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Elias - e-LY-us, EE-LY-us or something else?

(13 Posts)
Sunnysummer Mon 20-May-13 16:27:31

One of my best friends just named her baby Elias, and told me this over the phone... But I was so excited that I didn't pay enough attention to the pronunciation, and now feel terrible about asking again, especially as his godmother to be!o

Can you help? All I remember is that it is NOT the European way (e-LEE-oos) that DH and I know...

ALovelyBunchOfCoconuts Mon 20-May-13 16:31:36

i would say it as el-eye-us. i think.

SummerRainIsADistantMemory Mon 20-May-13 16:41:47


DonkeysDontRideBicycles Mon 20-May-13 17:08:11

Crikey I was going to say Eh-LIE-as.

Decoy Mon 20-May-13 17:26:14


OutragedFromLeeds Mon 20-May-13 19:25:07


DinoSnores Mon 20-May-13 19:46:47


KittenofDoom Mon 20-May-13 19:50:54

I don't think I've ever heard this name spoken aloud. I would say ELL-ee-uhss

SoupDragon Mon 20-May-13 19:52:31

Another vote for el-eye-us

scaevola Mon 20-May-13 19:52:33

I know only one in RL and he says it EL-ee-uss.

Sunnysummer Mon 20-May-13 20:42:21

Eh-LIE/LY-us wins, I think, and sounds lovely too. Will risk it when I speak next.

Thank you for helping, and for making me feel less silly about being confused! smile

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Mon 20-May-13 21:27:08

Eh-lee-us - love it.

KittenofDoom Tue 21-May-13 13:09:27

Sounds too much like Liar to me, so I'm surprised that seems to be the favoured pronunciation.

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