Gender: Female Pronunciation: ay-lee Meaning of Eilidh: "sun, radiant one" Origin of Eilidh: Gaelic

Eilidh Origin and Meaning

The name Eilidh is a girl's name of Scottish origin meaning "sun, radiant one".

Long popular in Scotland, this attractive name is widely considered to be the Gaelic version of Helen. After the Normans introduced it into the British Isles, it was transformed into Evelyn. It has rarely been heard in the U.S., where the spelling would be sure to cause endless pronunciation problems -- it's ay-lee.

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abertawe Says:


Wow, even in Ireland? That is surprising/sad to me!

pineapplefishnets Says:


A Scottish friend recently named his daughter Eilidh. I assumed the pronunciation was closer to Elodie, never would have figured out the correct way.

TEMlovesbantams Says:


Yeah, I mispronounced it as eyelid at first. Ay-lee is very pretty though, and I'm currently attempting to find different spellings that are as rosy as it sounds.

Impwood Says:


This name is actually a diminutive of Eilionoir, Scots Gaelic form of Eleanor. It shouldn't be confused with Eibhlín, which is the Irish Gaelic version of Evelyn and has also been used as the Gaelic version of Ellen. You could say that Eilidh was the Gaelic version of Ellie, however, since with Ellie being the common nickname for Eleanor it is equivalent.

Lola Says:


I love traditional spellings of names,
not to mention that the sound of Eilidh is beautiful.
Unfortunately, the 'eyelid' mistake is quite a problem.
I think that I would try to keep the spelling as traditional as possible w/ out eyelid mispron.
I may spell it Eilieh or Eilih to try and keep it as traditional as possible!

Eilsacat Says:


I'm called EIlidh and love my name, but I have a feeling that anywhere other than Scotland (where I live) how it's pronounced would be a wee bit of a problem.

Starelli Says:


I agree to some extent. I've seen parents give their children overly phonetic versions of names and have it turn on them. For example, "Isla" becomes "Aylah" or "Ailah," which looks almost like Ayla.

ldougie Says:


This is so pretty, but the the pronunciation is very confusing. Aylee has such a nice sound to it!

clairels Says:


I agree. There's nothing wrong with a phonetic spelling. It helps open up the pool of names that would otherwise be unusable in the U.S.--like Keeva for Caoimhe, for example.

samtay Says:


Love this name, but honestly when I read it I say "Eyelid".

SparkleNinja18 Says:


Thank you for being honest! I've been very interested in it for a while now and while I love the original spelling, I know the pronunciation will be beat up to a pulp in America where I live. I also have no intention on moving to Scotland anytime soon. I might just put it in my back-pocket as a middle name.

Eilidh8 Says:


My name is Eilidh and I live in Ireland. No one can pronounce it properly. I've been called everything from Ellie to Eyelid. I have to tell people it's like Hayley without the H or Kayleigh without the K. I love my name but wish it was spelt differently, my life would be so much easier. If you live in Scotland by all means call your kid Eilidh but anywhere else, I'd think long and hard about it

Miranda082 Says:


I love the name's sweet sound but I dislike that some people would bash on the name if it was spelled Aylee.