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elfride Thu 22-Jan-15 13:02:39

How would you pronounce this? Marry-un? Or Marry-Anne? Do you think it's awkward? I'm taking a liking to it.

BiancaDelRio Thu 22-Jan-15 13:05:35

Marry-Anne. Emphasis on the Anne.

Marian/Marion would be the other pronunciation.

It's fine. Not rocking my world but a fine name. I grew up with a few so it feels a wee bit 80's to me.

squoosh Thu 22-Jan-15 13:09:23

Marry-Anne equal emphasis on both. As in the wonderful song.

happyelf Thu 22-Jan-15 13:10:28

My friend is called Marianne. It's pronounced Marry Anne. I think it's a lovely name. However she gets called a range of alternatives that drive her batty. Anne Marie and Marion and Maureen grin

BlueStarsAtNight Thu 22-Jan-15 13:11:58

I love the name, it makes me think of Sense and Sensibility. I hate Marion though so that possible mispronounciation would put me off a bit

Jackieharris Thu 22-Jan-15 14:02:02

Marry Anne there can't be many of those these days.

loislines Thu 22-Jan-15 14:16:13

Marry anne. Lovely name. Makes me think of sense and sensibility and the great Leonard Cohen song.

CruCru Thu 22-Jan-15 14:24:48

I love this name and had it on my list. I pronounce it Marri Anne. What put me off was the idea of people pronouncing it Mary Anne or Marian.

LovethenameDaphne Thu 22-Jan-15 15:48:52

Lovely name. I know an adult one, only downside is the nn Maz which isn't great imo. I suppose that's not inevitable though.

NadiaWadia Thu 22-Jan-15 16:38:34

Absolutely beautiful name. But be aware that Americans (annoyingly) pronounce it exactly the same as Mary Anne. See this song by the Four Seasons:

Or what sounds just like it to British ears. They are wrong of course! It should be 'marry-ANNE'. Anyway, hopefully that shouldn't affect you, so I would go for it.

TheNewStatesman Fri 23-Jan-15 07:48:49

Marry Ann.

Lovely name.

ChickenWireIsSharp Fri 23-Jan-15 10:16:09

My mum is called Marianne.

We say it Marry-Anne, it's a lovely name.

ChickenMe Fri 23-Jan-15 16:44:18

I love this name so much but we have already picked a name.

gymboywalton Fri 23-Jan-15 16:45:27

i know someone with the name who pronounces it marry-ann-ay which i think is very pretty

thecaroline Fri 23-Jan-15 16:59:29

I'm a poor American thick-tongued peasant. I'd say Mary Anne, equal emphasis on both. Mary and Marry are the same sound to me. When you say Marry-Anne does that mean it begins with the MARR sound (as in marred, for instance)? Or like MAH-ry as in mattress?

I think it's beautiful and underused. Mariana is also nice.

gymboywalton Fri 23-Jan-15 17:04:48

marry like you are going to marry someone

you wouldn't say you were going to mary someone would you?


squoosh Fri 23-Jan-15 17:05:39

In an American accent you might.

gymboywalton Fri 23-Jan-15 17:05:45

mah- makes a long vowelled mar sound here

marry has a short vowel

squoosh Fri 23-Jan-15 17:06:29

Yes, it's mah as in mattress thecaroline. Mah-Ree-Ann.

NadiaWadia Fri 23-Jan-15 17:37:01

short 'a' as in 'apple'.

NadiaWadia Fri 23-Jan-15 17:41:54

Does 'Mary' rhyme with 'Harry' to you, then, Caroline? (BTW I am sure you're not a thick-tongued peasant!) I am not really saying anyone's wrong, just genuinely interested in linguistic differences.

Trinpy Fri 23-Jan-15 17:42:57

I know an adult and a toddler Marianne. I don't love them name but I think it's sweet on the toddler and sensible on the adult, so best of both worlds.

ChickenWireIsSharp Fri 23-Jan-15 18:19:18

Mah-Ree-Anne is how we say my mums name. Equal emphasis on all.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Fri 23-Jan-15 18:34:41

Marry-Anne. I love it. Wanted it for dd1 (huge Austen fan) but it didn't go with dp's surname.

thecaroline Fri 23-Jan-15 22:35:20

Yes, Mary and Harry rhyme to me. We say Harry like hairy here, and I think that's a reason the name hasn't really taken off in the US.

Mary, Merry, Marry - all the same to me (I'm from the Southeastern US)

gymboywalton - yes, I mean, they're homophones in American English. They sound exactly the same but are spelled differently.

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