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MrsLeighHalfpenny Sun 15-Oct-17 07:58:00

Friend has had a baby girl - Anaïs.

Lovely name, but they pronounce it Annay, and not An-eye-ees.

I saw it written down before I heard them say it, and said “I love the name Anaïs” to the grandmother (also my friend). She told me that that’s not how it should be pronounced.

Should I explain what a diaeresis is for?

SuperBeagle Sun 15-Oct-17 08:41:52


I see loads of Youtubers pronouncing it Annay as well (when referring to the brand Aden + Anais). I'm assuming this is where people get that pronunciation from.

I'd probably say something but I've no tact

SumAndSubstance Sun 15-Oct-17 08:54:49

Oo, if someone told me that’s not how you’re supposed to say it, I think I would have to correct them. I might just about manage to bite my tongue if they said, “that’s not how we’re pronouncing it” (but probably not because I am a terrible pedant)

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sun 15-Oct-17 08:57:12

My friends baby is called Anais, pronounced Annay !
I think like the perfume.

NapQueen Sun 15-Oct-17 08:58:47

I thought it was pronouned Annay?

blueskyinmarch Sun 15-Oct-17 09:01:04

I would pronounce it Annay too. I loved the perfume and always called it Annay Annay as did everyone else i knew. I guess it is their child and they can pronounce her name as they wish.

AuntieStella Sun 15-Oct-17 09:05:09

I would read it as An-eye- ees

Which is the correct French pronunciation, and how the perfume should be pronounced too,

Yes, she will have a lifetime ahead of her explaining the pronunciation (especially if she ever moves to an area with a reasonable sized francophone population - which could of course mean London!)

You OTOH, will have to grit your tech and pronounce it as requested (if it's possible to say anything through a clenched jaw) or never refer to her by name (often easier that you'd imagine, sweetie)

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 15-Oct-17 09:06:43

The perfume is Ann eye ees too grin

I wouldn't say anything,I doubt they'd take it well.

YokoReturns Sun 15-Oct-17 09:12:54

It’s An-eye-eess - as is the perfume. The umlaut (not sure of its French name) over the ‘i’ means you pronounce the ‘a’, ‘i’ and ‘s’ separately.

Obviously they can pronounce it however they wish, but the poor girl’s in for a lifetime of ‘correcting’ people...

stevensupersquirrel Sun 15-Oct-17 09:22:12

stevensupersquirrel Sun 15-Oct-17 09:22:58

^Anais anais tv ad....

daisypond Sun 15-Oct-17 10:28:40

It's definitely An-eye-ees - and for the perfume too, as people have said. That's what those dots mean. And even if the name doesn't have them on the letter I, you'd still pronounce it that way - just like Chloe or Zoe used to carry them (Chloë and Zoë). We don't say Klo or Zo. A standard "ais" ending in French is pronounced a bit like "eh", but that doesn't apply here.

MrsLeighHalfpenny Sun 15-Oct-17 10:34:06

Perfume is Anaïs Anaïs too, not annay annay.

I’m verging on keeping my mouth shut, which will be fine as long as I never actually have to address the child by name, or refer to her by name. Might get away with that. (the GM is my friend really, not the child’s DM).
Hope the girl learns Spanish instead of French in school!

Oh god - I’m bound to put my foot in it at some point. I’m not known for my tact either

cushioncovers Sun 15-Oct-17 10:35:44

An nay is how I would say it.

KarateKitten Sun 15-Oct-17 10:38:42

I'd say Annay.

So the takeaway is that the parents are sufficiently (as in enough people should say the same) right for you to just go with it OP.

KarateKitten Sun 15-Oct-17 10:39:57

OP just learn that it's Annay, it will take you 3 minutes effort. Then you won't 'put your (slightly righteous) foot in it'.

LavenderDoll Sun 15-Oct-17 10:40:09

Why would you need tact? Just pronounce the name they way they family have said it is to be pronounced.
Put your foot In it? Why would you - they pronounce it Annay it's not difficult to remember

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 15-Oct-17 10:43:20

Call her darling wink

NapQueen Sun 15-Oct-17 11:29:06

Isnt it just like Esme. Some say Es May. Some say Es Me.

Annay. Ann Eye Ees.

Door Een. D'Reen.


NinonDeLenclos Sun 15-Oct-17 12:10:24

Why are the British so clueless over foreign names? This is up there with Beau for a girl.

That half the thread also gets it wrong doesn't make it right.

How do you pronounce naïve? Nave?

DiegoMadonna Sun 15-Oct-17 13:09:50

I wouldn't say anything since it doesn't serve any purpose other than making yourself feel better.

I would inwardly despair at how ignorant the British are of foreign languages though (as I am doing right now having read this thread)

ladybirdsaredotty Sun 15-Oct-17 14:25:47

I'm not sure I could have resisted a disingenuous 'oh silly me! I always thought it was Ann-eye-ees because the 2 dots over the i separate out the letter sounds!' but this is just the sort of thing that annoys me, probably unreasonably wink

daisypond Sun 15-Oct-17 15:52:45

Whereas some names may have varying pronunciations validly - such as Eva (Ee-va or the more continental Ay-va), or Marlene (Marl-een or the more Germanic Marl-eh-na), Anais, with or without the dots, can really only be pronounced one way - An-eye-ees. It's a bit like the no doubt apocryphal story, but told to me by my gran years ago, about someone reading the name Guy in a book, calling their baby after it but pronouncing it Goo-ee.

Ttbb Sun 15-Oct-17 15:55:44

With a name like that I highly doubt that she will ever find herself a large francophone community/people who actually speak properly. If that's how they want to pronounce it then humour them.

FindTheLightSwitchDarren Sun 15-Oct-17 16:24:00

It's definitely Ann-eye-yees or maybe Ann-a-yees. So is the perfume.

That said, I'd probably just humour them. It's such a lovely name when pronounced the traditional French way though. Probably not worth saying that now the baby is here though.

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