My daughter is Marla, I like 'soft' gentle names and stumbled across 'Naia' on Nameberry.com. Apparently it's Hawaain, meaning 'to flow'-nothing too objectionable. Pronounced NAY-AH. But how would you pronounce it? and what other similar girl names can you think of? It doesn't have to be so unusual...
To be honest I only opened this thread to work out how on earth to pronounce it! It's very pretty, but being the owner of a surname that I constantly have to spell, I know it would drive me insane having to do it with my christian name.
I would have pronounced it Ny-ah. But would only need correcting once. It's pretty. And it's like Mia/Myah/Maya, Kia/Kyah/Kaya etc. With the 'aia' spelling you'll have to tell people. I know a Nia (Nee-a) and a Nyah (Ny-ah) which might be more obvious spellings if you want?
Love Marla. One of my best friends is called that but spelled Mala so I guess that's another one open to interpretation!