This is just a quick, fun post because I haven’t done any fun posts or discussions in a while. I had really wanted to get something else posted today, to be honest, because I have a couple posts that really ought to be posted at the beginning of the year, but oh well. My headaches have been too much of a problem lately, and those posts require too much staring at the computer screen, so hopefully no one will mind if those are a bit late. You’ll still be getting book recs, and that’s all that matters!
(Hopefully no one will mind if this post is a bit less perfected and edited than usual either.)
But anyway, back to this post. It’s literally just some names I’ve mispronounced. But it can be kinda funny to realize you’ve accidentally pronounced a name wrong throughout an entire book or series, so you can tell me what names you’ve mispronounced and if you would’ve pronounced any of these the same way I did :-P
(Watch me still get some of these wrong lol.)
Hermione (Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling)
How it’s actually pronounced: Her-MY-oh-nee
I’m starting with a classic. I first read these books as a kid. Started when I was in 3rd grade. That’s my excuse here. And somehow my brain just kinda switched the “I” and “O” and pronounced it like Her-moyne. I think I learned the proper pronunciation when the movie came out, but, at that point, I was multiple books deep, and I decided to just stick with my way. I finally switched to the proper pronunciation when I reread the books for the first time.
Geralt (The Witcher Series by Andrzej Sapkowski)
How it’s actually pronounced: Gair-ult
I’ve just listened to the audiobook for the first prequel in this series, so I didn’t have to worry about pronunciation. But I had read the book’s description before ever hearing his name spoken, and I definitely thought it was Jair-ALT.
Lyre (Steel & Stone Series by Annette Marie)
How it’s actually pronounced: Liar
I (still) pronounce this one like leer, and I’ll explain why. I’m not familiar with the instrument lyre, so I didn’t know it was pronounced that way. I am, however, familiar with a circus apparatus called the lyra, and that one is pronounced like leer-uh, so that’s how I thought the name was pronounced (just minus the second syllable). Now I’m nine books deep (if you include both connected series and the extra book), and I’m just gonna keep saying it my way.
Jehenne (The French Vampire Legend Series by Emma V. Leech)
How it’s actually pronounced: Jen, but with a soft J (the way the G sounds in beige)
The character explains how her name is pronounced at some point in the first book, but somehow I only absorbed half of that explanation the first time I read it. So I had the soft J, but I was still pronouncing two syllables.
Matheus (Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle Series by Amy Fecteau)
How it’s actually pronounced: Math-us
This is another one that gives an explanation in the book, but apparently I suck at paying attention to those. I pronounced it how it looks, Math-ee-us. *Not to be confused with the name Matthias, which is pronounced in a completely different way in some places/languages!*
Jakub (Bang! Bang! BOOM! Series by Melanie Schoen & Del Borovic)
How it’s actually pronounced: Ya-koop
This one is kind of a bonus because I was pronouncing it correctly, in that the character does use the Americanized version. But it wasn’t until I started listening with TTS (text-to-speech) that I found out the true pronunciation is, well, I think it can vary slightly depending on the country, but the Polish pronunciation is Ya-koop. And it was funny because, when I first heard this, I immediately wondered if I had been pronouncing his name wrong all along, but, soon after, there was a part in the prequel where this pronunciation comes up, and the character insists he wants it pronounced the American way.
Henri (Thieves Series by Lexi Blake)
How it’s actually pronounced: Awn-ree
To be fair, I don’t know for sure how this particular character pronounces it, but this is another one I discovered because of TTS, since I thought it was just pronounced like Henry. I assume this must be a non-American pronunciation, possibly French?
I’m sure there have been more that I just can’t think of right now or that I still am not even aware I mispronounced. I mean, have you ever come across Irish names in books? Because I’ve learned to just look those up immediately and not even try on my own. (I’m reading one series where a character’s name is spelled… I think Saoirse, and it’s pronounced, according to YouTube, like Sur-shuh.) Anyway, leave a comment and let me know some more mispronounced names!