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(33 Posts)
makingdotoo Mon 22-Jun-09 09:59:53

Neila? I dont want to know whether you like the name or not, just how you would pronounce it...a mate said they would say: Nay-la

differentID Mon 22-Jun-09 10:00:45

Nee-la here.

ninedragons Mon 22-Jun-09 10:01:26


fucksticks Mon 22-Jun-09 10:01:34


GooseyLoosey Mon 22-Jun-09 10:01:42

Like "Neil" but with an "a" on the end.

missblythe Mon 22-Jun-09 10:01:57


stripeypineapple Mon 22-Jun-09 10:02:54


Sort of femme form of Neil.

thell Mon 22-Jun-09 10:03:03

My first reaction was Neela, but I can see why you might think Nayla - like Leila.

makingdotoo Mon 22-Jun-09 10:03:16

Phew, thats how I would pronounce it too. Mate said it would be nay-la because 'ei' makes an 'ay' sound. Could kind of see her point, but would still say neel-a. Cheers.

makingdotoo Mon 22-Jun-09 10:04:34

Neil was my dads name, i am considering calling my baby Neila if it is a girl. Wasnt keen if the majority would say nay-lah.

KnickKnack Mon 22-Jun-09 10:07:08

I'd say nee-la too

Tambajam Mon 22-Jun-09 10:13:48

I'd say Neila - rhymes with Sheila. I can't think of a word where ei makes an ay sound. Am I being very dim?

makingdotoo Mon 22-Jun-09 10:16:05

Rein? Reign? Thats all I can think of really. Feign? Funny one isnt it.

MamaLazarou Mon 22-Jun-09 10:19:27


annasmami Mon 22-Jun-09 10:21:58

In German -ei- is pronounced -ay-, so perhaps the same is the case in other languages. In that case Neila or Leila are pronouced Nayla or Layla.

seeker Mon 22-Jun-09 10:26:47

I'd say Nay-la because of Leila.

EyeballsandherSunburntNorks Mon 22-Jun-09 10:28:51

Neila like Leila.

TheOtherMaryPoppinsDiets Mon 22-Jun-09 10:29:52


makingdotoo Mon 22-Jun-09 10:30:35

So would you pronounce neil as nail?

thedolly Mon 22-Jun-09 10:32:38

'Nee-la' but I had to think about it.

seeker Mon 22-Jun-09 10:37:44

No - I'd pronounce Neil as Neel - but Neila as Nayla. Simply because the only name I can think of like it is Leila - which IS Layla! If you see what I mean!

bigstripeytiger Mon 22-Jun-09 10:43:48


makingdotoo Mon 22-Jun-09 10:44:54

bizarre isnt it. I can understand why people would say neil, but still nayla. I will have to think hard about it, dont really want to saddle my child with a name people dont know how to spell.

seeker Mon 22-Jun-09 10:47:23

Why not save Neil for a boy? Or did your father have a second name?

makingdotoo Mon 22-Jun-09 11:06:14

He did. Maxwell, my name is a form of it so it couldnt be used again. Well i wouldnt want it to.

This is my last baby, i already have two girls and boy. For some reason i suspect this one will be a girl, but if it is a boy it will be neil. It is also definately my last baby as hubby is going to be neautered after it arrives grin

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