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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.

Thesebootsweremadeforwalking Wed 19-Jun-13 05:16:38

Colina in West Mids - "Kleena". Poor kid. Wasn't a marvellous name to start, bless her.

sashh Wed 19-Jun-13 05:03:44

I worked with a Scottish girl in Oxford, she was called Jane, when she introduced herself everyone would say 'Jean'.

We did get used to it.

I'm fascinated that 'Carl' and 'Pearl' are difficult, we need to have sound samples as well as photos on the profiles.

burberryqueen Tue 18-Jun-13 23:42:24

oh and that accent that someone else mentioned - posh but lazy south- eastern accent where Arlo becomes Ar-lay

burberryqueen Tue 18-Jun-13 23:39:39

Rosie and Sophie in coronation st land - Rawsi and Sawfi

Choppymilks Tue 18-Jun-13 23:32:46

I am from Staffordshire, but live in the west of Scotland. Somehow, when I say 'Sarah', Scottish people hear 'Server'! Pardon!?!

Choppymilks Tue 18-Jun-13 23:31:41

I am from Staffordshire, but live in the west of Scotland. Somehow, when I say 'Sarah', Scottish people hear 'Server'! Pardon!?!

Choppymilks Tue 18-Jun-13 23:30:26

I am from Staffordshire, but live in the west of Scotland. Somehow, when I say 'Sarah', Scottish people hear 'Server'! Pardon!?!

elsabel Tue 14-May-13 17:13:20

I live in norfolk so any names with a T in the middle is a write off, as they never get pronounced nicely...lottie, katie etc!

LazyMonkeyButler Tue 14-May-13 16:23:45

Ah, was going to come on to say Fleur - DH's cousin is called Fleur and it comes out more "Flurgghhhhhhh".

Also Kyle in a Walsall/Wolverhampton accent is Coil and I agree with Amelie (or similar) being pronounced to rhyme with Saveloy hmm.

Debbie is also "De-boy". We ruled out Lily as a potential name for DD when we mentioned it to DH's GM who said "oh, I like Lil-oy, it's a luvloy name" hmm.

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!

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 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.

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...'

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

I hate the way Tyrone in Corrie says Ruby

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.

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!

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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