pronunciation of the surname VLEEDAM

AlexanderIII

Senior Member
Russian
Dear all,
I've come across a surname that seems to be Dutch. I guess it is pronounced as FL-AY (AY as in the word SAY) -dam (A as U in the word CUP). Is this correct?
 
  • serbianfan

    Senior Member
    British English
    Yes, that's a good enough approximate pronunciation if you're saying the word in an English sentence. Maybe it's from a story about Jenny Vleedam, because I got a number of Google hits for that...
     

    AlexanderIII

    Senior Member
    Russian
    Yes, Serbianfan, that's from the story about Jenny Vleedam that is Call After Midnight by Mignon G. Eberhart.
    Thank you, Serbianfan and Pedro Paraiso.
     

    Pedro Paraíso

    Member
    Flamish
    It depends. In the neighbourhood of this city ('de kop of Noord Holland'/ de part of Holland north of Amsterdam, especially en West-Friesland) people use to stress the second syllabe ( Zaandám, Zeddám, Alkmáár, Obdám ), but in the rest of the dutch country they stress the first syllabe (Záándam). So Zaandám is a dialectica way of expression.
     
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