Nameberry Pronunciation Challenge - Revised

Hey Berries!

I thought I’d revise my name pronunciation challenge from some time ago while combining it with another one. I’ve sorted some names from both lists by sound and gave you three examples for each to read aloud. I then created a separate section for names that have multiple common pronunciations.

Short A (æ):
[name_m]Calvin[/name_m]
[name_u]Hadley[/name_u]
[name_u]Paxton[/name_u]

Long A:
[name_u]Aidan[/name_u]
[name_f]Hailey[/name_f]
[name_u]Taylor[/name_u]

“air” sound or equivalent:
[name_f]Caroline[/name_f]
[name_f]Erin[/name_f]
[name_u]Harry[/name_u]

“err” sound or equivalent:
[name_m]Herbert[/name_m]
[name_u]Percy[/name_u]
[name_f]Ursula[/name_f]

“am” or “an” sound:
[name_u]Anne[/name_u]
[name_m]Graham[/name_m]
[name_f]Hannah[/name_f]

“ag” sound or similar:
[name_f]Agatha[/name_f]
[name_f]Maggie[/name_f]
[name_m]Tancred[/name_m]

Short E sound (ɛ):
[name_u]Elliott[/name_u]
[name_f]Emily[/name_f]
[name_f]Heather[/name_f]

Long E sound (i):
[name_m]Ethan[/name_m]
[name_u]Keegan[/name_u]
[name_u]Rhys[/name_u]

Long I sound (ai):
[name_m]Clyde[/name_m]
[name_f]Iris[/name_f]
[name_f]Ivy[/name_f]

“L” sound:
[name_f]Layla[/name_f]
[name_f]Lily[/name_f]
[name_m]Llewelyn[/name_m]

Short O sound (a):
[name_u]Oliver[/name_u]
[name_m]Robert[/name_m]
[name_m]Thomas[/name_m]

Long O sound (o):
[name_f]Cora[/name_f]
[name_u]Owen[/name_u]
[name_f]Rose[/name_f]

Long U sound (u):
[name_u]Cooper[/name_u]
[name_f]Oona[/name_f]
[name_f]Ulyana[/name_f]

R sound:
[name_u]Carter[/name_u]
[name_u]Courtney[/name_u]
[name_u]Rory[/name_u]

Names with multiple common pronunciations:

Anna
[name_f]Ariana[/name_f]
[name_f]Cara[/name_f]
[name_f]Ciara[/name_f]
[name_f]Clara[/name_f]
[name_f]Elena[/name_f]
[name_u]Elias[/name_u]
[name_u]Evelyn[/name_u]
[name_f]Genevieve[/name_f]
[name_f]Helena[/name_f]
[name_f]Kirsten[/name_f]
[name_f]Lucia[/name_f]
[name_f]Lyra[/name_f]
[name_f]Madeline[/name_f]
[name_f]Maya[/name_f]
[name_u]Reagan[/name_u]
[name_f]Tara[/name_f]

Here is my recording! If you have other names that you’d like read aloud by other Berries, feel free to add to this list! Also, if you like this thread and would like to try it with general words, check out my revised Nameberry Accent Challenge!

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I gave it a shot - [name_f]Erin[/name_f] doesn’t fit with [name_f]Caroline[/name_f] or [name_u]Harry[/name_u] for me since I pronounce [name_f]Erin[/name_f] and [name_m]Aaron[/name_m] differently. [name_f]My[/name_f] best effort anyway!

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here’s mine :blush: I pronounced [name_m]Llewelyn[/name_m] wrong I can’t do the welsh Ll thing :joy:

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Thank you! I chose those three names for that section because they would sound different in some accents and the same in others.

Also, for those of you recording the names with multiple common pronunciations, choose your first instinct!

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Thank you, [name_f]Margot[/name_f]! You have a nice voice, and I really like your pronunciations!

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thank you! I like yours too :heart:

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This was fun! I love hearing how other people pronounce names!

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I do too! Thank you for your recording! It’s really interesting to hear your pronunciations. I especially found it interesting that your long i sound kind of has a British feel to it. :slight_smile:

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I overcomplicated this because of course I did.

Here are all the names just as they are (I am actually interested, but everything sounds bored with my accent):

I’ve also sorted all of the names into the sounds they fit with in my accent, and it’s under the tab thing!

the tab thing

sounds ~
Short A (æ)

Ariana (first syllable)
[name_f]Madeline[/name_f]
[name_m]Calvin[/name_m]
[name_u]Hadley[/name_u]
[name_u]Paxton[/name_u]
[name_f]Caroline[/name_f]
[name_u]Harry[/name_u]

Long A

Reagan
[name_u]Aidan[/name_u]
[name_f]Hailey[/name_f]
[name_u]Taylor[/name_u]
[name_m]Graham[/name_m]
[name_f]Layla[/name_f]

“[name_f]Air[/name_f]”

(tumbleweed)

“Er”

Kirsten
[name_m]Herbert[/name_m]
[name_u]Percy[/name_u]
[name_f]Ursula[/name_f]

“Am” or “An”

Anna (normal)
[name_u]Anne[/name_u]
[name_f]Hannah[/name_f]
[name_m]Tancred[/name_m]

“[name_f]Ag[/name_f]”

Agatha
[name_f]Maggie[/name_f]

Short E (ɛ)

Elena
[name_u]Evelyn[/name_u] (girl)
[name_f]Genevieve[/name_f] (first syllable, amongst [name_f]English[/name_f]-speakers)
[name_f]Genevieve[/name_f] (third syllable, preferred/amongst [name_u]French[/name_u]-speakers)
[name_f]Helena[/name_f] (first syllable only)
[name_f]Erin[/name_f]
[name_u]Elliott[/name_u]
[name_f]Emily[/name_f]
[name_f]Heather[/name_f]
[name_m]Llewelyn[/name_m]

Long E (i)

Evelyn (boy)
[name_f]Genevieve[/name_f] (third syllable, amongst [name_f]English[/name_f]-speakers)
[name_f]Lucia[/name_f]
[name_u]Hadley[/name_u]
[name_f]Hailey[/name_f]
[name_u]Harry[/name_u]
[name_f]Emily[/name_f]
[name_m]Ethan[/name_m]
[name_u]Keegan[/name_u]
[name_u]Rhys[/name_u]
[name_f]Ivy[/name_f] (second syllable)

Long I (ai)

Elias
[name_f]Lyra[/name_f]
[name_f]Madeline[/name_f] (last syllable, preferred)
[name_f]Maya[/name_f]
[name_f]Caroline[/name_f]
[name_f]Iris[/name_f]
[name_f]Ivy[/name_f]
[name_m]Clyde[/name_m]

L

Lucia
[name_f]Lyra[/name_f]
[name_f]Layla[/name_f]
[name_f]Lily[/name_f]
[name_m]Llewelyn[/name_m]

Short O (not a)

Genevieve (first syllable, preferred/amongst [name_u]French[/name_u]-speakers)
[name_u]Oliver[/name_u]
[name_m]Robert[/name_m]
[name_m]Thomas[/name_m]

Long O (o)

Owen
[name_f]Rose[/name_f]

Long U (u)

Lucia
[name_u]Cooper[/name_u]
[name_f]Oona[/name_f]
[name_f]Ulyana[/name_f]

R

Lyra
[name_f]Ariana[/name_f]
[name_f]Cara[/name_f]
[name_f]Ciara[/name_f]
[name_f]Clara[/name_f]
[name_f]Tara[/name_f]
[name_f]Caroline[/name_f]
[name_f]Erin[/name_f]
[name_u]Harry[/name_u]
[name_f]Cora[/name_f]
[name_u]Rory[/name_u]

Added Sounds ~

“[name_m]Ah[/name_m]” / “Ar”

Anna (Frozen/Ana)
[name_f]Ariana[/name_f] (third syllable)
[name_f]Cara[/name_f]
[name_f]Clara[/name_f]
[name_f]Tara[/name_f]
[name_f]Ulyana[/name_f] (second syllable)
[name_u]Carter[/name_u]

“Ear”

Ciara (same as [name_f]Kiera[/name_f])

“Aw” / “Or”

Cora
[name_u]Courtney[/name_u]
[name_u]Rory[/name_u]

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@rosepip Thank you for both your recordings (no problem on getting the orders wrong - I just arranged each of them alphabetically), and thank you for your amazing efforts in reorganizing my list!

I found the IPA symbols from @tp_b’s list in his pronunciation thread (thank you again for the list!), and he has the short O sound listed as “a.” I would imagine that you were going for the “ɔ” sound in the last one in your list?

Thank you again! :smiley:

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Here’s Mine! I’m from the U.S by the way

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Sorry the recording is so quiet. I’m from the Midwestern US.

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