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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!
Future Daughters: Catherine "Cate" Ophelia, Isobel "Zoe" Theophania
Future Sons: Alexander "Olek" Caspian, Dominic "Nico" Valentine, Benjamin ?
Nicholas ~ William ~ Alexander ~ Sebastian ~ Gabriel ~ Benjamin ~ Dominic ~ Oliver ~ Crispin ~ Gregory
Casper ~ Joshua ~ Julian ~ Valentin ~ Balthazar
Zoe ~ Catherine ~ Veronica ~ Penelope ~ Elizabeth ~ Daphne ~ Anastasia ~ Seraphina ~ Ophelia ~ Felicity
Theophania ~ Miranda ~ Eve ~ Magdalena ~ Vesper
September 13th, 2013 10:21 PM #3I like distinct, memorable, exotic and preferably non-popular names. The kids with unique names wore them so well when I was younger and never got lost in the crowd.
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 #7Mother, Hellenic Pagan Priestess, and Resident Greek name expert ^_^
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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.http://www.onceuponatimebabynames.com/
Crushing on Gavia, Chantella, Lorelei, Castalia, Jilliana, Indrina, Tiarella, Haldania
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