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  1. #11
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    Nov 2012
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    Fiona is one of my current favorite names... But sometimes I'm not sold on it, and I think it's because of the 'fee' part- the way it feels (ahrgh!) when I say it. I keep wanting to give it a 'th' sound instead, and perhaps may prefer Leona to Fiona, avoids the whole f problem.
    I also love coraline so much, but whenever I say it aloud I sound waaaaay more southern than I am. Cora-laahhn. I guess I have the same accent when I say Caroline, but it doesn't bug me as much when I hear myself say that. (I might be placing the stress on the first syllable of Caroline more than with coraline).
    Going off the hard c theme, I adore chloe until I say it aloud. The chl sound makes me feel like my throat is fleghmy (sp?).
    I have trouble also with Audrey. Sometimes I say it odd-ry and sometimes odge-ry, and that bugs me. Not enough not to use the name (as is the case with all of the names actually...)

  2. #13
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    Oct 2011
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    YES. Elodie and Ottilie are this for me. I have a very flat New York Jew/New England private college accent which does terrible things to otherwise beautiful names. Elodie comes out "Ella-dee" and Ottilie, alas, becomes "Oddly".

    Matilda Sailor or Faye Matilda | Sylvie Wren or Simon Adler | Alice Violetta or Atlas Dov | Julian 'Jules' River or Juniper 'Joon' Lovelace | Roscoe Fox or Marlowe Fritz | Jane Lucinda or Lucien Wilde | Louisa Valor or Eloise March | Ivan Elliot or Iris Cordelia | August Jack or Jasper Hale | Dashiell Jude or Judah Reeve | Thea Marina or Marigold 'Maggie' Wynn | Finnegan Wallace or Felix Raphael

    Just a grad student dreaming ahead...

  3. #15
    This is me with Katherine. It sounds so sweet in my head, and on paper it looks lovely and feminine, but out loud it just doesn't sound as nice.

    Jules

    Clara Lily, Rose Madeleine, Belle Elena, Emma Charlotte. Lucy, Tessa, Maggie, Lena, Lily, Leah, Lila, Ella, Aria, Annabel, Ivy, Charlotte
    Seth Alexander, James (need mn), William Samuel. Luke, Caleb, Leo, Liam, Samuel, Jacob.
    Loving life, God, my family, my friends, books, writing, the ocean and volleyball!
    "The most wasted of days is one without laughter" - E. E. Cummings

  4. #17
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    May 2013
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    Adira for me.
    Personal Favorites: Mira Cairdeas and Darrow Paine

    Best Wishes To All

  5. #19
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    Jun 2012
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    Ahuh, most certainly.

    In my head I love the names Adela, Liadan, Fergus etc But I hate saying them out loud because they don't sound so nice when I pronounce them. I have heard other people pronounce them beautifully though, it might be the accent.
    Marko | Susanna | Kit | Rosemary

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