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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2012

    If you saw this name in a book...

    Would you know how to pronounce it? She's only a minor character, in it for less than a chapter, but as I'm getting close to submission with this one I'm being a little wary of the name. In the UK it's pretty popular, but should the book get picked up I'm conscious of the fact I could have readers from absolutely anywhere, thanks to Kindle making books even more universal than before.

    The name: Niamh.

    It just feels like it suits her perfectly, but I'm concerned about whether I'll get readers going 'Nee-amh? What sort of name is that?' when she's mentioned.

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  2. #3
    Join Date
    May 2012
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    I wouldn't worry about it. Most of the people I know wouldn't pronounce it correctly, but she's in your book for less than a chapter, so it's not a big deal. If you ever do have a character with a name that's not easily pronounced, you can take care of that with mentioning it. Have the character vent about their name, or someone stumble over it and they correct them.

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  3. #5
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    Nov 2012
    being from the USA, i would think it was pronounced Nee-um, but since it is a book saying it isnt as important as reconizing the letters, and since she's a minor character it isn't much of a problem. Good luck!
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  4. #7
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    Oct 2012
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    Neeve. Cos that's what it says

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  5. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    I would definitely say NEEV when I saw it...but I know a few people with this name. And I'm in England also, so sorry I can't be of more help! Good luck though (I love Niamh by the way)

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