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#1 LittleFinch

Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:34 PM

DH and I usually like names that are easy to pronounce and spell (especially considering our surname is one that people always find difficult to pronounce & spell).
We both love the name Lila but are worried it would be mispronounced/misspelt.
If you saw the name "Lila" written, how would you pronounce it?
If you heard the name "lie-la" how would you assume it is spelt (I know it's a name that could have several variations Lila/Lyla/Lilah - which one would be your first instinct?). I know that the Lyla spelling would probably have less mispronunciations but it seems a bit cr8tiv to me with the "y". I also feel the same about the Lilah spelling (unless a nn for Delilah)..
I also love Delilah (with nn Lila) but DH doesn't like it due to the biblical character (not a "good" biblical character).
Also if you have any suggestions for similar names (or names that are pretty and easy to spell but not overly popular) please share! Thanks in advance.

#2 ~Peaches~

Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:50 PM

Our DD is Lila wub.gif I absolutely love the name!

Most people have no trouble whatsoever with her name, a few people have called her "Leela" or ""Layla" huh.gif But I'd say 99% of people know how to pronounce it properly, and even if they don't get it right the first time, you only need to correct them once and they'll get it.  
We have seen it spelt Lila, Lilah, Lyla and even Liylah ( ffear.gif ) but by far Lila was the stand out for us and seemed to be the easist way to spell it original.gif
Have never regretted it for a second, if you love it then go for it!

#3 wish*upon*a*star

Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:56 PM

I love the name Lila- spelt like this and pronounced lie-lah.

#4 4kidlets

Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:58 PM

I like the Lyla spelling - however my first thought on seeing Lila (or Lilah) would be same pronounciation as Lyla.


ie all of them pronounced 'Lie-la'

#5 I*Love*Christmas

Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:05 PM

I have a good friend with a daughter called Lila. I thought 'lie-la' pronounciation straight away however many people do say it wrong. Lee-la is the most common way people incorrectly say her name.



#6 Zachary Quack

Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:07 PM

I used to read the Sweet Valley series when I was younger. Lila Fowler was always Lie-la to me!

#7 katrina24

Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:09 PM

I like Lila.  I know a little Lila and she is lovely.

#8 blenheim

Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:10 PM

Lie-la - and Lila is definitely the prettiest spelling - lovely original.gif

#9 kerilyntaryn

Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:58 PM

If you saw the name "Lila" written, how would you pronounce it? Lil - a
If you heard the name "lie-la" how would you assume it is spelt (I know it's a name that could have several variations Lila/Lyla/Lilah - which one would be your first instinct?).Lyla

Ayla
Freya
Isla
Elsa
Lola
Maya
Enya
Eva
Stella
Sophia
Bella
Eliza
Leah
Anna
Audra
Gemma
Jenna
Lisa
Laura
Tessa
Zanna
Zola

Edited by kerilyntaryn, 14 February 2013 - 10:01 PM.


#10 Gudrun

Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:05 PM

I would pronounce it [LIE-la].   I wouldn't assume any one spelling.  I would have to ask.


Other names:

Shiloh
Myla
Lyra
Lorelei
Lilac
Lyris
Kyra
Nyah/Niah
Tallulah

#11 WithSprinkles

Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:25 AM

I would assume Lila to be pronounced Lie-lah.

If I had to write the name Lila, I would always ask the spelling (wouldn't assume a particular spelling like Gudrun). However I personally prefer the "Lila" spelling.

Very pretty name. I feel it is rising in popularity though.

Other suggestions:
Alexandra
Celeste
Stella

#12 *molly*

Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:57 PM

I never thought of Lila but I actually really like it. Have added it to my list! Thanks OP original.gif

#13 mum to1

Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:10 PM

I have a lyla love name n that how I would spell it lol. I have a friend who's name is lila but she pronunce's it lee-la so now if I see lila I always check how they would like it said, lyla n lilah I have no confusion on. original.gif




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