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mamaesi Wed 22-Jun-11 16:27:55

how would you pronounce...

could we keep the 'loo-chee- a" or would it be said in a more english way?

is it ok if we are not actually italian, just like the name?

Ephiny Wed 22-Jun-11 16:34:58

Don't think you need to pronounce it the Italian way - I've heard it pronounced like loo-sha (usual English way, I think?), or loo-see-ah (Spanish?) as well. I prefer the last one personally.

hellymelly Wed 22-Jun-11 16:39:49

My midwife with Dd1 was lucia,pronounced as you are,the usual way.She was Irish.And then there is the lovely Swedish hymn that they sing on Santa Lucia day,10th December I think? Very pretty name.

hellymelly Wed 22-Jun-11 16:42:38

here Except here they are singing Loo-see-a.But when I heard it,it was Loo-chee-a. Anyway is v. lovely and involves a crown of candles.I saw it in St Paul's and it was breathtaking.

tammytoby Wed 22-Jun-11 17:30:20

Most English would pronounce it like the island St Lucia (St Loosha). Although I too prefer it as Loo-see-a.

SloganLogan Wed 22-Jun-11 20:30:22

Loo-CHEE-a is a beautiful name and I like it best with that pronounciation smile If you're going to use an English version I prefer Lucy to Loo-SEE-a.

mamaesi Wed 22-Jun-11 21:16:19

oh I forgot about (loo-sha)! I thought english people would say (loo-see-a)..

so there are 3x ways of saying it.. is that an issue?

thank you helly for that saint thing... I had no idea. My adopted nan( dear family friend) was named lucy she was from sicily. And baby is due first week in december...maybe this is the perfect name...well if its a girl that is smile

EskimoPie Wed 22-Jun-11 21:27:06

I know an early-40s Lucia (English) pronounced - Loo-sha. I agre Loo-see-a is probably prettier though.

hellymelly Wed 22-Jun-11 21:32:43

I remembered,its the 13th of December,not the 10th. every home in Sweden celebrates the day,someone gets to be "Lucia" and wears a crown of candles and there are some really delicious saffron buns that are made for that day. I think Lucia is something to do with Light,and so the celebration is to do with bringing light into the darkness.Hence the mid-Winter timing.Lovely.

TheSecondComing Wed 22-Jun-11 21:35:05

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Bumbellina Wed 22-Jun-11 21:43:34

I love that name!

Lucia is an Italian reference to light but has nothing directly to do with Saint Lucia's life. Saint Lucia (ca AD304) is depicted with a palmleaf in her hands I believe and is a patron saint of martyrs. She allegedly underwent the most horrific of tortures to try and get her to denounce her faith. (But then all those early saints underwent horrific tortures apparently) She is know for steadfastness.

Wonderful name smile

ensure Thu 23-Jun-11 10:10:28

I would say loo-chee-a, because I knew a Lucia who pronounced it that way. She was Italian.

MajorBumsore Fri 24-Jun-11 22:10:04

Yes Loo-chee-a. DD3 is called it, but DH is Italian. Have to pronounce it for people quite a lot though. Be warned.

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