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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pronouncing My Name {Reader Questions}

How often have you looked at my name signature and asked yourself, “How in the WORLD is that pronounced??” Maybe I should have had all of you chime in with your thoughts and pronunciations first, but I thought a video pronunciation would be most helpful. :)


Email subscribers, you’ll have to click over to see the clip!! :)

Now the question is ~ was that how you were saying it in your head? Or have I totally messed up your thoughts now??

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    • This totally does mess with how I thought your name was pronounced! ;) Good to know!!! And that's so funny about your parents not wanting you to have a nickname - my parents did the same thing. They were New Yorkers living in the South, and they didn't like how southerners "always" shortened names (Susan=Susie, Kathleen=Kathy, etc), so they named me the shortest name they liked - Leigh. And nobody knows how to pronounce that, either (although it is a lot more prevalent than Jolanthe!).

      By Blogger Leigh, At October 12, 2011 at 7:05 AM  

    • I love how unique your name is.I thought it would have been on the spanish side of life.Thank you for explaining because I thought of three different (and totally wrong) ways to say it that I would go through as I read your posts lol.

      By Blogger TaraD'Lain, At October 12, 2011 at 7:26 AM  

    • Two of my kids have names with J pronounced as a Y, and my last name does too. That being said, I never once thought to pronounce your name with a Y! lol

      My guess was Joe-Lanth ("th" like you pronounce it) and the E was silent - although I questioned it.

      I also an not a fan of nicknames- or at least ones that are imposed by outsiders. My oldest son's name is Jozef, (pronounced like Joseph, but with a Z - but I don't care if people say it with an S) and my husband's aunt insists on calling him "Joey." That makes me cringe every time.

      My next is Lejla (Layla), and no one gives her a nickname or mispronounces it.

      Then I have Leona which we pronounce the E as a long A and the O as a long O. It doesn't bother me if someone pronounces it with a long E instead of A though.

      My last is Gjon (John). The correct pronunciation (GY - like a J and Y blended, long O, and N) is too difficult for most people, so we just say John. And we nicknamed him Gjoni (Johnny) while my kids were praying for me to get pregnant with him, so that nickname stuck. I would say it's said 50% of the time.

      By Blogger Laura, At October 12, 2011 at 10:46 AM  

    • more thing. Jozef's nickname would be Zef, if he had one. It just never caught on.

      By Blogger Laura, At October 12, 2011 at 10:48 AM  

    • Thank you! I've been so curious about thIs. Such a beautiful name--both in spelling and pronunciation.

      By Blogger Lacinda, At October 12, 2011 at 11:17 PM  

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