Pronounciation of Eleanor & usage
. Sorry this post might get a bit longer, but I have to start at the beginning :)
I'm not pregnant (and most probably won't be any time soon), but I love names a lot and sometimes wander off thinking about possible names for future children I may or may not have. A few months ago I've posted a thread about English names that would work in Germany. That's where I'm from, where I grew up and where I live. However I am not very keen on the pronounciation of most German names and here it is considered strange to give your children English names unless there's some kind of connection to an English speaking country. Also it is very common for people of 'lower social classes' - if I may say so, without intending to offense anyone - to give their children English names (these include certain names like Jason and Jeremy for example) whenever people hear parents call their children Jason or Jeremy they usually assume that the family must be of a lower social class - which is quite sad.
I'm always trying to find names that work in both languages and don't seem strange here in Germany and especially don't scream 'low class' to Germans
One name I have loved for a very long time is Eleanor! But it's a name where it seems like the pronounciation can actually vary a lot. I've checked it on forvo and there were quite a few differences. In the US they seem to pronounce the 'nor' part pretty much the way it's written. For the UK i found one that was similar and another where it sounded more like nah - which is the way I'd pronounce it. I don't believe I have a strong German accent when I speak English - maybe a bit - and I'd say it's somewhat close to the English spoken in the UK (I'm aware that there are many different dialects, but I couldn't possibly say which one mine gets closest to, it's probably a mix) rather than any US dialect. Anyhow, that's the pronounciation I like the most! So I was wondering how you'd pronounce the name and where you are from. I'd be especially curious to know where in the UK people use which pronounciation
My next question is: Do you think it'd work on a German baby with that exact pronounciation? Here the name Eleanor - pronounced Eh-leh-ah-nor is considered sort of a grandma name. And I absolutely dislike the German pronounciation and would think of it as a grandma name too. To get a similar pronounciation Elena would be the closest here in Germany. I don't like it as much, though. It just doesn't look as elegant and classic to me. I think people would initially mispronounce Eleanor or misspell it, but I think it could be easily clarified by saying Elena spelled Eleanor.
I apologise for the long post! :)
Tue, 07/26/2016 - 6:05pm