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Sian is actually spelt "Siân"-- that is, using an A with a 'roof' over it (I can't remember the proper name for that, sorry). This is because that particular A, in Welsh, makes the vowel long; the pronunciation isn't 'SHAN', but more at 'SHAHN' (though in an American accent of course, this would pretty much just sound the same as Sean). [noted -ed]
-- Anonymous User  3/21/2005
The circumflex is known as a 'to bach' in Welsh, this translates as 'little roof'. This lengthens the vowel sound to 'ar'. I think it would be better phonetically written as 'Sharn'.

In France people often think you're saying that your name is John as there pronunciation of John is similar to Siân. And a lot of people think it's an Irish boys name rather than a Welsh girls name.
-- sixtyfoothigh  7/18/2005
There is a girl I know who pronounces her name like SYE-ANN.
-- Anonymous User  12/4/2006
I hate when people pronounce it See-ann Sigh-ann! My mom's guide to teaching Americans to pronounce my name when I was little was always "It sounds like 'sha na na' not like 'fawn'"

It took a fair amount of explaining since "Shawna" was a very popular name when I was a kid.
-- Siani  1/8/2007
Something to bear in mind if you are thinking of calling your daughter Siân - they will have to put up with people mispronouncing it all the time (unless they live in Wales that is!). I'm forever having my name pronounced Sye-Anne or See-Anne, or worse still Sean (Shawn).

But I agree with what someone else has written on here - it's nice to have a name that is still fairly unusual and it is often a conversation starter (albeit, if only to correct people on their pronunciation of it or to tell them no, it's not Irish or French!).
-- sian jenkins  7/2/2007
I read through all of this and I still don't know how to pronounce it. I thought it was just like "Sean". Now I'm confused?
-- StinkweedMcGilicutty  8/15/2007
Pronounced SHAAN - it's one syllable. Also, the ^ circumflex is essential in Wales, or you end up with SHAN.
-- Sforzando  11/15/2007
I'm British and my mum's name is pronounced an odd way (sea-anne). It all comes down to when her mum saw somebody pronounce Sian Phillips' name that way on the TV and thought it was some unique, fashionable name. Grandmas can be strange like that.
-- lhuekleleo  6/24/2013
I had a friend whose family was of Welsh descent, and this was her middle name as well as her mother's first name. (Neither of them spelled it with the accent, though.) Anyway, they pronounced it like 'Shan', rhyming with 'van'.

But there was a teacher at a school of mine who was Welsh-American, and she was also named Siân; however, she would tell everyone to pronounce it like 'Sean'.
-- KatieFisCosetteF  8/17/2013
My name is Siân and I'm just starting secondary school. Because my name is so uncommon, when teachers first see the name they pronounce it Sean or see-ann. To be honest, I'm thinking of just telling people I've never met before to just call me Jane!
-- Anonymous User  11/30/2015
Most people that are named with this name have it pronounced sharn/see-anne/shawn/c-en but if that wasn't hard enough, my mother has it pronounced see-arn and it kills me!
-- Sianwishes  12/11/2015
My name is Sian I'm actually Irish but I don't pronounce it like it should be pronounced. When I was born my mother saw the name in a newspaper. When she read it her automatic pronunciation of the name was (see-Ann). I've had trouble correcting people all my life, I've been called all sorts of names but I do like the fact that it is unique.
-- Anonymous User  1/8/2016
I've looked through quite a few of the previous comments about this name and there is only one other who has the same pronunciation as me. I'm from Australia and my name is pronounced See-arn ('arn' like 'barn'). Almost no one can pronounce it properly on the first go, but I admit I love it because it is so unique, and I have never met another Sian.
-- banana  1/9/2016
I'm loving this thread! My name is Siân, my Mum is from Cardiff and we live in Canada. She's always told me Siân means Jane "God's gracious gift". With her Welsh accent she pronounces it "Sh-ahn", which rhymes with barn or "B-ahn". So in my Canadian accent I always clarify it by saying Siân "sharn" rhymes with barn. It's a great ice breaker and I'm always sure when someone doesn't know me on the phone. Nice to meet you, Ladies!
-- macdonaldsian  3/5/2016
I would guess if you are an American naming your child that in America, Sian with no punctuation mark above the A it would be pronounced (Sigh an) the rule is when 2 vowels go out walking the first one does the talking!
-- bebey  4/25/2016

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