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Thread: Do I have to let it go?
November 6th, 2012 08:55 AM #11
I have NEVER heard of this name but if it makes you feel any better, my first instinct would be to pronounce it Sur-see. I think that makes most sense the way it is spelled. I would never think Keer-kah in a million years!? So is it possible that it would maybe be a non issue if most people would see it the way you want anyway??
My daughter is Mhairi pronounced Mar-ee. But the correct gaelic pronunciation of it would be Var-ee as Mh = V sound...However, nobody seems to know this and not once in her 2.5 years has anyone asked if her name is Var-ee. Honestly, I say use it if you still like it. You can pronounce it any way you want since it's a very unknown name..that's my opinion anyway!!
November 6th, 2012 09:08 AM #13Senior Member
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I thought Circe was pronounced sur-see! I am a little baffled because I was taught in my both my high school AND college lit classes to pronounce it sur-see. Who knew there was another way? I am glad it was brought to my attention.
I would still use the sur-see pronunciation if I was in your position. If you love the name, and there is more than one acceptable pronunciation, then use the one you have your heart set on!Currently crushing on:
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November 6th, 2012 09:28 AM #15Senior Member
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Here's the thing: As a European I feel many non english / american names are pronounced "wrong" in the US. And by wrong I mean, that you usually pronounce them the English way, not the original. The Hebrew Levi "Leh-vee" becomes "LEE-vy", Latin Titus "TEE-tus" becomes "TY-tus" and so on. So I don't see why you can't pronounce Circe the English way.
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November 6th, 2012 09:30 AM #17Senior Member
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You have the prerogative to pronounce it any way you like. When I saw the name (never seen it before now) I thought it would be pronounced like Cirque (as in Cirque du Soleil)...and I liked that. So go with whatever you like best. Or, alter the spelling to reflect the way you want it pronounced.
November 6th, 2012 09:42 AM #19
I think it comes down to a fairly simple question: do you love the written name or the pronunciation more?
If its the pronunciation why not use Cersei instead?
I tend to feel that one should try to pronounce the name in the way it originated.Little Lorelei - May 2016Endora - Merida - Viola - Zelda
Dexter - Felix - Gideon - Victor