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Character name: Charis
« on: July 16, 2017, 03:55:55 PM »
Charis

Main question: Would you know straight away how to pronounce this name?

What qualities/thoughts/feelings does it bring to mind?

Is is hard sounding or quite pretty?

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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2017, 03:58:02 PM »
Seeing this, I'd want to pronounce it CHAR like charcoal, and IS like kiss.

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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2017, 04:00:40 PM »
I've seen that name used before, although I don't remember where (what book).  I would probably pronounce it Share-iss, or possibly Care-iss.

I likely read the name in a Regency book, so that's what it evokes in my mind.  And, assuming either of my internal pronunciations is correct, I think it's a pretty name.
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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2017, 04:02:44 PM »
I would flip-flop between Chair-iss or Kar-iss. Either way, it's the type of name I'd expect to find in a fantasy novel, but would probably be pretty distracted in anything else.
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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2017, 04:03:18 PM »
I'm with those above, I say it Char-Iss - it sounds pretty to my ear.

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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2017, 04:04:54 PM »
Georgette Heyer used that name for a character in one of her Regencies (Frederica). In that book, I think it is meant to be pronounced "care-iss".


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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2017, 04:06:35 PM »
Charis.. hmm..

Chair-iss (my initial thought)
Care-iss (my second thought)
Shar-ee (putting a French spin on it)

It's an unusual name which gets my vote.

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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2017, 04:11:17 PM »
Charis

Main question: Would you know straight away how to pronounce this name?

What qualities/thoughts/feelings does it bring to mind?

Is is hard sounding or quite pretty?

When I read the Heyer book referenced above, I had never heard the name used before and therefore had no idea of how to pronounce it at first. Later, one of the characters in the book explained how it was to be pronounced and what it meant (grace?).
Pronounced as "care-iss", I think it is quite a pretty-sounding name.


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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2017, 04:13:17 PM »
Darn. If it is distracting then it's probably a no go. I just wanted something pretty.

And worse, no one got it right. It's actually pronounced like "Harris" with a guttural H.

I read Frederica and presumed it was Ka-riss (Like the Welsh Carys), so I looked it up. I loved the fact it meant Grace and Beauty etc

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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2017, 04:23:45 PM »
One of the three Graces in Greek mythology. :)

A bit hard for most people to pronounce correctly, I suspect.

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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2017, 04:42:38 PM »
I knew my A level in Classical Greek would prove useful eventually. Car (as in automobile) S (like saying the letter S in English).


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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2017, 04:50:09 PM »
I had a friend called Charis. She pronounced it Kar (short a) - iss

For me it will forever conjure a feminine, cheerful 20ish woman.

It's Greek for 'grace'. But, yeah, based on the other responses maybe not a go-er.  Although, the inability of most people to pronounce it hasn't prevented people using the name 'Angharadh' in lots of Celtic books, so you could be fine 🙂


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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2017, 04:50:15 PM »
I have a rule: no character names that end is S.

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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2017, 05:01:03 PM »
I had a friend called Charis. She pronounced it Kar (short a) - iss

For me it will forever conjure a feminine, cheerful 20ish woman.

It's Greek for 'grace'. But, yeah, based on the other responses maybe not a go-er.  Although, the inability of most people to pronounce it hasn't prevented people using the name 'Angharadh' in lots of Celtic books, so you could be fine 🙂
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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2017, 05:14:38 PM »
Care-is is how I read it before looking at the other posts.

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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2017, 05:19:43 PM »
The first thought that hit my brain when I saw this was Kari from The Incredibles, where she explains how her name is pronounced with a hard 'K' instead of a softer 'C' and an 'AH' instead of an 'IE'.  Thinking Car and Hiss without the 'H' here.  Love this name too.  Feels very ethereal.

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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2017, 05:52:38 PM »
I knew my A level in Classical Greek would prove useful eventually. Car (as in automobile) S (like saying the letter S in English).

You beat me to it. I don't know where Evenstar "looked it up" but she didn't find the correct source. This one is it.

It's a beautiful name and it shouldn't be discarded just because it will require readers to stretch themselves a bit.

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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2017, 06:07:39 PM »
I'd have gone with ['kerIs] (or "kay-riss," if you prefer), as well.

But no matter how the reader pronounces it in their mind, it's a lovely looking name. Why not go with it? I read books I love with names I don't know how to pronounce (fantasy) all the time, lol. Doesn't deter from my enjoyment of the book for a moment. I come up with how I want to hear it as the reader, and I roll with that.

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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #18 on: July 16, 2017, 06:15:35 PM »
I'm with Benjamin. It doesn't matter if the reader is pronouncing it correctly, so long as they aren't stumbling over it as they read.

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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #19 on: July 16, 2017, 06:23:48 PM »
If you like the name, go with it. Plenty of people mispronounced Hermione's name, didn't stop their enjoyment of the book!  :P

Edit: I can't recall the title right now but I read a book a long while back with a character named Eva. I pronounced it "E-va" but on a podcast or youtube video or something, the author was talking and kept pronouncing it as "A-va". So even with a "simple" name there can be variety.
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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #20 on: July 16, 2017, 06:29:01 PM »
If you like the name, go with it. Plenty of people mispronounced Hermione's name, didn't stop their enjoyment of the book!  :P

I can't pronounce half the names in the British mysteries I read, but it's never deterred me from reading.

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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #21 on: July 16, 2017, 08:10:02 PM »
Back in the 90's, I used to babysit a baby with that name. Her family pronounced it Care-iss, and if I remember correctly it means grace. So Charis makes me think of babies. But I also think it's a peaceful, pretty name.

Anyway, I don't think it matters if every reader pronounces it differently. I've sold hundreds of thousands of books where, when I have to say them aloud, I call the characters "whats-his-name". When I asked my readers, they all had different ideas on the pronunciation.

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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #22 on: July 16, 2017, 08:59:17 PM »
I'd pronounce it Karis, but Natural Reader says Sharis.

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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #23 on: July 16, 2017, 09:38:53 PM »
Charis

Main question: Would you know straight away how to pronounce this name?

What qualities/thoughts/feelings does it bring to mind?

Is is hard sounding or quite pretty?

I always wonder why people wonder how other people would pronounce a name in a book.  If you want it pronounced a certain way, you have plenty of ways in a book to show how you want it.

As of me, I would take it as a Greek based name and probably a female one.  I would take it as a "hard" CH, chair-iss.

And until i see the character, I try not to make assumptions based on a name.

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Re: Character name: Charis
« Reply #24 on: July 16, 2017, 09:49:00 PM »
I have a rule: no character names that end is S.

Me too!

It alleviates that whole issue where a significant number of folks insist that every name ending in an S only needs an apostrophe at the end to make it possessive instead of an apostrophe-S. Which is not true. And why I avoid character names ending in an S.

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