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lizzieoak Tue 01-Nov-16 18:12:35

Just curious ... in Britain, how do people tend to pronounce this? I grew up hearing Jen-a-veev, but think zhon-vee-ev is likely more correct?

Thetruthfairy Tue 01-Nov-16 18:32:08


Pipilangstrumpf Tue 01-Nov-16 18:34:55

I'd say Je ne vee ève

Pipilangstrumpf Tue 01-Nov-16 18:35:40

With the emphasis on the last syllable, ève.

BratFarrarsPony Tue 01-Nov-16 18:35:50

Gen a veev but with a soft G

MissBattleaxe Tue 01-Nov-16 18:36:43

Beautiful name. In Britain it would be pronounced Jen-uh-VEEVE

lizzieoak Tue 01-Nov-16 18:36:59

Not sure I can get my head round that one, Pipilang.

Just in case I'm ever in charge of naming kids @ an orphanage (dream job!!).

UnicornPee Tue 01-Nov-16 18:37:26

The national lottery ball machine is called Genevieve
It's prounounced Jen-a-veev

lizzieoak Tue 01-Nov-16 18:38:30

In France or Switzerland they'd say Jean-vee-ev, non? I like both ways, think it's so pretty & underused.

Maims100 Tue 01-Nov-16 19:24:38

Jenna-veev or zhenna-veev in Britain as we omit the accent grave.
In France, it's zhun-vee-ev because of the accent. Beautiful name

Maims100 Tue 01-Nov-16 19:27:00

Oops! Must revert to pre-Hallowe'en name!

lizzieoak Tue 01-Nov-16 19:36:00

Being Canadian I can usually figure out how to say these things, but being English Canadian have no idea about the mechanics (lots of Anglophones do, I'm just not good at those things).

lizzieoak Tue 01-Nov-16 19:37:02

Thanks for the confirmation! & it is a lovely name smile

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