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Names on here that you say 'wrong'

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00100001 Tue 16-Jun-15 16:43:17

So, it turns out that Calliope is pronounced kah-ly-ah-pee - I just assumed is was "cally-ope" and was thinking, what an odd name to give someone blush

Any others?

PerfectlyPosed Tue 16-Jun-15 16:45:17

I only know the correct pronunciation of that one because of Grey's Anatomy grin

Until the Harry Potter films came out, I thought Hermione was pronounced Her-me-own smile

SaulGood Tue 16-Jun-15 16:48:37

I always struggle with Calliope. I know it's kah-lie-uh-pee, same as Penelope in terms of pronunciation/stress but I still read it as kally-oh-pee every time.

You get a lot of arguments about Esme on here too. I pronounce it however the person in question tells me to.

SaulGood Tue 16-Jun-15 16:50:40

Caitlin's a toughie too. The Caitlins I know are 'cautch leen' (with a v v soft ch, hard to write phonetically) but I see it described as cait-lin on here all the time. I guess that's just because it's been anglicised though.

Gileswithachainsaw Tue 16-Jun-15 16:54:55

I'm never sure how to pronounce half the names on MN.

I know calliope thanks to greys anatomy. grin

things like aaliyah is it A -lee--ya or A - lie -ya?

00100001 Tue 16-Jun-15 16:56:47

or AR-lee-er

ashesandfire Tue 16-Jun-15 17:45:43

I didn't know that about Calliope! I always thought of it as call-ee-OH-pee!

I thought Genevieve was Jen-eh-veev and then saw on a board that the French pronunciation is zhon-vee-ev or something similar. I felt very ignorant and it put me right off ever using it as I think the pronunciations are so different.

GlitzAndGigglesx Tue 16-Jun-15 17:53:28

That Otillie name if that's even how it's spelt

SilverShadows Wed 17-Jun-15 14:46:35

Any King Arthur/Merlin program has always pronounced Genevieve as Jen-ee-veeve so I'd think you'd be ok Ashes

Bellemere Wed 17-Jun-15 14:49:41

Aaliyah is "a Leah"

00100001 Wed 17-Jun-15 14:59:04


Is the Leah as in "Lee-uh" or "Lay-uh"


Sophronia Wed 17-Jun-15 19:38:48

The Aaliyah I know pronounces it AL-ee-uh, with the emphasis on the first syllable.

I also don't know how to correctly pronounce Ottilie.

lostlalaloopsy Wed 17-Jun-15 19:42:04

What about Persephone? To me it looks like Per-sa-phone, but that surely can't be right!

Tanaqui Wed 17-Jun-15 19:46:06

Per- seff- oh- nee

00100001 Thu 18-Jun-15 11:58:28

I know an Ottilie and hers is OTT-ill-ee

00100001 Thu 18-Jun-15 11:58:45

rhyming with snottily grin

CoffeeChocolateWine Thu 18-Jun-15 12:03:22

I have no idea how to pronounce the name Saoirse. Can anyone tell me roughly, because my closest guess is a bit like Kwazii from the Octonauts but with an 'S'. But I'm pretty sure that's not right!

ShadowFire Thu 18-Jun-15 12:05:03

I only realised about a year ago the the "T" in Margot is a silent T. I thought it was pronounced Mar-gott.

FernGullysWoollyPully Thu 18-Jun-15 12:05:54

Saoirse = seer sha

anonymice Thu 18-Jun-15 12:06:56

CoffeeChocolateWine it's see-er shuh.

CoffeeChocolateWine Thu 18-Jun-15 12:07:49

Ha ha, I was not even close! Thank you!

Ausflug Thu 18-Jun-15 12:21:03

Well you learn something new every day. I would have assumed Cally-OH-pay

There was a thread on here about the name Anastasia recently. I would pronounce it Anna-STAH-zee-uh, but it seems I am alone grin. Lucky we didn't use it for DD - it was on our short list. She'd have had a lifetime of correcting everyone she met!

00100001 Thu 18-Jun-15 12:22:41

for ages I though Aisling was pronounced "Eye-ling" instead of "ash-ling"

Legionofboom Thu 18-Jun-15 12:26:10

Is there actually a 'correct' way to pronouce Naomi or are both equally valid?

Thurlow Thu 18-Jun-15 12:41:00

I know a Zayra which is pronounced Zai-ee-ra, which I just can't make click in my head.

Ditto Aoife - it's a lovely name, but when I see it I want to say "Effie" even though I know perfectly well that's now the name.

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