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My name is Danica. It is pronounced Da-nik-a. I have seen some discussion on the pronunciation of it and I wanted to add my two cents. I rarely get someone who can appropriately pronounce my name unless they are European. Most Americans pronounce it Dan-eeka.
dalter  3/4/2005
I've heard "Danica" pronounced two different ways: "dan-ika" and "daw-nika." It's a very pretty name; I like it a lot. It is also the first name of the main character of Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.
Num3ros  7/24/2005
This is the middle name of one of author Richard Paul Evans' daughters. Her first name is Allyson.
celeria  10/11/2005
Danica in a fairly popular name in Croatia. In Croatian it means "the morning star".
― Anonymous User  10/31/2005
Danica Patrick is a driver in the IRL (Indy Racing League).
.miela.  11/18/2005
It's not a Czech name. If it would be a Czech name a pronunciation would be DAh-nee-tsah (all short).
― Anonymous User  1/19/2006
Danica is Czech. I would know. My name is Danica and I live in the Czech Capital of Oklahoma (Yukon). The pronunciation of Danica varies depending on the person. My pronunciation is Dan-i-kuh. It's fairly uncommon. I've come across only a few "Danica's." Although I grew up hating it, I've grown to adore my name.
platyguin  2/8/2006
Danica is in Czech pronounced dah-nee-tsah (softly).
Meg_Simpson  8/4/2011
This name, according to the Serbian script, is pronounced dah-nee-tsa. This is a very pretty name IMO. I love the meaning of it too.
Arieanne  2/11/2006
I like this name a lot! Very different and sweet sounding. I would name my daughter Danica or Danika. I think I prefer the c in the name better though. Looks better to me.
― Anonymous User  6/22/2006
Slovak actress Danica Jurčová bears the name.
Maggie_Simpson  8/23/2006
This name has started to grow on me. The meaning of this name is very pretty. I would pronounce it "dan-ika".
― Anonymous User  10/9/2006
Danica is a star and it is also a name of a perfume. People with this name are kind of intellectual and honest. They're quite vocal and artistic also.
― Anonymous User  12/7/2006
My name's Danica. I live in the UK, and I pronounce it DAN-i-kah. (Though I wouldn't say there was obvious emphasis on any of the syllables really) There seems to be a great range of differing pronunciations for this name.

I derived this username, Weaponstar, from the meaning "morning star", because a morning star is also a medieval weapon (a bit like a mace).
Weaponstar  12/20/2006
As far as I know, the pronunciation of this name is Da-nee-tsah, or something like this.
Milena  1/23/2007
There's also an American auto racing driver named Danica Patrick.
Milena  1/23/2007
My sister's name is Danica, but I recently discovered it has an association with the Devil. The quote came from

Lucifer is a Latin word meaning "light-bearer" (from lux, lucis, "light", and ferre, "to bear, bring"), a Roman astrological term for the "Morning Star", the planet Venus. The word Lucifer was the direct translation of the Greek eosphorus ("dawn-bearer"; cf. Greek phosphorus, "light-bearer") used by Jerome in the Vulgate, having mythologically the same meaning as Prometheus who brought fire to humanity.
Fleetwind  2/8/2007
Danica isn´t Czech, it´s much popular in Slovakia. Pronounced as "Dah-nee-tsah".
Karcoolka  4/6/2007
I love the meaning for this name of "morning star". It's beautiful.
VictoriaCalledTori  6/22/2007
In the actual languages of origin, this name is pronounced "dah-nee-cha".
Keeping Tempos  6/28/2007
I love the meaning of this name.
melinda1  9/22/2007
Czech nameday is 16th April.
Maggie_Simpson  9/24/2007
Danica is correctly pronounced "Dah-NEETS-ah." It is butchered with the incorrect pronunciations "DAN-ick-ah" or "Dan-ee-kah."
MissMarmelstein  10/30/2007
Wonderful name. Have a friend called this and it suits her perfectly.
Katja Eidis  12/12/2007
Actress Danica McKellar, famous for her role as Winnie Cooper on "The Wonder Years".
FMRadio  12/28/2007
Danica is a really pretty name! I am not just saying that because it's my middle name, I'm saying that because it really is lovely!
RomildaVane23  4/5/2008
With that Cyrillic spelling it seems it should be dah-nee-tsah.
YMPvt  5/14/2008
Danica is a Macedonian character from the TV series "Dobrá čtvrť". She is played by Verica Nedeska-Trajkova.
Emilie007  5/28/2008
Actress Danica Stewart, born 2nd August 1983.
Emilie007  9/17/2008
Actress Danica Kotorćević-Ristovska, born 6th November 1955, Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia.
Emilie007  9/19/2008
This is a pretty first name for a girl with the last name Morgenstern; "Morning Star Morning Star" (I am serious and I like that), and a good middle name would have been Zahra ("Bright"). One other idea; if the father is named Daniel and the mother Monica, this would have been a wonderful name for their little girl.
EllyKash  10/30/2008
Croatian pronunciation of Danica is dah-nee-tsah.
enchy  3/7/2009
Pronounced "dah-nee-tsah" or "dah-nee-kah" (shortly).
MaggieSimpson  10/3/2009
This name is not Czech (doesn't mean that it can't be used among Czechs, of course), but it's definitely of Slavic origin. As such, it should only be pronounced dah-neets-ah. If you want it right, that is.
that one  11/10/2009
In Slavic languages, this name is always pronounced DAH-ni-tsah (all syllables are short).
goricar  11/20/2009
When pronounced correctly (dah-nee-tsah), Danica is a gorgeous, sophisticated, magical and beautiful name. I love the meaning. I like the connection to Venus and "morning star" sounds so poetic. Danica and Chaska have to be my favourite "Venus" names. However, I really don't like the way anglophones pronounce it (da-nuh-kuh), or the spelling Danika. I feel they butcher such a beautiful Slavic name. I'd only ever pronounced Danica dah-nee-tsah.
― Anonymous User  12/29/2009
I have heard it pronounced two ways, DAN-ik-a or Da-NEE-ka.
Alora  1/3/2010
Czech and Slovak pronunciation is dah-nyee-tsah (shortly).
MaggieSimpson  5/9/2010
'Zvijezda Danica' is a Slavic phrase for 'morning star'. Also, in Slavic mythology, Danica was the personification of the Morning star, the Slavic equivalent of Venus.
― Anonymous User  6/28/2010
A main character in Amelia Atwater-Rhodes books (Hawksong especially) is Danica Shardae. I think in the books its pronounced 'Dan-ee-ka' or something like that...
dancingintherain  3/9/2011
Danica can be pronounced two ways, my friend is Da-nica, that is so much better than how people always say Dan-i-ca.
Missy125  3/12/2011
It is a very... uneducated sounding name, especially when pronounced "Dan-Ih-Kah." Among the other atrocities of the world "Danica" is truly a Heaven-sent. I will not go as far as to state it unprofessional (borderline, though), but it is very geriatric and childish (a name that will never grow with the woman), perhaps even ugly-- nearly "kre8tiv" made-up sounding in English/American usage. As strange as this may seem... "Danic" ("a" excluded) is visually pleasing (never a given name, please).
Francesca  5/7/2011
In English language pronounced "dah-NI-kah" or "dah-nee-kah".
― Anonymous User  6/25/2011
My friend is Danica, it is pronounced Da-ni-ca. I like it. It's prettier than Dan-ika.
Missy125  8/12/2011
Danica McKellar (b. 1975 in La Jolla, California) is an American actress.
― Anonymous User  7/11/2012
Danica Patrick (b. 1982 in Beloit, Wisconsin) is an American race car driver and model.
― Anonymous User  7/11/2012
The pronunciation in English is actually DAN-ica, not da-NI-ca.
― Anonymous User  6/10/2013
Such a pretty name!
LV51sfan91  4/6/2015
A female name origination from ancient Slavic mythology. Before Christianity came to the Slavs of Eastern Europe, the deity Danica was prayed to in the early morning when she was said to appear in the dawn sky as the first star, or morning star. Danica was associated with the sun and was thought to be the sun's younger sister. With the expansion of monotheism "Danica" became less associated with the deity and came to become a common girl name, holding the literal translation-"morning star."
This meaning is connected with the name Danica properly pronounced Dah-nee-tza. Its original spelling was in Cyrillic, and is a popular name throughout Serbia, and countries of the former Yugoslavia.
― Anonymous User  5/3/2015
It's pronounced daneetza.
danizeeza  5/3/2015
Danica Justine Rusinova Proctor.
danizeeza  5/3/2015
My name is Danaka. I have never met someone with the same spelling. It is always prounced weird da-noka or da-nika. I love my name- it suits me very well I think, and it is a very different, beautiful name.
danakamichelle  6/8/2015
My name is Danica. But it's pronounced Dawn-eh-tsah. Emphasis on the dawn with a short "e" sound that sounnds more like "eh" than an "ee" tone. :)


Background is Slovenian.
d4nica  6/29/2015
I love this name and if I ever have a girl it's my number one choice. My mother's family is Serbian so we would pronounce it the way I've always heard it, Dah-nee-tsah. My husband worries about a lifetime of correcting people who pronounce it Dan-i-kah. With the ridiculous name trends of late I have a feeling that she won't be the only one correcting people's pronunciation. Or I could go full American and name her "Dawnytza". I am kidding, that is awful.
― Anonymous User  8/6/2016
My name is Danica and I'm from Croatia.
The name is slavic and it is not pronounced with -kah. It is Da-nee-TSA. If it were -kah then it'd say DaniKa not DaniCa. It's a bit stupid and disrespectful from my point of view to say it wrong just because -kah matches your language pronunciation. It's the same as mispronouncing Japanese, French or any other "weird" name and thinking it's okay just because you can't say it right. For eg. Michael here is Majkl. Would any Michael want me to write down his name as Majkl? Of course not. I feel the same when I have to teach people how to pronounce my name..
Artizar  8/21/2016
My name is Danica (Dan-ih-ka) and I live in the U.S. Most people here pronounce it Dawn-ih-ka or Duh-nee-ka. I correct them and we move on. I know the origin of the name is Slavic (My family is Croatian), but I don't think pronouncing it this way as opposed to Daneetza is rude or wrong. It's the same way as with other names, like Leslie (Les-ly versus Lez-ly). I used to hate my name when I was younger because I'm a very shy person and my name brought me a lot of attention. Over the years, I've learned to appreciate the beauty of the name and explaining it's background to others. I think it's completely okay to pronounce it any way that the owner intended it to be pronounced. Just because it was originally pronounced one way doesn't mean it can't change or differ, that happens in life. Neither my family nor I (nor any Croatians I spoke to when I visited Croatia) find it disrespectful to pronounce it the way we do. Americans don't especially deal with accents and it would've caused more problems than it could make up for in history.
― Anonymous User  9/13/2016
The Slavic pronunciation is "dah-NEE-tsah".
The English pronunciation is "də-NEE-kə" or "də-NI-kə".
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  12/10/2016
Danica Sue Patrick is an American professional stock car racing driver, model, and advertising spokeswoman. She is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing— her win in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 is the only women's victory in an IndyCar Series race and her third place in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 is the highest finish there ever by a woman. She competed in the series from 2005 to 2011. In 2012, she competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and occasionally in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
cutenose  1/15/2017
My name is Danica and the way my mother intended for my name to be pronounced is Duh-knee-kah. I understand there are many pronunciations that may be used for my name, that does not change the fact that it is immensely bothersome to me to hear my name mispronounced (by my standards) especially since it has been for as long as I can remember.
Danica1677  1/25/2017
The name Danica was given to 320 girls born in the US in 2016.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Danica are female.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2017
Danica Lee is a young voice actress known for her role as the main character Ming-Mind Duckling from Wonder Pets.
― Anonymous User  12/17/2017

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