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    Default Spelling a name depending on the sound.

    Hello, I need some help in phonetic and spelling.

    I'm having a baby girl. I like the name "Ithany", but to make it sound like "Italy" with "th" and "N". People says that I most spell it with an "E".
    Should I spell it with initial "E" or "I"
    Single or double "N"
    Is any of the following exaples a proper spelling of the name taking into account the pronunciation
    (Ethanny, Ethany, Ithanny or Ithany)
    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by sillaw; 25-Feb-2011 at 21:42. Reason: make clear

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    Default Re: Spelling a name depending on the sound.

    You haven't made it clear what pronunciation you want.

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    Default Re: Spelling a name depending on the sound.

    Welcome to the forum, sillaw.

    I'd stick with Ithany, if you insist on giving the child a name she's going to have to spell out every time she uses it for the rest of her life.

    Starting it with E would make it rhyme with 'Bethany'.

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    Default Re: Spelling a name depending on the sound.

    I am not a teacher.

    I read your spelling, "Ithany", the way you said, like "Italy", or like "Bethany" with an "I" as in "it" instead of a "Be" as in "bet". (American English, of course) "ITH [hard "th"]-(schwa)-knee"

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    Default Re: Spelling a name depending on the sound.

    How do you get the L in Italy from the N in Ithany?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Spelling a name depending on the sound.

    Ithanny or Ithany- How do you want the A to be pronounced?

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