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PostPosted: 17 Sep 2017, 21:22 
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How do people pronounce Jesanne's surname

I've always gone with Gethlybrand (on the basis that the village Gelli is pronounced that way (well not quite but thats as close as I can write it) but there's a bit in Lost Staircase where she says Jessie Gellibrand sounds like a brand of soap (or something along those lines) and then I thought my way was wrong


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I say "Jellybrand" because I knew someone called "Gillibrand" who pronounced it "Jillybrand".


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I say Jellibrand, although they are on the Welsh border I think they are an English family so wouldn't use Welsh pronunciation


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 Post subject: Re: Gellibrand
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ivohenry wrote:
I say Jellibrand, although they are on the Welsh border I think they are an English family so wouldn't use Welsh pronunciation
Yes, and in fact as an English land-owning family in the Marches might well go out of their way not to pronounce it in the Welsh way. :roll:

I'd say Jellybrand too, but have wondered before now about where the stress falls. JB, did your Gillibrand say it with the emphasis on the first syllable?


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I say it Jell-i-brand with a short i, and the stress on the first syllable. That's based on absolutely nothing but my own reading, however.

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Noreen wrote:
I'd say Jellybrand too, but have wondered before now about where the stress falls. JB, did your Gillibrand say it with the emphasis on the first syllable?


I've been sitting here muttering it to myself and, yes, he did.


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ivohenry wrote:
I say Jellibrand, although they are on the Welsh border I think they are an English family so wouldn't use Welsh pronunciation


I don't think I deliberately used the welsh pronunciation - just I've never heard the word said any other way so it was the natural way for me to read it, and only now realising I'm probably wrong


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claire wrote:
I don't think I deliberately used the welsh pronunciation - just I've never heard the word said any other way so it was the natural way for me to read it, and only now realising I'm probably wrong
Understandable to use the Welsh pronunciation, though, especially if that combination of letters is familiar pronounced in that way. We certainly can't say that EMBD doesn't come up with some interesting and unusual names, and she obviously had a keen interest in the subject.

PS Gellibrand/ Gillibrand appears to be Anglo-Scottish, after all that!


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