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Names that are bad with regional accents.

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NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Thu 25-Apr-13 16:52:53

Where we live Violet become Vaa'let which doesn't sound very nice at all. DH is Aussie so some names were a no go...such as Esme....became Is-My.

ControlGeek Sun 28-Apr-13 15:04:01

Rose in a Hull accent is Ruuurz. Not good.

racingheart Sun 28-Apr-13 15:05:48

Nathan in East End is Knife-un

My sister's Belfast M-i-L calls her Kee-a-dee

treaclesoda Sun 28-Apr-13 15:19:21

You can't call a child Nathan where I live, it doesn't work. There is a joke round here that goes

'they called the wee boy Nathan'
'they can't call him Nathan, they have to call him something ...'

treaclesoda Sun 28-Apr-13 15:21:40

I've butchered that joke. It should be 'they can't call him nathin' [nothing] they have to call him something'


JollyPurpleGiant Sun 28-Apr-13 16:00:00

Yup madaki, that's why Carl and Pearl don't work in Scotland as we roll our Rs smile

doublecakeplease Sun 28-Apr-13 17:28:51

A bloke i used to work with is from northumberland - i thought head a son named Paul as he often referred
to 'wor porl'. Turns out he had a daughter named Pearl

CookieB Sat 11-May-13 02:16:49

Glitterkitten24 I know what you mean. Karl=Carol
Darren= Darn
Arghhh why so hard?
Creg really annoys me tho.

robino Sat 11-May-13 04:12:04

Hugo in broad West Yorkshire. No H, a flat o and something very weird goes on with the u. Unfortunately, said Hugo was one of those children who liked to run off and his mother was often to be found yelling it after him.

Fimbo Sat 11-May-13 21:00:09

Another Scot who cannot say Carl properly. But then I think it is more of an English name along with Trevor, not many Trevors in Scotland.

I hate my own name as it has a T in the middle which is always dropped, drives my mother crazy and then I think well it's a rubbish so it's your fault whichever way you look at it. He he grin

Amelie in a Glaswegian accent is just wrong, very very wrong.

LemonBreeland Sat 11-May-13 21:27:53

I live in Scotland but am English. A friend loves the name Archie but wouldn't use it as it would become Erchie with her family.

I was also careful when choosing names for my DC as neither DH or I have Scottish accents we did think about the way they would be pronounced locally.

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 12-May-13 08:07:26

Romeo in a Valleys accent : Raw-me-awwww. Horrendous.

GwendolineMaryLacey Sun 12-May-13 08:21:08

Is everyone else reading this thread and doing all the accents?

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 12-May-13 08:23:04

I definitely am doing them...and agreeing! grin

StuntNun Sun 12-May-13 08:31:12

In the Northern Irish accent Blake becomes Blee-ak. It's a shame as I wanted to name one of my DSs Blake.

MrsBungle Sun 12-May-13 08:54:29

Another scot here. I live in England where there are more Carl's and my heart sinks when I have to say it! I say it like carol too although I've started putting on a kind of English accent just for that name and saying kaal awkwardly

I love the name pearl but only in an English accent!

My dd is called orla. I pronounce it Orr la. dh is English and pronounces it aw la. I may also in some situations put on an English accent when introducing her as a lot of English folk have no clue what I'm saying when I say her name

I pronounce Sarah as say ra but where I live they pronounce it as seh ra.

Carl is by far the hardest though! Like others have said, my tongue does not physically work that way!

sleepingbeautiful Mon 13-May-13 03:36:06

I lived in South Lancs for a while and next door had Ann-uh and Phi-buh (Hannah, Phoebe).
In Nottingham, Marie was Mree and Stuart was Stoo-ut.

twinklestar2 Mon 13-May-13 21:47:39

I hate the way Tyrone in Corrie says Ruby

SomethingOnce Tue 14-May-13 14:31:53

In London, names with a final L sound - often ends up a kind of mangled W e.g. Neil would be Ne-owh, Carmel would be Carm-ehw

SomethingOnce Tue 14-May-13 14:34:23

Are there many Romeos in the Valleys these days?

Last time I was there (over 10 years) the names were fairly sensible and trad.

vladthedisorganised Tue 14-May-13 14:45:28

I am currently trying out Ptolemy in every regional accent I can think of.

forgetmenots Tue 14-May-13 15:11:47

Vlad! How the flip do you pronounce it!!? (Discussion on another thread...)

forgetmenots Tue 14-May-13 15:15:09

Mrsbungle, hilarious I may or may not go even more rhotic when people don't understand, but I'm a stubborn cow

I once had a colleague from the south of England say, when I introduced myself: 'Forgetmenots? Is that like forgetmenots?' The first one was in a really odd White Heather Club accent and the second sounded like the queen! I have a very common name. I stuck to my guns though and said 'er, I believe that's how you pronounce it, yes...'

vladthedisorganised Tue 14-May-13 15:43:04

Glasgow - "Tawll-eh-meh"
Manchester/ Hull - "Toll-eh-meh"
Texas - "Taawwwull-eh-may"
Estuary - "Toll-emm-eeeeeeee"
Can't quite work out the Belfast pronunciation yet..

It only strikes me now that Tolly from Children of Green Knowe was probably a Ptolemy. That only took me 20-odd years to work out.

SomethingOnce Tue 14-May-13 16:04:00

From Wikipedia:

Some of the stories feature Toseland, a boy called Tolly for short...

Toseland! Who knew? smile

vladthedisorganised Tue 14-May-13 16:13:07

Wow SomethingOnce, that's a name that doesn't often crop up on these threads.. though I think it fits this one nicely!

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