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How would you pronounce Liliane?

(24 Posts)
Teapot13 Thu 21-Mar-13 01:08:27

We are thinking of using this (French) spelling but with the intention of pronouncing it the same as Lillian (ie, LILian).

Would this work, or would people invariably pronouce it LiliAN (as in "Lillianne")?

I would rather spell it "Lillian" but that is problematic for other reasons.

Jojobump1986 Thu 21-Mar-13 01:14:50

If I saw it written down I think I'd probably pronounce it Lily-ayn but I'd be v hesitant about it & probably shorten it to Lily & hope I don't upset anyone! I'm not sure it's obvious how it should be pronounced.

OkayHazel Thu 21-Mar-13 01:36:37

How would I pronounce Liliane?


anonymosity Thu 21-Mar-13 05:56:26


Snog Thu 21-Mar-13 06:06:06

Lily ayne as in Wayne

Teapot13 Thu 21-Mar-13 09:42:53

Hmm. . . that probably won't work then. Thanks for replying.

WormCanner Thu 21-Mar-13 11:39:41

I would certainly pronounce it the French way.

PickyPants40 Thu 21-Mar-13 11:41:38

I read it as "Lily-Arna"

shoobidoo Thu 21-Mar-13 11:56:58

I'd pronounce Lillian as Lilli-an, emhasising the first syllable.

And Lilliane as Lilli-ANEH, with the emphasis on the second syllable. Like Juliane or Christiane.

Greenshootsandleeves Thu 21-Mar-13 12:01:09


OlyRoller Thu 21-Mar-13 12:02:51

For me, Lil-lee-ah-na.

SavoyCabbage Thu 21-Mar-13 12:03:01

I read it as Lianne, like lee-ann. Wrongly of course.

LillianGish Thu 21-Mar-13 12:03:40

What's wrong with Lillian?grin

NorthernLurker Thu 21-Mar-13 12:05:38

I think I would assume Lili- ANN. Are you desperately keen? It's going to be a pita name for your daughter imo. She'll never get it used or spelt right.

bigbluebump Thu 21-Mar-13 12:11:58

I'd say Lili-ah-ne, similar to Ariane, Juliane, Christiane, Mariane.

I actually prefer Liliane to Lillian as it sounds and looks more feminine.

Journey Thu 21-Mar-13 13:02:06

I would pronounce it to rhymn with Gillian.

WormCanner Thu 21-Mar-13 14:00:54

Gillian, there's a name you never hear now!

anonymosity Thu 21-Mar-13 23:23:55

I know some old Gillians - over 65 and some late 30s / early 40s Gillians.

Teapot13 Fri 22-Mar-13 14:08:56

I thought people would either say Lilly-Ann or Lili-AHN-eh (German pronunciation) but that isn't what I wanted. I want Lillian, but it seems confusing for some non-English-speaking relatives.

I have suggested to DH that we go with an invisible "e" rather than a silent "e" -- he isn't going for it.

Thanks for all the replies.

birdofthenorth Fri 22-Mar-13 20:22:34

French friend called this pronounces it Lily-Anne, emphasis on Anne.

MortifiedAdams Fri 22-Mar-13 20:24:37

I know an eight year old Gillian. Marvelous name.

Anyways.... Lily Anne.

I love Lilian rhymes with Gillian but none of the other ways.

WafflyVersatile Fri 22-Mar-13 23:05:24

Lily Ann

MarasmeAbsolu Fri 22-Mar-13 23:10:12

Lee-lian, equal emphasis on both syllables, to rhyme with gillian

Teapot13 Wed 17-Apr-13 22:24:10

Victory! DH relented and we registered her as Lillian.

Thanks for the answers.

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