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hannahfaithhope Fri 16-Sep-16 22:24:41

DH is Italian and we have an Italian surname, and we'd quite like an Italian first name to go with it.

What is your initial reaction upon hearing the name Alessia, and how would you instinctively pronounce it? What do you think of Ally or Essie as nicknames?

Middle name will be Serafina.

Any thoughts or opinions would be much appreciated x

Jessbow Fri 16-Sep-16 22:57:57

I would say Al-Essss-Eh -Ah,

strawberrybootlace Fri 16-Sep-16 23:01:47

Al ess eeh ah.

Once knew a lovely Alessia so like this name very much. Love Essie, not keen on Ally.

SoftSheen Fri 16-Sep-16 23:03:25

Alessia is a lovely name, especially with an Italian surname.

To me, Lessie seems the most natural shortening..

babyinthacorner Fri 16-Sep-16 23:11:48

Love it! It's on our shortlist, and I wish we had Italian connections so we had more justification to use it!

WankersHacksandThieves Fri 16-Sep-16 23:17:29

I know a little one, it's Ah less ee ah. mostly known as Messy smile

villainousbroodmare Fri 16-Sep-16 23:19:56

Lovely. I like Serafina a lot too.

badg3r Fri 16-Sep-16 23:23:28

I would pronounce it a-leash-a but only because that's how the only person I know with the name says it. I think it's nice.

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 16-Sep-16 23:30:24


Alisvolatpropiis Fri 16-Sep-16 23:30:41

Sorry posted too soon.

I like it!

sparechange Fri 16-Sep-16 23:31:46

My friend has one! Al-less-ee-ah
Shorted to Lessie
It's a lovely name

pieceofpurplesky Fri 16-Sep-16 23:34:25

There are many pronunciations of Allessia/Alicia.
I teach ...
Al/ iss/e-a

All correct (I just get mixed up as two are in one class!)

Amalfimamma Fri 16-Sep-16 23:36:55

Al essss e ah

It's a nice name but a bit over used in italy at the moment IMHO . it's usually shortened to Lessia or ally in italy.

If DH is italian he'll be into his feast days and st Alessia is 17 July

I prefer Serafina tbh

CodyKing Fri 16-Sep-16 23:48:13


There's 3 in nursery - it's the next Lilly or Eva

Sophronia Sat 17-Sep-16 00:48:23

I prefer Alessandra

Blackpoollassy Sat 17-Sep-16 00:51:23

It's lovey. DD was almost Alessia too.
I'd say Al-ess-e-a

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sat 17-Sep-16 09:09:26

Beautiful name, Al-ess-ee-ah.
Essie for short, don't like Ally.

allegretto Sat 17-Sep-16 11:13:05

Maybe it's overused in Amalfi but I live in the north and I don't know any under twenties called Alessia. I like it.

Amalfimamma Sat 17-Sep-16 12:19:41


Really? Here it is really overused. I think it's been in the top 20 ISTAT for the past few years too and is gradually falling.

North they do tend to use "foreign" names more though. Here it's all about the Saint

akorda Sun 18-Sep-16 20:34:49

Lovely name-I know one 6 year old with that name. Hers doesn't tend to get shortened.

Go for it!

GoNorthDarren Sun 18-Sep-16 20:45:49

It's nice, but I love pp's suggestion of Alessandra. I also love Antonella. I really like Ally as a nn. Lessie would probably be the first nn to spring to mind after Ally.

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