Adlai

(13 Posts)
albertcampionscat Tue 08-Mar-16 11:41:52

Am I being daft in considering this for DS? It is a proper name - in the Bible and everything - and definitely a boy's name, but it's not exactly popular.

We'd pronounce it Ad-lay as in the Sufjan Stevens song, partly because it sounds nice that way and partly because it's how people will tend to pronounce it anyway. Probably teamed with a more normal middle name.

Views? Other names in running are Caleb and Ezra and no, we aren't religious.

Tiggeryoubastard Tue 08-Mar-16 11:44:52

It doesn't sound or look nice, but that's my opinion. You will get people assuming it's made up, as well.

Queenbean Tue 08-Mar-16 11:45:39

I thought it said Aldi when I first read it

SirChenjin Tue 08-Mar-16 11:47:02

Don't like it, sorry - it does look made up even though I know it's not. Caleb and Ezra are much nicer imo.

AuntieStella Tue 08-Mar-16 11:49:21

My association would be Adlai Stephenson. It's a whole US political dynasty and I suspect remains well known there, though probably only over-40s in UK..

I would have pronounced it ad-lye, but thinking about it I can't remember the US pronunciation.

PurpleDaisies Tue 08-Mar-16 11:50:18

I'm not a fan. I much prefer caleb.

Sophronia Tue 08-Mar-16 11:50:28

I like it but would have pronounced it ad-lye

NannyR Tue 08-Mar-16 11:51:46

My first thought on pronunciation was Ad-lie not ad-lay. Never come across it in the bible (not to say it isn't there, but not well known)

albertcampionscat Tue 08-Mar-16 11:53:54

Now Aldi is a thought... And yes AuntieStella that's where we got the idea from. Adlai II pronounced it Ad-lay, but more recent ones seem to have gone for Ad-lye.

AliciaMayEmory Tue 08-Mar-16 12:24:57

Without my glasses on I also though it said Aldi.

CadburysTastesVileNow Tue 08-Mar-16 12:30:44

Adlai Stevenson gets a relatively good press as a Vice-President of the USA

Zhabr Tue 08-Mar-16 14:39:53

Looks like a half name to me, asking for a consonant at the end.

creamoftomato Tue 08-Mar-16 14:46:21

I love it. I also have the Stevenson association, and I'd pronounce Ad-lie.

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