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Thread: Need help with spelling: Cybele
September 1st, 2013 12:56 AM #1Junior Member
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Need help with spelling: Cybele
Let me start with I LOVE this name! . . . nobody else does. I originally selected it because it seemed honorific of my grandmother Sybil, I love the meaning and imagery that accompanies the goddess Cybele, and it's so very musical.
Now that I love it though I am worried about spelling and pronunciation. Baby girl will have a 3 syllable last name beginning with "L" that I do not even ATTEMPT to say on the phone with customer service (I just spell it out) -- I don't want my daughter to have to do this with BOTH of her names!
My choice is Cybele Bird L. -- I figure, she can go by "Birdie" when she is younger and as an easy out at school if her name proves to problematic. I DO NOT like the nicknames "Cy", "Sibby", or "Belle" at all and I have been told that the name as is is very hard to pronounce and spell so I "need a nickname" . . . blahhh.
The alternate spellings DO give the opportunity for the name to *look* more like "Sybil", and be more readily pronounceable by the American public (which needs to be specified since Cybele is a much used name elsewhere) . . . thoughts, guys? I'm so lost :/
Here are the other spelling alternatives I've come up with, please give any and all feedback on "Cybele" versus an alternate. Thanks!
Sybilee . . . (ugh, I really start to hate the idea of changing to a phonetic spelling around this point!)
September 1st, 2013 01:06 AM #3Senior Member
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I always thought the English pronunciation of this name was closer to SEH-bell-ee.
I imagine your daughter will have some issues no matter what. Even if you spell the name phonetically, when she's on the phone with customer service she'll still have to say. "My name is Cybele. It's spelled phonetically"
Honestly, I don't think the name works with a phonetic spelling. It takes away the meaning of the name. If you like Cybele, you should use Cybele. A phonetic spelling would help with job applications, doctor's appointments, and the first day of school. But is it really worth it to take away the significance of the name?
September 1st, 2013 01:09 AM #5
definitely change the spelling to match the pronunciation which i understand rhymes with "Civilly"
because it sounds like you need a y at the end, i wouldnt use it again, 2 y's in one name is a bit much
Sibiley seems the best choice
Sibillie works for the Billie nickname (which i dont like much for girls anyway) but it will always be misspelled
Sibiley gives her a fighting chance
edit for above post: I imagine your daughter will have some issues no matter what. Even if you spell the name phonetically, when she's on the phone with customer service she'll still have to say. "My name is Cybele. It's spelled phonetically"
- people will STILL HAVE TO ASK, they wont know how you spell it phonetically because there are multiple ways, its just more likely Sibiley will get the most correct guessesi do not ignore the Rich Text toolbar provided me. i bold, italicize, enlarge, underline and CAPITALIZE for emphasis, individuality, and to capture attention among the endless Arial Standard Size Font that everyone else uses.
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September 1st, 2013 02:24 AM #7
I only love Cybele, so no to any alternative spellings.Cynthia/Luna
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September 1st, 2013 02:36 AM #9Senior Member
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