Eilidh with a more Americanized spelling?

I like the pronounciation of [name]Eilidh[/name] (ay-lee) but I fear that it will have a lot of mispronounciations. Any suggestions?

  • [name]Shannon[/name]

Ppersonally, I wouldn’t change it. I think a lot of the beauty of this name is in the spelling. I am a big gaelic name lover though but I think anglicized versions of this name look funny. If you had to though Aylee would probably give you the correct pronounciation but I think it looks silly.

I think your probably will have issues if you’re outside the UK.

A girl I know who’s name is [name]Eilidh[/name], with this spelling, has contemplated changing it to something more phonetical because of the issues she has even in [name]England[/name] where it’s within the top 200 including it’s other Gaelic spellings like Ailidh, Aillidh, Eillidh. She gets a lot of ‘is your name Eyelid?’ and it’s often confused with [name]Eilish[/name] which is pronounced ‘eye-lish’.

Aylie might be an option if you don’t mind it just blending in with the other -Aylee type of names. Then again, she might like being included with the [name]Kaylie[/name]/[name]Bailey[/name]/Raylie group.

Ailee looks better to me, and closer to [name]Eileen[/name] which I’m fairly sure is where [name]Eilidh[/name] derived from. I’m not sure if you’ll think the ‘-ee’ spelling is a bit too trendy looking though.

[name]Eilidh[/name] is so lovely, it’s one of my favourites. You could always just embrace the Gaelic spelling!

I think you would probably get lots of pronunciation issues with that spelling. If it weren’t for nameberry, I wouldn’t know how to pronounce it. I think Ailee looks best for a different spelling.

I love [name]Eilidh[/name] and it’s a top name of mine but I also have concerns abotu the spelling/pronounciation issues. Someone suggested Aileigh to me and I actually think that’s a lovely spelling. :slight_smile:

I think the great thing with a name like [name]Eilidh[/name] or [name]Siobahn[/name] is that people won’t really try to pronounce it (unless you’re at the doctors office). Most likely you’ll get “I’m sorry how do I pronounce your name?” or “Eye-lid?” responding with “I get that a lot, it’s originally gaelic and pronounced Ay-lee” doesn’t seem so bad. At the very least it will be very memorable.
I’m not sure you need to “Americanize” it, nor when I think of [name]America[/name] as a great big melting-pot do I think “dumbing” a name down is really necessary. Our country began as a place for people from different countries to find a new place to live, with them they brought a lot of their own traditions, names are part of that. Especially if you have Irish heritage I’d seriously consider honoring that with the original spelling. However, should you decide on a more Anglicized spelling I personally like Ailee or Eilie best (I particularly like Eilie cause it’s a palindrome but I’m just dorky like that).

If it was me I would change it. At the very least I’d get rid of the D, which is the most confusing part.
Eilih looks odd, but it doesn’t seem completely outside of logic to pronounce it ay-lee

[name]Eilidh[/name] is a beautiful name few people will ever pronounce correctly :frowning: I still don’t like Aylee, Ailee, Eilie, or any other phonetic spelling. Aileigh, as suggested by lbinnz seems like a good option. They only insight I can give is this: if you love it, use it, but as a teacher, I would dread the first day of school with [name]Eilidh[/name] on my roster. I am always so embarrassed when I can’t pronounce my students’ names.

[name]Eilidh[/name] is going to cause trouble unless you live in [name]Ireland[/name]. Since I have a totally hard to pronounce name, it is NOT fun constantly correcting people. Also, the big trouble with Irish and Gaelic names is that some people will say, “[name]How[/name] can it be pronounced like THAT?” Aylee is probably the best way to go, but that’s going to be seen as trendy. Ailey might work, as well.

I absolutely love [name]Eilidh[/name]! It kills me to think of it with an Anglicized spelling, but if I respelled it, I would probably spell it Ailey. Ayleigh/Aylee/Aylie/Ayley all look too trendified, as do Aileigh/Ailee/Ailie (which, I think would be mispronounced anyway). But Ailey looks straightforward. [name]One[/name] of the reasons I love [name]Eilidh[/name] is it has the cute sound that fits in so well with [name]Bailey[/name], [name]Kaylee[/name], [name]Haley[/name], etc., but it doesn’t have that trendy look. But if I did use a more phonetic spelling, I guess Ailey would be it. I don’t think I could ever give up the [name]Eilidh[/name] spelling, though. It’s Scottish and ethereal and gorgeous, imo. :slight_smile: