How long do you think it will take people to get used to the pronunciation of my daughter’s name? I have told everyone who asks what my daughter will be named, and I usually have to repeat myself a few times. Her name is Noemi, pronounced just like it is spelled (No-EM-ee). People usually want to say Naomi or No-AY-mi. I don’t even bother with her middle name, because no one will be able to pronounce that. So, how long after she is born do you think people will start saying her name correctly? Should I just give her a nickname and let people call her that? I don’t want her to be confused by hearing her name pronounced a bunch of different ways.
phoenix84Participant4 months, 3 weeks ago
I’m curious- what’s the middle name?!
I think noemi is very pretty. I Have an Esmé….6 years ago when I had here it was nowhere near as well known as it is now. I explained to family friends etc it was pronounced Es – may ( explained the accent makes the ay sound etc) and most of them pronounced it correctly straight away, but u will have some that won’t, don’t feel rude about repeatedly correcting these people! Ha! They’ll get it eventually and unless you say they may not know they’re saying it wrong. I will however say that you and your little girl will forever be meeting new people, and you may find yourself constantly explaining and correcting, be warned…..I still have to explain she es – may not es-mee or even es-ma. ….However even saying that…I wouldn’t change her name for the world…..if you love noemi….go for it, don’t nickname unless you want to and not to make it easier for people, it’s not hard to learn someone’s name just accept your fate will more than likely be the same as mine
Anabel ConnerKeymaster4 months, 3 weeks ago
I’m not sure if anyone will pronounce it no EM ee. I have only ever heard this name as no AY mee or no EE mee, which I believe is the correct pronunciations. I think the Spanish pronunciation is no ay MEE, with the stress on the last syllable.
That being said, you may always have difficulty with strangers, and your daughter will likely have to correct people most all of her life. The people who know your daughter personally and well will, of course, know how to pronounce her name and it will only take a time or two before they get it. But PLEASE make sure that you know the correct pronunciation before you name her that, or she will have even more trouble. Believe it or not, if you are pronouncing it the correct way, more people will know the name and its pronunciation as soon as they see it written down.
If you are worried about her having to deal with this long term, then please give her a middle name that isn’t such a difficult name to pronounce and it more conventional. That way, she has the option of something that is easier for her to deal with, and she can go by or use that if she would like.
- This reply was modified 4 months, 3 weeks ago by Anabel Conner.
kimihaParticipant4 months, 3 weeks ago
ive heard this name. i believe its french and ive heard it pronounded no-eh-MEE. it sounds a bit more french that way. the way you said, no-EH-mee sounds more english. either way its the same just with emphasis in a different spot. i think its really easy. it could be confused wit h naomi but its a variation i believe. people should be smart enough to get it right. but alot of times they arent.. its a great name. i like it better than naomi
TwoSapphiresParticipant4 months, 3 weeks ago
I’ve never met anyone by that name. I thought it was no-AY-mee but I’m not sure. If you’re already having a lot of pronunciation trouble with it, I think that she is likely to deal with that confusion her whole life. I agree that people who are close to her will get the hang of it over time but she’ll constantly be meeting new people who may trip over it, confuse it with Naomi or other pronunciations of Noemi, etc. I agree that if her first name is tricky, I would really consider giving her a middle name that is easier to pronounce and spell so she has another option when she’s older.
TheWishingStarParticipant4 months, 3 weeks ago
You’ll only have to correct any one person once or twice. But if a name is unusual, people will mispronounce it for the person’s entire life, that will never go away. Teach your daughter to be confident and comfortable correcting people.
That said, I always assumed it was said no-AY-mee, though stressing the mee like others have said makes sense too. I don’t think no-EH-mee will be too confusing, but it would not be my first guess.
You could call her Emi/Emmy as a nickname, even just sometimes, and that will probably help reenforce the pronunciation.
Thanks for all the responses. I think I just confused everyone with the way I wrote out the pronunciation. I didn’t mean for the second syllable to be stressed, but to show that No-eh-mi is different than No-ay-mi. I met a girl at one of the schools I worked in who had this name, but spelled Nohemy, and it was pronounced No-eh-mi. Noemi is the Spanish translation of Naomi, which is a name in the Bible. It means “beautiful”. I think it will get easier once people see her name written down and hear it being used.
Phoenix, Thank you for sharing your experience! Her middle name is the Nahuatl (Aztec) word for flower, which is Xochitl. My fiance is Aztec, so his family can pronounce it, but my family is White, so they will have a hard time with it. I’m not sure the best way to spell out the pronunciation, but it is sort of like Sho-Chee-Cl. Altogether, her name means “beautiful flower”.
Anabel, Sorry it’s my fault for putting emphasis on the second syllable. We do pronounce it with the last syllable emphasized.
Kimiha, The name Noemi is used in a lot of languages because it’s from the Bible. I had an aunt named Naomi and I always liked her name, but Noemi sounds prettier and has a better Spanish pronunciation.
TwoSapphires, My fiance wanted the middle name (Xochitl) as her first name, but I talked him out of that because I knew not many people in America would be pronouncing it right.
TheWishingStar, Thanks for your advice. Thinking about it, I guess the problem is that Noemi has so many different pronunciations because it is used in multiple languages. It also has a lot of different spellings depending on the language it is being used in. The Spanish Bible has the spelling of Noemi, and it is also the spelling that makes the most sense. Also, I was planning on using Emi as a nickname, and I agree that it might help people with the pronunciation. I feel like people will give her a nickname anyways, so it might as well be one I choose.
This is my first child, so its my first time going through the whole naming process. I’m just glad my fiance and I were able to agree on a name so quickly and did not have any arguments about it. Everyone who I tell her name to says how pretty it is. I guess it just takes time to pronounce it right.
lcd1912Participant4 months, 3 weeks ago
I think it is beautiful and would be pronounced just as you plan to and as it is spelled. Maybe it would help if the first time you tell people to have them think of “Emmy/Emily”: No-EM-mi. Perhaps a more common name that they can relate to will help them remember? People will get the hang of it, don’t settle on a nn, Noemi is too pretty for that!!
lovenamesParticipant4 months, 2 weeks ago
I find it interesting that you are having such trouble with pronunciation of this (beautiful) name.
“No-em-ee” is exactly how I would pronounce it. Just tested DH and that was how he said it too and then asked “how else could you possibly say it”
Go for it!! Don’t be afraid of educating the world, I say.
jenni_lynn91Participant4 months, 1 week ago
@lcd1912: Thank you! I get so many compliments on the name, but people have a hard time pronouncing it because they have never heard it before. When I told my grandma the name, I said it was like No-Emmy.
@lovenames: I think if people saw it written down, they would get it. Most people usually do. At my baby shower, I had two people who addressed their gifts to “Naomi”. The name was spelled out on the invitation! I will make sure I correct people who say Naomi instead of Noemi.