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Ethne pronunciation?

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CityFox Fri 12-Feb-16 20:19:08

Is it Eth-nee? I know it's a Gaelic name and so possibly not said the way it looks in English.

NewYearSameMe Fri 12-Feb-16 20:20:31

I would say Eth-na, emphasis on the first syllable.

ScarletForYa Fri 12-Feb-16 20:20:35

Eithne. Et-na.

FunkyPeacock Fri 12-Feb-16 20:22:33

I have only seen it spelt Ethna - pronounced as it looks, eg Eth-na

It's my DD's middle name

CityFox Fri 12-Feb-16 20:26:43

Oh... I like Eth-nee, thought I'd found 'the' name!

babyblabber Fri 12-Feb-16 20:28:25

When you say Gaelic do you mean Irish, Scottish, Welsh?!

I'm Irish and here it is spelt Eithne and pronounced eth-na.

lcoc2015 Fri 12-Feb-16 20:30:04

Also irish and i've only seen it spelt eithne pronounced eth-na

lcoc2015 Fri 12-Feb-16 20:32:16

But you could pronounce it anyway you liked outside ireland i'd say! Most irish names get changed slightly in pronunciation once they leave the emerald isle due to the weird looking spellings!

Choughed Fri 12-Feb-16 20:34:05

You can pronounce it any way you like, doesn't make it right. It's Eth-na.

AppleSnapple Fri 12-Feb-16 20:34:09

Same as baby blather- am Irish, definitely eth-nah. Lovely if a bit old fashioned name but I love it. I guess you could use esme, with the es-mee not es-may pronunciation, that's quite similar to what you like, maybe?

RandomMess Fri 12-Feb-16 20:35:31

Yep Eth Na - is how dd's friend name is pronounced too

DramaAlpaca Fri 12-Feb-16 20:39:08

I know two Irish Eithnes, one pronounces it Eth-na, the other is Et-na.

It's quite dated I think, I've never heard of an Eithne under 40.

mrsschu Fri 12-Feb-16 21:05:56

Agree with the Eth-na pronounciation. The youngest one I know is about 35 so it's more unusual these days.

IoraRua Fri 12-Feb-16 21:06:08

If you pick an Irish name, pronounce it properly. It's Eithne (eth-nah) here.

DamsonInDistress Fri 12-Feb-16 22:41:48

My Irish mil is Eithne pronounced Eth-nee.

CityFox Fri 12-Feb-16 22:57:29

Wow, so many different pronunciations!

socktastic Sat 13-Feb-16 08:43:33

From reading it, I'd pronounce it eth-nay a bit like Esme

Pidapie Sat 13-Feb-16 08:51:43

eth-ney was my first thought.

bb888 Sat 13-Feb-16 08:54:27

What about Xanthe or Ianthe for a similar sound?

Jemimapuddleduk Sat 13-Feb-16 08:54:59

I know one and it's pronounced Eth-nay and I really like it!

CityFox Sat 13-Feb-16 08:59:23

I don't suppose it really matters, so far it can be pronounced:


seven201 Sat 13-Feb-16 09:05:16

I teach an Aithne and hers is pronounced Ethnee. Probably not much help!

MazzleDazzle Sat 13-Feb-16 09:12:49

Eth-nay or Eth-nee depending on your dialect.

BabeBettaKnow Sat 13-Feb-16 09:14:37

Another Irish MN-er and have only ever seen it as 'Eithne', pronounced Eth-na or Et-na. Its an old lady name.

CityFox Sat 13-Feb-16 09:20:48

I'm guessing the old lady Et-na is akin to the English Edna, old lady and should probably stay that way.

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