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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.
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.
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.
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).
As far as I know, the pronunciation of this name is Da-nee-tsah, or something like this.
In the actual languages of origin, this name is pronounced "dah-nee-cha".
Danica is correctly pronounced "Dah-NEETS-ah." It is butchered with the incorrect pronunciations "DAN-ick-ah" or "Dan-ee-kah."
With that Cyrillic spelling it seems it should be dah-nee-tsah.
Croatian pronunciation of Danica is dah-nee-tsah.
Pronounced "dah-nee-tsah" or "dah-nee-kah" (shortly).
In Slavic languages, this name is always pronounced DAH-ni-tsah (all syllables are short).
I have heard it pronounced two ways, DAN-ik-a or Da-NEE-ka.
Czech and Slovak pronunciation is dah-nyee-tsah (shortly).
Danica can be pronounced two ways, my friend is Da-nica, that is so much better than how people always say Dan-i-ca.
In English language pronounced "dah-NI-kah" or "dah-nee-kah".
-- Anonymous User
It's pronounced daneetza.
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.
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
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..
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
The Slavic pronunciation is "dah-NEE-tsah".
The English pronunciation is "də-NEE-kə" or "də-NI-kə".
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.
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