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    May 2012

    Neve: Too much of a hassle?

    My husband and I are TTC our first, and Neve is a name we both have fallen in love with. My question is about the pronunciation, because from what I've found, there are SEVERAL correct pronunciations of the name, but I want to know if our favorite pronunciation can pass, and what your thoughts are on how much of a hassle this name and pronunciation would be. Here's the rundown:

    Nameberry lists Neve as a Latin name pronounced "nehv."

    Many people see Neve is an Anglicization of the Irish name Niamh, pronounced "neev."

    In Italian and Portuguese, Neve is the word for snow, pronounced differently in each language. Portuguese seems to say it like "NEH-vee" while Italian seems to say it like "NEY-vey."

    The dictionary puts an accent over each E in Neve and says it is pronounced "ney-VEY."

    My husband has fallen in love with the NEY-vey pronunciation, as in, the Italian word for snow. It's not the most obvious pronunciation of the name. Do you see this as being too much trouble--a constant annoyance for us and for her as life goes on? Relatives always forgetting how to say it, teachers pronouncing all different ways during roll call, etc? If you think Neve ("NEY-vey") would work, any middle name suggestions?

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