Talaila (or Delaila)

What do you think of the name Talaila ([name]Tah[/name]-lay-lah)? [name]How[/name] would you spell it? Talaila, Talaya, Telaila, Telayla? ( I have a feeling a lot of you won’t like this name.)

Also what about Delaila (Dah-lay-lah and I am also not sure of the spelling).

Personally, neither are my style, but I would spell them Talaila and Delaila or Dalaila.

Have you considered [name]Tallulah[/name], [name]Delilah[/name], [name]Natalia[/name] and [name]Liliana[/name]?

I think Delaila over Talaila. Talaila has a made up feel to me that makes the name less appealing.

why not delilah or thalia alia??? no need to make up names.

I know these names really aren’t many people’s cup of tea, but they hold special significances. They are very uncommon, but not made up. Thanks for your input so far though.

It’s good that they hold significance for you, but the problem is that they are very similar in sound to other names ([name]Tallulah[/name] and [name]Delilah[/name]), and will probably be frequently mistaken for that, which would be annoying for both you and your daughter …

For that reason I think it would be good to use them in the mn spot, or, perhaps, name her Ta__ [name]Laila[/name] ([name]Tamsin[/name], [name]Tansy[/name], [name]Natasha[/name] nn [name]Tash[/name], [name]Natalie[/name] nn [name]Tali[/name]) or De__ [name]Laila[/name] ([name]Delphina[/name] or [name]Darcy[/name] perhaps), and then you could still call her Talaila or Delaila without the confusion.

Good luck!

If you say they are not made up, where did they come from? I love learning about names that are new to me. As for how to spell them, spell them whichever is correct because they are already different enough. I don’t know where you live, so maybe this is a more common name in your location and/or native culture. If you are transliterating from another alphabet, then I don’t know how they should be spelled. I like Delaila better than Talaila.

Although I don’t like made-up names, if you say they aren’t made up, I’ll believe you, and I’d rather a real name that means something to you than adapt it to another name just because people will hear it wrong. I think that’s a big fuss over nothing sometimes. There’s no reason to reduce the available names and simplify cultural authenticity to blend in at school. Everyone who needs to know the name will learn it quickly and move on.

I went and researched it! I get the feeling it was originally made up (not that all names weren’t, but I mean recently), because it has become a trend to add ‘ta’, ‘la’ or ‘da’/‘de’ to the front of other names ([name]Laila[/name]) - like [name]Latasha[/name].

While I would personally still count them as made up, they are in use, because there were myspace profiles under the names.

Talaila was ranked # 1,707,289 in the US (I’m not sure what year that was in, but there was only one born [in [name]Florida[/name]]), and Talailah (one again, this time in Kansas) was # 1,707,290. Talaila is also the name of a Nature Reserve Area in Syria.

Delaila is the name of a clothing brand (not famous obviously, though, so that isn’t a problem). ‘Song of Umm Dalaila, the [name]Story[/name] of the Sahrawis’ was a short '93 documentary on the plight of the Sahrawis, people from a country which has been absorbed into [name]Morocco[/name] and are now (or were in '93) living as refugees, due to immense discrimination.

Dalayla (pronounced the same as Delaila) is Arabic name meaning delicious wine (not the best meaning I know). There are 438 Dalayla’s (and the variants) in the US. They consider Talaila a variant of Delaila. I thought I remember seeing something separate on Talaila but I can not seem to find it now. I imagine there are a lot more Talaila’s and Delaila’s in Arabic speaking countries.

Anyway, thanks for you input everyone, I always thought of these names more as foreign (or Arabic) names and not made up names. But it’s helpful to see that everyone else (especially in the US) views them as made up. I am not a fan of made of names so I doubt I will be using these now.

It’s a shame that somehow people became over-sensitized to made up names that you are discouraged from taking a lovely name from a country/culture hardly any names seem to get picked from (unless you live there). Take a name from somewhere in Europe that looks like you threw letter magnets at the fridge, that everyone has to ask how to pronounce it correctly, and it’s automatically classy and legitimate.

Have you seen the Nameberry blog today? I think it has some names you might like …

I love some other Arabic names, especially :
[name]Aamina[/name]/[name]Amina[/name] (feel safe)
[name]Amirah[/name]/[name]Amira[/name] (princess)
[name]Anisa[/name] (friendly - I think this makes a good alternative to names like [name]Louisa[/name] and [name]Anais[/name])
[name]Dima[/name] (downpour)
[name]Fariha[/name] (happy)
[name]Habiba[/name] (beloved, darling - [name]Habib[/name] [male] was the first president of the Republic of Tunisia, and is greatly venerated there)
[name]Isra[/name] (nocturnal journey)
Lamis (soft)
Minou (actually, this is Iranian)
Nuha (mind, wisdom)
Zubaida (elite, prime, the cream of the crop).

I’ve also fallen in love with many [name]African[/name] names, including Abeni, which means ‘we asked for her, and behold, we got her’.

I don’t know if you’ll like any of these, just thought I’d suggest some …

Good luck!

I agree with you [name]Karen[/name]. Right now I’m looking at similar names and names from the same culture. If I can’t find one that I like more than I think I will go back to Delaila or Talaila.

and thank you twinkle. I actually do like quite a few of them.

Some more Arabic names you may like:

[name]Yasmine[/name] (I think this may be a brand of birth control, though) :slight_smile:

Best wishes to you, [name]Jenn[/name]! :slight_smile:

Thanks [name]Jill[/name]!
Right now I am really like the names [name]Laila[/name] and [name]Noor[/name] and I am trying to find names that are similar, or contain those names because I feel that [name]Laila[/name] and [name]Noor[/name] (with two O’s) aren’t totally “finished” names.

You’re welcome. :slight_smile: I think that [name]Queen[/name] [name]Noor[/name] is so elegant. It will take you out of Arabic territory and into Hawaiian names, but for [name]Laila[/name], I thought you may like [name]Leilani[/name], with [name]Leila[/name] as a nickname.

Good luck! :slight_smile:

Thank you, [name]Karen[/name]!! My thoughts exactly! You people need to realize that times are changing, and maybe names can and should change with them. After all, every name–even ones that you hold in highest esteem, like [name]Elizabeth[/name]–was made up originally. It’s not like names were on [name]Earth[/name] before humans.