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How would you pronounce this name - ANEA?

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Tiredoutmum Mon 11-Nov-13 11:34:36

Just testing the water here...

My son has come up with a name for our daughter (due in December) which is Anea. We really like the sound of the name (as he is intending it) but can't work out how to spell it.

Anea is the best option but I am interested in how people would pronounce it if they saw it?

Please can you let me know if you would pronounce it An-EAR or An-EYA (as in the sound of Freya or the word Hay).

We are looking for the latter so if anyone has any other fail safe suggestions of how to write that I'd be very grateful. I love the sound but don't want to saddle the poor child with a name she is forever getting mispronounced and mis spelt.


BunnyLebowski Mon 11-Nov-13 11:37:29

Why are you letting your son make up a name for your baby? confused

Fwiw it looks daft and both pronunciations are odd. And it will definitely be constantly mispronounced and misspelled.

Anya would be much better.

marzipananimal Mon 11-Nov-13 11:38:43

I'd pronounce it anEEa. Try aneya?

scarfaceace Mon 11-Nov-13 11:39:24

Agree with Bunny.

GlaikitFizzog Mon 11-Nov-13 11:41:31

Ah-nay is how I would pronounce it. Similar to the French name Anais

curlew Mon 11-Nov-13 11:42:43

It looks medical to me for some reason.......

EdithWeston Mon 11-Nov-13 11:44:16

There are several possibilities for the first vowel too.

I saw it as "ayn" (as in anal). If you want "anne" I suggest you double the 'n'

Vicki1972 Mon 11-Nov-13 11:44:34

Aenea - like the Greek city?

squeaver Mon 11-Nov-13 11:46:08

I think if you spell it Aneya, people will pronounce it properly, after they've wrongly said Annya which will happen every single time.

But, hey ho.

Tiredoutmum Mon 11-Nov-13 11:46:24

Well he just made it up (we didn't ask him) and we're really struggling for names, And quite liked it. But I think the comments on here probably make the decision for me that it's just too confusing - and obviously not a real name! Thank you though :-)

I guess it's back to the drawing board. I find girls names soooooo tricky!

HyvaPaiva Mon 11-Nov-13 11:46:27

Firstly, I'd hate to be named something my brother had come up with grin that idea to me is just confused

I wouldn't know how to pronounce it because of that made-up quality. Ah-nay-yah, I suppose. But it weirdly makes 'anaemic' spring to mind.

Sorry OP, I don't like it for those two reasons: it sounds medical (as others said) and it's made up by a kid.

justanuthermanicmumsday Mon 11-Nov-13 11:46:42

I've heard the name INAYA it's Arabic origin sounds like Freya pronunciation At the end , it means solitude or concern.

never heard of anaya but Anya I have.good luck with the name choosing!

tracypenisbeaker Mon 11-Nov-13 11:48:52

I thought 'Anais' was pronounced 'A-neece' blush embarrassing flashbacks of being at the perfume counter in Debenhams asking for A-neece A-neece for my mum

BunnyLebowski Mon 11-Nov-13 11:49:02

If my DD chose our hypothetical unborn baby's name she'd be called Gobbolina Thunderbum.

There's a reason the grown ups choose the names.

Thatsnotmychicken Mon 11-Nov-13 11:50:48

I actually think it sounds quite pretty, I would spell it aneya. I don't think it matters what inspires you to pick a name as long as you like it and are happy to say it over and over again for the next 18 years!!

justanuthermanicmumsday Mon 11-Nov-13 11:51:16

I just found Anaya it's a derivative of the same name inaya. Means same too. many Arabs will have heard of it. I don't think its weird. I expect most foreign names sound weird to British people. All my kids have Arabic names I expect they're weird but it hasn't deterred me. Entirely up to you op

SoupDragon Mon 11-Nov-13 11:52:10

I'd pronounce it aNEEya.

However, I wouldn't like to have to explain to my DD that I'd let her brother make up her name.
I'd try to find a name with a similar sound.

justanuthermanicmumsday Mon 11-Nov-13 11:53:51

I think you should spell it Anaya will be easier to pronounce.

Morgause Mon 11-Nov-13 11:55:30

There are lovely real names around. Why make up one that you don't known how to spell? All her life she will be asked to spell it and where it came from.

I don't think she'll like having to say it was made up.

tracypenisbeaker Mon 11-Nov-13 12:04:24

Looking at Anea, I would think Ah-Knee-Ah. I think it sounds quite pretty, but to be honest if other people spelt it wrongly/ pronounced it wrongly (which is inevitable) then you wouldn't have much grounds for complaint as it was dreamt up by your own admission.

I have just Googled it, however and apparently it is actually a Slavic name smile.

SpookedMackerel Mon 11-Nov-13 12:08:40

I knew an Anneia at Dd's nursery, think that was the spelling. It was pronounced An-nay-a by half the staff and An-eye-a by the other half.

lola1980 Mon 11-Nov-13 12:08:58

My daughter's name is Anisa which is similar, but never gets mispronounced.

Also, my brother was asked what he would call his new baby sister, his response was 'Lemonade'. I'm happy to report it didn't even make the top 5.

BettyOff Mon 11-Nov-13 12:12:50

Anaia is a Hebrew girls name pronounced how you are intending. I knew a girl called this and think it's a lovely name. I've just looked it up and it means 'God answered'.

Sammie101 Mon 11-Nov-13 12:13:22

I immediately said "An-ee-ahh".

Why can't you just spell it Aneya? If it's a made up name it doesn't matter how it's spelt does it?

Also agree with the person who said Anya, I think it's really pretty smile

laravh Mon 11-Nov-13 15:02:20

I really like it with the correct Arab/Hebrew spelling. Even though your ds 'made' it up, it's a real name with a real meaning. Just not an English one. I love Anaia or Anaya

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