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Aaron- how would YOU pronounce it?

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Wrigglebum Sat 07-Jan-12 08:05:59

DH and I both like the name Aaron pronounced AH-ron but hate it pronounced AIR-on. Those in the UK, how would you pronounce it?

I'm thinking Aaron James is quite nice.

DH and I have used the only other boy's name we could agree on (Daniel), suggestions for what might go with that, assuming this one's a boy!

DaydreamDolly Sat 07-Jan-12 08:10:00

I would pronounce it Ah-ron, think Air-on is a bit American isn't it?

JestersHat Sat 07-Jan-12 08:10:14


It's a Biblical name and I've always heard it pronounced that way in readings at church etc.

pinkhebe Sat 07-Jan-12 08:11:30


mathanxiety Sat 07-Jan-12 08:16:46

AIR-un here (Irish).

(I would presume 'Ah-run' was Arran.)

SoupDragon Sat 07-Jan-12 08:20:35

Air-ron and I'm in England (S London). It is the only way I'd heard it pronounced until recently. Before then, like MathAnxiety, I would have assumed an Ah-ron was an Arran.

housemovehell Sat 07-Jan-12 08:21:57


seeker Sat 07-Jan-12 08:22:28

Aaron is AIR-Ron.

AH-ron would be spelled Arran, like the island.

SoupDragon Sat 07-Jan-12 08:25:19

Thinking about it, the only time I think i've heard it as Ah-ron is that baby from Lost.

PrettyCandles Sat 07-Jan-12 08:30:02

Aaron to me (Londoner> is AIRron.
Aron or Arron would have a hard A, as in arrow.
Aran or Arran would have both vowel sounds as hard As.

I've know boys with all three names. I, personally, prefer Aaron, too.

Wrigglebum Sat 07-Jan-12 08:30:37

Mmm, opinion seems pretty split! I went to school with an Aaron (ah-ron) and never heard air-on until that bloody singer Aaron Carter! Really don't like air-on or alternative spellings so might be back to the drawing board...

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sat 07-Jan-12 08:31:22

With the Aa at the front I'd say air -on

PrettyCandles Sat 07-Jan-12 08:32:23

BTW, AHron, with a clipped AH as in "but" is the Hebrew pronunciation.

Slightlytinsellyexpat Sat 07-Jan-12 08:32:35

Air ron is how it should be pronounced, IMO.

I remember the window cleaner telling me his new son was called Aron and I said, "Oh, that's unusual, how do you spell it?" and he said, "A A R O N" and I thought hmm!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sat 07-Jan-12 08:33:14

I think this thread shows you that even if you chose the name thinking that it should be pronounced in a certain way, you and your ds would get a lot of people pronouncing it differently. It's a risk that you'd take with that name I think.

sassyTHEFIRST Sat 07-Jan-12 08:40:44

Always pronounced it air-Ron till I started teaching, have taught 20 or so lads with this name since and everyone pron it arron. Am in west mids

seeker Sat 07-Jan-12 08:41:21

Opinion may be split, but AIR-ron for Aaron is right!

Slightlytinsellyexpat Sat 07-Jan-12 08:46:48

Probably a bit like Naomi which half will pronounce as Naymee and the other half will pronounce as NayOmee.

SoupDragon Sat 07-Jan-12 08:47:03

"AHron, with a clipped AH as in "but" is the Hebrew pronunciation"

Wouldn't that make it Urron? confused

OP, you could probably get away with Ah-ron given the split opinions here. Be prepared for quite a few people pronouncing it Air-ron though. Or go with Arran.

TheSecondComing Sat 07-Jan-12 08:47:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

JambalayaCodfishPie Sat 07-Jan-12 08:53:03

DP is Aaron on his birth certificate, but Arron in day-to-day usage, he prefers the pronunciation.

Himalaya Sat 07-Jan-12 09:08:23

I would say ah - run (or a-run, same thing I think). All the Aarons I know apart from American ones pronounce it that way.

I think the proper Hebrew way as pretty candles said is more clipped urun .....its the same as the aa in Isaac - iz-u-k.

I think it's a nice name, and the differences in pronunciation don't matter - pick the way you like and go for it.

I have a surname pronounced differently by different people within the same family (some say ay some say ah)

EdithWeston Sat 07-Jan-12 09:22:15

AIR-ron in UK.

It's universally pronounced like this in a Church context, and is the only version for the vast majority of the population. Only the young, who watched a great deal of US broadcasting, would ever give it a non-standard UK pronunciation.

If you are in UK, and hate "AIR-ron" and do not want to be telling people regularly that you don't want the usual pronunciation, then you'd be much better off with Aron (A-ron) Aran or Arran (A-ran).

TheFallenMadonna Sat 07-Jan-12 09:34:45

I am a teacher and always ask. I teach quite a few. Most are Ah-run, only a few Air-run.

HeidiHole Sat 07-Jan-12 09:35:39

OP I would say Ah-ran but looks like i'm one of the only ones!

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