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BettyNetty Tue 18-Feb-14 10:24:16

Hi - we're thinking of naming our baby Alain, pronounced A-la like the philosopher Alain de Botton.

Would love to know what people think of this name.

LaurieFairyCake Tue 18-Feb-14 10:27:16

Yes if your French

If not, it's Alan

HyvaPaiva Tue 18-Feb-14 10:27:40

Alain isn't pronounced 'A-la', OP. It's pronounced Ah-LANN.

Amiasmummy Tue 18-Feb-14 10:34:16

Hyva is right with the pronounciation. It's basically the French form of Alan.

squoosh Tue 18-Feb-14 11:30:32

Fine if you're French, dreadfully Hyacinth Bucket if you're not.

florascotia Tue 18-Feb-14 14:54:11

If it helps, in Scotland the formal name 'Allan' (=popular Scottish spelling) is sometimes shortened to the nickname 'Alla'. But, as others have said, 'Allan' itself is always pronounced Al-an.

Welsh Mumsnetters may be able to confirm - I think there is also a Welsh version of the name spelled 'Alun'.

Sweetishdelight Tue 18-Feb-14 20:46:00

Bettynetty is right. Alain is pronounced in French aH - la (ng) with the last syllable nasalised. The ah- LANN thing is Wrong wrong wrong

HyvaPaiva Wed 19-Feb-14 10:34:32

hmm Afraid you're 'wrong, wrong, wrong' there, Sweetish!

PollyCazaletWannabe Wed 19-Feb-14 10:38:12

No Hyva, Sweetish is right. The French -ain sound does not have a pronounced final n- it is definitely not A-LANN.

PollyCazaletWannabe Wed 19-Feb-14 10:39:11

Although I suppose an English speaker making a stab at the name Alain might pronounce it A-LANN.

NaffOrf Wed 19-Feb-14 10:44:29

Never pronounce the final 'N' in French 'Alain'. Unless you want to look like someone who can't pronounce French, of course, in which case knock yourself out.

NaffOrf Wed 19-Feb-14 10:46:15

Putain, copain, Balmain.

No N.

HenriettaMaria Wed 19-Feb-14 12:45:07

Sweetish is quite right - my (French) bil was Alain. It's not Ah-Lann.

And, as an aside, Raymond (as in Raymond Blanc) is not pronounced Ray-MONDE that is a girl's name.

Britishseamonkey Wed 19-Feb-14 17:57:59

The french doesn't have a hard n - but It's not pronounced 'ala' either - there is a nasalised / glopal stop (sp?) sound that 'closes' it .
It's a hard one for English speakers.... Which may or may not bother you

Britishseamonkey Wed 19-Feb-14 17:58:41

Ps . I do really like it tho!

ImpOfDarkness Wed 19-Feb-14 20:37:46

It's a grandad name in French too. My 70 yr old FIL is called Alain.

ImpOfDarkness Wed 19-Feb-14 20:39:48

And a-LANN would be the Breton pronunciation.


Floggingmolly Wed 19-Feb-14 20:42:30

Oh, just call him Alan hmm. Or he'll spend the rest of his life doing the bucket/bouquet thing.

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 19-Feb-14 21:34:09

Sweetish is right. LOL at Hyva saying she was "wrong, wrong, wrong." grin

level3at6months Wed 19-Feb-14 21:41:32

But even in French, it's not Al-a. The nasal bit at the end gives it a proper end that would sound crap in not French. There's a hidden n.

I think it's lovely and I like the way it looks written down too, but think the pronunciation issues would be a pain tbh.

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