Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2
Results 11 to 19 of 19
  1. #11
    Booklet1 is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Dutch
      • Home Country:
      • Belgium
      • Current Location:
      • Europe
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    6
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Names in English speaking countries

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I imagine that name is inoffensive to much of the world's population. I'm not in favour of controls - I just feel it's unfair if a child will be made fun of for years because of its name.
    Hey , Has anyone an idea why they call inspector Dalziel (of that British TV series Dalziel and Pascoe) DL and Pasco ?

  2. #12
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,335
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Names in English speaking countries

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I imagine that name is inoffensive to much of the world's population. I'm not in favour of controls - I just feel it's unfair if a child will be made fun of for years because of its name.
    They were not allowed to use it, so it was likely to be somewhere where the meaning was known. I would not have liked to go through school with that as a name.

  3. #13
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    23,517
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Names in English speaking countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Booklet1 View Post
    Hey , Has anyone an idea why they call inspector Dalziel (of that British TV series Dalziel and Pascoe) DL and Pasco ?
    Because, bizarre though it may be, the name which is spelt "Dalziel" is pronounced "Deeyell" (it's a Scottish name). "Pascoe" is pronounced exactly as one would expect.

    We have some surprising pronunciations with English names - "St John" is pronounced "Sinj-uhn", "Menzies" is pronounced "Ming".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

  4. #14
    Booklet1 is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Dutch
      • Home Country:
      • Belgium
      • Current Location:
      • Europe
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    6
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Names in English speaking countries

    Hey, thanks for the reply. Is there a software programme with which one could check it first, in case of doubt. Let say, how should one pronounce Gee willikins (American name) or Gee Willikins. /dje: wiílekens /

  5. #15
    Esgaleth's Avatar
    Esgaleth is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    5,430
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Names in English speaking countries

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "St John" is pronounced "Sinj-uhn.
    Is it a general tendecy to pronouce 'St.' this way or only in this particular name?

  6. #16
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    22,672
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Names in English speaking countries

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    With a few exceptions, parents in the UK can name their child anything at all. It doesn't have to be a name or even a word. People invent names all the time. In recent years, we have seen "Apple" (Gwyneth Paltrow's daughter), "Chardonnay" (lots of young girls have been named after this white wine), Fifi Trixibelle (Bob Geldof's daughter) and a whole range of other names which parents seem to choose in an effort to make their child more individual. Many of them seem to be unaware of the fact that the main result will be that people will make fun of the child because of their ridiculous name.

    There is no national list of acceptable names. As I said at the beginning, there are some names which are not permitted. At the moment, I can't find the details but, for example, you can't call your child "Queen Elizabeth the Second". You are not allowed to use a first name which is also a title, as it could be assumed that you are trying to claim some kind of aristocratic title to which you are not entitled. So Mr and Mrs Smith can't name their son "Lord Smith".
    One of my ancestors, whose family name was George, was given the first name King. This was during the reign of George IV.

  7. #17
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,335
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Names in English speaking countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Booklet1 View Post
    Hey, thanks for the reply. Is there a software programme with which one could check it first, in case of doubt. Let say, how should one pronounce Gee willikins (American name) or Gee Willikins. /dje: wi’lekens /
    Software- not that I know of, bu8t some dictionaries have names.

    /dje: wi’lekens /- I'd use /dje: wi’likins /

  8. #18
    probus's Avatar
    probus is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    2,091
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Names in English speaking countries

    There are plenty of people in Canada named Menzies. We pronounce it phonetically as one would expect. If we ever knew the Ming thing we have forgotten it.

    Thinking of weird English name pronunciation, don't forget Cholmondeley, pronounced Chumley I believe by the English.

  9. #19
    probus's Avatar
    probus is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    2,091
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Names in English speaking countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Booklet1 View Post
    Hey, thanks for the reply. Is there a software programme with which one could check it first, in case of doubt. Let say, how should one pronounce Gee willikins (American name) or Gee Willikins. /dje: wi’lekens /
    Here you go Booklet1.

    List of names in English with counterintuitive pronunciations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2

Similar Threads

  1. [General] English Countries or English-speaking countries?
    By Hugo_Lin in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 22-Dec-2012, 15:04
  2. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 27-Jan-2009, 13:17
  3. What is this called in English-speaking countries?
    By John Ting in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 17-Jun-2008, 14:34

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •