Baby Names

32 Popular Baby Names That Are Often Mispronounced

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Gianna

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“G” is one of the letters in the alphabet that can mess people up with pronunciations. Gianna is the perfect example. Nameberry reports that it is a popular name of Italian origin meaning “the Lord is gracious.” It is the Latin feminization of John and the shorter version of Giovanna. Nameberry lists the pronunciation as “JAHN-ah.” But, a lot of people would say “Gee-ah-nuh” or “Jee-ah-nah.” The different pronunciations can be because of making the Italian name more Anglicized. But, don’t assume just because an English speaker named their daughter Gianna it is one of the latter options. People could have liked the ring of the other version.

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