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To say baby names sound better with some 'accents' and not others.

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HJWT Sat 12-Jan-19 18:53:37

Basically having a debate with DH about how baby names sound different/better depending what part of the country you are from.

When my DH (from london) says a name, for example Hallie, Koby they sound nice but when I say them (from 'up north') they sound quite tacky 😂 he thinks they sound the same either way where as I don't

Whats your opinion ?

Dorabean Sat 12-Jan-19 18:56:52

I agree! Some names definitely sound better with different accents!

I have a friend who lives in Herts and another from Leeds. The friend from Herts would definitely make some names sound a lot better than my friend from Leeds! I have no issue with anyone's accent, but understand where you're coming from grin

gimmeadoughnut123 Sat 12-Jan-19 18:59:13

I agree. My husband is from Yorkshire and has lost his accent, but none of his family have. When deciding on baby names that we like, I have always got him to say them in a broad accent. It either makes it (as in it can't be ruined - no offense to any Yorkshire folk on here) or breaks it.

HJWT Sat 12-Jan-19 19:00:34

@gimmeadoughnut123 haha I totally agree 😂

MiceSqueakCatsMeow Sat 12-Jan-19 19:03:18

I wasn't allowed Harry as dh thinks it sounds like Hairy in an American accent.

Thisonewilldo Sat 12-Jan-19 19:03:42

Yes I'm Scottish (west coast accent) and when I say 'Pearl' or 'Karl' it sounds horrendous.

Luzina Sat 12-Jan-19 19:04:48

Definitely agree! I live in Humberside area and tho very local accent isnt that strong; nearby South Yorkshire accent is strong, also Hull accent is quite full on. Some names were very different sounding with local accents.

GrandTheftWalrus Sat 12-Jan-19 19:05:27

I agree. I can't actually say Karl unless I really think about it. It usually comes out as Carol.

GrandTheftWalrus Sat 12-Jan-19 19:05:55

That was in response to thisonewilldo

HalfBloodPrincess Sat 12-Jan-19 19:05:56

I agree. I’m a Londoner. Using the above example, Pearl sounds like ‘Pell’ coming out of my gob and ‘Purrell’ from my Glaswegian gran!

elQuintoConyo Sat 12-Jan-19 19:08:03

For those who cannot or refuse to pronounce th as th, and call their grandchild Efan. confused

KirstieandPhil Sat 12-Jan-19 19:08:12

Agree. We quite liked the name Hector but as we are working class South East our families would pronounce it as 'Ekta'

GrandTheftWalrus Sat 12-Jan-19 19:09:05

I can't pronounce the th sound either and when I say clothes it sounds like close.

PurplePotatoes Sat 12-Jan-19 19:12:49

I'm from Leeds and have a DS called Harry who gets called 'Arry a lot..

elQuintoConyo Sat 12-Jan-19 19:23:26

I can't pronounce my Rs so had to avoid the name Ruby. Wooby. Luckily DS turned out to be a DS. Plus with DH's surname she'd sound like Ruby Tuesday grin

I had a friend at school called Miranda whose mother was the same as me but more 'severe', she also had a brother called Rupert. Oopert and Mwanda.

My Norfolk friend pronounces Stuart as stoo-art. I like it.

HJWT Sat 12-Jan-19 19:26:18

Haha loving all of the replys!

Zacksnan Sat 12-Jan-19 19:28:23

ILs have a scouse accent. Every name we chose sounded awful (sorry Wirral peeps). They call him “la” (short for “lad”?) anyway!

Noshana Sat 12-Jan-19 19:30:08

I have to agree.

I love the name Maddie.

But I can’t stand when people ‘from the north’ pronounce it ‘Madd-eh’

I was very glad when the Madd-eh on Corrie got killed off!

Kitsandkids Sat 12-Jan-19 19:50:22

Where I’m from most people drop the t in the middle of names. So my friend Natalie was always Na-a-lie. I think it sounds awful so would never give a name with a prominent middle t sound. Same with H at the beginning of names - it gets dropped a lot.

AhoyAhoy Sat 12-Jan-19 19:53:32

Hairy! Yes, both my DS’s call Peter Parkers best mate Hairy, after watching the Spider-Man films.
My 3yo squeaks Hairnk, when he talks about Hank the Septopus from FInding Dory.

hammeringinmyhead Sat 12-Jan-19 20:34:39

Yes. I'm a Lucy from Yorkshire aka Looseh.

NannyR Sat 12-Jan-19 20:40:25

I'm from West Yorkshire and my friend loved the name Katie for her daughter but ruled it out based on how it would sound in the local accent, the t would be dropped in the middle.

elQuintoConyo Sat 12-Jan-19 20:41:47

Loosen sounds fabulous smile

Justanothernamechange2 Sat 12-Jan-19 20:44:36

I agree. My parents are from the midlands and rarely say their H's so hallie, harry etc are rulled out.. then my partner is scottish so anything with R in the middle always gets rolled R's so i have to get him to say it first

treaclesoda Sat 12-Jan-19 20:45:06

Where I'm from a lot of people, particularly older people, pronounce the name Jack as 'Jake'. I remember having a prolonged and frustrating conversation with my MIL where she was complaining about young folk and what mumsnet would call a 'yoo-neek' spelling; she was referring to people spelling Jake as Jake, when everyone knows that it should be Jack. grin

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