How do you pronounce it?

Ph.D. comics’ Jorge Cham’s latest webcomic summarizes the name pronunciation problem I got since I set foot in Canada:

PhD Comics - Jorge

The difference is people seem to actually care in his case 😉

About Jorge Aranda

I'm currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the SEGAL and CHISEL labs in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Victoria.
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24 Responses to How do you pronounce it?

  1. Olivier says:

    Hello Jorge,

    At the end of CSC318, Winter 2005, when my team and myself discovered your name was actually pronounced “whore-hey”, the shock that we’d been mispronouncing your name for 1 whole semester was such that we felt like total idiots for a long time.


    Cheers Jorge

  2. Jorge says:

    It’s been a long time since I lost track of who pronounces it how, so no worries. And actually I’m not thrilled about “whore-hey” either 🙂

  3. Jorge Martinez says:


    The same problem over here. The funny thing is finding that a manager actually pronounced perfectly my name over the phone. I was amazed…. until I found out she was actually raised in Spain!

  4. Jorge says:

    We are together in our pain 🙂

    So I’ve settled for a way to explain in writing how to pronounce “Jorge” to English speakers. Thinking of the uppercase “H” as a strong, hard sound, then:


    sort of does the trick.

  5. leo says:

    I think the problem is not in the consonants but in the vowels. But this problem has stronger roots. There is no easy fix for it Hor-Hehis.

  6. Jorge says:

    I’m glad you empathize. You got it easy 😉

  7. leo says:

    Actually, people call me “liou” (read these as you would in spanish) or “leiou” because they cannot say “leo.” Let alone “Leonardo” (“Liounahrdou”). But it doesn’t bother me.

  8. Maricela says:

    Where I am from no self respecting Jorge would let anyone call him Hor-hey. They would make it clear it is hor-he with a short e like in egg at the end.

  9. Jorge says:

    Maricela, you must come from the mythical land of the ever patient Jorges 🙂 I lost my self-respect a while back: I don’t even wince anymore when I’m called, say, Yourghey.

    Still, when people are interested, I’m pleased to clarify matters. The “short e as in egg” advice would work.

  10. naisioxerloro says:

    Good design, who make it?

  11. poelveviedo says:

    Hammm… Nice article… Interesting.

  12. suki says:

    i have a boyfriend named jorge and it sounds like hor- hay because some people dont relize its actually jorge like in engilsh george.

  13. Coco says:

    A famous (and fabulous) Madrid composer’s name is Jorge Grundman..
    Anybody know how to pronounce it properly?

  14. Jorge says:

    I’m Colombian and I like the name Jorge lol. I don’t blame people for their pronunciation, and sometimes it can be funny. However I’m proud of the name so it doesn’t bother me either way-especially since some girls like it!

  15. Jorge says:

    You can hear the mp3 pronunciation ‘HHAORHHey’ here:

  16. Jörge says:

    I like my name and even though the Aust don’t know how 2pronounce it… bn para mí

  17. Samantha says:

    The name Jorge is very likely a Portuguese variant of the name George. Probably pronounced “Hor-hay’

  18. Samantha says:

    By the way, you can see more information about the name here at

  19. Josue says:

    I bet I have more problems with people not being able to pronounce my name. 😀

  20. andrew says:

    My wife’s name is Mariko but she changes it to Mary so as to make it easier for English people. Some guy in LA told me I should change my name from Andy to something more American like Bob or Bill. I have never liked my name and were I in the US now I would change it to Bob just to make life easier

  21. Paul says:

    My middle name is Jorge and i’m Portuguese. The correct pronunciation in Portuguese is as you would pronounce george in english. In Spanish it is pronounced “or-hay”. Get your facts straight people!

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