How do YOU pronounce the name Jeanne?

posted 3 years ago in Names
  • poll: How do you pronounce the name Jeanne?
    Jeen : (201 votes)
    61 %
    'Je-nee : (64 votes)
    19 %
    Jee-ann : (48 votes)
    15 %
    Other pronunciation (please specify) : (17 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    1515 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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
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    575 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    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
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I only pronounce it “Jee-anne” because I know someone with the same spelling and pronunciation.

    Post # 6
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    5432 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • 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 # 8
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    1067 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @hadleymae:  I say jean, but I’ve heard it pronounced genie

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @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
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    328 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I would pronounce it as Jean. I do know a Jeanne who pronounces it as Genie. My name is Jeannie =)

    Post # 11
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    10219 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Canadian here…

    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
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    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
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @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
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    2189 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    I had to stare at it. At first I thought it was Ja-neen, but then I settled on Jee-Ann.

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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?

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