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#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


#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)
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


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.

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