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  1. #71
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    Aug 2011
    The Harry Potter books! I read them when I was very young and when I got older, I realized I'd been pronouncing all the names wrong!
    "Any daughter of mine that wants to be a stripper, pole dancer, or porn star is going to have to overcome the obstacle of her dripping-with-intelligence name and change it herself to something creatively slutty like they did back in the good ol' days."
    - Anna Stesia

  2. #73
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Liverpool, England
    Quote Originally Posted by jennipea382 View Post
    The name I thought of for this is Carys. I thought it was pronounced cuh-REESE and I loved it. Then I found out it was care-iss. Not as pretty IMO :-(
    That's wrong too. 'kah-riss'. 'Kah' like at the start of 'cat'.

    ★ August Eli Benedict ★ Bram ★ Casimir Mordecai ★ Edmond John Meirion ★ Gillon ★
    ★ Jory Leander ★ Julian Charles ★ Macsen ★ Magnus ★ Vasiliy ★


    ★ Aira Rose ★ Arietta ★ Clover ★ Delphina ★ Eleni ★ Fiorella ★ Hester Isobel ★
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    Sorry to anyone who read TSI. First draft was terrible. Second drafting now.

  3. #75
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    @namehappy, I think you meant Siobhan. I was also very confused when I watched the first Harry Potter movie! I'm a big fan of pronouncing the 'i' sound / syllable in names, "Jull-ee-a" and "Will-ee-am". I was so disappointed to find that Dashiell is pronounced "Da-sheel" and not "Da-shee-ell".

  4. #77
    Quote Originally Posted by livia View Post
    Lucia. I pronounced it as Loo-SEE-ah, but then I saw Nameberry's guide which says it's Loo-sha. Also, this is kind of the opposite, I used to hate Caleb because I thought it was CALL-eb, which sounds like someone saying Callum with a stuffy nose. I loved it once I realised it was CAY-leb
    I've known a few Lucias, and I have only EVER heard it pronounced Loo-CHEE -uh.

  5. #79
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    Jun 2012
    Oregon, USA
    Quote Originally Posted by missusaytch View Post
    This just happened yesterday. I thought Lyra was pronounced LEER-uh but it's actually LIGH-ruh. Well, I have heard you can say it either way but LIGH-ruh seems far more common.

    This one bummed me out also...I have loved the name since I first read The Golden Compass when I was 12 - in my head she was always LEE-rah, not LIGH-ra (although in retrospect the latter pronunciation is a little bit punny perhaps with her character, much like Low-key Lyesmith in American Gods) but both are pretty.
    Sequoia Orion born November 2014
    Considerations for our next child's name: Cytheria, Caspian, Seraphina, Arcadia, Venture
    Middles: Beatrix, Dwyn, Jupiter, Violet, Zephyr, River

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