How do you pronounce Lelia?

I am researching my family tree and my great-great-great grandmother’s name was [name_f]Lelia[/name_f] and even though I am a name enthusiast I have no idea how to pronounce this name!? I feel so dumb! Help me out! Is it “Leel-ya” “[name_f]Lily[/name_f]-ah” “[name_m]Lay[/name_m]-lah” “Luh-leah” or something else??? Thanks everyone!

You’re not dumb, thats a hard one. LEEL-YA would be my guess x

My initial response to seeing [name_f]Lelia[/name_f] was lee-lee-uh, but that is probably because I personally pronounce [name_f]Celia[/name_f] as see-lee-uh.

I have twin great-great aunts [name_f]Delia[/name_f] & [name_f]Lelia[/name_f], prounounced Deel-ya and Leel-ya, so that would be my guess, esp. if she was born in the US, W. of the Mississippi or is of English, Irish or Scottish ancestry.

Yes, she was born in Mississippi, so I’m thinking “Leel-ya.” Thank you everyone!!

For some reason I hear lay-lee-ah.
[name_f]Leila[/name_f] is [name_m]Lay[/name_m]-lah to me… which would explain my pronunciation of it

I see Leel-ee-ah too!


I’ve always pronounced [name_f]Layla[/name_f]

Upon first glance I would say (lay-lee-uh), but (leel-ee-uh) also seems quite plausible. Pretty name : )