Alright y’all, here we go

How do you pronounce your name?

You’ve got options. gee-fuh-ree with a soft g (like golf) or with a hard g (like Google). They’re both correct.

What do your parents call you?

They pronounce it both ways.

Okay, but how do you pronounce it?

I’ve pronounced it both ways in the past.

Fine, what’s your preference?

I don’t have a preference.

Why is your name so ambiguous?

Ethnic names are hard so when I moved to the US, I adopted more pronunciations. Yes, people should take the time to learn ethic names. No, they should not take the time to learn the “proper” pronunciation of my name. It’s my name and I’ve declared all pronunciation as correct as long as they follow the guidelines below.

The definitive guidelines

  1. Hit the vowels correctly
  2. Make some sort of a sound for the consonants
  3. Done

Can you pronounce it x way?

Did you follow the guidelines above?