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Subject: Re: How do you pronounce these names?
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: October 10, 2006 at 9:29:29 AM
Reply to: How do you pronounce these names? by Jena
In English speaking countries, it is legal to give a child any name you wish, as long as it is spelled out in the letters of the Roman alphabet, so of course Joey can be a girl's name. I don't know a girl named Joey personally, but I well remember the actress Joey Heatherton:

http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0372758/

Jena is a name which has been pronounced either as Gina or Jenna depending on how the parents came up with it. The only Jena I know personally is from Iran originally and pronounces her name as "ZHEN-nah".

Joanie would usually be two syllables as "Joan-ie" in the Anglo community in the USA, but I think some Hispanics do say "Jo-annie".

Joni is usually also "Joan-ie", but there are some women with the name who pronounce it as Johnny, such as the disabled artist Joni Eareckson Tada:

http://www.joniandfriends.org/

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