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Maeve

I really like this name, but not sure how to pronounce it!  Help ladies!

Re: Maeve

  • I always thought it was pronounced like the color Mauve.  I've never met anyone IRL named that tho so I could be totally wrong.  I'm not wild about names that the pronounciation is not abundantly clear.
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  • Great name, like the above poster, rhymes with dave. 
  • NMS and I think it would be forever mis-pronounced.

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  • imagemj.reilly:

    Pronounced exactly how it looks -- rhymes with Dave.

     I don't see how it isn't "abundantly clear." 

    "Mae" then a "v" sound 

     

    Great name! 

    Probably because it's not spelled like "Dave"...there's an extra e. It's obvious if you are familiar with the name or if it's somewhat popular in your geographic area.


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  • Even the OP was not sure of it's pronunciation.

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  • imagemj.reilly:

    Pronounced exactly how it looks -- rhymes with Dave.

     I don't see how it isn't "abundantly clear." 

    "Mae" then a "v" sound 

     

    Great name! 

    I completely agree! I've heard the "mauve" thing before, and even my sister thought that was the way to pronounce it, but it always seemed clear to me. I absolutely love this name. If only DH did as well... 

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  • It's getting "relatively" popular in the US these days, I know a few young Maeves, as well as one in my extended family.

    I wouldn't worry too much about mispronunciations, most people would get it after being told once, it is pretty simple Mae + ve. Of course people mispronounce my friend's name, Joanne, (Joan, Joanna, Joanie) all the time and it is spelled precisely as it is pronounced  -- so you have to deal with things like this with common and uncommon names.

  • imagemj.reilly:

    Pronounced exactly how it looks -- rhymes with Dave.

     I don't see how it isn't "abundantly clear." 

    "Mae" then a "v" sound 

     

    Great name! 

    This!  It's actually all right there in the name.  What about it looks like the maw sound?  I think people don't take the time to think about it, this happens with lots of names and I would never discount a name for that reason.  People post on here all the time about how their name is Michelle but they get called Melissa etc. 

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    It's actually all right there in the name.  What about it looks like the maw sound?  I think people don't take the time to think about it, this happens with lots of names and I would never discount a name for that reason.  People post on here all the time about how their name is Michelle but they get called Melissa etc. 


    That is so true. People can mispronounce or mess up pretty much anything. The same thing goes for spelling; my name is Ashley (spelled correctly) but it's constantly misspelled. I think it's okay to consider a name that might be unfamiliar to people at first as long as it's not too out there in spelling and pronunciation (which Maeve is not). I think people will get used to it pretty quickly.

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  • May-v; rhymes with Dave, save, gave, etc. 

    I love this name! 

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  • LOVE!!!!  The author is great too!
  • This has always been one of my names on my list.  My middle name is Mae and I always wanted to pass it on to a daughter (if I'm lucky enough to have one) but I didn't want to just use Mae.  Maeve was the perfect way to do so!  It definitely gets my vote!
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  • I do believe the rise in popularity seems to be related to geography. As it's an Irish name, and I live in the Northeast, I've already met a number of other Maeves in addition to my daughter. We've had limited issues with pronuciation. We have had issues with people writing "Mauve".  

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  • NMS, but Ive seen it on lots of people's potential baby names lists!
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    imagemj.reilly:

    Pronounced exactly how it looks -- rhymes with Dave.

     I don't see how it isn't "abundantly clear." 

    "Mae" then a "v" sound 

     

    Great name! 

    Probably because it's not spelled like "Dave"...there's an extra e. It's obvious if you are familiar with the name or if it's somewhat popular in your geographic area.

    But "Mae" is pronounced like "May."  I'm not sure where the confusion is coming from.  I've never met someone named Maeve, it isn't a common name in my area at all, and I think the pronunciation is obvious.

    OP, I say go for it!  It's a beautiful name.   

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  • Loved it but it didn't flow with our last name.
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