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Ianthe how would you pronounce it?

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Elizalou01 Fri 21-Oct-16 19:25:51

People have said Xanthe is too hard for people to get their heads round.

So DH suggested Ianthe but now it seems it can be pronounced several ways

I would say I-anthe but I've seen ee-anthe?

I'm sure none are like the Greek original

Does anyone have a Xanthe or Ianthe? Have you had any issues?

Chinlo Fri 21-Oct-16 19:27:03

Like Ian but with a "th" on the end.

dancemom Fri 21-Oct-16 19:27:16

Xanthe - zan-thee

Ianthe - eye-ann-thee

VanessaBet Fri 21-Oct-16 19:28:39

I know how to pronounce Xanthe, but I've never been sure about Ianthe! In my head I say Yan-thee for some reason, sure that's probably wrong though - suppose I should google it! (I've never met one in RL)

HardcoreLadyType Fri 21-Oct-16 19:28:58


But I could be wrong.

NauticalDisaster Fri 21-Oct-16 19:30:32

Eye-Anne-the (soft 'th' with long e sound, do not like the word thee, more like saying the word see with a lisp)

TheHiphopopotamus Fri 21-Oct-16 19:30:50

I knew a Xanthe and she pronounced it Zan-thee.

I would pronounce Ianthe as Eye-an-thee.

Hamsolo Fri 21-Oct-16 19:32:30

I'd go Yanthee on a blind read, like Ianto.

OlafLovesAnna Fri 21-Oct-16 19:33:41

I have a Xanthe- people don't seem to have any problem with it. If they're reading it and aren't sure they usually say it hesitantly but get it correct.

Most people compliment the name choice or remark that it's unusual and ask why we chose it.

The only problem is when she says her name to strangers (she is 3) they mishear it as Sophie but I expect this will pass when her speech is clearer.

I wouldn't be certain how to pronounce Ianthe but would probably have guessed at Eye-anthe.

OdinsLoveChild Fri 21-Oct-16 19:34:30

I would pronounce it eye-ann-thee in an australian accent due to the trauma of bella bloody ballerina 2 hours a day for 2 1/2 years smile Unusual name though I do like Xanthe more.

RiverTam Fri 21-Oct-16 19:34:39


I think Xanthe is far easier, there's only one way to prounce, isn't there? Zanthay.

AGruffaloCrumble Fri 21-Oct-16 19:36:04

Ee-anthay here too.

gillybeanz Fri 21-Oct-16 19:42:14

Lanthee - Iolanthe without the io

RandomMess Fri 21-Oct-16 19:45:12

I'd stick with Xanthe, just easier!

elpth Fri 21-Oct-16 20:02:58

I have an Ianthe (eye ann thee) and people always pick it up as soon as you say it. We have had a few people saying eee ann thee but as soon as they meet her they don't. When she was starting nursery I did write "pronounced eye ann thee" on the form as I knew she'd meet people who'd only read her name. She's now 3 and so big enough to tell people her name and then spell it if they look confused!
We get regular comments about what a great name it is and how much people love it. smile
So I'd say definitely go for it! I do really like Xanthe too though.

Hefezopf Fri 21-Oct-16 20:04:17

I would pronounce it Yan-thee.

ageingrunner Fri 21-Oct-16 20:04:38

Eye anthee
I prefer xanthe though

FannyWincham Fri 21-Oct-16 20:16:53


But Xanthe is awesome!

passingthrough1 Fri 21-Oct-16 20:19:21

I would have said Ee-an-they.

Xanthe seems less contentious

Darkswan Fri 21-Oct-16 20:23:58

Xanthe I'd say zan-thay

Ianthe i would say eye-an-thay

Xanthe is easier I'd say, with Ianthe I would not be at all sure I was saying it right.

UnicornPee Fri 21-Oct-16 20:42:58

I know an ianthe and they pronounce it

Pluto30 Fri 21-Oct-16 21:33:34


Xanthe is more intuitive. I'd pronounce it Zan-thee.

I don't like names that "look" like Ianthe anyway, because I always initially think it's a lower case L, not an I.

AnnetteKertan Fri 21-Oct-16 21:35:58

I have a Xanthe (Zanth-ee)

I posted on another thread recently but I find people do struggle with it. I have friends who call her Xanthia and Zanthay despite me saying Zanth-ee in their presence.

It is also becoming a little boring having to repeat her name when asked what she is called. That said, I like that her name isn't very common and it is of course beautiful.

I would pronounce Ianthe as eye-annth-ee.

daisypond Sat 22-Oct-16 12:29:47

I like them both.

Coey2016 Sat 22-Oct-16 12:57:02

I would find Xanthe easier to pronounce. I know one and she is Zan-thee, I think it's a pretty name.

I'm not sure how to pronounce Ianthe, and haven't come across it.

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