Post # 1
There is a name my husband and I really like.
Except when I first saw the name it was under a spelling in which the correct pronunciation is not the way I like to pronounce it. I love the meaning of the name, full of joy, bc what more do I want for my child than for her to be happy in life? It’s also of Gaelic origin and my husband is German/Irish so I love that it’s from her ancestry.
The way I like to pronounce it there is a name out there pronounced that way. But I do not like that spelling, I find it to be old fashioned. And she already will have a old fashioned middle name. The middle name is after my husband’s maternal grandmother so we are not changing that. I don’t want to give her a old fashioned first and middle name.
What are your thoughts on pronouncing a name differently than the masses will?
I know people will get it wrong but hey people get my name wrong all the time as well and it’s not a big deal to me.
My husband is still pondering so just curious what the Bee’s opinion is!
Post # 3
@regberadaisy:i’m a little confused as to what you are saying. but i think it’s silly for parents to name their kids a name that is pronounced differently from how it’s spelled unless it’s spelled and pronounced differently historically… if that makes sense. like, like naming your kid kharisteen and say it’s pronouned christian… that’s just weird.
you may not mind that people would get it wrong but your kid might mind.
Post # 4
I’m sorry, but words cannot describe how much I hate this. I’ll be brutally honest because this is a major pet peeve of mine. My mom is a teacher and every year it gets worse, this year we were in like hysterics going through her class list. You’ll get annoyed at the way people are pronouncing it, and they’ll basically be like, “Gee, sorry for following the rules of phonetics and pronouncing things the way they are spelled…” I think it’s quite annoying.
Post # 5
My nephews and niece have Gaelic names, and I am going to be perfectly honest, they get made fun of ALOT because of them. If you do it, you may want to look at the names from a 4th graders perspective. It really made my nephews and niece huge targets that stayed with them and shaped their HS experiences.
I do have to say that my whole family thought my sister was nuts for using those names, but we are not Irish! so the names had no history or family tradition with us.
Post # 6
Sorry I don’t like this either. To me this is way to trendy and your child is going to hate having to say no my name is pronounced this way even though it is spelled this way.
Post # 7
Don’t think of it from your POV, think of it from the POV of your daughter. She is the one that is always going to have to correct people.
I know parents like to give their children unique and different names, but they are the ones that have to live their lives correcting people.
I find it a pain to have to correct people when they say my last name incorrectly, I don’t think i’d like to do it with my first name.
Just some food for thought!
Post # 8
Maybe you can say the name? I’m generally not a fan of pronouncing names differently than the usual pronunciation. Darling Husband works with a guy- Ryan and he pronounces it ReeAnn.
Post # 9
From someone whose name has multiple spelling and pronunciation options…proceed with extreme caution.
Post # 11
I’m not a fan. But I’m interested in finding exceptions – What’s the name?
Post # 12
Wow! I really appreciate everyone’s opinon.
For the record I’m not doing it because it’s “trendy”.
Without googling how would you pronounce Meara?
Post # 13
As someone who has a last name that is pronounced differently than it is spelled, your child will live a lifetime full of awkward moments where they have to correct every person they meet because they just, understandably, butchered their name. I have a very simple one syllable name, but it’s pronounced like something you would never think and I’ve hated it since I was born, but it’s not like that name was chosen for me. If my parents actually intended to put me through this, I would have changed my name.
I’m also a teacher, and I second the comment about the names. I hate those parents.
Post # 14
@regberadaisy: I would pronounce it as Me-air-uh
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