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Claudia - pronunciation please

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stclair Mon 06-Jul-09 10:51:54

DH and I both like Claudia but prefer the pronunciation Clowdia. How do you say it properly - Clow-d-ia or Clowd-ya?? Thanks!!

Fimbo Mon 06-Jul-09 10:53:57

I know two both said Claw dee ah

diedandgonetodevon Mon 06-Jul-09 10:54:34

Personally I have always said Cloud-ia if that makes sense rather than Claw-dia.

seeker Mon 06-Jul-09 10:55:33

Claw-dia is the English pronounciation - Cloud-ia is the European way.

FigmentOfYourImagination Mon 06-Jul-09 10:58:05

I say Claw-dia

Cloud-ia is also acceptable.

rasputin Mon 06-Jul-09 10:59:39

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stickylittlefingers Mon 06-Jul-09 11:08:47

Germans say Cloud ee ah and it is the nicer way, I think. Clawdeeah is a bit "posh"

MamaLazarou Mon 06-Jul-09 11:21:09

'Cloud-ia' is nice, but she will spend her life being called 'Claw-dia' and having to explain.

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 11:22:12

italian is cloudia, much nicer imo.

mrswoolf Mon 06-Jul-09 12:20:39

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Firawla Mon 06-Jul-09 13:05:27

the cloud-ia pronounciation is much nicer than the claw one. it shouldn't be a problem as both ways are fairly well known and if they say it wrong once you could always correct them

SoupDragon Mon 06-Jul-09 13:07:42


You don't want someone in the notoriously cloudy UK being called Cloudier.

crumpet Mon 06-Jul-09 13:11:03

As an alternative Cleodie is the Scots variant (pronounced Cloudy)

Pingpong Mon 06-Jul-09 13:11:06

I would say Claw - dia too.

throckenholt Mon 06-Jul-09 13:13:16

clou-di-a is the German way. Uk way would normally be Claw-di-a

frankbestfriend Mon 06-Jul-09 13:15:01

I have only ever used the claw-di-ah pronounciation, and I agree with others that she will be destined to be forever correcting people if you go for the alternative cloud-i-ah.

Love crumpet's suggestion of Cleodie, though.

bratley Mon 06-Jul-09 13:24:00

I would say Claw-dia.

I love Cleodie, but by the same thread, you'll probably end up correcting pronunciation.

stillstanding Mon 06-Jul-09 13:26:54

I would say Claw-dia to start and then change to Cloud-ia when corrected but would struggle to remember. Guess you have to prepare for a bit of confusion!

hifi Mon 06-Jul-09 13:28:54

clou dia is nice, cloudey for short

elsiepiddock Mon 06-Jul-09 13:29:40

I have a friend who's Cloud-ia, but her parents are Italian so that's the way they pronounce it. There is a Claw-dia in ds2's class. I think the Italian way sounds best - softer somehow.

sonniboo Mon 06-Jul-09 14:13:27

I know a Clowd-ia, she has a German mum, so thats why they pronounce it that way.

Have to say I prefer that to Clawd-ia.

Lovely name (shame about the meaning, though).

pasturesnew Mon 06-Jul-09 14:17:40

If I met a Claudia, Claw-dia would be my default pronunciation.

I would say Cloud-ia if I was told it was that, as above if she was of German or Italian heritage etc. then fair enough. If she was English then I would still try to remember but would probably forget quite often and fall back on Claw-dia.

stickylittlefingers Mon 06-Jul-09 14:26:54

call her Cloud for short and spell it Cloud and people should get it. I think it's cute!

suwoo Mon 06-Jul-09 14:27:19

If I saw it written down, I would automatically pronounce it Clor-dia. I know two, one english pronounced Clor-dia and one german pronounced cloud-ia.

You've had a mixed bag of responses, I would add each pronunciation up- but I can't be arsed grin.

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