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Got a nagging name question? Ask Anabel!

  • BabyNamesWorld
    BabyNamesWorld
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    Whether you’re picking a name for your new babe or are just an all-around name lover, our in-house onomastics expert, Anabel, is here to help you with all your name-related dilemmas!

    Post your questions about names here any time and Anabel will get back to you every Monday at 1 PM EST with her best naming advice!

    ABOUT ANABEL: Anabel’s name obsession started when she was told the story of her own name by her mother and it grew right along with her. She realized she was truly hooked when she began to look forward to the telephone book delivery every year-so she could read it cover to cover and study all of the names in the White Pages. Her study of English, communications and the history of languages in college fanned the flames further, and she’s been working on BabyNamesWorld helping people choose the perfect name for their babies since 2004!

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  • jenni_lynn91
    jenni_lynn91
    Participant

    Hi Anabel!

    I have a pronunciation question. My daughter’s name is Noemi Xochitl. My fiance suggested the name Xochitl, but I kept it as her middle name because it is difficult for Americans to pronounce. My fiance is Aztec and speaks Nahuatl so he is able to say it “correctly”. The tl on the end makes a sort of clicking sound like cl that is hard for my family to say. Is there another accepted pronunciation of this name? Everyone I tell her middle name to gives up on trying to say it. My grandma is telling her friends that her middle name is X. How should I tell other people to pronounce her name?

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    Hi Anabel!

    I have a pronunciation question. My daughter’s name is Noemi Xochitl. My fiance suggested the name Xochitl, but I kept it as her middle name because it is difficult for Americans to pronounce. My fiance is Aztec and speaks Nahuatl so he is able to say it “correctly”. The tl on the end makes a sort of clicking sound like cl that is hard for my family to say. Is there another accepted pronunciation of this name? Everyone I tell her middle name to gives up on trying to say it. My grandma is telling her friends that her middle name is X. How should I tell other people to pronounce her name?

    Hi there, @jenni_lynn91!

    I like the name you’ve chosen for your daughter, as it has so much meaning to you and your husband. Also, you did the right thing by putting a more challenging name in the middle. To someone who is comfortable with the nuances of Nahuatl, its probably no big deal, but to many native English speakers, the pronunciation of the name is challenging. Though, it doesn’t necessarily have to be. The name is not entirely uncommon and is registered in the Top 1000 names in the US.

    The proper Nahuatl pronunciation is shoh-cheetl, but since that is difficult to most English speakers (not to mention those that speak many other languages) is is completely acceptable to pronounce the name so-chee or zo-chee. This would be easy for any English speaker to say, AND in the US, that is the most common and accepted way of saying it. So, try steering any perplexed friends and relatives in that direction.

    jenni_lynn91
    jenni_lynn91
    Participant

    Thank you so much! I have gotten so many complaints from my family that she won’t be able to pronounce or spell her own name. At least now they will be able to say her name.


    stags
    Participant

    Hi Anabel-

    I am stuck between the following first names for a baby girl and I am a big fan of nicknames. I don’t want anything that is too unique, but not too common either.

    Aven (pronounced like Raven without the R). This one may be a little difficult for people to pronounce or spell. I don’t want her nickname to be Ava, but could possibly be Eva…

    Alexa – beautiful, strong name but don’t I love Lexi for a nickname.

    Vivian – gorgeous name, love the nickname Viv or just V. I am just afraid this might become too common.

    Any insight you have would be helpful.

    Thanks so much!!

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    I’m so glad, @jenni_lynn91. And don’t worry too much about those complaints. I think that her name is meaningful and beautiful.


    Sydney_S_H
    Participant

    I am currently due with my baby boy in January and I’ve been thinking the name Chase. The last name will be Howard and I’m looking for a longer middle name to balance it out, can you help me?

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    I don’t know if this is the appropriate forum to ask this (given that it’s baby names world) but I am curious, knowing that you are a name expert and you love dogs as well: What guidelines do you follow when it comes to naming dogs, or pets in general?


    elotus
    Participant

    Hi again! So we’re still stuck in the name game with our little girl, due in about 10 weeks. Claire and Annabelle are still in te running, but lately I’ve been drawn to the name Gwenyth.

    Now can you tell me…what do you think of Gwenyth and what kind of “image” do you think it portrays about a girl. And most importantly, how should the name be spelled?! I’ve seen that the lot widely accepted spelling is “Gwyneth,” but while I think this looks prettier, I think it would be misspelled frequently. In fact, a mom of a Gwyneth wrote on one forum that EVERYone spells her name “incorrectly” – “Gwenyth.” I like the way “Gwen”yth sounds more than “Gwyn”eth as well ((the “eh” sound as in “egg” verses the “ih” sound in “igloo”)). So anyway, can you tell me more about Gwenyth and any advice surrounding that name?? Thanks!

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