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DP watches Girl with a Pearl Earring...

(19 Posts)
hobbgoblin Wed 08-Jul-09 11:26:19

And desperately wants to use Griet as our baby's name.


Shall post mine shortly.

Firawla Wed 08-Jul-09 11:27:31

I'm not keen!
How is it said, greet? gree-et?
Quite a harsh sound imo

yama Wed 08-Jul-09 11:28:46

How if Griet pronounced?

If 'greet' then that means to cry in Scotland.

That was my first thought.

hippipotamiHasLost44lbs Wed 08-Jul-09 11:29:04

Well, I am Dutch and in Holland it would be a perfectly acceptable (if somewhat oldfashioned) name. But in Holland they would know how to pronounce it properly. Here in England it is going to be a problem. My mum's name is Riet and is pronounced the same as Griet, and she really hates how her name is unpronouncable here whenever she comes to visit.

So no, Mr Hobbgoblin, do NOT do this to your dd unless you are planning on moving to The Netherlands forthwith!

hobbgoblin Wed 08-Jul-09 11:29:28

Yes, Greet is pronounciation. I said exactly the same thing re. harsh sound.

Is a form of Margriet. The name of my (witch) ex MIL.

hippipotamiHasLost44lbs Wed 08-Jul-09 11:30:17

See, it is greet, not gree-et. But the g is pronounces 'soft' in Dutch, a bit like ch (but not ch as in what sound does a train make)
Hard to exlain really...

hobbgoblin Wed 08-Jul-09 11:31:10

yes, like khreet, is my understanding.

MamaLazarou Wed 08-Jul-09 13:13:47

As yama pointed out, it means cry. She would also spend her life spelling it/explaining it.

hippipotamiHasLost44lbs Wed 08-Jul-09 13:34:06

Yes hob, that is probably as close as possible. smile

belgo Wed 08-Jul-09 13:37:28

It's not a very easy name to say, and a bit out of date even in Belgium and Holland.

Greta is an easier version. Margriet is pretty, and I know a child called Margot (Mar-go).

Ondine Wed 08-Jul-09 17:06:48

I'd second Greta being maybe an easier alternative?

But I do like Griet, I don't know any Dutch/German and would instinctively pronounce it Greet so I don't know if you would have that many problems with pronunciation.

everlong Wed 08-Jul-09 20:21:56

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MrsMattie Wed 08-Jul-09 21:26:33

Pretty. Prefer Greta, though.

VoodoNotdoit Wed 08-Jul-09 21:28:09

I like Gretal too

VoodoNotdoit Wed 08-Jul-09 21:28:52

sure they all come from Marguerite more or less

Lulubee Wed 08-Jul-09 21:29:33

How about Scarlett? grin

rasputin Wed 08-Jul-09 21:30:49

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EdwardBitMe Wed 08-Jul-09 21:32:57

I love Greta.
And Gretchen

AirPieandWindyPudding Wed 08-Jul-09 21:35:35

Or gretel (as in hansel)?

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