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Names that look lovely on paper but not so good when said out loud

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rumtumtugger Sun 24-Mar-13 12:19:12

Like Sunday Rose or Harper Seven, or Biba, or Ophelia....

Just trying to figure out what to avoid for dc2!

MolotovCocktail Sun 24-Mar-13 14:37:33

I love how Saorise looks, but it sounds too much like plain old Sarah to me (sorry, don't mean to offend any Sarahs).

I love the look of Lene - should be pronounced 'Lay-nah', I think, but it's actually 'Lee-na' ... which rhymes with hyena. So, spoiled for me!

I actually really like Ophelia, OP: look and sound. Sunday Rose is very pretty to my ears, too smile

Bunbaker Sun 24-Mar-13 14:43:33

It also depends on regional accents. MIL was going to call OH Stephen, but when she heard it being said she changed her mind.

forgetmenots Sun 24-Mar-13 14:57:09

In my (Scottish) accent, I'm not keen on a lot of beautiful French names, to be honest

Aurelie - sounds like orally
Amelie - I think sounds like AMMMilly when a lot of Scottish people say it.

Both gorgeous names and I've recommended them on here, just wouldn't myself saying out loud.

Also have problems with some great Scottish names like Lachlan but no one outside of Scotland will be courteous enough able to prounounce it correctly. It wouldn't stop me using the latter though as it's part of my heritage and I would be appalled if someone didnt use a name from their culture just because I might need an extra stab at saying it properly (and I would try my very best to get it right). This applies for the French names above, btw smile

exoticfruits Sun 24-Mar-13 14:58:02


Generally Na a lee -in our area.

forgetmenots Sun 24-Mar-13 15:00:57

Are you Scottish exotic? (Thinking there's a big glottal stop in the middle!)

BicBiro Sun 24-Mar-13 16:19:22

Sunday rose just makes me think of Sunday roast.


MolotovCocktail Sun 24-Mar-13 16:41:24

Sunday roast! Haha!! grin

CruCru Sun 24-Mar-13 18:09:45

I'm not sure if this is quite the direction you want the thread to go in but while I love the name Rebecca, I can't stand Becky / Bex - and it will get shortened to these round my way.

KittenOfDoom Sun 24-Mar-13 18:23:01

How are we supposed to say Lachlan then? Is it different from the way it looks?

forgetmenots Sun 24-Mar-13 18:31:27

Lots of people outside of Scotland can't say the 'ch'. And there's an issue with the vowel (traditionally it's 'ah' but it's popular in Australia where it sounds more like Locklin). A name that's almost become a different name if you see what I mean! Wouldn't put me off but can see it would get annoying.

BOEUF Sun 24-Mar-13 18:35:26


MolotovCocktail Sun 24-Mar-13 18:40:01

Agree BOEUF: sounds too much like 'anus' sad

mungojerrie Sun 24-Mar-13 19:38:01


Bunbaker Sun 24-Mar-13 20:13:04

My BIL can't pronounce "th" and my niece is now named after the top of a house grin

forgetmenots Sun 24-Mar-13 20:26:45

grin bunbaker

DontCallMeBaby Sun 24-Mar-13 20:26:52

All those interesting looking Gaelic names that have the double whammy of not actually being as interesting as they like (eg Seonaid turning out to be basically Shona), and the fact most of the world wouldn't have a clue about pronouncing them.

And I agree with exotic - DD is Natalie, but we don't live in an area with too much of a tendency to drop Ts. If I'd stayed where I grew up I'd probably have called her something different. Thinking about it, I knew a Natalie in sixth form who called herself Natalia ... I thought it was pretentious at the time, but maybe she was onto something, it is MUCH harder to drop the T in Natalia.

LRDtheFeministDragon Sun 24-Mar-13 20:37:33

Elspeth. Looks gorgeous - sounds full of spit and slurring.

Amelia - depends on the accent obviously, but back home that sounds like 'ameee-yer', and goes extremly badly with commonly-used phrases to toddlers ('Amelia, come here!').

Sophia. Sorry. Beautiful name - but, in the nasty playground tease, a sophia is round. Midlands accents again.

Not the same, but I'm still sad at how Chloe and Cleo sound. I always thought they were really glamorous names, and I somehow thought they sounded different (having read them but not known children with those names). To me, the pronunciation is somehow a bit harder than the look on the page.

Elvensong Sun 24-Mar-13 20:43:33

Cliona. Looks pretty, but is pronounced (where I live) like Cleaner!

forgetmenots Sun 24-Mar-13 20:44:16

dontcallmebaby agree on seonaid, but wouldn't obviously rule out Gaelic names myself (can pronounce correctly!) - my feeling is that if someone told me their name I would try very hard to get it right regardless of spelling. Tricky, though

forgetmenots Sun 24-Mar-13 20:44:55

And agree with LRD on Cleo and Chloe - look gorgeous, can sound hard.

LRDtheFeministDragon Sun 24-Mar-13 20:45:15

Oh, I love the sound of seonaid. So soft and pretty.

forgetmenots Sun 24-Mar-13 20:51:50

Think it depends on the accent LRD, doesn't it always! My accent rules out so many names!

Annunziata Sun 24-Mar-13 20:52:38

I can't pronounce Lily in my Scottish accent.

TheOrchardKeeper Sun 24-Mar-13 20:53:13

How about foihnula? I mean...who does that to a child!? hmm

(I'm looking at you mum)

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