Lila prounanced 'Leela'

(44 Posts)
idalia Fri 03-May-13 18:08:23

Do you know any girls which name Lila is prounanced this way?

Wouldntyouliketoknow Sat 11-May-13 18:29:01

I always assumed Lila was pronounced Lee-la blush It's like Mila.

I'd go for it - Lila looks nicer than Leela and no matter how you spell it someone will always get it wrong IME!

hurricanemum Sat 11-May-13 17:23:29

I taught a girl - pronounced as you want and spelt Leala

nooka Sat 11-May-13 17:21:43

In my family there is s small Lila pronounced Lie-la and a small Mila pronounced like Miller. I've not heard that either of them have any particular problems.

Leela to me is very Futerama now, although I loved the Dr Who character (and Louise Jamieson).

LiloLils Sat 11-May-13 07:47:21

Oh and in answer to your original post, personally I would go for the name that sounds most like the spelling. So Leela for Leela. There's no need to cause undue confusion on you LO's name...which will last a lifetime, I promise!

LiloLils Sat 11-May-13 07:43:10

My name is lyla, pronounced lie-la. I get all sorts of mispronounciations all the time but its kind of funny. I've got to the point where I no longer correct people. Then laugh my arse off when they finally realise their mistake after calling me Leela for months.

For the record I love my name as its unusual. It's Arabic for "beautiful night"

narmada Fri 10-May-13 22:33:29

I love Lila, pronounced lee-la, and know several. Go for it !

siluria Fri 10-May-13 16:29:55

I know a Leila pronounced Leela. She loves her name.

Cookethenook Fri 10-May-13 15:52:11

I don't know anyone in real life, but the pronunciation 'Leela' reminds me of Futurama. I think it's lovely though.

BackforGood Fri 10-May-13 13:00:17

I do think she would have to go through life correcting people on a daily basis, which isn't something I would wish upon any of my dc.

Littlehousesomewhere Fri 10-May-13 12:51:14

I think Lila would be pronounced Lilla.

I think Lyla is pronounced Lie-la.

I think Leila and Layla are pronounced Lay-la.

I think Leela would be pronounced Lee-la.

Saying that, people would eventually get use to the pronunciation. So calling Lila 'Lee-la' will be fine.

nonamenewname Fri 10-May-13 12:38:49

I wanted to have Lila (pronounced 'lie-la'), but I was fairly certain this would be "wrong": I know two Lilas (pronounced 'lee-la') - one Spanish, one Swiss. Clearly there's not one right way, and I agree with the pp who said that the pronunciation you like will prob be assumed everywhere but the UK!

(Btw, I didn't have Lila, but that's because I had a boy instead grin)

Also know a Leila (leela)

SailorJupiter Mon 06-May-13 11:46:57

I know a lila pronounced lie-la and it's mispronounced more often than not, she gets leela, layla and lill-a all the time, rarely lie-la first time!

Coffee1Sugar Mon 06-May-13 11:40:04

I know a Leila who pronounces it as "leela"

raisah Mon 06-May-13 08:16:31

Leela is an Indian girls name and is spelt & pronounced as such. if you want people to pronounce it as Leela then spell it that way to avoid the constant mispronounciation. Leela is a name in its own right.

MakingAnotherList Sat 04-May-13 14:30:21

I would pronounce it Leela.
I would do so because of Lilo and Stitch blush

Friend has just named her daughter Mila (nicknamed Smila, obviously that caught on but it's very sweet!) pronounced My-la, like Lila would be. However, because of Mila Kunis, everyone thinks it's Mee-La. oops.

Kittykatmacbill Sat 04-May-13 14:13:00

Leela makes me think of futrama! It's quite nice spelt like that.

I would assume that Lila would be pronounced like lilac - same root word I guess?

wigglesrock Sat 04-May-13 10:34:17

or Lila even blush I can't use my phone - touch screen and fat fingers - the enemy of technology

wigglesrock Sat 04-May-13 10:32:54

I know a Liela pronounced Leela. If I saw the name written down I'd ask how to pronounce it, I'd have 3 different ways. People usually only need telling once, I have a Sofia, she's almost 8 and we had a few what now pronunciations a few times but certainly not enough to piss either her or me off.

galwaygirl Sat 04-May-13 09:48:18

It's also the Swedish for purple and pronounced Leela too.
I think it depends where you live, the the UK people would probably say Lie-la but elsewhere in Europe you might get Leela.

Swanlike Sat 04-May-13 09:46:52

So would you all assume that Sheila should be pronounced Shayla? The name, pronunciation and spelling have been in my family for at least 4 generations.

cantreachmytoes Sat 04-May-13 09:41:19

I know a Lila pronounced Leela. It didn't occur to me that you'd say it any other way - and she does not have big problems with it. The way to make the "I" sound "ih" would be to write it Lilla.
As its a name of Arabic origin, there isn't a correct English way of writing it anyway, so best keep it simple.

(I have a friend called Anna. Simple name, right? She has to often spell it so that there are two "Ns" and to make sure it ends with and "a" not an "e".)

magpieC Sat 04-May-13 09:33:45

I know a Lila pronounced Leela - her parents are Austrian and, as has been said, it's German for purple.

DeputyDeputyChiefOfStaff Sat 04-May-13 09:33:08

I knew someone at primary school whose name was pronounced Leela, but I can't remember how she spelt it. I always thought it was a pretty name.

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