Jump to content

Oh wise babyname board...


  • Please log in to reply
35 replies to this topic

#1 la di dah

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:06 PM

So there's a name I like the look/meaning/even all the pronunciations of! But I don't know what pronunciation is most correct or most popular.

If YOU have a name you like you're wondering a) correct pronunciation of, b) what people who don't really know are likely to say, c) what spelling people like best, you can post it here too.

I will probably have a few different names I have questions about but for the moment:

What pronunciation of Keziah would YOU use or is "most proper"?

Is it:

a) Keh-ZEE-ah
b) Keh-ZI-ah
c) KEE-zhah (two syllables to the other versions' three) as in that sound of the j in Valjean?
d) Another one, maybe a hard KEE sound instead of Keh or something else I haven't thought of.
  
I don't have a preference. I don't hate any of them. But I have heard all of them. I don't know which would be most used in Australia? I'd like to know what the "traditional," if there is one, English pronunciation is. Because since I have no preference I would use that.

I thiiiink it's Keh-ZI-ah or Kee-ZI-ah. Not sure.

Or don't worry about what's correct and just tell me what you do or would use.

TIA. And I may be back with more names later, this one has just been bugging me.

#2 Mamabug

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:07 PM

I've always read it as Keh-ZI-a.



#3 ali27

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:10 PM

I agree with PP. I think it would be Keh -Zi- ah. Kind of biblical, like Isaiah

#4 HappyWomble

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:14 PM

I think you'll find people pronouncing it KEH-zee-ah till you tell them otherwise.

#5 prettypenny

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:14 PM

QUOTE (ali27 @ 11/04/2012, 04:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I agree with PP. I think it would be Keh -Zi- ah. Kind of biblical, like Isaiah


This.


#6 Cacti

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:16 PM

I'd go with Keh-Zi-Ah.

#7 Squick

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:18 PM

I know two IRL and they're both key-zee-ah, which I think is different to your options? Emphasis on the first syllable.

#8 Guest_Buy Me A Pony !_*

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:22 PM

I'd choose B but my friend is Kazia and she's Kazeea. Mind you she's Austrian so perhaps that's how ze Germans say eet?

#9 Amber Spyglass

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:24 PM

QUOTE (ali27 @ 11/04/2012, 04:10 PM)
14478601[/url]']
I agree with PP. I think it would be Keh -Zi- ah. Kind of biblical, like Isaiah


Yep, that's how I would say it too.

#10 PatG

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:24 PM

I've never known one, but purely reading the name I pronounce it Kez-eye-ah,  a little like how I pronounce Isaiah.

#11 PurpleChicken

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:25 PM

I instantly thought Keh-ZI-ah.

#12 la di dah

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:25 PM

Keh-ZI-ah is ahead on votes,  KEY-zee-ah ahead on live examples, and Austria has to be special. wink.gif

No, seriously, thank you everyone, I'm just curious. I can (slowly, badly) read the Hebrew letters of it but a lot of Hebrew pronunciations of Biblical names are different from the correct English pronunciation anyway so that's no help either as far as what is normal/traditional in English.

#13 sleepyowl

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:33 PM

I know a few. Most are pronounced like option b.

I know a Kee-zee-ah but that is spelt Kesiah.



#14 Bel Rowley

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:34 PM

QUOTE (HappyWomble @ 11/04/2012, 04:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think you'll find people pronouncing it KEH-zee-ah till you tell them otherwise.

I'm really not familiar with the name, and instinctively that's how I would have pronounced it. But Keh-ZI-ah makes sense to me too.

#15 Dee+4.5

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:41 PM

My daughters name is Kezia. We pronounce it kez ee ah. Most people say key zee ah or ke ziah. I still love it as mt favourite name and she is nearly 18 !!

#16 Guest_Buy Me A Pony !_*

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:46 PM

x

Edited by Buy Me A Pony !, 12 April 2012 - 01:45 PM.


#17 MoonPie

Posted 11 April 2012 - 05:13 PM

I know a Keziah pron. Ke zie ah.

#18 SisterMaryElephant

Posted 11 April 2012 - 05:47 PM

Keh-zye-uh is how I'd pronounce it, until told otherwise.

#19 kerilyntaryn

Posted 11 April 2012 - 07:14 PM

Kez ee ah

#20 la di dah

Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:24 PM

QUOTE (Buy Me A Pony ! @ 11/04/2012, 04:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wow there's a youtube vid that's super dull but he's a brit.

There's also this but it doesn't offer which dialect is being spoken. She sounds like a bored teen from the western suburbs of sydney to me.

How's this for a spanner?

I've been searching for one of those audio sites that has multiple pronounciation according to dialect but can't find one for Keziah. Sorry sad.gif


Ahahaha, maybe you can maybe see why I was confused.

I still like the meaning (the tree cinnamon is from) and Biblical aspect but yeah.

No votes for KEE-zhah? I swear I've heard that one, along with different people using the different examples in the thread. Okay.

My next name question heads to Ireland:

Saoirse. Is it

1) Sear-sha
2) SARE-sha, as in the first syllable of Sarah
3) SOR-sha

And if anyone else has name questions as well I'd feel like less of a dope.

#21 Psiren

Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:30 PM

I've taught two girls with this name and both pronounced it KEH-zee-ah.

#22 Psiren

Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:32 PM

Oh, and Saoirse is usually SEER-sha.

#23 kerilyntaryn

Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:32 PM

seer sha

#24 la di dah

Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:35 PM

See I thought it was Seer-sha too, but that's not how Saoirse Ronan says it, she says its "sur-shuh." But people have told me she intentionally uses an unusual pronunciation? Though why would you...?

Edited by la di dah, 11 April 2012 - 09:35 PM.


#25 MummaDiva

Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:47 PM

QUOTE (la di dah @ 11/04/2012, 09:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
that's not how Saoirse Ronan says it, she says its "sur-shuh." But people have told me she intentionally uses an unusual pronunciation? Though why would you...?


It's a rather difficult name to pronounce off the bat at the best of times, why anyone would feel the need to liven the pronounciation up to something that cannot be fathomed is beyond me - ASW-type stuff.

BTW, Keziah I would just pronounce phonetically (ke ZI (rhymes with EYE) ar) until corrected.




2 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 2 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Win a Mountain Buggy Swift

To celebrate Essential Baby reaching half a million Facebook fans, we have a Mountain Buggy Swift to giveaway to a lucky fan.

Shopping with kids: breaking the pester-power cycle

You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.

eBay jacket may hold clue to murdered girl's identity

A jacket similar to the one found with the remains of a brutally murdered little girl in South Australia has been identified on eBay.

New mum forced back to work early due to paid parental leave 'technicality'

Shelley Parker had to keep driving buses until the date her baby was due and will have to rush back to work at the end of this week after being denied paid parental leave on a "technicality".

Pregnant Amanda Palmer poses naked for book drive

It has to be the most original way ever of promoting a children's book donation day.

The conception dilemma facing many parents today

Some parents who conceived through a sperm donor will be wary of telling the child, while others prefer to deal with it early on. But recent research suggests it makes little difference either way.

The wedding photo the bridesmaid would rather forget

We've probably all seen a passed-out bridesmaid at one wedding or another, but it usually happens towards the end of the night.

Pregnant TV meteorologist takes on haters

Pregnant TV meteorologist Katie Fehlinger has hit back at haters who called her a "sausage in casing".

Honest words from first-time mums

I didn't want to say anything negative to my pregnant friend, but I wish I'd been more honest.

Adorable baby experiences rain for the first time, couldn't be happier

Harper had seen rain from the comfort of indoors before, but had never had the pleasure of being outside and experiencing it first hand.

What it's really like to start a family in your fifties

Many people suppose that it must be much more tiring to have a baby in middle age, but all the mothers in the playground look exhausted, whatever their age.

'Biggest hypocrite ever': Josh Duggar admits to Ashley Madison account

An American reality TV star has been busted with a cheating website account, according to US media.

Long recovery ahead for girl hit by car weeks after baby brother's death

A little girl is more alert and starting to talk after being hit by a car a week ago, but still faces a long recovery.

How to react when a toddler lies

Q: My almost-3-year-old is starting to figure out that he can lie when asked if he ripped the book, threw the food, hit his brother, etc. Totally normal, I know. How do we respond?

The circular experience of a Centrelink client

A mum-to-be experiences the frustration of dealing with Centrelink, myGov and everything in between.

Kelly Clarkson announces live on stage: 'I'm pregnant!'

Singer Kelly Clarkson has announced she is pregnant with her second child during a concert in Los Angeles.

Hack

How to search the leaked Ashley Madison data

At least three sites are republishing Ashley Madison's user data on the public-facing internet.

Mum dances her way through labour

There are a fair few ways to distract yourself and beat pains while in labour, but it's probably a rare woman who chooses her dance her way through it.

'Rest in peace, my little lion': premmie baby Jacob passes away

Baby Jacob, whose photo of him born at just 27 weeks was deemed 'too graphic' for a fundraising site, has died.

Mum killed three young sons 'to help her daughter', prosecutor says

Niall Pilkington's death last summer apparently raised little alarm in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Tragic accidents happen, after all.

Shorter women have shorter pregnancies: study

When a group of researchers studied nearly 3500 mothers and their babies, they noticed a curious pattern.

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

The worst 20 minutes of my life

Thirty seconds was all it took to turn a shopping trip into my worst nightmare.

Top baby names for England and Wales in 2014

George has overtaken William in the official rankings of most popular British baby names - and Game of Thrones is still having an impact on parents.

Baseball or baby? Dad's tough choice

What's more important, a baby or a baseball? That's a question this dad seems to struggle with.

Childbirth choices: five star or free?

It's not often you hear the words labour and luxury in the same sentence but for some, a 5-star start to parenthood is exactly what they seek. And with a number of private hospitals now offering packages which include a post-birth stay at a sumptuous first class resort, many mums are choosing to recover in style.

'Where did your boobies go, Mummy?' and other soul-destroying comments from kids

Most women carry a smidge of baby weight after giving birth. If you're lucky enough to have an older child in the house, they can keep you on track with your weight loss goals.

Do you read me, baby?

Is it too soon to be reading to my two-month-old son? If not, what should I read?

Minimising sibling rivalry when you've got a baby

Sibling rivalry is an act of competition, but if your children feel involved and special, this type of jealousy will be minimised.

Will studying on maternity leave take you away from your most important job?

I remember when I was trying to decide if I could combine motherhood and furthering my university education.

Win a Pacapod this Father's Day

To celebrate dads and families, we are giving away a Picos Pack from Pacapod Australia filled with a few extra goodies ENTER NOW

Preschooler hit by car shortly after baby brother's death

A mother has had a frantic race to the hospital after her daughter was hit by a car, just four weeks after her infant son died.

Gay couple and Thai surrogate in custody tug-of-war

A six-month-old baby girl is trapped in the Thai capital in a bitter custody wrangle between her Thai surrogate mother and her biological father.

Couple denied IVF over parenting concerns

A mother of six has been denied access to IVF treatment in order to have another child over concerns about her parenting skills.

The book that promises to put your children to sleep

Exhausted parents from around the world are singing the praises of a "miracle" book which promises to put even the most restless child to sleep in just minutes.

5 things every parent who feels guilty needs to know

Parenthood can make you feel bad, but you're not alone.

Royals criticise 'dangerous' attempts to photograph Prince George

The British royal family criticized paparazzi on Friday for what it called their increasingly dangerous attempts to photograph young Prince George.

'No jab, no play' rule to cover Victorian kindergartens and childcare centres

"Anti-vaxxers" face not being able to send their children to childcare centres or kindergarten if they refuse to have them immunised.

15,000 birthing kits on their way to developing countries

Giving birth in a hospital surrounded by medical experts is tough enough, but some women deliver babies without a clean sheet to lie on.

Photo of premmie 'too graphic', fundraising site says

When their son Jacob was born at just 27 weeks, Christina and Jeff Hinks were thrown into an uncertain world.

The latest Bugaboo collections: cool chevron and runner prams

Bugaboo sure likes to keep things fresh, and with the Australian spring/summer season coming up, there are two new Bugaboo pram releases.

Making room for two in the bed

Mum's room or their own room? Cot or bassinets? Deciding where twins will sleep can be tricky.

 

FREE TICKET

See Hi-5 LIVE in Sydney!

Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.