What do you think is the ethnic or National origin of the surname 'Nyhan?'

IME, on the telephone, in conversation with native English speakers, it has been mistaken as an Asian name on a number of occasions, particularly when the 'h' is stressed.

In face to face conversation with native English speakers, it has been mistaken as Germanic or Slavic.

My partner is a native Russian speaker and she says it sounds distinctly English, as do almost all non-native English speakers.

2 Replies to “What do you think is the ethnic or National origin of the surname 'Nyhan?'”

  1. Either Middle Eastern or Irish.  My own name Moyne is a not uncommon name in Ireland but in fact I am Persian and my name is a English version of my Farsi name.  I would imagine Nyhan could have similar roots. 
     
     
    Knowing the real Adam Nyhan though, I know this is just one of your many stage names for the 70's style funk/jazz acts you often play with.

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