Post # 1
DH and I have officially decided on a name if Baby B is a girl (we already have a boy name). I am not a huge fan of the name as I have posted about this before but he is just stuck on the name. I’ve decided to compromise with him and pick the spelling.
The name is Aliya ( I think that is the most common spelling)
I would like to spell the name Elia to make it more unique but he does not like that spelling.
So here are some spelling options which do you bees like best. I would like to keep the name unique.
Post # 3
Gorgeous name! I have another suggestions for you. I guess it depends on how you pronounce Aliya. Is it AL-EE-YA?
You could spell it Aleya. That way hubby will be happy (similar to Aliya) and it is also more unique 🙂
Post # 4
In my opinion, Elia will most likely be pronounced EL-ia.
Post # 5
@lotam240: I’m secretly hoping that happens. I know that’s terrible but I do prefer it El-ia to A-lee-a
Post # 6
@MarryMeTiffany: hahah well there ya go 🙂
Post # 7
@lotam240: I’m hoping Baby B is a boy then we won’t have to worry about this whole name issue.
Post # 8
Elia reminds me of both Eli and Elijah. And I would thus pronounce it El-eye-ah
What about Elleah if you want the E?
I know a little girl with the Aliya spelling. And she is pronounced Al-eye-ah as well.
Post # 9
If you don’t like the name, I would go back to the drawing board and find one you can both be happy with. If you’re secretly hoping people will actually mispronounce your child’s name, it’s clear you don’t even like it as a choice for a name.
Personally, I had to sit there for a second and think to myself, “WTF kind of name is that?” because I have never even seen any of those names in real life before. So yes, that name is unique, no matter how you spell it. But seriously. If you don’t like it, don’t name your child that.
Or at least decide between the two of you how you’re going to pronounce it.
Post # 10
The name Aleya is an arabic name (a-lay-ah)…it’s a nice name, but different to the one youo have chosen I think. I like Aliya I presume it’s spoken how your fourth choice is spelt? (A-lee-ah?). I say keep it Aliya, it’s a gorgeous name!
Post # 11
@Miss Root: +1
Coming from someone who has both a first and last name that are constantly mispronounced I would go with something with less confusion.
Post # 12
I’ve always seen it spelled Alia, which is a little closer to Elia. Could be a good compromise? As the name is still pretty uncommon, I don’t think uniqueness in spelling is really going to set your child apart in the way it might with other names.
Agree with pps, though, that if you’re hoping it’s mispronounced because you don’t really like it, you’ve got bigger things to work out than spelling.
Post # 13
I agree with PP that this is a very confusing name! There are too many possible pronunciations, combined with the fact that you and DH can’t even come together on how you want it to be pronounced. I would keep looking for other ideas that you like and see if he will budge at all. If not, I think you need to spell it like it sounds for the sake of your child 🙂
Post # 14
I agree with PP who suggested choosing something else. A different spelling wouldn’t make up for me not liking the name.
Post # 15
I went to high school with a girl with this name and she spelled it like the singer, Aaliyah.
My favorite is Elia, but I would pronounce it more as Eh-lia rather than Uh-leea.
Post # 16
I have a friend names Elia so I gravitate toward that spelling personally. I also <3 names that start with E.