My next door neighbor is from Louisiana. Last name Hebert. Down there, she's ay-BEAR. Up here she just introduces herself as HE-burt. She gave up the fight a long time ago.Yup. We had 3 Nguyens at my last workplace. One Wen, one Nwen, and one Nooyen. The Nooyen said his family just gave up as his dad had worked on US bases in Nam and had been called that since his dad was a teenager.