Jump to content
15 replies to this topic
Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:22 PM
Last week I fell in love with the Dutch alternative to Evelyn - Evelien, pronounced Ava-leen.
DH is Dutch and we are currently living in Holland but if/when we return to Australia, how do you think people will go with this spelling and pronounciation? I dont want to get creative but I also dont want to make life too difficult.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:33 PM
To be honest I would never have thought to pronounce it Ava-leen.
At first I read it as Evelyn, then sounded it out to myself as Ev-el-ee-en.
I love the true pronunciation though - that's beautiful
Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:33 PM
If I had to guess I'd probably pronounce it Evel-een, like Evelyn but with leen on the end not lyn. But I don't think the correction to Ava-leen would take people long to grasp.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:39 PM
I would have guessed ever-lean, but your pronunciation is much nicer.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:44 PM
I think most people wouldn't pronounce it right
eve lee n
could you spell it as pronounced Avaleen or Avalene - very pretty name
Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:55 PM
I prefer the Dutch Evelien to Evelyn but I always thought it was pronounced [ev-uh-leen] so for me looking and sounding very nice. However if it is ava-leen it's not so good. My way of saying it would not cause any trouble lol because most of us pronounce the first bit of Evelyn that way anyway and the end is easy.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:01 PM
It's a beautiful name but I think in Australia it is likely to be mispronounced as either eve-leen, ever-leen or Eva-leen. I don't necessarily think that should prevent you from choosing it though, I love, love, love the name Amelie pronounced the French way & if I could convince DH I would totally use it despite mispronunciation concerns.... Unfortunately DH is not to be persuaded though!!
Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:09 PM
It's not that hard to have a foreign name. It really isn't. You just say "it's pronounced..." and people get the hang of it. Lots of NN potential there too. Lovely name.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:11 PM
I think she will have people call her Alien but with a V.
Edited by Bek+3, 11 January 2013 - 08:11 PM.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:16 PM
I think we live in such a multicultural country that it wont be a big deal.
Those around her will get used to it.
Our grandaughter, due next month, is going to be Sofija. She will always have to spell it but most of her school class will have to spell theirs as well!
Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:39 PM
Gudrun, you are correct in that [ev-uh-leen] is a better representation of the pronounciation - I just didnt think to represent that sound with a [uh] instead of an [a].
I had Evelyn (the English version) on my list already but I like Evelien much better. We did consider changing the spelling, but as DH pointed the Dutchies will then pronounce it incorrectly
I do think that Evelien has taken my number 1 name spot for now... Evelien Joy?
My other favourite so far is Heidi.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:44 PM
It sound nice but reading it make me think that.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:44 PM
I read it as Ev-e-leen so if the name being mispronunced bothers you changing the E to an A might be better; Avelien
I do like the way Evelien looks so if your happy to correct people then stick to the traditional spelling. It's a beautiful name.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:14 PM
Evelien Joy is absolutely gorgeous Perfect combo. Love it.
I see no problems at all if it is [ev-uh-leen].
Heidi nice but not as exciting and stunning as Evelien.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:59 PM
If your living in Holland and have a Dutch husband you can totally pick whatever Dutch name you want. Who cares if Australians mispronounce it? Id love to have an unusual name that had a genuine connection behind it, rather than just that my parents being creative. Would make her proud of her heritage also.
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
Some phrases just pop out before you really think about them, but there are some things you should try to not say to a new mum.
The phone calls started a couple of weeks ago. At about 5.30 each evening - if I am lucky - I will be greeted by a sweet, excited voice declaring: "'Allo Annie".
You sometimes have to wonder whether relationship/sex advice from magazines is designed to help or humiliate.
People used to think that social skills were something kids were born with, not taught.
Lately I've been thinking about the caesarean stories and the brave women who birth their children with strength and beauty.
Scientists have calculated at exactly what age you need to start trying to get pregnant to have the best chance of realising your dream.
Differently abled child
Why are people so concerned for this happy child and his mother?
When it comes to two-year-olds and birthday cakes there are a few requests that are usually at the top of the list. But a cake featuring a local personal injury lawyer?
When we become mums, our instinct to protect our children and keep them safe from harm is so strong we're often likened to a Mama Bear protecting her cubs.
There are no guaranteed ways to avoid the dreaded winter illnesses completely, but there are ways we can boost our children's immunity.
Jade Beall usually chooses to breastfeed her son, now 3, in private. This week, however, she shared portraits of her breastfeeding her preschooler.
Your schedule is not important to your two-year-old, and you cannot convince her otherwise. So what can you do?
A child whose remains were dumped in a suitcase in the South Australian bush is believed to have been a girl aged between two-and-a-half to four.
An Argentinian mum and politician has caused a stir on social media after being filmed breastfeeding her baby.
It was 1am on a cold winter's night when I woke suddenly to the screams of my 12-month-old son. Our lives were about to change forever.
Inflatable and portable children's pools may be required to be sold with compulsory fencing to prevent backyard drownings, with some experts even floating the idea of a ban.
At 11.07am on April 2 this year, Sarah Marriott welcomed baby Sebastian into the world.
These kids' beds definitely fit the brief of providing personality and personal space for little people who are moving up in the world.
Since becoming noticeably pregnant, my son has taken more of an interest in the sibling he'll soon have.
In this age of political correctness, it seems the one subject still subject to discrimination is that of the Only Child.
A neighbour heard a child screaming before a baby was found dead, believed to have been stabbed, in a house in Newcastle.
So far, 206 Samsung washing machines have caught fire and some have exploded. But many remain in people's homes.
We all know that having a baby can turn your life upside down - and it can also bring a raft of new anxieties and worries.
Couples using IVF may be able to choose the gender of their babies and women could be financially compensated for donating their eggs.
Not too young, and not too old. That's reportedly the best age to get married. Not everyone agrees.
Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.
Top 5 Articles
I believe that you get out of families what you put into them, and I will give mine my all.
I have had two postnatal psychotic episodes. The first when my eldest child was six weeks old, and another after my second child was born.
French names are always in fashion, but a few have risen in popularity in recent years.
A British woman who gave birth in Spain has told of her ordeal after spending weeks trying to convince medics the baby girl was hers.
Some friends of ours say that it's dangerous to have a dog around a newborn and that we should start looking for a new home for him. Is it?
First Apple and Facebook announced they would pay $20,000 towards the cost of their female employees freezing their eggs, now IBM in the US has come up with an innovative new policy aimed at retaining female employees.
The Duke of Cambridge opened up about family life and his plans for the future in an interview to mark his first day as an air ambulance pilot.
A simple photo taken in front of an evening fire gave new mother Sarah Bowers the power to save her baby's life.
Of all the advice people told me before having a baby, no one warned me about the amount of decisions involved.
Parents of toddlers all know the moment when realise your child is being suspiciously quiet. It can only mean one thing - trouble!
If you have trouble recalling the ages of Jeremy Ryan's seven children on The Voice, you're not alone. So does he.
Getting glasses can be a formative moment in a person's life.
When a mum of six was caught shoplifting nappies, clothes and shoes for her kids, the last thing she expected was for a stranger to pay for her haul.
The risk of having uncontrolled depression is far greater than the small increased risk of birth defects that may be associated with specific antidepressants.
Police have raided properties and arrested a number of people over a brawl at a child's birthday party at a play centre in Sydney's west.
Looking for a creative way to share some big news? Look to the skies, like this family did.
Little Owen DiCandilo's name means "young warrior", and it's a description that perfectly fits the inspiring 18-month-old
The exhaustion that comes with caring for young children often means romance between parents becomes a thing of the past.
I've been fat for pretty much most of life, besides a few crazy moments of being less-fat, but for the most part I've existed on this earth with a little more meat on my bones than desirable.
Since the dawn of civilisation, generation after generation of new parents have had to rely on instinct, trial and error - and sometimes get it wrong.
Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!