Today, I have been chastised. Well and truly. I’ve been saying my name wrongly for my whole life and not only does this make me very stupid but also it has caused great unsettlement to a Welsh gentleman who took the time to write me this email:
If you must insist on pronouncing your name in the manner that you do, then by all means get it changed by deed poll to Cyan. If (as it seems) you’re not happy with the proper Welsh pronunciation, why then did you not just adopt the English translation…Jane? Being a proud Welshman I find your misuse of this name as a total insult and slight towards the people of Wales. Unless of course you were named after the Chinese city, but being honest I can’t really envisage that!
Unfortunately I was given my name when I was very little, i.e. born, and my parents cruelly made me answer to the pronunciation Sigh-ann throughout my childhood, so I sort of got used to it. I thought it was pronounced that way as I don’t have a circumflex over my ‘a’. I never realised it was such a contentious issue!
But honestly, truly, I’m sorry if the way I say my my name causes offence to anyone out there, in Wales or elsewhere x