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    Posted: May 21 2013 at 09:30
Iíve always pronounced it ee-an, the "I" sounding like ee in eel. Yesterday I met two Swedes who pronounced it eye-an (we were of course talking about the thick-as-a-brick guy). What is correct?
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EE AN

But Swedes would pronounce it different I guess
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...but it is Ee an  Anderson.Wink
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Thanks, Ian! I couldnít have asked for a better expert! Smile
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I have never heard it pronounced any way other than "EE-an".
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Used to say Eye An.

But then I watched some Jethro Tull interviews.
So Ee An it is :3
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Originally posted by refugee refugee wrote:

Iíve always pronounced it ee-an, the "I" sounding like ee in eel. Yesterday I met two Swedes who pronounced it eye-an (we were of course talking about the thick-as-a-brick guy). What is correct?


ee-an. And I've heard both. But then I am a Swede.
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Originally posted by LinusW LinusW wrote:

Originally posted by refugee refugee wrote:

Iíve always pronounced it ee-an, the "I" sounding like ee in eel. Yesterday I met two Swedes who pronounced it eye-an (we were of course talking about the thick-as-a-brick guy). What is correct?


ee-an. And I've heard both. But then I am a Swede.

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Originally posted by refugee refugee wrote:

Originally posted by LinusW LinusW wrote:

Originally posted by refugee refugee wrote:

Iíve always pronounced it ee-an, the "I" sounding like ee in eel. Yesterday I met two Swedes who pronounced it eye-an (we were of course talking about the thick-as-a-brick guy). What is correct?


ee-an. And I've heard both. But then I am a Swede.

No, youíre not a Swede. Snusmumriken is international. Smile


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It's my middle name and I'm Scottish; it's Ee-an.   What I want to know is how I'd pronounce my good friend Iain's name.  Is it Een ?  I'm not sure.
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In the East of England it's pronounced slightly different again, the "a" sound is too open in "an", it's more an "uh" sound.

EE-uhn.
 
 
The name was originally "John" spoken with a really strong gaelic accent and since there was no "J" in the gaelic alphabet (and in the early English alphabet "I" and "J" were interchangable), the "J" sound was pronounced as an "i" sound and the "an" was more like the "ohn", which through ease of speaking became "uhn". My mother always pronounced my name as "Ian" with a soft "d" at the beginning i.e. d'EE-uhn.
 


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How interesting. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote zappaholic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 21 2013 at 19:43
Pretty sure the only person who pronounces it "EYE-an" is Ian Ziering.

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How do you pronounce "Ian" at a RIO festival?
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Well people call me ee-an when I'm at the RIO festival unless of course they are Swedish in which case they call me eye-an (I do really have Swedish friends I meet at RIO bizarrely  Smile)
 
I've also been called Jan and ion.
 
 


Edited by Nogbad_The_Bad - May 21 2013 at 21:41
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Now that we've worked that pressing issue out, I ask again; how does one pronounce Iain ?
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Ion? Like the particle? Confused Wacko 
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Yeeeeeeeeeeeeee-an

Oh I've heard it before. Haha
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