has anyone named their baby georgiana?

(19 Posts)

I rather like it but worry about problems with spelling and pronounciation.

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 16-Sep-13 20:26:22

Don't worry about spelling. I have a completely big standard name and still have to constantly spell it as their are several variations. I wouldn't worry too much about pronunciation either but do have a dd whose name is often mispronounced so I'd advise only using the name if you truly love it smile

LondonInHighHeeledBoots Mon 16-Sep-13 23:15:17

I'd doesn't matter what you call your child there will be eejits who get it wrong. there are people or there who would very Bob wrong. Georgiana is awesome, I've loved it since I first read pride and prejudice. Go for it if you like it.

EnjoyEverySandwich Mon 16-Sep-13 23:32:27

I wouldn't know how to pronounce it. Is it George-AH-na or George-AY-na? (I would never have questioned it until somebody wrote a book about the Spencer one and called her George-AY-na.)

I'd be inclined to stick with Georgina, much easier.

OutragedFromLeeds Tue 17-Sep-13 00:35:39

I would say George-ee-ah-na?

Not knowing how to pronounce every name in the world doesn't make you an eejit.

LeoandBoosmum Tue 17-Sep-13 04:01:33

I think it's a bit of a mouthful. I'd have no trouble spelling/ pronouncing it (can't see that being a problem for most people) but I think it would inevitably get shortened to Georgie/ George, anyway.

George-ay-na, loved it since I watched the duchess. thing is generally I don't like names being shorted but I suppose it is quite a long name.
I have a simple name but there are two spellings (mine being the lesser used one) so have spent my life saying 'its * with a *'
I do like an unusual name, so its a definate contender.
we don't know what we're having, I rather like Louis for a boy. smile

meditrina Tue 17-Sep-13 07:13:57

I think George-ay-na would be the minority pronunciation, so you would spend a lot of time correcting people. Would that annoy you?

Most people will normally have come across it in (numerous) P&P adaptations, where Miss Darcey is always George-ee-ah-na. And before this post I didn't know it was ever pronounced other than that.

Before I watched the Duchess I wouldn't have known it was pronounced George-ay-na.

But I love it. Loads of names have issues with spelling and pronunciation. If you love it go for it!

well I have 4 months to decide grin . I'm glad no one seems to think its an awful name!

meditrina Tue 17-Sep-13 08:39:09

I suppose it might depend on your accent - if it's the sort of old-fashioned posh (that would mean you pronounce Susan as Syoo-san, or Sopia as Sof-eye-a, then an archaic rare, aristocratic version would fit.

lljkk Tue 17-Sep-13 09:02:07

It's ok but it's an asking-for-inconvenience name. She'll be explaining her whole life about it, or that she's not Georgia (that was extremely popular about 20 yrs ago).

I knew one pronounced George-ee-anna and would assume that was right.

AbiRoad Tue 17-Sep-13 09:10:13

I know 2. Both pronounce George-ee-ah-na (although 1 is always georgie now she is a teen). If you plan to pronounce like the duchess of devonshire, i think you/DD will be constantly correcting people because it is not an obvious pronounciation from the way it is written, most people with the name do not pronounce it that way and not that many people will have read/seen the duchess of devonshire to realise there is an alternative proncounciation.

DropYourSword Tue 17-Sep-13 09:21:00

I think you should consider spelling it differently if you want it to be pronounced as George-ay-na. I would assume with the spelling Georgiana that it would be pronounced George-ee-ahh-na. And you might get mightily sick of correcting people!

I think if I was honest I would not have known had I not watched the film. also i do wonder if dd would begin to hate the name after constantly correcting people. using a different spelling could be an option actually, I hadn't thought of that.
I am wondering whether to go with one of the simpler names I like. I want to be prepared with a girl and boy name, I bet after all this it'll be a boy!

minipie Tue 17-Sep-13 10:14:31

Georgi - ah - na is the usual pronunciation, Georg - ay - na is just the Spencer one I believe. I think she deliberately pronounced it differently to be "more interesting?" So basically you'd be specifically naming your dd after her.

I was nearly called Georgiana and tbh have always been grateful I wasn't, as it's such a stereotypically posh name it would be bound to lead to assumptions about me.

mini I hadn't thought that people mite make assumptions due to it being a posh sounding name, another good point.

NomDeClavier Tue 17-Sep-13 10:41:27

I'd assume George-ee-ah-na (and pronounce Sophia So-FY-a instinctively FWIW).

It's a beautiful name but if you're going for the Duchess pronunciation you'd definitely be a minority.

boogliewoogliepiggy Thu 26-Sep-13 14:43:22

Our DD is Georgiana, of course known as Georgie a lot too (but we are big fans of girls names with boyish abbreviations). We love it, far prefer it to Georgina and Georgia. Pronunciation wise we say it George-ee-ah-na. And have only come across one person who said it the other way when addressing her. I wondered about the potential for the posh thing, but then concluded that there is always something that one can worry about with all names so we agreed we both loved it and went for it. It is a lovely name and DD is always being told what a beautiful and unusual name it is. Definitely go for it!

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