(Closed) What do you think of pronouncing a name not the way it is spelled?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
  • poll: What do you think of pronouncing a name not the way it is spelled?
    Hate it : (154 votes)
    86 %
    Love it : (6 votes)
    3 %
    Do what you & husband want! : (19 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    244 posts
    Helper bee

    @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
    4803 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    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
    14494 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
    6830 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
    1231 posts
    Bumble bee

    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
    3374 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
    2104 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    From someone whose name has multiple spelling and pronunciation options…proceed with extreme caution. 

    Post # 10
    1177 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I can’t stand it.

    Post # 11
    2559 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I’m not a fan. But I’m interested in finding exceptions – What’s the name?

    Post # 13
    487 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    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
    9482 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @regberadaisy: I would pronounce it as Me-air-uh

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