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Layla, Laila? Do you like it and which spelling do you prefer?

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MrsRhettButler Fri 19-Aug-11 21:59:00

38 weeks and really struggling to find a name this time round, dp and I both have names we love but unfortunately we don't like each others choices sad

Laila is the only one we both like (ish)

What do people think?

johnnycomelurky Fri 19-Aug-11 22:02:18

I like Laila, was on our shortlist but had a boy smile It can also be spelled Leila which is my favourite but may cause pronunciation issues.

TillyIpswitch Fri 19-Aug-11 22:17:06

Yes, my favourite spelling is actually Leila.

cat64 Fri 19-Aug-11 22:21:37

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MrsRhettButler Fri 19-Aug-11 22:25:28

I definitely like the 'i' rather than the 'y' spelling, but I was thinking the same as johnny, that with the 'e' some people may get confused and pronounce leela or something.

MrsRhettButler Fri 19-Aug-11 22:27:00

The 'e' does look nicer though doesn't it....

choux Fri 19-Aug-11 22:29:08

Have you considered Lola or Lila?

TillyIpswitch Fri 19-Aug-11 22:29:12

Depends how bothered you are about mispronunciation - DD has a name which can be pronounced three ways which we knew when we gave it to her, and as such, it doesn't bother us if people pronounce it one of the other ways since they're not mind-readers.

Of course, it may well bother her... grin

TillyIpswitch Fri 19-Aug-11 22:30:45

That is to say it doesn't bother us if they mispronounce it the first time. If they persist, on the other hand...!

MrsRhettButler Fri 19-Aug-11 22:37:06

grin Tilly <fascinated about which name can be pronounced 3 ways>

Don't really like Lila and think Lola only suits a child not an adult... (no offence to any Lila, Lolas out there)

Fatshionista Fri 19-Aug-11 22:42:15

Love Layla as DD1 is Layla. Spelled that way after the Eric Clapton song.

Iamkenny Fri 19-Aug-11 22:52:23

DD1 is a Layla (again as Fatshioista after the Song) it's a great name not that DD1 ever gets called it and know one not even in school or us calls her it.

I like all the spellings Layla/Laila look like diff versions. While Leila looks a bit different esp as Layla getting very popular you still get the name but with a less common spelling.

Lila just reminds me off Lilith or Lilian not good. Lola is very popular. But an adult Lila sounds better

LincolnBiscuit Fri 19-Aug-11 22:53:49


festi Fri 19-Aug-11 22:59:27

I thought It was spelt leila

Ephiny Sat 20-Aug-11 10:22:47

I definitely like Leila best, looks nicest written down.

Some people might mispronounce, but still wouldn't go for Layla, it looks like a weird phonetic spelling like Kaytee or something. Laila is better, but still would look like a mis-spelling of Leila to me...

KikiRC Sat 20-Aug-11 16:39:23

I know two Layla's under three years old, I think it's becoming more popular.

TangerineQueen Sat 20-Aug-11 17:41:09

Leyla is also an option. I know a lovely one. You get the e but it looks easier to pronounce. I do really like Leila too.

Levana Sat 20-Aug-11 17:49:35

I much prefer Leila, seems classier for some reason.

Avinalarf Sat 20-Aug-11 17:50:30

Leila. Classic spelling, lovely name.

InstantAtom Sun 21-Aug-11 19:19:24


EverythingInMiniature Mon 22-Aug-11 12:01:00

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ShushBaby Mon 22-Aug-11 12:28:11

Love the name- I'd go for Leila as spelling. I would say that though as it's my dd's name!

MamaLazarou Mon 22-Aug-11 12:30:12

Yes! Leila. Beautiful name.

Rhubarbgarden Mon 22-Aug-11 13:05:42

Not keen.

pengymum Mon 22-Aug-11 13:12:55

Layla for me - is more symmetrical when written
love the name!
(and the song!)

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