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Both pronunciations are correct. First-language Welsh speakers pronounce it either 'shew-awn' or 'siew-awn'.

'Si' is pronounced 'shhh' before a vowel and 'si' before a consonant but the letter 'w' functions as a vowel or a consonant depending on the situation. First-language Welsh speakers will use either pronunciation depending on their dialect.
― Anonymous User  10/24/2016
It is a very beautiful name. However the correct way to pronounce it is Shee-oohanne. It is my sister's name and many people pronounce it wrong as See-oohanne. The traditional and correct way of saying it is with a Sh.
― Anonymous User  1/1/2015
It's pronounced 'shoo-ann', this is my name!
I am quite offended by these comments.
This is no place to call names 'Retarded'! But at least I don't have a boring name like... I don't know... 'Mary'?
xxElinorxx  4/22/2012
The way it's spelled is nice, but the way it's pronounced is RETARDED. This is a really dumb name, I'd actually prefer Joan to this.
mary26  7/19/2008
Retarded? Oh, thanks very much. I'm sure that's not in the slightest bit offensive to speakers of the Welsh language. It probably made their day.
― Anonymous User  8/4/2009
Here is a link to how it's pronounced:

It sounds like seew-ann or see-oo-ann.
― Anonymous User  6/17/2008
It's actually pronounced Seew-Anne, or that's how my history teachers pronounce it. Llywelyn The Great had a daughter or a sister or a wife called this.
DontDissMadison  12/1/2007
I like this name. I have a fascination with Welsh names at the moment. Since my name is Joan and this is the Welsh form of it, I would consider using this name!
― Anonymous User  11/30/2007
Pronounced "SHOO-awn". I think this name is beautiful! Joan isn't a very pretty name for me and Siwan and the Gaelic "Siobhán" really beautify this rather dull name.
gaelruadh19  4/28/2005
I would just like to say that I don't know where you get the idea that it's said "SHOO-awn" from. It's "See-wan".
DontDissMadison  5/1/2008

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