Tiel is pronounced "TEA-elle"... so two syllables, accent on the first, but said quickly so the two syllables kind of slide into each other.
We had planned on giving her the name Meran... in modern Irish diaspora myth, Meran is the name of one of the Oak King's daughters. She falls in love with a human harper but actually manages to live a happy life moving between Faerie and the mortal world (unlike all the various doomed loves in the classic myths). Meran is also the name of an ancient city in northern Italy famous for it's apples and nice climate. We were looking for a name that was both "celtic mythic" and "apples" and short and that blended in with the names of the other kiddos.
So a few days before her birth, Dh and I both felt like she didn't like the name we'd picked... that somehow she was "holding out" for a different name. We were sort of joking about it and then the joking suddenly felt really serious. I was re-reading a lot of books by Patricia McKillip and her characters have such great names... dd1 was almost given a name from one of the books, and ds was also nearly given a name that later showed up in one of the books! So we have this history of "almost" sharing names out of her stories, and many of those names/stories grow out of the diasporic myths. Anyway, I was re-reading The Sorceress and the Cygnet and there is a very minor character (well, she shows up in only a few pages, but the main character does everything in the book out of love for her so she's both a minor character and the heart of the book) named Tiel. She is a member of a Wayfolk caravan... nomads who live lives shaped by stories and songs and dances... and she walks into and out of reality over the course of the book. The name snagged my eye... especially since the "theme of the day" in my daily meditation guide was about honoring the nomads and wanderers and hermits of the world and exploring how that energy plays out today. And then I googled Tiel and found out that it's the name of an ancient city (like Meran), famous for it's fruit and apple orchards (also like Meran)... so the nicknames like AppleBaby and AppleBelle-y still worked, and they even worked a bit better since both the nickname and the name end with "elle". DH had had a dream a week earlier about the babe and was convinced that she would be very willowy/graceful with dark hair and lots of attitude (which describes the Wayfolk pretty well), and then the induction was scheduled for the International Day of Peace... and in the book Tiel's few actual appearances have her making peace between people, caring for others, and generally being that sort of calmnig/unifying energy. It all just sort of came together. LOL
I'm so glad she decided to arrive on her own time though... it makes it a bit more meaningful. :)
But we're ready for a lifetime of people pronouncing her name "teal" (like the color) or thinking it's something like "tile" with a typo! People still don't get Laia's name either... I can probably count the number of people who get it right on the first try on my hands and toes, and for some reason even when they hear the correct pronounciation they STILL go back to whatever it was they tried first. LOL Oh, she was almost names Lyra (from RiddleMaster of Hed) and Torin was almost named Felan (from Alphabet of Thorn). I think Rowan may be the only kiddo we /didn't/ consider a McKillip character name for!