Experimentation&Pronunciation

So today, I’m partaking in a little experimentation, because it’s always fun to change around formats and try new ones, this is an example of the latter. A word of warning: it was a mostly spur of the moment decision to record this video.

Some more about the names covered:

Dolores – 2010 E&W ranking: #3156

A Spanish name taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, it means sorrows. Has been widely used in the English speaking world since the 19th century.

Ralph – 2010 E&W ranking: #258

Of Old Norse origins meaning wolf counsel.

I did check up on this, ‘ralf’ is the American pronunciations, whilst ‘rayf’ is the traditional way to say it in England, although nowadays the name is usually said ‘ralf’.

Imogen – 2010 E&W ranking: #26

A name created by William Shakespeare for his play, Cymbeline, although the name was originally meant to be Innogen. Likely to derive from the Old Irish ingen, which means daughter, girl, maiden.

Bernard – 2010 E&W ranking: #1082

Of Old English origins, meaning hardy bear.

Anthony – 2010 E&W ranking: #148

From the Latin name Antonius, which is likely to be connected to the Latin word ante, which means before. The spelling with the h was likely to be influenced by the Greek word anthos, which means a flower.

Molly – 2010 E&W ranking: #42

An old nickname of Mary, which has evolved to become a name in its own right.

Marley – 2010 E&W ranking: #593

Originally an English surname, meaning pleasent wood, although I have seen it linked to the meaning of weasel.

Harry – 2010 E&W ranking: #3

An old nickname of Henry, which has evolved to become a name in its own right.

Irene

Of Greek origins, meaning peace.

I also looked this one up; this name was originally said with three syllables, but has since adopted a two syllable pronunciation used by most.

Alice – 2010 E&W ranking: #43

From the Old German name Adelheidis, meaning noble.

Lucy – 2010 E&W ranking: #21

Derives from the Latin, lux, meaning light.

Douxy – 2010 E&W ranking: n/a

Most likely from the French word doux, which means sweet. 

Gabriel – 2010 E&W ranking: #78

From Hebrew, meaning strong man of God.

Benjamin – 2010 E&W ranking: #22

From Hebrew, meaning son of the south.

Oh, and the film review I mentioned about half way through can be found here.

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2 thoughts on “Experimentation&Pronunciation

  1. Hey what a good idea! I’ve been saying for ages we need audio when discussing names. You should have told us what your account is, so we can all follow you on YouTube. Nice use of printed letters onscreen!

    I say Ralph, but I think RAYF sounds better (although it gets confusing as this is short for Raphael as well).

    I say Bernard (like Bernard Black!), but one of my childhood friends had an older brother named Bernard, and he said his name buh-NAHRD. They were strongly Catholic, and he was named after the French saint, which is why I thought he said his name like that (like the St Bernard dog).

    We say ANTH-ony here as well, and it’s considered rather affected to say ANT-ony. But while in England, I was told the situation is the other way around.

    I had a Polish tutor named Irene, and she said her name ie-RAY-nuh, and I thought that was much nicer.

    I say Dolores duh-LAWR-us, which I think is the English way; I don’t really know how the Spanish say it, but it must be a way which makes the nickname Lola obvious, which it isn’t from our pronunciation. (do-LO-ris???)

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