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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?


TheScience Mon 05-May-14 17:47:37

I'd say darlia as I thought it came from the name Dahl. Though daylia is pretty too.

scottishmummy Mon 05-May-14 17:41:01

Beershuffle,you are of course right,and for some reason I kept reading it as Delilah
I need a zingy cuppa tea or something.and I've no idea why I read and reread as Delilah
So after all that I'd say it as dah-lee-ah

Martorana Mon 05-May-14 15:44:15

Dahlia is Day-lee-ah. Or at a pinch Darh-lee-a. Not Del-li-lah. Which is, unsurprisingly, spelled Delilah. What with it having two l-sounds and all.

beershuffle Mon 05-May-14 14:28:21

You can say it that way, but youd be making it up. Dahlia, one L, you cant make a lie-lah at the end because THAT WOULD NEED ANOTHER L THAT ISNT THERE. Notsure how you can be unclear about that. confused

Unless of course you think Sarah is pronounced Sair-Rah-Rah. And Jenny is Jen-nen-ny.

namechangenumber5 Mon 05-May-14 14:12:05

I'd say dahlia, but I know a daylia, it just sounds weird to me.

Salazar Mon 05-May-14 14:08:44

Scottishmummy, isn't that Delilah? And not Dahlia.

susiedaisy Mon 05-May-14 13:35:05

Day lee a

Thumbwitch Mon 05-May-14 13:32:10

But you're making up a second L where there is none, SM. Which is just wrong.

scottishmummy Mon 05-May-14 13:29:47

I fear its you whos got wrong end stick
I am. perfectly clear on how id say the name
Dah- lie-lah

beershuffle Mon 05-May-14 12:33:10

Well youmust have beenthinking of something else, sm, because your pronounciation isnt possible, youneed a second L that isnt actually there.

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.

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

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

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

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

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


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


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 01:08:30

ScottishMummy. I think you might be thinking of THIS grin

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


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


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).

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


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!

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

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