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Blackpoollassy Fri 22-Jul-16 08:51:45

Still can't decide on an Italian girl's name.
If a girl were to be called Elisabetta, how would you pronoun Elisa.
I would say E-liss-a but am worried in the UK it might be more Eliza or E- Lisa
what do you think? Ta

massistar Fri 22-Jul-16 08:54:42

In Italian it would sound more like E-lee-za.

NeedACleverNN Fri 22-Jul-16 08:59:56

I immediately said E-Lisa

Alyssa would be A-liss-ah

Birdsgottafly Fri 22-Jul-16 09:00:38

Most people will naturally pronounce it E-lis-a, some E-Liza.

If that bothers you, then is probably best to find another name.

pinkyredrose Fri 22-Jul-16 09:02:47

I'd say it El_eeza

monkeysox Fri 22-Jul-16 09:04:15

We had one when I was at school. Ell-issa

YoungGirlGrowingOld Fri 22-Jul-16 09:05:16

I would pronounce it E-lize-a.

Italian would be be E-leez-a.

Clarathemagnificent Fri 22-Jul-16 09:05:16


honeylulu Fri 22-Jul-16 09:12:48

It should be E - lees - a but you will probably have to correct a lot of people who will say it Eliza (I assume you're in the uk).
I nearly called my daughter Marisa. I knew a girl with this name when I was little and I loved it. It was pronounced Marie-sa. However she was constantly correcting people who pronounced it "Marissa" (like Melissa). Decided against it for this reason.

Laiste Fri 22-Jul-16 09:20:53

I read it as e-liss-a (Soft e, like elephant).

Then i'd wonder if it should be Eliza. Like Eliza Do-Little.

Then i'd ask grin

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 22-Jul-16 09:27:12

El - eesa

LunaLoveg00d Fri 22-Jul-16 09:28:49

Child called this in one of my kids' classes, she says it Eh-Lee-Sah

Nanunanu Fri 22-Jul-16 10:00:52



Name your child what ever you want. School friends will learn how to say it before they ever read it.

Teachers will learn quickly

And by the time she is going to interviews she will have learnt how to correct without getting upset.

My dc has a name that most white British people mispronounce. Because their brain fills in the gap and they think it is a different more common name. Interestingly people from other countries read his name exactly how it is. Because they pronounce what they see not what they think they see (like marie-sa vs Marissa above. Fwiw I went to school with a marissa. Can't recall how it was spelt)

Salmotrutta Fri 22-Jul-16 10:47:44

I would keep associating it with a research/medical test known as an ELISA (acronym) but that's fairly niche knowledge.

Pronounced "E-lye-za"

DramaAlpaca Fri 22-Jul-16 10:50:05

If I hadn't been told otherwise I'd pronounce it Eh - Lee - Sah.

Doggity Fri 22-Jul-16 10:53:57


Damselindestress Fri 22-Jul-16 10:56:06

I would pronounce it as Eh-Lee-Sah but Elsa is such a popular name at the moment because of Frozen that I would worry people would be constantly annoying you by mistaking Elisa for Elsa as there's only one letter difference. Something to consider.

Damselindestress Fri 22-Jul-16 10:58:17

In my mind the single s means you pronounce it like Lisa, if it had a double s I'd pronounce it E-liss-a.

furchesterfurbear Fri 22-Jul-16 11:36:56

I thought of the medical test too

Blackpoollassy Fri 22-Jul-16 11:38:41

Doggity IABU? wrong forum

Thanks for the great feedback, lots to mull over.
I'll probably end up swinging back to Luisa or Alessandra - only 7 weeks to make the decision!

BorpBorpBorp Fri 22-Jul-16 11:39:39

Eh-LEE-sa. If you want it to be eh-LISS-a or e-LISS-a you need two S's.

Blackpoollassy Fri 22-Jul-16 12:55:00

oh bloody hell i posted in the wrong bloody forum! sorry doggity

FeelingSmurfy Fri 22-Jul-16 13:01:28


But I would change spelling or name because everyone will say it differently and that would bug me! I get my name spelt wrongly (like Anne instead of Ann) but at least it doesn't sound different. My parents used to have to correct it all the time and now I do, and i would say my way of spelling is more the norm!

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