(46 Posts)
HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Feb-13 11:39:26

How would you pronounce Naomi? Nay-oh-mee? Or Ny-oh-mee? Or even Nayo-mee? I really like it but am worried it'll never get pronounced how I hear it!

Bakingtins Wed 27-Feb-13 11:44:51

Nay-oh-mee. It's a lovely name. I did have one in my class at school and she had to constantly correct the pronunciation of it.

WormCanner Wed 27-Feb-13 11:57:12


Much nicer, softer sound than when people put the stress on the O. Unfortunately that seems to be what the majority do. sad

Xiaoxiong Wed 27-Feb-13 13:08:08

Nay-OH-mee. But you will get all sorts of pronunciations. Drives my DMum potty!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Feb-13 13:16:02

See I like Nay-OH-mee but just as I'd got my heart set on it I heard someone say Nay-uh-mee and I thought, Is she going to spend the rest of her life correcting people? We have to spell out surname as it is! DH has a different favourite so I would be having to persuade him anyway!

threepiecesuite Wed 27-Feb-13 13:19:39

There is a 2.5yo Naomi in DD's nursery class and none of the kids can say it. DD kept comin home saying she'd played with Yaoni/Ioni/Yaoly and in the end I had to ask who it was!
Lovely name though. I like Nadia too.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Feb-13 13:31:54

That's interesting three, if others kids can't say it, can she?! I like Nadia but don't think DH would go for it!

Xiaoxiong Wed 27-Feb-13 14:34:09

Also another thing. When my DMum has a blocked nose and says her name over the phone she has had it said/spelled back to her as "Dayomee"!

threepiecesuite Wed 27-Feb-13 15:04:13

Nahla is lovely.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Feb-13 20:12:27

We have to spell out our surname (its one of two options and people tend to assume its the other spelling!) so nice as Nahla is, I want something that's fairly straightforward to spell. Makes me think of the Lion King too! smile

WormCanner Wed 27-Feb-13 20:13:00

The only Nahla I ever knew of was a horse smile

Nay-oh-me. I love it - but I'm biased. smile DD hasn't really had to correct anybody apart from fil!

Rhubarbgarden Wed 27-Feb-13 20:28:16

Nay oh me. I know a three year old one pronounced this way and I don't think she's had any problems.

nectarini1983 Wed 27-Feb-13 20:48:55

I think Naomi is just pronounced as its spelt. ..I had a friend at secondary school called Naomi and never had any problems with people saying bit wrong.

Halle Berry' s daughter is called Nahla. I think that's lovely FYI

SausageSmuggler Wed 27-Feb-13 20:52:05

My name is Naomi, I'm pronounced Nay-oh-mee. No one person pronounces it the same (or spells it the same for that matter). Tbf though you'd get that with loads of names. smile

Branleuse Wed 27-Feb-13 20:55:46

all the Naomis ive ever met have been Nay-oh-mee

timtam23 Wed 27-Feb-13 22:58:13

Naomi is a lovely name and if I'd had a girl it would have been my number 1 choice

I went to school with a NAY-uh-me but all the younger Naomis I've met have been Nay-OH-mee. I do prefer the first pronounciation as I think it's a softer sound, but the second seems more common. One of the adult Naomis I met also said that people have lots of trouble spelling her name, there are always extra letters being added in eg. Naomie, Naomee, Nayomi, Naome, Naohme, Naeomi...

I still think it's a beautiful name though, but I'm sure I would have had to grin and bear it with the varied pronounciation and spelling.

A common nickname seems to be "Gnome"....Not sure if I like that!

squiddle Thu 28-Feb-13 15:52:05

NAY-uh-me. So much prettier than Nay-OH-me. But the latter seems more common.

Theas18 Thu 28-Feb-13 15:58:40

It'll be pronounced however you choose to do so and people will get used to it.You love it, use it smile

Same as Alicia, is it Alice-ea or aleesha...

Sophia is it Sophie-a or Sophia like the city?

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 28-Feb-13 16:14:03

I go round in circles about it! I would really like a Biblical name for (we think, scan wasn't 100% clear!) DD and Naomi wasn't on the short list but I added it as a late runner. I can't definitely decide until she's born but will make sure it's still on the table as an option smile

Theas you're right, it'd be whatever we chose it to be. It's like Mia/Mya too, isn't it?

seeker Thu 28-Feb-13 16:18:42

Go for Ruth instead!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 28-Feb-13 16:24:04

Ruth wouldn't be an ideal choice for us because we have a one syllable surname so it would sound too blunt. It's also a friend's name so it might be weird!

Theas18 Thu 28-Feb-13 16:44:28

Anna is a fab Biblical name with (at least for me) no sort of preconceptions -as is Naomi. That was really important for me naming my child. I didn't want them to think, for instance " grace" that'll be a pretty ballerina or a child (no idea why, Grace Darling certainly wasn't , out there in a boat doing her bit, but you know what I mean).

Anna could be the pretties frilliest fairy dress wearing little girl, or the tomboy in the mud, a punk/emo etc teen , the mechanic at the garage, a surgeon, teacher or stay at home mum.

If you don't use Naomi (great name) and Ruth isn't good, try Anna and see if it fits!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 28-Feb-13 17:11:44

Ooh no, not Anna, terrible associations!

Bakingtins Thu 28-Feb-13 17:27:23

How about Esther, Elizabeth, Hannah, Rebecca, Martha, Miriam?

Spoonful Thu 28-Feb-13 17:29:59

I love Naomi and would pronounce it the way you say.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 28-Feb-13 17:48:49

I really like Elizabeth, they're on the maybe list. DH did say it was a bit 'posh' (inverted snob!). The second two are my and my sister's names! smile we also like Abigail.

Bakingtins Thu 28-Feb-13 19:00:19

I forgot Abigail! Another lovely name.
I think Elizabeth has so many NNs, she could be Liz, Lizzy, Beth, Eliza, Libby etc, it's very versatile.

Yep. DD1 gets Gnome and Gnomi a lot - she likes it!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 28-Feb-13 20:16:10

Gnome and Gnomi are really cute! smile

Where I live (up north) it is pronounced either nay oh mee or nigh oh mee. I really like both actually.

There is a Naomi in dd's nursery class who dd calls Nay roam ee. Sounds very sweet when she says it.

People will always mispronounce names I'm afraid. Dd is Madeleine ... Don't even get me started! grin

If you like it, then go for it. Pronounce it how YOU like it.

mrstowers Thu 28-Feb-13 23:54:16

Boys will always pronounce it I MOAN!

LackaDAISYcal Fri 01-Mar-13 00:00:44

I like th name and would pronounce it nay-oh-may There is one in my DS's nursery class and her mum pronounces it nye-oh-me and it just sounds wrong to my ears.

DS, calls her My-Oh-Me which sounds really cute as they are really good chums grin

steppemum Fri 01-Mar-13 00:01:26

I love Naomi, very pretty name

ShepherdsSpy Fri 01-Mar-13 09:22:30

nay o mee from me, very pretty.

But Miriam is also stunnng, under used and easy to spell and pronounce.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 01-Mar-13 10:19:15

I know a Naomi who is a lovely caring girl so happy associations for me and apparently the name means pleasant, delightful.

Her family have always said Nay-yo-me if that helps!

Delilah is another Biblical name I like if a bit exotic.

Bue Fri 01-Mar-13 10:59:19

I say it somewhere between Ny-OH-mee and Nay-OH-mee. I think it's a very subtly difference. I've never heard it pronounced with the stress anywhere but the second syllable though. It's a great, timeless name.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 01-Mar-13 11:29:47

Have seen an actress called Mayim, (name is of hebrew origin meaning 'water').

HoneyandRum Fri 01-Mar-13 22:34:29

Lydia, (love Lydia) is biblical although I also love Naomi, we have one in our extended family.

MammaGnomes Sun 21-Apr-13 21:06:16

I'm Naomi and its nay oh mee!! Hate it when people say niy oh me - there's an A after the N ffs!! Both step parents get it wrong my stepdad has been in my life since I was 10 an we are constantly correcting him ha ha

And I'm saved in all my OH friends phones as I MOAN ha ha middle name is Anne and I have 2 sisters Bethany and Maisie and a brother Niall if it helps smile

jellybeans Sun 21-Apr-13 23:51:49

I like it. All the ones I know are Nay oh me. But people sometimes call them Nye oh me. They also often get Nay for short. But I know one who gets Omi. Also how about Leonie?

Sarah0378 Mon 22-Apr-13 12:49:34

Nay-oh-mee. Lovely name.

Leafmould Mon 29-Apr-13 23:48:03

The Spanish variant is noemi. Only one way to pronounce that!

And if you go to Spain she will probably be called noemi anyway!

CremeEggThief Wed 01-May-13 19:22:13

Ny-oh-mee here, unless I know it's pronounced Nay.

thermalsinapril Wed 01-May-13 19:35:57


dimdommilpot Wed 01-May-13 19:49:00

My best friend at jr school was naomi pronounced nay-oh-mi

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