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July 3rd, 2011, 06:11 PM
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How would you pronounce Madeleine if you saw it written on paper?
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July 3rd, 2011, 06:13 PM
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To me:

Madeleine = Mad-uh-lane

Madeline = Mad-uh-line

Madelyn / Madalyn / etc = Mad-uh-lin
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July 3rd, 2011, 07:13 PM
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Argh, that's what I thought. The name is either going to be Madelynne or Madeleine, but pronounced Mad-uh-lyn. It's my Great-Gran's first name and my Gran's middle name, I think it goes back a bit further than that but I'm not entirely sure. Anyways it's been pronounced Mad-uh-lyn but spelled Madeleine. I do like the spelling Madeleine with the pronunciation as it has been. Complicated...

But the thing is I have a first full name that is ALWAYS mispronounced (Johnna - pretty simple like the man's name John but with an A on the end) and it drives me crazy, which is one of the reasons why I have a nickname (Nana). I guess we'll have to see.
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July 3rd, 2011, 07:18 PM
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You could use it as a middle name, and then it won't matter.

I know a lot of people say them all as "Mad-uh-lyn" but there would definitely be some mispronunciation along the line.

How do people mispronounce Johnna?
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July 3rd, 2011, 07:29 PM
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You could use it as a middle name, and then it won't matter.
That's true I could, DH really likes it though, I guess with the more traditional spelling. And he's not huge on baby names so when he gets into something I try to use it. Like his family name is middle-name Donald and Thomas, maybe not my first choices but if he loves it, I'll try and incorporate, as long as it's not crazy. But I'll think about it for a bit.

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I know a lot of people say them all as "Mad-uh-lyn" but there would definitely be some mispronunciation along the line.
That's what I figured. For my Gran, who was Irish, I guess it was a pretty unique name because everyone always called her Mad-uh-leen and she would correct them. But her name was Rosemary Madeleine, everybody called her Mad Rose from a young age, she was pretty eccentric

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How do people mispronounce Johnna?
Man, I've had like one or two people EVER say my name right the first time. Usually I got Johanna, Joana...I'm serious when I say I've had teachers look around blankly and say, "Juanita", as if it looks ANYTHING like that. I guess I was just supposed to guess that was me. I gave up correcting after a while and just answered when they called out some gibberish J-name. I was just as confused as they were I was named for my Grandda and my Dad's best friend who passed away. They wanted something to honour him as his name was John. But I already had a big brother named John XVIII so I became Johnna, quickly nicknamed Nana by my little brother. I used to hate it because nobody could say it right but now it's alright it kinda grew on me.
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July 3rd, 2011, 07:38 PM
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I would pronounce it Mad-uh-lyn
And I also pronounced your name right, but then again I have a cousin with the same name.
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July 3rd, 2011, 09:37 PM
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I would say Mad-uh-LINE.
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July 3rd, 2011, 10:18 PM
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I say Mad-uh-leen for this spelling.
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July 3rd, 2011, 10:19 PM
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.....But the thing is I have a first full name that is ALWAYS mispronounced (Johnna - pretty simple like the man's name John but with an A on the end) and it drives me crazy, which is one of the reasons why I have a nickname (Nana). I guess we'll have to see.
It's so funny that you should say that because I get the same thing with Janna. People think it is so hard to pronounce correctly! I've been called Johnna 3-4 times in my life.

I've also gotten: Gina, Jenna (a lot), Joanna, Johanna, and most often - Jayna (which I hate).

So, I am like you in that I want very obvious, easily pronounceable names for my children.

With that being said, I would pronounce Madeleine as MAD-UH-LINE. To get it pronounced Madelyn correctly most of the time (because you're still going to get people who pronounce that spelling as MAD-UH-LINE too), I'd go with the Madelyn spelling even though I like the Madeline and Madeleine spellings better. Or, yeah, go with the mn Madeleine.
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July 4th, 2011, 07:50 AM
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I would pronounce it Mad-uh-lyn
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July 4th, 2011, 10:55 AM
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I would pronounce them all Mad-a-lin, but that's because I'm so American
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