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(18 Posts)
YouDoTheMath Wed 17-Aug-11 14:50:46

So is it pronounced:


or (as someone I know pronounces it, and it IS her own name...)


And I have a southern English/RP accent, so how would I say it so as not to get it wrong when speaking to an Irish person?

shelleylou Wed 17-Aug-11 14:57:06

The pronunciation i know is On-ya. Her mother is Irish and father is Welsh

GooseyLoosey Wed 17-Aug-11 15:00:18

The Irish ones I know seem to say Awnya

MissHonkover Wed 17-Aug-11 15:48:18

The Northern Irish one I know says On-ya, so I copy that. grin

MsChanandlerBong Wed 17-Aug-11 17:30:55

I've only met one before, and she was On-ya.
I was quite young and naive when I met her (in my first job), so was glad that she introduced herself to me in person, as when I had read her name on the phone list I had presumed it was pronounced aaaiiiiin. blush

pointydog Wed 17-Aug-11 17:32:02

Depends on your accent

Bandwithering Wed 17-Aug-11 17:59:42

The ones I've known have been Awnya. I like the sound of it but not the look of it written down.

tbh, i'd just go for Anya. Aine has a fada on it (somewhere) confused

tammytoby Wed 17-Aug-11 18:33:41

Isn't it French for donkey? And pronounced that way too...?

Bandwithering Wed 17-Aug-11 18:50:27

is it? never knew that.

Bandwithering Wed 17-Aug-11 18:52:20

put it in to google tools and played it, it sounds like Doodan

pointydog Wed 17-Aug-11 19:13:41

french for donkey is ane. Not the same at all. That's like Anne.

Sausagesarenottheonlyfruit Wed 17-Aug-11 19:20:38

It's a beautiful name but it would get pronounced to rhyme with 'pain' by english folk if they'd only ever seen it written down.

Tuschinski Wed 17-Aug-11 19:36:16

My thinking is On-ya in the North of Ire Awn-ya in the South.

deburca Wed 17-Aug-11 19:40:18

northern irish say on-ya, native gaelic speakers say awn-ya. its a gorgeous name, never met an aine i havent liked

emeraldislander Thu 18-Aug-11 00:31:36

you should meet my MIL then !

BodyofChristLegsofTinaTurner Thu 18-Aug-11 01:00:55

Aine - prounounce Awn-ya, with a fada on the A.

BodyofChristLegsofTinaTurner Thu 18-Aug-11 01:01:15

Aine - prounounced Awn-ya, with a fada on the A.

SheCutOffTheirTails Thu 18-Aug-11 01:10:10

Your friend is closest to being right.

It's not really a sound that exists in English.

It's a name I would avoid unless you are an Irish speaker.

The Anya/Awnya thing for North/South is largely true.

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