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How would you pronounce this name?

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8DaysAWeek Tue 14-Mar-17 20:28:02


If you saw it written down and were to call it out, how would you say it?

Creatureofthenight Tue 14-Mar-17 20:29:20

Ee-lye, as in the beginning of Elijah.

Leopardpink Tue 14-Mar-17 20:30:16

Ee lye

HorraceTheOtter Tue 14-Mar-17 20:30:46

Also Ee lye.

DrAbbyYates Tue 14-Mar-17 20:34:50


Rockaby Tue 14-Mar-17 20:34:58


Sandsnake Tue 14-Mar-17 20:35:20


LapinR0se Tue 14-Mar-17 20:35:30


DrAbbyYates Tue 14-Mar-17 20:36:36

(Assuming it's a boy. If it's a girl I might wonder if it were ell-ee).

Writerwannabe83 Tue 14-Mar-17 20:37:10

For a boy: E-lyr
For a girl: Ellie

Writerwannabe83 Tue 14-Mar-17 20:38:01

I mean E-lye for a boy smile

Pencilvester Tue 14-Mar-17 20:38:40


8DaysAWeek Tue 14-Mar-17 20:47:03

The consensus is Ee-lye then, which is how I say my son's name.

He's almost 8 months old and the vast majority of health professionals read it as Eh-lay (as in Ellie). I assume his sex is on his medical notes. The other day we had Ee-lee hmm

I still like his name but if we have another I'm going with something like John or Carol!

8DaysAWeek Tue 14-Mar-17 20:47:53

Thanks folks for the replies!

Gummibears Tue 14-Mar-17 21:52:31

I'd also say Eh-li as I'd assume it was short for Elias or Eliot.

Purpledaffodils Wed 15-Mar-17 08:40:21

Ee-lie like you would say the beginning of Elijah.

Gummibears Wed 15-Mar-17 08:46:56

But I'd say EH-lie-ah and not EE-lie-ah

8DaysAWeek Wed 15-Mar-17 08:55:13

Oh I kind of get where people are coming from now with Eh-lay gummibears. That does make sense!

Eli is a name in its own right and so I don't see it as a nickname/shorter version of something but I guess it commonly is.

BarInSpace Wed 15-Mar-17 09:22:54

Ee-lye. It's a Biblical name (a separate person from Elias) which I've always heard pronounced that way when mentioned.

MollyHuaCha Wed 15-Mar-17 09:32:23

I would assume it was pronounced Eee-lye with the stress on the first syllable. 'Eee' to rhyme with the word see and 'lye' to rhyme with the word sigh.

purplepingu Wed 15-Mar-17 09:49:44

I have a two year old Eli and the only people to pronounce it as Ellie are doctors! Literally nobody else pronounces it wrong and it really winds me up every time. And we get some odd looks in the waiting room when I stand up with my obviously male 'Ellie'.

I get people spelling it Ely too which is annoying as it's surely the easiest name in the world to spell right!

PattyPenguin Wed 15-Mar-17 20:29:30

Ee-lye. Like Eli Woods in Last of the Summer Wine or the Rev Eli Jenkins in Under Milk Wood.

Even Wikipedia says it's pronounced iːlaɪ i.e. ee-lye, without giving any other pronunciation.

Ponyboycurtis Wed 15-Mar-17 20:33:34

It's my nephews name, he's 23 and has had many years of it being pronounced 'Ellie' at parties. We pronounce it 'e-lie' but we all call him 'E', that was started by his brother.

I came on to say it's a fab name and if all Eli's grow up to be as lush as my nephew there will lots of lovely boys/men out there.

8DaysAWeek Thu 16-Mar-17 07:54:13

Thanks pony! I think it's a lovely name too (obviously).

DS is only 8 months purple so there hasn't really been much opportunity for anyone other than doctors to mispronounce his name so far! Hopefully they are the only ones who do it too!

I just don't get how a very old, tiny 3 letter name can cause such confusion grin

1horatio Thu 16-Mar-17 23:17:06

Depends on whether I was speking German or English.


Or E-lee (e like egg and an short, open ee)

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