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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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    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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    Leela. I'd say all the others differently.
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    ★ August Eli Benedict ★ Bram ★ Casimir Mordecai ★ Edmond John Meirion ★ Gillon ★
    ★ Jory Leander ★ Julian Charles ★ Macsen ★ Magnus ★ Vasiliy ★


    ~Girls~

    ★ Aira Rose ★ Arietta ★ Clover ★ Delphina ★ Eleni ★ Fiorella ★ Hester Isobel ★
    ★ Iris ★ Lilah ★ Merit ★ Sylvia ★


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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".)

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