Layani,Leiarni, Leiani, Laarni, Layarni???

[name_m]Hi[/name_m], think we have our list down to 2 names that we actually agree on! All the way through I have loved [name_f]Leilani[/name_f] hubby didn’t he says its a mouthful so we have now changed it to Layani ( removed the L in the middle) can be spelt Leiani, Laarni, Layarni, Layani, Leiarni, not sure which way yet?? HELP? Which way would u spell and what are ur opinions?? another name that popped up is Leiarna?!! That’s similar and pretty I think.
Hubby loves [name_f]Sienna[/name_f]. I like both names and would love middle name to b [name_f]Belle[/name_f] but he says nooooo! any other suggestions on middle names and which name u think is prettier? Think we are going with Leiarni [name_f]Sienna[/name_f] but not set in stone yet. would really appriciate opinions on the names and how u would spell?! I want the name prounounced as [name_m]Lay[/name_m]- arn- ee ! We do like unusual names our son is called Kailan ( [name_m]Ky[/name_m]-LAN)

Thank you xx

[name_f]Leilani[/name_f] (three syllables) is no more of a mouthful than Leyani (three syllables). Getting rid of the L does absolutely nothing except make it look like you don’t know how to spell [name_f]Leilani[/name_f].

[name_f]Leilani[/name_f] [name_f]Sienna[/name_f] is lovely. Go with that or come up with a different first name.

I much prefer the original Hawaiian name of [name_f]Leilani[/name_f] and personally, I don’t find it a mouthful at all. It just rolls off the tongue and it’s meaning of “heavenly flower” is gorgeous. I’m afraid all of your spellings would diminish any charm the name has for me. My advice to you: if you’re going to make up a name, keep it as simple as possible because your daughter will probably have to spell it for the rest of her life. Keep the spelling as close to the way it’s pronounced. I would go with Layarni if you want the “lay-arn-nee” pronunciation. I have to say that [name_f]Leilani[/name_f] is much prettier in sound and look than Layarni but that’s just my taste.

I much prefer [name_f]Leilani[/name_f], too. It’s beautiful and is much easier to pronounce to those of us unfamiliar with Hawaiian names. Taking out the L makes the pronunciation more stilted (to me) and the spelling looks off.

I only like [name_f]Leilani[/name_f]. The others just look unnecessarily complicated or misspelled.

I agree with [name_u]Mischa[/name_u]. I like [name_f]Leilani[/name_f], mostly because of her lovely meaning. :slight_smile: To be honest Laarni, Layarni, Layani, or Leiarni is a lot more confusing and mouthful for me.

[name_f]Leilani[/name_f] [name_f]Sienna[/name_f] is so pretty, hope you choose that one.

I agree with [name_u]Mischa[/name_u]. I like [name_f]Leilani[/name_f], mostly because of her lovely meaning. :slight_smile: To be honest Laarni, Layarni, Layani, or Leiarni is a lot more confusing and mouthful for me.

[name_f]Leilani[/name_f] [name_f]Sienna[/name_f] is so pretty, hope you choose that one.

I agree that [name_f]Leilani[/name_f] is no more of a mouthful than Layani, they’re still both three syllables. Out of all of the names you mentioned, [name_f]Leilani[/name_f] is by far my favorite. I really, really strongly dislike Leiani, Leiarni, and Laarni. If you do choose to invent something, Layani and Layarni look the best, but still aren’t very pleasant looking or sounding to me. What about [name_f]Leila[/name_f], [name_f]Laila[/name_f], or [name_f]Layla[/name_f]? It’s a real name that means “night” in Arabic, and was the name of a main character in a series of romantic poems that became popular in [name_f]Arabia[/name_f] and [name_u]Persia[/name_u].

Out of the spellings you’ve suggested, I would choose Layani, as I think this is the simplest way to get to the pronounciation you want. However you probably won’t find much support for creative spellings on this site!

[name_f]One[/name_f] name that sounds similar to Layani is [name_f]Leonie[/name_f] ([name_u]Lee[/name_u]-oh-nee), which is still unusual and very pretty.

Alternatively, Leiarna could be substituted for [name_f]Leona[/name_f] ([name_m]Le[/name_m]-oh-na), [name_f]Liana[/name_f]/[name_f]Lianna[/name_f] or [name_f]Leana[/name_f]/[name_f]Leanna[/name_f] ([name_u]Lee[/name_u]-ah-na).

I would keep [name_f]Leilani[/name_f] but come up with an easier nickname.
[name_f]Lily[/name_f], [name_u]Laney[/name_u]/[name_f]Lani[/name_f], [name_f]Leila[/name_f].
I agree as the alliteration is not for everyone.

What about [name_f]Noelani[/name_f]? It’s pretty similar.

and btw berries are name purists so this would be the wrong place to be asking for the best spelling variations or alternations of a name.

I was also going to suggest [name_f]Leonie[/name_f]; if you pronounce it as [name_m]LAY[/name_m]-oh-nee it gets very close to what you were looking for.

But I agree no reason not to just use [name_f]Leilani[/name_f]; don’t much around with the spelling.

I agree with everyone else. [name_f]Leilani[/name_f] is the best and the prettiest the rest sounds and looks awful.

If you have to get rid of the ‘L’, Leiani is the most legitimate looking spelling (:

100% agree.

I know this is a pretty old posting, but thought I’d add … the I prefer the spelling Laarni. :smiley: One, it’s my name, and it’s the real spelling from the Philippines folk story :slight_smile:

Though, other than that, I like most of those spellings and I’m sure whatever you ended up going with, it’ll match just fine. :slight_smile: