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  1. #1
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    French names for a French-US baby- help needed with pronunciation ;)

    Hello there!
    We are expecting our 2nd baby on the East Coast.
    Here is my girls list.
    I need help with pronunciation though. For my first, we hadn't even thought of this issue, and his name is being butchered each time.
    So here are our favorites:

    Isaure
    Bethsabée
    Solveig
    Montaine.

    How do you English speakers pronounce them?
    My biggest fears are Eye-sore for Isaure.
    And Mountain for Montaine.
    So please please be honest in your comments, I'd rather find out now at 34w than later

    I;ll post my boys list in the boys section too.
    But my intuition says it's a girl!!
    Thanks Mamas!
    Isabelle.

  2. #3
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    Mmk. Let's see... My first guesses are:

    Isaure: 'iss-or'
    Bethsabee: 'beth-sa-bay'
    Solveig: 'sol-vay'
    Montaine: 'mon-tayn'

    I Forvo'd them all to see what the correct pronunciation was.

    Isaure: 'ee-zor' - Ok, not too bad.
    Bethsabee: 'bet-sa-bay' - Almost there!*
    Solveig: 'sol-vay' - Spot on.
    Montaine: 'mon-ten' -Not so far off!

    *wasn't on Forvo.
    ~Boys~

    Jory Leander Atticus, August Eli Benedict, Casimir Mordecai Stewart,
    Edmond John Meirion, Horatio Ethell Emery, Bram William Jasper,
    Julian Remy Charles, Vasiliy Lochlan Michael.


    ~Girls~

    Aira Rose ___, Eleni Fiorella Charlotte, Sylvia Sayuri Noor,
    Merit Eleanora Adelaide, Clover Elodie Seraphine, Bridie Scarlett Viola,
    Marguerite Cecilia Iris, Eilidh Clara Valentine.


    Sorry to anyone who read TSI. First draft was terrible. Second drafting now.

  3. #5
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    I would say:

    Isaure - (ee-ZAR)

    Bethsabée - (beth-SAY-bay)

    Solveig - (sol-VEE)

    Montaine - (mon-TAYN)
    Raphael Benedict-Peter Lazarus-Jude Sebastian-Eli Balthasar-Samuel Crispin

    Lucia Marguerite-Genevieve Ophelia-Charlotte Valentine

    Scarlett-Astrid-Larkspur-Afton-Haidée-Becket-Eamon-Percy-Arthur-Scully

  4. #7
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    Honestly I won't even begin to try because I don't know how to. For me, I would ask the parents and/or child for the pronunciation. It may take me a few tries to get it, but I grew up with some first generation Hispanics who had some pretty distinctive names and I learned how to pronounce those names.

  5. #9
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    I feel pretty proud that I came up with the "proper" French pronunciations that Ren found! For what it's worth, I would have said ee-SOHR, bet-sah-BAY, sol-VAY, and mahn-TAHN. Then again, I'm in the process of teaching myself French, so I'm just glad I'm not majorly messing up the pronunciation for EVERYTHING French, hahaha. I like Isaure and Montaine the best, but I have always loved the sound of Solveig! It's really pretty.

    Good luck!
    Ashley
    twenty-something namenerd and aspiring novelist

    Isabelle + Arianne + Olivia + Violet + Charlotte + Emmeline + Eleni + Grace + Audrey + Eva + Catherine + Tess + Zoe
    Caleb + Everett + Jack + Avery + Samuel + Zane + Brody + Declan + Caspar + Grant + Rory + Thomas + Peter

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