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Hard To Pronounce Names & How To Pronounce Them!

by Katie Hodgkins

Have you ever came across a name and wondered how to pronounce it? You’re not alone!

Sometimes a name can leave us confounded – you try to sound it out phonetically, but you’re not confident that it sounds right and you really don’t want to cause offence! There are a lot of names that people sometimes struggle with, particularly Irish names due to the Gaelic language derivations, so we’ve researched which names our community sometimes struggle to pronounce to help you out. Do note that some parents may choose their own pronunciation, so we’re just highlighting the traditional pronunciations!

There are probably many more that we could add, so do let us know in the comments.


No, this isn’t pronounced ‘Sayo-ir-see’. It is pronounced as ‘Ser-sha’, and is a beautiful Irish girl name.


Sometimes mispronounced as ‘Bod-hi’, this baby name should be pronounced as ‘Bo-dee’.


This lovely French name is sometimes mispronounced, but should be pronounced as ‘Ann-ay-ees’.


Sometimes mispronounced as ‘Ocean’ or ‘Oi-Sin’, this Irish boys name is pronounced ‘Oh-Shane’.


This one in particular often gets a lot of mispronunciation! This Irish name is pronounced as ‘Kee-Va’.


Another very pretty Irish name! This is pronounced as ‘Ee-Fa’.


We’ve spotted that people have mistaken this Irish name as being pronounced as ‘Nee-am’, it is actually pronounced as ‘Nee-v’.


Nope, this isn’t pronounced as ‘See-Oh-Ban’, but it is pronounced as ‘Shiv-Awn’. This is a more well known name though so it’s not mispronounced as often as some of our name choices.


The ‘gh’ suffix can leave people unsure with this name, but we can confirm that it is pronounced as ‘Tige’ – like a tiger, without the ‘r’.


This name is pronounced as ‘Owen’. It is quite literally the Irish version of the name Owen, so that is no surprise.


Does the ‘X’ leave you unsure how to pronounce this name? Some people get confused and pronounce it as ‘Ex-Ander’, but it should be pronounced as ‘Zander’.


Lachlan is pronounced as ‘Lock-Lin’, rather than ‘La-ch-lan’.


Think of the world ‘island’ – Isla is pronounced similarly to the first syllable of island, rather than ‘Iz-la’. Think ‘Eye-La’!


Like with Xander (mentioned above), this name isn’t pronounced as ‘Ex-Avier’. It is pronounced ‘Zavier’.


Not pronounced ‘Clo-dag’, but more like ‘Clo-Dah’, this pretty Irish name is named after the River Clodagh!


Pronounced ‘Liz-ette’ but sometimes our submitter is called ‘Lie-sette’.


A gorgeous Scottish name that is often mispronounced, this is pronounced as ‘Ay-ley’!


Another name with Gaelic roots, this name is pronounced ‘Al-bee’.

Do you have one to add to our list? Drop it in the comments!

Love from Katie & Team BBY. Xx


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Jan 10th March 2020 - 7:06 pm

My son is Ailbe (pronounced Al-bee)

Bump, Baby & You 11th March 2020 - 9:48 am

I love this name!!

Allison Gray 10th March 2020 - 11:04 pm

My youngest daughter is called Eilidh (Scottish) pronounced Ayley didn’t realise we have given her a lifetime of mispronunciations 😂😂🙈🙈

Bump, Baby & You 11th March 2020 - 9:47 am

Awww, what a beautiful name!!

Lysette 12th March 2020 - 9:23 pm

Me! My name is pronounced lizette but I get called Lie-sette a lot. I came on there thinking it may turn up on this list but seems it’s too unusual

Bump, Baby & You 13th March 2020 - 9:32 am

Hey Lysette!! Ooooh beautiful name, I can definitely add it! 😀 xx

Mummybear 13th March 2020 - 10:26 pm

Sion – always pronounced like si-on but is pronounced ‘shaun’. Welsh way to spell Shaun.

Seonaidh K 17th March 2020 - 8:51 pm

My name! Seonaidh pronounced Shona. Can’t count the weird and wonderful versions I get. Main one being Sinead.


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