its worth I'd pronounce it like Zion, but maybe with an "S" sound instead of the "Z".
post #7 of 29
Seems very eastern to me. At first glance it seemed to me that it would be pronounced like "Xian" or, phonetically, like, Zhan.

Never heard of it as a name before, but I liked it instantly.
post #8 of 29
Sian = "Zhawn", almost like something between Shawn and John, but without the hard J.
post #9 of 29
My nephew is Kian - Key-Ahn
so, I'd say See-Ahn
post #10 of 29
I have a friend who is female who spells her name that way and it is pronounced SHawn.
post #11 of 29
I've heard of it as "shawn"
post #12 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by mary3mama
Seems very eastern to me. At first glance it seemed to me that it would be pronounced like "Xian" or, phonetically, like, Zhan.
This is funny to me because when I see "Xian" my mind immediately translates it to "Christian" I've been in way too many pagan chat rooms
post #13 of 29

I knew a Sian in the 70's in England...

We met while my dad was over there studying for a summer....

As I was told then, Sian is the female spelling of Sean. She spelt it with a ^ over one of the vowels, too.

Her family pronounced it closer to "Shan" than "Shawn," even accounting for the northern english accent.
post #14 of 29
Sian is Gaelic (Welsh, I think?) and Si is pronounced as Sh.
post #15 of 29
If nobody told me how to pronounce it, I would say See-ahn. But I can see how Shawn would make sense too!
post #16 of 29
My new neice's middle name is Sian, pronounced Si-ann
post #17 of 29
My MILs name is Tsiyen pronounced SY YEN
post #18 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone!
When I first saw it I thought Si-Ann, but I am horrible at pronouncing things like that so I knew I was probably off. However, I like Si-Ann better than Shan or Shawn or Sharm, etc.
Maybe I will have to make up my own spelling for Si-Ann, thats if dh likes it, lol. We didnt have problems agreeing on names for our boys but now that we need a name for a girl... its another story.
post #19 of 29
hi, i looked up the pronunciation and it said SIAN is pronounced SHON , so not exactly shawn....but sh- ON (you know, like ON a table...) hope this helps....those gaelic names are difficult sometimes...but oh so beautiful!



http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Sian
post #20 of 29

How to pronounce Sian

Sian is welsh gaelic for Jane. It has a circumflex over the a which allows for the "r" sound where there is not one so it is pronounced "Sharn" however it can sound like "Shan" when pronounced with a thick welsh accent. I hope this clears things up. I hated my name as a Canadian kid, always having to explain it in school, correct the pronunciation but it made me very assertive and not afraid to speak in front of people later on in life which served me well in my career so I guess in the long run it worked for me!!!
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