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Marcia as in Marcia Brady

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Liz09 Sat 02-Jul-16 21:57:24

Husband has just decided that he likes Marcia (Marsha?) as a potential name for our baby due later this month. The only Marcia I know (of) is Marcia Brady, so it seems very 60s/70s to me, not that that bothers me too much as I assume those names will have a come back eventually.

How do we all feel about Marcia? Should I be donning my flame suit for liking something that seems so uncool? wink

DeltaSunrise Sat 02-Jul-16 22:05:04

My boss is called Marcia (Mar-See-ah) so if a saw the name I would probably pronounce it that way at first. It's a nice name.

My Aunty is called Marsha and while not keen on the name itself, it does make me think of my Aunty who is lovely so would make me smile if I heard the name. It makes a change to Martha and she'll probably be the only one in her class.

My aunt (Marsha) and uncle called their dd Misha (Mee-Sha) which I've always thought was lovely.

If you like it, go for it.

Just5minswithDacre Sat 02-Jul-16 22:06:55

To me, Marcia pronounced Marsha is very specifically American. Like Colin pronounced Coe-Lyn.

karmapolice97 Sat 02-Jul-16 22:08:31

I know a 4 year old Marcia (Mar-see-ah) and while it took a little getting used to, and people are unsure about how to say it ie Mar-sha, it really has grown on me and suits the little girl.

MackerelOfFact Sat 02-Jul-16 22:13:02

The only Marcia I know is in her early 30s and she's incredibly intelligent and stunning (no, it's not me grin) and it suits her so it has good connotations for me!

Liz09 Sat 02-Jul-16 22:14:07

I should clarify that we're in Australia, so I'm not sure how people would assume they should pronounce it... The only associations are Marcia Brady and Marcia Hines (both Marsha), but both are also American. Hmm.

Just5minswithDacre Sat 02-Jul-16 22:17:12

Oh okay. Is Marcia pronounced the European (Mar-see-ah) also very unusual in Aus?

DeltaSunrise Sat 02-Jul-16 22:18:17

I'm in NZ. My manager Marica (Mar-See-Ah) is a kiwi.

I don't know if it would be pronounced the same in NZ as in Aus.

My Aunty Marsha is English.

Liz09 Sat 02-Jul-16 22:19:12

I don't know anyone named Marcia personally, but haven't heard OF anyone pronouncing it Mar-see-uh. But that doesn't mean much coming from me haha.

Tiggeryoubastard Sat 02-Jul-16 22:20:45

I've only ever known it as Mar see ah but I haven't a clue who the people you've mentioned are.

DeltaSunrise Sat 02-Jul-16 22:20:46

That should be Marcia, not Marica. blush

Liz09 Sat 02-Jul-16 22:21:38

DeltaSunrise Haha, I didn't even notice! smile

pieceofpurplesky Sat 02-Jul-16 22:22:54

I have not heard of Marcia pronounced
Marsha but have heard it as Mar-see-a.
Lovely name either way

Just5minswithDacre Sat 02-Jul-16 22:24:06

It is a gorgeous name.

Tiggeryoubastard Sat 02-Jul-16 22:28:15

It's definitely Mar see ah

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Sun 03-Jul-16 01:55:28

Very pretty name. Much nicer pronounced
Mar-see-er as appose to Mar-sher

MitzyLeFrouf Sun 03-Jul-16 03:14:59

Oh the poor people who live in SE England and pronounce 'a' as 'er'.

2nds Sun 03-Jul-16 03:23:54

It's not just SE England, my fella is from Leicestershire and he pronounces a as er.

OP if you aren't sold on Marcia, what about Marcy? I immediately thought of Marcy out of Married with children when I saw this thread BTW :-)

JazzAnnNonMouse Sun 03-Jul-16 07:28:15

Much prefer it said Mar see a than marsha
Marsha makes me think of Marsh mallow marching and squashing...

JazzAnnNonMouse Sun 03-Jul-16 07:28:45

Whereas Marcia makes me think of a v glamorous 40s film star

Liz09 Sun 03-Jul-16 10:41:41

Thanks everyone! Husband won't have a bar of mar-see-uh and doesn't like Marcy, so looks like we'll be scratching Marcia altogether. smile

Raines100 Sun 03-Jul-16 16:16:41

We don't pronounce 'a' the same as 'er'. We pronounce 'er' the same as 'a' because the 'r' is non-rhotic. No, I don't know why I'm nit-picking either

CanadaMoose Sun 03-Jul-16 18:25:30

It's lovely. Your daughter won't be one in a field of Marcias, and it's got some sort of charm to it. Go with it - finally something different on Mumsnet!

NavyAndWhite Sun 03-Jul-16 20:00:35

Not keen. Bit hard sounding.

2nds Mon 04-Jul-16 11:06:47


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