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While the name is French, and not Italian, the Italian rules apply, i.e. unlike English, where pronunciations are fluid and left to memory, Italian has a very strict set of rules of pronunciation. “Gh” is ALWAYS pronounced as a HARD “G” when it precedes the vowels “e” or “i.”

Compare Ghislaine, then, with the French woman’s name Giselle; because it has a “g” that is not followed by an “h,” that unaccompanied “g” is always soft (softer than it is in English) so it is spoken as ZHIZ-elle.
Sage on the Hudson  7/26/2020
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With the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell over her involvement with Jeffrey Epstein, this name is likely doomed for some time.
― Anonymous User  7/3/2020
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This name sounds weird to me; like the combination of sounds seems odd.
QueenieAG  5/14/2020
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This is a very uncommon name in the UK. As my maiden name was Rump, my parents wanted an unusual first name so I got Ghislaine.
Ghissy  4/19/2020
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I had zero idea how to pronounce this until the interview with Prince Andrew talking about Ghislaine Maxwell. The way they pronounce it, the first syllable almost sounds like the beginning of the word girl. Something like guh-leyne.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2019
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Don't like it at all.
kayisforkeen  9/12/2018
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Ghislaine Maxwell is a British socialite and the youngest child of publisher Robert Maxwell. Maxwell moved to the United States after her father's death and has become an advocate for the ocean as the founder of The TerraMar Project.
cutenose  6/1/2017
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I like it. It sounds very upper-class and sophisticated.
Buneary  8/2/2016
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In most of France, we pronounce it zhees-LEN, with a soft S, like "toss". I've never heard it pronounced zheez-LEN, with a hard S. In Belgium it's pronounced ghee-LEN.
Theodore-Lenin  2/6/2016
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My child self saw this name in a book as the name of a dragon and decided it was obviously pronounced Ghiss-layn-ney, which is totally and utterly wrong, but I really like the sound of it.
― Anonymous User  1/17/2016
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It's definitely pronounced Ghee-Lehn in France. Gh is a hard G sound, and the S is silent. [noted -ed]
Nom de Plume  9/20/2011
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Pronounced zheez-LAIN.
Christina Rose  4/6/2011
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Seconding Hannah Ruth. This is a family name on the French side of my family and they all pronounce it gee-LEN.
Pie  6/16/2010
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Ghislaine is pronounced "gee-LEN".
Hannah Ruth  3/22/2010
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Pronounced ZHIS-len.
cole64989  9/21/2009
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My mom's name is Ghislaine, a few years ago no one had ever heard such a name here in Brazil, but lately it's a fever to put Ghislaine's as maids in soap operas. Uh.
masakiii  2/14/2009
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This name sounds like it would belong to a model, or someone else VERY beautiful. I like it!
― Anonymous User  12/14/2008
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Princess Mathilde of Belgium holds this name, as she was born: Mathilde Marie Christine Ghislaine d'Udekem d'Acoz.
randomlyKeira  9/23/2008
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"Ghislaine" looks like a transient ghost of time. Beautiful in an eerie kind of way.
wordybookworm  4/13/2008
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I adore this name. It looks like it's very unchanged from Provencal times, and it's the name of a main character from a novel of mine.
nouvellehelene  7/7/2006

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