Names that are bad with regional accents.

(109 Posts)
NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Thu 25-Apr-13 16:52:53

Where we live Violet become Vaa'let which doesn't sound very nice at all. DH is Aussie so some names were a no go...such as Esme....became Is-My.

mumof4sons Thu 25-Apr-13 16:58:09

Where I live - Sarah has become Say-rah. It really grates on my nerves.
Elizabeth is Lis-beth. Arg!

Hawkmoth Thu 25-Apr-13 16:58:54

Hector. Bit crap without the h.

fussychica Thu 25-Apr-13 18:41:23

(H)Arriet,(H)Arold, (H)Annah etc - can you tell where I was born?

ISeeSmallPeople Thu 25-Apr-13 18:44:36

Enre.

I'm pretty sure his name was Henry, but in a strong Lancashire accent.

BuntyPenfold Thu 25-Apr-13 22:10:50

Any name with a th.

Marfa
Tabifa
Maffew

aaaargh

gallicgirl Thu 25-Apr-13 22:13:01

Maisie with a broad Wigan accent is pretty bad.

BuntyPenfold Thu 25-Apr-13 22:13:04

An old friend in Lincs: his mother chose Hugh.
Round there they say Hoo.
Only they are fond of him, so it's Hooey.
Only they don't say the H, so it's Ooey.

TheBuskersDog Thu 25-Apr-13 22:14:56

Hector is a bit crap even with the h IMO.

forgetmenots Thu 25-Apr-13 22:16:25

Lots of names sound awful to me in my own accent (Scottish) - particularly French names like Natalie, Amelie, Aurelie.

But I'm not keen on a lot of names with Rs in most English accents as they turn to vowels, like Claire, Laura, etc. (and my favourite, Orla)....

All a matter of taste!

elQuintoConyo Thu 25-Apr-13 22:26:02

Ethan = eef'n on the Isle of Sheppey.

Fallenangle Thu 25-Apr-13 22:33:41

Anythin with a hard t in or near the middle, e.g. Natalie becocomes Nahalie, or anything with a th which becomes ff. Matthew becomes Maffew. Shortene,d the t survives?: Nat and Mat.

colditz Thu 25-Apr-13 22:37:10

Round here, anything with a 't' in it, or ending with a ee or a sound

So, Laura, Donna, Natalie, all out.

Mind you, a sufficiently nasty accent can ruin nay name.

colditz Thu 25-Apr-13 22:39:11

Of course, don't forget the the apparent inability of anyone to pronounce 'th', so we get maffyew, jonnyfun, caffy, caffrin, beffneh etc

memphis83 Thu 25-Apr-13 22:41:30

colditz are you in Leicester? Sounds like where I live.

I used to work in a school down in England where some of the children had that sort of... how to describe it? Posh, lazily enunciated Southern English accent. So Hugo became He-gay, Sophie was Safie, that sort of thing. I seriously misunderstood folk a couple of times.

Off topic, but I was once really confused by a woman who was being interviewed on Women's Hour about ads on the underground for cosmetic procedures, and she said 'Well, I'm always up for a good feminist pray test'. She carried on talking about pray tests, and it took a good five minutes for the penny to drop...

Bearandcub Thu 25-Apr-13 22:44:51

Ruth in broad Estuary English is "roof!"

RegularVoltaire Thu 25-Apr-13 22:46:41

Gallicgirl, any name with a broad Wigan accent is pretty bad wink

Glitterkitten24 Thu 25-Apr-13 22:51:39

Carl in (my) Glaswegian accent, I physically cannot say it, I can't get my tongue around it.
Fortunately you don't get many Carl's here (cos it's unpronounceable?) but my head office is full of them, I dread having to speak to one of them!

colditz Thu 25-Apr-13 22:53:17

Yes, Memphis! Melton, actually, but v similar accent.

doublecakeplease Thu 25-Apr-13 22:56:11

Summer - my DH is broad Geordie so it comes out as summa.

seeker Thu 25-Apr-13 22:59:41

I loved Lily- but only in my posh voice, not in dp's Yorkshire. He wouldn't go to elocution lessons, so we didn't use it!

Where we live, anything with a th becomes f. So my ds wrote "Happy Birfday, Efan" in a card when he was little!

seeker Thu 25-Apr-13 23:01:11

Ah. I see I have been beaten to the Esturine "f"!

Gerrof Thu 25-Apr-13 23:03:32

Harper in Bristolian

Kai in scouse

Courtney in broadest Devon

Gerrof Thu 25-Apr-13 23:04:14

Kimberley in northern.

Makes me think of Victoria Wood.

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