Names that are bad with regional accents.

(109 Posts)
NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Thu 25-Apr-13 16:52:53

Where we live Violet become Vaa'let which doesn't sound very nice at all. DH is Aussie so some names were a no go...such as Esme....became Is-My.

mumof4sons Thu 25-Apr-13 16:58:09

Where I live - Sarah has become Say-rah. It really grates on my nerves.
Elizabeth is Lis-beth. Arg!

Hawkmoth Thu 25-Apr-13 16:58:54

Hector. Bit crap without the h.

fussychica Thu 25-Apr-13 18:41:23

(H)Arriet,(H)Arold, (H)Annah etc - can you tell where I was born?

ISeeSmallPeople Thu 25-Apr-13 18:44:36


I'm pretty sure his name was Henry, but in a strong Lancashire accent.

BuntyPenfold Thu 25-Apr-13 22:10:50

Any name with a th.



gallicgirl Thu 25-Apr-13 22:13:01

Maisie with a broad Wigan accent is pretty bad.

BuntyPenfold Thu 25-Apr-13 22:13:04

An old friend in Lincs: his mother chose Hugh.
Round there they say Hoo.
Only they are fond of him, so it's Hooey.
Only they don't say the H, so it's Ooey.

TheBuskersDog Thu 25-Apr-13 22:14:56

Hector is a bit crap even with the h IMO.

forgetmenots Thu 25-Apr-13 22:16:25

Lots of names sound awful to me in my own accent (Scottish) - particularly French names like Natalie, Amelie, Aurelie.

But I'm not keen on a lot of names with Rs in most English accents as they turn to vowels, like Claire, Laura, etc. (and my favourite, Orla)....

All a matter of taste!

elQuintoConyo Thu 25-Apr-13 22:26:02

Ethan = eef'n on the Isle of Sheppey.

Fallenangle Thu 25-Apr-13 22:33:41

Anythin with a hard t in or near the middle, e.g. Natalie becocomes Nahalie, or anything with a th which becomes ff. Matthew becomes Maffew. Shortene,d the t survives?: Nat and Mat.

colditz Thu 25-Apr-13 22:37:10

Round here, anything with a 't' in it, or ending with a ee or a sound

So, Laura, Donna, Natalie, all out.

Mind you, a sufficiently nasty accent can ruin nay name.

colditz Thu 25-Apr-13 22:39:11

Of course, don't forget the the apparent inability of anyone to pronounce 'th', so we get maffyew, jonnyfun, caffy, caffrin, beffneh etc

memphis83 Thu 25-Apr-13 22:41:30

colditz are you in Leicester? Sounds like where I live.

I used to work in a school down in England where some of the children had that sort of... how to describe it? Posh, lazily enunciated Southern English accent. So Hugo became He-gay, Sophie was Safie, that sort of thing. I seriously misunderstood folk a couple of times.

Off topic, but I was once really confused by a woman who was being interviewed on Women's Hour about ads on the underground for cosmetic procedures, and she said 'Well, I'm always up for a good feminist pray test'. She carried on talking about pray tests, and it took a good five minutes for the penny to drop...

Bearandcub Thu 25-Apr-13 22:44:51

Ruth in broad Estuary English is "roof!"

RegularVoltaire Thu 25-Apr-13 22:46:41

Gallicgirl, any name with a broad Wigan accent is pretty bad wink

Glitterkitten24 Thu 25-Apr-13 22:51:39

Carl in (my) Glaswegian accent, I physically cannot say it, I can't get my tongue around it.
Fortunately you don't get many Carl's here (cos it's unpronounceable?) but my head office is full of them, I dread having to speak to one of them!

colditz Thu 25-Apr-13 22:53:17

Yes, Memphis! Melton, actually, but v similar accent.

doublecakeplease Thu 25-Apr-13 22:56:11

Summer - my DH is broad Geordie so it comes out as summa.

seeker Thu 25-Apr-13 22:59:41

I loved Lily- but only in my posh voice, not in dp's Yorkshire. He wouldn't go to elocution lessons, so we didn't use it!

Where we live, anything with a th becomes f. So my ds wrote "Happy Birfday, Efan" in a card when he was little!

seeker Thu 25-Apr-13 23:01:11

Ah. I see I have been beaten to the Esturine "f"!

Gerrof Thu 25-Apr-13 23:03:32

Harper in Bristolian

Kai in scouse

Courtney in broadest Devon

Gerrof Thu 25-Apr-13 23:04:14

Kimberley in northern.

Makes me think of Victoria Wood.

clattypatty Thu 25-Apr-13 23:25:31

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1944girl Thu 25-Apr-13 23:48:59

Doublecake I am a Geordie, and have a greatniece called Summa (Summer). Her second name is Rose and it sounds Roase.
Other Geordie pronunciations;
Margaret is Margrit
Peter is Peta
Any name with th in it is pronounced ff
Robert is Robat or Robit
Stephen is Steefin.
Going back to the th letters, my son, who is dyslexic and tends to spell words as they are pronounced.His second daughter's name ends with th.He nearly registered her with the wrong spelling until the registrar corrected him.
George is Jawge.

LinghamStyle Fri 26-Apr-13 00:09:30

I can't say Carl either! It's either Cal or Carol.

recall Fri 26-Apr-13 00:16:29

George in a broad Essex accent ( although I love hearing it, quite sweet )

OldLadyKnowsNothing Fri 26-Apr-13 00:19:52

So glad I'm not the only Scot who can't say Carl. My tongue just doesn't work that way.

But I can pronounce the "ch" in "loch". wink

Any accent that renders sarah (say-rah) to suh-rih/suh-rah.

Bloody hate it angry

It is say-rah not suh-rah or even worse soo-rah!

MrsSlocombesPussy Fri 26-Apr-13 00:35:52

Ptolemy in a broad Lancashire accent.

Hugh in a Suffolk accent (pronounced Hoo)

K8Middleton Fri 26-Apr-13 00:39:36

Actually I think Sarah should be Sair-ra.

Fleur sounds bloody horrible in nearly any accent but especially one that elongates the vowels.

littleginger Fri 26-Apr-13 00:42:14

Um ive never know a Sarah pronounce their own name Say-rah. It is more sir-rah surely?

Apparently my pronounciation of Claire is a bit horrendous since I no longer live with my natives (in Liverpool).


littleginger Fri 26-Apr-13 00:43:26

Fleur for me with end up as 'flare'

Not pretty

BOF Fri 26-Apr-13 00:48:05

I was going to be called Clare, but my parents decide that as a scouser, I'd be Clerr, and it wasn't pretty.

Nooooo! Sirah is not sarah! It'd be so strange to hear i'd probably not answer it'd sound so different in my local accent (to my ears at least)

K8 with my accent sair-rah is the same as say-rah grin just to be confusing you understand

I spent years getting called 'sara' by a friends mum can you tell it's gave me a complex wink

chickensaladagain Fri 26-Apr-13 06:36:50

Anything ending in an a if you live in Manchester


JollyPurpleGiant Fri 26-Apr-13 06:41:15

Pearl. Pronounced Peril across Scotland.

motherofvikings Fri 26-Apr-13 06:42:03

Anything that ends in an a gets butchered by bristolians. They have a weird thing of dropping the a adding an l on the end.
Eg local area becomes local are-l.

This works badly on Noah which becomes Noel. But worse on Eva who becomes evil! shock

stopthinkingsomuch Fri 26-Apr-13 06:48:04

Apparently teachers are always correcting the children when saying my child's name as they like to drop letters. Dc has now been in 2 areas in different countries and only her family say her name properly. Prefer how they said it in the other country than here.

VinegarDrinker Fri 26-Apr-13 06:48:46

Arlo really doesn't work in East London/Essex. Unless you mean the town.

TheUnicornsGoHawaiian Fri 26-Apr-13 07:07:04

In the black country, these always amuse me:-

Andrew = Androooo (massive emphasis on the ooooo)

James = Jayams

Karen = Karrunn

Sharon = Sharrunn


TheFillyjonk Fri 26-Apr-13 07:20:12

Valleys - Joseph became 'jaw-seff'

West London (not the posh bit!) - names like Amelia become Uhmeliahhh

badtime Fri 26-Apr-13 07:59:10

I am another one who loathes how 'Fleur' sounds in most accents. I always do a double take when anyone here says how pretty it sounds.

Where I am from (NI), the 70s had a particularly rich harvest of dreadful sounding names. 'Karen', 'Sharon' and 'Darren' are generally pronounced Karn, Sharn and Darn (although you should bear in mind NI is a rhotic accent, and the 'r' is pronounced).

freerangeeggs Fri 26-Apr-13 08:23:28

"Carl in (my) Glaswegian accent, I physically cannot say it, I can't get my tongue around it.
Fortunately you don't get many Carl's here (cos it's unpronounceable?) but my head office is full of them, I dread having to speak to one of them!"

This! I had to teach one and the kids thought it was hilarious because I kept calling him Carol.

LadyFlumpalot Fri 26-Apr-13 08:40:38

Doesn't matter what accent you have, never call your son Mike if your surname is Hunt...

forgetmenots Fri 26-Apr-13 08:41:13

Another one here who can't say Carl. Or Pearl. RLs at the end must be the issue.

Agree with BOF about Clare/Claire in a Scouse accent, but I'd extend that to a lot of English or non-rhotic accents, and to names with an R in the middle! I will love hearing dc1 being called Orla if she is a girl in Scotland and Ireland, but awwluh, like a lot of my English pals have pronounced it, is awwwful!

NotTreadingGrapes Fri 26-Apr-13 08:43:21

Someone I know had 3 children whose names all ended in -y. She was black country and the -y was just turned into -oy (think Barry from Auf Wiedersehen if you're old enough)

WellJustCallHimDave Fri 26-Apr-13 08:48:23

Try Katie with a Durham accent. It sounds something like Ke-air-tee. Awful.

AThingInYourLife Fri 26-Apr-13 08:51:56

Fleur is nice in a French accent.

oinkment Fri 26-Apr-13 08:55:03

My inlaws from Manchester call my nephew Willy-errrm.

PeterParkerSays Fri 26-Apr-13 09:01:33

Nina, in an Estuary / Essex accent - Neenaw, bit like a child're version of a police siren smile

littleginger Fri 26-Apr-13 09:23:57

forgetmenots I've always said Orla the wrong way I had no clue it was wrong! I'm intrigued now as to how the Scots/Irish say it. Is it like orrrola???

LinghamStyle Fri 26-Apr-13 09:41:11

A former colleague was called Graeme and I pronounce it Gray-am. Other people said Gray-ham, Grame and Gree-am.

Graeme called himself Gray-am so I was right!

LinghamStyle Fri 26-Apr-13 09:42:04

Oh yes, Pearl! Can't say that either.

SantanaLopez Fri 26-Apr-13 09:50:13

I can't say Lily in my Glaswegian accent. It's the 'i'. Lully!

Jaskla Fri 26-Apr-13 09:50:57

My Granddad can't pronounce any name beginning with H, so Harry becomes 'arry, and Hannah is Anna which is problematic considering we know one of each and never know who he is referring to!

I also know a Carole that changed her name as she couldn't stand how it was pronounced by people with a broad Yorkshire accent (she said people called her Cad-ull).

hazelnutlatte Fri 26-Apr-13 09:53:58

My Welsh friend Claire liked her name until she moved to Wigan and it became Clurr instead - now she has us in the habit of switching to a Swansea accent when we say her name as it sounds so much nicer!

forgetmenots Fri 26-Apr-13 10:08:10

Littleginger it's not wrong it's just different accents! We roll the R so it's ORRla, no 'awl' sound smile

But we can't say Carl because of the same rolling R!! smile

littleginger Fri 26-Apr-13 11:30:29

Ahhh I see silly me. I've just actually sat here and practiced with my dodgy irish (it sounds neither northern or southern so I wont specify!) accent and I totally get you. Sounds much nicer!

MolotovCocktail Fri 26-Apr-13 14:17:35

Brummie accent here, so any long vowel sounds tend to sound longer than they should: Grace becomes 'Graaayce', Nathan becomes 'Naaaythun'.

MolotovCocktail Fri 26-Apr-13 18:22:08

Oh, and a name such as Violet becomes 'Voi-lut'.

orangepudding Fri 26-Apr-13 18:32:37

Agree that Fleur sounds pretty bad in most accents, Amelie also sounds awful in many UK accents which is a shame as it's a beautiful name.

MolotovCocktail Fri 26-Apr-13 21:08:14

Oh yeah, Amelie with a Brummie accent is 'Am-uh-loi'

<Says a very proud Brummie> grin

madaki Sat 27-Apr-13 05:39:55

Grace in a brummie accent. To me (Londoner) it sounds like 'Grice' except dragged out so Griiiiiice.
Love the accents for everything other than that name.

Dawn - in my scottish accent it's Don.

JollyPurpleGiant Sat 27-Apr-13 22:37:41

How else would you pronounce Dawn??

I know a Luke who insists that Luke and look should be pronounced differently. I have no idea what he's talking about. They sound the same to me.

I think it is supposed to have a longer "aww" sound in the middle - in my accent the "aw" sounds a very clipped "o"

madaki Sun 28-Apr-13 05:49:20

Well if I said it, Dawn would be pronounced to rhyme with mourn (or door-n) whilst don would be like long (but without the g obviously)

CookieB Sun 28-Apr-13 05:54:09

In Glasgow Darren becomes Darn. In America Craig turns out Creg.

Demi or Debbie type names in Yorkshire. Sound more like Demeh and Debeh. Just sound thick for some reason.

JollyPurpleGiant Sun 28-Apr-13 06:25:42

Thanks madaki smile

but there is no "r" in Dawn confused

madaki Sun 28-Apr-13 14:55:28

But the r in mourn (and in fact door) aren't pronounced as such, in some accents.

In a london accent or and aw are homophones... Not the same in all accents, but that's the point if this thread. It's not right or wrong, just different.

ControlGeek Sun 28-Apr-13 15:04:01

Rose in a Hull accent is Ruuurz. Not good.

racingheart Sun 28-Apr-13 15:05:48

Nathan in East End is Knife-un

My sister's Belfast M-i-L calls her Kee-a-dee

treaclesoda Sun 28-Apr-13 15:19:21

You can't call a child Nathan where I live, it doesn't work. There is a joke round here that goes

'they called the wee boy Nathan'
'they can't call him Nathan, they have to call him something ...'

treaclesoda Sun 28-Apr-13 15:21:40

I've butchered that joke. It should be 'they can't call him nathin' [nothing] they have to call him something'


JollyPurpleGiant Sun 28-Apr-13 16:00:00

Yup madaki, that's why Carl and Pearl don't work in Scotland as we roll our Rs smile

doublecakeplease Sun 28-Apr-13 17:28:51

A bloke i used to work with is from northumberland - i thought head a son named Paul as he often referred
to 'wor porl'. Turns out he had a daughter named Pearl

CookieB Sat 11-May-13 02:16:49

Glitterkitten24 I know what you mean. Karl=Carol
Darren= Darn
Arghhh why so hard?
Creg really annoys me tho.

robino Sat 11-May-13 04:12:04

Hugo in broad West Yorkshire. No H, a flat o and something very weird goes on with the u. Unfortunately, said Hugo was one of those children who liked to run off and his mother was often to be found yelling it after him.

Fimbo Sat 11-May-13 21:00:09

Another Scot who cannot say Carl properly. But then I think it is more of an English name along with Trevor, not many Trevors in Scotland.

I hate my own name as it has a T in the middle which is always dropped, drives my mother crazy and then I think well it's a rubbish so it's your fault whichever way you look at it. He he grin

Amelie in a Glaswegian accent is just wrong, very very wrong.

LemonBreeland Sat 11-May-13 21:27:53

I live in Scotland but am English. A friend loves the name Archie but wouldn't use it as it would become Erchie with her family.

I was also careful when choosing names for my DC as neither DH or I have Scottish accents we did think about the way they would be pronounced locally.

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 12-May-13 08:07:26

Romeo in a Valleys accent : Raw-me-awwww. Horrendous.

Is everyone else reading this thread and doing all the accents?

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 12-May-13 08:23:04

I definitely am doing them...and agreeing! grin

StuntNun Sun 12-May-13 08:31:12

In the Northern Irish accent Blake becomes Blee-ak. It's a shame as I wanted to name one of my DSs Blake.

MrsBungle Sun 12-May-13 08:54:29

Another scot here. I live in England where there are more Carl's and my heart sinks when I have to say it! I say it like carol too although I've started putting on a kind of English accent just for that name and saying kaal awkwardly

I love the name pearl but only in an English accent!

My dd is called orla. I pronounce it Orr la. dh is English and pronounces it aw la. I may also in some situations put on an English accent when introducing her as a lot of English folk have no clue what I'm saying when I say her name

I pronounce Sarah as say ra but where I live they pronounce it as seh ra.

Carl is by far the hardest though! Like others have said, my tongue does not physically work that way!

sleepingbeautiful Mon 13-May-13 03:36:06

I lived in South Lancs for a while and next door had Ann-uh and Phi-buh (Hannah, Phoebe).
In Nottingham, Marie was Mree and Stuart was Stoo-ut.

twinklestar2 Mon 13-May-13 21:47:39

I hate the way Tyrone in Corrie says Ruby

SomethingOnce Tue 14-May-13 14:31:53

In London, names with a final L sound - often ends up a kind of mangled W e.g. Neil would be Ne-owh, Carmel would be Carm-ehw

SomethingOnce Tue 14-May-13 14:34:23

Are there many Romeos in the Valleys these days?

Last time I was there (over 10 years) the names were fairly sensible and trad.

vladthedisorganised Tue 14-May-13 14:45:28

I am currently trying out Ptolemy in every regional accent I can think of.

forgetmenots Tue 14-May-13 15:11:47

Vlad! How the flip do you pronounce it!!? (Discussion on another thread...)

forgetmenots Tue 14-May-13 15:15:09

Mrsbungle, hilarious I may or may not go even more rhotic when people don't understand, but I'm a stubborn cow

I once had a colleague from the south of England say, when I introduced myself: 'Forgetmenots? Is that like forgetmenots?' The first one was in a really odd White Heather Club accent and the second sounded like the queen! I have a very common name. I stuck to my guns though and said 'er, I believe that's how you pronounce it, yes...'

vladthedisorganised Tue 14-May-13 15:43:04

Glasgow - "Tawll-eh-meh"
Manchester/ Hull - "Toll-eh-meh"
Texas - "Taawwwull-eh-may"
Estuary - "Toll-emm-eeeeeeee"
Can't quite work out the Belfast pronunciation yet..

It only strikes me now that Tolly from Children of Green Knowe was probably a Ptolemy. That only took me 20-odd years to work out.

SomethingOnce Tue 14-May-13 16:04:00

From Wikipedia:

Some of the stories feature Toseland, a boy called Tolly for short...

Toseland! Who knew? smile

vladthedisorganised Tue 14-May-13 16:13:07

Wow SomethingOnce, that's a name that doesn't often crop up on these threads.. though I think it fits this one nicely!

LazyMonkeyButler Tue 14-May-13 16:23:45

Ah, was going to come on to say Fleur - DH's cousin is called Fleur and it comes out more "Flurgghhhhhhh".

Also Kyle in a Walsall/Wolverhampton accent is Coil and I agree with Amelie (or similar) being pronounced to rhyme with Saveloy hmm.

Debbie is also "De-boy". We ruled out Lily as a potential name for DD when we mentioned it to DH's GM who said "oh, I like Lil-oy, it's a luvloy name" hmm.

elsabel Tue 14-May-13 17:13:20

I live in norfolk so any names with a T in the middle is a write off, as they never get pronounced nicely...lottie, katie etc!

Choppymilks Tue 18-Jun-13 23:30:26

I am from Staffordshire, but live in the west of Scotland. Somehow, when I say 'Sarah', Scottish people hear 'Server'! Pardon!?!

Choppymilks Tue 18-Jun-13 23:31:41

I am from Staffordshire, but live in the west of Scotland. Somehow, when I say 'Sarah', Scottish people hear 'Server'! Pardon!?!

Choppymilks Tue 18-Jun-13 23:32:46

I am from Staffordshire, but live in the west of Scotland. Somehow, when I say 'Sarah', Scottish people hear 'Server'! Pardon!?!

burberryqueen Tue 18-Jun-13 23:39:39

Rosie and Sophie in coronation st land - Rawsi and Sawfi

burberryqueen Tue 18-Jun-13 23:42:24

oh and that accent that someone else mentioned - posh but lazy south- eastern accent where Arlo becomes Ar-lay

sashh Wed 19-Jun-13 05:03:44

I worked with a Scottish girl in Oxford, she was called Jane, when she introduced herself everyone would say 'Jean'.

We did get used to it.

I'm fascinated that 'Carl' and 'Pearl' are difficult, we need to have sound samples as well as photos on the profiles.

Thesebootsweremadeforwalking Wed 19-Jun-13 05:16:38

Colina in West Mids - "Kleena". Poor kid. Wasn't a marvellous name to start, bless her.

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