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I only know one Effie and it's pronounced like the letters F-E. Which does habe a long E sound, but not at the beginning...
Etta and Drew were the ones that popped to mind.
My aunt got the nickname Bobby when my mom was little and couldn't pronounce Holly right so *to me* that given name would work...I also think a name like Ruby could reasonably be shifted to Bobby as a pet name, since the R to B shift is common.
We had a Milan on a t-ball team and one in a kindergartern class and they both pronounced it My-lan. Almost all the Milan locations in the US pronounce it that way, the biggest being Milan TN. I wouldn't be surprised to meet a Milan named after the famous city, but after having met a couple named after the local cities I wouldn't assume a pronunciation just based on the spelling.
I must have grown up in that sweet spot where random culture put the color of puce in my impressionable mind--I remember it from the prom movie "Dance til Dawn" *and* the flight inducing lollipops in the John Lithgow Santa Claus movie! "What's puce? It's like fushia but a shade less lavender and a bit more pink" ...to me puce is the shade of my old Califorina Raisin plush :'D
I've got a Milly short for Amelia and I've heard Emilia and Camille/Camilla get to Millie too. The traditional long forms are Millicent and Mildred.
and a post last night reminded me that we had baby ones named Murray and Monroe.
Well, obviously not *always*. You can skim through the many college lectures on Augustine of Hippo on youtube and say that 40% of professors teaching about him are using an incorrect pronunciation of his name (the one from Yale was first in my search results--seems a general western civ class, definitely not medieval studies), but you cannot say that his name is always pronounced one way.
From googling the most approximate answer to my question seems to be that Catholics say tin and lots of Protestants say teen (perhaps because they don't have as much of an oral tradition repeating the name so the original pronunciation got lost and the more intuitive-American pronunciation supplanted it). There were a couple of fun historical-esque disputations linked on gospel coalition defending the two sides for those to google to whom this kind of thing give a chuckle :D.
I for one would guess pronounce Ileigh how you're intending- same beginning as Eileen. My biggest worry is that you'd get a lot of people just reading it as Leigh though... one off my friends just posted tonight complaining that her picture in the paper misspelled her 'Iyo---' last name as a 'Lyo---'. Capitol 'I's are tricky.
"People will think you're gauche if you pronounce it 'GO-th'".
Are they really pronounced that way for the saints? I've only ever heard AW-gus-teen (and aw-gus-TIN-ee-in for things relating to him, but I'm not part of a faith tradition that venerates him, so it's not like I hear people talking about St. Augustine very often...I took couple classes on western thought in college though so I definitely heard it there and that was the class where I learned to pronounce Goethe, and that stuck with me, so...)
I see Wikipedia lists both pronunciations, I wonder who uses each?
Absalom killed his brother (not without reason), tricked his father into letting him back into the country, and was defeated in his rebellion and died before becoming king... it's *sort of* a religious choice, but not a great namesake, maybe better for people who don't care about the religious aspect of it.
I already have an Ollie and Milly, so my opinion that Millie and Willa are not too similar sounding for siblings should be taken with that bias in mind. I also like Minnie and Mina as nicknames for Wilhelmina. :)
I've got a Milly (Amelia) too and love your names so I'll tell you others I like and maybe you will too.
Wilhelmina is my #1 girl name right now but no guarantees I'll ever have another girl, so I'd love for someone to use that name. My husband recently read Bram Stoker 's Dracula and about halfway through mentioned to me that the name he knew I loved for someday maybe baby was really growing on him after reading it over and over. So maybe get your husband that book for Halloween and you'll draw him over to the dark side of loving Wilhelmina.
When we were pregnant with Milly my favorite name was Hazel but my husband vetoed it. His favorite was Maeve. He really likes Alice too. We were 90% settled on Lucy/Lucia Violet, but when we saw her she just didn't look like a Lucy, and we eventually settled on Amelia Eleanor.
I think Sam/Samuel would go great with Max Millie and Lottie. I was kicking myself for using it as a middle name for one of my three boys when we got pregnant with a fourth and realized it was very much our first name style this go round. (We've also got Benjamin, Nathaniel, Oliver, Timothy, and Daniel in the mix for boys names we've used)
I am big on not naming my kids anything my siblings or cousins or husband's cousins named their kids, but to me a middle name has a lot more leeway... especially for a classic name like John. It's not like your Wesley John Alexander Last-name who goes by Wes would be mixed up with his cousin John Thomas Last-name who goes by John.
I didn't look at every year, zippy1, but the top 10 3 letter name lists in 1900 and 1910 combinded leaves:
Ida, Eva, Mae, Ann, Ada, May, Iva, Ora, Ola, Amy, and Fay
Joe, Roy, Sam, Lee, Leo, Tom, Ray, Ben, Jim, Max, and Ed
More like the recent girls names in the two syllable sound.
Two of my four kids we took a couple days to fill out the birth certificate, one of those we scrapped the whole name we went to the hospital with instead of just needing a new middle name. If you've got a kid who has a look enough his own that you're scrapping your preconceived notions I'd suggest just sitting down with him for a couple of hours with your name list (or the top 100 name list for wherever you're from) and try them on him. You're not just looking for a melodious name at this point, you've got a kid who decidedly *doesn't* fit a name to you and therefore likely *does* fit a different name, you just need to find it. I would expect Arthur and Alexander on different kind of kids around here...is yours more of one or more of the other? Only you can tell.
Joss Wedon is who the name brings to mind for me too.
And actually, surprisingly enough, potentially a different first syllable sound for each!
Mine was Chrissy and my sister's was Alisha, though I don't know the spellings.