How to Pronounce 25 Difficult Celebrity Names

1
Quvenzhané Wallis
Quvenzhané Wallis
Wenn

The first name of the Oscar-nominated Beasts of Southern Wild star is, fittingly, a beast. But it has a lovely backstory: "Quven" combines her parents' first names (Qulyndreia and Venjie), while "zhane" is Swahili for "fairy."

PRONUNCIATION: Kwuh-VEN-jah-nay Wall-iss

But how do you pronounce Saoirse Ronan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Demi Moore, and more? Scroll through our gallery to find out! {Image Credit: Wenn}

2
Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan
FayesVision/Wenn

No matter how many souls inhabit her head in The Host, it's a safe bet none of them would be a able to correctly pronounce the ingenue's first name, Irish for "freedom," correctly.

PRONUNCIATION: SEER-sha Ro-nahn {Image Credit: FayesVision/Wenn}

3
Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried
Wenn

As the Les Mis star told Hollywood.com last year, she doesn't exactly sing the praises of those who pronounce her name SIG-freed à la a certain Vegas act. How do you really say her name?

PRONUNCIATION: Uh-MAN-duh SIGH-fred {Image Credit: Wenn}

article continues below ad
4
Charlie Hunnam
Charlie Hunnam
Daniel Tanner/Wenn

As much as you just want to call him Jax, the Sons of Anarchy star does have a last name you have no idea how to say. Until now!

PRONUNCIATION: CHAR-lee HUH-nuhm {Image Credit: Daniel Tanner/Wenn}

5
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
FayesVision/Wenn

Don't worry, Game of Thrones fans: An easy pronunciation is coming.

PRONUNCIATION: Nee-ko-LY COS-ter Wall-DOW {Image Credit: FayesVision/Wenn}

6
Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
Wenn
The only thing more confusing than Prometheus is the fact that the "o" in Theron's last name is not pronounced like an "o" at all.

PRONUNCIATION: Shar-LEES THAIR-en {Image Credit: Wenn}

article continues below ad
7
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor
FayesVision/Wenn

We'd love to tell you pronouncing the Love, Actually actor's name is easier than it seems, but it's not, actually.

PRONUNCIATION: CHOO-ih-tell EDGE-ee-oh-for {Image Credit: FayesVision/Wenn}

8
Chloë Sevigny
Chloë Sevigny
FayesVision/Wenn

The umlaut on Chloë's first name is the least of our worries.

PRONUNCIATION: KLO-ee SEV-uh-nee {Image Credit: FayesVision/Wenn}

9
Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
Wenn

That's right — you've been saying Fiennes' name wrong this whole time, but The English Patient star has been more than patient with us bloody Americans.

PRONUNCIATION: Rayf Fynz {Image Credit: Wenn}

article continues below ad
10
Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
Wenn

That's right — you've been saying the director's name wrong this whole time, but that's still not as insulting as him losing the Oscar for Hugo.

PRONUNCIATION: MAR-tin skor-SEH-see {Image Credit: Wenn}

11
Demi Moore
Demi Moore
FayesVision/Wenn

That's right — you've been saying Demi's name only half right this whole time.

PRONUNCIATION: Duh-mee Mor {Image Credit: FayesVision/Wenn}

12
Famke Janssen
Famke Janssen
FayesVision/WENN.com

Even if Jean Grey's only X-Men power was the ability to say her own name correctly, we'd be impressed.

PRONUNCIATION: FOM-kuh Yans-Sen {Image Credit: FayesVision/Wenn}

article continues below ad
13
Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe
FayesVision/Wenn

The Oscar-nominated star might be known and loved for her easy-going nature, but her name certainly isn't.

PRONUNCIATION: GAB-or-ay SIH-dih-bay {Image Credit: FayesVision/Wenn}

14
Gotye
Gotye
Jeff Daly/PictureGroup/AP Images

Wally De Backer, forget cutting us off. You didn't have to change your name to something unpronounceable.

PRONUNCIATION: Go-tee-YAY {Image Credit: Jeff Daly/PictureGroup/AP Images}

15
Ioan Gruffudd
Ioan Gruffudd
Nikki Nelson / Wenn

The Welsh actor's name is more confounding than Sarah Michelle Gellar's choice to return to TV with Ringer.

PRONUNCIATION: YO-an GRIH-fith {Image Credit: Nikki Nelson/Wenn}

article continues below ad
16
Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
Adriana M. Barraza/Wenn

Become The Master... of learning how to say the Oscar-nominated actor's name.

PRONUNCIATION: Wah-KEEN FEE-niks {Image Credit: Adriana M. Barraza/Wenn}

17
Julianne Hough
Julianne Hough
Adriana M. Barraza/Wenn

Is the Safe Haven star's last name pronounced "How"? "Huff"? Or, worst of all, "Ho"? Luckily for Hough, the actress has a SFW last name.

PRONUNCIATION: Joo-lee-an Huff {Image Credit: Adriana M. Barraza/Wenn}

18
Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
Nikki Nelson / Wenn

Even vowels can't get enough of the heartthrob.

PRONUNCIATION: MATH-yoo Mih-KAH-nuh-hay {Image Credit: Nikki Nelson/Wenn}

article continues below ad
19
Mia Wasikowska
Mia Wasikowska
Wenn

If only Wonderland came complete with a "PRONOUNCE ME" vial for the Alice in Wonderland actress' last name.

PRONUNCIATION: MEE-uh VAH-shee-KOF-ska {Image Credit: Wenn}

20
Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich
Wenn

The actress' 1993 movie, Dazed and Confused, might as well describe how we feel looking at her name.

PRONUNCIATION: MEE-lah YOH-ve-vich {Image Credit: Wenn}

21
Phil Keoghan
Phil Keoghan
Nikki Nelson / Wenn

You are the last person to arrive... at the realization that you've been saying The Amazing Race host's name incorrectly.

PRONUNCIATION: Fill KOH-gahn {Image Credit: Nikki Nelson / Wenn}

article continues below ad
22
Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz
Wenn

It was easy for the actress to get wrapped up with being nice in her Mummy days when people would mispronounce her last name, but after winning an Oscar for The Constant Gardener, she told press she'd start correcting fans. "In America, everyone says it wrong," she told 'New York.' "I learned to be polite."

PRONUNCIATION: RAY-chull Vice {Image Credit: Wenn}

23
Sade
Sade
Wenn

This "Soldier of Love" arms herself with a deceiving name.

PRONUNCIATION

: shah-DAY {Image Credit: Wenn}

24
Shia Labeouf
Shia Labeouf
Cinzia Camela/Wenn

The actor has been vocal about his dislike for his name, which translates to "Thank God for Beef." Still, his name's more survivable than Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

PRONUNCIATION: SHY-uh Luh-BUHF {Image Credit: Cinzia Camela/Wenn}

article continues below ad
25
Zach Galifianakis
Zach Galifianakis
Apega/Wenn

It's fitting a funny man would come with an equally funny name.

PRONUNCIATION: Zak GAL-i-fe-nak-iss {Image Credit: Apega/Wenn}

SIMILAR ARTICLES