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Clemen'teen' or Clemen'tyne'...??

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typsical Thu 04-Aug-11 23:08:54

How would you pronounce Clementine? Thank you!

MelinaM Thu 04-Aug-11 23:09:54

For me it's Clemen'tyne' smile Beautiful name!

rushofbloodtothefeet Thu 04-Aug-11 23:10:11


MorallyBankrupt Thu 04-Aug-11 23:11:48

Wow this seems to be the name of the minute! There have been sooooo many threads about it recently.

I would say it like Christine or Pauline. You don't say Chris-Tyne do you and they are very similar names?....

Personally, stealing my SIL's line, I'd pronounce it 'orange' but then fruit names are really not my cup of tea, sorry grin

ronx Thu 04-Aug-11 23:15:57


hollyw Thu 04-Aug-11 23:17:04

I have one and call her Clemen 'teen' . 99% of people call her Clemen 'tyne'.
We don't use her full name often though.

AuntEnna Thu 04-Aug-11 23:17:35

Clemen 'teen' as a name, but 'tyne' as a fruit. But I'm probably wrong.

typsical Thu 04-Aug-11 23:20:42

Morally But then there is Caroline.... grin

Okay, thanks all, so does the same go for Emmeline...?

MrsvWoolf Thu 04-Aug-11 23:23:14

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MorallyBankrupt Thu 04-Aug-11 23:23:22

Oh I adore Emmeline! And I would say leen at the end grin

I love love love the nn Emmie for a little girl. But then the full name has such a fabulous history for a grown up.

AuntEnna Thu 04-Aug-11 23:23:46

Emme-'leen'. Definitely.

TrillianAstra Thu 04-Aug-11 23:24:22

OH my darlin oh my darlin oh my darlin...

Clemen tine

to rhyme with time.

typsical Thu 04-Aug-11 23:24:51

AuntEnna That was my thinking before starting the thread... although the song 'Oh my darling', wasn't that 'tyne'?

hollyw I'm a little bit envy that you have one! smile What sort of reactions do you have to her name?

MrsvWoolf Thu 04-Aug-11 23:25:52

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typsical Thu 04-Aug-11 23:27:04

x-posts sorry

MorallyBankrupt Thu 04-Aug-11 23:27:39

Oh God I cannot stand that song.

I think most people think of the fruit and the sing and both are Tyne. But I still think it looks like Christine so would be teen.

I think 99% of people would say Emmeline with the leen ending straight off though.

MorallyBankrupt Thu 04-Aug-11 23:28:04

Oops typo. song not sing.

MrsvWoolf Thu 04-Aug-11 23:30:36

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Primafacie Fri 05-Aug-11 07:43:35

DD's middle name is Clementine, pronounced -teen.

EdithWeston Fri 05-Aug-11 07:49:29

I'd take Rosaline ("lyne") as the example, as it also changes spelling when it becomes Rosaleen. Though I suppose all that I, and the other posts above, is showing that pronunciation and spelling vary. The holder (and parent) will both need to explain their chosen way many times, and nicely as it would be each enquirer's first time of asking. Are you OK with that prospect?

My answer to actual question: to me ""teen" is the fruit, and "tyne" 'Oh My Darling'.

Valinor Fri 05-Aug-11 08:58:23

I have a Clementine - we pronounce it the 'teen' way.

But be prepared.....lots of people will pronounce it 'tyne' until they are corrected (I blame the song lol) unless you are my FIL who always insists on calling her ClemenTYNE.....Grrrrrr (then he wonders why she doesn't respond to him)

Usually when we introduce her people ask us to repeat her name (not sure why - maybe because it's still pretty uncommon) but generally the reaction to her name has been positive. We call her Emmie for short.

MorallyBankrupt Fri 05-Aug-11 10:50:18

See I just love Emmie and therefore Emmeline. I think my view is clouded by the fact the school bully was Clementine who we all called 'clammy clemmie' or 'phlegmy clemmie' as our revenge....

Clementine is more a on trend type of name. Emmeline seems more classic to me.

evamummy Fri 05-Aug-11 10:55:26

Clementine pronounced TEEN is the German and French way. In fact all -ine names are pronounced -EEN there, inluding Carol-EEN, Rosa-LEEN etc.

The -YNE pronunciation is the anglo-saxon (english) option.

evamummy Fri 05-Aug-11 10:57:39

Because in English you pronounce the letters INE as YNE, not EEN. E.g. Mine or fine.

Has nothing to with fruits hmm. In German and French the fruit is also pronounced Clement-TEEN/E.

MrsvWoolf Fri 05-Aug-11 11:34:25

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