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How do you pronounce Declan?

Is it Dee-clan, Day-clan or some other variation that I'm not considering?

 

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Re: How do you pronounce Declan?

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    Dec-lan

    Me too?

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  • Deh-clin

    I don't see Day or Dee at all when I look at it.

     

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  • I have always looked at this name as Dee-Clan. But I have never heard it spoken.

  • Dee-clin

    Think of the name Deacon. Similar pronunciation.


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  • deck - lan

    eta: anyone pronouncing it Dee - clan is wrong. it's an irish (gaelic) name, and isn't pronounced with a long E 

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    Dee-clin

    Think of the name Deacon. Similar pronunciation.

    this is wrong.  Deck-lynn

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    Dee-clin

    Think of the name Deacon. Similar pronunciation.

    Yeah, no. This is not correct. It is a gaelic name and it is Deck-lyn

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  • I think it's amusing that people will tell you you're "wrong" to want to pronounce a name in a different way, but naming your kid something really different is just fine.  Why can't they say Dee-clan if they want to?  I've never seen or heard the name IRL, though.  Shawn is technically wrong for Sean, but do you tell those parents they're wrong?
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    I think it's amusing that people will tell you you're "wrong" to want to pronounce a name in a different way, but naming your kid something really different is just fine.  Why can't they say Dee-clan if they want to?  I've never seen or heard the name IRL, though.  Shawn is technically wrong for Sean, but do you tell those parents they're wrong?

    The OP asked how it is pronounced. The correct, and only way I have ever heard it pronounced, is Deck-lan. If someone wants to say Dee-clan then sure, they can, but I can guarantee most people will think after they walk away that those poor parents didn't know to say their childs name correctly. There are names with multiple 'correct' pronounciations, mine is one of them. Declan is not.

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    image OctoberCAPA:
    I think it's amusing that people will tell you you're "wrong" to want to pronounce a name in a different way, but naming your kid something really different is just fine.  Why can't they say Dee-clan if they want to?  I've never seen or heard the name IRL, though.  Shawn is technically wrong for Sean, but do you tell those parents they're wrong?

    Shawn and Sean are pronounced the same and are both perfect fine spellings of the same name. Declan only has one correct pronunciation.

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    image OctoberCAPA:
    I think it's amusing that people will tell you you're "wrong" to want to pronounce a name in a different way, but naming your kid something really different is just fine.  Why can't they say Dee-clan if they want to?  I've never seen or heard the name IRL, though.  Shawn is technically wrong for Sean, but do you tell those parents they're wrong?

    The OP asked how it is pronounced. The correct, and only way I have ever heard it pronounced, is Deck-lan. If someone wants to say Dee-clan then sure, they can, but I can guarantee most people will think after they walk away that those poor parents didn't know to say their childs name correctly. There are names with multiple 'correct' pronounciations, mine is one of them. Declan is not.

    The only little boy I know with this name pronounces it Dee-clin. I guess his parents are sorry SOB's Wink Or maybe just Midwestern hillbillies!


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  • If I saw this name on paper, I would pronounce it Deck-lan.
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