decided on a girl name....except for the spelling. HELP!

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decided on a girl name....except for the spelling. HELP!
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Mon, 02-28-2011 - 9:59am

So the hubbie and I have decided on a girl name....now we are just caught on how exactly to spell it. The name is Isla, and the question is do we spell it as is, OR do we spell it as Ive seen it in other baby name sites as Eyla, or Ayla. We are concerned that she will get a lot of people pronouncing her name as IS-la when she gets older.

Just wondering what your thoughts are....

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I love the name Isla! I think that people will learn to pronounce it. Spelled the way it is, it is a legit name, spelled another way, it is just another made-up name, IMO.

Tha name Ayla is a pretty name it itself, but is spelled *Eigh*-luh and not *Eye*-luh.

Eyla just doesn't look right IMO. Stick with Isla, it is gorgeous!



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This post caught my attention because I LOVE the name Isla, however, I would never pronounce it eye-la. To me, Isla is a Spanish word/name and the proper pronounciation is eese-la (like the song La Isla Bonita). I would pronounce Eyla as eye-la and Ayla as A-la, but I could buy it pronounced as eye-la as well. I know this is totally different from what everyone else says, but I had actually never looked at the name Isla and thought of it pronounced eye-la before, so I guess it's a good thing I didn't decide to use the name because I would have been shocked when people pronounced my daughter's name as eye-la instead of eese-la! :) So I guess my personal opinion is, if you want your daughter's name to be eye-la, then one of the alternate spellings would be fine or Eila is also pronounced eye-la and was another name I had considered. I had no idea that Eila and Isla were pronounced the same by many people!
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I'd stick with the original spelling and go with Isla.

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Isla, is a Scottish name that means island. A really nice name.

Ayla, is Turkish and means Moonlight

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I say stick with Isla. I got the pronunciation, I don't think either of the other spellings would work and she would have mispronunciation there as well, so may as well stay with the correct one! :) I had never heard of the name until the actress Isla Fisher and learned how to pronounce it from that. Maybe she'll get just famous enough for everyone to know how to say it! :) GORGEOUS name!
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ok, I'll admit it, I thought it was IS-la or IZ-la. then I saw the next 2, EE-la or AY-la Um, those are 3 very different names...

If you spell it Isla, it will be mispronounced most of the time. It's tough to be the kid who always has to correct teachers. I was that kid. I gave it up completely in the 6th grade and let teachers pronounce it however they wanted.

So is it supposed to be like eye-la? what's the S for? I'm really having a hard time wrapping my brain around the pronunciation of this one. Maybe Iela, no that looks funny. Um, Eyla, looks funny but easier to pronounce. I dunno what to tell you. It such a pretty sounding name, if I'm saying it right, but I don't know if I'm even saying it right.
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Think of it as "island without the -nd" and it becomes much clearer--one of those words that isn't originally from English (it's French with a sidetrack through Middle English,) so it follows other linguistic rules--just like Xander, Jesus, and Heike.

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I would go with Ayla...it is a pretty popular name is Turkey and is pronounced like Isla. It means moonbeam.
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