Announcing Our Daughter...

Guinevere Pauline Ann Mulligan!

Thanks to all of you for your help in naming her. In the end we were torn between Guinevere and Penelope...I'm so glad we didn't choose Penelope, now that it's the name of the new Kardashian baby! 

We call her Guinevere or Guin/Gwyn...anyone have a spelling preference for the nickname? I keep going back and forth. Guin isn't as recognizable as Gwyn, but it seems like using Gwyn could cause confusion in the spelling of the full name. Thoughts?


July 24, 2012 7:34 PM

Congratulations! What a lovely choice. I'd go with Gwyn. Fewer people will need to spell her full name than her nickname; using the conventional spelling for the nickname will result in fewer headaches.

July 24, 2012 8:00 PM

Congratulations and welcome to Baby Guinevere! I'd probably go with the Gwyn spelling as it will probably cause less problems in the long run despite the slight difference to her full name. 

July 25, 2012 2:18 AM

I'm so glad that you ended up going with Guinevere! Congratulations to you!

And I agree that Gwyn is the clearer, more intuitive nickname, and plenty of nicknames are spelled differently than the original name. It shouldn't be too difficult to learn. Plus, I think that visually it's really pretty :)

EDIT: I realized why I don't like Guin and it is a reason that will not affect you at all. It reminds me of the French surname Gouin, which is common in Quebec. Now, there is nothing wrong with the name Gouin; however, if you know what a typical Quebecois accent sounds like, you know that the name basically becomes a G followed by a large nasal sound.  It's not a name that I like to associate with the beautiful and elegant Guinevere.

By EVie
July 24, 2012 11:03 PM

Fantastic choice! I love Guinevere. I'm kind of on the fence about the nickname, too... but the beauty of a nickname is that it isn't official, so you can always change your mind about the spelling (or she can change her mind, once she's old enough to have an opinion). I agree that Gwyn is prettier, but I do like the connection to the original of Guin. Congrats and enjoy your baby girl!

July 24, 2012 11:23 PM


I agree, that's a lovely name, and I recommend Gwyn as the nickname spelling.

By hyz
July 25, 2012 10:40 AM

Congratulations!!  What a lovely and distinctive name for your little girl!  I am on the fence about Gwyn v. Guin, but I think my vote would be for Gwyn, too, if you plan to use the nn very regularly.  That is, if a lot of people will be encountering her nn in writing, especially if they don't know the full name, Guin is unfamiliar and might cause pronunciation problems.  I don't think Gwyn is necessarily more attractive in writing, but it is more familiar.  I do tend to think that the nn will be used a lot, speaking as the mother of a preschooler who has to have all her clothes and other belongings labeled, and who likes to write her own (short) name quite a lot, too--so that's why my tendency is to go with Gwyn.  On the other hand, if she was going almost exclusively by Guinevere, in writing at least, then the spelling of the nn matters less, and I might be inclined to use Guin.     

By Guest (not verified)
July 25, 2012 12:48 PM

I vote for the Guin spelling of the nickname. It reminds me of the amazing author Ursula K. Le Guin, who discusses the pronunciation of her name here:

By Guest (not verified)
July 25, 2012 2:38 PM

Congratulations! Go with Gwyn. Plenty of nicknames do not follow the spelling of the full name.

By Guest (not verified)
July 25, 2012 5:59 PM

A beautifulname! Congrats!

July 25, 2012 9:10 PM

Congratulations! I adore her name :)

I also vote for Gwyn. Something about is just not right for me. I agree that nickname spelling doesn't have to relate to the full name spelling. As others have said, you can always change it down the track if you want to. I think I've changed the way I spell my nickname 3 times during my life - no big deal!

By Guest (not verified)
July 26, 2012 12:22 AM

Congrats!  Great name. 

I also vote for Gwyn.  Nicknames don't have to match the given name too closely.  Also, Guin reminds me of Guinness beer & the word gun. 

September 25, 2012 2:32 PM

That is a *sigh*-worthy name! Very beautiful. As for the nickname, I'd stick to Guin, or even Guinn ("rhymes with Quinn"), because once people make the connection to her full name the consistent spelling will be a helpful mnemonic. Congratulations!

By hyz
September 26, 2012 11:32 AM

Oh, I like this point.  "Guinn, rhymes with Quinn" or "Guinn, like Quinn with a G" gives you an easy way to describe both the spelling and pronunciation, and maintains the original spelling of the name while tying it to something that seems very current, and which people are likely to get.  Of course, you have to stick that extra N on there to make it a really simple explanation, but that doesn't bother me too much.

September 25, 2012 6:12 PM

Congratulations!  What a lovely name.  Count me as another vote for Gwyn.  I don't think nicknames always have to follow the spelling of the given name exactly and Gwyn is probably more familiar to most people.  It also looks nicer to me.

October 4, 2012 3:40 PM

My only suggestion for the spelling of the nickname, would be "Gwen", since there are multiple e's in her name.

Lovely name!  I know just how you feel about the Kardashian baby!  I was SO worried before I had my son that a celebrity would choose the name we already had picked!  I was most concerned about Jennifer Garner, because she was due just a few weeks before me, and her name style was most similar to mine.  (She named her son Samuel, ours is Elliott.)