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How Did "-ier" Become -WAH?

What’s with Corey Lemonier’s name? He says it’s pronounced LEMON-WAH and claims it’s French. But the French -WAH ending is spelled "-ois" (as in Rickey Jean-François); the "-ier" ending is pronounced YAY. The French surname Lemonier originated as an identifier of the family trade (like the English names Smith, Boatwright, Cooper, etc). Lemonier, or Le Monnier, (pronounced LEMON-YAY) was a banker (literally "the money man"). In Corey’s case, I think what happened was that Lemonier (LEMON-YAY) became Anglicized to LEMON-EAR, and then within the last couple generations somebody tried to re-Frenchify it and got it wrong. Now, I affirm every family’s right to tell us how their name ought to be pronounced (here’s lookin’ at you, Mike Krzyzewski), but don’t blame this one on the French. Every French-speaking person I know (including those in Quebec and Haiti) would pronounce "Lemonier" LEMON-YAY. Just make sure your agent asks the 49ers for more mon-YAY, Corey, not more mon-WAH.
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