Do you miss the long hair? Can't say I do quite yet! My shirt: c/o Kintage
My name, Annelise, is an old-fashioned Scandinavian name. It was quite popular in Germany (spelled Anneliese) and Norway (spelled Anne-Lise), and most recently has been gaining popularity here in the United States. My name is said to mean "Grace of God" or "God's promise of Grace" and it's been broken down that Anne is Hebrew for "grace" and Lise means "God's promise."
My name is pronounced ana-lisa—traditional to how they say it in Norway—and you can listen to it here (I say my name in the video at 0:01). Since my parents chose the traditional spelling of my name, instead of the more Americanized version of Annalisa or Analisa, my name gets mispronounced often. I get ann-elise or anna-lise a lot. And that's OK... so many people in America say it differently, so I can't expect people to get it right the first time when it's spelled differently than how it sounds.
I was named after my dad's Norwegian cousin. My mom fell in love with the name when she met Anne-Lise on her first trip to Norway. When my parents found out they were going to have a baby, they either wanted to name me Annelise or Inger-Lise (inger-lisa). As a child, I wasn't able to say my full name, so it came out more as "ahh-cee," and thus my childhood nickname—within my family only—was Icy. My family still calls me Icy, and it's my favorite nickname I've ever had.
As far as my other nickname Aunie (like the proper auntie without the "t"—listen to it at 0:05 here) goes, my best friend Ashton began calling me Aunie way back in 4th grade. She's the only one who ever called me that until I met Daniel and his family and they wanted a nickname. I told them I didn't go by a nickname—but they insisted! So Aunie it was. And then this blog happened, and the rest is history.
So now the real question, how were you pronouncing my name before you read this? How did you pronounce Aunie before you read this? I'd love to know!