Is Availie (pronounced A-va-lee) cute or not?

Hi, I like the name Ava and have been trying to come up with more unique alternatives to think about. I came up with Availie (A-va-lee) and I like it but I have mixed feeling about it. I also like spelling Ava differently like Aivah. My husbands favorite variation is Avarie. so Availie, Aivah, Avarie, or something completely different? Suggestions and opinions would be very appreciate!


July 8, 2018 3:24 PM

There is a problem with the spelling.  As spelled Availie, I want to pronounce it as my brain sees it.  I see the word avail first, then ie more like a long i.  If you want it to be pronounced correctly, I would spell it Avalee or Avaleigh, which I think is a cute name.  

July 8, 2018 5:20 PM

I do think the spelling Availie is pretty tortured and would second Avalee as an alternative. I wouldn't even know where to begin with pronouncing Availie if I saw it written down, and would be trying to squeeze it through French or Spanish filters. I do know that it would be a long time before I thought to try "Ava-lee." Avarie I would try to say like "avarice", and I think it's similarity to that word is fairly undesirable anyway.

It's worth bearing in mind that making a name unique on paper does not make it unique on the playground, and that when you call "Aivah," it will sound to other parents like "Ava," and that will be what the presume her name to be. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't consider alternative spellings if they make reference to a culture you are connected with, a relative you wish to honour, or even just because you truly prefer the alternate, but weigh up the gratification you'll get with some of the inconvenience your daughter may experience having a name that is not spelled as everyone expects it to be. 

I like the idea of combining Ava with another name to make it more distinctive. Along with Lee, other one syllable names like Mae, Rae, Rose, June, Jane, Jay and so on could make a nice double name with Ava to make your daughter stand out. Another option might be a less common name with some of the same sounds, like Avalon, Avila or Everly/Everlee

July 8, 2018 6:17 PM

I prefer Avalie spelling, and Ava,  Avery,  I think its best to have the traditional spelling - easier for the child

others Aveline, Avelina, Averill

July 8, 2018 6:32 PM

I see "avail" in Availie (/uh-VAIL-ee/), and my brain auto-corrects Avarie to "avarice" or "aviary".

The only names beginning with Ava- and containing an 'l' that have ever made the U.S. top 1000 are Avalyn and Avalynn, both of them less than a decade ago. This means that no matter how you spell [ˈeɪ və ˌliː], there will be some possibility for confusion, because there isn't an established or standard spelling.

I think the version that makes the best use of established names and conventions is Avalee, because both Ava and Lee are well-known names. For some people, Avaleigh could work similarly, but I always want to pronounce Leigh to rhyme with "weigh", so I strongly dislike that spelling.

I agree with a previous commenter that if you want to call her /AY-vuh-ree/, then the correct spelling is Avery.

By mk
July 8, 2018 10:50 PM

 Availie looks like avail-ee to me. 

I agree with others, don’t add extra letters just to be different. Avalee is the spelling I like best, but Avalie is fine if you prefer -ie. Ava and Avery are fine as is. Of the three I happen to like Ava best.

Of your three spellings, I think Avarie is the least confusing.

July 8, 2018 11:38 PM

I would never guess Ava-lee for the spelling Availie and to be honest, I think I would have a hard time remembering it once I was corrected.  If you want Ava-lee, then I think the best option would be for something more intuitive.  Avalee & Avaleigh are both nice.  Avalea could also work, though it would still need some correction (Ava-lee or Ava-lee-ah) but would be easier to remember than Availie.  I think Ava would also work well as a double barrel instead of a mash-up.  Ava Lee, Ava Leigh, etc.

I agree with previous comments about spelling it Ava.  I think the question to consider is would you want to spend your life constantly correcting people?  Some explanations are minor, and not a big deal, "Katerine-with-a-K."  But  Aivah will need to be spelled Every Single Time.  FWIW, I have a less common spelling of a less common name, and it can be frustrating.

I'm not sure what to do with Avarie.  Reading comments, it seems some people have guessed "like Avery" but I didn't realize that until I read comments.  My guess was you were going for something similar to the word aviary.


July 9, 2018 10:39 AM

While the name itself sounds beautiful, I think the spelling you've chosen for it is too confusing. The pronunciation of it isn't clear which takes away from the beauty of it since people may mispronunce it or have no clue how to pronunce it at all. In my opinion, the best spelling of the name would be Avaleigh with Avalee coming in a close second. Both spellings are still unique and uncommon, so I believe they'd match your preferences.