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  1. #1
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    Lightbulb Leila, Leela, Lela?

    I recently learned of my great-great-aunt Leela, the woman who helped raise my grandfather and his three siblings after my great-grandmother passed away when he was only four.

    I would really like to consider the name, either as a first or middle name for a future DD, however I'm confused by the spelling. I don't want her to have to explain that, no, her name is not Layla (lay-lah) but Leela (Lee-lah).

    Which spelling is the "correct" spelling and which would you be inclined to pronounce lee-lah?

    Leila
    Leela
    Lela
    Leyla

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    I would pronounce Leela "lee-lah". Lela (and Lila) could be pronounce "Lie-lah" Leyla, Leila, or Layla look more like "lay-lah" to me.

    Also, I love the story behind the name. Such a gorgeous namesake!
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  3. #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by jyoti View Post
    I would pronounce Leela "lee-lah". Lela (and Lila) could be pronounce "Lie-lah" Leyla, Leila, or Layla look more like "lay-lah" to me.

    Also, I love the story behind the name. Such a gorgeous namesake!
    My thoughts exactly.
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  4. #7
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    Leela. I'd say all the others differently.
    ~Boys~

    Jory Leander Atticus, August Eli Benedict, Casimir Mordecai Stewart,
    Edmond John Meirion, Horatio Ethell Emery, Bram William Jasper,
    Julian Remy Charles, Vasiliy Lochlan Michael.


    ~Girls~

    Aira Rose ___, Eleni Fiorella Charlotte, Sylvia Sayuri Noor,
    Merit Eleanora Adelaide, Clover Elodie Seraphine, Bridie Scarlett Viola,
    Marguerite Cecilia Iris, Eilidh Clara Valentine.


    Sorry to anyone who read TSI. First draft was terrible. Second drafting now.

  5. #9
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    Leela is spelled phonetically so I don't think you'll have any problem if you use this spelling. (My sister's name is Leila pronounced "lay-la" but some people pronounce this spelling "lie-la".)
    Cora~Esme~Hazel~Sylvie~Thea
    Archer~Emmett~Ezra~Leo~Theo

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