Okay… I think I’m the resident Norwegian name nerd here on Nameberry, but although my English is practically flawless, I face some issues regarding pronunciation of names since I have not heard these pronounced by native English speakers in a way I can trust they’re saying it right… There’s also the fact that Norwegian has at least three more vowels than English, and so the switching of i’s to y’s for instance is completely absurd to me as they do not sound alike at all! ([name]Lyn[/name] and [name]Lin[/name] are two completely different words in Norwegian, and no one would mistake one for the other…)
So, my problems are usually with the vowels, and I tend to like vowel-heavy names, so I would just love to hear your thoughts on how these names should be pronounced and if maybe that differs from how most people would pronounce them… (I’m not sure if I’m making sense now…)
I’ll just list the names and how I pronounce them and you can correct me or the likes where you see fit ^^
[name]Tamar[/name] - I’ve heard it pronounced [name]TAY[/name]-mahr and tah-MAHR… I prefer the first, but I think the second is tradition?
[name]Salome[/name] - I know it’s sa-lo-[name]MAY[/name], but I always thought it was sah-LOME. Am I way off track?
[name]Liesel[/name] - I just want more insight on this one. I say [name]LEE[/name]-sull or something like that…
[name]Merle[/name] - One or two syllables?
[name]Petra[/name] - PEE-tra or PEH-tra?
[name]Ianthe[/name] - I see three syllables, people say two… ay-[name]ANN[/name]-thee is my thing…
[name]Ophelia[/name] - I see four syllables, people say three… oh-[name]FEE[/name]-lee-uh is my way, and thus I can’t see the [name]Feel[/name]-ya jokes either…
[name]Cosima[/name] - Is it CO-see-mah or co-SEE-mah?
[name]Ivo[/name] - EE-vo or AY-vo? I know EE-vo is the “right” way, but to me that just sounds like “Evil” so I wonder how most people would pronounce it I guess…
[name]Ishmael[/name] - Three or two syllables?
[name]Ferdinand[/name] - is so long I get confused…
Anand - [name]Indian[/name] name, I’m wondering how you would pronounce it. I say ahn-AHND
[name]Matei[/name] - I say it with an accent on the e, mah-[name]TEY[/name]…
[name]Zacchaeus[/name] - Where would you put the stress on this one?
[name]Leander[/name] - [name]How[/name] many syllables… I’m just a bit unsure ^^ I say three - lee-[name]ANN[/name]-der
Thank you for any help!!
And if you have any questions regarding Scandinavian names, don’t hesitate to ask ^^