MARE-ee-ah. Marya. Merya. Miria. Mereya.
Naomi will volunteer this name if you talk to her long enough. She's quite wedded to this name, and has never wavered about it. She's told all her teachers, relatives, and random people on the street about her baby sister Mareya. They've all taken guesses as to how to spell it, and no one can come up with a solution to the mispronunciation problem.
Pronunciation is important to me. It would be important to you too if you grew up with a name like Kateri. "Katter-eye?" "Katrina?" "Katolia?" Um, NO. Kuh-TEER-ee.
We've considered dodging the whole question and naming the baby Miriam, which we both really like, and sounds the most similar to Marea. We're worried that Naomi wouldn't make the transition to calling the baby Miriam (so neither would we), and this kid would have a name on her birth certificate that, basically, isn't hers.
Josh's contribution? "How about, if the baby's a boy, we name him Mileaux?" Thanks Josh. You're a big help.