My first name is spelled Jolyon. I have been unsure of how to pronounce it all my life. Throughout the years I have heard several variations, but I would ideally like to determine the "correct" form - or at least the most agreed upon version. I believe the name is of British origin, perhaps similar to Julian. I wondered if it should have 2 syllables, as in "jol-yen", or 3 as in "jo-le-en" or "jo-le-un". Typically, when someone asks me how to say my name, I admit that I do not know the correct way, and go by whatever is easiest for that particular person to say; I sort of adopted a version that slurs the first part to "jole" and tack on "yon" (like the word yawn) but, again, have no idea if this is preferred. A lot of folks back in high school would avoid the whole thing and just use Jolly as my nickname.

If anyone has an idea or some suggestions, I would really appreciate your help. Many thanks! Emotion: smile

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Hi Jolyon

It's your name, and I think you can pronounce it any way you like. I would pronounce it Jo-lee-yun with emphasis on first syllable.
How did your parents pronounce it? They must have had in mind how they wanted it to sound.
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I think it should be whatever you like the most!

If you have time (and a microphone) can you please consider uploading a sound file of your name to my website (www dot saythatname dot com)?

I am trying to build an online audio database of names from around the world. I have only just got started, so your name will be one of the first.

Other members of English Forums are welcome to upload as well!Emotion: smile

Hey whats up. My name is also Jolyon and I've had the same problem. I havent known exactly how to pronounce it. My mother got the name from The Forsyte Saga, a book that also became a television series in England. Undoubtedly it is related to Julian, which - believe it or not, is an Italian name for a boy. Jolyon is the *** variant of Julian. But...who cares about Italy.

My grandparents in England would call me "joly-yah'n". But as I live in America, my parents and I most often use "joe-lee-un" ('joe' is short, like 'jo'). When I introduce myself at a party or some other loud envronment, I usually just use Jol (Joel, but short). It saves me about 3 minutes of saying, explaining, etc. And, lastly - my cousins in England just call me Joe.

So I guess I have like 3 or 4 different names I answer to. Even though its a strange name, I love it - its fun and is really versatile and unique. You'd be amazed how many cute cashiers will strike up a conversation based on how 'cute' they think my name is. Hah - whatever.

Take care guys.
my names jolyon as well.

when I was younger I used to introduce myself as jol at parties and such...and dreaded having to explain my name to teachers at roll call and the like.

anyway now I'm a bit older and really enjoy having a unique name.

as for the pronunciation..i always used jol-ee-on. My mum named me from the BBC drama the Forsyte Saga...so I guess she got the pronunciation from there.

BBC recently did another version of the Forsyte Saga...I'm sure you could get it somewhere.

good luck

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I am just passing through this site searching for something else really (Yahoo's useless) and I came across this.

My father is in fact a Phonetician and as this name contains a J and a Y the correct pronunciation of Jolyon would be Joll (as in Jolly) and yon (as in yonder).

Etymologically it comes from Pig Latin -Jo- (is) -L- (next) -Yo<rah>- Emotion: time -N<i>- (age) Perfect translation would be Next Generation.

Hope I have been of help.
Jolyon comdes from Latin Julian, The "J" will be spelled like the "J" i n "Julian" too. -:)
Great to read this thread

Any further thoughts on pronounciation or origin wrt Jolyon most welcome

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