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newyearnewshoes Sun 15-Jun-14 20:26:59

I think the name looks very pretty written down but am ashamed to say as I've never heard it allowed I have no idea how it is pronounced. Assume Emm-a-leen? Help!

newyearnewshoes Sun 15-Jun-14 20:27:17


AmandaTanen Sun 15-Jun-14 20:29:04

I've only heard it in Anne of green gables, and I think it was pronounced as it looks, line rather then leen.

Plumpippin Sun 15-Jun-14 20:33:59

Absolutely love it, really wanted it for Dd1 but DH wasn't keen. I really regret not pushing a bit harder to use it. It's such a pretty and unusual name.

LizzieMint Sun 15-Jun-14 20:36:55

I know someone who was an Emmeline. She changed her name by deed poll so she isn't any more!

I think it's a lovely name and a great, inspiring person to be named after. It is pronounced Emma-line

crazybutterflylady Sun 15-Jun-14 20:39:15

Absolutely love it! Yes Emma-leen. Awesome name with a great history.

newyearnewshoes Sun 15-Jun-14 21:17:08

Ahh what is the history of the name? Is it from Anne of Green Gables?

bubblegun Sun 15-Jun-14 21:18:03

Emmaline don't walk in time. She's to a song about her.

Summerfever Sun 15-Jun-14 21:18:34

I have an Emmeline - pronounced "leen", however it is frequently pronounced by others to rhyme with "line" (which is a valid pronunciation). Also, just to warn you, it is continually misheard as Emily so I have to correct all the time.

miffybun73 Sun 15-Jun-14 21:18:58

Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote.

In 1999 Time named Pankhurst as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century smile

Summerfever Sun 15-Jun-14 21:21:53

Anne of Green Gables was the "line" pronunciation. The inspiring person was Emmeline Pankhurst (Suffragette) - she went by the "leen" pronunciation.

Sleepysheepsleeping Sun 15-Jun-14 21:24:49

I loved this name but the confusion between Emma-line and Emma-leene but me off. I did a thread on here about how to pronounce and it was fairly evenly split. I would have pronounced Emma-leene.

Doilooklikeatourist Sun 15-Jun-14 21:26:47

My name is Emma .
I wanted it to be Emmeline
But I'm old , and I remember the song by Hot Chocolate ,
Emma Emmeline

Doilooklikeatourist Sun 15-Jun-14 21:28:15

Emma Leen

newyearnewshoes Sun 15-Jun-14 21:31:38

Ahh this is news to me, I didn't realise there actually was just 2 different pronunciations. I just assumed there was a right one and wasn't sure which one it was! Yes can imagine a lot of people mishearing it as Emily though!

mswibble Sun 15-Jun-14 21:34:03

Fantastic name. I have always pronounced it emma-lin. I dont know the Green Gables connection, immediately though Pankhurst.

Summerfever Sun 15-Jun-14 21:39:43

Oh yes, and then there's the occasional Emma "Lynn" pronunciation! Mrswibble just reminded me of that one.

pilates Sun 15-Jun-14 21:50:53

Love that name

RabbitSaysWoof Sun 15-Jun-14 21:51:26

I know an Emmaleen spelled Emmaleen She's lovely and very successful.

BlueStarsAtNight Sun 15-Jun-14 22:13:15

I don't like it. I always feel like I'm saying it wrong no matter how I pronounce it!

MadameJosephine Sun 15-Jun-14 22:18:05

I never knew there were 2 different ways to pronounce it, I would have always said Emma-leen, which I love but I don't like the other way (reminds me of Avaline from Bread if anybody is old enough to remember that, I'm showing my age a bit there!)

Nereida Sun 15-Jun-14 22:36:17

Like Mrswibble I have also always pronounced it Emma-lin.

KERALA1 Sun 15-Jun-14 22:41:00

Emmeline has not been seen for more than a week

Love that poem! Great name

mswibble Sun 15-Jun-14 23:20:28

Ha - my nickname used to be Avaline! Im a Manc but have a certain Scouse twang with certain words!

Elsiequadrille Mon 16-Jun-14 01:19:04

It's a lovely and elegant name. Emma-leen is how I would pronounce it.

Oddly, in AOGG (the Megan Follows series) Emmeline is pronounced both as Emma-leen and Emma-lyne by different characters confused But I think the 'lyne' pronunciation was used more, as a previous poster has pointed out.

My only reservation would be potentially frequent comments, and confusion with Emily, along the lines of "NO, not Emily... it's Emmeline!"

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