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Old 09-19-2012, 04:30 PM   #226
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One of my best friends name is spelled Caley, but pronounced Kelly. And we are not spring chickens, so this has been going on for a while.
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:31 PM   #227
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:15 PM   #228
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I honestly don't think there is a huge difference between "Ah-livia" and "Oh-livia." It's just how different people say it, but not worth getting one's panties in a wad in my opinion.

My name is Victoria. There are four syllables - Vic-tor-ee-ah. However, most people (due to the length of my name), pronounce it, "Vic-tor-ya" (I actually had a girl spell my name "Victorya" once, and I didn't say anything to her - just thought she was incredibly ignorant). I don't correct them or get upset about it... and it's so common, I don't really notice when people do or do not annunciate all four syllables. But whenever I introduce myself to someone, I make sure to pronounce it correctly.

I think that's my position. If you want to spell your child's name abnormally, that's your decision. But don't get upset when people mispronounce or mispell their name because you set yourself (and your child) up for that.
My name is also Victoria, but I've never heard anyone say Vic-tor-ya. Always ee-ah at the end. I am not a fan of the ya at the end for our name, I have to say, sounds odd.

I have a Julia and people say both Jule-ee-uhh and Jule-ya. I prefer Jule-ee-uh, but I don't care if people pronounce it either way.
I purposely named both my kids names where I like all the variations and pronunciations.

My son is Matthew, you can call him Matthew, Matt or Matty.
You can call my daughter Julia(either pronunciation) Jule, Jules or J...not Julie, though. A fine name, but IMO a different name all together from hers..
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:49 PM   #229
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And there is yet another one that is a language issue. The conventional way to pronounce Amalie is actually ah-MAHL-ya; it is German.

A neighbor child of ours is named Amalie, her family calls her Molly for short. Her mother tells me that people who are not familiar with German names have issues with seeing how the nickname flows from the name, but it does if you are hearing it rather than seeing it.
DH's maternal grandmother was off the boat German and her name was Amalie. And her nickname was also Molly, but spelled Mollie. It's funny to learn of another Amalie/Molly out there!

We named our daughter Molly and my MIL's family just did not get it that Molly is her name, not her nickname. We did not name her Amalie, but a couple of DH's great aunts continue to think that's her real name, even after 8 years. LOL

DH's name is Bryon, like Brian. He hates it since people always assume his name is BYron. It's actually caused a lot of problems for him because official documents (DL, SS card, marriage license, insurance cards, etc) have all been spelled wrong at first, leading to the hassles of having to change the spelling.

My name is Brook, without the "e.". It's never mispronounced, but I can't tell you how much mail I've gotten addressed to Mr. Brook. When I turned 18 I got several letters from the military reminding me to register. I had to go to the Secretary of State to straighten it out. It was a huge pain. So, with our kids we decided to spell their names the most common way so they wouldn't have to go through the messes DH and I did.
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:50 AM   #230
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I have been doing some Genealogy myself and my legal name is Cathy. Not Catherine, not Kathleen, but just Cathy. Imagine my surprise when I found a birth certificate that had all my info, but with the name Katherine. I asked my dad about it and he had no clue. But for whatever reason one was filed. One of these days, I'm going to see if I can get a copy of it.

When I was in high school I went to an all girls Catholic school and the nuns insisted you go by your Christian name. They didn't believe me that my Christian name was just Cathy. My mom had to bring in my birth certificate to prove it.
My mother had the same problems with her name. Her legal first Kathy and middle name of Lynn and everyone try calling her Katherine. Her nickname was Katt so they would also think it was short for Katlynn.
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:21 PM   #231
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I have to ask - How should Alivia be pronounced? If i was guessing the pronunciation I might say the A like the A in cat, or possibly like the A in Ahh (as in "Open your mouth and say Ahh"), or even A like the sound in Hey, or Yay or May. But your post makes me think you would pronounce it Oh-livia, which I would never guess from that spelling.
Sorry, I guess my post was confusing. The "A" is supposed to be pronounced like at the beginning of "anatomy" and "acoustic".
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:24 PM   #232
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:31 PM   #233
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I honestly don't think there is a huge difference between "Ah-livia" and "Oh-livia." It's just how different people say it, but not worth getting one's panties in a wad in my opinion.

I think that's my position. If you want to spell your child's name abnormally, that's your decision. But don't get upset when people mispronounce or mispell their name because you set yourself (and your child) up for that.
No "panties in a wad here". In fact, I believe I said we set her up for mispronunciations. I'm glad the difference doesn't bother you, but I don't care for "Oh-livia" so we've eliminated that one at least.

She tends to introduce herself as "Liv" anyway, so that works too.
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:34 PM   #234
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I honestly don't think there is a huge difference between "Ah-livia" and "Oh-livia." It's just how different people say it, but not worth getting one's panties in a wad in my opinion.

My name is Victoria. There are four syllables - Vic-tor-ee-ah. However, most people (due to the length of my name), pronounce it, "Vic-tor-ya" (I actually had a girl spell my name "Victorya" once, and I didn't say anything to her - just thought she was incredibly ignorant). I don't correct them or get upset about it... and it's so common, I don't really notice when people do or do not annunciate all four syllables. But whenever I introduce myself to someone, I make sure to pronounce it correctly.

I think that's my position. If you want to spell your child's name abnormally, that's your decision. But don't get upset when people mispronounce or mispell their name because you set yourself (and your child) up for that.
Who's panties are wadded? LOL
Not mine My given name is Kathryn, after my Grandmother (now try to figure out where Kerri came from haha) She refused to let my Mom call me Kathryn because where she grew up it was pronounced Katherrrrrn, with a long r and a slurred e. So to use that name my Mom had to come up with an acceptable nickname, she tried all the usuals, Katy, Kathy, etc, but Grandma nixed them so Kerri I am. It can be very easy to mis-pronounce a name that you would think was very common.

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And there is yet another one that is a language issue. The conventional way to pronounce Amalie is actually ah-MAHL-ya; it is German.

A neighbor child of ours is named Amalie, her family calls her Molly for short. Her mother tells me that people who are not familiar with German names have issues with seeing how the nickname flows from the name, but it does if you are hearing it rather than seeing it.
I didn't realize, I doubt they did either. I think Amalie is a very pretty name and pronouncing it Ama-Lee would be acceptable. I also like the pronunciation the way you have it listed.

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Sorry, I guess my post was confusing. The "A" is supposed to be pronounced like at the beginning of "anatomy" and "acoustic".
So I think I guessed it right I just need to less of a awwww sound and more of an ah sound. lol
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:44 PM   #235
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My name is also Victoria, but I've never heard anyone say Vic-tor-ya. Always ee-ah at the end. I am not a fan of the ya at the end for our name, I have to say, sounds odd.

I have a Julia and people say both Jule-ee-uhh and Jule-ya. I prefer Jule-ee-uh, but I don't care if people pronounce it either way.
I purposely named both my kids names where I like all the variations and pronunciations.

My son is Matthew, you can call him Matthew, Matt or Matty.
You can call my daughter Julia(either pronunciation) Jule, Jules or J...not Julie, though. A fine name, but IMO a different name all together from hers..
My DD is Julia and we always pronounce it Jule ee uh, unless we are teasing her, then we call her Juleya (said very quickly).

No Julie!
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Old 09-24-2012, 05:13 PM   #236
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I have seen Stephanie and Stefanie but never Steffani before
I dont think Steffani is different just a like unusual. It been around for while now. Its Lady Gaga real first name and she twenty-six.
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