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Interestingly enough is this, purportedly from Gaddis himself, as
quoted by A READER'S GUIDE TO WILLIAM GADDIS'S ?THE RECOGNITIONS?:
?Asked once how to pronounce ?Gwyon?, Gaddis said he didn't know; he
had never said it aloud. It probably should be pronounced as one
syllable, like "Gwynne," its modern form.?
A READER'S GUIDE TO WILLIAM GADDIS'S ?THE RECOGNITIONS?
This appears to be confirmed by numerous mentions about the original
name GWION, which sounds very similar to Gwynne and could very well
have become Gwynne over the years.
The name Gwyon is a very, very old name and appears in THE MERIONETH
LAY SUBSIDY ROLL for the years 1292-1293, many centuries before Gaddis
was born. This was a tax roll of Welsh people living in northwestern
Wales. A SIMPLE GUIDE TO CONSTRUCTING 13TH CENTURY WELSH NAMES,
relying on the information in this historical tax role, indicates that
the name GWYON is a variation of the original name GWION, both of
which appear to be pronounced: ?GWEE-ON? (in the Welsh languages of
the time ?GWI-? and ?GWY-? were typically pronounced ?GWEE-?)
So as you can see, the name GWION/GWYON in it?s early form would have
been ?GWEE-ON?, but the assumption made by A READER'S GUIDE TO WILLIAM
GADDIS'S ?THE RECOGNITIONS? that the pronunciation of the name is
?GWEN? (similar to the way the name ?GWYNNE? sounds) as Gaddis
surmised is logically correct.
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