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  1. #71
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    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!
    Jane, Vivian, Lydia, Annabeth, Tallulah (Lula), Florence, Virginia, Mabel, Risa, Eve, Eloise, Susannah

    John, Alan, Maxwell, Erich, Nathan/Nathaniel, Leo, Connor, Jack, Paul, Rieger, Francis

    "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
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    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'.
    ~Boys~

    Jory Leander Atticus, August Eli Benedict, Casimir Mordecai Stewart,
    Edmond John Meirion, Horatio Ethell Emery, Bram William Jasper,
    Julian Remy Charles, Vasiliy Lochlan Michael.


    ~Girls~

    Aira Rose ___, Eleni Fiorella Charlotte, Sylvia Sayuri Noor,
    Merit Eleanora Adelaide, Clover Elodie Seraphine, Bridie Scarlett Viola,
    Marguerite Cecilia Iris, Eilidh Clara Valentine.


    Beta read The Self Invention: The book is now complete. All chapters are up!

  3. #75
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    @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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    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.
    Baby boy due October 2014! Current tentative name:

    Sequoia Orion

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