Post # 1
I am aiming for the pronunciation “muh-KI-ruh” where KY rhymes with eye. I don’t want the name to have too many letters, vowels, or the letter Y. I thought “makira” would work but many people seem to pronounce it in a way that rhymes with Shakira (the singer). Opinions please!
Post # 2
I think no matter how you spell it, people are going to get it wrong.
Post # 3
“The Atlantic blue marlin is placed in the genus Makaira. This name is derived from the Greek word machaira, meaning “a short sword or bent dagger”, and the Latin machaera, “sword””
Post # 4
That’s most likely your best bet, but people are still going to mess it up.
Post # 6
Makaira or Makyra I think are your best bets, but even then this is still one of those names that just has the potential to get mispronounced. That’s life though…if you’re going for a name that’s a bit unique, it’s just something to deal with.
Post # 7
When I saw “Makira” I would pronounce it MAC-ira (like a big Mac then rhyming with Shakira) .
If you want the hard “i” sound, I think you need a “y”.
Makyra would be your best bet. But even then, I think it will often be mispronounced.
Post # 8
If you don’t want a Y then Makaira would be your best bet….but I have a feeling that it would always get misspelled. You say you don’t want too many vowels either, but I don’t think you’d get the right pronounciation without them.
Post # 9
Makaira seems to be the best
Post # 10
As a person who’s always had to spell and pronounce her maiden name for people, my advice is if you have to ask this question, pick a different name.
Post # 11
I do not recommend Mkyra as I know two people with the name Kyra which is pronounced like Kira/Keira (Kee-rah).
Post # 12
karmalkween: Definitely Makaira.
As one poster said and according to a baby name website, “Kyra \k(y)-ra\ as a girl’s name is pronounced KEER-ah.” So I don’t think that Makyra works as the best way to spell the name.
Read more at http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Kyra#UkOcqTv3iDJKoGXL.99
Mrs.Sawyertobe: I have a name that can be pronounced one way in English, but I choose to pronounce it a different way that is more similar to how it is pronounced in every other country in the world (including the country of my heritage). And I have a last name I generally have to spell every time. I don’t mind. I’d rather be called by what I believe to be the proper pronounciation of my first name or have my last name spelled properly. Would I want to be Jenny Jones? No way. I love the uniqueness of my name!
There’s always that one person who says, “Pick a name that’s not hard to pronounce/spell/etc” but in reality your n=1 has no bearing on how the OP’s child will feel about her name. She may or may not like it and I think to suggest that OP change and her husband opinion about what to name their child based on that uncertainty is pretty out of line. Besides, naming your child a more common name does no make them immune to disliking their name.
Post # 13
I only think Makaira would work. I think it’ll be annoying sure. But I don’t tihnk it’s a deal breaker if you both love the name.
We have the name Milena on our list and the only reason it isn’t higher is bc of the many variations in pronunciation. I like “mih-len-na” best, like millenia but without the “ee” sound… but since it’s “mee-lay-na” as well, that bothers me.
Post # 14
brinny04: Love the name Milena. I’m Eastern European and it’s quite popular in my country of origin. There definitely could be some variation to how people from different Eastern European countries would pronounce the name, but it’s really not supposed to be pronounced “mee-lay-na” like what I’m imagining a typical American might say at first, so maybe that could give you some comfort. 😉
Post # 15
goodasitgets: really? I would assume the opposite. lol I knew a latina girl named Milena that was with the Mee-lay-na pn (spanish speaker). Maybe that’s why I worry that? I spent 9-11th grades in Miami, so the spanish pronunciates often come naturally to me atleast as something to consider. It’s not one of my fiance’s favorites though. So we will see. We’ve agreed on Allegra for a girl together (my daughter is Cordelia). So it’d only come into question if we’d have a third girl, he’s hoping for boys though lol