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Leela or Mia - help us decide!

(20 Posts)
RedRobin1 Thu 06-Aug-15 01:36:03

Sister to Eva....which one do you prefer for dd2?

Eva and Leela
Eva and Mia

FatSwan Thu 06-Aug-15 01:41:33


mrsb83 Thu 06-Aug-15 08:19:20

Mia definitely x

redsquareyellowsquare Thu 06-Aug-15 09:16:15

I like Mia. But what about Mila (meet-la)?

Roomba Thu 06-Aug-15 09:21:26

Mia is lovely and a timeless classic.

Leela (especially spelled that way) is more modern but I'm not keen, if you want my honest opinion.

IHeartKingThistle Thu 06-Aug-15 09:33:04

I thought Leela was made up for Futurama? Mia much prettier anyway.

CherryBonBon Thu 06-Aug-15 09:34:13

Honestly I wouldn't choose either as I the sound of both is too similar to Eva and I don't like when sibling names do that.

If pushed I'd go for Mia. Leela is too Futurama.

Lila is nicer than both.

Helspopje Thu 06-Aug-15 09:36:54

Leela is a very traditional Indian name

ToodleooAndPeekaboo Thu 06-Aug-15 09:37:47

Leela - to my ears and eyes - is awful. It looks like a made up name, that's a less nice version of it's established alternatives. I'd go for Lila or Leila.

Otherwise Mia is lovely!

misscupcakes Thu 06-Aug-15 09:39:17

I think Leela is stronger and more unique, but Mia is prettier. I'm torn between the two!

SuburbanRhonda Thu 06-Aug-15 09:41:08

How would you be pronouncing Mia?

Meeya or My-a?

Just that I wouldn't choose a name that could be mispronounced.

But then, my two DCs sound like an elderly couple from the 1930s so what do I know? smile

Hoodedmoron Thu 06-Aug-15 09:46:37

I prefer Mia

cantbelieveimonhere Thu 06-Aug-15 09:54:45

Would you definately spell it Leela? Sorry if this sounds rude, but it sounds awful as I read it. I'm just not sure what name it is meant to be? Is it a "unique" spelling of an existing name?

MYa (sounding like the place that advertises breast enhancement on ads on tv) or MEa?
I think Eva and MEa sounds ok, but as others have already said, both names open to mis-spelling and mis-pronounciation. Wouldn't pick either for those very practical reasons.

RedRobin1 Thu 06-Aug-15 12:56:59

Dh prefers Mia too...and I wanted to spell it Leela instead of Lila to avoid ambiguous pronunciations.

Mia would just be Meea.

We can't think of another names right now and open to suggestions.

Names we like butcan't use as friends and family children have taken them are

QueenOfThorns Thu 06-Aug-15 13:00:57

I saw a thread the other day discussing the name Thalia. That's very pretty and seems to fit with the other ones you like. I think you can spell it Talia if you want to make the pronunciation clear.

PallasCat Thu 06-Aug-15 13:05:36

I like Lila, but very definitely with that spelling - which I think you had on a previous thread, but then changed it for pronunciation reasons? Mia and Lila are both very elegant - to me, Leela loses that. Sorry.

So: I prefer Mia to Leela, but I prefer Lila to both.

I know you haven't asked for suggestions, but how about Lelia? (LEE-lee-ah) It has the start sound of Leela and the end from Mia. I'm not making it up - it's an unusual but long-established name, and I know a very cool Lelia which makes me like it even more. I also think it has an unambiguous pronunciation, which I don't think can be said for Mia.

Wishing you the very best, whatever you choose!

PallasCat Thu 06-Aug-15 13:11:47

I just checked and Lelia isn't on the MN names list but if you search elsewhere you will find it, eg: It was popular in Victorian times apparently after a novel titled Lelia by George Sand in the 1830s.

woodleydoodle Thu 06-Aug-15 13:19:04

To my eyes Leela looks like a 'made up' name. I really dislike it.
Mia is okay. Eva is lovely.

cantbelieveimonhere Thu 06-Aug-15 13:36:32

What about Thea? does it fit with the names you like?

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 07-Aug-15 00:16:22

I prefer Mia, which I would assume was pronounced as you intend it to be if you use it.

I've never heard of it being pronounced My-ah before. That isn't the norm.

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