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Has anyone here ever been torn between 2 pronunciations of a name? If you used the name, did you flip back and forth until one fit the child.
This happened with my niece. They couldn't decide whether to pronounce Brianna as bree AH nah or bree ANN nah. They use mostly breeAHnah but hear them flip to the other one sometimes and she is 7 years old.
Has this happened to any of you or to anyone you know.
I am often torn about whether to use the 3 or 4 syllable pronunciation of names with -lia in them. EX. Dahlia, Aurelia, Mahalia.. I wonder if I could make a final decision before I named them or would I just try them both out until one fit.
I used to pronounce Lauren like "Lawr-in" rather than "Lore-in." It's a subtle difference, but people heard it. they'd ask what her name was, I'd say "Lawr-en" and they'd ask to spell it. I prefer it pronounced that way, but I got tired of spelling it and healing "Oh, like Lauren!" so I just stopped. Now she's Lore-in.
I don't think I've ever been torn though. I usually prefer one pronunciation over another, though I can that my tongue would no doubt get lazy once in a while. Ephraim would usually be "Ee-fray-im" but if I was aggravated or tired I'd probably just say "Ee-frem."
I try not to pick names that can be prounced several different ways, as least when I have a clear preference. Ariadne is pronounced Are-ee-AHD-nee, but I know a lot of people would call her Air-ee-ad-nee, Are-ee-ad-nee, or Air-ee-ahd-nee. I figured I'd get use to is, since anyone who knows her would pronounce it correctly and anyone else wouldn't matter.
People do this to Jordana's name. We pronounce it jor-DAN-uh but some people want to say jor-DOHN-uh because there is only one N. I just thought Jordana was prettier than Jordanna. the extra N looked unnecessary to me.
Anyway, if I couldn't decide on a pronunciation I think I would poll people and see if there was a vast majority in the way people assume it was pronounced. If there was an obvious "winner" I'd use that. That way he/she wouldn't have to constantly correct people. If others guessed the two pronunciation options fairly evenly, I might see which fit the baby in the first few days/weeks/months.
To me, Breanna and Breana are two different names. When it says "anna" I say anna. When it says "ana", I say ana.
Same here. But, I've met just as many Brianna's that pronounced their name -ona as pronounced it -anna. So, I've just gotten in the habit of asking Briannas how they pronounce their name.
I'm not sure how I want to pronounce Liliana. I can't decide if I prefer the -anna or -ahna/ona pronunciation. If I use the name, I'd just see which one fit the child the best and which one I preferred saying. Ideally, I'd like to spell it with one N for the -ahna pronunciation and two N's for the -anna pronunciation....but I think most people are going to pronounce it either way regardless of the spelling.
I can kinda-of see your point. I like the name Ariana but I usually pronounce it Air-EE-on-ah. My sister pronounces it Are-EE-on-ah. I'm pretty sure if I chose the name I would stick with one pronunciation, but you can never know for sure until it happens.