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    I think the average American seeing this name would pronounce it EYE-lish.

    From what I understand, the pronunciation of many Irish words and names depends on the dialect where you are in Ireland, so probably AY-lish and EYE-lish are both correct. I have also heard the ending pronounced more like "leesh" than "lish".

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    EYE-lish would be my guess.

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    Eilish

    My daughter's name is Eilish. We pronounce it Ay-lish.
    She is the the only one we know with the name and she is always told how unique and pretty it is.

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    AY-lish. It's Scottish/Gaelic, isn't it?

    Florence, Edith, Doris, Alice, Elsie, Lillian, Violet, Mabel, Ada, Evelyn
    Eva, Edna, Minnie, Martha, Amelia, Phoebe, Sylvia, Hazel, Agatha, Beatrice


    Matthew, Ernest, Louis, Christopher, Andrew, Albert, George, Joshua, James, Harry
    Freddie, Henry, Adam, Teddy, Daniel, Percy, Mark, Walter, Stanley, Liam


    when you've been fighting for it all your life, you've been struggling every day and night,
    it's how a superhero learns to fly

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    Quote Originally Posted by thatkathryngirl View Post
    I think the average American seeing this name would pronounce it EYE-lish.

    From what I understand, the pronunciation of many Irish words and names depends on the dialect where you are in Ireland, so probably AY-lish and EYE-lish are both correct. I have also heard the ending pronounced more like "leesh" than "lish".
    I had a friend called this from Belfast, and she said Ay-leesh, but she's the only one I've heard of saying it that way. Perhaps it's a location thing, more prominent in the North than South?

    Florence, Edith, Doris, Alice, Elsie, Lillian, Violet, Mabel, Ada, Evelyn
    Eva, Edna, Minnie, Martha, Amelia, Phoebe, Sylvia, Hazel, Agatha, Beatrice


    Matthew, Ernest, Louis, Christopher, Andrew, Albert, George, Joshua, James, Harry
    Freddie, Henry, Adam, Teddy, Daniel, Percy, Mark, Walter, Stanley, Liam


    when you've been fighting for it all your life, you've been struggling every day and night,
    it's how a superhero learns to fly

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