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(16 Posts)
greenzebra Tue 19-Jul-11 16:05:16

Can anyone help in the pronounciation of these two names.

Henna (I assume it pronounced Hen-Na)

Teija (I'm pronouncing it at the moment as Tey-Ya)

birdofthenorth Wed 20-Jul-11 01:10:06

Js are def pronounced Ys, that's all I know!

greenzebra Wed 20-Jul-11 07:41:53

cheers, so maybe I am saying them right.

SheffieldSuomi Wed 20-Jul-11 16:15:38

I believe you are saying them right smile

The a's at the end of the names sound like an 'uh' sound, similar to the name Emma. The double n in Henna would suggest to me to pronouce the n twice, so Hen-Nuh! as opposed to Hen-uh and there is equal stress on both parts of the name. Teija is like you think, pronounced Tey-yuh!

Well that's my interpretations of the names, sorry if I am wrong. I'm British, but live in Finland

P.S, both lovely names! I can suggest others if you are wanting a Finnish name specifically, there are some beautiful ones smile

greenzebra Wed 20-Jul-11 20:42:56

Sure suggest away. We got married in Finland so having a Finnish name would be very special to us. I thought Henna and Teija could still be used here in the UK without to much difficulty.

emsyj Wed 20-Jul-11 20:48:32

Just out of idle curiosity, is Senni a Finnish name, or a shortened form of a Finnish name? An au pair called Senni has just arrived here from Finland a few weeks ago (living with a mum I know) and I thought her name was lovely, just wondered if it is popular!

(I could just ask her I suppose... But I won't see her for a week now as will be at work. So if you could satisfy my curiosity it would be much appreciated!)

greenzebra Wed 20-Jul-11 20:53:32

Sounds like a full name to me, they have a lot of names ending in I, like Heikki.

emsyj Wed 20-Jul-11 21:17:45

I love the idea of an exotic name like that. I went to school with an Icelandic girl called Stanen, love that name too!

<Really should stop thinking of baby names as not pregnant and DD very much already got a name>

greenzebra Wed 20-Jul-11 21:25:17

im not pregnant (hoping I am) either just love names.

Rumpel Wed 20-Jul-11 21:28:11

I went out with a Finnish guy - Tuomous - Thomas grin pronounced Too - o - mass

SheffieldSuomi Wed 20-Jul-11 23:24:06

I haven't met a Senni, but does sound like a full finnish name (could well be shortened though)

Are you wanting girls or boys names? Finnish people I know are Emmi, Ida (eee-duh) Heidi (hey-di) Tarja, Aino (eye-no) Emma, Hanelle, Eija (ay-yuh) Tuuli/Tuula (means wind) Some of those might get mis-pronounced in English though.

Guys I know Jani, Heikki, Sami, Lassi, Markko. I think girls names are much prettier! This site is good for getting an idea of names.

greenzebra Fri 22-Jul-11 08:10:36

thanks SheffieldSuomi I will have a look on that link.

greenzebra Fri 22-Jul-11 08:14:19

that is a wicked site thank very much.

bruffin Fri 22-Jul-11 11:52:07

I used to work for finnish company we had



bruffin Fri 22-Jul-11 11:53:53

I forgot Timo

MammaInTheMaking Sat 23-Jul-11 15:17:29

emsyj Senni is a full name. It's actually the name of one of my aunts and generally i think it's a little old fashioned in Finland. However is does sound lovely.

greenzebra A name which is becomming more and more popular is "Isla" however the Finns spell it "Aila" which is really beautiful IMO. Plus it's not really weird to us Brits!

SheffieldSuomi you were spot on with your pronounciation!

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