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How to Pronounce Popular Females Names


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These are the top 10 baby names chosen for baby girls born in 2007. This is different from the most common female names in America because name trends change. There is only one name that is on this list that is also one of the top 10 most common names in America, and that is Elizabeth. Well let's start with the number 1 most popular baby name given to girls in 2007. 


Emily. Emily starts with the 'eh' as in 'bed' [ε]: eh, Em. The middle syllable, Emily, is the schwa [ə]. The last syllable has the 'ee' as in 'she' [i] sound. Emily, Emily.


The second most common name, Isabella. Isabella starts with the 'ih' as in 'sit' [ɪ] vowel sound, the next vowel sound is the schwa. Isa-, Isa. Then you have -bel-, the 'eh' as in 'bed' vowel sound with the dark L, -bel-, and finally, a schwa. Isabella, Isabella.


The third most popular name: Emma. Emma starts with the 'eh' as in 'bed' and ends in a schwa. Emma, Emma.

Ava. Ava begins with the 'ay' as in 'say' [ ] diphthong, and it ends in a schwa. It does have a voiced vv, V sound in between: Ava, Ava.

Madison. The first syllable is accented, it has the 'aa' as in 'bat' [æ] sound. The second syllable is unaccented, though it does retain a very quick 'ih' as in 'sit'. Madi-, Madi-. The final syllable -son, -son, goes directly from the ss to the N sound, nn. Madison. Madison.

Sophia. The first syllable has the 'oh' as in 'no' [oʊ] diphthong. Sophia. The PH is, of course, pronounced as a ff, ff, F sound. And the middle syllable has the 'ee' as in 'she'. It is the accented syllable. Sophia. The word then ends in a schwa. Sophia.

Olivia. This name begins with the 'oh' as in 'no' diphthong. Olivia. The second syllable is the accented syllable, and it has the 'ih' as in 'sit' sound. The next I is an 'ee' as in 'she' sound, Olivia, however it goes quickly into the schwa, as it is not the accented syllable. Olivia. And do be careful of the vv, voiced V sound, which can be difficult for some speakers. Olivia.

Abigail. It begins with the 'aa' as in 'bat' sound. The second syllable is unaccented, but it does retain an 'ih' as in 'sit', it's just very short. Abi-, Abi-. -Gail has the 'ay' as in 'say' diphthong. This syllable end in an L, which mean it is the dark L. So it has the extra sound between the 'ay' as in 'say' and the ll sound. Gail - uul for the dark L. Abigail.

Hannah. The first syllable has the 'aa' as in 'bat' sound. The second syllable has the schwa. Hannah, Hannah. Note that the first H is pronounced, hh, hh, and the second one is silent. Hannah.

And finally, Elizabeth, which has been explained in the other blog entry, the most common female names in the United States. These were the 10 most common baby names given to girls in 2007.

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