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Old 12-15-2016, 08:38 PM
 
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You won't get an agreement on this. The Mara family themselves (NY Giants owners, Rooney Mara, etc.) disagree on how to pronounce it.

Actress Mara Wilson weighs in:

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Old 12-16-2016, 12:21 PM
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Interesting. Not sure where you are from.

No matter where I've lived, I've never heard Sherry/Shari/Cherie pronounced any differently. And it's neither way you describe lol.

In my experience they are all pronounced "share-ee" . Although clearly, as you've shown, they can be pronounced differently.

Same with the Katherine/Kathryn/Katharine. All are pronounced the same, with 2 syllables. I do understand the 2-3 syllable differentiation but in reality I've never heard anyone actually pronounce it that way. Kind of like the name Margaret. We say Mar-gret", Not Mar-ga-ret. At least that's what I've heard. "Mar-ga-ret Thatcher"? I should've included Catherine as well. Cathy/Cathie/Kathy/Kathie? Rachel/Rachael?

I've purposefully used very "traditional " Western names with very traditionally accepted variance in spellings and pronunciations.

Most of the variations in vowel sounds are more based on regional pronunciation. Neither is "more correct".

I do think however, a person choosing to name their child a name that has multiple pronunciations or spellings should be prepared that people may occasionally pronounce or spell the name differently at first. If that is going to be a big annoyance, choose a different name.


I think the further South one goes in the US the more vowels and syllables are slurred or perhaps melded. Hence Katherine starts to get pronounced Kathryn. Of course that's a generality, lots of local variation.



But all those Kathy and Rachel variations are pronounced the same.

As for Sherry - round here its pronounced like the drink, with the e as in egg. Cherie is pronounced more French-like than Sherry, with an emphasis on the second syllable.


I think the lesson here to the OP is give up - someone is going to pronounce it a way you don't like.
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Old 12-19-2016, 07:32 AM
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That then makes me wonder if you knew how everyone else's name was spelled as well.

Sherry and Shari? Kathryn/Katherine/Katharine


Also, even if the Lora/Laura/Lara do (sometimes) sound alike, they are not the same name. They have different cultural origins and meaning. For some people the origin and meaning of a name are significant.

Hm. Sherry and Shari do not sound the same to me!

Lora and Laura do, but not Lara. The first two have the "aw" sound, but I so know some people say "ah" for "aw".

I knew a woman from NH, and she was angry about something to do with her daughter's schooling, and she said, "Don't they understand that it's the la! It's the la! Took me a few seconds to realize she was saying "law". The "aw" sound is pronounced strongly in NJ. We even toss it into "tawk" and "cawfee".
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Old 12-19-2016, 11:55 AM
 
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Is that the usual way? I wasn't sure. I was trying too look up the popular way to pronounce it and found that two actresses have the name and pronounce it the other way (with the marriage sound starting). Rooney Mara and Mara Wilson.
There is no usual way. It is geographical. Around here it would be Mare-Ah.
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Old 12-19-2016, 12:47 PM
 
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Hm. Sherry and Shari do not sound the same to me!

Lora and Laura do, but not Lara. The first two have the "aw" sound, but I so know some people say "ah" for "aw".

I knew a woman from NH, and she was angry about something to do with her daughter's schooling, and she said, "Don't they understand that it's the la! It's the la! Took me a few seconds to realize she was saying "law". The "aw" sound is pronounced strongly in NJ. We even toss it into "tawk" and "cawfee".
Oh I know - I'm not disagreeing. My only beef is with those who insist the way THEY pronounce things is the one and only CORRECT way. It's not. It's regional and sometimes cultural.
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Old 12-20-2016, 02:13 AM
 
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nontraditional as in Maaar-ah? Like Dara/Tara/Kara?
A girl in my HS (eons ago!) was Mara, as in marraige. I have no idea which is traditional. I would,say go with the one you like and don't worry which is traditional.
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Old 12-26-2016, 07:38 AM
 
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People can pronounce their name (and the names of their children) however they want but if it is an uncommon name, spelling, or pronounciation they must be prepared to accept that others will "misprounce" their names.


I know a Nina who pronounces her name "Knee-nuh" and and another Nina who pronounces her name "Nine-uh."


I know a Carrie who pronounces her name "Care-ee" and a Carri who pronounces her name "Car-ee," with the first syllable "car" as in automobile.


I have known many girls/women with the name "Tara" and most pronounce it "Tear-uh" as in tearing paper. A few pronouce in "Tar-uh" with the first syllable "Tar" rhymes with car.


I have know women named Marsha and Marcia, all pronouncing it "marsh-uh" but one I knew spelled it Marcia and pronounced it "Mar-sea-uh."


Probably one of the most unique names I can remember was a business associate whose name was Eliz and not short for Elizabeth. She pronounced her name "Liz" and said the "E" was silent. She became annoyed when people pronounced it "Eliz" or asked her if her name was short for Elizabeth.


I used to work in pediatrics and I can't even recall all the ways the names of our patients were spelled and pronounced. Many parents were throwing apostrophes into the names which sometimes further complicated things.
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Old 12-26-2016, 08:14 AM
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People can pronounce their name (and the names of their children) however they want but if it is an uncommon name, spelling, or pronounciation they must be prepared to accept that others will "misprounce" their names.


I know a Nina who pronounces her name "Knee-nuh" and and another Nina who pronounces her name "Nine-uh."


I know a Carrie who pronounces her name "Care-ee" and a Carri who pronounces her name "Car-ee," with the first syllable "car" as in automobile.


I have known many girls/women with the name "Tara" and most pronounce it "Tear-uh" as in tearing paper. A few pronouce in "Tar-uh" with the first syllable "Tar" rhymes with car.


I have know women named Marsha and Marcia, all pronouncing it "marsh-uh" but one I knew spelled it Marcia and pronounced it "Mar-sea-uh."


Probably one of the most unique names I can remember was a business associate whose name was Eliz and not short for Elizabeth. She pronounced her name "Liz" and said the "E" was silent. She became annoyed when people pronounced it "Eliz" or asked her if her name was short for Elizabeth.


I used to work in pediatrics and I can't even recall all the ways the names of our patients were spelled and pronounced. Many parents were throwing apostrophes into the names which sometimes further complicated things.
Hahaha, we have 3 women in my church named Marcia. One is Mar-SEE-uh, one is MAR-see-uh, and one is MAR-sha.

The first Marcia I ever knew, back in elementary school, was Mar-SEE-uh.
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