Dashiell

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Fri, 05-28-2010 - 5:14pm

How do you pronounce this name?

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In reply to: deedee22222
Sat, 05-29-2010 - 6:15pm

I am not familiar with this name but my initial response when I heard some actress (Cate Blanchett, perhaps?) chose it for her child, was "ick...how do you pronounce that? da-SHEEL?" and then I read in an article that it was pronounced the other way and I thought very few people would read it that way unless they already knew to pronounce it more like "DASH-ul".

But then, I'm also the one who thinks Aislinn looks like "Icelan". I grew up in the Midwest with a bunch of Samanthas and Jennifers and Brians...now live amongst little Kylies and Ellas and Jacobs. So I don't know ;-D

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In reply to: deedee22222
Sat, 05-29-2010 - 7:27pm
Dashiell Hammett pronounced his as dah-shul, and he's usually the one considered as bringing it into play as a "given name" in honor of his mother's maiden name, De Chiel. A lot of times the transition of a French name into an Anglicized one does cut out that sharp long-e sound that comes up with an "i," like in Michelle (mee-shell in the French,) cerise (suh-reese,) Christophe (krees-tof,) etc. I think it's going to be more recognizable in the US as dah-shul (thanks to the Incredibles as well as the author) and I personally prefer it that way; the -eel ending feels a bit nails-on-the-chalkboard to me.
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In reply to: deedee22222
Tue, 06-01-2010 - 8:47am
It does look like dash ee ul to me, but I have only heard dash ul as the pronunciation, so that's definitely what I'd say. The name does appeal to me.
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In reply to: deedee22222
Tue, 06-01-2010 - 4:27pm
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Fri, 06-04-2010 - 6:31pm
It's a more common name across the pond where it's pronounced DASH-ul. I personally love it. It's an old name, commonly seen as character names in classics and there is the author, as someone already mentioned. I can see it as a little boy's name and also as a business man's name and I think it's quite masculine.
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In reply to: deedee22222
Tue, 06-08-2010 - 7:49pm
I say DASH-ul, like the author and that's the only way I've ever heard it in real life. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this name. If DH would let me I'd use it in a heartbeat.
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