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Blythe - how would you pronounce?

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ArsenicStew Sun 14-Dec-14 19:39:56

I was blithely assuming there was just one way, but my SIL just did something a bit different with it confused <see what I did there?>

Does it end with a heavy/longish 'th' or a shortish/light one?

Timeforabiscuit Sun 14-Dec-14 19:43:18

Longish "th"

Your sil didn't pronounce it bliff surely??

Its a lovely name - never heard it pronounced differently!

Hulababy Sun 14-Dec-14 19:43:29

I would assume bl/igh/th (a short softer th sound as it is used in the word the)

thetooththewholetooth Sun 14-Dec-14 19:45:12

To rhyme with lithe.

HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs Sun 14-Dec-14 19:46:34

Rhymes with tithe. I've never heard anyone use this name in RL though.

ArsenicStew Sun 14-Dec-14 19:46:56

Yes, that's what I thought. Bit worried for a moment that I had it all wrong.

Thanks - maybe it's her accent.

ArsenicStew Sun 14-Dec-14 19:47:45

I've never heard anyone use this name in RL though.

Even better smile

Pooka Sun 14-Dec-14 19:47:53


The th would be the same as the one qt the end of clothe, so longish, longer than cloth.

I'm prob wrong though.

ArsenicStew Sun 14-Dec-14 19:50:11

Your sil didn't pronounce it bliff surely??

Hard to describe, but she almost made it rhyme with 'life'. So she made the 'th' so light it sounded close to 'blyfe'

NoArmaniNoPunani Sun 14-Dec-14 19:50:16

It's a lovely name, reminds me of Blythe Danner

Sunnyshine Sun 14-Dec-14 19:50:20

In littlest pet shop the girl is called this and is pronounced bly-th. So the bly like fly with the th sound on the end.

Weekipper Sun 14-Dec-14 19:51:12

It's my Dad's middle name and we pronounce it bl/igh/th, rhyming with lithe as pp said

ArsenicStew Sun 14-Dec-14 19:51:28

Yes Pooka there needs to be some reverberation in the 'th; sound I think.

ChouetteMouette Sun 14-Dec-14 20:06:39

It's my daughter's middle name and we also pronounce it to rhyme with lithe. Great name!

lecherslady Sun 14-Dec-14 20:10:41

My daughter's best friend is a Blythe. She pronounces it Bly-ve.

Storytown Sun 14-Dec-14 20:29:50

Ah, does your SIL suffer from Estaury English?! Any name here that should be pronounced "th" gets an F. Maffew, Roof, Faif, Blyfe

FrancisdeSales Sun 14-Dec-14 21:45:15

I also wondered if your SIL was from sarf London.

ArsenicStew Mon 15-Dec-14 07:06:46

Ha. No, not estuary english or sarf london. Really quite poshe.

ArsenicStew Mon 15-Dec-14 07:09:33

I can 'hear' it in my head in an essex accent and SIL's rendering would make more sense that way. Maybe she has only ever met an Estuary Blythe?

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 15-Dec-14 07:39:39

I pronounce like blithely without the ly.

arlagirl Mon 15-Dec-14 08:00:42

I knew a boy in the sixties called Blyth without an e

TooMuchCantBreathe Mon 15-Dec-14 09:03:03

Blythe to rhyme with life (but not changing the th to a f) is acceptable. I pronounce it both ways. In my head obviously, it's not one I use much grin

pinkgirlythoughts Mon 15-Dec-14 09:57:54

It's my maiden name, with a long 'th,' although I've also had people pronounce it with a short 'th,' as well as blyt (to rhyme with fight) and blyd (to rhyme with fried).

squoosh Mon 15-Dec-14 10:56:10

Fine as a surname, don't like it as a first name. Quite masculine for a girl.

ArsenicStew Mon 15-Dec-14 11:01:22

You think? I think it has quite a 30s/40s femininity to it, but a quite strong meaning.

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