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(26 Posts)
Thisisaname Sat 23-Feb-13 04:52:46

Pronounced Mah-ree

WDYT? Means star of the sea. I don't like Maria or Mariah btw.

Clawdy Tue 26-Feb-13 17:03:14

It reminds me of the lovely Scottish song "Mairi's Wedding". Beautiful name,and once people hear it,they won't mispronounce it again.

monica77798 Tue 26-Feb-13 15:49:31

sea of bitterness? Let's hope that is not what it means, it is a nice name.

Willow36 Tue 26-Feb-13 15:40:59

I adore Mhairi. I knew a Mhairi when I was a child - she must have been about 20 and mannnnnn she was cool. I wanted to be her when I grew up. I really hope she's doing something fabulous.

Marie will always be pronounced Marie I think.

badtime Tue 26-Feb-13 13:22:27

Yes, I was going to suggest Mairi.

mathanxiety Tue 26-Feb-13 02:30:57

Mhairi is the vocative case of the name Mairi. You would use it to call Mairi in for her dinner.

Mhairi is pronounced Var-ee. The H changes the M to a V sound (same in Irish).

Anjou Mon 25-Feb-13 20:24:08

I was just going to suggest what Silent Mammoth said; why not spell it Mhairi? In Scotland, this is very popular and is mostly pronounced 'Marry' not 'MuRee', (although I know one or 2 in the highlands who pronounce it 'Varry' - sorry to confuse things!!).

SilentMammoth Mon 25-Feb-13 20:13:35

With that spelling I'd pronounce it Ma_REE. Awful dated boring name

Are you pronouncing it as Mhairi? Because that is lovely!

Zaphiro Mon 25-Feb-13 02:13:19

I can't work out these pronunciations people are saying! To me it's just Ma-ree. Muh-ree I guess. Southern accent?

nectarini1983 Sun 24-Feb-13 19:49:14

Yawn city!! People will still call her marie no matter how you insist on pronouncing it.

mathanxiety Sun 24-Feb-13 19:03:24

Mairie means mayor's office or town hall in French.

PuddingWhine Sun 24-Feb-13 17:45:25

maire is like maura

that's dreadful. nursing homes will be full of Mauras and Maires in 5 years. I suppose it will come back though. Norah has.

PuddingWhine Sun 24-Feb-13 17:43:17

Marie on its own I don't like that much, but I love Marielle. Marry-el

Spoonful Sun 24-Feb-13 17:40:59

I like the usual Marie too, and Maria and Marnie.

eachtigertires Sun 24-Feb-13 17:27:53

I like it but only pronounced the usual way, with the emphasis on the first syllable it would really grate with certain accents and most people will pronounce it with the usual emphasis on the second syllable.

Spoonful Sun 24-Feb-13 17:23:54

It's nice but I agree she'll be called MaRee non-stop.

craigslittleangel Sun 24-Feb-13 17:19:58

To out myself, this is my name, and I spend my life correcting spellings (most people assume it must by Mary?) or how its said.

I am sure my parents didn't think there would be any difficulty with how it is spelt or said. But, trust me, I spend my life doing just that.

MolotovCocktail Sun 24-Feb-13 17:08:14

I love Marie (Mah-ree) but agree with what has already been said in that she'll be called Ma-ree, more often than not. I'd even say that others would assume you're mispronouncing Ma-ree.

I'd need to use some other spelling to signify the emphasis on 'Mah' if it was my baby smile Or go for Marnie, or another ocean-related name.

raisah Sun 24-Feb-13 16:18:25

I've seen Mairie. How would that be pronounced? Is it Irish rather than French?

KatherineKrupnik Sun 24-Feb-13 15:03:21

I like it pronounced as in your OP. Most people will pronounce it the other way.

Rhubarbgarden Sat 23-Feb-13 19:22:13

I think it's lovely

CruCru Sat 23-Feb-13 15:23:11

I like this but it it will get pronounced the other way (with the emphasis on the Rie) to your and her irritation.

Birthhippy9 Sat 23-Feb-13 12:46:36

Love it. Very graceful

mathanxiety Sat 23-Feb-13 05:54:14

Lovely name imo, and nice paired with another French name as a mn. Marie Therese, Marie Louise, Marie Claire, Marie Chantal..

LeMousquetaireAnonyme Sat 23-Feb-13 05:35:29

It is french for Mary, but sounds better.
It doesn't mean star of the sea, actually nobody exactly know the meaning, best guests are "the nurturing one", "sea of knowledge" "sea of bitterness"...

If you want a sea related name why not Marine?

Thisisaname Sat 23-Feb-13 04:53:20

As a first name btw.

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