Is this as horrible as people say?

Relyia (pronounce re-lie-AH) 

I am open to diffrent spellings but need for rude comments though (were you high when you thiught if this, ect)

I thought of this name at like 13, I am 35 and still love it. 

Right now I am going to use it as a book characters name regardless of opinion but I am consdidering it as a girls name if I am ever blessed with children. 




January 23, 2019 4:15 PM

I first read it as Rel e a  or spelling Relia  - rel e a,  Rhelia I think for the way you are pronouncing it .  I think its ok.  I prefer Relia and the Rel e a pronunciation

January 23, 2019 5:14 PM

Is it pronounced kind of like the first three syllables in "reliable"? If so, I like it, but I don't think the spelling is intuitive.

With that pronunciation I think it's very pretty, with an on-trend sound similar to some more familiar names. I also like "reliable" as a modern virtue.

Spelling-wise, unfortunately it's virtually impossible in English to unambiguously specify the eye-ah sound in less-familiar names. Some people are going to say Malia the way Ms. Obama says it (rhymes with Maria) and others are going to say it to rhyme with Mariah Carey's name. Folks run into this with more common names like Mia/Miya/Mya/Maia/Maya, and with such an original name I think you would just need to be OK with correcting spelling and/or pronunciation at least half the time. If you can be pretty laid-back about that, and help your daughter have the same attitude, I think you'll both be much happier with the name.

Having said that, I don't think the Y in the name helps at all. Seeing it there between the L and I, I want to pronounce it like a consonant, giving me something closer to Rell-YEE-ah. I think I'd also struggle to remember whether it's Relyia or Reliya when spelling it. The simpler spelling, Relia, would probably still give you mispronunciations but would at least be a little easier to remember. You'd also have a handy mnemonic, with "like Reliable, but without the bull!". If you added an H (Reliah) then "rhymes with Mariah" might help. Alternatively, something like Relaya or Relaia might get you there--you could analogize to Jambalaya or depend on European vowel pronunciations, respectively.

Perhaps you could collect a bunch of different spellings, and then try them out in various settings to see which one(s) work the best and which ones you like best, appearance-wise.

January 24, 2019 5:28 AM

I agree with all of this, and also with Lucubratrix that stressing the last syllable is difficult. I would say that alone will be the steepest battle you face.

If you were willing to say it Re-LIE-uh and spellis Relia or Relaia/Relaya or Reliah, I think that would be fine.

January 23, 2019 5:53 PM

I like it, although I find the stress on the last syllable difficult to say. Reh-LIE-uh is much easier somehow.

I think I'd do something like Reliah for the spelling... the y is making it less intuitive.

January 23, 2019 11:19 PM

I agree with the others.  It isn't bad at all, but the spelling is deceptive to the desired pronunciation.  

January 27, 2019 3:42 AM

The way you want it to be said is simply not how you spelled it -- they don't match up.  It reads as Rel-yi-ah.  If you want an honest opinion, your child would have no end of trouble with people pronouncing it wrong, and many people would probably do so over and over again.  Obviously, it's not quite so bad as this example, but it would be somewhat like if I told you my name was Trentoine but pronounced Train-toy-nay.  It's very hard to parse or remember how to say.  In addition, stressing the last syllable is extremely uncommon in Anglo names and will be unintuitive to most people.  It comes across somewhat awkwardly.

I understand you like the name, and obviously, you have the right to do whatever you want, but if you care about the lifelong experience your kid will have with their name, I would seriously urge you to reconsider.  I like your idea to use it for a story character, because it doesn't really matter if a fictional person's name is whimsical or a bit impractical.  That's what fiction is for, after all.  But for a real person, it's a bad idea.  I'm not trying to be mean whatsoever, but because you asked, I assume you want the truth, so I'm trying not to sugarcoat it.

If you want to rehab the name to be a little more feasible, the stress should be on the second syllable, as someone else mentioned, and the spelling would need to be tweaked slightly.  Options would be Reliah or Relaeya (both pronounced Re-LY-uh).