(Closed) Names with multiple correct pronunciations?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • 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 # 8
3028 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
14496 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
5883 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
1020 posts
Bumble bee

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
605 posts
Busy bee
  • 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.

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