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My brain feels programmed to always pronounce names ending in "ana" differently than names ending in "anna"
to me ana is always "ah-na" and anna is prn w/the A sound like in apple
I tend to assume ah-na in all cases, at least with current name trends. That's not to say that "anna" isn't really cute! Just what my brain does...
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Joy2611:I assume "anna" in all cases except Ana. The ah-na pronunciation seems a bit pretentious. I picture a woman saying "No! No! Not anna - aaaah-na," then sipping her tea. But, the "ahh-na" pronunciation is not prevalent around me, so that could change my perception.
Ha! This reminded me of the original 90210 and Aaaaahndrea :).
This made me LOL. I'm one of "those" who are using the double N with the ahna sound. I'm totally out of the loop on this one. I've just always heard the name that way. Same thing with Julianna "ahna". It's just what I was used to, and learned to like it that way. Oh and I promise I'm not sipping my tea on the side haha...
I assume long a (ah-na) with 1 "n" and the short a (anna) with 2
I also tend to assume spanish, latin, italian, portuguese, etc backgrounds with 1 "n" -anas.
which is why I thought Annika rhymed with Danica. My first inclination was that Ah-nik-uh sounded pretentious, but it's growing on me.