Jamie spelt Jaime - why?

(19 Posts)
hollyisalovelyname Sun 23-Jun-13 14:01:49

I thought Jamie was pronounced Jaymee
Jaime is Spanish and is pronounced Hi mee.

I know a male Jaimie, from Spanish heritage. All the others I know are Jamie short for James.

HoneyandRum Sun 23-Jun-13 13:47:53

Jaime is my experience in the US will be female. Until Jamie Olivier they didn't seem to associate it as a boys names and I have never met an American male Jamie. James is also not generally v. popular as a boy's name compared to the UK. Michael in comparison is massive over there and you are drowning in Michaels since the 1950s onward.

WeleaseWodger Sun 23-Jun-13 10:42:46

Jaime is a very common name in the States. Especially in 1980s, there was a jaime in every class

Bunbaker Sun 23-Jun-13 09:48:48

If I saw Jaime written down I would assume it was pronounced high-me. If I was then told it was an alternative spelling for Jamie I would assume that the parents were either thick or dyslexic.

OhBuggerandArse Sun 23-Jun-13 09:45:34

Thanks, all. It's the not-girl, not-Spanish usage I was thinking about. I wondered whether people think it's less nick-namey looking spelled like that, but don't want to use James for whatever reason? But it still doesn't really make sense to me.

juneybean Sun 23-Jun-13 09:34:19

My friend who is 33 is called Jaime pronounced Jamie. Never really questioned it

MrGeresHamster Sun 23-Jun-13 09:31:09

It's a very popular Spanish name, I've known a few. But it's pronounced 'High-me'...

OnTheNingNangNong Sun 23-Jun-13 09:29:50

Jaime Winstone is one, I went to school with her for a while, so I've never really questioned it.

kelda Sun 23-Jun-13 09:27:34

Jaime Winston.

amandine07 Sun 23-Jun-13 09:26:52

That name/spelling has always baffled me too, although it probably says more about my ignorance blush

I'm sure there's a few women in the public eye with the name spelt like that- an actress I think?
I've always read it as 'Jamie' but wondered why their name wasn't just spelt that way.

SpecialAgentTattooedQueen Sun 23-Jun-13 09:23:29

All I know is I get constantly confused and spellcheck mindfucks me.

Metalhead Sun 23-Jun-13 09:20:26

Parents are Game of Thrones fans?

OnTheNingNangNong Sun 23-Jun-13 09:17:59

I've always known it as a feminine name rather than the more masculine Jamie

2beornot Sun 23-Jun-13 09:16:42

If they pronounce it like Jamie then they are ignorant. If they pronounce it like'Hi-may' the it is a different name.

PoppyAmex Sun 23-Jun-13 09:14:18

They are different names; like Holy said Jaime is a Spanish and Portuguese name.

kelda Sun 23-Jun-13 09:08:56

Presumbly because the parents like the connection to the french j'aime?

HolyMotherOfFuck Sun 23-Jun-13 09:08:31

It is a common Spanish name, so maybe there is some of that heritage that inspired the spelling?

OhBuggerandArse Sun 23-Jun-13 09:05:21

Genuine, not sarky question. I don't get the motivation - does anyone know?

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