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Charis - just too many pronunciation issues??

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Honeybee79 Sun 04-Sep-16 18:11:08

DH and I have finally agreed on a name we love. However, how much of an issue do you think mispronunciation is going to be with Charis? The h is silent as in "chorus", or "charisma", but I can see this is likely to be an issue.

We wouldn't want to use Carys instead because we're not Welsh and it's a different name with a different meaning, though perfectly nice, just not for us. DH is a classicist and we both love the meaning and sound of Charis, not Carys.

Thoughts please? We love it but don't want to burden her unnecessarily!

chocoLit Sun 04-Sep-16 18:21:01

I love it but spelt Carys

AverageGayLad Sun 04-Sep-16 18:23:56

I saw the title and pronounced it "Karris", is that right?

I like it smile

justdontevenfuckingstart Sun 04-Sep-16 18:25:38

DD2's good friend is a Charis, don't think she's had problems. It's a lovely name.

treaclesoda Sun 04-Sep-16 18:26:11

I think most people would be able to pronounce this one OK, I think it isn't so 'out there ' that people won't know how to pronounce it.

I think it's lovely smile

QOD Sun 04-Sep-16 18:27:24

We say it Ssssharis as my mum
Got it from a book 🙄

PotOfYoghurt Sun 04-Sep-16 18:29:24

I know a Charis. Never pronounced it differently.

Honeybee79 Sun 04-Sep-16 18:29:29

AverageGayLad, yes that is right! smile

hippydippybaloney Sun 04-Sep-16 18:29:41

I would read that as the h more heavily emphasised, almost 'haris' with a very soft c.

itssquidstella Sun 04-Sep-16 18:30:07

I teach a lovely Charis. Nice name.

Palomb Sun 04-Sep-16 18:32:01

I'd had said cha(like chariot)ris.

If you don't want to hear the H why not use Carys?

JemimaMuddledUp Sun 04-Sep-16 18:32:12

I prefer Carys

fruitboxjury Sun 04-Sep-16 18:33:42

I haven't heard of it and wouldn't know how to pronounce it

girlandboy Sun 04-Sep-16 18:34:16

I know a Charis which is pronounced as Ch-aris. With the Ch as in chip or champ.
But personally I thought it was going to be pronounced like you will say it.

AverageGayLad Sun 04-Sep-16 18:34:42


Have you considered Caris? Bearing in mind what other posters have said

Frazzled2207 Sun 04-Sep-16 18:35:32

Prefer Carys.
Charis to me looks like the ch should be pronounced like the ch in
All of which start with the same three letters as charis.

Honeybee79 Sun 04-Sep-16 18:35:57

Palomb, Charis and Carys are two different names with different meanings, though pronounced the same. The latter is Welsh and we have no Welsh connections at all, while the former is derived from ancient Greek meaning grace/kindness. Charis was one of the 3 graces in Greek mythology.

Palomb Sun 04-Sep-16 18:37:07

Are you Greek then?

Honeybee79 Sun 04-Sep-16 18:38:15

The H is silent, as is charisma or chorus . . .

If we change the spelling to Carys or Caris then while this would certainly be easier on the pronunciation front, it wouldn't be the same name or meaning. Carys is Welsh and we're not so a bit uncertain about that. Caris possibly, but it's effectively not the "correct" spelling iyswim.

Honeybee79 Sun 04-Sep-16 18:39:11

Ancient Greek is the origin - many names and every day words derive from Ancient Greek or Latin and you don't have to be Greek to use them!

juneau Sun 04-Sep-16 18:39:57

If you like it and have your reasons to choose that spelling then go with that spelling. There will be people who will say ch as in church, but correct them once and hopefully they'll get it. Carys would get fewer mispronunciations, but if you don't like it spelt that way, then don't. Mick Jagger and Marsha Hunt have a daughter spelled Karis.

dontwannapullahammie Sun 04-Sep-16 18:41:23

Charis is a lovely name, Carys is slightly boring

autumnboys Sun 04-Sep-16 18:42:18

I work with a really nice Charis, don't think she's had too many difficulties. smile

AllPizzasGreatAndSmall Sun 04-Sep-16 18:42:56

Whilst not a particularly common name it's not that unusual and every Charis I've come across has pronounced it the way you do, i.e.correctly, and it doesn't seem to have caused problems.

Honeybee79 Sun 04-Sep-16 18:45:24

Thanks Pizzas, that's good to know. It's not that unusual.

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