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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!

LRDtheFeministDragon Sun 24-Mar-13 20:53:54

Good point forget! Yes, I see what you mean.

theorchard -wow, that is cruel! grin

TheOrchardKeeper Sun 24-Mar-13 20:55:41

Tell me about it grin

I had to shorten it considerably as a kid so I could spell my own name.

(love it now though...was just rough when I was a wee bairn)!

UnrequitedSkink Sun 24-Mar-13 20:58:48

Oh god yes - Grainne - looks so so pretty written down, I imagined rippling fields of golden wheat. I was gutted to meet one and discover it was pronounced Gron-ya. I hate the word Groin.

And Anais is very nice to look at but awkward to say.

LRDtheFeministDragon Sun 24-Mar-13 21:08:58

Well, you're one up on me at least, I still hate my name and found it hard to spell as a child!

I didn't know Grainne was pronounced like that, skink. sad

KittenOfDoom Sun 24-Mar-13 21:16:34

LRD you could always pronounce Sophia the old English way, So-fire.

forgetmenots Sun 24-Mar-13 21:18:19

Orchard, how do you pronounce that? Is it similar to Fionnuala? Have never seen that before.

iwouldgoouttonight Sun 24-Mar-13 21:20:53

How do you pronounce Anais? Is it an-ay?

LRDtheFeministDragon Sun 24-Mar-13 21:22:32

Oh, I like that kitten. smile

I say it 'so-fee-a', but when I was growing up people said 'sphere' (I had a friend called Sophia).

I think Joshua is another one. Looks nice ... doesn't sound so good. Like a wet throat-clearing.

elQuintoConyo Sun 24-Mar-13 21:26:58

Oh dear re: Fiohnula - that's the name of my... um... well, you get the jist.
Sorry hmm

I think Ethan looks nicer than it sounds, especially when people replace 'th' with 'f', yea gads!

I met a baby last week pronounced 'ser-sha', she/parents were Australian - what would the spelling be? Is it Irish?

KittenOfDoom Sun 24-Mar-13 21:33:32

Ethan seems very chemical to me. Only 2 whiffs away from methane grin

I think Seth and Silas are horrid too - pair of hissing snakes.

forgetmenots Sun 24-Mar-13 21:35:41

Saoirse, Conyo. It means 'freedom'.

With you on Ethan!

soontobeslendergirl Sun 24-Mar-13 22:49:55

Aurelia - reminds me of a nipple.

FranKatzenjammer Sun 24-Mar-13 22:56:03

I think Ieuan and Iestyn look lovely written down, but wouldn't necessarily be pronounced correctly (outside Wales).

BoyMeetsWorld Mon 25-Mar-13 19:50:45

Ooh good thread!


JamieandtheMagicTorch Mon 25-Mar-13 20:19:15


Because I'm in London and it would be pronounces Ayyymeee

CruCru Mon 25-Mar-13 20:42:20

Annabel - similarly because it would become Annabew.

33goingon64 Mon 25-Mar-13 21:34:51

Naomi. Looks absolutely gorgeous written down but so many people say Nay-oh-mee with the emphasis which is awful. My friend Naomi insists on people pronouncing it Neoh-mi with the emphasison the first syllable which is much nicer.

StellaNova Mon 25-Mar-13 21:43:11

I agree re: Aurora, a lovely name written down but spoken you get the "roar" and also I find it difficult to say the first "r" so it sounds like Awora.

For me, it's Linnet, love the name, love the way it looks, love the bird, love the character in the Children of Green Knowe, but not completely sure about the sound if the second syllable is emphasised not the first.

Frikadellen Mon 25-Mar-13 21:53:18

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!

Lene should not be pronounced with an ah ending sound or a na ending sound.

Best I can suggest in Phoenics is Leh- neh I am actually quite horrified by how many sites suggests it should be the ah/na sound ending Lena is a name in its own right and they have very different sounds.

(best childhood friend was Lene and we still have contact)

UnrequitedSkink Tue 26-Mar-13 00:32:11

iwouldgoouttonight Anais is pronounced Ah-nah-ees with the emphasis on the last syllable.

MortifiedAdams Tue 26-Mar-13 00:48:30


MolotovCocktail Tue 26-Mar-13 10:07:41

That's interesting Frick: I have never heard the name pronounced, so have only ever been able to go on what I've read re. phonetic pronunciation in books.

ZolaBuddleia Tue 26-Mar-13 10:45:21

I love Biba!

Ariella to me looks pretty, but then I think 'nipple'.

Agree re Joshua, makes me think 'moist'.

Aíne is another like Grainne, doesn't sound as nice as it looks.

UnrequitedSkink Tue 26-Mar-13 17:07:14

Why does Ariella make you think nipple?!

UnrequitedSkink Tue 26-Mar-13 17:09:19

Oh - Aureole! Gah, you've spoiled it for me now. wink

Although, Erica always makes me think of a wiry ginger pube. And I have no idea where that association comes from. (Apologies to any Ericas out there - I know the problem is all mine!)

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