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MummyInHeel Sat 11-Aug-18 11:54:33

Hello. We really like Emilia. Pronouced Emily-ah. How would you pronounce it? Thank you!

MummyInHeel Sat 11-Aug-18 11:55:22

And what do you think of the name?! Thanks.

MissDollyMix Sat 11-Aug-18 11:56:42

I’d pronounce it em-me-leah. It’s a lovely name, very pretty but she will spend half her life correcting everyone who calls her Amelia.

Summersup Sat 11-Aug-18 11:57:18

The way you have written it isn't how I would pronounce it, I would say Emeeeliah all one word. It is a pretty name. Quite similar to the Emily's and Amelie's that are common at the moment, but I like it.

theunsure Sat 11-Aug-18 12:00:50

The standard pronunciation is Em-me-lea, I have never heard it Emily-ah. I’d suggest a different spelling if you want it pronounced that way.
I love the name with the usual pronounciation, it’d have been top of my list if we’d been able to have DC.

MrsMrsMrsMrs Sat 11-Aug-18 12:03:43

It’s such a pretty name. It was on our list -possibly because DH quite likes Emilia Fox-

Friolero Sat 11-Aug-18 12:05:28

It's a lovely name but I agree with PPs on the pronunciation, I'd say Em-ee-leah rather than Emily-ah. We had it on our list for DC1 but was worried about the constant confusion with Amelia.

a2inthehouse Sat 11-Aug-18 12:05:47

Lovely name but I've only ever heard it pronounced like Amelia. You'll have a lifetime of correcting people's way of saying it or spelling it

MummyInHeel Sat 11-Aug-18 12:08:13

Thanks all. Glad you like it but will have to decide if we can cope with pronunciation issues!

florascotia2 Sat 11-Aug-18 12:28:34

OP - as I'm sure you know, Emilia is Italian in origin. It is based on a very old Roman name ( and has no connection with Amelia). It is also the name of a region in Italy.

In case it helps regarding pronunciation, these audio clips show how the Italians (and people in other European countries) say 'Emilia' - 'Eh -mee-lee-ah' :

HeyDolly Sat 11-Aug-18 12:32:23

I pronounce it Em-mee-lee-ah. Have never heard it pronounced Emily-ah before.

Glowbug59 Sat 11-Aug-18 12:33:42

Very pretty name

MummyInHeel Sat 11-Aug-18 12:38:19

Thanks Flora

Sophronia Sat 11-Aug-18 12:39:26

I’ve never heard Emily-ah before.

MikeUniformMike Sat 11-Aug-18 12:44:39

I say it as Em-eel-ya.

Secretlifeofme Sat 11-Aug-18 12:49:55

I know one who pronounces it Em- il- LEE - ah and one who pronounces it Em- EE- lee -ah. I like the first pronunciation the best. I can't get my head around Emily-ah to be honest - where are you placing the emphasis?

MummyInHeel Sat 11-Aug-18 12:56:00

Secret, emi-LEE-ah might be a better way of describing pronouciation. Also like Eh-milly-a.

IsTheRainEverComingBack Sat 11-Aug-18 12:57:59

It’s pronounced like Amelia but with an eh instead of an ah sound at the beginning. Pronouncing it another way isn’t ‘different’, it’s just wrong.

Tinty Sat 11-Aug-18 13:02:28

Weirdly I know two Emilia's grin. Both pronounced differently to your post OP.

One is pronounced E Me Lia and nicknamed Emmi and the other is pronounced Em A La. (or Emma La smile)

Gorbie Sat 11-Aug-18 13:09:13

My baby girl (6weeks) is Emilia, we say it Em IL Lee Ah

cholka Sat 11-Aug-18 13:15:07

My friends have an Emilia. I can never remember how to say it and feel awkward every time.

MummyInHeel Sat 11-Aug-18 13:30:33

Congrats Gorbie.

17caterpillars1mouse Sat 11-Aug-18 13:39:09


It's ok

BonnieLass5 Sat 11-Aug-18 15:25:54

It's definitely em-me-lee-a. It's not pronounced how you've written it OP.

I hate the name personally. Emilias and Amelias are everywhere. She'll be probably one of at least six in her class at school. It's also not particularly nice sounding. Makes me think of mealworms.

foodiefil Sat 11-Aug-18 15:53:25

Emily-ah sounds like a mispronunciation.

Emilia is Amelia.

Never heard it pronounced Emily-ah before.

Have you heard that or decided that's how you're going to pronounce it?

It doesn't even sound right to me confusedhmm sorry

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