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Name the 5 most popular one-syllable names given to baby boys in the USA in the given years. The column on the left shows the number of babies born that year with that name.
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Aug 25th, 2011 at 11:28 GMT
For a couple of names there was a question of whether it was 1 or 2 syllables. In these cases I turned to the pronunciation guide at behindthename.com. If they gave at least one English one-syllable pronunciation I included it. If the only given English pronunciation was two syllables, I made it a bonus.
Aug 25th, 2011 at 15:43 GMT
Hmm... it's good that you used a source, but I cannot imagine how Charles is counted as two syllables. Well, I guess it's not an exact science.
Aug 25th, 2011 at 16:40 GMT
CHAHR-əlz is how they give it.
Aug 25th, 2011 at 18:49 GMT
impossible for anyone whos not a english speaking native. I would have never guessed James is one sylable.
Aug 25th, 2011 at 23:29 GMT
Well, I am a native English speaker, and was a little surprised. I guess pronunciation differs enough from my area (Maritime Provinces of Canada) that names that I would think would count (like Charles, which I'd pronounce as Charlz), don't. I'm not sure how you could even get two syllables out of Kyle (I rhyme it with mile). As for James, my Cape Breton relatives pronounce it the Gaelic way, something akin to Jay-mus, with two syllables.
Aug 26th, 2011 at 09:11 GMT
They give Kyle as going either way: KIEL, KIE-əl. James is given: JAYMZ If multiple English pronunciations are given and one of them is a single syllable, I include it.
Sep 21st, 2011 at 08:54 GMT
It's okay since you relied on a usually good source, and since you gave Charles as a bonus. But all three dictionaries I consulted gave the phonetic pronunciation as "charlz." That includes dictionary.com, Merriam Webster and American Heritage. If you go by behindthenames.com's logic, words like "cold" and "miles" would also be 2 syllables.
Sep 21st, 2011 at 10:37 GMT
John, Paul and George. But not Ringo.
Oct 12th, 2012 at 13:58 GMT
I really think you should include Charles as a proper answer. I'm a native English speaker and don't know anyone who doesn't pronounce it 'charlz'.
Oct 12th, 2012 at 22:00 GMT
I agree. I can't think of any way to pronounce Charles as 2 syllables. CHARL-EZ? CHAR-LEZ? CHA-RLZ?
Jan 16th, 2013 at 20:11 GMT
I disagree. I've always heard it said Char-ulz.
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