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How would you pronounce this name?

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Chocolation Sun 12-Nov-17 22:36:59

We have just had our new DD. We have called her Mila (to rhyme with smiler). There has been alot of confusion with family and friends on how to pronounce it. Some have been saying it with an 'i' sound as we intended. Others say it with an 'ee' sound (like Meela). Should we change the spelling to Myla instead before we register the birth so there is less confusion? Or AIBU to keep the spelling Mila and she has to keep telling people how to say her name all her life. Do you have a name that other people keep mispronouncing and does it do your head in or do you like having a more unusual name?

hula008 Sun 12-Nov-17 22:38:04

Mila is definitely pronounced Meela.

goingagain Sun 12-Nov-17 22:38:59

I would pronounce that M-ee-la, sorry!
I would change the spelling of you want to to be prounounced Myla.

crumbsinthecutlerydrawer Sun 12-Nov-17 22:39:02

It’s Meela, sorry. Jovovich, Kunis.

BertrandRussell Sun 12-Nov-17 22:39:38


BlondeB83 Sun 12-Nov-17 22:39:44

Myla, definitely.

peachgreen Sun 12-Nov-17 22:39:51

Meela, as in Kunis. Never heard of it as Milah, sorry.

CherryChasingDotMuncher Sun 12-Nov-17 22:39:56

Definitely Mee-la

crumbsinthecutlerydrawer Sun 12-Nov-17 22:40:02

Sorry again Jovovich is Milla not Mila.

Xeneth88 Sun 12-Nov-17 22:40:04

Mila is pronounced Meela

Caulk Sun 12-Nov-17 22:40:29

Meela. Like the famous ones lifted above.

Myla is what you want.

twinkledag Sun 12-Nov-17 22:40:31

I like the name! Would’ve pronounced it Miller.

CherryChasingDotMuncher Sun 12-Nov-17 22:40:43

And yes register her as Myla. Otherwise she’ll spend her life having to correct people

mum11970 Sun 12-Nov-17 22:40:44

Mee-la, the same as the sports brand Fila.

Giraffey1 Sun 12-Nov-17 22:41:00

Meela. I would change the spelling to a y so you can avoid any doubt in the future.

trojanpony Sun 12-Nov-17 22:41:07

Agree with the others
If you want to pronounce it like smiler grin change it to Myla... grin

Tiredtomybones Sun 12-Nov-17 22:41:53

I read it as Myla.

Katedotness1963 Sun 12-Nov-17 22:42:41


BatteredBreadedOrSouthernFried Sun 12-Nov-17 22:42:52

Should we change the spelling to Myla instead before we register the birth so there is less confusion?


Mila Kunis is to famous for people to not have heard the name pronounced as she does.

BakedBeans47 Sun 12-Nov-17 22:42:56

I know of a little Mila and it’s pronounced Meela

BatteredBreadedOrSouthernFried Sun 12-Nov-17 22:43:42

Would’ve pronounced it Miller.

confused there is no r in it!

dancinfeet Sun 12-Nov-17 22:45:12

I would change it to Myla or Milah if you want that pronunciation

Yika Sun 12-Nov-17 22:45:14

All the Milas I know are Meela and that's how I'd read it anyway. So yes I would spell it Myla.

FlashTheSloth Sun 12-Nov-17 22:46:57

You are pronouncing it wrong and your DD will have a lifetime of this. Change the spelling now.

Our sirname gets mispronounced a lot, which is stupid really because if you followed phonics, it's obvious how it should be pronounced. I suggested to DH we add a letter to the name when we registered DC1 to prevent this and he wouldn't have it. I wish I'd pushed it tbh as it really pisses me off. Makes it sound like a not overly nice word. Think Craper as opposed to Crapper.

Ttbb Sun 12-Nov-17 22:47:03


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