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September 13th, 2013 04:34 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, Catherine "Cate" Ophelia, and expecting baby Nicander (Veronica Seraphine or Alexander Silvan(?)) in late Feb. 2016!
Future Daughter: Isobel "Zoe" Theophania
Future Son: Dominic "Nico" Valentine
Nicholas ~ William ~ Alexander ~ Sebastian ~ Gabriel ~ Benjamin ~ Dominic ~ Oliver ~ Crispin ~ Gregory
Zoe ~ Catherine ~ Veronica ~ Penelope ~ Elizabeth ~ Daphne ~ Anastasia ~ Seraphina ~ Ophelia ~ Felicity
September 13th, 2013 10:21 PM #3
September 13th, 2013 10:55 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 14th, 2013 12:19 AM #7http://www.amazon.com/Angel-Blackwood/e/B00SARZLFY -- My Amazon Author Page
Proud Mama to:
Persephone Elysia Willow -- June 5th, 2013
Amelia Lorien Sophia -- December 2015.
September 14th, 2013 02:29 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.