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How would you pronounce Arianna

(30 Posts)
JazzAnnNonMouse Tue 05-Mar-13 13:23:37

Ari aaaana
Ari Anna


abbyfromoz Tue 05-Mar-13 19:29:36

I suppose it's what you prefer. I personally think it sounds nicer our way hence why we hose to pronounce it as we do.
It's a Persian name, also Welsh.
The Greek's, Spanish and Italian's also claim it.
Our Greek friend says ar-ri-ar-na

MadRambler Tue 05-Mar-13 19:24:22

She's not right though, NotTreading..., because that's not how we pronounce it. Although British, we live in Spain - no one pronounces it Ari-arr-na here. Ana is pronounced Anna, of course, not Ar-na. Her name came from a German character in a book - also not pronounced Ari-arr-na. is not necessarily correct - the second suggested pronunciation is uh-ree-ah-na.

She's lived in Australia for 20 odd years though (Abby), maybe that's why she pronounces it annoyingly!

abbyfromoz Tue 05-Mar-13 18:37:18

DD is Ariana. We pronounce it Ar-ri-ar-na
Only because i really dont like the sound of our Australian friends and family putting the 'a' twang on it...
My aunt makes fun of this by rolling the 'r' like she's speaking italian or something ... Hmph!hmm

NotTreadingGrapes Tue 05-Mar-13 17:42:21

That would be like me saying "my son is called Harry but we pronounce it Hahry. Aren't people who say "Harry" silly!"

NotTreadingGrapes Tue 05-Mar-13 17:41:26

Your SIL is right.

Pronunciation is rarely arbitrary.

MadRambler Tue 05-Mar-13 17:16:50

My DD, Ariana, is pronounced A-ri-anna. My SIL insists on pronouncing it A-ri-arrna. Not a problem in itself but you think she'd pick up on the way her parents like to say it (but then she's very good at not listening to anyone but herself!). She'll even repeat it back to me her way.

PS, got it from a book I read 20 years ago - NOT Harry Potter!!
PPS, am most annoyed at Imogen Thomas (whoever she is!)

SneezySnatcher Tue 05-Mar-13 15:35:20

I know an Ariana (a-ri-aaaah-na)

and an Arianna (a-ri-anna).

Double n = a

One n = aaaah

NotTreadingGrapes Tue 05-Mar-13 14:35:22

Arry-Anna. Like Italians would.

flowery Tue 05-Mar-13 14:33:27

"You just wouldn't pronounce 'anna' as 'aaana' in any situation I can think of. "

agree - I can't think of any words or names with 'anna' pronounced 'aaana'


The double n shortens the the preceding vowel.

bbc schools spelling

<<awaits a gazillion exceptions>>

forevergreek Tue 05-Mar-13 14:19:49

I would say
Arianna = are- ree- arna ( so a nn would be aria= are-ree-a)

Rather than the arry sound at the beginning

ladymia Tue 05-Mar-13 14:02:58

Ari aaaana

LadyWellian Tue 05-Mar-13 13:44:35

Agree with all those who say Arianna = Arry-anna and Ariana = Arry-arna. You just wouldn't pronounce 'anna' as 'aaana' in any situation I can think of. <waits to be corrected>

tallulah Tue 05-Mar-13 13:43:21

The one at school is Arry Anna

(Which my phone has bizarrely changed to Settee)

JazzAnnNonMouse Tue 05-Mar-13 13:41:30

Hmm seems to be abou 50/50

MortifiedAdams Tue 05-Mar-13 13:40:04

Arry Ar Na

weegiemum Tue 05-Mar-13 13:38:28


nickelbabe Tue 05-Mar-13 13:37:28

'arry anna

flowery Tue 05-Mar-13 13:35:53

Arry Anna

Ariana I would pronounce Arry Arna

IllGetOverIt Tue 05-Mar-13 13:35:31

Lol bet were all sat there reading the replies and sounding them out as we gosmile

Hope it's not just me blush

Pootles2010 Tue 05-Mar-13 13:32:25

Aray-anna. Like off Tree Fu Tom. Obv grin

RobinSparkles Tue 05-Mar-13 13:31:32

I would probably say Ari-Anna (like Anna but with Harry with dropped H on the front iyswim).

You would get both all the time, I think. I know an Adriana pronounced Ay-dree-Anna but she often gets Ay-dree-ah-na. She answers to both but I think it would annoy me if I was her mum. smile

Skullnbones Tue 05-Mar-13 13:30:21

I would pronounce it Aray-anna no elongated sounds...just one word

Mogandme Tue 05-Mar-13 13:29:50

A [as is in cat] ri [as in rhianna] ana [as in banana]

Greensleeves Tue 05-Mar-13 13:29:29

With that spelling, Arry-Anna

Spelt Ariana (which I prefer), Arry-Arna

and I would think you were a Dumbledore fan grin

Gwennan Tue 05-Mar-13 13:29:04

For me:

Arianna = ar-ee-AN-uh (as in Harry without the H + Anna)

Ariana = ar-ee-AHN-uh

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