I personally said DAY-TH. I’ve heard it pronounced DOTH and DIE-TH also.
…Just so you know I just now spent twenty minutes trying to track down the etymology of the word “daith”. What I can tell you is that daith is a piercing name only. Unlike the conch, tragus, and helix the “daith” is not an anatomical name.
Apparently the anatomical name for that ridge is the Crus (or “leg”) of the helix. So the helix wraps around the outer ear, curves down and forward into the forward helix, and ends at the crus of the helix which connects into the conch. This is where you find a daith piercing.
And I, apparently, have too much time on my hands.
So …anyway. I say DAY-TH.
Ryan Ouellette, APP outreach
The story is that it was named by the first person to get one (the first one was done by Erik Dakota I believe). It was supposed to be the hebrew word for knowledge (which is Da’at). So not sure if the client got it wrong, or if it’s just a story that spread and morphed in the days before the internet.
Crazy story. Shortly after moving to Santa Cruz, CA to work at Anatometal, I was at a gathering at a friend of a friend’s house. He was a cool dude. Had several nice motorcycles, loved to cook out on his grill, and had a garage full of classic arcade games. Most people there weren’t tied to the piercing industry, so I kind of stuck out like a sore thumb. I went out back to smoke a cigarette and fell into conversation with this lanky guy who had a long, dirty blonde pony tail tucked in the back of his shirt. He was a machinist, and we talked about that a good deal. Then we fell into a conversation about guns (a shared passion), and I’m thinking-“damn, this a cool guy.” He asked my name, and what I did for a living, and when I told him I was a body piercer, he said he used to be one too. ”Here we go”, I thought. I had to walk away. I didn’t want another one of those conversations. I asked his name, so I could thank him and break away, and he said, “Erik. Erik Dakota.”
"Wait, like… the Erik Dakota?”
He laughed. ”Yeah, I guess.”
This changed everything. My first question? ”Alright man, I want to you to settle this once and for all. Is it ‘dayth’ or ‘doth’?”
"It’s definitely ‘doth’."
We talked for a few hours after that. It was weird that this dude could have been anybody, and he just so happened to be someone who helped shape my industry and is singlehandedly credited with created one of my favorite piercings to do, and some of the techniques I use every single day.