My name is Andrea.
I was named after my Dad who, because he grew up and lived in many different countries, had many different versions of his name. Andres, Andrew, Andre.
We knew him as Andy.
I didn't always like my first name. Growing up I thought it didn't go well with my last name.
The way my name is pronounced changes everywhere I go, but I have learned to accept any pronunciation to make life easy.
In California I was "On~dray~uh".
In places where one must give their name, like Starbucks, I would say it that way.
Here, in Ohio, I noticed if I give my name as "On~dray~uh", they often make me repeat it 'til I give up and try "Ann~dree~uh" . They seem to recognize that version better here. The pronunciation that bothers my Mom the most.
In France, I was : " ondray~ah", emphasis on the last syllable.
To my Italian family~ I have a man's name, and they say : On~dray-ya. Emphasis on the middle syllable. When I go to Italy, it's fun to see the look on their faces when they're told my name.: "But she's not a man?!"
So how do I say it?
In my head it's pronounced: on ~dree~ uh.
But if I have to repeat it a bunch of times for that Tall Latte- it quickly becomes "Bob". No joke.
For fun, I've been thinking for awhile now to collect names of crafty bloggers who are named 'Andrea', and compiling a list to post....
Is your name Andrea? How do you pronounce it?