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Iusedtowearmakeup Thu 13-Jun-13 07:55:27

What are your thoughts? How would you pronounce it?
Would the fact that there are a few different pronunciations put you off using it?

forevergreek Tue 18-Jun-13 11:01:22

I would say Emm- eh- leen, rather than Emma-leen

So emphasis on em- eh not em-a

Iusedtowearmakeup Tue 18-Jun-13 10:00:03

bugsybill we like it because it's a bit different without being completely "out-there". Emily is just a little too popular for our tastes (although a perfectly lovely name!)
Ivanacake does your friend get very frustrated with the corrections and does she regret using the name? (I am trying to get my head around just how annoying it may be for her in the future IYSWIM as she will have to live with it).
Any further comments on the name v welcome and also suggestions on what else we might like! Thank you all smile!

lrock Sat 15-Jun-13 21:55:40

Emmeline is a Dutch name and you pronounce it emmeleene

TwinkleSparkleBling Sat 15-Jun-13 21:31:56

I loved this but DH said no.

Mimi or Emmy for short.

Feminine but strong too. I remember when I was at school and older girl being called Emmeline and she was the epitome of glamour and beauty to me!

AnneEyhtMeyer Fri 14-Jun-13 23:53:17

Emma-line, like Emmeline Harris in Anne of Green Gables.

catyloopylou Fri 14-Jun-13 23:41:07

If my DS was a DD it would have been her name, Emmy for short. Love it. Having another DS so still can't use it.

minimuffin Fri 14-Jun-13 23:30:21

Like it - I had it on a list of possible girls names but never had a daughter to try it out on! Like the idea of Em or Emmie for short

MyCatsRule Fri 14-Jun-13 21:52:29

I know a grown up Emmeline. I love it! She's Emmy for short. I think it sounds different to Emily - the 'leen' bit at the end is quite distinct. Beautiful name. Very classy.

mummybare Fri 14-Jun-13 21:43:15

I think it's beautiful. I was very disappointed when DH wasn't keen. Lots of nicknames, good associations, pretty yet strong. Go for it!

IvanaCake Fri 14-Jun-13 21:29:51

I have a friend with an emmeline and she has to correct people who assume Emily a lot. The end also gets pronounced as line (as in straight line) instead of leen a lot.

Iusedtowearmakeup Fri 14-Jun-13 11:56:39

Good to see the unanimous "leen" pronunciation. Certainly very positive feedback so far (apart from the possible misinterpretation as Emily).
Really like the name, but still considering a couple of others. Interested to hear any further comments, good or bad......also any other name suggestions welcome.
Baby due v soon smile!

TheYamiOfYawn Fri 14-Jun-13 06:17:45

Love it. Pronounced Emm-e-leen, like the sufferagette.

bugsybill Fri 14-Jun-13 06:03:22

I wouldn't use it because it will often be mistaken for Emily which is the more popular name, but if that doesn't concern you then use it.

Why not use Emily?

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 13-Jun-13 19:07:42

We do correct a lot for Emily. We never get Emma-Line and I live in North America. What do you think for shortened. Emmy is what we use and I love it.

EstelleGetty Thu 13-Jun-13 19:07:30

I know a French Emeline (only one M in French spelling) and i think it's gorgeous! She definitely pronounces it Emmeh-leen, so pronouncing the second E sound, not softening it to an A sound. And she gets called Mimie for short, which is also lovely!

Iusedtowearmakeup Thu 13-Jun-13 18:06:20

ledkr I guess that's what's concerning us, the constant "no, not Emily, it's Emma-leeeen"
MrsTerryPratchett do you find that you are continually correcting people and do people ever call your dd by the more Americanized "line" pronunciation (which I personally don't like anywhere near as much)?

Elquota Thu 13-Jun-13 16:50:03

Lovely name.

katolla Thu 13-Jun-13 16:14:34

# I wish it was last September.
Don't let me walk away from Emaline

AmandaPandtheTantrumofDoom Thu 13-Jun-13 16:09:07

Emma-Leen. How else can you say it?

I love it. Would have been a top choice for us if DH hadn't vetoed. Pretty, but with strong feminist credentials (which is big for me!). I slipped in some other feminist names in the middle instead with both DD's. grin

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 13-Jun-13 15:46:53

I have one grin and it is Emma-Leen. You can do Emma-Line but that is a bit Americanized. It does mean people hear it as Emily but you can choose to correct or not depending on whether you care!

Also she will have her own, slightly tragic, song. Hot Chocolate.

Ledkr Thu 13-Jun-13 15:44:19

It's my daughter second name. Was it be the first but we thought shed always be Emily and couldn't be bothered to correct it. Lovely though.

MisselthwaiteManor Thu 13-Jun-13 15:42:25

Ha, I meant to write Emma-Leen not just type out the name while pronouncing it in my head! grin

MisselthwaiteManor Thu 13-Jun-13 15:41:47

I would pronounce it Emmeline. I love it, it's a beautiful name.

DramaAlpaca Thu 13-Jun-13 15:32:40

Yes Emma-leen, it's lovely.

I remember the AA Milne poem as well, it's what came to mind as soon as I saw the thread title.

Clawdy Thu 13-Jun-13 15:30:56

Emma-leen. Have never heard it pronounced any other way. It's lovely, and very topical at the moment with suffragettes still in the news! Not to mention the cute A.A.Milne poem about the little girl going to see the Queen.."Emmeline
Has not been seen..."

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