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[Opinions] To everyone in the UK - how do you pronounce Evelyn?
This site says that Evelyn is pronounced EEV-linn or EEV-eh-linn in the UK.Unlike EH-veh-linn in the US.But now I did this poll: https://www.behindthename.com/polls/350209and people voted EH-veh-linn.So now I am confused :)If you are in the UK or used to live there how is it pronounced? What is the most common pronunciation from your experience? How would you pronounce it intuitively?Please rate my list: https://www.behindthename.com/pnl/6232
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I find your findings interesting. I was at school with two Evelyn people, both always known as Eve. I don't know how the other one pronounced her name - we were in different years - but the one I was in the same class with for five years said EEV-lin and our scary Maths teacher said EH-veh-lin and nobody, least of all Eve herself, ever corrected her! (She also mispronounced Eve's surname; nobody else's. But she was a brilliant teacher and we all adored her, though not necessarily her subject.) At that time there was practically no American influence on English pronunciation in South Africa. Of course, language changes all the time. But, people have cited Evelyn Waugh and, interestingly, I found this in Wikipedia:"In December 1927, Waugh and Evelyn Gardner became engaged, despite the opposition of Lady Burghclere, who felt that Waugh lacked moral fibre and kept unsuitable company.[63] Among their friends, they quickly became known as "He-Evelyn" and "She-Evelyn".[25]"The marriage ended in 1929 though the divorce took rather longer. But, surely their names must have been identically pronounced for the He-Evelyn, She-Evelyn joke to have worked? And the late 1920s aren't that long ago ...?
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I'm in Australia Ev a lin
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EH-veh-linn for females, EEV-linn for males, although it’s not really used for males anymore. I have seen it as a middle name for a boy though.
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Ditto
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I say EH-vuh-lynn. The only time I've heard Eve-lynn is on Downton Abbey (on a guy).
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EH-veh-linn is how I've heard in on women. In the context of the author Evelyn Waugh (male and posh), EEV-linn is usually used.
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I have heard all 3.
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EH-veh-linn is how I pronounce it. I said it out loud a few times too - this one sounds far more natural than the others. HOWEVER I just showed my mother the name in a text document devoid of any context and asked her to say the name - she said EE-veh-linn.I have never met anybody with this name and I've probably only ever heard it in media. This might explain why I don't pronounce it how my mum does.
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