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  1. #6
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    Re: How would you pronounce this?

    Quote Originally Posted by pam
    I wouldn't give Namepedia much credence as an ultimate source for pronunciation or anything else. Isela seems to be an invented variation of Isla or a short form of Gisela or perhaps just an invention on its own, and as seems clear from the comments here, can be pronounced in a range of ways, from ice-la to ih-SEH-la to i-see-la. Or like Ursula, but with an I at the beginning.

    The fame of Isla Fisher has both popularized her name and familiarized people on its pronunciation, but Isela just starts the confusion all over again.
    Thanks Pam! Wow i dont think you have written back to any of my posts before :D Haha but giddiness aside, i actually found the name Isela on a diffrent name site (which i cannot remember at the moment), under scottish names, simply saying "variation of Isla", i was intruiged cause i have never heard it before. I think the ICE-LA, pronounciation makes the most sense (personally).

    I understand the Isla Fisher thing as i went the first about 2 years of knowing her as an actress thinking her name was pronounced IS-LA. Haha it wasnt until i came here to Nameberry that i found the real way:) lol

  2. #8
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    Re: How would you pronounce this?

    Quote Originally Posted by pam
    I wouldn't give Namepedia much credence as an ultimate source for pronunciation or anything else. Isela seems to be an invented variation of Isla or a short form of Gisela or perhaps just an invention on its own, and as seems clear from the comments here, can be pronounced in a range of ways, from ice-la to ih-SEH-la to i-see-la. Or like Ursula, but with an I at the beginning.

    The fame of Isla Fisher has both popularized her name and familiarized people on its pronunciation, but Isela just starts the confusion all over again.
    *shrugs* I disagree that it's confusing. It seems like a very straightforward spelling-->pronunciation link to me.

    Then again, people find ways to butcher the pronunciation of even the simplest names. I think it's sad that anyone would discard a name just because it may be hard to pronounce. Some of the most beautiful names are hard to get on the first try. Mine is mispronounced on the first try 99% of the time, but after I correct the person, they almost always say "oh, what a beautiful name."

    I think that people who would mispronounce "Isela" are just trying too hard to connect it to some other name. If you take it as it is, it's very straightforward.

    Though that may be coming from my love of Latin, Greek and Germanic names... which are most often pronounced exactly as they're spelled.
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