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Elise or Elyse....

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Writerwannabe83 Mon 23-Jan-17 21:04:20

When I was pregnant with DS theee years ago, before we found out it was going to be a boy, my DH kept saying if it was a girl he'd like to call her Elise (to rhyme with realise) as he'd always lived it but I really wasn't keen. We discussed other options and stumbled upon Zoe and both liked it but then we had a boy anyway. DH chose our DS's name and although I wasn't keen at first I really love it now - he's almost three.

Anyway, I'm pregnant again (very early days) and the topic of girl's names has come up again, DH still likes Zoe but I've now gone off it. I then bought up the name Elise as it has suddenly really grown on me but he would want to spell it Elyse which I think is just asking for a lifetime of, "How do you pronounce that?"

What do you think? If you saw Elyse written down how world your brain first interpret it? I think Elise is much prettier and clearer about how it's pronounced.

DH also really likes names like Katie, Emily, Sophie etc whereas I prefer more uncommon names, I'm currently liking Jade, Jasmine and I went through a phase of really liking the name Diana but DH said absolutely not to that suggestion grin

AllTheLight Mon 23-Jan-17 21:06:41


Of your other names, my favourites are Sophie and Jasmine.

Pluto30 Mon 23-Jan-17 21:17:02

Elise isn't pronounced like the end of realise... it's pronounced eh-LEES.

The way you want it sounds like you want Eliza but without the a.

AmysTiara Mon 23-Jan-17 21:17:42

Elise is lovely but I don't understand rhyming with realise. Do you mean pronouncing it Ell-eyes? confused

Talcott2007 Mon 23-Jan-17 21:19:57

Elise/Elyse is a brilliant name (but I am ever so slightly biased) wink You will have the issue of people mistaking it for Elsie which is rediculously trendy at the moment around my way if you spell it with an 'i' but it is the classic spelling - plus half people will pronounce it's 'Elise' rhymes with 'peace' and the other will be 'Elise' rhymes with 'please'

AndNoneForGretchenWieners Mon 23-Jan-17 21:20:06

Elyse to me is pronounced Ell-iss.

Elise is pronounced Ell-ees.

You would be forever correcting people on their pronunciation if you plan to say it Ell-eyes.

Writerwannabe83 Mon 23-Jan-17 21:24:07

Just realised my error, I meant to say it would rhyme with release, not realise grin

Talcott2007 Mon 23-Jan-17 21:25:20

Ps. Both are acceptable pronunciations by the way - 'peace' version is Australian/American way of saying it. 'please' version is the European way

FrancisCrawford Mon 23-Jan-17 21:27:43

Elise looks so elegant. And has the precedent of Fur Elise.

Elyse looks made up and as if you want it pronounced "Elle Eyes"

Sophronia Mon 23-Jan-17 21:31:41


Writerwannabe83 Mon 23-Jan-17 21:31:43

I'm very particular about spellings and pronunciations.

When DH chose DS's name I only agreed to it on the basis that I chose how to spell it as the most common way of it being spelt can lead to it being pronounced in a way that I really didn't want. DH wanted to spell it the traditional way but it was an argument he wasn't going to win - the same with Elise/Elyse I think.

We'll probably have another boy now grin I'm not fussed about finding out the sex whereas DH really wants too.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Mon 23-Jan-17 21:36:59

I would spell it Elise, it's a lovely name.
I also like Katie and Jasmine.

Enidblyton1 Mon 23-Jan-17 21:40:01

Elise is a really lovely name (never spell it with a Y!!)
But it's not normal to pronounce it ELL-EECE to rhyme with release. It's a French name, pronounced ELL-EEZ

Enidblyton1 Mon 23-Jan-17 21:41:19

Oh and I like Jasmine too, and Sophie (although don't go for that if you prefer unusual names)

PlymouthMaid1 Mon 23-Jan-17 21:46:05

Elise is a love!y name. Sounds contrived spelled with the y.

Sweets101 Mon 23-Jan-17 21:48:03

Elise, Elyse would make me wonder if it had a funny pronunciation

EweAreHere Mon 23-Jan-17 21:49:00

Elise is pretty.

Elyse looks made up.

Sophie is a very popular name around here, as is Jasmine.

Writerwannabe83 Mon 23-Jan-17 21:52:13

I'm so glad you all agree!!!!! grin

The reason DH is still pushing Zoe a little is because our son's name starts with an A and he liked the idea of an A name and a Z name because they're opposite ends of the alphabet hmm Yes, he is that juvenile grin

Pluto30 Mon 23-Jan-17 21:53:09

Oh ok! Yep, I'd pronounce Elise to rhyme with release but I am Australian and that's standard here.


Pluto30 Mon 23-Jan-17 21:53:26

I love Zoe.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Mon 23-Jan-17 22:11:47

Me too.😀

MollyHuaCha Mon 23-Jan-17 22:21:40

Elise is lovely - I wd pronounce it Ell-eeze.

Writerwannabe83 Mon 23-Jan-17 22:33:47

I do still like it but I'm just not as keen as I used to be. One person told me that when they head it they thought it was an "old person" name which I laughed off but then a week later, through work, I met a lovely older lady (maybe around 70) and her name turned out to be Zoe grin

Plus, when we went to our sexing scan with DS my MIL cane too sbf once we learnt it was going to be a boy we told her that if the baby had been a girl then we'd possibly have called her Zoe and MIL hated it. She has unfortunately since passed away but her reaction stays with me...

Awwlookatmybabyspider Mon 23-Jan-17 23:09:55

If you want it pronounced to rhyme with Realise. Why not spell it Elize.

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