If Shaun, Sean and Shawn are all pronounced the same than why is Dean not pronounced Dawn?

If Shaun, Sean and Shawn are all pronounced the same than why is Dean not pronounced Dawn?

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  1. Wait until you hear about how many different ways “ough” is pronounced in English. For example… though, through, cough, rough, plough, ought, borough.

  2. Sean is an Irish name and it therefore carries slightly different pronunciation. Shaun and Shawn are pronounced the way the average American or British person would think they’re pronounced – they probably spelt it this way for that reason.

  3. Shaun, Sean, and Shawn are just gallic ways of saying John. There isn’t a J sound in Gallic languages, so they use an SH.

    Dean and Dawn are separate words with separate origins. English isn’t like other languages where is strict grammatical rules, English came about by fusing other languages together, which is why it is inconsistent but flexible.

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