So how about David Freund for a name? It gets misspelt so constantly I’ve decided to make this post in the hope that people searching for me will find me more easily by throwing in the more common misspellings.
In Australia it’s a name that people have trouble with but it’s German in origin and is quite common. It means ‘friend’. My German ancestors came to Australia in the mid-1800s so I really don’t have any connection to Europe. As a result the pronunciation of the name Freund by our family has altered over the years and we now saw it as Frew-ind. Or as if the E and U were swapped to be Fruend.
A few people I know use the correct German pronunciation of Freund – which is like Freud, but with an N in there – and I’m happy with that. In fact, you can pronounce it Freund, Fruend, Frewin, Froond, Freud or some other way. I really don’t mind.
After all, most people get David correct. Although a groomsman at a wedding a few weeks back did manage to work his way though most boys names starting with D.