Post # 1
So Darling Husband and I are not TTC but we will be in the not too distant future and in the meantime we like talking about names. One of our favorite girl names has multiple correct pronunciations and unfortunately the way we want to pronounce it is the less common way.
There are so many names with multiple pronunciations. Andrea, Helena, Alicia, Tamera, Sandra, Brianna, the list goes on. Does anyone here have a name like this? Is it a huge pain correcting people on the prnounciation or do you hardly notice? Would you name your child a name that has multiple correct pronunciations?
I have a unique name so I correct people on the pronunciation ALL THE TIME. It doesn’t bother me but I guess it just goes with the territory of a unique name. However, for more mainstream names you’d think that would be avoided. Guess not.
Post # 3
I have a very common name that can be pronounced two ways: Sarah. I get about 50/50 “Serra” vs. “Sah-rah” – even my parents pronounce it differently. I really don’t care at all. I just decided which way *I* prefer to pronounce it and introduce myself accordingly (I go with the “Serra” pronunciation).
I wouldn’t have an issue goving my kid a name with multiple pronunciations.
Post # 4
I think having a pronounecable name (ie phonetic) would be more important to me than one with multiple pronunciations. Teachers can be easily corrected on the first day of school that it is Aleesha not alice-eeya or whatever, and when she introduces herself to friends/new people it will like be in person so they will hear the pronunciation from her, the way she wants it.
Post # 5
My name is Breanna. It’s pronounced Bree-Anna. I’ve been called Breanne, Brenna, Brenda, Brittney, Bree-Onna….. I could go on and on. I correct people and I’ve been doing it my whole life. It doesn’t bother me because I want people to say my name right.
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
It would drive me crazy as a parent to correct people all the time while the child is young. So no, I wouldn’t use a name that has multiple correct pronounciations.
Post # 7
The irritating thing is that I was born in Europe and there, the name only has one possible pronunciation so I never even considered that in America there are multiple pronunciations for the name. Even though I’ve lived here for 20 year I guess I’ve just never hear the name pronounced by anyone. And then suddenly, looking at baby naming websites I noticed that it had multiple pronunciations and that the way that its pronounced in Europe is the less common way in America. I wasn’t thrilled.
Post # 8
You mentioned my name: Alicia. My dad is Peruvian and it is pronounced Ali-e-see-a. My whole life people have messed it up. When I was in elementary school it was a disaster and every teacher would be politely corrected that it wasn’t Al-e-sh-a or spelled Alyssa or Alyssea… By Junior High I wanted to be Jennifer or something normal.
Alas by 14/15 years old I loved my name, it’s unique, it’s ethnic, not boring or generic, it’s memorable to boot. So in short it’s not bad, I dont’ correct store clerks or people who I don’t consider friends, those who know me know how to say it and learn it fast. It’s actually kind of funny because if I get a phone call and someone says it wrong, I hang up since it’s obviously a sales call.
We are TTC’ing and considering a few of these style names, hoping our kid will not hate us for calling him Ben-ja-min and adding an accent on it. This might be a struggle of compromise.
Post # 9
I think multiple prounciation is fine. People will usually pick up on it pretty quick by the way you introduce yourself, or if you have to correct people. What kills me is when people try to be so unique that they try to change the rules of English and have a name pronounced nothing like you would think it should be.
Post # 10
DH’s name has multiple pronunciations and people always call him the wrong name. Even when he tells them! They just sort of go with what they know. He is used to it, I guess it just comes with the territory. I have a fairly mainstream name that has two pronunciations and most people just ask which way it goes. Some people call me the wrong one and I usually just deal with it, but most people ask. Not really a big deal to me.
Post # 11
As a teacher, it drove me insane. One year I had2 students with the name Tamara. One pronounced it TAM-e-ra, the other ta-MAR-a. Drove me insane. I could never say their name right.
Post # 12
Is there a more phonetic way to spell it? I love the way Sebastian pronounces Ariel’s name in The Little Mermaid. So were I go that route, rather than name her Ariel, I’d name her Arielle.
Post # 13
Multiple pronounciations aren’t a problem in my book, as long as you don’t change the spelling to make the pronounciation clear. Take Madeleine for example – such a beautiful name, even if the pronounciation is ambiguous. However, maybe it’s just the current name trends, but the Madelyn spelling takes a lot of the majesty out of the name for me. 😛
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2014 - Brazil Room
There are 3 different ways to pronounce my name and I usually respond to all of them. The thing that drives me crazy is when people spell my name wrong… it’s only 3 letters, people! They always want to put an “I” where there’s really an “E” ugh.
Post # 15
@pinkshoes: I also can’t stand that.
@cbee: so glad to hear it’s not a big deal.
@EastMeetsBarn: there are more phonetic ways of spelling the name as there is with any name but I think it’s sort of stupid to insert a bunch of vowels to make people sound out the name you know? It loses the elegance of the name as @Luvdisc: mentioned.
@NovaGrey: oh geez. Can I ask what your name is? I’m so curious now.