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Lyla, Lila, or Lilah? HELP!!!

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leedsladyx Thu 23-Jun-16 14:52:37

I really like the name. I just don't know which way to spell it, and which is the cutest or most popular version. What is your preference?

sycamore54321 Thu 23-Jun-16 14:55:25

If you want the prononciation Lie-la, as opposed to Lil-a, then the Lyla spelling would seem to be the only one to guarantee this by my reading. Equally, I would only pronounce Lilah as Lil-ah. The middle Lila is probably more correct but is the most ambiguous, it could be read either way.

That probably doesn't help at all!

HariboFrenzy Thu 23-Jun-16 14:57:35

I like Lila. I remember the character from Sweet Valley Twins and always thought it was a cool name

sycamore54321 Thu 23-Jun-16 15:06:22

So funny you mention Sweet Valley High - my friends and I always had huge rows over whether she was Lil-a or Lie-la!

FlossiesFurCoat Thu 23-Jun-16 15:14:20

I have a Lilah and still think it's kind of the most beautiful names I've ever heard grin.

We decided to spell it 'Lilah' as Lila kept getting pronounced Lilla or Leela and Lyla was from the Oasis song.

It's an Arabic/Hebrew name and an Israeli friend told me its transliterated as 'Lilach' from the Hebrew 'night' as opposed to 'Lylach'

NadiaWadia Thu 23-Jun-16 17:12:17

Lilah or Lila look lovely written down, but Lyla not so much for some reason. I don't think you'd have a problem with pronunciation, people will quickly learn which way you want it.

FlossiesFurCoat Thu 23-Jun-16 17:18:47

*One of not kind of

YogaPants Thu 23-Jun-16 17:21:52


It feels correct for me.

Meeep Thu 23-Jun-16 17:25:24

I like Lila.

Dozer Thu 23-Jun-16 17:27:39

Whichever spelling you use DD will get Qs about spelling all her life. Awful name!

Sleepyfergus Thu 23-Jun-16 17:31:38

Although you love the name, the fact you are on here asking how to spell/pronounce it means your dd will have these exact conversations as she grows up.

As a person with a similar name/pronunciation issues, please don't do it. It's very annoying (certificates/ attendance lists spelt wrong, name being called out incorrectly etc) and has followed me through childhood and remains with me still now

FlossiesFurCoat Thu 23-Jun-16 17:46:44

DD's never had a problem....

I on the other hand have a name I constantly need to spell for people and it's not even that unusual confused

What names would you suggest Doozer?

FlossiesFurCoat Thu 23-Jun-16 17:47:08

Sorry, Dozer

CourtJester Fri 24-Jun-16 10:30:24

Lila is the favourite for me. Lilah is okay, Lyla doesn't look right to me.

But i agree with pps, you may get different pronounciations - Lee-lah, Lie-lah, Lill-ah (although i would say it Lie-lah)

MyNewBearTotoro Fri 24-Jun-16 10:32:19

I like Lilah but Lila is also fine. Not a fan of Lyla.

Dozer Fri 24-Jun-16 11:02:28

It's the baby names board, posters can give frank opinions without proposing alternatives! My DCs' names are regularly disliked by some posters, that's how it goes smile

timelytess Fri 24-Jun-16 11:07:25

None of the above.
Layla or Leila. Will be fine.
Delilah if you prefer.

viviantaylor666 Fri 24-Jun-16 11:15:40

I like Lila as well ! Sounds really cute

Notsure1234 Fri 24-Jun-16 20:02:24

Lilah. I think I'd pronounce it that way as it reminds me of lilac which sounds very similar to me

Whenwillwe3meetagain Fri 24-Jun-16 20:08:42


BatmanLovesMarmite Fri 24-Jun-16 20:16:51

I like Lyla because of the Oasis song!

But I like Lila a tiny bit more than that, because, as PP said, of Sweet Valley Twins / High.

amarante Fri 24-Jun-16 20:19:50

I have a Lila and really love it.

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