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Question about Emmaline/Emmeline

  • TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Do you think people would tend to mishear “Emily” a lot? (Especially with Emily being a lot more common.)

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  • yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
    Participant

    I say Emmma-LINE so I don’t hear Emily as much as when you would pronounce it Emma-Leen.

    Inga
    Inga
    Participant

    Honestly, Emily isn’t all that common name for young children anymore, so you probably wouldn’t have a lot of issues with parents and teachers. A wide variety of “Em” names are popular now so I think people are less likely to simply assume Emily in a generation of Emilias, Emersons and Emmas. Older folks may mishear you, but I get that even with Ethan’s name (older folks are stuck on Nathan). My son has an Emmaline (pr. Emma-line) in his class and I’ve never heard anyone call her the wrong name. If you are pronouncing it Emma-leen I do think more people could mis-hear you.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Those are good points.
    I do tend to think of it as emma-leen. I can see how emma-line would be mis-heard a lot less often. It’s also true that with a lot more Em- names now that still might be less of an issue.

    @Inga, Emily is actually still extremely popular. It’s been in the top 10 since 1991, was #1 from 1996-2007 and has been #3 and then #6 since then. Emily has a special place in my heart since my parents originally named me Emily and changed it when I was 2 days old (my grandma talked them into Amy). I went through a phase as a child where I tried to get everyone to call me Emily instead, insisting that was my “real name,” and would probably use Emily for a daughter if it hadn’t been so crazy-popular in recent years.


    SnugglePuppysMom
    Participant

    I have an Emilia and a few people do screw up and call her Emily. So, I think pretty much any “Em” name that isn’t distinctly different when pronounced could fall victim to being assumed as “Emily”.

    I love Emmeline (Emme-leen), and it was a top contender for DD, but in the end…we’re in the south and chances are, she would have been called Emma-LINE, which I didn’t want. So, Emilia she is.

    Inga
    Inga
    Participant

    That’s interesting, TwoSapphires. I haven’t met an Emily in years, at least under the age of 30, but I hear other Em names likes Emerson every time I leave the house!

    TheWishingStar
    TheWishingStar
    Participant

    Like yellowwatts, I pronounce it Emma-LINE, so I wouldn’t have thought it would be a problem at all.
    But Emma-LEEN actually might, it’s basically pronounced the same as just sticking an N on the end of Emily…. But I also agree that there are a lot of Em- names that are popular right now, so even if it does occasionally get confused for Emily, it probably wouldn’t be too unheard of to be corrected on it…

    ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
    Participant

    I say Emma-leen! I think it’s so much classier and sweet that way. :) Emma-line doesn’t lack class for me, but it does sound very southern. Emma-leen sounds more European. And I’m a bit obsessed with European stuff, so I like that it gives off that air. I have Emmeline on my own list, and whenever I’ve talked about it in real life, no one has ever misheard me as saying Emily. Emily’s still popular (although, as far as Em- names go, I know one Emily, one Emma, and have come across one Emerson… I’ve not come across an Emilia or Emmeline lately, which are consequently my two favorite Em- names!), but I don’t see Emmeline being a problem? LOVE it as a name, btw, and I think it would be adorable with Will and Alex’s names!

    William, Alexander, and Emmeline? Swoon! Haven’t you said Banderas was your sound-alike surname? I think Emmeline Banderas is swoonworthily-great! :)

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Thanks, Ash. :) And yes, it has a similar sound to Banderas.

    Inga, that’s crazy that you haven’t met any! I know a bunch. I’m sure it varies by state though!

    I hadn’t thought of emma-LINE being the more Southern pronunciation. We do live in the South, so that might be an issue.

    ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
    Participant

    Erm, I don’t know, Emma-line just sounds really southern to me. I think it’d be heard more than Emma-leen, but I think Emma-lyn would be heard even more often. It seems like Caroline (care-oh-line) becomes like Carolyn in the South; the same with Madeline (mad-eh-line) becoming Madelyn (although that seems to happen everywhere!). I have southern friends who have told me they’ve never heard Emmeline pronounced with anything other than the em-eh-lyn sound… I think you could still enforce Emmeline prn. you like, though…

    TwilitAmity
    TwilitAmity
    Participant

    Most people shouldn’t have a problem hearing it right (apart from supply teachers). It’s a beautiful name, she could go by Emmy for short which is very cute.

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