This topic actually jumped into my head back when I was watching the first episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?" when Sarah Jessica Parker found out she had an ancestor named Jabez.
And then again when ClueWagon tweeted "This is cool: it tells you how to pronounce words, so you don't sound like a dork. http://bit.ly/9PbMZ" (and I am just now getting around to posting it.) So I click on the link to check it out and there I discovered that I have been sounding like a 'dork' for quite a while! That is not how I have been pronouncing Jabez.
The site we were all a "Twitter" about is called FORVO. If you are not sure how to pronounce a word, you can go to this site and actually hear how it is pronounced. However you may not find the pronunciation you are looking for if no one has submitted that particular word or name.
Of all the names in my database that I am not sure how to pronounce, only two of them have been submitted:
Hezekiah (I have been pronouncing this wrong too!)
So here are the other first names that I am not sure how to pronounce:
So if you know the proper way to pronounce these names, could you do a fellow genealogy blogger a favor and hop on over to FORVO and tell me how? (pretty please, with a cherry on top.)
Speaking about (okay, writing about) names, There are a few unusual ones in my database -- Preserved Fish -- (Come on, what in the world were his parents thinking?). Then there is Golden Bridges Keetch, and Daisy Fern Madsen.
Then there are the Puritan names like Increase, Experience, Comfort, Content, Fruitful, etc. It turns out that Given names have histories. Here is an excellent resource on names in history Given Names in Early America: Shaped by history, religion and traditions, by Myra Vanderpool Gormley, CG