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February 22nd, 2013 11:00 AM #1
While I was in college we read Willa Cather's novella "My Antonia". I have fallen in love with the name, but the only problem is that it is the pronunciation. My teacher explained the pronounciation as "anton-ia" rather than "an-toe-nia". I can't recall where she said the pronunciation is from.
Does anybody have more history on the name. Which pronunciation do you prefer?The Future Littles:
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February 22nd, 2013 11:10 AM #3
February 22nd, 2013 11:21 AM #5Senior Member
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An-toe-nia. I like Antonia a lot. It sounds princess-y and spunky at the same time.I'm a young writer who's obsessed with baby names!!!!!!!!Favorite names coming soon...Elrock13
February 22nd, 2013 11:28 AM #7
Antonia comes from the women of the old Roman family of Antonius. It means "priceless" or "praiseworthy". I believe your teacher pronounces it like the Willa Catha novel with the stress on the first syllable. "An-TOE-nee-uh" is the Spanish way to pronounce the name (a la Antonio Banderas) which I think is more prevalent in North America with the stress on the second syllable. It's really a question of preference and I prefer the Spanish version.All the best,
February 22nd, 2013 11:29 AM #9Senior Member
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Within "My Ántonia," the titular character hails from Bohemia (modern day Czech Republic). Her siblings, Marek, Yulka (a pet form of Julia --- the letter J is said like Y), and Ambrosch are also Czech names. (The pronunciation that your teacher say it (anton-ee-a), is the Czech way).
I like this name, but I am more familiar with the Italian/Spanish pronunciation (ahn-TO-nyah), but I really like this one as well. However, I think it will be a struggle to overcome "an-TOE-nia." This is sad the reason that I scrap the name from my list and have swapped it out with Antonella. It is a really lovely name though.
Last edited by teacherma; February 22nd, 2013 at 11:32 AM."Don't try to be modern, it's the most old-fashioned thing there is," - Attilio, The Tiger and the Snow
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