What are the most popular names being given to boys born in the US? Jacob, Michael, Ethan, Joshua, Daniel, Christopher, Anthony, William, Matthew, Andrew.
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These are the most popular baby names given to boys in 2007. The first name, Jacob. It starts with the jj, jj as in jar [ʤ] where the vocal cords are engaged, it is a voiced sound. Jj. It then has the ‘ay’ as in ‘say’ [eɪ] diphthong. Jacob. The second and unaccented syllable is a schwa [ə]. -Cob, -cob. Jacob. A common nickname would be Jake, spelled with a K-E. Michael. The first vowel sound is the ‘ay’ as in ‘buy’ diphthong. Mi-, mi-. The C-H here if will notice is pronounced as the kk as in cap sound. Mich-, mich-. The final and unaccented syllable is the dark L: uul, uul, Michael, Michael. A common nickname would be Mike, which, just like Jake, is spelled with a K-E.
Ethan begins with the ‘ee’ as in ‘she’ [i] vowel sound. Ethan. The second syllable has a very quick schwa before the nn, nn, N sound. Ethan. The TH [θ] here is not voiced. Just air. Ethan. Joshua, like Jacob begins with this jj as in jar sound. The first vowel sound is the ‘ah’ as in ‘father’ [α], though it is spelled with an O. Josh-, Jo-o-osh. The next syllable, which is unaccented, is the ‘oo’ as in ‘boo’ [u]: Joshua, Joshua. Before it changes into the schwa. Joshua.A common nickname would be Josh. Daniel. The first and accented syllable has the ‘aa’ as in ‘bat’ [æ] sound. The next syllable is the Y consonant sound [j] – yy, yy, which starts really low down here before it comes up. Yy, yy. Then, there is the dark L: uul, uul with that vowel sound before the tongue moves up into the L. Daniel, Daniel. A common nickname would be Dan or Danny, Danny ending with the ‘ee’ as in ‘she’.
Christopher. Again, the CH here is making the kk sound. Christopher. The first syllable is accented, it has the ‘ih’ as in ‘sit’ [ɪ] sound. The second syllable is the schwa: Christo-, and the PH is of course, ff, the F sound, and then it goes into the uur, ‘ur’ as in ‘her’ [ɜ] vowel sound. Christopher. A common nickname would be Chris. Anthony.This does begin with the ‘aa’ as in ‘bat’ vowel vowel sound. You can see, Anthony, that the mouth takes that position.However, it moves very quickly into the nn sound, so you don’t get the sharp aa, as the pure aa vowel. Anthony. It is the accented syllable. The middle syllable has a schwa: thon, thon, and the last syllable, the ‘ee’ as in ‘she’. Anthony, Anthony. A nickname for this might be Tony: ‘oh’ as in ‘no’ diphthong, and again the ‘ee’ as in ‘she’. Tony.
William. William’s first vowel sound is the ‘ih’ as in ‘sit’. William. It is the accented syllable. The last two syllables, unaccented, have a very quick ‘ee’ as in ‘she’ followed by a schwa, then going into the mm, M sound. -Iam, -iam, William. William. Now, notice the mouth must start in a very small position to make the ww W sound. William. A common nickname for this might be Will or Willy or Bill or Billy.
Matthew. The first, and accented, syllable, has the ‘aa’ as in ‘bat’ sound. Matthew. The second, unaccented syllable has the ‘ew’ as in ‘few’ diphthong [ju]. Matthew. A common nickname would be Matt. Andrew. Like Anthony, it begins with the ‘aa’ as in ‘bat’, but moves very quickly into the N sound. Andrew. The unaccented syllable has the D R quickly into the ‘oo’ as in ‘boo’. Andrew, Andrew, Andrew. A nickname for this might be Andy, with the ‘ee’ as in ‘she’, or Drew.