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june2013 Mon 06-May-13 14:01:50

...Salome? or Salomé as we're planning to spell it (we're both francophone).

We say Sa - low - may (with equal emphasis on syllables). I don't mind if people don't know how to pronounce it the first time, but would if they don't get it at all. I have an Irish name which can't be guessed from spelling, but is easy to pronounce once I've told people what it is. So second time around, most people know my name. I'd be ok with that for Salome.

People seem to say Sa - LOW - Mee. I really don't like that... But I wouldn't mind if future daughter just shortened it to Sal or Sally.

If you know history of the name - any issues?

RealityQuake Mon 06-May-13 17:29:08

It's Sah-loh-meh. It's rooted in Shalom, so pronounced similarly and in Hebrew e is pronounced as eh/ay sound. My DD1 has never had an issue in having it and the only person to bring up the Christian connection was my American Evangelical Christian mother (and the only person to bring up the meat was my hard of hearing pork loving stepFIL).

Also, pet peeve here, but Salome is nowhere is the Christian Bible or in other Christian texts (as not all made it to the Bible). It was a name given to an unnamed young woman (pushed into the activities by her mother) by an unreliable writer who was being paid by the Romans to write about Jewish people in a light more favourable to the Romans. It was likely chosen by them to discredit Queen Salome Alexandra, who was the ruler many in Judea still longed after (she brought great stability to the area during her reign which her stepson then lost and sold out to the Romans). Due to its meaning (peace) and royal connection, it has a long history of use.

DribbleWiper Mon 06-May-13 17:31:40

I'd pronounce it the same way you do, OP.

Not sure I'd use it myself, but your call.

thermalsinapril Mon 06-May-13 18:22:47

Sa - LOW - Mee

wigglesrock Mon 06-May-13 18:42:15

I'd pronounce it the same way you are, I quite like it.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Mon 06-May-13 18:48:31

You're setting her up for a lifetime of name of name confusion.

I always have to spell my surname twice on the name and that's enough of a pain in the arse. Having to have a conversation everytime you say your first name will also be a PITA.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Mon 06-May-13 18:49:11

Do you know what? that was a crap post. I hope you understand what I was saying. I'm soooo tired. Sorry.

mikkii Mon 06-May-13 18:55:48

I spend my entire life correcting how people say my name, hence the hort form used. Do you really want to subject your daughter to this? However, since my DS is Valentino and DDs are Gabriela (Spanish spelling) and Luisa, mine will always have to spell theirs although people should be able to say them

PiratePanda Mon 06-May-13 19:02:08

Sa-lo-may, but that's because I think of it mostly in connection with Richard Strauss' opera. The traditional English pronunciation is Sa-LOW-mee. If you don't like that pronunciation, don't use the name.

FlightyAphrodite Mon 06-May-13 19:46:23

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I say Sa-low-me, which may or may not be right - but either way I think it is really not a nice name to give to a child. Sorry.
Do you like Naomi?

ExRatty Mon 06-May-13 20:21:28

sa low me

I'd say it sa- lohme like sa-loan.. with the funny wee bitty above it i'd say sal -o- may

SamG76 Wed 08-May-13 09:29:07

I agree with Sa-low-me. Nothing to do with Hebrew name, though, which is shlomtzion.

TheYamiOfYawn Wed 08-May-13 09:32:23

Sa-loh-may, with roughly equal emphasis, but I could easily adapt to Sa-LOW-may an alternative pronunciation.

YoniMontana Wed 08-May-13 09:38:20


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