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Adeleine or Adeline?

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Leahs93 Tue 19-Apr-16 13:41:44

I'm expecting my first baby and would like to call it "ad-a-Lynn".
I'm having trouble deciding on spelling as originally thought "Adeline" but am worried there would be confusion and it be pronounced "ad-a-line"
I like the spelling of "Adeleine" but have been warned it may be a bit complicated?
(I do not like the spelling Adelyn or the similar)

Also what nicknames would you give Adeleine?


Grufalosfriend Tue 19-Apr-16 13:44:28

I would pronounce

Adeline = Ad eh lyne (like Caroline)
Adeleine = Ad eh laine

BendydickCuminsnatch Tue 19-Apr-16 13:48:16

id pronounce Adeline 'Adalyn'
Adeleine id pronounce Ad-a-line.

GerundTheBehemoth Tue 19-Apr-16 13:53:04

I would pronounce them the same as Grufalosfriend. Adelynne if you want the 'inn' sound but not keen on spelling it Adelyn? I'm not sure it's an actual name but maybe that doesn't matter.

Leahs93 Tue 19-Apr-16 13:55:02

I want the name to be pronounced like Madeleine but without the M. I just don't like the "y" in the traditional spelling! Thanks again

BendydickCuminsnatch Tue 19-Apr-16 13:58:21

But some people pronounce Madeleine Mad-el-eine, not lyn. Like how some people say CaroLINE and some say CaroLYN. I think just spell it however you like and people will remember how it's pronounced. They will only need telling once if they're a normal, competent person.

Grufalosfriend Tue 19-Apr-16 14:11:17

I'd pronounce Madeleine as Mad-eh-LEN (with the emphasis on the last syllable).

If you want it pronounced Adalynn, then I'd probably write it like that.

VinceNoirLovesHowardMoon Tue 19-Apr-16 14:12:46

Adalind? I think that's the German version. D is silent.

Grufalosfriend Tue 19-Apr-16 14:16:25

Adaline in German would be pronounced Ada-LEEN-eh. The boys' version is Adalin. Never heard of Adalind but would worry that people would pronounce the d.

1ofthosedays Tue 19-Apr-16 14:29:40

Spell it how you want and tell people how to pronounce it. My name ends in 'or' and people always pronounce it as if its an 'a'. My dad hates this and is constantly correcting them but it doesn't really bother me.

Nicknames would probably be 'Addy' or 'Ada' (pronounced Aid-da)

ABitAsleep Tue 19-Apr-16 14:39:07

I would pronounce it Ad-eh-line whichever spelling you used to be honest (and i would do the same with the various spellings on Madeleine)

JSarah Tue 19-Apr-16 14:49:02

Adeline, 100%

Sophronia Tue 19-Apr-16 15:40:12


Jessbow Tue 19-Apr-16 20:08:28

If Caroline is pronounced Car-o-line
Carolyn is Car-o-lin

Why not have Adalyn?

I would pronounce Adalaine ( Add - a- lane) and Adalane The same 'Lane'

1horatio Tue 19-Apr-16 20:31:52

Madeleine doesn't have an ynn sound imo, sorry (yes, I do speak French).
For the ynn sound I'd suggest going with Adelynn,
But I personally prefer Adeline.

marshallzumarubble Tue 26-Apr-16 13:29:28

I have an Adeline and pronounce it Ad-a-line. When people see the name written down then Ad-a-line is the pronunciation they all tend to go with. We did have an 'Ad-a-leen' once but never a 'Ad-a-lyn'. To be honest I would be tempted to spell it with the 'y' if you want the 'lyn' pronunciation, that way there would be no confusion. I suppose it depends on how annoying you would find correcting everyone if they said it wrong.

Oh and we call our Adeline 'Addie' generally. I also thought of Della if she wanted something more sophisticated when she was older.

Gummibaers Tue 26-Apr-16 13:52:43

If you want the LYNN sound then I would spell it Adalynn.

To me, Adeline is Ade-line and Adeleine is Ade-layne.

LadyAntonella Tue 26-Apr-16 16:45:59

Adeline = A-duh-line
Adeleine = A-duh-lehn

I would pronounce like this^^ but lots of names aren't pronounced how they look. If you want to spell it Adeline / Adeleine and pronounce it Adelynn there's nothing to stop you. It will only be mispronounced in doctors waiting rooms etc where people won't know your DD. You can tell everyone else how to pronounce it and I'm sure they will remember.

anastasiakrupnik Tue 26-Apr-16 17:17:32

Adeline - i'd pronounce Ad-eh-line
Adeleine - i'd pronounce Ad-eh-lyn or maybe Ad-eh-len.

I'd go for the second, definitely. The first would be confusing whereas the second is like madeleine, like you say, which is better as even if there are still a few ways to say it, it's definitely not Mad-eh-line.

anastasiakrupnik Tue 26-Apr-16 17:17:35

Adeline - i'd pronounce Ad-eh-line
Adeleine - i'd pronounce Ad-eh-lyn or maybe Ad-eh-len.

I'd go for the second, definitely. The first would be confusing whereas the second is like madeleine, like you say, which is better as even if there are still a few ways to say it, it's definitely not Mad-eh-line.

spiders65 Tue 26-Apr-16 19:25:39

Love this name! So pretty and fresh sounding. Very unusual too.

Raines100 Tue 26-Apr-16 20:43:47

I feel for you, OP. I had a very similar situation with my dd's name in that the correct spelling and pronunciation isn't clear.
Personally, I couldn't make up a spelling, even if it would solve all pronunciation problems. I wanted dd to have a 'real' name, so I went with the correct spelling, and I just tell people how to pronounce it. She's only 8 months old, so I can't tell you if that was a good decision or not! I've only encountered one person who was familiar with both pronunciation and spelling. Everyone else is a bit hmm but tbh we had loved her name for so long, and we were so delighted to finally use it that I couldn't give less of a monkey's.

swancourt Wed 27-Apr-16 09:56:42

Adeline is the correct spelling.

I have a 'friend' called this ;) (trying not to out myself too badly).

Her mother wanted her to be called 'Adder-leen'. That's how she pronounces it. But everybody pronounced it 'Adder-line' (like a line). So her mum started spelling it with three 'e' sounds when this 'friend' was 1, and it has been spelt the same way evers ence.

Lots and lots of people call this friend 'Ad-a-lynn' just because that's how they say it. I'd consider the 'Adelene' spelling as it avoids the 'line' pronunciation. There are a few about if you google them ...

swancourt Wed 27-Apr-16 09:58:23

... there's this lady, an artist whose stuff I have seen in John Lewis:

Also Adelene Cheong, a yoga teacher.

Also another one, who might be my friend.

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