Great food for though! Thank you!
I will be completely honest, I don’t like how straight forward [name]Azalea[/name] is. In my opinion, it’s a beautiful name (as well as flower), but it is too “in your face, I’m a flower” type of name. [name]Don[/name]'t get me wrong, I love plenty of flower names, like [name]Lily[/name], for example. I think what I truly love about Az”lie is that it is abstract, and not straight forward.
It’s true that it will be a nuisance to correct the mispronunciations, but quite honestly, I think the character of the name is worth it. It is so beautiful and unique… it is definitely worth correcting people.
As for pronouncing it ah-zay-[name]LEE[/name], I’m sure it’s correct, but it’s a little difficult for the average American to say naturally. Considering that the name is also Hebrew, I’m not worried about there being only one correct pronunciation. I’m sure it could be pronounced differently all over the world considering all of the different accents and languages. In [name]Italy[/name] they would say her name with and Italian accent - which is different from the French way - and that is different than the Hebrew way, etc. I am comfortable with pronouncing it ah-ZAY-lee, and will teach my family and friends to pronounce it that way, as that is how we would choose to pronounce it, if we do in fact name her Az”lie. My mom has a VERY unusual name, and daily people mispronounce it, and misspell it. She gets annoyed, but ultimately just brushes it off. As long as my baby thinks her name is beautiful, it is worth the extra effort.
As long as DH and I agree on it, and I have strong support from all of you wonderful nameberries, that this name is indeed a rare beauty, I am 100% satisfied that we would be making a good choice for our daughter.
After all, it’s better than some made up, misspelled, or completely unheard of name.
So back to my last question, what do you all think of Az”lie [name]Sophia[/name] or Az”lie [name]Natalia[/name]?
(a little tip, you can hold ALT while typing 0233, and the accent aigu should show up over the e - at least that’s how my computer does it.)