Aaron- how would YOU pronounce it?

(103 Posts)
Wrigglebum Sat 07-Jan-12 08:05:59

DH and I both like the name Aaron pronounced AH-ron but hate it pronounced AIR-on. Those in the UK, how would you pronounce it?

I'm thinking Aaron James is quite nice.

DH and I have used the only other boy's name we could agree on (Daniel), suggestions for what might go with that, assuming this one's a boy!

I would pronounce it Ah-ron, think Air-on is a bit American isn't it?

JestersHat Sat 07-Jan-12 08:10:14


It's a Biblical name and I've always heard it pronounced that way in readings at church etc.

pinkhebe Sat 07-Jan-12 08:11:30


mathanxiety Sat 07-Jan-12 08:16:46

AIR-un here (Irish).

(I would presume 'Ah-run' was Arran.)

SoupDragon Sat 07-Jan-12 08:20:35

Air-ron and I'm in England (S London). It is the only way I'd heard it pronounced until recently. Before then, like MathAnxiety, I would have assumed an Ah-ron was an Arran.

housemovehell Sat 07-Jan-12 08:21:57


seeker Sat 07-Jan-12 08:22:28

Aaron is AIR-Ron.

AH-ron would be spelled Arran, like the island.

SoupDragon Sat 07-Jan-12 08:25:19

Thinking about it, the only time I think i've heard it as Ah-ron is that baby from Lost.

Aaron to me (Londoner> is AIRron.
Aron or Arron would have a hard A, as in arrow.
Aran or Arran would have both vowel sounds as hard As.

I've know boys with all three names. I, personally, prefer Aaron, too.

Wrigglebum Sat 07-Jan-12 08:30:37

Mmm, opinion seems pretty split! I went to school with an Aaron (ah-ron) and never heard air-on until that bloody singer Aaron Carter! Really don't like air-on or alternative spellings so might be back to the drawing board...

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sat 07-Jan-12 08:31:22

With the Aa at the front I'd say air -on

BTW, AHron, with a clipped AH as in "but" is the Hebrew pronunciation.

Slightlytinsellyexpat Sat 07-Jan-12 08:32:35

Air ron is how it should be pronounced, IMO.

I remember the window cleaner telling me his new son was called Aron and I said, "Oh, that's unusual, how do you spell it?" and he said, "A A R O N" and I thought hmm!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sat 07-Jan-12 08:33:14

I think this thread shows you that even if you chose the name thinking that it should be pronounced in a certain way, you and your ds would get a lot of people pronouncing it differently. It's a risk that you'd take with that name I think.

sassyTHEFIRST Sat 07-Jan-12 08:40:44

Always pronounced it air-Ron till I started teaching, have taught 20 or so lads with this name since and everyone pron it arron. Am in west mids

seeker Sat 07-Jan-12 08:41:21

Opinion may be split, but AIR-ron for Aaron is right!

Slightlytinsellyexpat Sat 07-Jan-12 08:46:48

Probably a bit like Naomi which half will pronounce as Naymee and the other half will pronounce as NayOmee.

SoupDragon Sat 07-Jan-12 08:47:03

"AHron, with a clipped AH as in "but" is the Hebrew pronunciation"

Wouldn't that make it Urron? confused

OP, you could probably get away with Ah-ron given the split opinions here. Be prepared for quite a few people pronouncing it Air-ron though. Or go with Arran.

TheSecondComing Sat 07-Jan-12 08:47:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

JambalayaCodfishPie Sat 07-Jan-12 08:53:03

DP is Aaron on his birth certificate, but Arron in day-to-day usage, he prefers the pronunciation.

Himalaya Sat 07-Jan-12 09:08:23

I would say ah - run (or a-run, same thing I think). All the Aarons I know apart from American ones pronounce it that way.

I think the proper Hebrew way as pretty candles said is more clipped urun .....its the same as the aa in Isaac - iz-u-k.

I think it's a nice name, and the differences in pronunciation don't matter - pick the way you like and go for it.

I have a surname pronounced differently by different people within the same family (some say ay some say ah)

EdithWeston Sat 07-Jan-12 09:22:15

AIR-ron in UK.

It's universally pronounced like this in a Church context, and is the only version for the vast majority of the population. Only the young, who watched a great deal of US broadcasting, would ever give it a non-standard UK pronunciation.

If you are in UK, and hate "AIR-ron" and do not want to be telling people regularly that you don't want the usual pronunciation, then you'd be much better off with Aron (A-ron) Aran or Arran (A-ran).

TheFallenMadonna Sat 07-Jan-12 09:34:45

I am a teacher and always ask. I teach quite a few. Most are Ah-run, only a few Air-run.

HeidiHole Sat 07-Jan-12 09:35:39

OP I would say Ah-ran but looks like i'm one of the only ones!

schilke Sat 07-Jan-12 09:42:59

Well I would say A-ron, but only because my nephew has that spelling & pronunciation. Before that I would have looked at it and said Air-Ron.


Arron is Ah-ron

startail Sat 07-Jan-12 13:32:56

Like seeker Air - Ron, nice name.
Not to common or unusual either. A friends teenage son is called Aaron and I can't think of any others.

tigana Sat 07-Jan-12 13:34:26

rhyme with baron and darren

To me air-ron is spelt 'Aeron', and is a female, celtic name.

Ihatepeas Sat 07-Jan-12 14:14:46

Agree with others... Aaron is air-ron, Arron is ar-ron

Victorialucas Sat 07-Jan-12 14:21:45

I know a boy called 'Arran', after the island. Much nicer and no pronunciation problems.

Victorialucas Sat 07-Jan-12 14:22:14

And you avoid 'ron' as a nn

TeWihara Sat 07-Jan-12 14:40:12

My first instinct is Ah-ron, although I've also known an Air-ron.

Solo Sat 07-Jan-12 14:43:17

Air-ron definitely (I went to school with an Aaron) in England.
Ahron or Aron is spelled Arran.

HeyHoLetsGo Sat 07-Jan-12 15:02:37



Much prefer Arran myself.

5inthebed Sat 07-Jan-12 15:04:38

DS1 is Aaron, pronounced as Ah-ron. Not many people have pronounced it air-on.

Flimflammery Sat 07-Jan-12 15:08:47

I know an American man called Aaron, pronounced Aron (not air-on).

mincepiefreak Sat 07-Jan-12 15:17:14

Ah-run is how I've always pronounced it (and everyone around me- I'm from the East Midlands). When I was younger, I always got really annoyed when people pronounced it AIR-on blush

lisianthus Sat 07-Jan-12 15:22:15

Ah- run for me too. Never heard it pronounced air-on, even in church, except for US soaps. Like tigana, i'd assume an air-on was an Aeron.

seeker Sat 07-Jan-12 15:49:59

Just because lots of people pronounce Aaron the same as Arran doesn't mean they are right. Lots of people pronounce Alicia Aleesha, but they're wrong too!

Slightlytinsellyexpat Sat 07-Jan-12 16:09:51

Quite right, Seeker!

5inthebed Sat 07-Jan-12 16:11:32

Very true Seeker. I know three ladies called Karen, all pronounced completely different.

Victorialucas Sat 07-Jan-12 17:51:25

I'm perplexed at that one, Karen? Kay-ren? Ka-renne?

therumoursaretrue Sat 07-Jan-12 18:04:05

I would always say ah-ron with that spelling and rarely have I heard the other prononciation used.

Also from a linguistic point of view (I have studied in this area) 'aa' is more in line with the 'ah' sound in ah-ron than the 'ai' sound in air-ron.
But tbh this is just one of those things that can happen with any name...accent and pronounciation varies from place to place and even family to family so if you like the name go for it and spell it whatever way you fancy as people will always have varying opinions!

I have been told for years by people that i pronounce my own name wrong despite it being one of the oldest recorded spellings for that pronounciation!

5inthebed Sat 07-Jan-12 18:09:55

Well there is the usual Karen, then there is Care-an and then there is Car-un. All from the NE I add.

CointreauVersial Sat 07-Jan-12 18:16:14

There are many, many names with alternative pronounciations. Anyone who knows the person in question will get it right.

Happenstance Sat 07-Jan-12 18:23:56

It's Air-ron i would spell it Arron for Ah-ron, i like both but you may find if you spell it Aaron people may not pronounce it the way you like.

Happenstance Sat 07-Jan-12 18:26:34

sorry i'm from north-west and went to school with 2 Air-rons posted to quick

BluddyMoFo Sat 07-Jan-12 18:27:29

Its Air-ron surely?

BluddyMoFo Sat 07-Jan-12 18:27:54

Well more sort of Air-run actually.

HelloShitty Sat 07-Jan-12 18:34:55

I've taught plenty of Aarons, and never have I heard it pronounced any way but Air-run. And I would correct anyone who did otherwise. grin
People are often correcting me on the pronunciation of my own DS's name too. hmm

QueenVictoria42 Sat 07-Jan-12 18:42:43

I've only known one Aaron in my lifetime and he was Ah-ron. I really dislike the Air-ron pronunciation. Sounds a bit wanky to me. If it helps I've lived in London/South-East my entire life, and I suppose I have heard both versions, but much prefer the former.

VeryStressedMum Sat 07-Jan-12 19:06:20

I loved the name Aaron for ds and I would have pronounced it Arr-un/Arran never would have pronounced it AIRon (I'm a Londoner never heard it pronounced like that), but live in NI where it is pronounced ARN so that was the end of that!

oikopolis Sat 07-Jan-12 19:14:48

I pronounce it the Hebrew way (Ah-run, flat sort of A sound though) but I didn't grow up in the UK.

I know one UK Aaron, and he calls himself Air-un.

Ihavewelliesbutitssunny Sat 07-Jan-12 21:35:20

I would pronounce it Ah-run. Although I think this is probably just because I have come into contact with more Ah-runs than Air-runs.

pranma Sat 07-Jan-12 22:09:08

Air run surely-Arrun always sounds as if you don't know how to pronounce it and were really thinking of Arran.

newportstateofmind Sat 07-Jan-12 22:14:06

Went to school with an AIR-on and always heard it pronounced that way but only ever seem to hear AH-ron these days.

Ripeberry Sat 07-Jan-12 22:19:21

My brother is an Air-ron to me. Do you know there is a Facebook page just for people named Aaron? ;-)

StrandedBear Sat 07-Jan-12 22:23:35

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Himalaya Sun 08-Jan-12 02:16:00

I never knew this was such a controversial topic!

OP - I know another Aaron with a brother Daniel so I can confirm they go together! The third brother is Nathan, if that helps.

howlongwilltheynap Sun 08-Jan-12 08:55:52

Air-run sounds so much nicer IMO

TimeWasting Sun 08-Jan-12 15:05:33

Air - un

Usually hear Ah - run. But that's wrong. grin

TimeWasting Sun 08-Jan-12 15:05:58

If someone is Ah-run I would spell it Aran.

freerangeeggs Sun 08-Jan-12 15:37:33

Ah-ron. Definitely. I know several and they all pronounce it this way. In fact I have only ever heard (read?) the air-on pronunciation online.

To all those who are saying that air-on is unequivocally correct, it's not actually pronounced that way in the original Hebrew anyway.

FootprintsInTheSnow Sun 08-Jan-12 15:57:20

I used to think AIR-Ron - but I've met several who've all be AH-Ron - so I stand corrected!

Littlepurpleprincess Mon 09-Jan-12 20:13:01

My brother is called Aaron.

We pronounce it Ah-run. In fact it does his head in when people call him Air-ron.

I have known quite a few and they were all pronounced Ah-run. Maybe it's a regional thing. We are in Devon.

The name is hebrew I think. I love it but couldn't name DS Aaron because it's a bit wierd having 2 in one family isn't it?

boyfallingoutofthesky Mon 09-Jan-12 21:34:38

My ds is Aaron (pronounced Air-on) and I am very gratified that a large number of people on this thread seem to be aware this is the correct pronounciation - I went through quite a bit of angst about the name as we loved it with this pronounciation and cannot stand the Arran pronounciation (which should be spelled like that, as in the island). I also asked on here prior to him being born and opinion was fairly split. My partner did a lot of research into the name and pronounciation, including consulting various linguists the consensus of which was the name is pronounced Air-on. I also note that if ever anything by Aaron Copland (for whom he was partly named) is played on radio this is how it is pronounced.

Having said that I am aware that some people pronounce it differently and I make sure I correct absolutely everyone who ever gets it wrong, even if I will never see them again (in an attempt to convince the world of the pronounciation smile )

Each to their own, but I would advise anyone wanting to call their child Arran to spell it like that!

DesertOrchid Mon 09-Jan-12 21:58:41


boyfallingoutofthesky I love your post and assume you are an Auden fan :-)

ReduceRecycleRegift Mon 09-Jan-12 22:00:01


air-run would be aeron

AmberLeaf Mon 09-Jan-12 22:08:58

Ah run like darren would be said.

Ive known loads of Aarons since primary school and have only heard the Air run way of saying it recently [boy in DSs school says it that way]

Air run just sounds wrong and yes wanky too.

ReduceRecycleRegift Mon 09-Jan-12 22:11:55

actually Air-run would be Erin to me, and that's more of a girls name isn't it?

BluddyMoFo Mon 09-Jan-12 22:22:30

Aaron Blake says it best....

THIS is how you say it!

ReduceRecycleRegift Mon 09-Jan-12 22:33:58

If as many people as Aaron Blake say get it wrong, then wouldn'tya think that perhaps the popular pronounciation has changed making it no longer wrong? just a thought!

SoupDragon Tue 10-Jan-12 07:13:45

Or that more people hear it with a different accent on American or Australian TV shows.

wigglesrock Tue 10-Jan-12 10:53:30

I'm in NI and have always pronounced Aaran - Ah-ran. I went to school with loads and my dd goes to school with 3 (its very popular here grin), they're all Ah-rans. Tbh I'd never heard it pronounced Air-on until a few years ago when watching football on the tv.

lottiegb Tue 10-Jan-12 14:17:30

There are three options aren't there:

I used to work with an Aaron who patiently (and not so) trained everyone to say a-run (like the island and jumper). I wondered why his parents hadn't called him Arun if that was what they wanted. (I think Arun is Indian but sounds the same as Arran).

Aaron is biblical and like A Copeland (composer) and Elvis's middle name, as such I'd think Air-on, can see a justification for Ahh-run though have never heard it and think Arun / Aron / Arran is a different name.

seeker Tue 10-Jan-12 14:25:00

There may be three options but only one is right.

Aaron is pronounced AIR-Ron or AIR-run.

The others are all wrong.

AnAirOfHope Tue 10-Jan-12 14:45:43

My son is Aaron pronounced Air-run nn Air.

I hate people calling him A-Ron that is spelt Arron - two rr's

I would accept Ah-ron as in the Jewis pronouncation (like AArdvark) as its a hebrew name.

I didn't know people would get the name wrong all the time, it does my head in. Arron is A-ron not Aaron gerr!

(people who name their child Aaron then call them A-ron is just making work for all the people who call and name their child the right one!)

I'm going to start a campaign to get this sorted out! wink


BarryShitpeas Tue 10-Jan-12 14:50:47


Scouse. There's millions of them.

boyfallingoutofthesky Tue 10-Jan-12 17:06:35

AnAirofhope - I will join you campaign.

Q How do we know Moses was bald?
A Because he was sometimes seen with 'Air on and sometimes without

Only fools and horses c. 1990 (am showing age)
Rodney: You can't call him Aaron he'll get called G string
Del: What?
Rodney: Air on the G string

I did originally use this latter as argument against name Aaron but my partner thought it was quite a cultural nickname (hope will not happen though)!

mark808 Mon 16-Dec-13 10:33:01

The correct pronunciation is Air-on. I went to school with 2 boys called Aaron pronounced Air-on. I think over the years the incorrect spelling has been used. If the name wanted is Arun then it should be spelled Arun or Arran or something that pronounces like that. Double A at the start of a word is pronounced Air. This isn't debatable it is the facts but the language evolves over time and as such the majority of people now call their children Aaron and say it Arun. It is incorrect but in today's language appears to now be correct.

popsocks Mon 16-Dec-13 13:43:52

My ds is an Aaron and we say it how you would say Darren. Not once has it ever been pronounced Airon. People will pronounce it how you want them to, you only have to tell them if they say it wrong smile

CallMeNancy Mon 16-Dec-13 13:47:22

Our Ron.

in a Scouse accent

grizzabellia Mon 16-Dec-13 13:57:07

The correct pronounciation is Air-on. This is the biblical and OED pronounciation (and if you listen to radio 3 or classic fm when they play Aaron Copland, which is regularly, this is how it is pronounced). A zillion times nicer than Arran (which is spelt like that).

MiaowTheCat Mon 16-Dec-13 19:31:33

Not quite sure why every Aaron thread's been bumped up and resurrected - but it's one that I always used to check with the child in question when I did supply teaching, as I've taught about 50/50 Ah-rons and Air-ons and they all get incredibly pissed off if you go for the wrong version of it!

OldLadyKnowsNothing Mon 16-Dec-13 19:46:20

Miaow, I think mark808 is having an argument with someone, maybe the mother of his new son/to be? grin It's Ah-ron here.

DancingLady Mon 16-Dec-13 19:50:46

Same as many others on here, from a cursory glance - Air-on. AH-run would be spelled Arran, I'd assume.

PrimalLass Mon 16-Dec-13 20:05:15

I have never ever heard to pronounced Air-on in this country. It sounds very effected to me.

PrimalLass Mon 16-Dec-13 22:29:07

FFS. Affected.

AuntieBrenda Mon 16-Dec-13 23:53:41

My DB is Aaron- pr Ah-run where we live. He gets called Ah for short. He's almost 30 and nobody's ever called him air-run as far as I'm aware.
Call your baby what you like - seriously. As long as you don't name him Adolf or Beelzebub doo pop a lee la, nobody should comment.
Congratulations on your impending arrival! thanks

NoComet Tue 17-Dec-13 00:06:55

Air-Ron, his mum's Canadian and I'm sure that's how she say's it.

I've taught a few, all pronounced Arron and all badly behaved, weirdly

Cavort Tue 17-Dec-13 00:24:56

My DH is Arran. No pronounciation problems there, but FWIW I would pronounce Aaron the same and would have done before meeting my DH.

ZingChoirsOfAngels Tue 17-Dec-13 00:45:50


it's DS2's middle name. and so was Elvis Presley's.

great name

AGnuMasqueradingAsAReindeer Tue 17-Dec-13 00:50:48

How funny... A few months ago I started a thread about Aaron & most people said they'd pronounce it "Arrun" so we didn't use it! We already had a Daniel Mark. I can PM you the name we did use for our most recent DS if you'd like, since we seem to have similar tastes in names! smile

NigellasDealer Tue 17-Dec-13 00:58:27

Air-un or it would be Arran

SummerRain Tue 17-Dec-13 01:11:37

West of Ireland and we use ahr-on, as do all other parents of Aarons we know.

It's ahr-on down in Cork too as I knew several.

The odd person from the older generation will mistakenly spell it Aran but generally we've never had any problems, anyone under the age of 50 round here knows it's ah-ron spelled Aaron

aran/arran would be pronounced ahr-an


Similar but not the same smile

air-on sounds ridiculously american to me, I'e never heard it in real life, only on US tv shows.

Writerwannabe83 Tue 17-Dec-13 07:53:41

This is what me and DH are considering calling our son, but ours will be an Arran John smile

I also hate Air-Ron!!

Ours will be an A-Run smile

I wonder if it is pronounced different dependent on what area of the Country you live in....

MiaowTheCat Tue 17-Dec-13 09:12:21

I wonder if it is pronounced different dependent on what area of the Country you live in....

It's about 50/50 here - and I'm in the Midlands... so that probably doesn't help much since that's about as sitting on the fencey as you can get

CountingStars Tue 17-Dec-13 17:17:51

Ah-ron, never heard it in another way.

NigellasDealer Tue 17-Dec-13 23:08:37

I sure it is air-on in London anyway
wiki entry

Im in the Black country, its A-Run here - never heard anyone pronounce it differently... but us midlanders are an odd breed - mom with an 'o' etc smile

As this thread is nearly two years old the OP will have already named her baby

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