Why does h have two different names in Welsh, namely âets and (variants: ha, he, hi, hy)? And what other examples are there of letters known in a language under two or more names for the same reasons? (The reasons for âets and may not be the same as those for either zed and zee or aitch and haitch in English).

  • I would think the most popular name for it would by hy. I never write the names of the letters, but that's certainly how I would pronounce it when saying the alphabet. I have never heard anyone say . Commented May 25, 2015 at 6:24
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    My guess would be borrowing.
    – curiousdannii
    Commented May 27, 2015 at 9:00

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i don't know anyone who says âets or hâ, it is more or less always pronounced hy when reciting the alphabet and such. i'm not sure where you got the hâ idea from, but âets is most likely borrowed from english

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