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September 13th, 2013 03:34 PM #1
Pronunciation of Seraphia? Also, WDYT?
I've recently become intrigued by the name Seraphia (a saint's name, alternately spelled Serapia). I've been pronouncing it basically like Seraphina without the "n" -- Sair-ruh-FEE-ah -- but now I wonder if the stress should actually be on the second syllable, Sair-RAH-fee-ah. (Similar to the word "tilapia".) Does anybody know which is correct? Google hasn't been any help at all.
Also, what do you think of Seraphia in general? We wouldn't use it as a first name, but it's tentatively on my list of possible middles (along with the more familiar Seraphine and Seraphina).Proud mother to William "Liam" Balthazar, and expecting Catherine "Cate" Ophelia in September 2014!
Future Daughters: Isobel "Zoe" Theophania, Veronica "Vera" Seraphine
Future Sons: Alexander "Olek" Crispin/Leopold, Dominic "Nico" Valentine
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Zoe ~ Catherine ~ Veronica ~ Penelope ~ Elizabeth ~ Daphne ~ Anastasia ~ Seraphina ~ Ophelia ~ Felicity
September 13th, 2013 09:21 PM #3
September 13th, 2013 09:55 PM #5Member
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You could always accent the i to drive the point home. It would be pronounced sair-AH-fee-ah if it was Spanish, but then it would likely be spelled Serafia. The second syllable is always accented unless accented elsewhere. English speakers would likely pronounce it the way you've described.
September 13th, 2013 11:19 PM #7Mother, Hellenic Pagan Priestess, and Resident Greek name expert ^_^ Call me Dantea or Remy
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September 14th, 2013 01:29 AM #9
Agree with the others. I think both Seraphina and Serafia are not well known enough for most people to have assumptions. Once you pronounce it for them, they will follow suit.http://www.onceuponatimebabynames.com/
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