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Help spelling a name: short version of Georgiy

asked 2015-05-05 00:03:51 -0400

I am about to give birth to a boy any day now. I'd like to call him Georg but it would be pronounced Russian way, like short from Georgiy, rather than as in King George. My question is, how to spell the name in English so people pronounce it Slavic way rather than English?

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answered 2015-05-05 01:50:14 -0400

jonorthwash gravatar image

updated 2015-05-05 01:51:40 -0400

I would just spell it "Georg". People are going to screw up a name once in a while; in my experience, English speakers can even screw up names that are fairly well attested in English. The fact that it doesn't have the "e" at the end will give them a clue that they might want to check the pronunciation, and if they say "George" every now and then, I wouldn't think it's a big deal (I've seen much worse—at least it's etymologically the same name). Otherwise, you'll be stuck naming your son "Gay-org", which is not going to be doing him any favours, especially as he's growing up (it sounds like that'll be at least partly in a primarily English-speaking part of the world?).

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Thank you jonorthwash! I agree with what you said. We will spell his name: Georg.

Karolina gravatar imageKarolina ( 2015-05-05 15:29:15 -0400 )edit

answered 2015-05-05 09:52:22 -0400

usagi5886 gravatar image

For reference, here are the pages for these names at

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