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    Does any English-speaking person choose "Prynne" as their name?

    I noticed this name in the novel "The Scarlet Letter" (the main character, Hester Prynne, and people called her Prynne).
    Because it sounds like my Chinese name very much, I decided to pick this name as my English name.
    I looked up this name in the dictionary, but it's a family name. Then I searched it in the babynames.com , and it's not in the name list.
    So I hope someone can tell me whether it is a weird or an odd name. Thanks

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    Re: Does any English-speaking person choose "Prynne" as their name?

    As a given name, it would be unusual in the US.

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    Re: Does any English-speaking person choose "Prynne" as their name?

    Likewise in the UK.

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    Re: Does any English-speaking person choose "Prynne" as their name?

    Prynne is the family name and as such is not particularly unusual; the first name is Hester. Prynne would be very unusual as a first name but Hester is common enough.
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    Re: Does any English-speaking person choose "Prynne" as their name?

    Thanks for your reply.
    Is it OK to have the name "Brynn"? Prynne is unusual, but is it weird?

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    Re: Does any English-speaking person choose "Prynne" as their name?

    If 'Prynne' had been weird, Mike, bhaisahab and I would have said so.

    Bryn (the Welsh word for 'hill') and its variants Brin, Brynn and Brynne are very common names for boys – especially in Wales.

    EDIT: I've just discovered that Bryn (and presumably its variants) is also becoming popular as a girls' name as well (click on the underlined link to see my source).
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 01-Sep-2014 at 08:21.

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    Re: Does any English-speaking person choose "Prynne" as their name?

    I have only encountered "Brynn" and "Brynne" as a female name.

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    Re: Does any English-speaking person choose "Prynne" as their name?

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    Prynne is unusual, but is it weird?
    The most likely reaction would be to ask you to repeat the name or to try to think of a first name that sounds similar. We don't call people by their family names much nowadays, though it was very common in the past.

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