Post # 1
Hi! So I was daydreaming about baby names (not seriously thinking about having kids yet, just for fun), and I thought the name Jeanne would be awesome for a potential future daughter’s middle name, as it combines my mother’s and my MIL’s middle names – in written form, anyway – Jean and Anne. I have heard several different versions of this name, and I’m pondering what the most commonly recognized way to pronouce it is. Please let me know how you say it!
Post # 3
I have a friend names Jeanine (Ja-neen), and it makes me think of her name so thats prob how I would say it.
Post # 4
The French way — zhen, a light flick of the tongue at the end to make the feminine ending work. It’s the French equivalent of Joan, as in Joan of Arc/Jeanne d’Arc.
Post # 5
I only pronounce it “Jee-anne” because I know someone with the same spelling and pronunciation.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
I pronounce it ‘Jeen’, but I find it really confusing for some reason aha. I know it’s a normal name, but I wouldn’t feel confident saying it out loud to someone.
Post # 7
@mistress_anne: I really love that pronunciation, and I think I prefer it! Though I’m not sure I can get my very Americanized family to follow suit…
Post # 8
@hadleymae: I say jean, but I’ve heard it pronounced genie
Post # 9
@hadleymae: All I can say is persistance, really, the same way anyone’s family learns to pronounce a name that’s uncommon or outside of their ethnicity.
Post # 10
I would pronounce it as Jean. I do know a Jeanne who pronounces it as Genie. My name is Jeannie =)
Post # 11
Jeanne… is French for Joan – Jean – Jane
It is properly pronounced as a Soft j … like found in “juice”
And not like a Hard J like found in “Just”
The closest way to describe is to say Jaaaawn
Altho in the USA, many just pronounce it as Jean… or various other incarnations.
Hope this helps,
PS… I agree with the Bee who said, the important thing is how YOU pronounce it and introduce the name to others in your family / social circle. People will follow suit.
Post # 12
When I see it, I think “Jean”, but its my grandma’s name and she is Grandma “Genie” so one of those two pronunciations.
Post # 13
@This Time Round: Stupid American here apparently (lol), but is there a difference in the phonics of juice and just? I’d say they’re essentially the same sound…
Post # 14
I had to stare at it. At first I thought it was Ja-neen, but then I settled on Jee-Ann.
Post # 16
Canadian bee here, I have to echo my other fellow Canadians. I’d pronounce it gaawn (with the g sound like gelato) if that makes sense?