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Pronunciation of Eilís?

(16 Posts)
MollyBloomYes Sun 13-Dec-15 12:50:26

It's for a middle name if DC turns out to be a girl, I understand it's the Irish version of Elizabeth? Trying to honour a few people at once and match up with DS' middle name but not sure if it's:

Ay (as in hay) lish
Ay leesh


juneau Sun 13-Dec-15 12:58:36

Why would you choose a name that even you can't pronounce?!! Surely there must be a less complicated way of honouring those you wish to honour?

DiorSausage Sun 13-Dec-15 13:00:03

It's Ail-ish in my native part of Ireland.

iklboo Sun 13-Dec-15 13:10:15

Ail-ish (friend pronounces it like this)

InanimateCarbonRod Sun 13-Dec-15 13:11:40

Ail-eesh in Cork!

CremeEggThief Sun 13-Dec-15 13:11:41

What Dior and Iklboo said.

InanimateCarbonRod Sun 13-Dec-15 13:14:41

The ish pronounciation is incorrect. The fads over the i elongates the sound to ee rather than i. Lazy pronunciation grin

InanimateCarbonRod Sun 13-Dec-15 13:14:57

Fada not Fads hmm

MollyBloomYes Sun 13-Dec-15 13:16:05

Thank you helpful people smile

MollyBloomYes Sun 13-Dec-15 13:18:00

Yes inanimate thought the fada made a difference but wasn't sure

EvaBING Sun 13-Dec-15 13:22:56

If you want it pronounced Eye-lish - spelling would be Eilis. (traditional Irish name).
If you want Eye-leesh - spelling would be Eilís.
If you want it pronounced Ay-lish - spelling would be Éilis.

MollyBloomYes Sun 13-Dec-15 15:43:35

I wanted eye-leesh but was finding conflicting information so glad I was on the right track! Thanks

mathanxiety Mon 14-Dec-15 02:30:04

Eye-leesh if you use the fada on the last I.

(Agree with EvaBING wrt the other options too.)

villainousbroodmare Mon 14-Dec-15 21:52:12

What EvaBING said.
It's a beautiful name.

A lot of Irish names are sadly stripped of their fadas in day-to-day life, in a way that I suspect names in other languages may not be.

MrsCaecilius Tue 15-Dec-15 13:16:16

I have a friend called Ailish pronounced I-Lish, honouring her granny Elizabeth and think its a wonderful name.

edengarden123 Tue 22-Dec-15 22:40:45

I worked with an Eilish pn ey-leesh (im irish and have often seen it spelt like this)

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