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Iolanthe pronunciation?

(17 Posts)
Catlike Tue 30-Apr-13 13:10:52

I've seen Iolanthe listed in a couple of threads and thought it was beautiful, assuming that it was pronounced Yolantha blush

Just checked on google and now know its Eye-o-lan-thee which I don't like nearly as much.

Would it be really horrendous to use it but with the wrong pronunciation that I liked? (I suspect that it might be)

SoupDragon Tue 30-Apr-13 13:12:12

Yes, I think it would be I'm afraid! it's like Sian/See-an [shudder]

MerryMarigold Tue 30-Apr-13 13:13:08

I thought Yolantha when I saw it on the thread title. I don't like it, but I don't think it would be unreasonable. Teachers and friend's parents will always struggle, but they seem to struggle with my dd's name which is straightforward but sounds like another, more common name.

sparkle12mar08 Tue 30-Apr-13 13:15:37

What about Yolande? I had a scottish friend at uni with this name, pronounced Yo-lan-de/duh - a hard Yo but soft de at the end. Her nn was Yoli pr Yolly.

AuntieStella Tue 30-Apr-13 13:17:24

Well, it would be like pronouncing Siobhan "See-ob-han"

I think it would be seen as uneducated. Especially as the G&S operetta is still in frequent performance.

Just spell it Yolantha, if that's what you want said.

Catlike Tue 30-Apr-13 13:21:57

Oh god, the See-an/Sian thing is awful! I really don't want to be one of those parents.

Yolanda's lovely but wouldn't go as well with our surname. The "tha" sound goes slightly better than the "da" sound. Fussy, I know...

JojoMags Tue 30-Apr-13 13:57:55

I think the name is too well known to get with Yolantha pronounciation.

alexpolismum Tue 30-Apr-13 13:58:43

Just pronounce it Ee-o-lan-thee if you like it that way and tell people it's the Greek pronunciation, and you or your partner have connections to Greece (invent a grandfather, if necessary).

badtime Tue 30-Apr-13 14:25:49

Yes, in many ways it is the English pronunciation which is 'wrong', and your preferred pronunciation is closer to the original Greek. If anyone is snotty to you about 'mispronouncing' it, you could be snotty right back.

Catlike Tue 30-Apr-13 16:29:49

Hmm that's a thought alex and badtime!

thermalsinapril Tue 30-Apr-13 20:21:22

Is it worth it for a lifetime of correcting people though?

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Tue 30-Apr-13 20:48:16

I think it's lovely when pronounced correctly and I'd steer well clear of inventing your own pronunciation. Love Yolande too though.

Catlike Wed 01-May-13 09:45:25

No, you're right. Even if its pronounced Yolanthee in some countries, people would still be cringing at us here.

Gwennan Wed 01-May-13 10:07:08

Just call her Yolantha then.

Catlike Wed 01-May-13 10:27:46

No, I think I'll just pick something else grin

Gwennan Wed 01-May-13 10:29:27

Best of luck choosing!

I know you discounted Yolanda above but I know one and it works really well as a first name - never met one before or since either.

Catlike Wed 01-May-13 10:51:11

Cheers Gwennan, got til October to decide so plenty of time to get it right! Yolanda is lovely smile

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