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I'm a Ceri. Before I lived in Wales, people often used to assume that it was pronounced "Seri". If it were actually said like that, I'd have to say that'd be a little tragic as my surname contains S's.
Despite always having to add "spelt the Welsh way" or "with a C" whenever people ask me my name, I quite like the spelling. It adds a quirky touch to what would otherwise be a not-very-unusual name.
― Anonymous User  2/21/2009
Apparently my parents called me Ceri thinking it was short for Ceridwen. I always thought they were wrong, but now BTN tells me they were actually right after all.

Sorry mum and dad!
SandSea  3/23/2010
The reason behind people naturally pronouncing "Ceri" as "sair-ee" is that in English, a "C" before an "E" is traditionally pronounced as an "S". I find it very hard to believe that so many people believe that others should be well brought-up in Welsh as to articulate it as "care-ee"/"KE-re", or the such.

All in all, unless it is pronounced "sair-ee", I really am not a large fan of this diminutive... nor am I a fan of "Ceridwen", by any means.
Francesca  8/3/2010
I'm a Ceri, and I love the name. I'm a writer and storyteller, and I love the meaning and history of the name Ceridwen (and the diminuative Ceri).

I've had many people mispronounce Ceri before, but it doesn't really bother me. Everyone I've met has been happy to pronounce it correctly once they know how. The most anyone has said is, "In English, c before e is soft", to which I answer that "Ceri" isn't an English name; it's a Welsh name and in Welsh "c" is ALWAYS hard.
― Anonymous User  7/2/2013
My father was from Europe. I am 1st generation in the US for my family. My parents gave me the name Ceridwen named after a Welsh princess (Wales) from the 1800's. They called me Ceri (pronounced Kerri) - Ceri is the Welsh spelling for Kerri. I grew up in a country town - Woodstock, GA. I had to tell everybody how to pronounce my name. It was so aggravating growing up! Now I love it. Ceri.
Cerib  10/10/2014

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