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Do you say GrEta or Greeeter?

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Flowerface Sun 18-Sep-11 09:45:04

My Mum insists it's the latter, which has really put me off. It would never have occurred to me to pronounce it this way, but she is a German speaker, so perhaps that's the proper way of pronouncing it?

Also, what do you think of: Clara, Cassandra and Martha? Too popular?

RitaMorgan Sun 18-Sep-11 09:51:52

In German it's more like Gray-te, but here I think you would get Gretter.

RitaMorgan Sun 18-Sep-11 09:52:55

Sorry, should have been Gray-ta!

I love Clara and Martha, not keen on Cassandra personally. Don't think any of them are wildly popular.

Archip17 Sun 18-Sep-11 09:54:04

I know a two year old, who's GrEta. And I think it's a beautiful (and still quite underused). I've never heard it said the other way, so that must be a German pronunciation.

From your other names, Clara is my favourite.

ragged Sun 18-Sep-11 10:26:59

Have only ever heard GREta, DS (y7) has one in his class.
Don't know a single child with the other names.
I think all your choices are lovely, OP. And I especially like Cassandra. smile

privateprancer Sun 18-Sep-11 11:53:09

I would say Greeeetah, and Gretter if it was spelt Gretta
Prefer Martha and Clara. I know one grown up Martha and one 4 year old, and no Claras. I love Cassie as a nn to Cassandra but not so keen on the full name. How about Kazia (prn Kaysha - polish origin I think)

HettyAmaretti Sun 18-Sep-11 12:00:22

I think in german it's ofter a shortening of Margreeta (MAR-Greeeter) so mayby thats why.

SoupDragon Sun 18-Sep-11 12:02:16

I use a short e, as in egg. So Gretta.

lockets Sun 18-Sep-11 12:03:38

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PeggyCarter Sun 18-Sep-11 12:12:47

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DandyDan Sun 18-Sep-11 14:11:34

Around here there are tons of people called Greta-as-Greeta. I've never met a Greta-as-Gretta.

Janoschi Sun 18-Sep-11 19:47:52

Second RitaMorgan with Gray-ta.

Hulababy Sun 18-Sep-11 19:48:59

The child at my school with this name has her name pronounced gr-e-ta, with a short e sound.

Hulababy Sun 18-Sep-11 19:49:30

Oh, and I love the name Martha

PublicHair Sun 18-Sep-11 19:49:39

i would say gret-ta.
but clara is best of all (i have one!)

Flowerface Sun 18-Sep-11 19:52:03

I love Clara, but DH is put off by the Mussolini connection (which is not what springs to mind when people hear it, if you ask me, but then he is a History Lecturer). And also Martha, but was worried that it was very popular these days.

I am slightly put off Greta by the pronounciation complexity. I have an Elsa and thought that was foolproof, but some people still call her 'Ailsa'...

RitaMorgan Sun 18-Sep-11 20:08:59

The pronunciation thing is a language difference though - English speakers will say Gretta, German speakers will say Gray-ta, just as English speakers say Paula as Porla and German speakers say Powla.

RitaMorgan Sun 18-Sep-11 20:11:34

I think Elsa and Greta are lovely together.

PublicHair Sun 18-Sep-11 20:17:03

hmm, clara is also the name of Hitlers mother...

FWIW if ds had been a girl he'd have been an Elsa (to go with Kate and Clara!)

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