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  1. #1
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    Malou

    How is this name pronounced? Is it like may-loo or muh-loo? Also, how usable is Malou in the US? Any thoughts are welcome. Thinking of honoring a Lou and want something unexpected. Thanks.
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    I'm not sure but to read it, I say Mah-Lou

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    I'd say ma-lou. Reminds me of the song "Skip To My Lou"... Lou Lou Skip To "MyLou"" (when singing the song, I always hear it as one word and it sounds like ma-lou).
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    It's pronounced mah-lou (the first syllable as in "father"). I think it's usable in the US, though it might get mispronounced a lot. There's also Milou and Lilou, if you want something unexpected but more straight-forward, pronunciation-wise.
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    Ma-loo, rhyming with Baloo from jungle book (or rhyming with balloon without an N, I guess). I've seen names similar to this cropping up in the top French names lately, as lou is getting popular there, along with names like Marilou.

    I think it's very sweet. I second the suggestion to consider the Milou spelling if you want muh-LOO. If you want MAY-loo, I'd go with Mae-Lou or May-Lou.

    You might have to explain the pronunciation and spelling whichever way you cut it, but I find it very usable and wearable.
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