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Author Topic: How do you pronounce the author's surname, Eva Figes?  (Read 3319 times)

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How do you pronounce the author's surname, Eva Figes?
« on: 18 December, 2014, 11:10:44 AM »


Just been reading one of her books for the first time...and very good it is too. But how should I pronounce her last name?

It is Figgs?

Fee...gez?

Fye...Jez?

Or something else?

Anyone know?
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Re: How do you pronounce the author's surname, Eva Figes?
« Reply #1 on: 18 December, 2014, 12:41:27 PM »
I'd plump for "Feye - hee"...but what do I know?

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Re: How do you pronounce the author's surname, Eva Figes?
« Reply #2 on: 18 December, 2014, 03:10:42 PM »
My guess would be Fig-gis - almost as bad as Featherstonehalgh, that one.

Whatever, people often insist on their names being pronounced contrary to common practice. Eg; the author, Len Deighton, likes to be called Len Day-ton, whereas in Yorkshire place names "eigh" is pronounced "ee", so Dee-ton is actually correct. Same goes for Reighton and Weighton.

Go on, tell me the answer is Gladys ...

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Re: How do you pronounce the author's surname, Eva Figes?
« Reply #3 on: 18 December, 2014, 03:20:32 PM »
My guess would be Fig-gis - almost as bad as Featherstonehalgh, that one.

Whatever, people often insist on their names being pronounced contrary to common practice. Eg; the author, Len Deighton, likes to be called Len Day-ton, whereas in Yorkshire place names "eigh" is pronounced "ee", so Dee-ton is actually correct. Same goes for Reighton and Weighton.

Go on, tell me the answer is Gladys ...

Eigh bah gum lad ! That adds weight and height to the commonly  mispronounced words then? I must remember to put the heighting on tomorrow morning before tucking into my weightabix and then start tweighting my friends!

As for Figes -  take a lesson here: http://vimeo.com/86142006 [BTW that's her son.]

or here      "Eva Figes (/ˈfaɪdʒiːz/;" wiki     = FYE - JEEZ  (Not as in video - which sounds correct to me)
« Last Edit: 19 December, 2014, 12:44:20 AM by antonymous »
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Re: How do you pronounce the author's surname, Eva Figes?
« Reply #4 on: 24 December, 2014, 06:08:26 PM »
Hi Ant, I tried your link to Orlando Figes and he says "F-jayz-a".

B-jay-sus!

Where does he get that last "a" sound from on the recording?

Beats me. But he is her son so I suppose he should know.

I just had a quick look at Wiki for Eva Figes and (in brackets after her name) Wiki says the right
way to say her surname is... /ˈfaɪdʒiːz/.

Apparently she got the surname by marrying one John George Figes but, after an admittedly very swift google,I haven't been able to find out what nationality he was. Sounds Spanish. Or Portuguese? That'd at least explain having a son called Orlando.

I now pronounce myself even more confused than ever.

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Re: How do you pronounce the author's surname, Eva Figes?
« Reply #5 on: 24 December, 2014, 08:56:16 PM »
Hi Ant, I tried your link to Orlando Figes and he says "F-jayz-a".

B-jay-sus!

Where does he get that last "a" sound from on the recording?

Beats me. But he is her son so I suppose he should know.

I just had a quick look at Wiki for Eva Figes and (in brackets after her name) Wiki says the right
way to say her surname is... /ˈfaɪdʒiːz/.


Apparently she got the surname by marrying one John George Figes but, after an admittedly very swift google,I haven't been able to find out what nationality he was. Sounds Spanish. Or Portuguese? That'd at least explain having a son called Orlando.

I now pronounce myself even more confused than ever.

PS Merry Christmas everybody!


"Where does he get that last "a" sound from on the recording?" It sounds like a local inflection.

*This pronunciation sounds correct to my ear.

*The phoneticised pronunciation in wiki  "/ˈfaɪdʒiːz/"  is FYE =faɪ   J = dz   EEZ = iz

One or t'other  is wrong, on the first syllable long or short I  i.e. ee or aye? second syllable ee or aye? Whichever the family prefers is the correct answer.

Happy Christmas
« Last Edit: 25 December, 2014, 06:10:13 PM by antonymous »
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