How would you pronounce 'Daan' in English

(22 Posts)
DizziDoll Wed 20-Mar-13 22:37:31

We are still struggling to find names and are due in 6 weeks. It is starting to stress me out!!

We are Dutch speakers living in England and though we prefer a Dutch name (as the other 2 DC have a Dutch name as well), it has to be pronounceable in English.

So the front runners at the moment are:

Girl: Lotta (no problem with Pronunciation here)
Boy: Daan (the Dutch version of Dan). How would you pronounce it if you see it?

SanityClause Wed 20-Mar-13 22:39:17

Darn.

Probably like Dan but with a Sarf London accent wink grin

HaDeHaDeHa Wed 20-Mar-13 22:39:24

Darn

FunnysInLaJardin Wed 20-Mar-13 22:40:21

Darn

Bumbolina Wed 20-Mar-13 22:40:27

I just see 'daan south'

CelticPromise Wed 20-Mar-13 22:40:29

I would ask wink but guessing I'd say Darn like darning needle, so a long ah sound.

chickensaladagain Wed 20-Mar-13 22:40:51

I would be a heathen and pronounce it Dan unless told otherwise

DizziDoll Wed 20-Mar-13 22:42:32

Darn - ok, that is not too bad. That is the pronunciation in Dutch too.
Thanks!

crunchbag Wed 20-Mar-13 22:45:11

You could try 'Daantje' wink

DizziDoll Wed 20-Mar-13 22:46:29

'Dan' would be fine too, though we can't use that as the actual name as it means 'then' in Dutch.

For a giggle, here are some names we like in Dutch but had to eliminate immediately:

- Floor
- Ferre
- Bent

DizziDoll Wed 20-Mar-13 22:47:29

'Daantje' would more than likely become the nickname. Our dd is called Fien and is referred to as Fientje most of the time, except when she is naughty.

SanityClause Wed 20-Mar-13 22:49:24

I once met a German man, whose name was Volker, but when I heard it pronounced, it sounded like "fucker". I had to get him to spell it, for me!

Welovegrapes Wed 20-Mar-13 22:50:23

What about Alex instead - same in both languages?

Hechan Wed 20-Mar-13 22:50:55

Have you considered Fekke? grin

nancy75 Wed 20-Mar-13 22:52:41

Sorry, unless you have a very obviously dutch surname I would think it was a spelling mistake

crunchbag Wed 20-Mar-13 22:52:51

The 'tje' sound just sounds funny in English.

more names, Joke, Kick, Ferry

crunchbag Wed 20-Mar-13 22:53:42

or Fokke, Fokje

DizziDoll Wed 20-Mar-13 23:02:48

It is a very obvious Dutch surname and we will at some point move back. The 'tje' ending is pronounced 'tya' but would only be used by us, not others.

Joke and Fokke - ha ha, hadn't thought of them. I have a Norwegian friend called Line. Her mother, who doesn't speak a word of English, was very confused when she took the tube in London on a visit.

Welovegrapes Wed 20-Mar-13 23:12:49

I would say tje sounds like the ch in the word chirrup iyswim.

sashh Thu 21-Mar-13 01:50:30

I'd say Dan, probably. Although I might think it is a typo.

FranKatzenjammer Fri 22-Mar-13 22:41:17

I used to teach a Daan. He was a lovely little blonde, Dutch boy. To me it's a cool name.

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