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Ashb123 Sun 20-Oct-19 09:52:40

My little girl is called Mia but people are saying it differently and it’s really annoying me! I pronounce it Mia as in mee-ah but she keeps getting calling mya, she’s only 10 days old and it’s putting me off it to the point of changing it.

Abouttoblow Sun 20-Oct-19 09:54:17

I know two Mias and they're both pronounced Mya.

Drinkciderfromalemon Sun 20-Oct-19 09:54:59

I'd pronounce it however you told me it was pronounced. Though FWIW, I would say me-ah also.

PreschoolYes Sun 20-Oct-19 09:55:37

I'd say Mee-ah.

goingtotown Sun 20-Oct-19 09:55:44

The same as you MEE-AH.

Freddiemercuarysmoustache Sun 20-Oct-19 09:55:52

Meeya if spelled mia
Maya if spelled mya

MustardScreams Sun 20-Oct-19 09:55:57

I say Me-ah.

My-ah would be spelt Maya no?

iklboo Sun 20-Oct-19 09:56:01

Mee-ah (as in Farrow)

EleanorReally Sun 20-Oct-19 09:56:04

I woudl say Mee ah

Cherrysoup Sun 20-Oct-19 09:56:10

Just keep repeating’It’s Mee-ah’. She’ll do a good job of it herself once she can speak. One of my little chaps is coaching me to say his name, it’s not madly unusual, I just have an accent.

RoomR0613 Sun 20-Oct-19 09:56:43

I would say mee-ah

Perhaps it's a scown / scon type situation and depends where you live.

KnifeAngel Sun 20-Oct-19 09:57:11

I know about 10 Mia's 8 are pronounced Mee-a the other two are My-a.

Ohyesiam Sun 20-Oct-19 09:57:27

As in Farrow.
To me my-ah is spelt Maia.

Kyvia Sun 20-Oct-19 09:57:33

I would instinctively say Mee-ah but I know people who pronounce it both ways so it’s one of those names you have to explain how to pronounce when you first meet people or politely correct them if they guess it wrong.

FthisS Sun 20-Oct-19 09:57:52

Same as you

Sexnotgender Sun 20-Oct-19 09:58:44

I’d say My-ah.

Jamhandprints Sun 20-Oct-19 09:58:52

I'd say Mee ah but Maya (M-eye-a) is in fashion at the moment.
They'll get the hang of it within a couple of months if you tell them, I don't think it's a lifelong issue thing.

DelurkingAJ Sun 20-Oct-19 09:58:55

Yep, she’ll correct them. My DS1 has a very dignified look which goes with ‘I’m called Joseph, not Jo’ (not his real name) when people assume they should shorten it. Has been saying it since he could my surprise as I just assumed it would get shortened by friends.

Poppyfields21 Sun 20-Oct-19 09:59:09

Mee-ah. If it was my-ah it would be Mya

drspouse Sun 20-Oct-19 09:59:15

I know two My-a and one is spelled just like that "Mya" and one is Maya.

HumpHumpWhale Sun 20-Oct-19 09:59:20

I'd say Mee-ah too. Just correct people. It's a beautiful name, it would be a shame to change it!

Ashb123 Sun 20-Oct-19 10:01:42

It’s really put me off it! but my husband thinks it’s too late to change it, she isn’t registered yet but people have been told her name and have bought gifts and cards etc with the name on it, this wasn’t the original name choice but he decided in the hospital he no longer liked the name we picked so we went for Mia

ExpletiveDelighted Sun 20-Oct-19 10:02:07

I'd say Mee-a.

Fuiseog Sun 20-Oct-19 10:03:22

Mee-ah is definitely the go-to pronunciation for Mia.

My-ah for Maya.

Elyat Sun 20-Oct-19 10:06:14

From your second post it sounds like you didn't get much choice in the name?

hoorayforharoldlloyd Sun 20-Oct-19 10:07:09

Just correct people nicely, they'll get used to it. My babys name is unusual in this country - i had guessed some of the mispronunciations but have been surprised by a left field one! I still love their name though - mia is a nice name, don't be put off, it will settle down.

Plus people can misspell names like kate (cait, cate etc) so you could change to something else people get wrong!

LucileDuplessis Sun 20-Oct-19 10:09:22

You need to have a name you love OP. It's not too late to change.

MirandaWest Sun 20-Oct-19 10:09:59

I’d say Mee-a

Ashb123 Sun 20-Oct-19 10:11:56

I’ve no choice in changing it he won’t even discuss it just gets annoyed, in the hospital I didn’t put up much of a fight for the original name but he was adamant she was named before we left but I feel ive made the wrong choice

Pilot12 Sun 20-Oct-19 10:12:43


coconuttelegraph Sun 20-Oct-19 10:15:18

Mee-ah, definitely needs a y to be My-ah

Is it younger friends who are mis-pronoucing it? I would have expected Mee-ah to be the obvious way so wondering if there's a younger celebrity they are thinking of

RumpoleoftheBaileys Sun 20-Oct-19 10:16:42

What was the original name?

Aragog Sun 20-Oct-19 10:16:49


But I would check as I've taught children with this name where it's been pronounced as either Me-ah or My-ah.
At the moment I teach two children with the name bd both are pronounced differently. I do try very hard to remember which is which but I can't always get it right I'm afraid.

PixieDustt Sun 20-Oct-19 10:17:32


Aragog Sun 20-Oct-19 10:17:37

I also teach three girls with the name Maya and again they are pronounced either Me-ah or My-ah.

Ashb123 Sun 20-Oct-19 10:19:09

The original name was Evie and I still love it

Drinkciderfromalemon Sun 20-Oct-19 10:20:03

My h did the same to ke - changed his mind re the name and picked something different. I found it took a long time to get used to the name and I couldnt use it for quite some time.

ShetlandWife Sun 20-Oct-19 10:20:20

Definitely mee-ah like Mia Farrow

Drinkciderfromalemon Sun 20-Oct-19 10:20:35

To me

Aus84 Sun 20-Oct-19 10:21:57


I know a lot of of Mia's all with the above pronunciation.

I love the name Evie...

NameChange30 Sun 20-Oct-19 10:22:56

Call her Evie then.
Do not let him bully you.
You haven't even registered the birth yet, you can still call her what you want.
You can tell family and friends that you've changed your mind.
You could even be honest and tell them you had a difference of opinion.

Does he insist on his own way for other things? Get annoyed when you try and discuss them?

thethoughtfox Sun 20-Oct-19 10:23:44

I know 2 Mias. One of each pronunciation.

KnickerBockerAndrew Sun 20-Oct-19 10:24:03

Tbh I don't think your problem is with the pronounciation- I think it's the fact that you were under pressure to change it when you were vulnerable and tired. I'd explain this to DH and insist upon changing it.

Ffsnosexallowed Sun 20-Oct-19 10:24:14

Mia is Mee-ah
Maia is My -ah

msjrmesq Sun 20-Oct-19 10:24:34

Mee-ah, My-a would be spelt like that.

KUGA Sun 20-Oct-19 10:24:40


glitterfarts Sun 20-Oct-19 10:25:02

DH did the same for DD2, it took me a couple of years to feel her name fit her to be honest.
Evie and Mia are both lovely.

However, if you don't like Mia and he doesn't like Evie, you haven't named her have you?
FWIW - I'd say:
Me-ah for Mia.
My-ah for Maia or Maya.

MontyBowJangles Sun 20-Oct-19 10:25:28

Speak to DH again. Ask for Evie as a first name and Mia as a second maybe?

I always thought it was

Mia = mee-ah
Mya = my-ah
Maia = May-ah
Maya = May-ah
Mila = Meel-ah

Tbh there are lots of all of the versions around so I'd avoid them for that (but I don't like popular names tbh!)

loutypips Sun 20-Oct-19 10:26:17

So your husband didn't like the first name and isn't letting you change it? hmmbugger that! If you haven't yet registered her then change it if you want to.

ScreamingValenta Sun 20-Oct-19 10:26:47

I'd say 'mee - ah'.

Frazzled2207 Sun 20-Oct-19 10:26:47


However there are a few Maias and Mayas round here- that is far less clear cut.

AllStarBySmashMouth Sun 20-Oct-19 10:27:10

Mee-ah, 100%. Otherwise it should be spelt Maya, Maia or Mya.

Every Mia I know is "Mee-ah"

MontyBowJangles Sun 20-Oct-19 10:27:21

Oh yes, correction, Maya could be May-ah or My-ah.

Then you've got all the Amelias and Emilias... And now Malia (Barrack Obama's daughter's name) they all just sound so similar...

diddl Sun 20-Oct-19 10:27:27

I'd say Me-a.

But I agree, if he doesn't like Evie & you don't like Mia then you need a new name.

Don't let him sneak off & register!

FindaPenny Sun 20-Oct-19 10:27:51

Mia I would pronounce Mee-ah.
Maia, Myah, Mya I would pronounce My-ah
Maya... I wouldn't be sure if it's May-ah or My-ah

Chocolatedeficitdisorder Sun 20-Oct-19 10:28:40

My DD is called Leah, which I thought was an old and well established name and people would know how to pronounce it.

Nope, she is regularly called Laya or just Lee.

1066vegan Sun 20-Oct-19 10:28:45

Teacher here. I've known quite a few Mias and have heard both pronunciations so would ask the child (or the parents in the case of a baby) how they pronounced their name.

MissMadEyeMoody Sun 20-Oct-19 10:29:39

I have this same issue when DD, also named Mia. Wanted to change but she's already registered.

I'd change if you don't love it

chartreuse Sun 20-Oct-19 10:30:00

I would say Mee ah. It's a beautiful name and people will realise once you say it, but it sounds as if you really love Evie.

Don't let DH bully you into calling her a name you don't love. I firmly believe that the person who carried her and gave birth to her should have the final say over the name. People change their minds all the time, often weeks after the birth, don't worry about that. Everyone apart from you will forget you even considered Mia in a few weeks.

Go with your heart on this, and congratulations on your beautiful daughter!

Wheat2Harvest Sun 20-Oct-19 10:30:22

I would just correct people as you go along and say her name is pronounced mee-ah.

A friend of mine and his DP named their baby son Elias. My DP and I were pronouncing it Ee-lie-us until we were were told it was Ellie-us. No big deal - they were nice about it and we apologised for getting it wrong.

Geneva1995 Sun 20-Oct-19 10:30:25

Definitely mee-ah, although I would probably double check with the parent as I know a little girl called Mia and it’s pronounced My-ah hmm in that case I would of spelt it Mya.

MorningMonsters Sun 20-Oct-19 10:30:51

I would think Me-uh but I have met a few Pronounced My-uh so now I would always check the pronunciation first .

MotherOfDragonite Sun 20-Oct-19 10:32:09

Mee-ah as in Mia Farrow!

Geneva1995 Sun 20-Oct-19 10:32:20

I actually remember saying to one of the girls mum I looked after a few years ago, is it pronounced Mee-ah or My-ah and she said “oh which ever”

In my opinion they are 2 different names

Beautiful3 Sun 20-Oct-19 10:32:50

Go with Evie.

Hellabove5 Sun 20-Oct-19 10:33:57

Mee-ah for sure.
I'd not change it. Just keep correcting people and they will soon learn.
My name is a long one and still people get it wrong and I'm 28. Doesn't bother me too much

Blondebakingmumma Sun 20-Oct-19 10:34:31

Mee ah

Horsemad Sun 20-Oct-19 10:36:46

Stick to your guns on this one, OP. Why does his choice overrule yours? 🤔

Personally I like both Evie and Mia (Me-yah) .

Equimum Sun 20-Oct-19 10:39:30

As others have said, once she can talk, she’ll happily correct people (and there’s nothing like a pre-schooler putting you in your place). We didn’t even realise there was another way of saying our son’s name, but when people do, he always tells them it’s actually pronounced....

If you live the name, go with it.

daisypond Sun 20-Oct-19 10:39:46

Me-ah. It’s an Italian word and that is how it’s pronounced.

mintich Sun 20-Oct-19 10:41:06


SoupDragon Sun 20-Oct-19 10:41:10

if he doesn't like Evie & you don't like Mia then you need a new name


(Me-a is my go to pronunciation for Mia unless told otherwise)

LouiseLouisa87 Sun 20-Oct-19 10:41:47


BackOnceAgainWithABurnerEmail Sun 20-Oct-19 10:43:13

I’d say it your way but I work with someone who has the same spelling but pronounces it maya. I think yours is the more common way.

Mummyshark2018 Sun 20-Oct-19 10:47:00

I think it's one of those names that people say it in different ways so if this really annoys you then change it. It's not to late and people will understand- maybe not your dh though, he sounds a bit of an arse. Btw I love Evie, this was on my list when I was expecting.

GrumpiestCat Sun 20-Oct-19 10:48:31

Defo Mee-ya. I'd expect a name said as MY-A to have a Y in it.

Honestly if you haven't registered it yet there's time to change it. Mia could be a lovely middle name. Get the name books out again there's millions to choose from.

bridgetreilly Sun 20-Oct-19 10:48:43


Fwiw, I can't stand Mya. I always want to pronounce it m'yah with the emphasis on the yah.

Enko Sun 20-Oct-19 10:50:26

I would say it like you do op. Just correct them people will learn.

Mia is 100% nicer than Evie there is just so many of them.

However talk to your dh again and have a conversation asking him to listen to your concerns and not interfere until you have had your say. Then see what you can do.

I have a DD with a Irish name she is almost 16 and we still have to correct people in how to say it (they get confused by the silent o) she doesnt mind very much with strangers but does get sharp with people who knows her. I think thats fair enough.

ginghamtablecloths Sun 20-Oct-19 10:50:38

I'd pronounce it Mee-ah and it's a shame that there is so much ignorance about it. You're going to have to put them right every time which is tiresome. Those who have studied a foreign language for instance will know immediately but as that's gone by the wayside it doesn't help, does it? FWIW it's a lovely name.

theunknownknown Sun 20-Oct-19 10:51:18

Mee-ah 100%
But not sure I'm understanding why posters are saying that Maya would be pronounced My-ah. It's May-ah surely.
My-ah would be Mya or Maia.

Talkwhilstyouwalk Sun 20-Oct-19 10:51:30

I'd pronounce it like you. I wouldn't change it it's a lovely name!

AfterSchoolWorry Sun 20-Oct-19 10:51:39


cushioncovers Sun 20-Oct-19 10:51:42

Mee ah

Fluffyhairforever Sun 20-Oct-19 10:52:26

Dont change it - Mia is a beautiful name.

KatnissK Sun 20-Oct-19 10:53:35

Honestly this is so tricky. As a teacher I know girls called Mia/Mya/Maya/Maia and the pronunciations seem to vary wildly (often bearing no relation to the chosen spelling). I always thought Mia was pronounced Mee-a but i now always ask!

JasonPollack Sun 20-Oct-19 10:53:42

Use Evie. You birthed her your vote is final. Not fair at all to railroad you in the hospital when you'd just gone through labour and birth.

People will unlearn and relearn her name, it's a very small fraction of her life she has had this name!

SoupDragon Sun 20-Oct-19 10:54:36

You birthed her your vote is final

Sexist bollocks.

PurpleFlower1983 Sun 20-Oct-19 10:55:55

If it’s bothering you already I would change it! I know a Mee-ah and a My-ah both with the Mia spelling.

user1573334 Sun 20-Oct-19 10:55:57

People will always get it wrong sometimes because people are idiots. People choosing the wrong spelling for the wrong pronunciation have exacerbated this. I think most James have occasional issues with pronunciation and or spelling. However, your DH sounds like he's been a total control freak over this and that's more of the reason you aren't happy with the name. It's very definitely not too late to change it. W changed one of ours after announcing. It's no biggy, cards with the wrong name in are just as fun for their memory box. Don't let him rail road you, sounds like he planned this all along and pushed you when you were particularly vulnerable.

RolytheRhino Sun 20-Oct-19 10:56:15

I'd have said Me-ah.

ruralcat Sun 20-Oct-19 10:56:39

I would pronounce it as you do. It's a lovely name and I think it's normal to an extent to have some doubts over the name as it's a huge thing. However it sounds as though it was a last minute change made hastily so maybe don't register her just yet and see how you feel in a few days.

WorraLiberty Sun 20-Oct-19 10:57:13

Part of my job involves working with children at an attraction, so on an average week I meet around 100 different children.

I've lost count of how many Mias I've met over the years but they've all pronounced their names as 'Me-ah'. I can't think of a single 'Mya' at all.

thespellhasbeenbroken123 Sun 20-Oct-19 11:03:31


contrary13 Sun 20-Oct-19 11:05:45

I'd say 'Mee-ah' - but I have a great niece called Mia, and that's how her name's pronounced and has been for the last 8.5 years. I don't know any 'My-ah's, at all, but suspect you might get an odd 'May-ah' thrown in at some point.

Thing is... it's your baby's name. The first tangible gift you bestowed upon her. Sod other people getting it wrong - you simply correct it. My daughter's name has a very distinctive "ah" sound in the middle of it, which people presume to not be there/be silent. It used to drive me mad, but... everyone got the hang of it after a few weeks. They will with your baby's name, too. Just correct, smile, correct again if necessary, and... they ought to twig. Make a fuss, though, and if you have family like mine, they'll deliberately keep on with the getting it wrong just to wind you up.

Mia is a beautiful name. flowers

lilabet2 Sun 20-Oct-19 11:08:38


Grandmi Sun 20-Oct-19 11:10:56

Definitely Meeah

Mortifiedmummy12 Sun 20-Oct-19 11:13:25

Mee-ah is how I would pronounce it and is how every other Mia I know is pronounced.
I know a my-ah who is named Maia.

AnotherQuirkyUsername Sun 20-Oct-19 11:17:44

Mi-ya , but that's only if I'd seen it written down before I'd heard it said. I'd pronounce it however you pronounced it when telling me her name.

TheWashingMachine Sun 20-Oct-19 11:17:56

I'm not a fan, it is a bit wet imho. Maya better.

Happyandglorious Sun 20-Oct-19 11:19:54

I would say Mia. For what its worth. I absolutely love it and is top of my list if I had another daughter. I am suprised that it is so confusing for people to say. That said, if it bothers you, I would consider changing it. But give it bit more time

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