How Do You Pronounce Havre de Grace?

Owners of the racehorse that shares a name with the city visited Havre de Grace recently to ask locals how to pronounce "Havre de Grace."

We've all had the experience.

That smile or wince when you hear someone pronounce "" incorrectly.

In fact, , I asked the owner of the race horse named for Havre de Grace how he pronounces it. .

The owners of , , visited the city in January and asked residents to clear up the issue they'd been discussing for years.

How exactly do you pronounce "Havre de Grace?"

Check out the video with this post for the answer from residents, business owners and readers in .

TELL US: Did the residents and business owners in this video adequately represent the community with their pronounciation of Havre de Grace? Leave a comment below.


Joel February 03, 2012 at 11:50 AM
How else would you pronounce it? Harve d' grass (as in the French), Hay-vree dee graycee, Haver du grassee....just guessing...
Mike Tarbert February 03, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Its Havre de Grass
Jessica February 03, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Haver dee Grayce =)
Amir Hakeem February 03, 2012 at 01:12 PM
هافر دي جريس
Susan Van Emden Nappi February 03, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Us relocatees from Fort Monmouth need remedial lessons. Locals pronouce 'Havre" as "Have", but there is a residual "r" sound that we can't master! Couple that with taking years of French, and a natural tendency to revert to en francaise...
G.R. February 03, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Have ah dee grace. The "r" is silent.
Sharon B. February 03, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Haver dee grace (like at the dinner table)
Sharon B. February 03, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Yes! you got it!! :) all these other ones are wrong!
Juanita Barker February 03, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Years ago, when I was still in school I think, the City Council voted it to officially be pronounced Haver de Grace. It also declared BOREBON street the official way to pronounce Bourbon street, not like the liquor as in New Orleans. I am sure if you review the archives of the mins of CC, you will find it somewhere. I just don't remember the year. J Barker
Melissa Kuzma February 03, 2012 at 03:42 PM
For the next edition of "How DO You Pronounce That?" the HdG Patch team travels to Juniata Street... :o)
Fred Cullum February 03, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Joel February 03, 2012 at 03:56 PM
But does Juanita live on Juniata Street in Haver di Grass?
Patricia Campbell February 03, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I hear Haver de Grace more than anything else; however, I have noticed that a great many physicians I've had in Harford and Cecil and Baltimore counties pronounce it in French, which I like a lot better as that pronunciation has a romantic ring to it. P. Campbell
Sean Welsh February 03, 2012 at 06:04 PM
You mean, Wah-NEE-tah Street?
Juanita Barker February 03, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Having grown up in Havre de Grace with the name Juanita (no...I lived on Otsego street) my dad had a friend who called me June e ah tah to torment me. If you notice the spelling is different with the 1st A. Juanita....Juniata There were Indians along the Susquehanna shores I bet. There is another one of those words....Susque......
James P. Miller February 03, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Jessica February 04, 2012 at 06:58 PM
yep good ol Haver dee Grace!!!
Jessica February 04, 2012 at 06:58 PM
woohoo good job Fred!!! I agree :)
Lynne Hewlett February 05, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Born and raised in Haver dee grayce as was my father, Sharon B is correct and now that I live in the horse capitol of the world ( Lex. KY ) I'm working on teaching the whole state how to say it right!!! Amazing filly named after an Amazing town.


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