View Poll Results: How do you pronounce Evelyn?

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  • Eve-lyn (and I'm from US)

    6 8.96%
  • Ever-lyn (and I'm from US)

    10 14.93%
  • Eve-lyn (and I'm from UK)

    7 10.45%
  • Ever-lyn (and I'm from UK)

    9 13.43%
  • Eve-lyn (and I'm from Aus/NZ)

    0 0%
  • Ever-lyn (and I'm from Aus/NZ)

    4 5.97%
  • Eve-lyn (and I'm from somewhere else)

    3 4.48%
  • Ever-lyn (and I'm from somewhere else)

    3 4.48%
  • I pronounce it differently (comment how)

    25 37.31%
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  1. #51
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    Oct 2012
    Liverpool, England
    Quote Originally Posted by uselesskitty View Post
    I think I am learning to speak with a British accent thanks to Nameberry. Lol. I am learning so much about the accent just from name pronunciation!
    English accent you mean There is no British accent.

    Here, I've heard people use 'eev-lin', 'eveh-lin' and 'ev-lin' to say Evelyn. There doesn't seem to be a North/South divide to it either.

    Anyway, since Forvo is rapidly becoming my favourite place, I thought I'd attach a few sound clips to further clear up the confusion North American's are having regarding the description of Evelyn as 'ever-lyn'. Unfortunately I could only find clips of British people using the 'eev-lin' pronunciation but I think it all still works. Here we go...

    Generally, this is how an English person says 'forever' ((Listen to Bananaman in particular)) See how it sounds like 'evah'? We don't tend to say the 'r' at the end of the word. It gets lost.*

    Now if you listen to Sugardaddy (an American) pronounce 'Evelyn' ...the beginning part sounds nearly exactly the same. Therefore, since we English also use that sound for our pronunciation of 'ever' it's fairly logical that we'd write it that way when attempting to spell the sound made in 'Evelyn' phonetically.

    Hope this has helped!

    *There are American voices on that list too for comparison. You can definitely here the final 'r' in the majority of theirs.
    Last edited by renrose; May 10th, 2013 at 09:20 PM.

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