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Name pronunciation predicament…

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JDLXNDR · 26/07/2023 22:45


I’m 13 weeks tomorrow and today we had a scan, and the doctor said she’s 80% sure we are having a girl. We have three beautiful boy’s names picked out and just a couple of girls names, but I’m not sure that I love them for one reason or another.

My predicament is that the name that I do like the most is Eden, but we live in Spain where unfortunately it will be pronounced as Eh-den by native speakers. My husband doesn’t think it matters as we can correct people but I’m not sure I want to have to correct people all the time.

I feel like it will annoy me, what do you all think? Would it annoy you?

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PickledScrump · 26/07/2023 23:34

It would annoy me. Going on holiday and having it mispronounced wouldn’t but living there and having to constantly correct people. Either pronounce it as they do or have something else. That said my DD has a name that people constantly mispronounce and I still love her name. Does get annoying though

continentallentil · 27/07/2023 11:25

Yes, it just doesn’t sound like it works in Spanish

Would Elowen work? Or Elin?

Hazelnuttella · 27/07/2023 11:29

Yes it would annoy me in all honesty.
If you’re living in Spain long term I would choose a name that works there.

Summer2424 · 27/07/2023 11:43

Hi @JDLXNDR congratulations on your pregnancy yay!!
It would be annoying to keep correcting people on how to pronounce the name xx

YourNameGoesHere · 27/07/2023 11:46

If you intend on her growing up in Spain then don't call her a name which will be pronounced differently by everyone in Spain. It will drive both you and her bloody bonkers.

pamplemoussemousse · 27/07/2023 12:28

It's pronounced the way it's pronounced, do not call her Eden if you don't want it said the Spanish way. Although I prefer the Spanish pronunciation.

My kids were born abroad and I gave them names that could be pronounced in both languages and didn't have any odd meanings either way.

JDLXNDR · 27/07/2023 22:30

Thank you all for your input! Our second choice is Maya but I feel like it’s quite common now and I don’t love it as much as I love Eden…

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PickledScrump · 27/07/2023 23:10

@JDLXNDR maya also has the pronunciation issues; my-a or may-a

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Daphnis156 · 05/08/2023 19:05

I'd find another name if you live in Spain long term.
And there's no point in "correcting" Spaniards in their own country!

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KirstenBlest · 05/08/2023 19:13

@PickledScrump , if they're in Spain people will use spanish pronunciation.

PuttingDownRoots · 05/08/2023 19:15

We accidentally gave our DD a name which natives of the country we spent a long time living in couldn't pronounce. She got very used to the bizarre jumbles they came up with... but we might not have used it if we knew the problems it would cause. It was an old (scottish) family name.

CoalTit · 05/08/2023 19:37

Lucky you, you can give her a Spanish name like Amaia or Nerea or Maite or Maica or Ria and people will know how to pronounce it.

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