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Marta and Marek

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Festen Mon 22-Jul-13 09:38:58

I love these names. I went to school with a Polish girl called Marta and knew a Slovakian guy called Marek; both names have stayed in my memory. DC will have a German surname so these names would both fit. But how will they sound to English speakers? Especially Marta, which has almost the same sound as 'martyr'.

Keep on my list or ditch?!

(I'm not having twins by the way, but keeping sex of the baby a surprise)

squoosh Mon 22-Jul-13 14:39:31

I think Marta is lovely.

Marek I'm less sold on.

BangOn Mon 22-Jul-13 15:18:27

Marek is lovely.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Mon 22-Jul-13 16:40:02

Basically Martha and Mark.

Festen Mon 22-Jul-13 19:56:49

Yes....but not wink

Bowlersarm Mon 22-Jul-13 19:59:53

Quite like Marta, although prefer Martha actually.

Just one point about Marek - I know two, and they are pronounced differently. Would that be an issue?

dyslexicdespot Mon 22-Jul-13 20:01:45

I love Marta.

Festen Mon 22-Jul-13 20:11:27

*Bowlersarm, yes I had heard that there were two pronounciations. The one I like is Mah-rek, but I don't see a problem if people get it wrong the first time.

I quite like the name Martha but it is a bit grannyish for my taste. Marta has a bit more oomph I think.

aoife24 Mon 22-Jul-13 21:59:04

I like both of them.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Tue 23-Jul-13 09:49:41

There is only one pronunciation. It just sounds different depending in the accent of the English speaking person saying it.

Leeds2 Tue 23-Jul-13 11:33:00

The Marek I know is always pronounced Ma-rick. I don't know if that is the correct pronunciation! He is Polish.

Bowlersarm Tue 23-Jul-13 18:07:10

Definitely different pronunciations available. As is said i know two, both spelt Marek but pronounced in two different ways.

1) Marr - eck

2) Mah - rick (Mah said as in first bit of 'marry')

DrinkFeckArseGirls Tue 23-Jul-13 20:48:06

I promise you there is only one Polish pronunciation.

crunchbag Tue 23-Jul-13 20:51:45

I know a Polish Marek who goes by Mark

Like both Marta and Marek

PoppyAmex Tue 23-Jul-13 20:57:40

Marta is very popular in Portugal and Spain and I think it's miles nicer than "Martha". Beautiful, biblical name.

PoppyAmex Tue 23-Jul-13 20:58:22

Pressed "send" too soon!

I have three cousins named Marta and they're all super bright and stunning smile

DrinkFeckArseGirls Tue 23-Jul-13 21:00:25

In Polish, there is a saying (that rhymes) alleging that Marta is worth the sin! grin

dementedma Tue 23-Jul-13 22:32:38

Marek is a cool name. Love it

Fraxinus Tue 23-Jul-13 22:44:26

I know a few Slovaks called marek, and have heard it pronounced bowlers arm way number 1.

It's a great name, but English people like to call them mark for ease.

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