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  1. #6
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    I love Dashiell! I agree with the others--I say DASH-uhl, but I've heard the more proper French pronunciation (and the way Dashiell Hammett said it) is duh-SHEEL. While I'm usually one for going with the proper pronunciation, I think it's just too much effort to enforce dah-SHEEL. Plus, I love the sound of Dash-uhl, and I think Dash is adorable! duh-SHEEL nn Dash doesn't make quite so much sense.
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  3. #10
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    The correct pronunciation is "dah-SHEEL" according to the man who should know (Dashiell Hamnett) but most people don't pronounce it correctly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashthedreamer View Post
    I love Dashiell! I agree with the others--I say DASH-uhl, but I've heard the more proper French pronunciation (and the way Dashiell Hammett said it) is duh-SHEEL. While I'm usually one for going with the proper pronunciation, I think it's just too much effort to enforce dah-SHEEL. Plus, I love the sound of Dash-uhl, and I think Dash is adorable! duh-SHEEL nn Dash doesn't make quite so much sense.
    lol, that's interesting! I've never heard of that before.

    Honestly, rather than sounding properly French, it sounds more like "made-up-American" like Shaquille. Like it should be spelled Da'Shealle

    I'd imagine it would be akin to trying to enforce the "proper French pronunciation" of Michael if used in America.
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  5. #14
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    The first time I heard this name was a few months ago on a fresh newborn baby. at delivery, asking the dad what the name was he said "Dash-EE-elle". Huh??? Then mom yells "i've told you so many times, its dah-SHEEL!!!!" I thought she had made up the name for sure.
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