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How to pronounce Ayla

(30 Posts)
WelliesTheyAreWonderful Tue 12-Jan-16 00:47:22

I'm soon to meet an acquaintance's daughter and have only seen her name (on Facebook). I always assumed it was Ay-la but they are English (we're Scottish) and now we're wondering if it's an Anglicised version of Isla? Hoping they introduce her straight away!

MariaV0nTrapp Tue 12-Jan-16 00:55:08

No idea but id go with pronouncing it the same as Isla too if that helps hmm

MariaV0nTrapp Tue 12-Jan-16 00:57:29

I just read that back and I made no sense in regard your question!

Im English and would presume it was pronounced Eye-La but then I'd pronounce Isla the same too.. Are they not the same?

RhubarbAndMustard Tue 12-Jan-16 01:20:13

An acquaintances little girl is an Ayla. It's pronounced Ai-la.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Tue 12-Jan-16 01:25:32

Unless its a well established pronunciation such as Niamh being Neeve. Isla being Eye-la, then I'd pronounce a name the way it was spelt so I'd say Ay-la

Room101isWhereIUsedToLive Tue 12-Jan-16 01:26:32

A-la is how the one I know is pronounced but she is American and they do have different pronunciations, such as the way they pronounce Cara, we say Car-rah, they say Ca-ra.

Out2pasture Tue 12-Jan-16 01:46:57

Long A, followed by la.

KoalaDownUnder Tue 12-Jan-16 10:13:54

Yeah, I'd have thought
Ay (as in hay) - la

I'm not sure which language would get the same sound as Isla out if Ayla?

mydogeatsnutstoo Tue 12-Jan-16 13:31:52

Definitely Ai - la

dimdommilpot Tue 12-Jan-16 23:13:33

Its pronounced like Isla. I saw it as Ayla and wanted it but couldnt get past the correct pronunciation of Isla (which im not keen on).

ExasperatedAlmostAlways Tue 12-Jan-16 23:16:27

I'm Scottish my niece is ay-la and my friends English and she pronounces her daughter ayla the same.

2tired2bewitty Tue 12-Jan-16 23:16:56

The one I know answers to Eye-la

ExasperatedAlmostAlways Tue 12-Jan-16 23:18:30

It's not pronounced the same as Isla at all. Here or England. Its pronounced ay instead of I.

Amoamasamat Tue 12-Jan-16 23:21:14

As a Turkish name (and there are many in some parts of the UK) it's pronounced like Isla.

If a British origin family, I'd guess Ay - la to rhyme with sailor.

KoalaDownUnder Tue 12-Jan-16 23:22:01

Agree with Exaperated.

Kayla and Layla are pronounced with the long 'a' sound, so why would Ayla be 'eye-la'? confused

Permanentlyexhausted Tue 12-Jan-16 23:25:44

The one I know (here in deepest darkest England) pronounces it like Isla (i.e. eye-la).

Permanentlyexhausted Tue 12-Jan-16 23:30:07

But it seems that either pronounciation is fine:

SuckingEggs Tue 12-Jan-16 23:30:16

It's eye-la (Turkish friend)

jorahmormont Tue 12-Jan-16 23:32:20

Knew one years ago. Pronounced Ay-la as in Sailor

mintbiscuit Tue 12-Jan-16 23:38:02

I thought it was eye-la too as it's a Turkish name. My DD is called Aila which we pronounce A-la (we're in Scotland).

You might want to let them know about the misspelling if they think it's pronouced A-la!

KoalaDownUnder Wed 13-Jan-16 00:18:18

Oh, it's Turkish! That makes sense, then. smile

WelliesTheyAreWonderful Wed 13-Jan-16 01:13:10

Thanks everyone. They're not Turkish so I think it'll be Ayla, like Layla. I hope it is as I love Isla and would cry a little inside if they spelled it wrong differently!

NadiaWadia Wed 13-Jan-16 04:55:51

I would have assumed Ayla rhymes with sailor too. Isn't that the name of the main character in those 'Clan of the Cave Bear' books? Obviously a very old name!

CheerfulYank Wed 13-Jan-16 05:21:00

I know quite a few here in the US. It rhymes with Kayla, but not sailor! grin

Holly34 Wed 13-Jan-16 05:39:55

I dont think you will be the only ones wondering how to pronounce the name! Just go with the flow on the day they would be rushing to tell you her name for sure!! winkbrew

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