Doomed to a life of mispronunciations?


We are expecting our second boy in [name_f]April[/name_f]. Our first son is named [name_m]Cormac[/name_m]. We love the fun, underused Irish names. We are considering [name_m]Eamon[/name_m] (AY-min) for our second. What do you think of this name? Is it cute, spunky, and unique? Or will he be doomed to a life of mispronunciations and spelling it constantly? Is that a deal breaker?

Any feedback would definitely be appreciated! Thanks!

I would guess most people will say it Ee- Mon if they see it written and not know how to spell it otherwise.

I’ve taught two boys named [name_m]Eamon[/name_m] over the years and neither had any issues with pronunciation at all. It’s uncommon, but certainly not a name that I would think ‘huh?’

Also - great name! :slight_smile:

This answer to this question definitely depends on where you live.

I think this entirely depends on where you live. I live in the southern US and if I saw the name I would think it pronounced “EE-mon”. If someone said “[name_m]Hi[/name_m] my name is Ay-min” I would think it might be spelled similar to amen (which a lot of people down here say ay-ay-min vs ah-min).
Definitely not a bad name and it looks nice on paper but might not be intuitive for spelling/pronouncing depending on where you live. [name_m]Just[/name_m] depends on how you feel about correcting people’s pronunciation and spelling.

I live in [name_f]England[/name_f] where [name_m]Eamon[/name_m] isn’t common but it’s definitely well known so for me the pronunciation is obvious. If you happen to live in the UK too, I don’t think there’ll be any problem.

I think [name_m]Eamon[/name_m] goes nicely with [name_m]Cormac[/name_m] and if you like it you should go with it. I don’t know where you live, but here in [name_u]North[/name_u] Eastern US I have never even heard the name before nameberry. That said, I might mispronounce it at first, but after a quick correction I’m sure most everyone will get it. I wouldn’t let that be a dealbreaker for a name that you love. [name_f]Hope[/name_f] this helps :slight_smile:

We named our daughter [name_f]Niamh[/name_f] (Neev or Nee-iv). It causes its share of trouble, but generally you only have to explain it once and people get it. It’s not like it’s difficult to pronounce once you know it. Also, I’ve noticed that [name_m]Eamon[/name_m] is getting more popular these days, so it might not be a huge issue.

I really like [name_m]Eamon[/name_m], if you love it you should use it. There may be some prn issues, but it’s not unheard of so you should be fine.

I think [name_m]Eamon[/name_m] and [name_m]Cormac[/name_m] go very well together! However, I live in Northeastern United States and have only ever heard of [name_m]Eamon[/name_m] pronounce as EE-Mon. I was completely unaware that it could even be pronounced any differently! It must depend on where you live? For me the constant mispronunciation and spelling issues would definitely be a deal breaker but if the Ay-min pronunciation is more common where you live I don’t see it being a problem?

Without looking at your pronunciation, I pronounced it correctly. I don’t think it will be a problem. I am in the US and am unfamiliar with Irish names.

I work with a little boy named Eyman and think the name is adorable. I think they may have used that spelling to avoid mis-pronunciations but I do prefer the more traditional, ‘[name_m]Eamon[/name_m],’ spelling. :slight_smile:

Depends on where you live. I live in the UK, and [name_m]Eamon[/name_m] would never be mispronounced here because it’s so common… And because of [name_m]Eamonn[/name_m] [name_m]Holmes[/name_m], lol. Irish names and the alike are rarely mispronounced here, though, so like I said, entirely depends on your location.

It’s a cool name

I think you would get quite a few mispronunciations at first but it’s a pronunciation people would remember.

I also think that you’ll be fine with [name_m]Eamon[/name_m]. I’m in the UK and it’s not unheard of here.

My first tendency is to pronounce it Ee-mon. I pronounce a lot of words and names wrong though.

I knew the pronunciation right away, but I know someone named [name_m]Eamon[/name_m]. He doesn’t seem to have many issues with pronunciation. While it is an uncommon name it isn’t totally unheard of. He has lived in the eastern and southern US. I think you might get an occasional mispronunciation, but that happens with most names. I think it’s a great name and for the most part shouldn’t cause an issue.