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Monday, August 17, 2009

Pronunciation Clarification

That was fun to write, and it's even fun-ner to say! lol. Try saying to 5 times fast. Whew.

Anywhoooo's...I've had alot of people ask me about Emilia's name. Basically how to pronounce it.

It's Emilia. e-Meel-ya or EE-Meel-ya. Like the E sound in excellent or the E sound in evening. (And we are happily using the nicknames Mia or Emmie. Love them both so I'm not going to turn into a witch with a B if you call her either of those. lol. )

It's not to be confused with Amelia. Which is Ah-ME-lee-ya.

Amelia is like Amelia Bedilia. Amelia Earhart. Amelia is also the unfavorable medical term for a congenital absence of one or more limbs. Yuck. (see here: http://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/amelia)

We chose a totally different name, not just a different spelling.

Emilia is like in William Shakespeare's play Othello.

Amelia: http://www.behindthename.com/name/amelia

Emilia: http://www.behindthename.com/name/emilia

So, I do realize that choosing a name that has minor pronunciation issues is kinda a PITA, but it's not THAT big a deal. I just had alot of people ask so I thought I would put it out there and show everyone where we got the name. (I'm a bit of a Shakespeare fan, in case the name Juliette didn't tip you off. :) ) It's not a popular name, although it is very old, so many don't know how to pronounce it.

Now ya do. :)


  1. Love names Shakespeare favored. One of my favorite girl names is Viola. Anyway, thanks for sharing with us and ensuring we don't say it wrong in our heads. :)

  2. LOL. I hope the post wasn't offensive. :) I have alot of family that reads the blog and it's so much easier to address things all at once.

  3. Totally understand that! Good thinking, Lady!

    Just wanted to tell you GOOD LUCK and I am thinking of you for tomorrow's appointment. I know all will be great, as usual for you! :)