10 Names that are Pronounced Differently in Singapore

 

Here are 10 proper nouns that are pronounced differently in Singapore as compared to UK. This is not to say that anything is wrong with deviations in pronunciations, there are even regional pronunciation variations of proper nouns in UK and USA.

The name ‘Aloysius’ is a great example of how a four syllable name turns into a three syllable name, and to be fair, nearer to the actual spelling.

British:Singapore:

And ‘Enid’, as in Enid Blyton, is actually pronounced ee-nidin the UK 🙂

Name

British Pronunciation

Singapore Pronunciation

Aloysius

ah-low-ish-us
uh-loi-shus

Chelsea

CHELL-see
chell-see-ah

Eileen

eye-leen
ee-leen

Elizabeth

uh-LIZ-uh-beth
ee-lee-zer-bird

Enid

EE-nid
en-id

Graham

GREY-um
grey-ham

Joel

johl
jo-ell

Megan

Meh-guhn
may-gan

Noel

nohl
no-ell

Renee

REN-ay
ren-nee

Bonus Names

Roald Dahl

British Pronunciation: Roe-ald Darl

However, Roald is a Norwegian name and should be pronounced as “Roo-all.” (do NOT say the final “d”).  However Liccy Dahl (Roald’s daughter) admitted that she herself sometimes uses the Anglicized “Roe-ald” pronunciation.

Alex

British Pronunciation: ah-licks

Singapore Pronunciation: air-lex

Eleanor

British Pronunciation: EL-uh-nor or El-en-uh

Singapore Pronunciation: E-lee-ahn-nor or Ill-lin-noy

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