Hi! I would like to know what are your thoughts on name Asele ? Pr. A-sel Do you like it? How would you feel hearing someone name is Asele? Thanks! :)


January 11, 2018 5:18 PM

Of the multiple pronunciations that I debated between upon seeing the name, A-sel was not one of them. 

And did you use that capital A to indicate stress or did you just capitalize because it's the first letter of the name? Because if so, it sounds dangerously close to a part of the posterior anatomy used as an insult. Or did you mean for it to be like Adele but with an S, so "uh-SELL"?

January 11, 2018 6:39 PM

sorry dont like it,  probably could get some neg pronounciations.  Perhaps a better spelling is Aysel

Adele would be lovely though

January 11, 2018 7:16 PM

I don't really know what sounds you mean by "A-sel". "A" like the name of the letter? Is it capitalized to indicate stress? "Sel" like the word "sell"? /AY-sel/ (like "easel" but with /ay/ instead of /ee/) would be an unusual name; I'm not certain that Asele is the best way to spell it, but an intuitive spelling for these sounds may simply not exist in English.

My guess at a pronunciation for Asele would be /uh-ZELL/: like Adele, but with a voiced 's' sound instead of the 'd'.

January 11, 2018 8:14 PM

You just added two more options to the long list of potential pronunciations I'd come up with. 

January 12, 2018 2:55 AM

A-like the name of the letter 

sele-like sell

But I can't find better pronunciation of this name, maybe Aysel, but still this could be ay/zel and could also be ey-zel :/

This is nothing personal, I heard this name and it was interesting to me, so I wanted to know what do you think :) 

January 12, 2018 5:06 AM

Aysell Ayselle  Aasel Aasele  still too close to as***le

January 12, 2018 11:43 AM

I had a neighbor named Aysel. In her case it was a Turkish name.

January 12, 2018 11:46 AM

I can definitely see that as a Turkish name. How was it pronounced?

January 12, 2018 12:46 PM

A like the letter and sell

By EVie
January 12, 2018 1:22 PM

Miriam, this puts me in mind of the Yiddish name Raisel, which I realized I don't know exactly how to pronounce. Do you know if it's RAY-sel, or ray-SELL, or something else?

January 12, 2018 1:26 PM

It's RAY-zəl. (More like RAY-zell in Yiddish, but in English it would be RAY-zəl.)

Which is kinda funny, given my comment below.

By EVie
January 12, 2018 3:17 PM

Thanks! I imagine in practice it would be misheard as Rachel a lot.

January 12, 2018 3:22 PM

I think that it would depend on the circles in which you travel. When my aunt was a child, she exclusively went by this, her Yiddish name (or Raizeleh, as my grandparents often called her), and I doubt that many people she interacted with got confused. (After she graduated from elementary school, she insisted on using her English name, Rosalie, responding, "There's nobody here by that name," when her parents would use the Yiddish one. But even today, my mom still calls her Rae as a nickname, so it didn't disappear completely.) In circles where Yiddish names are unknown, though, I'm sure that it's a very annoying mistake that's frequently made. 

People with the name probably also turn around when someone says "raisin", much like how I respond to carrot ;)

By EVie
January 12, 2018 10:29 PM

Aw, Raizeleh/Rosalie is such a nice pairing for a Yiddish/English name!

Yes, I suppose that in the circles where Raisel was most likely to be used, there would be minimal confusion. Being that Rachel is also a Hebrew name, though, and a common/expected one, I would guess that in more secular Jewish/mixed circles where Yiddish names are less common it would be misheard more. 

I sometimes turn around even when I hear someone calling a word with a long A sound, as that's the most prominent sound in my name and the destressed syllables often get swallowed by ambient noise. Which means a lot of turning around when people call "Hey!" in crowded places.

January 12, 2018 10:55 PM

Plus, in circles where Raisel is used, Rachel is likely to be pronounced ROH-chul (oy, there's no good way of writing that...).

OH! Thanks, Forvo! Okay, here you can hear Rachel said in Yiddish. Since the dominant vowel is different from that in Raisel, I don't think that it's a big problem.

And can we take a moment to appreciate how currently stylish my aunt's name is? When she was born in the early 1950s, both names were on *severe* decline, coming off giant peaks, and yet a Rosalie Evelyn would be very en vogue on today's playgrounds. I keep telling her how stylish her name is and she just can't believe it.

By EVie
January 13, 2018 12:13 PM

Yes, it's totally on trend! Your grandparents were just a whole two generations ahead of the curve :)

January 12, 2018 1:26 PM

Ah. The two stress possibilities makes me think of that new show, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. I knew someone with that name growing up and he pronounced it may-ZELL, not MAY-zəl like they do in the show, and it just sounds wrong to me when I hear about it.

January 13, 2018 3:04 AM

All I can think of is: "Attention Kmart shoppers, there's *a sale* on women's panties on aisle one." :)

January 13, 2018 7:59 AM

If the pronunciation is A like the letter and sell, I think it sounds uncomfortably like Esel, the German word for donkey (and a bit of a mild insult in German I think, along the lines of idiot).

January 13, 2018 11:31 AM

I've been trying to think of this ever since this thread started! I vaguely felt like /ay-sell/ sounds like a German insult based on an animal, but I couldn't remember *which* animal, and I wasn't coming up with Esel.