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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 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
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
In the actual languages of origin, this name is pronounced "dah-nee-cha".
-- Keeping Tempos  6/28/2007
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
With that Cyrillic spelling it seems it should be dah-nee-tsah.
-- YMPvt  5/14/2008
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
In Slavic languages, this name is always pronounced DAH-ni-tsah (all syllables are short).
-- goricar  11/20/2009
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
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
In English language pronounced "dah-NI-kah" or "dah-nee-kah".
-- Anonymous User  6/25/2011
It's pronounced daneetza.
-- danizeeza  5/3/2015
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

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