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View Poll Results: How do you pronounce the first "a" in Clara?
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:17 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We had almost decided on this name as a frontrunner, but now there's some question about the pronunciation... so how do you say it? Also, please, tell me where you're from if you don't mind.

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Clair-a

But I've heard Clah-rah too.
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I say Clair-ah. I'm in the South. I think it's a lovely name. What are the other pronunciations? I don't think I've heard any others in the States, though in Germany I heard Clar-uh (with the a pronounced like "car").

eta: i didn't see the other pronunciations before writing. Still think Clair-ah.

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Air but I'm from Australia so that probably doesn't help much :-)

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I say Clair-a. And that's how it was being pronounced when we were reading the name lists and decided it was a good name. Then, last night, DH (who is half German) said, "You know, it's really Clar-a." (like in car) I was in shock, as I had never heard of such a thing. I told him (playfully) that here in America we say "Clair-a." He said that in England and Germany (both countries in which he has family) it's Clar-a. Then I realized that here in New Jersey, it would be Clah-ra.... (I'm originally from the south). Obviously, we would need to decide among ourselves how it would be pronounced, but I also wanted to get some idea of the general public-- how most people she met would say her name.

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Air but I'm from Australia so that probably doesn't help much :-)
That's actually VERY helpful, as that's where DH grew up!

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I say "Clair-a" too. From New England here

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Clair-a...never considered there might be another pronunciation. Interesting.

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I say Clah-ra like apple, never imagined it another way, lol!

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Cl-air-ah. That's the pronunciation I like. Clara like car is also a nice pronunciation too though. However, I think mainstream America will pronounce it w/ the "air" pronunciation.

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Clair-ah.

From California, in December got transplanted to Utah.

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Clair-uh, grew up all over the US... although I've always known the little girl in the Nutcracker as Clahr (rhymes with car)-uh.

 
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I loves me a name poll!

I say it like air.

I'm from all over the Western half of the US, currently in TX.
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Thanks, everyone, this is very informative!

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I say it like "are" and I am an australian living in the US so I am getting used to the "air" pronunciation, my first instinct is ARE though.

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I say "Clar-ah" (like car, 3rd option). I'm from Ontario. But, my entire family is still very much British, I think that has something to do w/ it, because around here it's more commonly pronounced with the "air" sound.

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Air, and I'm from Florida. It's my MIL's middle name and that's how she pronounces it also (she's from New York).

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Air. I'm in Kansas.

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I'm from the NE US and say "Clar-uh." I've never heard/noticed the "Claire-uh" pronunciation!
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I say Clah-ra like apple, never imagined it another way, lol!

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Same. I am astonished that so many people say it Clair-a. I've never heard anyone pronounce it that way.
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Air. I'm from Colorado.

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I'm from Massachusetts and would say the first a like apple. Very nice name, whatever way you end up pronouncing it!
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Air, and I'm from Florida. It's my MIL's middle name and that's how she pronounces it also (she's from New York).
Wanted to add that MIL is German (though she was born and raised in the US).

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Interesting. I say Clah-ruh, am a native NYer and have never heard it pronounced differently. My friend who is from Boston just named her DD this and she pronounces it the same way as I do.
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I think I say it air, but frankly I can't for the life of me figure out what you mean by apple. I say Claire- uh.


ETA- I am in California.
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Clair-a. In California thats just how its done...its a place name after all (Santa Clara...a city, a University and a County).
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Air.

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CA (and it's my baby's name) ETA: "air"

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