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How do you spell the version of Marie that's pronounced MAR-ee rather than Muh-REE?

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SundayRoast Sun 24-Aug-08 00:38:10

Or are they both spelled Marie and you just have to tell everyone? hmm

Aitch Sun 24-Aug-08 00:42:09

mairi, if you're a jock.

zippitippitoes Sun 24-Aug-08 00:44:05

lol i thought they were different names

SundayRoast Sun 24-Aug-08 00:46:11


Do I have to be Scottish? Married surname is and one of my grans is, but I am not. I have an ancestor who is MAR-ee rather than Muh-REE but I think it's just spelled Marie hmm - problem being that I like MAR-ee but not Muh-REE (apologies to any Maries blush)

troubledfriend Sun 24-Aug-08 01:32:16

def mairi

Not Mhairi, which is pronounced VAR - eh

Califrau Sun 24-Aug-08 03:34:17

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reginaphilangy Sun 24-Aug-08 03:35:47

i have a colleague named Marie - pronounced Mar-ee (emphasis on the Mar) She does need to tell everyone that its pronounced that way and gets very annoyed when it isn't pn that way!

AnnVan Sun 24-Aug-08 06:04:23

As far as I know MAR-ee is spelled Mari. South Africa Marie is pronounced this way because of the Afrikaans accents. Melanie is pronounced Mel-arnie and Karen also has the long sound.

Califrau Sun 24-Aug-08 06:24:16

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differentID Sun 24-Aug-08 08:49:15

My aunt is MAR-ee and she's spelled her name Marie .

everlong Sun 24-Aug-08 10:11:08

I used to work with a girl called Maire pronounced MAR-ee, I think it was Irish?

3andnomore Sun 24-Aug-08 10:18:40

if I saw Marie, I would pronounce it Mah-ree/ it possible that people only would pronounce it Mur-ee depending on their accents?

smartiejake Sun 24-Aug-08 10:43:49

Both my mum and my gran are called Marie pronounce with the emphasis on the MAR. It causes no end of confusion. I would definitely go with Mairi. Lovely name!

poissonfou Sun 24-Aug-08 11:00:04

i'm irish and an accent is put on the 'a' to create the emphasis on thus mar-ee rather than mur-ee

wellbalanced Sun 24-Aug-08 11:10:48

Husband has an auntie Marie, pronounced Marry but still spelt same.

SundayRoast Sun 24-Aug-08 11:58:47

Thanks all Think she will have to spend a lifetime explaining it (because even spelled Mairi, people like me would probably still pronounce it Mary! blush) but I have a (semi-Spanish) friend who spells her name Sara and pronounces it Sarah, and she seems to cope

MakemineaGandT Sun 24-Aug-08 12:30:31

I have a friend called Mah-ree (spelt Mahrie)

Romy7 Sun 24-Aug-08 12:36:14

this made me think of 'mah-riel's wedding' lol.

names are so tricky - i had an unfortunate experience with a 'sile' who turned out to be 'sheila'.

i always get it wrong.

rodg82 Sun 24-Aug-08 22:15:16

i shared a houes with a girl when i was a student called maree said the way you want!
prefer it spelt mairi tho i must admit - it looks prettier i think!

squeaver Sun 24-Aug-08 22:16:18

have seen Mairi and Mari.

Dior Sun 24-Aug-08 22:24:15

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Olihan Sun 24-Aug-08 22:24:29

I have a scottish friend called Mairi and she pronounces it 'marry'. Just to cloud the issue further grin.

Mairi is prettier than Marie though, imo.

MmeLindt Sun 24-Aug-08 22:27:26

Here in Germany we pronounce Marie MAR-ee. I think it depends on your accent, and where you live.

mamaberta Sun 24-Aug-08 22:27:36

DSis is a Mari (marry) tho' christened Marie. She dropped the 'e' for reasons best known to herself. I don't think she has ever had much difficulty getting people to say her name right. We're all Irish so it's interesting to hear the Scottish bit.

soph28 Sun 24-Aug-08 22:30:08

We are all scottish and my aunt is Marie,
my sister's middle name is Marie and in fact everyone I know called Marie it is pronounced MAR-ee.

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