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Pronunciation of the name "Toews"

Postby WhatThe » Mar 27th, 2011, 4:31 pm

I've only heard the name twice, Vic Toews the politician and Johnathan Toews from the Chicago blackhawks. I always hear it pronounced "Tays" or "Taves", mind you it's always on TV so I'm really not sure which or what I'm hearing.
So what's the deal? Am I just deaf, ethnic origin, what? This has bugged me for a while now. Just one of those things ya know?
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Re: Pronunciation of the name "Toews"

Postby oneh2obabe » Mar 27th, 2011, 5:54 pm

Jonathan Bryan Toews (pronounced /ˈteɪvz/ tayvz; born April 29, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who plays for and is captain of the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).
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Re: Pronunciation of the name "Toews"

Postby grammafreddy » Mar 27th, 2011, 6:14 pm

LOL - yup, Taves it is. Good Mennonite name, perhaps Dutch.
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Re: Pronunciation of the name "Toews"

Postby WhatThe » Mar 27th, 2011, 6:52 pm

Well whaddya know... Thanks.
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Re: Pronunciation of the name "Toews"

Postby zzontar » Mar 27th, 2011, 6:56 pm

And what about Patrick Roy? Not one bit of similarity between the spelling and the pronunciation... what is up with that?
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Re: Pronunciation of the name "Toews"

Postby oneh2obabe » Mar 27th, 2011, 7:46 pm

That's what happens when you're born in Quebec ... confuse the rest of Canada. Patrick Jacques Roy (French pronunciation: [ʁwa]; born October 5, 1965) is a former Canadian ice hockey goaltender.
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Re: Pronunciation of the name "Toews"

Postby oneh2obabe » Mar 27th, 2011, 7:48 pm

Try being saddled with a name like Daniel Fuchs.
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Re: Pronunciation of the name "Toews"

Postby CoffeeCanuck » Mar 28th, 2011, 11:52 am

You may find this interesting WhatThe. http://www.houseofnames.com/toews-family-crest

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