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According to multiple sources, Nguyên is a popular unisex given name in Vietnam. With 989 683 bearers, Nguyên is the 19th most common given name in Vietnam (2014 Data). About 52% of bearers of this name are Female in Vietnam (2014 Data).

Sources: https://forebears.io/forenames/nguyen
http://www.studentsoftheworld.info/penpals/stats.php?Pays=VTN
It's only ugly if you pronounce it in an English accent!
This name is also pronounced "WIN."
Nguyên is also used as a feminine name in Vietnamese. However, it's more common for males. So, I think that the "Gender" of this name should be changed from "Masculine" to "Masculine & Feminine".

Source: https://forebears.io/forenames/nguyen
If you're not Vietnamese then do not name your kid this!
Click here to see to correct pronunciation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX7kITrT9G0&t=43s
According to Buzzfeed it is pronounced "WENG".
I can't help but think of this as a surname, several people I've seen around facebook have it.

Also, I think it's pronounced NYOON.
A famous bearer of Nguyen (as a surname anyway) are reporter Leyna Nguyen, actress Anh Thu Nguyen Thi, photographer Thao Phuong Nguyen, polimetrician Linh Nguyen, actor Dustin Nguyen, general Van Thieu Nguyen.
It looks hard to pronounce, and I can't get over the fact that a VERY large proportion of Vietnamese people have this as a surname.
Pronounced "Noo-yehn".
This is the most common Vietnamese surname. The closest an English speaker can get to the actual pronunciation is "win."
My brother's teacher's last name (she is Vietnamese). Pronounced: nih-GOY-in.
This can also be a surname.

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