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Dahlia - how would you pronounce it?

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goofygoober Fri 02-May-14 21:05:55

We like this name for a girl - but do you say Dah-lee ya or Day-lee ya?


Bunbaker Fri 02-May-14 22:30:51

I just assumed you would pronounce it the same way the plant is pronounced - Day-lee-ya. Isn't that the case then?

MerryMarigold Fri 02-May-14 22:33:27

I know this sounds silly but...

If I saw it as a name 'Dahlia Smythe' I would think it's Dah-lee-ah

But in a garden centre I would refer to them as Day-lee-ers. Maybe it's a singular and plural thing. You never get one Day-lee-er (flower) on its own!

RiverTam Fri 02-May-14 22:38:45

Day-lia, like the flower. There's a character called this in Suburgatory - they pronounced it Dar-lia, which I thought sounded a bit daft.

AiryFairyHairyAndScary Fri 02-May-14 22:40:12

MerryMarigold has it!

Dar-lee-ya - if a name

Day-lee-ya if it's a flower

BigfootFiles Fri 02-May-14 22:43:08

There's a sitcom on E4 called Suburgatory which has a character called Dalia, whose name is pronounced "Dar-lee-a".

Dahlia, I would assumed to be pronounced like the flower.

BigfootFiles Fri 02-May-14 22:44:00

x-post with RiverTam - but the character in Suburgatory spells it without the 'h'.

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 02-May-14 23:29:04


Surely it is phonetic?

beershuffle Fri 02-May-14 23:31:15

Dah-lee-a. And I speak English.

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 02-May-14 23:33:52

Beer you and I can speak our own brand of English and leave the rest to it grin

Orangeisthenewbanana Sat 03-May-14 01:48:55 made me think there.

As someone's name I would use Dar-lee-a.
For the flower I would use Day-lee-a though.

Couldn't for the life of you tell you why I hear them differently in my head I'm afraid, sorry! <helpful>

Orangeisthenewbanana Sat 03-May-14 01:51:19

X-post MerryMarigold! Sorry, on threads like these, I try not to read the other replies before I answer smile

ThingsThatShine Sat 03-May-14 01:51:27

Dah lee ah

Didn't cross my mind that it would be day lee a for the name until I read this!

TequilaMockingbirdy Sat 03-May-14 01:59:39


florascotia Sat 03-May-14 21:21:31

Dahl -ee-ah

As previous poster said, the modern name originated with Swedish botanist surnamed Dahl = Dahl or (less accurately) Darl.

Of course, the flower had an earlier name in its own indigenous culture, but that has been largely forgotten ( a great shame).

livingatheendofthewall Mon 05-May-14 00:08:30


scottishmummy Mon 05-May-14 00:13:03


AiryFairyHairyAndScary Mon 05-May-14 01:08:30

ScottishMummy. I think you might be thinking of THIS grin

scottishmummy Mon 05-May-14 01:10:30

I wasn't,but ohh my,thats a great link and picture.thanks

AiryFairyHairyAndScary Mon 05-May-14 01:11:53


Pregnantberry Mon 05-May-14 01:27:44


BackforGood Mon 05-May-14 01:31:33


Although in the American Sitcom I was watching last year, there was a girl they called Dar-lia, so maybe that's the American way to pronounce it ? or maybe it's a different name after all

Salazar Mon 05-May-14 02:44:35

I pronounce the flower day-Leah

But the 22 year old Dahlia I know pronounces it Dar-lee-ah

Thumbwitch Mon 05-May-14 02:46:58


Some Aussies pronounce it as dar-leea - confused the hell out of me to start with!

But I don't like Dar-leea as a name, reminds me too much of Darla, which is the name of the awful child in Finding Nemo. grin

YoungBritishPissArtist Mon 05-May-14 05:07:53

Never met a Dahlia but know a Dalia (Arabic) pron. DAH-lee-ah.

Eastpoint Mon 05-May-14 05:31:01

Finnish girl at school pronounces it Dah-lia

There is also a girl with the name Dalia which is pronounced the same way.

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