Violet or Violette?
I'm considering this name (though I am bothered a bit by the popularity factor) and wondered what your opinions are on the alternative/French spelling?
We do have some French heritage, so that isn't an issue. And our kids will be educated in French/French immersion, so I know it will be pronounced in French at school.
However, at home and in our family/friend circle we speak English. How do you think English speaking people would pronounce the name with the French spelling?
Would she get the regular Vi-let? Or do you think people would assume Vee-o-lette?
Is it best to keep the English spelling and let her French teachers pronounce is however they like at school?
I would pronounce it the same as Violet. Same as Juliet/Juliette. English speakers will assume they are pronounced the same.
I pronounce them differently :/ Violet is VIO-lut but Violette is VIO-let or VEE-oh-let
I think the way you intend to pronounce the name yourselves is the way to spell it.
If you intend to say Vee-o-lette, spell it Violette, if you intend to say Vi-let, spell it Violet.
French speakers will say Vee-o-lette and English speakers will say Vi-let no matter what the spelling is.
I would pronounce Violet: Vi-let and Violette: Vee-oh-lette
This is what I was thinking.
Originally Posted by sunnylove
I would absolutely use the vee-oh-let pronunciation for Violette.
I prefer Violette to Violet, but I think you should pick one spelling with one pronunciation and stick to it.
See, this bothers me (which is why I wouldn't go for Violette). I like the dainty, French appeal of Violette, but if I used a French name, I would want the legit French pronunciation, which I think would be hard to get (especially in the US). Plus, I like the sound of VIE-let much more than vee-oh-let. I think it would get lumped in with Violet, anyway, so the changed spelling would really only be a hassle. It's a plus that it'd be said correctly in school, but I'm not sure it would be worth it to try and enforce it everywhere else.
Thank you all for your opinions. I think we would stick with the English spelling and pronunciation in the end "Violet" and just let the French teachers at school pronounce it "Vee-oh-let" if they like!