It started as joking around on Twitter. We were discussing how Arwen had used an anagram of a name in a blog post so that people could still figure out the real name but it wouldn't be Googleable (though she stumped us all with Cessia: she had to tell us to switch the E and the A). Then everyone started doing it with their kids' names, to be funny. Then Maureen referred to her husband Andrew as Drewan, and I said: "You do realize that Drewan is a GENIUS CREATION of a name. Like, a VIABLE creation. I think this is a Name to Consider post."
There. I think that brings you up to date on how this came about.
The good things about Drewan:
1. It fits right into the popular -en sound category (Devan, Logan, Mason, Braden, Cameron, Evan, Greyson, Ethan, Nathan).
2. It sounds similar to Owen and Rowan (and of course similar to Drew and Andrew), which I think is very helpful when launching a new name: sounding like established names helps a name to Sound Like A Real Name.
3. It's a solution for people who want the name Drew for a nickname, but want a non-Andrew longer version for the given name.
The possible downsides:
1. Is it a girl name or a boy name? When I consider it each way, it seems a little too girlish for a boy name and a little too boyish for a girl name (spelling it Drewyn would make it look more girlish). But I call this a possible downside because that's the sort of thing a lot of people are looking for: a sensitive/gentle boy name, a not-obviously-a-girl girl name.
2. It makes me think of Druids, and it rhymes with the word "ruin." Again, I put this as a possible downside because many names sound like other words or rhyme with other words, but we stop noticing this when they stop being sounds and start being established names. Isabel sounds like "is a bell"; Violet sounds like violent; John rhymes with con; Lee rhymes with pee; etc.: they're definitely things to consider, but they aren't necessarily name-breakers.
What do you think of Drewan? Does it have name potential? Remember that when we consider these names, it's not just a matter of whether we like the name ourselves (though of course we want to discuss that TOO, because it's FUN), or about whether we approve of invented or highly unusual names: it's about whether, considering we know people have all different tastes in names, we think a name has NAME POTENTIAL. Does it...sound like a name? And what do we think are the upsides and downsides of it as a name?
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