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#1 of 53 Old 12-02-2008, 03:31 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Isla. Would you automatically think it's Izz-la or Eye-la?

I just found out that some of my close (internet) friends who have known my babies name for months have been mispronouncing it for months. That's got me freaking that noone is going to know how to pronounce it. I love the name too much to change it but I'm gonna hate hearing people call her the wrong thing too. Especially b/c the mispronunciation is so ugly, it's not like her name is Caroline vs. Carolyn, or Madaline vs. Madalynne.

So let's hear it, what % of Mothering forum ladies know how to pronounce it right?
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On a first read, I'd guess iss-la (as in "kiss") or ees-la (like the Spanish 'isla" for island). I don't think I would ever guess Eye-la.

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Neither...I would pronounce it EES-LA...long "e" at the beginning. Like the spanish pronunciation "Isla Bonita".

It's a pretty name.

ETA: If you are choosing to pronounce it EYE-la, with the Isla spelling, I think she will be destined for a lifetime of name mishaps.

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I would pronounce it Eye-la. Am I right?
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Your thread came up in "New Posts" so I'll answer even though I don't belong here.

I know how to pronounce Isla. Have they never heard of Isla Fisher?

I don't think Isla would be a huge deal if you run into people who don't know how to pronounce it. Correcting them once should be enough. Isla's simple, it's not like a huge 7-syllable name to repeat over and over.

Tell them it's like "island" without the "nd". They don't say izz-land (hopefully)!
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Another vote for ees-la.
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I knew a girl in high school with that name and it was eye-la
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I love the name Isla and kow how to pronounce it

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sorry, I guessed ees-la.

How about spelling it Ayla (that's the way I knew how to speel eye-la)

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Eye-la.
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Iss-la. What are you hoping for? Eye-la?
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Eye-la

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bouncing in from the new posts button to add my two cents!
I thought it was Eye-la

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I would have gone with the Spanish as well, but then I taught bilingual for several years, it is my default.

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i would have thought ees-la. in fact i knew a girl named soyla isla. i've never seen the pronunciation eye-la for Isla, but I am latina.

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Isla. Would you automatically think it's Izz-la or Eye-la?
I would say it like the Spanish pronunciation which in my mind would be the correct one. I would not say Eye-la.
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Another ees-la here. Wouldnt have guessed eye-la.
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Iss-lah.

Never would have guessed eye-la.
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iss-la for sure.
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Guess I'd have pronounced it ees-la, like Madonna's song, "La Isla Bonita". But I think both pronunciations are correct. Doesn't the actress, Isla Fisher also pronounce her name eye-la?

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Eye-la! I know an Isla. Beautiful name.
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Another Ees-la or Eyez-la here... all the time I've been seeing you mention that name, I've never thought of Eye-la.
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I would pronounce it Eye-la

But don't worry, my name is spelled wonky, and mispronounced by EVERYONE at first, but I love it and would never have wanted my parents to give me a different name.

Thyra = tear-a (like a tear in your eye, with an 'a' at the end)

Don't worry about people saying it wrong, just correct them and they'll say it right after that. I've had to correct everyone I know, either the first time I meet them, or after they see it written down and I LOVE my name - it fits me perfectly!
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Oh and by the way, just plan to tell people right off the bat (especially when they just see it in print instead of hearing it) how to pronounce it. Much easier that way.

If it helps, my name is (a relatively ordinary) Joanna and I *still* get "Joanne" or "Joanie" or all kinds of crazy crap. People will mispronounce anything. So just steel yourself for a lifetime of telling them! It's worth having a cool name.
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Eye-la.
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I used to think it was Ees-la until I heard the actress Isla Fisher's name pronounced Eye-la on E News or some other show. I think both ways are probably correct.
Just tell people how to say it the first time and they'll remember it after that. If they don't, start mispronouncing their names! It's a beautiful name.

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I know that it's eye-la, but I still can't seem to stop myself from reading it as ees-la.
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izz-la. But I love it.

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eye-la - the irish pronunciation and same as Isla Fisher. Love the name
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Before reading any other replies... I would say EE-s-la.

That is a hard E with a "s" sound and then "la"

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