With DS's name we chose an English first name and a German middle name (after my grandpa). With DD (due in September) I wanted to reverse it and go with a German first name and an English middle name (after DH's grandma) so her name would be Annika Ruby.
This works great for my family of course who can pronounce this much easier than DS's name - Duncan.
But DH is starting to tick me off with his insistance on making it more difficult than it has to be!
Annika is pronounced AH-nee-kah. If you want to hear it, here's a link:
(He insisits that he hears the woman pronouncing it say Ae - like Anne and only I pronounce it AH.)
It's driving me crazy.
Is it REALLY that difficult?
and his baby brother (7/2011)
and his baby brother (7/2011)
It bothered me so much we just eliminated it.
I know an Annika and love the name!
Our son's name is Wolfgang (dh German, I am US) and we get all kinds of interesting pronunciations. Most people are satisfied with just calling him Wolf, which is fine with both of us, but some people use the full name and pronounce it "Wolf-GONG". I just find it amusing. Wolf couldn't care less.
In fact my own name is Scandinavian as well and I often introduce myself using the US/English version to people I meet. No biggie. It really only matters to me when someone really close to me doesn't put the effort into saying it right. Does that make sense?
|I understand what you mean. We had to give up on the name Elijah b/c I pronounce it with a hard "j" and DH says it with a soft "j."|
I'm just curious where you are from that you pronounce Elijah with a hard J, I've never heard it that way and didn't know some people did.
I love the name Annika, I would say Ah-ni-ka, beautiful!
My dh pronounces Quentin's name as Quintin much of the time and it drives me nuts, too. I find myself correcting him sometimes.
Blissed out mama to 3 beautiful boys LIFE IS GOOD!
I can only hear the ah pronounciation, get him a cd with the name said over and over and make him practice ! LOL
it actually was easy on the boy's name! DS' middle name is Johann and DH says it perfectly! Maybe we should call DD Johanna ...
Mountain Biking Mama of 3 little beans, . Epumped 22mths for dd1 (2006)
Nursed my babe, dd2 (2008) until self weaned at 3yrs. We survived a major nursing strike.
Awesome for Baby #3 who turned out to be a (Aug 2013)!
Can you live with him saying ANN-i-kuh?
FWIW, I would pronounce it AH-nih-kuh, like so many of the other Americans on this thread. Most of the American children I've met with the name pronounced it that way. The "nee" pronunciation is more European. Very pretty name, I hope you guys can resolve this!
I think you are right because he also says 'Italian' with an eye instead of an ee like eye-talian!
Oh well. While she's little we can call her Nikki. That will be easier for my 2-year old too. And then we have a few years to perfect the Ah on Annika! My name has an 'ah' in it as well and DH manages to say it right (with a very cute accent) so I am sure he can get there...
My students do laugh at the way I say "both" for some reason, though...