If you saw the movie The Lovely Bones, then you will recall the haunting performance of the then 13-year-old actress Saoirse Ronan. When we were watching Atonement, in which Saorrse also appeared, Les asked, "How is THAT pronounced?" I said, "Hell, I don't know; I just found out that Siobhan is properly pronounced like Sha-vone!" He said, "What, like Siobhan McKenna?" I said, "Yeah, but I found out from watching that Sarah Michelle Geller series about the twins and one of them was named Siobhan and they kept saying Sha-von and I kept laughing to myself thinking that their pronunciations were wrong, but then when I looked it up, I found out I had been wrong.
SAOIRSE is pronounced SERE-SHA! (listen to the correct pronunciation here)
In researching the pronunciation of Saoirse, I found this video about the mispronunciations of the names of other celebrities: Dr. Seuss, Shia La Beouf, Chad Kroeger, Quvenzhane Wallis, Martin Scorsese, Rhys Ifans, Ralph Lauren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Amanda Seyfried, and Charlize Theron. I knew how to pronounce all of them EXCEPT Dr. Seuss!
WHAT? WHO KNEW? Seuss is pronounced like "SOICE" (to rhyme with VOICE)!