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HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Feb-13 11:39:26

How would you pronounce Naomi? Nay-oh-mee? Or Ny-oh-mee? Or even Nayo-mee? I really like it but am worried it'll never get pronounced how I hear it!

Bakingtins Wed 27-Feb-13 11:44:51

Nay-oh-mee. It's a lovely name. I did have one in my class at school and she had to constantly correct the pronunciation of it.

WormCanner Wed 27-Feb-13 11:57:12


Much nicer, softer sound than when people put the stress on the O. Unfortunately that seems to be what the majority do. sad

Xiaoxiong Wed 27-Feb-13 13:08:08

Nay-OH-mee. But you will get all sorts of pronunciations. Drives my DMum potty!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Feb-13 13:16:02

See I like Nay-OH-mee but just as I'd got my heart set on it I heard someone say Nay-uh-mee and I thought, Is she going to spend the rest of her life correcting people? We have to spell out surname as it is! DH has a different favourite so I would be having to persuade him anyway!

threepiecesuite Wed 27-Feb-13 13:19:39

There is a 2.5yo Naomi in DD's nursery class and none of the kids can say it. DD kept comin home saying she'd played with Yaoni/Ioni/Yaoly and in the end I had to ask who it was!
Lovely name though. I like Nadia too.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Feb-13 13:31:54

That's interesting three, if others kids can't say it, can she?! I like Nadia but don't think DH would go for it!

Xiaoxiong Wed 27-Feb-13 14:34:09

Also another thing. When my DMum has a blocked nose and says her name over the phone she has had it said/spelled back to her as "Dayomee"!

threepiecesuite Wed 27-Feb-13 15:04:13

Nahla is lovely.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Feb-13 20:12:27

We have to spell out our surname (its one of two options and people tend to assume its the other spelling!) so nice as Nahla is, I want something that's fairly straightforward to spell. Makes me think of the Lion King too! smile

WormCanner Wed 27-Feb-13 20:13:00

The only Nahla I ever knew of was a horse smile

Nay-oh-me. I love it - but I'm biased. smile DD hasn't really had to correct anybody apart from fil!

Rhubarbgarden Wed 27-Feb-13 20:28:16

Nay oh me. I know a three year old one pronounced this way and I don't think she's had any problems.

nectarini1983 Wed 27-Feb-13 20:48:55

I think Naomi is just pronounced as its spelt. ..I had a friend at secondary school called Naomi and never had any problems with people saying bit wrong.

Halle Berry' s daughter is called Nahla. I think that's lovely FYI

SausageSmuggler Wed 27-Feb-13 20:52:05

My name is Naomi, I'm pronounced Nay-oh-mee. No one person pronounces it the same (or spells it the same for that matter). Tbf though you'd get that with loads of names. smile

Branleuse Wed 27-Feb-13 20:55:46

all the Naomis ive ever met have been Nay-oh-mee

timtam23 Wed 27-Feb-13 22:58:13

Naomi is a lovely name and if I'd had a girl it would have been my number 1 choice

I went to school with a NAY-uh-me but all the younger Naomis I've met have been Nay-OH-mee. I do prefer the first pronounciation as I think it's a softer sound, but the second seems more common. One of the adult Naomis I met also said that people have lots of trouble spelling her name, there are always extra letters being added in eg. Naomie, Naomee, Nayomi, Naome, Naohme, Naeomi...

I still think it's a beautiful name though, but I'm sure I would have had to grin and bear it with the varied pronounciation and spelling.

A common nickname seems to be "Gnome"....Not sure if I like that!

squiddle Thu 28-Feb-13 15:52:05

NAY-uh-me. So much prettier than Nay-OH-me. But the latter seems more common.

Theas18 Thu 28-Feb-13 15:58:40

It'll be pronounced however you choose to do so and people will get used to it.You love it, use it smile

Same as Alicia, is it Alice-ea or aleesha...

Sophia is it Sophie-a or Sophia like the city?

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 28-Feb-13 16:14:03

I go round in circles about it! I would really like a Biblical name for (we think, scan wasn't 100% clear!) DD and Naomi wasn't on the short list but I added it as a late runner. I can't definitely decide until she's born but will make sure it's still on the table as an option smile

Theas you're right, it'd be whatever we chose it to be. It's like Mia/Mya too, isn't it?

seeker Thu 28-Feb-13 16:18:42

Go for Ruth instead!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 28-Feb-13 16:24:04

Ruth wouldn't be an ideal choice for us because we have a one syllable surname so it would sound too blunt. It's also a friend's name so it might be weird!

Theas18 Thu 28-Feb-13 16:44:28

Anna is a fab Biblical name with (at least for me) no sort of preconceptions -as is Naomi. That was really important for me naming my child. I didn't want them to think, for instance " grace" that'll be a pretty ballerina or a child (no idea why, Grace Darling certainly wasn't , out there in a boat doing her bit, but you know what I mean).

Anna could be the pretties frilliest fairy dress wearing little girl, or the tomboy in the mud, a punk/emo etc teen , the mechanic at the garage, a surgeon, teacher or stay at home mum.

If you don't use Naomi (great name) and Ruth isn't good, try Anna and see if it fits!

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 28-Feb-13 17:11:44

Ooh no, not Anna, terrible associations!

Bakingtins Thu 28-Feb-13 17:27:23

How about Esther, Elizabeth, Hannah, Rebecca, Martha, Miriam?

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