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khhoo Wed 07-Feb-18 13:09:03

Love this name but with pronunciation eye-ree-nee

Most ppl will automatically say it eye-reen though, won't they? 😖

SleepingStandingUp Wed 07-Feb-18 13:09:32

Yeah, you'd need Irenie

SleepingStandingUp Wed 07-Feb-18 13:10:04

Actually that might read as Irony.

Irene nn Reenie?

SleepingStandingUp Wed 07-Feb-18 13:10:39


Starlighter Wed 07-Feb-18 13:13:37

I’d read it as Irene and I’d hear it as ‘irony’... sorry!

MammieBear Wed 07-Feb-18 13:13:43

Yes they will indeed.

khhoo Wed 07-Feb-18 13:16:14


gamerpigeon Wed 07-Feb-18 13:16:48

Irina instead?

Myddognearlyatethedeliveryman Wed 07-Feb-18 13:19:35

Renee with a flick thingy on!!

SleepingStandingUp Wed 07-Feb-18 13:28:34


IVflytrap Wed 07-Feb-18 13:37:54


IVflytrap Wed 07-Feb-18 13:45:17

Actually, just looked it up: you can also spell it Eirene, which is pretty, and also the name of a goddess. Personally, to get the pronunciation you want, I think you'll have to avoid the Irene spelling, as most Brits will think Eye-reen.

wellhonestly Wed 07-Feb-18 14:25:27

Well, strangers will pronounce it "Irene", and be prepared for you and DD to correct people when it matters.

But people who have more than a passing contact i.e.friends/ family/ teachers will use the right pronunciation.

Spelling it any other way will bring its own set of problems instead.

How about Iris?

GreatDuckCookery Wed 07-Feb-18 17:03:52

Irene is awful. In the same boat as Brenda, Diane and Carole.

TheVanguardSix Wed 07-Feb-18 17:05:42

I prefer Irena (Ee-ray-nuh), which is the European spelling and pronunciation.

IrenetheQuaint Wed 07-Feb-18 17:06:10

Excellent name and delighted to hear that you favour the correct pronunciation grin

loveka Wed 07-Feb-18 17:06:55

Come on...

TheVanguardSix Wed 07-Feb-18 17:07:45

And Irena won't be mispronounced because most people in the UK have European origins or have lived in Europe/lived amongst Europeans and understand the alternate pronunciation of names.

Enidblyton1 Wed 07-Feb-18 17:09:13

I love the name (pronounced the way you favour) - it's the name of my lovely Granny. But I couldn't give it to my DD, because I knew she'd always be correcting the pronunciation. Instead she has it as a middle name.

Buxbaum Wed 07-Feb-18 17:30:08

I know an Ireni, pronounced eye-reen-ee.

demirose87 Wed 07-Feb-18 17:34:03

It's awful sorry with either pronounciation.Renee is much nicer as a similar option.

ladystarkers Wed 07-Feb-18 17:37:40

Irena after the nurse who saved loads of jewish children innthe war.

Meemzinha Wed 07-Feb-18 17:46:54

I didn't realise there was any other way to spell Irene.. But honestly I think it's an awful name.. And old fashioned for a reason!

Fairypantz Wed 07-Feb-18 17:47:27

I have a friend that pronounces her name Eye-ree-nee but spells it Irene (Greek family). She corrects people when first introduced and people seem to be fine with remembering it and her.

ronniebarkersauntie Wed 07-Feb-18 17:53:51

I think it’s a lovely name. We’ve had Ruby, moved on to Edith and Margot, all of which would have been laughable 25 years ago. Irene’s turn now. But I do think it will get mispronounced more often than not.

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