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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!

Cwtchbach Tue 26-Mar-13 22:22:41

Iola - pronounced Yola

UnrequitedSkink Tue 26-Mar-13 22:13:49

Like: Ericaaaahhhhhh grin

ZolaBuddleia Tue 26-Mar-13 19:29:06

I think your brain is taking you to the downstairs department of Eric Stoltz. grin

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!)

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

Why does Ariella make you think nipple?!

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.

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.

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


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

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

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)

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.

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.

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

Annabel - similarly because it would become Annabew.

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


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

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

Ooh good thread!


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).

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

Aurelia - reminds me of a nipple.

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

Saoirse, Conyo. It means 'freedom'.

With you on Ethan!

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.

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?

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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