Changing a two year old's name? Input needed!

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Registered: 11-25-2002
Changing a two year old's name? Input needed!
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Mon, 12-13-2010 - 1:45pm

We had dinner with a couple friend of ours last night who is in a stand-off. They named their 2.5 year old son Thierry without vetting the name first and realizing it is pronounced "tee-er-ee". (They found it in a baby name book while she was in labor.) They pronounce it "theory" like the theory of relativity.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-05-2010

I feel for them, I truly do, but I will feel for little Thierry more if this continues.

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Registered: 07-31-2007

I would definitely advise her to keep it as is. They found a name they love, and who cares that someone else claims it's pronounced "wrong"? People pronounce names differently all the time. It's a hassle, but it's not a life-altering problem.

Jadzia

Community Leader
Registered: 11-12-2008

I think they should keep the spelling and have a policy

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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-25-2002
Thanks! Thierry Henry is the bane of her existence right now. I tried to help her out and say that Henry can obviously be pronounced two ways, so why not Thierry? She's not buying it.

I'll either send her the link to this thread or just cut and paste your suggestion. I know "tee-er-ee" is like nails on a chalk board to her though!

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-25-2002
Thanks! I'll pass this on.
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-25-2002
This is probably the best solution in my opinion. My name is Jenna, so people in the south call me JIN-ah and people up here in Chicago almost say it JAN-uh, but I never thought to care since people have their own ways of saying things. I have an in-law who calls me Janis!! Hahaha!

As for us, I think we're shaking on Nikolette. FIL is suddenly very ill and it would be a great way to honor him (My hubs is a junior), not to mention the fact I'm not wild about my mom. I really can't see naming a baby after her.

I know Nikolette has the annoying "k" and the name is a bit 80's in the first place, but I really think it's pretty. And it's a good thing because I don't have many alternatives! Thanks for asking.
iVillage Member
Registered: 06-07-2008

I can see how your friend feels frustrated, but I honestly think the name is not one they should change.

Cynthia                  Proud momma to:


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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-15-2010

Personally I'd stay with the name.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-04-2009
I am not sure if it is much different than other names getting mispronounced. My dd's name is Haley, and we pronounced it Hay-lee. She also gets *Hal-lee* a lot and will respond to that, she doesn't seem to mind.

I think calling him Theo is the best bet, and he can even put Theo on all school papers, anything else to avoid confusion if they want.


~April, Mom to son Jory, 23 and boy/girl twins, Alex and Haley, 11






iVillage Member
Registered: 11-05-2010

Well, if she doesn't like the "correct" pronunciation then my first suggestion is way off.

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