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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by dantea View Post
    Well, Ianthe is pronounced ee-an-thee like Ian is pronounced ee-an, so that's one that I find strange that people often mispronounce it. I don't know if a lot of people would know you're pronouncing it wrong, but I would assume a lot of people would try to pronounce it ee-an-thee or ee-an-the like Ian.
    Gah. Oh well. Goodbye Ianthe. I could justify correcting people only if it's a "legitimate" alternate pronunciation, which I doubted, but it was worth asking. Maybe I'll be able to talk hubby into Niobe nn Io

    I don't read ee-an-thee (ee-ANNE-thee) like Ian (EE-uhn), so maybe that's why I don't associate the two. I also know an Ian pronounced EYE-uhn, just to play devils advocate, hehe.

    Thanks again for the list!

  2. #23
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    Thank you for this thread, Dantea. I do appreciate it.

    Even if -ee names conflict with my last name. :P That's the part that's hard for me.

    Incidentally, I swear I really did find if-i-JEN-ee-uh in a dictionary though! I didn't just make it up. (and on Nameberry... lol)

  3. #25
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    Nameberry also says to pronounce Thalia as Tahl-yuh which is completely wrong with Greek pronunciation rules because Thalia is thay-lee-uh. ^_^ No offense to Nameberry, but they're not perfect or always right. ^_^
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  4. #27
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    Dantea is of course giving an approximation of the pronunciation as it is in modern Greek - not ancient Greek where "th" is pronounced like a "t", the "e" endings more like "ay" (but not quite).

  5. #29
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    Actually, when I took my Classics courses when at my university (which is one of the best in my state and including Greek mythology and a study of the ancient Greek language), most of these were pronounced the same way I'm pronouncing them and the way most modern Greek people I know pronounce them (such as Athena, which is not and never was Atena).
    As far as the E ending, that's accurate because the ee sound comes of sort of like an ay when you say it in Greek, but in English is closer to ee.

    I don't mean to be argumentative, but when it comes to the Greek language, i have a very extensive background in modern and ancient Greek, I speak Greek almost as well as I speak English.
    Mother, Hellenic Pagan Priestess, and Resident Greek name expert ^_^ Call me Dantea or Remy

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