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#1 LenaK

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.

#2 ♥~Bodhichitta~♥

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  original.gif

#3 PatG

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.

#4 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:39 PM

I would have guessed ever-lean, but your pronunciation is much nicer.

#5 kerilyntaryn

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

#6 Gudrun

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.

#7 seaside_feral

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!!

#8 Feral_Pooks

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.

#9 B.feral3

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.

#10 I'msoMerry

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!

#11 LenaK

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:39 PM

Thanks Ladies.  

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   unsure.gif

I do think that Evelien has taken my number 1 name spot for now... Evelien Joy?  
My other favourite so far is Heidi.

#12 laridae

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:44 PM

Eve-alien original.gif

It sound nice but reading it make me think that.

#13 Kikki-B

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.

#14 Gudrun

Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:14 PM

Evelien Joy is absolutely gorgeous original.gif    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.

#15 kerilyntaryn

Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:18 PM

Evelien Joy is nice,  I love Heidi too

#16 aidensmum

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.

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