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How would you pronounce Romilly?

(32 Posts)
makesomenoise Wed 17-Dec-14 18:45:06

Just that really. This is dd3 and we are struggling to find a name, but do like this. Would you say Rom-illy or Ro-milly? What do you think of it?

Other vague considerations are India & Grace. Any help appreciated!

CarbeDiem Wed 17-Dec-14 18:47:57

I'd pronounce it Ro-milly but I think I'd prefer it like Rom-illee.

Littlefish Wed 17-Dec-14 18:48:16


I really like it.

SpottyTeacakes Wed 17-Dec-14 18:48:23

Rom-illy. There used to be a news corresponder on the bbc called romilly. I like it smile

Etihad Wed 17-Dec-14 18:48:57

There's a news reporter called Romilly Weeks, she pronounces it Rom-illy. I like it, but there is a place near us called Romiley (pronounced the same) so not one we could use!

Bowlersarm Wed 17-Dec-14 18:49:25


I really like it.

OhMyActualDays Wed 17-Dec-14 18:50:31

I know someone who has a Romilly (Rom-i-lee) who has a sister called Etoile (they pronounce it Ett-o-lee, I don't know if that's standard, I don't know any others!) Just thought you might like that too

BreeVDKamp Wed 17-Dec-14 18:50:50

I say ROM-illy. Love it!

Littlefish Wed 17-Dec-14 18:57:14

Etoile is the French word for star and should be pronounced more like "et-wahl". It's really hard for me to write the pronunciation, but it certainly isn't Ett-o-lee.

pookamoo Wed 17-Dec-14 18:58:31

ohmy are you sure it's not "Ottilie" ?

18yearstooold Wed 17-Dec-14 19:01:25


Lovely name

Sarsparilla Wed 17-Dec-14 19:12:22

I pronounce it like Emily, but with "Rom" at the beginning instead of "Em."

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Wed 17-Dec-14 19:14:45

I was going to say exactly the same as Sarsparilla.

TheWomanTheyCallJayne Wed 17-Dec-14 19:15:30

Yes rom as in romcom
Rom-I-Lee but smoothly like emily

acharmofgoldfinches Wed 17-Dec-14 19:15:34

Love Romilly, we also have Romola (as in the lovely Ms Garai) on our list in case that appeals?

makesomenoise Wed 17-Dec-14 19:40:43

Ooo, thanks, lovely to see positive responses. It's not common is it but it is lovely...hmmm.. think we may have a contender!

florascotia Wed 17-Dec-14 20:03:38

Prefer Romola. It's a proper name. Goes back to ancient times and has wonderful George Eliot connections. Romilly is a place name:

As Littlefiesh says, Etoile (French for Star) = Eh-twahl, approx.

Simiarly, Ottilie should properly be Ott-eel-yuh.

MaraThonbar Wed 17-Dec-14 22:20:34

Is the second 'o' in Romola long or short?

OhMyActualDays Wed 17-Dec-14 22:37:57

They definitely spell it Etoile and say Et-o-lee as I have seen both. Clearly not correct however!

OhMyActualDays Wed 17-Dec-14 22:38:18

Or seen and heard I mean!

furcoatbigknickers Wed 17-Dec-14 22:40:00

Love it. Rom-i-lee.

TongueBiter Wed 17-Dec-14 22:43:20

Re mispronounciations - I used to know a Chlöe who insisted the umlaut meant it was pronounced "Cho-lee". She was absolutely convinced of that fact and got very upset if you called her Chlöe.

manicinsomniac Wed 17-Dec-14 23:02:40

Yes, Rom-i-lee, like Emily.

I like it. Also like India and Grace. Lovely choices.

re Etoile, there seem to be quite a few French names that get mispronounced over here. I've met an Elise pronounced El-iss-a and a Louis pronounce Loo-iss. Both times surprised me as I they were parents that I would expect to know how to say French word endings.

squoosh Wed 17-Dec-14 23:12:47

ROM-i-lee as Romilly Weeks pronounces it.

I don't really like it though, it reminds me of Rommel the Desert Fox.

Though I quite like Romola (Romy) as suggested by flora above.

TheNewStatesman Thu 18-Dec-14 00:28:47

Don't get the current love for this name. Sounds like rumbly to me.

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