should/can I change pronounciation of 7 month's old name?
I decided to name my daughter Annika after much thought. We have scandanavian roots, my husband is Danish, but speaks swedish. My sister speaks fluent Danish too. In Denmark, they pronounce Annika Ann-ik-ah, and I thought most Americans would pronounce it that way. I love it, we often call her Annie.
Well, everyone who doesn't know us calls her Aneeka (like Anita) or Ahn-ik-a, like the swedish pronounciation. I have never once gotten Ann-i-ka on the first try. I feel like people who know the swedish pronounciation is Ahnika think I am just uneducated. But I am not! My husband spent several years living in Sweden, and we are scandanavian.
Anyway, I like the swedish pronounciation too, and I really feel like there is no "correct" way to say this name. It is said all sorts of different ways all over the world. Should I just give in to societal pressure and start calling her Ahnika? I don't want people to think we are stupid. Is it weird to change the pronounciation after 7 months?
btw, we live in Seattle if that helps.
Fri, 08/17/2012 - 12:28pm