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How do you pronounce Eilidh ?

(46 Posts)
micegg Sun 09-Mar-08 19:41:37

please grin

sweetkitty Sun 09-Mar-08 19:42:35


I love it but too close to Abbie

PurplePillow Sun 09-Mar-08 19:42:51

you pronounce it ay-leegrin

Blandmum Sun 09-Mar-08 19:43:04

If I had to guess it would be El-i-dee


If you are going to use it, she'll have a life time of explaining how to say it

micegg Sun 09-Mar-08 19:44:48

I like it. I know what you mean about spelling as I have the same thing with my name. Will weigh up that with how much I like it though. Very pretty. Thanks

sweetkitty Sun 09-Mar-08 19:44:52

20th most popular girls name in Scotland last year 200 of them

(guess who has the page open?)

Habbibu Sun 09-Mar-08 19:45:04

<tuts at mb's shocking lack of knowledge of Gaelic pronunciation> I like it, but mb is right, if you're not in Scotland or possibly Ireland she'll spend a lot of time spelling it/telling people how it's pronounced.

sweetkitty Sun 09-Mar-08 19:45:24

A friend changed the spelling to Ailey

micegg Sun 09-Mar-08 19:45:46

Maybe not. Just said it with surname and it sounds weird. Oh well back to drawing board.

FAQ Sun 09-Mar-08 19:51:09


aGalChangedHerName Sun 09-Mar-08 19:51:31

I have an Eilidh, It's Ay-lee.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

dizzydixies Sun 09-Mar-08 22:21:50

MMJ its very well known and used in scotland although that doesn't help OP if she is outwith


sweetkitty have you made any decisions or even progress wink

Piffle Sun 09-Mar-08 22:26:03

fancy changing it to ailey
ail = ill
all our kids have irish middle or first names
we opted out of Fionnbharr in favour of Finbar though for ds2 for obvious reasons but the irish rellies do call him Fionnbharr rather that Finn like us
DDs middle name is Niamh we nearly called her Siofra, but thought better of it
DS1 is Padraic middle name
I am Siobhan middle name
Well tis a family thing and we are Irish historically

WendyWeber Sun 09-Mar-08 22:30:46

I thought it was I-lish?

expatinscotland Sun 09-Mar-08 22:31:46

Like Hayley without the 'H'.

madamez Sun 09-Mar-08 22:33:13


WendyWeber Sun 09-Mar-08 22:34:02

Ohhhh, that's Eilish, isn't it?

I just found that Eilidh rhymes with ceilidh - which figures grin

expatinscotland Sun 09-Mar-08 22:34:41

It is the Gaelic for Helen.

pointydog Sun 09-Mar-08 22:39:13

There is an anglified version too - Ailie

soph28 Sun 09-Mar-08 22:39:43

Eilish is a different Scottish name.

Eilidh (ay-lee) is not at all strange in Scotland and I think most people would know how to pronounce it.

Like Ceilidh (kay-lee) as in scottish dancing.

yelnats Sun 09-Mar-08 22:41:31

Pronounce Hayley without the H

BarcodeZebra Mon 10-Mar-08 22:19:53

I wanted Eimhir (Eva) for my wee DD2 but was shouted down by DW because of the constant having to spell it malarky. My surname always has to be spelt out so she's have spent about a third of her entire life going, "E-I-M-H-I-R" before taking a deep breath and starting on the rest.

Eilidh's a lovely name though.

fifi25 Thu 20-Jan-11 16:10:01

My 9yr olds called Niamh pronounced Neeve. I loved the name but after 9 year of her constantly being called Ni-am, Nee-am it gets irritating. She has to constantly tell people what her name is and it cant be nice for her. I would think carefully about picking an Irish name. My daughter often says she hates her name fuelled by a teacher who everyday calls her Nee-am and the kids laugh. My younger daughters are Romilly and Connie, nice and easy to pronounce

JennyPiccolo Mon 24-Jan-11 11:24:15

I think it's a lovely name, and i wouldn't go changing a traditional name to make it easier to spell.

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