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LolaDrinksCola Mon 01-Jun-15 11:46:45

DH is set on the name Che for a boy, I don't hate it but I'm not that keen on it either. We can't even agree on the pronunciation! I say it with a hard 'ch' sound e.g. chair, cheese and DH with a soft 'sh' e.g. Shay.

I could probably learn to live with it, maybe even like it but which pronunciation is correct? Help please!

AlpacaMyBags Mon 01-Jun-15 11:51:32

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crumpet Mon 01-Jun-15 11:51:46

I think as in Che Guevara it's more of a softer sound.

But to be honest, here in England, my first response was to think of Fawlty Towers and "Que?".

UnspecialSnowflake Mon 01-Jun-15 11:52:12

I knew a Che growing up, he was named after Che Guevara so pronounced with hard "ch".

To be honest most of the other parents thought his name was v v wanky, but this was the 80s when all the other boys were called Mark, Paul, John, Darren, Scott and so on so Che as a name stood out like a sore thumb, it might not be considered so out there now.

StampyShortnose Mon 01-Jun-15 11:52:34

You need to find a name you both like rather than one you can live with.

MaidOfStars Mon 01-Jun-15 11:53:58

Hard "ch".

TimidLividyetagain Mon 01-Jun-15 11:55:00

Its not a name as such che Guevara was called che as a nickname as che ia used in speech a lot the sound che is used by people from Argentina like we use eh, right or so. Is more ch in chair than shay. U can use it as a name i guess its unusual

SoupDragon Mon 01-Jun-15 11:55:07

I think it would always be pronounced Che by people so you and your DS would spend a lifetime correcting people. Which an be tedious.

Is your DH from somewhere that Che with a Sh is a name?

wigglesrock Mon 01-Jun-15 11:56:56

I know a few - it's quite popular in my dds primary school - they spell it Shea and pronounce it with the sh as opposed to the c.

florascotia Mon 01-Jun-15 12:13:12

Che Guevara's given name was Ernesto.

WinterOfOurDiscountTents15 Mon 01-Jun-15 12:15:28

Che has a hard ch, if you call him Shay but spell it Che he will spend his whole life spelling it for people, and that gets old fast, let me tell you.

Che is a nickname, it means friend or buddy. Che Guevaras name was Ernesto.

LolaDrinksCola Mon 01-Jun-15 12:58:35

Thank you everyone for replying.

Yes, DH knows who Che Guevara is and that's where he has heard the name. I was aware that it was a nickname rather than a given name.

He's from Yorkshire, I haven't heard anyone else pronounce it with a "sh" here, although I have heard it said that way by Liverpudlian (sp? Sorry blush ) and Scottish people.

DH also likes the name Carl, which I can't even say properly! So it would be Che Carl if he gets his way.

Now, I got to pretty much choose DDs name although DH didn't really give much input into it anyway, and I foolishly agreed at the time that he could have the say over the name of our next child.

Please let me have a girl! grin

SunnyBaudelaire Mon 01-Jun-15 13:00:23

I knew a girl called Che if that helps (not) grin

SoupDragon Mon 01-Jun-15 13:05:33

Yes, DH knows who Che Guevara is and that's where he has heard the name.

doesn't that mean he's heard it with a hard CH though? confused

BathshebaDarkstone Mon 01-Jun-15 13:06:57

I immediately thought Guevara.hmm

BareGorillas Mon 01-Jun-15 13:07:03

I would say it with a hard Ch too.

I dunno, I don't dislike it, but it will be one of those names where people will forever question either 'and how do you say that?' or 'how do you spell that' - it's just a bit awkward and if you're already not entirely keen then it could quickly turn into a big regret once he's born. (if he be a he)

LolaDrinksCola Mon 01-Jun-15 13:07:04

No, Sunny. That does not bloody help! grin

LolaDrinksCola Mon 01-Jun-15 13:08:52

Oh yes, SoupDragon, he has heard it with the hard sound and yet insists it should be said with the soft sound. The rest of us are all wrong, don't you know.

Stinkersmum Mon 01-Jun-15 13:10:58

It's bloody awful.

DixieNormas Mon 01-Jun-15 13:11:39

Well if he wants it with the soft sound I wouldn't spell it Che!

WinterOfOurDiscountTents15 Mon 01-Jun-15 13:11:46

Tell him Che Carl, using a sh sound, would be the name of a restaurant (Chez Carl!) not a baby.

VixxFace Mon 01-Jun-15 13:14:19

I like it spelt and pronounced shay. Do you like shai? pronounced shy?

SoupDragon Mon 01-Jun-15 13:14:29

Chez Carl! [weeps]

OP, what are his girl suggestions...?

LolaDrinksCola Mon 01-Jun-15 13:15:21

Thank you, Stinkersmum. I'm going to quote you to DH later.

The more I think about it, the more I dislike it. Now I need to get rid of the Carl as well, although as a middle name that's not too bad. Maybe get rid of Carl and use Che as a middle name?

GlitzAndGigglesx Mon 01-Jun-15 13:15:41

If he wants Shay why doesn't he spell it like that? Or even Shae. Everyone is going to say it with the ch sound

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