Notwithstanding it always gets mistaken for [name]Kristen[/name]. Which it’s not. [name]How[/name] do you pronounce [name]Kirsten[/name]?
Here in Australia we use a strong KER sound like curtain. So it’s more like KER-[name]STEN[/name]. However, I have never heard an American pronounce it this way. It seems they pronounce it with a silent R. As in KISS-TEN. However, I have met a girl who’s name is [name]Kiersten[/name] and she pronounced her name as [name]KI[/name]-ISS-TEN.
[name]Solve[/name] an argument and tell me how you pronounce it - and if possible why?!
In Australia, we say Kurs-ten. Like curtain. In [name]America[/name], they say Keers-ten. I once saw [name]Kirsten[/name] Dunst on Rove. He introduced her as Kurs-ten and she corrected him that it’s Keers-ten. I remember thinking she was being pretentious, but later realised that’s just how they pronounce [name]Kirsten[/name] in [name]America[/name].
@sarahmezz that’s actually how the argument started - over [name]Kirsten[/name] Dunst’s name. I think it is a pronunciation issue. As I always pronounced her name as Kurs-ten which, you’re right, she pronounces it as Keeeers-ten. On that basis vie always wondered how Americans pronounce [name]Kirsty[/name]. Would it be Keeers-ty? That just sounds a little odd compared to Kurs-ty…
I live in the southern US, and have known three Kirstens and two Kierstans. All but one have pronounced it [name]Keer[/name]-sten, and that’s the way I personally preferred. The one that went by Kur-sten I had a heck of a time saying her name right (I was so embarrassed). I have never heard Kiss-ten. However, I know a woman who was born and raised in [name]Boston[/name] who says [name]KI[/name]-iss-ten, but that’s because she can’t say her 'r’s.
[name]Kristin[/name] is my legal name, and I get called [name]Kirsten[/name] all the time, and I just got a certificate that says [name]Kristen[/name] on it THIS is why I go by [name]Lucy[/name]- less of a chance of messing that up.
Anyway, I say [name]Kirsten[/name] as KURR-stin, and I’d say [name]Kiersten[/name] as [name]KEER[/name]-stin.
I know 2 people with this name. [name]One[/name] is my aunt who pronounces it [name]Keer[/name]-stin (which is the traditional, “correct” way to pronounce it in its original Dutch), and the other is a friend of mine who pronounces it Kurr-stin. I also have a friend named Kirste, pronounced [name]Keer[/name]-sta.