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#1 Eggie

Posted 04 November 2008 - 12:15 PM

Im in love with the name Ali (said Alley). I want the spelling to be Ali cause its the first 3 letters of my mums name but my husband is worried people wont know how to say it. What do you think. I dont want to pick a name that everyone always says wrong

Edited by little-eggy, 04 November 2008 - 12:18 PM.

#2 ~Nodnol~

Posted 04 November 2008 - 12:17 PM

I would pronounce it like Alley.

#3 WonkieTonkie

Posted 04 November 2008 - 12:18 PM

How many other ways are there to pronouce Ali?


#4 bubblegummum

Posted 04 November 2008 - 12:19 PM

For a girl I'd assume it was 'Alley' short for Alison or some other name.  For a boy I'd assume it was 'Ah-li'.

#5 Eggie

Posted 04 November 2008 - 12:20 PM

WonkieTonkie like the way you say Muhammad Ali.
bubblegummum I would only use it fro a girl

Edited by little-eggy, 04 November 2008 - 12:21 PM.

#6 ~JASB~

Posted 04 November 2008 - 12:21 PM

For a girl, I would absolutely read Ali as Alley.

#7 nico83

Posted 04 November 2008 - 12:23 PM

I would say it Alley ... Could you add an 'e' ... Alie and then it's still the first 3 letters of your mum's name.

Although I really think most people would say it 'alley'.

#8 riwybo

Posted 04 November 2008 - 12:23 PM

My best friends name is Ali & its not hard to prn at all. The spelling won't confuse anyone I don't think.
It's prn Alley.

#9 Belinda

Posted 04 November 2008 - 12:24 PM

I would say it 'ah-lee' , as in Mohammed.  I would also assume it was a male's name.

#10 1funaussie

Posted 04 November 2008 - 12:25 PM

Yes, I think everyone will assume it's pronounced 'Alley' if it's a girl.  Nice name!

#11 *boyzmummy*

Posted 04 November 2008 - 12:27 PM

I would pronounce "Alley"

#12 ~A2~

Posted 04 November 2008 - 12:34 PM

I use this as a nickname (instead of Alison)and probably more than my full name.

I have never had it pronounced any other way than Alley even if people don't realise what it is short for.

For a boy it might  be different but for a girl, no worries.

Ali wink.gif

#13 tanjb

Posted 04 November 2008 - 12:49 PM

I'd assume Alley is a girl, and Ahli if a boy .... wouldn't assume either if seeing it written without knowledge if a boy or a girl... but you can't these days so don't think that's a problem.

I know many nick-named Ali's - all spelt like that and all girls ....

#14 ~FrenchFries~

Posted 04 November 2008 - 03:05 PM

I owuld pronounce it Alley

#15 clumpy

Posted 04 November 2008 - 09:40 PM

If I saw Ali written down with no surname, I would assume the person was Arabic and the name pronounced Ah-LEE (as with Muhammed Ali). I know lots of women who have this nickname spell it this way. If I went by this name I'd spell it Ally.

Apart from the fact she'd be likely to have pronunciation confusion, I really think Ali is just far too nicknamey and insubstantial as a full name for a girl and woman.

Would you consider it as a shortened form of Alice, Alison, Alicia, Alana, Alannah, etc?

Edited by clumpy, 04 November 2008 - 09:42 PM.

#16 desertflower

Posted 05 November 2008 - 07:20 AM

My name is Ali- just like that, not short for anything. I really like it to be honest, its a bit different (for our generation anyway) and I've never had a pronounciation problem. People sometimes assume its short for something, but its never been a huge issue. I say go for it.

#17 Guest_Chadvikise_*

Posted 05 November 2008 - 07:29 AM

If I saw Ali (as a full name), I would pronounce it like Mohammed Ali the boxers last name. I would also assume the child was a boy.

#18 nico83

Posted 05 November 2008 - 07:33 AM

I think its such a beautiful name... so much so ... that's our dogs name  blush.gif  BUT I would have held on to it for a daughter although our last name is too much like Barber and I thought it would have been a little harsh having a little girl cop Ali Barber for the rest of her life (hence we called our dog that!!)  biggrin.gif

#19 ~Simply*Blue~

Posted 05 November 2008 - 07:35 AM


#20 pipstar

Posted 05 November 2008 - 01:21 PM

I agree with clumpy.

What about Allie?

#21 Gone-Country

Posted 05 November 2008 - 01:24 PM

I would say Alley too.

What about Ally? Alli? Allie?

#22 Eggie

Posted 05 November 2008 - 02:15 PM

Thanks everyone for their replys. I dont want to call the baby alison, alice etc and then call her Ali for short. Im a big believer in calling a child what you want to call them everyday, for example calling a child Bradley but knowing you are going to call them Brad for the rest of their lives if you know what I mean.
So I want to go with just Ali, I mighy look at different spelling like Allie maybe
Choosing names is not easy!!! Lucky I still have ages.
Thanks again everyone

#23 personal

Posted 05 November 2008 - 03:36 PM

I love it spelt Ali wub.gif  i think it is very feminin and beautiful i dont understand how anyone could confuse it or her there is a member on here called jezsar and her daughter is Ali

#24 scarfie

Posted 05 November 2008 - 04:06 PM

I'm Ali and the only time I have ever had any problems was when I was working in Coles and a few people commented that it was a male name in their culture.

Lovely name if I do say so myself  blush.gif


#25 Eggie

Posted 05 November 2008 - 04:08 PM

when I was working in Coles and a few people commented that it was a male name in their culture.

Really, I have never hear of a male called Ali. What culture do u know??
I agree scarfie it is a very lovely name

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