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Ada or Ayda?

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nicannie Mon 25-Nov-19 13:53:24

What would you say is a better spelling? I would pronounce both the same, would you pronounce them differently?

Also, what's your thoughts on this name? It's one that's been in my mind for a few weeks now as potential for our baby girl due March 2020.

WeDieAndSeeBeautyReign Sun 01-Dec-19 16:57:02

Yikes, I really dislike it. Really grannyish like Gladys and Ethel

Yes me too. Some old fashioned names are beautiful but Ada, Gladys and Ethel are not amongst them.

If OP is set on it then at Aida is at least a real name with a cultural background rather than a spelling mistake.

WeDieAndSeeBeautyReign Sun 01-Dec-19 16:53:01

I think Ayda is a phonetic spelling of Ida

I'm not sure why anyone would need a phonetic spelling for a name as simple as Ada.

Ayda looks like a spelling mistake for Aida which is not pronounced the same way as Ada.

LikeARedBalloon Sun 01-Dec-19 16:48:16

Beautiful name. Ada was my chosen baby name....but it didn't go with the surname sad Booo!

PrincessLouis Sun 01-Dec-19 16:06:17


I think Ayda is a phonetic spelling of Ida

Addsverisimilitude Sun 01-Dec-19 15:50:38


Nonnymum Sun 01-Dec-19 11:36:26

I would spell it Ada

CharitySchmarity Sun 01-Dec-19 11:35:05

My grandmother and great-grandmother were both called Ada so I've always known how to pronounce it. I'd stick with Ada - most people have heard of it (due to Ada Lovelace) and if they do pronounce it wrong, you only have to tell them the right way. For what it's worth, I rather like it.

20viona Sat 30-Nov-19 18:14:33


confusedyoungthing Sat 30-Nov-19 18:10:01

I'd pronounce them the same. Rhyming with Ava.

Ada is definitely the better spelling. Ayda feels a bit unnecessary.

PurpleFrames Thu 28-Nov-19 16:57:09

I personally find Adya more modern

Ingridla Thu 28-Nov-19 16:48:10

Ada. It was my grandmothers name!

Whattodoabout Thu 28-Nov-19 16:45:20

Ada and it’s pronounced ade-ah.

Omashu Mon 25-Nov-19 18:44:24

It’s really growing in popularity. I’m not fond of it but clearly many others are! Ada is the nicer spelling.

missmouse101 Mon 25-Nov-19 18:42:34

Yikes, I really dislike it. Really grannyish like Gladys and Ethel.

bridgetreilly Mon 25-Nov-19 18:36:13


It is old-fashioned but in that sort of way which is popular at the moment.

MrsNoMopp Mon 25-Nov-19 18:33:55

I met an Ada who must have been about 30. It really suited her.

AdaColeman Mon 25-Nov-19 17:01:24

Ada is a fab name!

TiceCream Mon 25-Nov-19 17:01:01

I’d say Ayda as Eye-da. If you want the Ada pronunciation then I’d spell it that way.

TheJoxter Mon 25-Nov-19 16:58:52

Definitely Ada, I’d expect Ayda to be pronounced like Ida which is a different name in itself

DramaAlpaca Mon 25-Nov-19 16:54:53

I'd go for Ada. Keep it really simple and nobody can mess around with the spelling and pronunciation. It's a nice name, one of the few 'granny chic' ones I like.

Ohyesiam Mon 25-Nov-19 15:56:03

Ayda looks like eyeda to me ( like a pirate would say ay ay captain)

QueenWhatevs Mon 25-Nov-19 15:55:38

I know an Ada and an Ayda under 4, so even if its a little old fashioned its definitely having a moment smile

nicannie Mon 25-Nov-19 15:53:22

@suckingdieselfella thank you, totally agree lol. I think I'll keep this on the short list and pick another one or two that we like and then when she is finally here we can decide x

SuckingDieselFella Mon 25-Nov-19 15:47:35

Nothing wrong with old-fashioned. Much better than a celeb name.

nicannie Mon 25-Nov-19 15:33:25

@flymetothestars for Ada or Ayda?? I'm thinking Ada is the winner ??

Does anyone think it might be quite old fashioned? There's been a few rumbles of that when I've mentioned the name at my work etc

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