Since my Tumblr ID is “TeamAgee,” and this blog is named “Running with Team Agee” I started wondering how many people who follow the blog actually know how to pronounce our last name, Agee?
Even though it is very short, I would estimate that at least 75% of people pronounce it incorrectly the first time. Here is the proper pronunciation:
- agee is pronounced as ai – j ee where,
- ai is pronounced as ai in pain
- j is pronounced as j in jug
- ee is pronounced as ee in see
Another way to think about it is to simply say these two letters in sequence:
- A … G
After my wife and I were first married, and she changed her last name, she soon realized that whenever she provided her last name to make a purchase or complete some type of registration, she would also need to spell it. She got in the habit of just saying “My name is Olivia Agee, A..G..E..E.” After she had been doing this for a while, we started getting mail to our apartment addressed to Olivia Agagee, because people hearing her thought she had been spelling the whole time and never actually said her last name.
Probably the most famous person with this last name was the American author and screenwriter James Agee. You can hear his name pronounced by going HERE.
So who had it right?