How would you pronounce Emer?

(88 Posts)
D0ni Tue 19-Jul-16 08:33:10

How would you pronounce the Irish name Emer?

Just wondering if it would be mis pronounced a lot from the spelling?

Mov1ngOn Tue 19-Jul-16 08:33:42

Emma

WanderingTrolley1 Tue 19-Jul-16 08:34:12

Ee-ma.

WanderingTrolley1 Tue 19-Jul-16 08:34:34

Or Emma.

sooperdooper Tue 19-Jul-16 08:34:34

Emma, and then wonder why they hadn't just used the normal spelling

AndNowItsSeven Tue 19-Jul-16 08:34:36

Em er as in er what.

eurochick Tue 19-Jul-16 08:34:54

Eem-er.

I know a few of them.

DoinItFine Tue 19-Jul-16 08:34:54

Ee-mur

sooperdooper Tue 19-Jul-16 08:35:31

Pressed send too soon! Because I've never heard of the Irish spelling

Felascloak Tue 19-Jul-16 08:35:53

Ee-mer
But only from reading irish fiction. It'll be fine, you just need to tell people how it's pronounced. It's a nice name smile

miniswin Tue 19-Jul-16 08:44:35

How about the spelling 'Eimear' - pronunciation might be a little more intuitive, and I think the same? Willing to be corrected however. (I'm not Irish!) I would know how to pronounce 'Emer' but only because I would have guessed it was the same as the spelling I've mentioned above.

LadyOrangutan Tue 19-Jul-16 08:45:06

There are difficult Irish names and that is not one of them!
It's pronounced like it's spelt FGS!

'E' (like the letter 'E') -mer (as in mer-maid)

How on earth do people get Emma from that???

LunaLoveg00d Tue 19-Jul-16 08:47:16

ee-mer

But with some English accents any name ending -a sounds like it ends -er so I can see why people think it's Emma. My niece is called Isla, and English relatives pronounce it Eye-ler all the time. Drives me nuts.

Primaryteach87 Tue 19-Jul-16 08:47:24

I thought Emma too. I'm still confused about what the real pronounciation from your comment.... Is it Er-mer ?

Mov1ngOn Tue 19-Jul-16 08:50:54

We don't (in English) normally sound "E" eee but as eh as in egg. So to a southern English person it's hard to see how to say it other than Emma.

blueskyinmarch Tue 19-Jul-16 08:52:10

I know an Emer. It is pronounced ee-mer.

CmereTilliTellYa Tue 19-Jul-16 08:52:31

This is definitely one of the easier Irish names. It's Ee-mer as outlined by LadyOrangutan above (and I'm Irish so you can take my word for it).

blueskyinmarch Tue 19-Jul-16 08:52:58

I am Scottish and the r is definitely pronounced.

CatNip2 Tue 19-Jul-16 08:53:54

eee-murr, but only after thought, my initial reaction was to read it as Emma.

I would say if you pick this name, be prepared for anything!

DoinItFine Tue 19-Jul-16 08:55:20

We don't (in English) normally sound "E" eee but as eh as in egg.

Do you say Crème Egg?

Extrème?

grin

Emer is already anglicised.

Two e's on either side of an m is normally pronounced Eem.

Mov1ngOn Tue 19-Jul-16 08:56:01

Even pronouncing it eee mur will sound different with a southern accent as we don't roll/pronounce rs particularly. Obviously we're wrong with an Irish name but op was asking how we'd pronounce it!

Footle Tue 19-Jul-16 08:57:19

The second e is a magic e, making the first e into an ee sound.
HTH

treaclesoda Tue 19-Jul-16 08:58:36

I can understand non Irish people not being able to immediately see how to pronounce a lot of Irish names but I'm a bit boggled by not being able to pronounce Emer - it is exactly as it is spelt. Think of the work 'extreme' for example. It's like the second syllable of that but with an R on the end.

Mov1ngOn Tue 19-Jul-16 09:01:33

Easy to see once explained but it's likely to be said Emma if you didn't know down here.

wigglesrock Tue 19-Jul-16 09:01:56

Eeemer - E like the start of extreme and it rhymes with dreamer. Very popular name in my kids school, I find it a bit old fashioned but its on the rise.

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