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Pietro Maximoff, AKA Quicksilver, is a Marvel character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
-- dark  6/10/2007
The character Quicksilver aka Pietro Maximoff from the Marvel comics pronounced his name PEE-eh-tro. I like this pronunciation much better.
-- rory  4/3/2008
Pietro Annigoni (1910-1988) was an Italian painter who became internationally famous after painting the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II which is shown on British bank notes. He also painted portraits of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson and Pope John XXIII.
-- Anonymous User  8/18/2011
Pietro Bernini (1562-1629) was a Mannerist sculptor of some distinction.
-- Anonymous User  9/13/2011
Pietro Cavallini (1259 – c. 1330) was an Italian painter and mosaic designer working during the late Middle Ages.
-- Anonymous User  10/18/2011
Pietro Orsini was the birthname of Pope Benedict XIII (Pontificate between 1724-1730).
-- CarolinW  6/11/2012
Pietro Ottoboni was the birthname of Pope Alexander VIII (Pontificate between 1689-1691).
-- CarolinW  6/11/2012
Pietro Barbo was the birthname of Pope Paul II (Pontificate between 1464-1471).
-- CarolinW  6/12/2012
Pietro Tomacelli was the birthname of Pope Boniface IX (Pontificate between 1389-1404).
-- CarolinW  6/12/2012
Pietro del Murrone was the birthname of Pope Celestine V (Pontificate between 1294-1294, pope for 161 days).
-- CarolinW  6/12/2012
Pietro Boccapecora was the birthname of Pope Sergius IV (Pontificate between 1009-1012).
-- CarolinW  6/12/2012
I first heard of this name through Pietro Maximoff, aka Quicksilver, who is a character in the Marvel Comic Universe. However, I adore the name in itself apart from the character. Italian names are charming, and I'll definitely consider naming one of my sons this in the future.
-- regeroni  3/2/2016
An alternate pronunciation of this name is Pee-AY-troe, and is the one I prefer.
-- regeroni  3/2/2016
We named our son Pietro, who is 6 years old now. We love the name and the fact that he's the only one we know with it. But the one problem is that people unfamiliar with it will invariably Americanize its pronunciation if they don't know how it is supposed to be pronounced.

In English, we typically change the "t-r" to a "c-h-r", as in "tree". But in other languages, including Italian where the name Pietro comes from, the "t-r" is handled with a slight tongue roll. We realize some people have a very difficult time doing a tongue roll, so this part is forgivable.

But the glaring problem we hear is the inexplicable change of the "e" to an "a" in the middle of the name. It should be a soft "EH" sound rather than a hard "AY" sound.

CORRECT: pee-EH-tro
INCORRECT: pee-AY-chro.
-- mbdomingo  10/7/2016

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