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Samuel - how is it pronounced?

(54 Posts)
BlueEyedBabyBoy Sun 23-Apr-17 13:50:57

We are considering the name Samuel, but we seem to disagree on the pronunciation. One of us thinks that it's Sam-u-el and the other thinks it's Sam-uel...

Sophronia Sun 23-Apr-17 13:54:05

I pronounce it Sam-yul

M5tothesouthwest Sun 23-Apr-17 13:58:02


DramaInPyjamas Sun 23-Apr-17 14:00:08

I say Sam-Yo-Ell

it will sound different according to accent though

Lowdoorinthewal1 Sun 23-Apr-17 14:01:38

I would say Sam-yool.

EggysMom Sun 23-Apr-17 14:03:04

Sam-yule here.

NoYouDontKnowItAll Sun 23-Apr-17 14:04:34

Always thought it was Sam-you-al but said quickly not drawn out

DaemonPantalaemon Sun 23-Apr-17 14:06:56

It is pronounced like you are saying Sam-you-well

MamaHanji Sun 23-Apr-17 14:07:10


MileyWiley Sun 23-Apr-17 14:08:10

Sam-u-el 🙂 surprised at the different pronunciations, I assume it's a regional difference.

Ontopofthesunset Sun 23-Apr-17 14:10:13

Sam-you-ul (you don't pronounce an actual short 'e' at the end but it's an unstressed schwa as in 'the'). The stress is on the Sam.

BlueEyedBabyBoy Sun 23-Apr-17 14:10:15

I suppose I was just wondering wether it was 2 or 3 syllables! Very pleased to see it could be either though, so neither of us are wrong grin

Spam88 Sun 23-Apr-17 14:10:37

Surprised at all the different pronunciations! I'd say Sam-u-el and have never noticed people pronouncing it differently.

Ontopofthesunset Sun 23-Apr-17 14:12:55

Well, no one actually says Sam-you-elle, do they? I've heard both Sam-yool and Sam-you-ul.

cornflakegirl Sun 23-Apr-17 14:13:13

The final syllable is a schwa vowel sound - sam-you-ull - so it can tend to sam-yule. Or sam-ul when said by small children, which is very cute.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 23-Apr-17 14:14:26

Sam-Yule - 2 syllables.

cornflakegirl Sun 23-Apr-17 14:15:13

xpost with sunset

Teatowelfairy Sun 23-Apr-17 14:15:30


millifiori Sun 23-Apr-17 14:16:53

Sam-you-ul but the last two syllables are almost one.

Rockaby Sun 23-Apr-17 15:13:27


KoalaDownUnder Sun 23-Apr-17 15:18:01

Sam-yul. Two syllables.

BackforGood Sun 23-Apr-17 15:18:14

Bit interchangeable - depending on how much you want to exaggerate the use of the full name rather than 'Sam' for some reason. smile

DramaAlpaca Sun 23-Apr-17 15:27:06

Three syllables here.

AmysTiara Sun 23-Apr-17 15:30:00

Sam you ul

thisisillyria Sun 23-Apr-17 15:30:04

I'd say Sam-yule. DH says Samwell.

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