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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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 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)!
~Mylah~ constantly amazed mom to one beautiful boy, Bodhi, born Jan 2009.
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!
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.
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.
SAHM to DS Jan09, DD Mar11.