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How would you pronounce this name? (Kylee)

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AshhhM Thu 20-Oct-16 16:34:46


I have started working with a little Kylee, which I originally pronounced Kai-Leigh (Kai as in the name, so sounds like eye)...

My goodness, her mother was fuming. Apparently I'm stupid hmm anyway, she says it's said as Key-Leigh.

How would you have pronounced it?

ByeByeLilSebastian Thu 20-Oct-16 16:35:54

It's a stupid name though, poor kid.

AuntieStella Thu 20-Oct-16 16:36:53

I'd have assumed it was a variant spelling of Kylie and would have pronounced it same way as Minogue does.

Dozer Thu 20-Oct-16 16:38:42


Poor kid.

DropZoneOne Thu 20-Oct-16 16:42:17

I'd have pronounced it the same as you, Kylie.

If you want a pronunciation of Keylee then bloody spell it Keylee. Poor child, destined for a lifetime of correcting the spelling and pronunciation of their name.

Cherylene Thu 20-Oct-16 16:42:41

If she wanted Key-Leigh, then it would have been better to spell it like Keeley Hawes (who, on googling, appears to be called Claire Julia)

I would have said Kylie, as in Minogue.

usual Thu 20-Oct-16 16:42:46

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Dozer Thu 20-Oct-16 16:44:29

It's a made up, tacky name that most people will pronounce as kylie.

twinjocks Thu 20-Oct-16 16:45:24

I would say Kylie (as in Minogue) but with possibly a longer eeeeeeee sound on the end to make it sound extra naff!

mycatstares Thu 20-Oct-16 16:45:58

usual because 90% of people will call the child Kylie.

The mother sounds a delight.

Chottie Thu 20-Oct-16 16:46:02

I would have said KayLay.

usual Thu 20-Oct-16 16:46:15

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ObscureThing Thu 20-Oct-16 16:48:14

People will automatically think it's Kylie though, usual. So they won't bother to ask pronunciation, and mother will apparently get upset.

ThoraGruntwhistle Thu 20-Oct-16 16:49:44

It looks like it should be pronounced Kylie but if it's meant to be Keeley, it's really not made clear by the spelling. But I would have probably checked when I saw the unusual spelling just in case, not that you can go back in time and do that.

Arfarfanarf Thu 20-Oct-16 16:49:45

She cant get cross with people for not knowing how to pronounce something that a) isnt an established name they are familiar with and/or b) is not spelled in a way that is 'guessable'

You just have to accept you're going to need to tell people and not be a dick about it.

RiverTam Thu 20-Oct-16 16:49:58

Nothing to do with being a snob, but this will simply be the first time of many in this poor child's life that her parents failure to understand English pronunciation causes her this issue.

The letter 'y' in the middle of a word is usually pronounced to rhyme with eye. That's pretty basic stuff.

I have no issue with people making up names or going for alternative spellings, but this one will simply cause 99.9% of people to pronounce the name differently from how the parents want.

GoofyTheHero Thu 20-Oct-16 16:50:16

I would pronounce is Kylie based on that spelling. I thought 'key-leigh' was spelt Keeley or Keely. There were a lot of Keely's at my school.

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Thu 20-Oct-16 16:51:55

Definitely Kylie.

"Ky" does not equal the "Kee" sound.

Creative spellings are one thing, this is just plain old fashioned "wrong".

I wish little Kylee's teachers luck teaching her phonics.

GoofyTheHero Thu 20-Oct-16 16:51:57

I wouldn't ask pronunciation as I would have been sure in my own mind, based on that spelling, that is was pronounced kylie. Not because I'm a snob, but because of how the English language generally works.

AshhhM Thu 20-Oct-16 16:54:56

Thanks everyone.

Usual, I'm not being a snob, btw.

I don't even mind if it's said as Key-Leigh! But to have gotten mad at me confused

I felt bad about not asking, but I'm glad it isn't just me who assumed the obvious!

StepAwayFromTheThesaurus Thu 20-Oct-16 16:55:12

Its not so much snobbery as pronunciation though. People will pronounce Kylee like Kylie. If you don't want people to do that, you need to spell the name so that people won't do it.

If I decide to call my son something spelled Addam people are going to call him Adam. If I want them to know it's supposed to be Ay-dam, I really should stick an i or a y in there. If I choose not to do so I forfeit the right to get annoyed about 'mispronunciation' and certainly have no reason to call anyone stupid for pronouncing it the was it's spelled.

RortyCrankle Thu 20-Oct-16 16:57:35

Well if the mother is stupid enough to choose a 'yoonique' spelling, then she will have to get used to 99% of people (correctly IMO) pronouncing it as Kylie.

PaperdollCartoon Thu 20-Oct-16 16:57:35

Poor child will spend her whole life correcting people

RiverTam Thu 20-Oct-16 16:59:55

I know a Briony whose parents decided that it should be pronounced Bree-ony, instead of the usual Bry-ony. She has gone through her whole life having to correct pronunciation, with every single person the first time they see her name, and even when she introduces herself the Bry-ony pronunciation is so ingrained that people still trip up on it.

There's being different and there's simply making life difficult for your child. The least you can do is own and accept the consequences of your choice.

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Thu 20-Oct-16 17:01:10

I wouldn't have asked how to pronounce Kylee either FWIW. On paper, it definitely looks like a fairly acceptable spelling of Kylie. So I would have assumed it to be Kylie.

I'm not a snob with regards to unusual spellings & had the name been Kailee or Kalee, I would have asked before assuming.

It's not unreasonable to read "Ky" as K-eye.

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