pronunciation of Katharine from my 5 year old's perspective

So I guess we say Katharine's name with 3-syllables even though I would have thought we said it with 2 maybe 2 and 1/2. My daughter is 5 and she was playing a pretend game inspired by the Magic Tree House series. In the books, there is a character Kathleen. She kept saying she was Kathaleen. It was driving my 7 year old son crazy and he kept trying to correct her to which she would respond "No, I'm KathAleen."


June 6, 2013 7:31 PM

Cute! I actually like Catherine/Katherine/Katharine as a 3 syllable name better, so good for her! :-)

June 6, 2013 10:38 PM

That's adorable! I can really relate to children who are particular about how names are said, as they both clearly are. I never can understand it when people are indifferent about their own names, using the "close enough" mentality. And I, too, prefer that family of names with three syllables and only use two when it's spelled Kathryn :)

February 10, 2014 7:13 PM

I have to say I've never heard it pronounced with three syllables, so I'm having a hard time making it sound right in my head! Kathaleen is very pretty though.

I can definitely understand the "close enough" mentality, since I have a frequently misprounounced name myself. Though I can't stand it when people say my name wrong, I frequently just ignore it with one time acquaintances. It's just not worth it. Since they already misprounced it even after hearing me introduce myself with the correct pronunciation (which is definitely noticeably different from how people tend to say it) I'd rather not get worked up about it. :) If I'm likely to know the person for more than ten minutes though, I usually do try to correct them. I can't say I blame the people who just decide it's close enough though. It really is frustrating.

June 7, 2013 10:41 AM

How sweet!  And Kathaleen does have a certain appeal...!  I remember when I was little I had a doll who was called Emly, and definitely not Emily.

By hyz
June 7, 2013 11:03 AM

My daughter (age 4) is friends with a young Kathleen, and she consistently and clearly calls the girl Kathaleen. I have tried to correct her to make it two syllables, but maybe she doesn't hear the difference or she just can't quite put all those consonants together yet--and the pronunciation is kind of cute, so I dropped the issue. Kathleen's mom says that many/most young kids call her daughter Kathaleen.

June 7, 2013 12:32 PM

I just have to put it out there that I can't believe that your daughter is already four!

June 7, 2013 3:46 PM

I'm with you on that, Karyn! Crazy!

Katherine is kind of like Violet for me. Sometimes I pronounce it with three syllables and sometimes with two.

June 13, 2013 9:56 AM

I'm the same with Violet. 

When we are calling Katharine's name, it's always 3 syllables but in daily conversation it's 2.

By hyz
June 12, 2013 10:48 AM

Yep, almost 5, actually! Crazy how time flies, isn't it!?

June 20, 2013 12:14 AM

Wow!  I can't believe I've been reading this blog that long!