Comments for the name Aspasia

Comments for ASPASIA:

The English pronunciation, according to the dictionary (Merriam-Webster; see http://www.merriam-webster.com/cgi-bin/audio.pl?bixasp01=Aspasia) is "as-PAY-zhee-ə".

The Greek pronunciation is "ahs-pah-SEE-ah". (That is how my father's friend, a woman from Greece named Aspasia, pronounces her name.)

Also, "Aspasia" is a genus of 7 species of orchids occurring from southern Mexico to southern Brazil. According to the "Encyclop√¶dia of Cultivated Orchids" by Alex D. Hawkes, 1978 edition, the genus is pronounced "as-PAZ-ee-ə".
-- SeaHorse15  8/6/2009

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