How Do You Pronounce Emily Ratajkowski’s Name? She Sets the Record Straight

How Do You Pronounce Emily Ratajkowski’s Name? She Sets the Record Straight
Feb 2023

Emily Ratajkowski shared "the Polish way" to correctly say her last name. Learn the proper pronunciation for the model's moniker.

When it comes to Emily Ratajkowski, you might be asking Rataj..how..ski do I pronounce her name?
Not to worry, as the 31-year-old model recently shared exactly how to say her moniker. In a TikTok shared by Tory Burch Feb. 15, Emily declared it's "Rat-Ah-Kof-Sky."
Now, Emily has introduced herself many a time on camera by saying "Rat-Ah-Cow-Skee," but elsewhere in the interview, which was filmed at 2023 New York Fashion Week, Emily noted that this pronunciation is "the Polish way."
Back in 2013, the model, who shares 23-month-old son Sylvester Apollo Bear with with ex Sebastian Bear-McClard, lent out a tip for those think her name is a little daunting to try. "The J is silent," she said, per Rolling Stone. "That's the trick. Occasionally people get it right on the first try, just through random luck."
While some have nailed it right away, there are people who have tried to get Emily to change her last name--a request her dad John David Ratajkowski has asked her not to fulfill.

"People have told me to change it over the years, but my dad is always saying, 'Never change your name!'" she noted, per the outlet. "My middle name is O'Hara, so it's a pretty epic name. Emily O'Hara Ratajkowski."

Epic, indeed. But Emily's moniker isn't the only one that's often mispronounced in Hollywood. To learn the pronunciation of more celebrity names, keep reading.

After much speculation surrounding her moniker, the model set the record straight in a TikTok shared by Tory Burch on Feb. 15, where she provided "the Polish way" to say it. She has also introduced herself by pronouncing her last name "Rat-Ah-Cow-Skee."

While Raven-Symone's character could see the future on That's So Raven, fans likely didn't see this coming. The actress revealed in a January 2023 TikTok that her name has been mispronounced for years and is actually pronounced See-mon-ye.

After Adam Sandler accidentally mispronounced Fraser's last name during a December 2022 interview for Variety's Actors on Actors series, the George of the Jungle star swung in with a trick that can help fans remember how to say the moniker correctly: Fraser rhymes with razor.

During a Q&A in October 2022, the powerhouse singer praised a fan for "perfectly" pronouncing her name as "uh-dale" when asking a question.

For her introductory video shared to TikTok in February 2022, Lindsay Lohan inadvertently set the record straight on how to correctly pronounce her last name, which is "Lo-wen."


Speaking with E! News in February 2022, Taylor revealed the first syllable of his last name rhymes with "out" instead of being pronounced as "lot."

The Clueless actress set the record straight on how to pronounce her name on TikTok. Alicia said she's not bothered if fans don't get it right, noting, "But my sweet mama didn't like it... so for her... get it right! Ali-SEE-yuh."

"My name is Kesha. Keh-sha," the singer said on TikTok. "Not Keisha. Not Ketchup. Kesha."

The 49-year-old actor's uncle revealed in an interview with Apple TV+ that we've all been pronouncing "Theroux" incorrectly, including Justin himself! "The main character is played by Justin Theroux, my nephew," Paul Theroux explained of the actor starring in his novel's television adaptation. The novelist later poked fun at his nephew, saying, "Sometimes he calls himself Justin tha-row [laughs]. It's a French name, it's Theroux."

The pop star dropped jaws in 2018 after she explained the correct way to say her last name. When speaking about her engagement to Pete Davidson at the time, Ariana discussed whether or not she'd take his last name in an interview with Beats 1's Ebro Darden. That's when she blurted out the "gran-dee" pronunciation when describing her own last name.

The Cravings cookbook author blew everyone's mind when she shared the real way to say her last name. During an appearance on Live With Kelly and Ryan in 2018, the model admitted it was her "fault" for the mispronunciation. "It's been 25 years, I'm tired of correcting people," she expressed.

The lasso of truth! The Wonder Woman actress chatted with Jimmy Kimmel about the pronunciation (guh-dote) and the meaning of her last name, which is "Riverbank" in Hebrew. "The Gadot used to be Greenstein," she confessed of her original last name, but her parents "felt" it had more oomph.

Prepare to be mind blown. During an appearance on Conan in 2012, the actor shared the "only two places that that is pronounced correctly, my last name, is in Sweden and in Ikea."

The star has openly discussed just how frequently people screw up his name. However, in 2011, he told The Hollywood Reporter he'd never change it because he was named after his step-grandfather, who pronounced it in the same way.

According to the legendary singer's IMDb page, her stage name is pronounced shar-day.

In 2014, the Fargo alum confirmed his last name is pronounced boo-sem-ee during a panel for Running Late with Scott Rogowsky. However, he said he doesn't "correct people" if they say boo-shh-em-me because "it's not wrong."

The Bombshell actress has become a household name but it appears we've been all saying it wrong. In 2014, Charlize told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show that her last name is always botched. "They screw it up," she quipped. "I almost want to make an audiotape on how to pronounce my name."

The Mean Girls alum has us all feeling like Karen because she revealed in 2012 during an interview with Hollywood Streams that the correct pronunciation of her last name is sigh-frid. Although, she admitted that her "sister says it differently" than she does.

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