Poll #4 – Pronouncing names, and name jokes

September 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Posted in Characters, Poll | 6 Comments
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Ryne summer uniformMikaela summer uniformAurelia summer uniform

Yeah, it’s been a looooong time since poll #3 (well over a year!). But here’s a new one nonetheless. 🙂

Several of the characters have rather uncommon names, and I understand if they’re hard to pronounce (or interpret when others hear and say it). This is particularly the case for Mikaela, Aurelia, and the male protagonist Ryne.

Heck, in the story, when Aurelia is introduced Ryne  hears it as “Amelia.” And Aurelia hears Ryne as “Renee.” Them referring to those names is sort of a running gag throughout the story. Like for example:

  • Aurelia: Hello, Renee!
  • Ryne: What is it, Amelia?
  • Aurelia: Ooooh, my name is not Amelia!
  • Ryne: Well, my name is “Ryne,” not “Renee!”

Okay, here’s the poll. I’m particularly curious about how others pronounce the uncommon names upon first sight. For the record, the official pronunciation of them in-game are:

  • Mikaela: mi-kay-la
  • Aurelia: or-rel-ee-ya
  • Ryne: rhine, like the Rhine River

Vote once for each name, for a total of three.

Why the uncommon names? Because I felt they fit them well. I’ve told my sis once that Anna’s name may be too plain and she responded that “they can’t have all crazy names.” XD And yes, if you haven’t noticed already the male protagonist is named after myself. 😛

– Ryne (project manager)

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  1. Holy crap, I was pronouncing them all right this whole time!? SUCCESS!

  2. Since I played Final Week I already knew how to pronounce the character names. So I instead voted how I’d pronounce the names on first impression. I think the only one that would’ve tripped me up would’ve been Aurelia, in that I wouldn’t know where the syllables would be. So I probably would’ve attempted something like: Aur [aur] – el [el] – ia [eeya], as opposed to the correct way of having the “r” as part of the second syllable.

    There is of course always the amusing situation with the letter “i” in a persons name. Is it pronounced as “eye” or “eee”, e.g. Wii is pronounced “wee”, but I remember a remember on a forum a few people asking if it should be pronounced “why” (as in “w-eye”).

    • I understand that Aurelia may be difficult. The name is full of vowels, and there are hundreds of ways to pronounce it, especially in other languages. I’ve seen the name spelled Aurélia (with the accent).

  3. Maybe because I had Aurica and Shurelia on the mind when playing Final Week, I figured Aurelia was pronounced aw-rel-ee-ya…
    … and now I’ve got this mental image of the Project Memoria girls as Reyvateils… hmmm.

    • Interesting. I could get my sis to draw the Memoria girls cosplaying those characters.


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