How Do You Say My Name?

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  1. Karen McKenzie

    Karen McKenzie Well-Known Member
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    Well, I get your point..there's no way to control those factors..but personally, it's not complicated to me. I had a friend named "Mauna" in junior high..people called her "Mona" "Ma-ew-na", "Muna"...

    Even with my own name...which I think is easy--.same thing.."Kirin", "Kayren" or they make it one syllable like "Ken". I don't mind...I've heard it all by now. I think we don't realize we even have an accent sometimes...I didn't think Californians did ...til I went to Texas and was told I talk just like a Californian..haha
     
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  2. Mari North

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    Yes... it's fascinating. My best friend growing up was Karen and I heard a lot more "Kern" than I thought possible. Wonder what names couldn't possibly be said differently? Joe? Bob? Sue? :D
     
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  3. Chrissy Cross

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    I always have to spell mine because it could be with a K or Ch.
     
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  4. Chrissy Cross

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    My sister is Eva and she's gets Ava or long E. In reality my mom named her the Hungarian Eva which isn't pronounced either way but kind of like the E in Evan but not exactly. A sound that I can't duplicate in any English word. Think she goes by Ava though.
     
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  5. Holly Saunders

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    I've always had to spell my name (my real name)...because people will insist on putting an (e) on the end of it rather than an A

    (for anyone who doesn't already know my real name is not Holly). :D
     
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  6. Janice Martin

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    No offense, but as we can make up screen names, I didn't know it was your real name.
    Adding to that, I've never heard/seen the name Mari before, so I'd assume it was short for Marianne or something like that.
    After learning those things, though, with my native-born-914-accent, I'd pronounce it the way you do: Marr- ee, first syllable rhymes with 'far.'

    If I can add: all of the Northeast isn't the same- when I was in central NYS, people would say they were going to 'merry hairy,' the same as in the midwest.
     
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    I was just saying Mary. I like Mary but I'll try to think Mar eee now.
     
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    A short series of famous people called Mari. The 1980s singer Mari Wilson had top ten hits, but was probably most well-known for her magnificent beehive.

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  9. Mari North

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    Whoa, that's some hair-do! The things I could hide in that! :eek:
     
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    In my non accented Central California speak I would pronounce Mari as" MARE -E"
     
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    I would pronounce it Mah ree...same as my sisters middle name, except hers has an E on the end of it. It is a good name nonethless. However, you spell it. I think not ending in e or y is probably what throws a lot of people. It is just one of the things that people need to look at when they are picking out names and spelling for their kids.
     
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    I would pronounce the first syllable of your name name like the long sound of "mar", "car", "bar" "far" etc and the second syllable as a very short 'i' as in "it", "bit", "hit", "sit" etc.

    Adding an "e" - to make the name Marie, changes the pronunciation completely for me. The "a" would be flat as in "flat", "hat", "cat" etc and the second syllable would be longer as in "see", "me", "we" etc

    It's fascinating what one little vowel added to the end of a word can do to the sound.

    My natural accent when I speak English, by the way, is north-west UK.
     
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  13. Kitty Carmel

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    I would say Mari as you explained it.

    I hate my given name. However when Hispanic people say my name (I live in California) it sounds better and almost tolerable.
     
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    The Polish names struck me as the most difficult to remember, and spell. At Dana Corp. in Chicago, we had a Maintenance guy named Skrczypczak. My Polish wife, born in Germany, explained that a "Skrczypczak" was a "fiddler"!

    The Czechs also had some "doozies". As a small kid, I heard my Mom and sister talk about Maryanne Tipover. "Tipover"?? Girl my sister went to high school with, her name was "Przrevratil", which meant when something tipped over!
     
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  15. Janice Martin

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    I'd never be able to pronounce them

    What struck me as slightly amusing, years ago, was learning how many surnames in foreign languages translate to 'Smith'-
    including some people I knew whose last names were Kovac, Ferraro, and Lefebvre... never would have guessed their names meant Smith!
     
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    @Janice Martin

    Amazing! Wondering how that came about. If you remember the late, great Ernie Kovacs, who supposedly was Hungarian, my Mother, ever the vigilant keeper of Czechoslovak roots, often remarked he probably was Czech! We loved him! Frank
     
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    Didn't know who Ernie Kovacs was... had to Google!!!
     
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    Gotta say, that's one of the coolest screen names I've seen.. it's not your real name, is it?
     
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    If you mean mine Janice, thank you. No it's not. I went with kitty because I like cats and then it was suggested I change the second name to something more like a real name which was fine. I looked in the phone book and quickly found Carmel. I'm from California and I thought 'that works' Thanks again.
     
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    @Janice Martin

    Here is an early creation of Kovacs'.



    From one of his shows:

     
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    One of my friend's has a last name of Sekszincski. I think that is how you spell it, I am not even sure! I just call him Chad. He is from the same general home area that I am...there are lots of people who originated in Pennsylvania who ended up living in Virginia. I think that it is one of the ways that different and unsual names get spread across the United States. Anyway, many Polish names are hard to say, and even harder to spell!
     
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  22. Holly Saunders

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    Where is Mari...I haven't seen her for a long time..Miss her posts!


    That said I've just returned from a vacation in Southern Spain ..so I'm just catching up with forum posts...so I may have missed her return while I've been away..but if not, does anyone know if Mari is OK?
     
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    Welcome back , @Holly Saunders ! The last we heard from @Mari North is that she was going to be taking some college courses, and I think some kind of job changes, and she just didn't have time left over for the forum. Hopefully, at some point, she will have enough free time again to come back and visit us, at least; but in any case, she is fine, and just deeply involved with studies right now.
     
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    Thanks @Yvonne Smith, I was wondering also.....glad she's okay! Miss her spunk and humorous style of writing.


    Welcome back @Holly Saunders! Hope to see some photos...
     
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    Interesting name indeed. I likewise had a male cousin whose name was 'Jose Mari.' I guess the name can also be for men.
     
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