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SuedeEffectPochette Tue 04-Mar-14 13:39:13

Is this name pronounced different in England and America? I would say Anna rhymes with spanner but watching Frozen it seems to be more like "Arna" in that film....

NadiaWadia Tue 04-Mar-14 13:45:57

Well only in as much as most words are pronounced differently in an American accent?

looki Tue 04-Mar-14 13:53:55

Anna doesn't rhyme with 'spanner' could it. It doesn't end with 'er'. Are you joking?

SuedeEffectPochette Tue 04-Mar-14 13:54:25

I was wondering if they used "arna" to make it sound scandinavian or if that was the usual way to say the name in N America.....

theowlwhowasafraidofthedark Tue 04-Mar-14 13:54:41

Ana is from the Norwegian setting I think

SuedeEffectPochette Tue 04-Mar-14 13:55:47

Are you joking looki?! Anna does rhyme with spanner!

SuedeEffectPochette Tue 04-Mar-14 14:01:10

Ah - I see from the Anya thread that N Americans tend to pronounce "An" as "Awn" so I guess that's just how you say Anna in N America.... I quite like it said that way, but I guess in UK you'd just spend all your time correcting people if you insisted on this!

looki Tue 04-Mar-14 14:05:39

I'm totally lost. How does 'a' rhyme with 'er'?

thegreatgatsby101 Tue 04-Mar-14 14:07:49

It's the sound that makes it rhyme!
You say Anna in the same way you say Spanner (it just so happens that it isn't spelt Spanna)

Btw, gorgeous name!

looki Tue 04-Mar-14 14:09:59

I don't pronounce spanner as spanna though. Maybe it' depends on accents.

CaipirinhasAllRound Tue 04-Mar-14 14:41:03

Anna def rhymes with spanner, tis my sister's name and never pronounced an-na, always an-ner

looki Tue 04-Mar-14 14:49:14

Def a regional thing. Everyone I know pronounces Anna as except for cousins on Manchester. I've never ever heard it pronounced to rhyme with spanner.

squoosh Tue 04-Mar-14 14:49:43

It's all accent dependent, to me Anna and spanner sound nothing alike. I pronounce Anna as ann-a, I pronounce spanner as spa-nurr.

Pasta is pronounced poh-sta in America, maybe some people do the same with Anna.

Enidosaurus Tue 04-Mar-14 14:53:12

Anna and spanner rhyme in my London accent. It's a beautiful name. Was on our list for DD

wigglesrock Tue 04-Mar-14 14:53:33

I have one & it rhymes with banana.

When we went to see Frozen my other daughters took the piss out of "our Anna" because of the way it was pronounced in the film. It was like Awna.

mummytime Tue 04-Mar-14 15:04:21

I pronounce Anna as Ann-a, and Spanner as spann-a.
Spa-nurr looks more West midlands to me.

I think the film pronounciation is a toned down scandanavian, which sounds more Ann-na to me.

Writerwannabe83 Tue 04-Mar-14 15:08:38

Anna rhymes with spanner smile

And is one of my favourite girl's names smile

squoosh Tue 04-Mar-14 15:09:34

Spanner pronounced spann-a looks very Alfie Moon to me.

squoosh Tue 04-Mar-14 15:10:37

spa-nurr is the correct pronunciation I would venture, seeing as the word ends in 'er'.

JuanFernandezTitTyrant Tue 04-Mar-14 15:15:33

I am in a position to rule authoritatively on this issue.

Anna is a wonderful name wink that rhymes with spanner. I should know, I spent my primary years being called "Spanner [other DIY implement that rhymes with my surname]".

I have never heard it pronounced Ar-na.

wigglesrock Tue 04-Mar-14 15:20:21

I say it like you squoosh. Spanner rhymes with banner, er like cleaner, finer, Winter.

squoosh Tue 04-Mar-14 15:24:00

I think not pronouncing the 'er' in words is a South of England thing. The amount of time on MN I've seen people refer to a 'chest of draws'................

DramaAlpaca Tue 04-Mar-14 15:25:16

In my northern English accent Anna rhymes with spanner.

In my DH's Irish accent Anna most definitely doesn't rhyme with spannurr.

It definitely depends on accent.

It's one of my favourite names either way.

looki Tue 04-Mar-14 15:39:36

If you pronounce spanner as spanna, do you pronounce Harper as Harpa?

flipflopsonfifthavenue Tue 04-Mar-14 15:54:14

my friend Anna is nicknamed Spanner.

I think that proves CONCLUSIVELY that it ryhmes ;)

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