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[Opinions] A Pronunciation Question
How do you pronounce Jeanne? Does anyone pronounce it JEEN-ee, rather than JEEN?It's my sister's middle name, we pronounce it JEEN, and it never occurred to me that anyone would pronounce it JEEN-ee. Yet I've taken calls from several women named Jeanne who have at first verbally told me that their name is JEEN-ee, leading to my surprise when they then tell me the spelling is Jeanne. I wonder how common this is. Do you pronounce it JEEN-ee, or have ever heard it that way, or knew that it sometimes is pronounced that way?
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I would pronounce it Jeen-ee
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I've informed others that my name is "Barbie" - but the formal spelling is Barbra.
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My instinct would be to say JEEN, but the only person I've met named it pronounced it JEEN-ee. I wonder if it's a southern thing?

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Always JEEN. JEEN-ee would never occur to me.
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I'd pronounce it JEEN, like Jean. The JEEN-ee pronunciation is intriguing though.
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Instinctively I would pronunce it like the French name Jean but with two syllables, like zhe-an. But I think it's supposed to be the same as Jean in French.
In English I wouldn't pronounce it like Jean, but I wouldn't pronounce it Jeen-ee either. The "-nne" suffix wouldn't make sense for "nee" IMO. Maybe je-ann or something beterrn jeen and jee-ann?
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I pronounce Jeanne the same as Jean. The people I've known with the Jeanne spelling have as well. I have known some people named Jeanie and Jeannie who pronounced their names the way they looked.

This message was edited by the author 6/14/2019, 9:56 PM

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I pronounce it JEEN-ee. eta This is the same pronunciation I would use for Jeannie or the word genie.

This message was edited by the author 6/14/2019, 10:20 PM

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My mom's name is Jeanne and my aunt (her SIL) is named Jean, they're both pronounced the same as JEEN. My mom get called Jeannie/Jee-anne all the time.
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Jee-anne
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I would pronounce Jeanne as JEEN. Conceivably, I can see how it would be pronounced as JEE-ann.Jeannie is pronounced JEEN-ee.
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I'd say ZHAHN, but I guess in English JEEN or possibly jhann. I don't think JEEN-ee makes sense, lots of people pronounce their own names "incorrectly."
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Jeen, same as Jean
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Never heard it pronounced JEENee. But I've only ever heard it pronounced ZHAHN, in a somewhat French way. South Africans tend to be rather bad at French, and I include myself, but we do have a French Huguenot heritage - our wine industry was started by Huguenot immigrants - so lots of people do use French names.
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JEEN. If I wanted JEEN-ee, I'd go with Jeannie.
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The current Dear Abby, the original Abby's daughter, is Etta Jeanne Philips. A reader once wrote asking her how to say Jeanne. She says in her family, it's Jeannie.
Etta Jeannie equals fettuccine.
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That does not mean it was pronounced the right way
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My first instinct is to pronounce it as ZHAN, but in English, I'd say JEEN. I can't understand why anyone would pronounce it JEEN-ee - after all, it's not spelt Jeannie.
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I pronounce the French way and that is how I always heard it.
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Hey, it's my sister's MN too. JEEN.
I like it pronounced that way, or as "genie."
Or the French way (which almost sounds like ZHAHN-neh to me sometimes, strong N).
But I've only ever heard anyone pronounce it JEEN. When I hear a name that sounds "genie" I mentally spell it Jeannie.

This message was edited by the author 6/14/2019, 12:32 PM

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Hi !!!Actually my intuitive pronounciation of Jeanne is ZHAN because it is a French name. Is Jean (f) the English form.Anyway between the two pronounciation I would choose JEEN. If my pronounciation is JEEN-ee I would use Ginny.

This message was edited by the author 6/14/2019, 11:57 AM

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