Monday, February 23, 2009

I baked these cupcakes with my daughter Georgiana ~ we had great fun! I was wondering about the pronunciation of "Georgiana" in "The Duchess" film as it was pronounced as "Jor Jayna". My Georgiana was named after the Duchess of Devonshire and of course, "Miss Georgiana Darcy" of "Pride and Prejudice" and I believe it was pronounced in Regency times the same as it is today ~ so I am querying the authenticity of that pronunciation in the film. Was that how it would have been pronounced?
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Anonymous said...

They look lovely!

I think Foreman's book said that contemporaries pronounced the Dss of D's name "George-ayna" too.

M.A. the 2nd ~ Frances Russell said...

Thanks Eliza
I tried putting a comment on your site but I don't think it went through so I will reply here and hope you come back to my site. Foreman did mention that in her book I just couldn't believe they would pronounce it like that as it is such a beautiful name as is. Thanks for your comment and I'm glad you liked the cakes.

Alexandra Rae said...

So fun to read your first post! I'm actually recovering from foot surgery last Wednesday (that's why I haven't been working or posting), so it's nice to have this time to catch up with my favorite blogs. It's the first time I've gone through yours one by one. And while listening to my playlist of the late Vladimir Horowitz playing Mozart's Sonatas. So fitting.

I desperately wanted to name one of my daughters Georgiana, but no one could agree on the correct pronunciation. Finally, my husband deemed it too uncommon in the US for her not to have trouble with people's pronunciation her whole life. Georgia has recently become very popular here and there's the occasional new baby Georgiana. I'm wistful every time I hear it. So beautiful. My girls are Charlotte and Caroline. Nice enough, right?

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