Dahlia - how would you pronounce it?

(60 Posts)
goofygoober Fri 02-May-14 21:05:55

We like this name for a girl - but do you say Dah-lee ya or Day-lee ya?


ophiotaurus Fri 02-May-14 21:06:40

Dah lee ah

spottydolphin Fri 02-May-14 21:06:44

i would say day-lee-ya

ThatBloodyWoman Fri 02-May-14 21:06:49


alita7 Fri 02-May-14 21:08:52

the plant is day Lee ah but I like the name pronounced Dar Lee ah.

TheAbominableWoman Fri 02-May-14 21:09:17


AuntieStella Fri 02-May-14 21:10:44

Day-li-a, same as the flower.

fisherpricephone Fri 02-May-14 21:13:29

Day-lee-ya. Americans say Dah-lee-ya from what I've seen on youtube.

OverAndAbove Fri 02-May-14 21:15:12

Day-lee-a, with the emphasis on Day.

Quangle Fri 02-May-14 21:21:35

I would have said Day lee a except I know one irl - a grown up one - and she's dah lee a

Kleptronic Fri 02-May-14 21:26:40


Martorana Fri 02-May-14 21:28:42

How can you like it if you don't know how to say it??

It's Day-lee-ah in English.

HenI5 Fri 02-May-14 21:33:54

English was as per the flower.

Dar lee ah sounds affected to me.

goofygoober Fri 02-May-14 21:34:19

I actually like it pronounced either way. I asked the question to see how others would expect it to sound, should we decide to use it. That's if we end up with a DD and not a DS!


BuggedByJake Fri 02-May-14 21:35:57


BurdenedWithGloriousPurpose Fri 02-May-14 21:40:46


I'm a goofy goober...


I say Dah-lee-a.


Treaclepot Fri 02-May-14 21:43:54

We had a girl at school called Dahlia said Dah-lee-ah, her family was indian.

Dunwhingin Fri 02-May-14 21:51:10

The plant is day - liah, the name is dah-liah
I think anyway

Frontdoorstep Fri 02-May-14 21:53:13

Dale-ya is how I say it.

MollyBdenum Fri 02-May-14 22:07:35

It's one of those words that I read before I heard anyone say it, so in my head it's Dah-lee-a but I would actually say Day-lee-a.

Darmok Fri 02-May-14 22:26:31

I know an American girl called Dahlia, Dar Lee ah.

I'd say Day lee ah though for an English girl, unless told otherwise.

TheLastThneed Fri 02-May-14 22:28:01

Dar Lee Ah

MrsBungle Fri 02-May-14 22:28:30

Day lia like the flower. I considered it for dc2. I love it.

PigletJohn Fri 02-May-14 22:30:37

depends what country you are in.

The plant was introduced to Europe, from IIRC Mexico by a Professor Dahl. I believe he was Swiss-German and pronounced his name Darl, so in most of the world they are called Darl-ee-as.

In UK for some reason we call them Day-lee-as.

AberdeenAngusina Fri 02-May-14 22:30:38

Day-lee -ah

Bunbaker Fri 02-May-14 22:30:51

I just assumed you would pronounce it the same way the plant is pronounced - Day-lee-ya. Isn't that the case then?

MerryMarigold Fri 02-May-14 22:33:27

I know this sounds silly but...

If I saw it as a name 'Dahlia Smythe' I would think it's Dah-lee-ah

But in a garden centre I would refer to them as Day-lee-ers. Maybe it's a singular and plural thing. You never get one Day-lee-er (flower) on its own!

RiverTam Fri 02-May-14 22:38:45

Day-lia, like the flower. There's a character called this in Suburgatory - they pronounced it Dar-lia, which I thought sounded a bit daft.

AiryFairyHairyAndScary Fri 02-May-14 22:40:12

MerryMarigold has it!

Dar-lee-ya - if a name

Day-lee-ya if it's a flower

BigfootFiles Fri 02-May-14 22:43:08

There's a sitcom on E4 called Suburgatory which has a character called Dalia, whose name is pronounced "Dar-lee-a".

Dahlia, I would assumed to be pronounced like the flower.

BigfootFiles Fri 02-May-14 22:44:00

x-post with RiverTam - but the character in Suburgatory spells it without the 'h'.

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 02-May-14 23:29:04


Surely it is phonetic?

beershuffle Fri 02-May-14 23:31:15

Dah-lee-a. And I speak English.

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 02-May-14 23:33:52

Beer you and I can speak our own brand of English and leave the rest to it grin

Orangeisthenewbanana Sat 03-May-14 01:48:55

Mmm....you made me think there.

As someone's name I would use Dar-lee-a.
For the flower I would use Day-lee-a though.

Couldn't for the life of you tell you why I hear them differently in my head I'm afraid, sorry! <helpful>

Orangeisthenewbanana Sat 03-May-14 01:51:19

X-post MerryMarigold! Sorry, on threads like these, I try not to read the other replies before I answer smile

ThingsThatShine Sat 03-May-14 01:51:27

Dah lee ah

Didn't cross my mind that it would be day lee a for the name until I read this!


florascotia Sat 03-May-14 21:21:31

Dahl -ee-ah

As previous poster said, the modern name originated with Swedish botanist surnamed Dahl = Dahl or (less accurately) Darl.

Of course, the flower had an earlier name in its own indigenous culture, but that has been largely forgotten ( a great shame).

livingatheendofthewall Mon 05-May-14 00:08:30


scottishmummy Mon 05-May-14 00:13:03


AiryFairyHairyAndScary Mon 05-May-14 01:08:30

ScottishMummy. I think you might be thinking of THIS grin

scottishmummy Mon 05-May-14 01:10:30

I wasn't,but ohh my,thats a great link and picture.thanks

AiryFairyHairyAndScary Mon 05-May-14 01:11:53



BackforGood Mon 05-May-14 01:31:33


Although in the American Sitcom I was watching last year, there was a girl they called Dar-lia, so maybe that's the American way to pronounce it ? or maybe it's a different name after all

Salazar Mon 05-May-14 02:44:35

I pronounce the flower day-Leah

But the 22 year old Dahlia I know pronounces it Dar-lee-ah

Thumbwitch Mon 05-May-14 02:46:58


Some Aussies pronounce it as dar-leea - confused the hell out of me to start with!

But I don't like Dar-leea as a name, reminds me too much of Darla, which is the name of the awful child in Finding Nemo. grin

YoungBritishPissArtist Mon 05-May-14 05:07:53

Never met a Dahlia but know a Dalia (Arabic) pron. DAH-lee-ah.

Eastpoint Mon 05-May-14 05:31:01

Finnish girl at school pronounces it Dah-lia

There is also a girl with the name Dalia which is pronounced the same way.

beershuffle Mon 05-May-14 12:33:10

Well youmust have beenthinking of something else, sm, because your pronounciation isnt possible, youneed a second L that isnt actually there.

scottishmummy Mon 05-May-14 13:29:47

I fear its you whos got wrong end stick
I am. perfectly clear on how id say the name
Dah- lie-lah

Thumbwitch Mon 05-May-14 13:32:10

But you're making up a second L where there is none, SM. Which is just wrong.

susiedaisy Mon 05-May-14 13:35:05

Day lee a

Salazar Mon 05-May-14 14:08:44

Scottishmummy, isn't that Delilah? And not Dahlia.

namechangenumber5 Mon 05-May-14 14:12:05

I'd say dahlia, but I know a daylia, it just sounds weird to me.

beershuffle Mon 05-May-14 14:28:21

You can say it that way, but youd be making it up. Dahlia, one L, you cant make a lie-lah at the end because THAT WOULD NEED ANOTHER L THAT ISNT THERE. Notsure how you can be unclear about that. confused

Unless of course you think Sarah is pronounced Sair-Rah-Rah. And Jenny is Jen-nen-ny.

Martorana Mon 05-May-14 15:44:15

Dahlia is Day-lee-ah. Or at a pinch Darh-lee-a. Not Del-li-lah. Which is, unsurprisingly, spelled Delilah. What with it having two l-sounds and all.

scottishmummy Mon 05-May-14 17:41:01

Beershuffle,you are of course right,and for some reason I kept reading it as Delilah
I need a zingy cuppa tea or something.and I've no idea why I read and reread as Delilah
So after all that I'd say it as dah-lee-ah

TheScience Mon 05-May-14 17:47:37

I'd say darlia as I thought it came from the name Dahl. Though daylia is pretty too.

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