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How to Pronounce Notre Dame Football Players’ Names

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Please take five seconds to familiarize yourself with some of the trickiest ones.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 29 CFP Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic - Clemson v Notre Dame Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

I’m sensitive about being called the right name.

My first name is Jude, which seems straightforward enough until people start freelancing. “Judd” is probably the most common mispronunciation, but I’ve too often heard “Judy” and, once, “Judd-e.”

So I’m going to help you pronounce the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football players’ names correctly, so you can sound well-informed. Consider it a sign of respect to the student-athlete that you learned the correct way to pronounce their name. (Spelling is important too.)

All of these come from the official site; they are not my interpretations.

  • Kendall Abdur-Rahman: ab-DUR RAH-men
  • Jayson Ademilola and Justin Ademilola: add-ah-ME-oh-la (Previously: Add-e-me-oh-la)
  • Temitope Agoro: Tee-me-tep (or “temy”) ah-GOR-oh (Previously: Uh-go-row)
  • Litchfield Ajavon: adge-AH-von (Previously: Adge-uh-von)
  • Jafar Armstrong: Juh-far
  • Mick Assaf: A-saff (Previously: Ace-saf)
  • Asmar Bilal: az-MAR bill-LAWL
  • TaRiq Bracy: Tuh-reek brace-E (Previously: Bray-cee)
  • Jonathan Doerer: DOOR-er
  • Liam Eichenberg: ike-EN-burg (Previously: Ike-n-burg)
  • Cameron Ekanayake: eck-uh-NY-uh-kuh
  • Osita Ekwonu: oh-SEE-tuh e-KWAN-ooo (Previously: Ooo-see-tuh Eck-wa-new)
  • C’Bo Flemister: SEE-bo
  • Jamion Franklin: jay-ME-on
  • Isaiah Foskey: Fah-ski
  • Jordan Genmark Heath: JEN-mark
  • Dillan Gibbons: Dillon
  • Alohi Gilman: Uh-LOW-he
  • Daelin Hayes: DAY-lin (Previously: DAY-lun)
  • Kurt Hinish: HI-nish
  • Jamir Jones and Jahmir Smith: Juh-mear
  • Phil Jurkovec: jur-KO-vik
  • Khalid Kareem: KAH-lid
  • Cole Kmet: kuh-MET
  • Andrew Kristofic: kris-TAH-fik
  • Marist Liufau: lee-UH-fow
  • Javon McKinley: ja-VON (Previously: Juh-vonn)
  • Paul Moala: moo-ALA
  • Ovie Oghoufo: uh-GO-fu
  • Adetokunbo Ogundeji: Ah-duh-kun-bo (or ah-DAY) O-gun-day-gee
  • Julian Okwara: oak-WARA
  • Nana Osafo-Mensah: nah-nah oh-SAH-fo MEN-suh
  • Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah: oh-WOO-sue COR-ah-MO-uh (Previously: O-woo-sue Cora-moe-uhh)
  • Arion Shinaver: r-ee-on shin-AH-ver
  • George Takacs: tak-ISS (Previously: Tac-iss)
  • Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa: tongue-uh-vai-LO-uah uh-MOE-suh (Previously: Tung-oh-vie-oh-la Uh-moe-suh)
  • Donte Vaughn: don-TAY
  • Kofi Wardlow: KO-fee Ward-low