Is it incorrect to pronounce the name Ceri — which is of Welsh origin I think — as seri instead of keri?


It is pronounced KE-ri. You can find the source here.

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  • yes, but would the pronunciation I suggested be incorrect? – user15851 May 27 '13 at 10:45
  • @user: Personally, I've never heard it pronounced otherwise. Perhaps another member of the community has different experience. Wait and see. – Irene May 27 '13 at 10:49
  • @user It would be incorrect if it was meant to be a Welsh name. In Welsh the 'c' is always a hard 'k' sound. 'Celt' and 'Celtic' (as in race of people) should always be pronounced 'Kelt' and 'Keltic'. The exception is the Scottish football team Celtic which calls itself 'Seltic' for some reason. – Mynamite May 27 '13 at 11:05
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    If it's your own name, in the U.S. at least, you can pronounce it any way you want. Consider Colin Powell. The only drawback is that everybody else will mispronounce it and people might think you're weird. – Peter Shor May 27 '13 at 13:57
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    Well, on a sample of 100% of the men I have known called Ceri, they all pronounced it 'Kerry'. (Okay there was just one of him, but he was welsh.) – Spagirl Oct 3 '17 at 11:08

Yes, it would be wrong to pronounce it as Seri.

Think Catherine or Callum: you say the C like K.

Ceri is my name and as soon as I leave Wales people have trouble pronouncing it. It’s pronounced the same as Kerry; it's just the Welsh Celtic spelling.

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    +1 mostly for being correct, but partially for being Welsh :-) – Phil M Jones Jul 9 '13 at 15:12
  • +1 Glad to see an answer from someone called Ceri. Remembering the word "Celtic" ( I always pronounce with 'k' ) helps avoid mispronouncing your name. Thx for dropping by Ceri. – user15851 Jul 10 '13 at 12:53

Names are pronounced as the owner wishes them to be; imagine how you would feel if somebody told you you were pronouncing your name 'wrongly'. Ceri is of Welsh origin, and pronounced with a hard c in Welsh, so most Ceris use that pronunciation. But there is nothing to prevent a mother seeing the name in print and giving it to her daughter, pronounced with a soft c.

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  • Exactly the point I wanted to make. +1 – Colin Fine Feb 26 '14 at 10:48
  • Isn't it a male name? The only Ceri I ever knew was a welsh bloke. – Spagirl Oct 3 '17 at 11:11

My name is Ceri and I hate it when people pronounce my name with an S. I know that C and be said with an S sound, but it simple really. C for Cat. You never hear any one going Satherine, instead of Catherine. So why is it any different with Ceri?

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    So how would you pronounce "Cyril" and "Cecil" and "Cilla"? I could go on... Ceri is a Welsh name, and it has its own unique pronunciation rule, don't expect others to automatically know them. – Mari-Lou A Feb 26 '14 at 9:59
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    And, if you go to Italy expect to be called Cherry. Every language has its own pronunciation rules. Ce at the front of a word is usually pronounced Se in English. Ke would be pronounced the way you expect it to be pronounced. – David M Feb 26 '14 at 16:18

the name is of Welsh/Celtic origin and roughly translates to fair, blessed poetry. It is short for Ceridwen and is properly pronounced Keridwen.

That being said, my name is Ceridwyn, or Ceri for short. My mother liked the sound of a soft c as opposed to a hard c, so I've always been known as Seridwyn or Seri. Technically having "wyn" as opposed to "wen" is grammatically incorrect as well (WYN is masculine; WEN is feminine), but I quite like my name, as do others. People tend to like the sound of Seri; it sounds like a variant of Sara.

Note: Nobody is going to judge you if you like the name with a soft c ("s") [save for the Welsh], so say it however you want. Names should be fun!

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