What you do think of the name Liyla?

We sometimes talk about what we would name our future child and I really like the sound lee-la. But we couldn't find any name that resembles this sound. Leila may does but it sometimes cause confusion and pronounced as Lay-lah. What do you think of the name Liyla? Any other sugguestions?


September 12, 2017 4:55 PM

Well, I read Liyla as LIE-la, so... This is a notoriously difficult family of names in which to nail down clear spellings, but I believe that Leela would be relatively unambiguously lee-la. Lela would probably get that most of the time, too. I can't see how Liyla would be lee-la, though, since Lila and Lyla both say LIE-la to me. (I've seen Leila used to get LAY-la dn LIE-la, by the way.)

September 12, 2017 5:22 PM

The spelling Liyla would make me stumble and be unsure of how to pronounce it, but Leela would certainly make me use the pronunciation you're after.

September 12, 2017 6:25 PM


I agree, if you want Lee-la, go with Leela. I read Liyla as Lie-la as well. 

September 12, 2017 5:23 PM

sorry I dont like that spelling and I think people would pronounce that Lie - la


I think Leila, Leala, Leighla  or Leela to get the pronounciation you want


September 12, 2017 6:22 PM

Liyla would be lye-luh to me, and Leila would be lay-luh.


I think Leela should get you the intended pronunciation just about every time, but Lela looks much nicer and would probably also lead most people to lee-luh.

September 12, 2017 6:47 PM

100% agree with this, Mollycatherine!

September 18, 2017 12:11 AM

I think you'll get a lot of Lell-uh with Lela, and probably some Lay-la, too. 

September 18, 2017 1:11 AM

I agree with Laura V -- Lela would get Lell-uh. I think Leela is the way to ensure the desired pronunciation.

September 12, 2017 6:42 PM

Leela is the beautiful cyclops female lead from Futurama; I would go with that spelling to eliminate ambiguity, and be prepared for the occasional Futurama reference.

September 18, 2017 12:09 AM

Same. I would straight-up name a child Leela after Turanga Leela. (I also think a Leela & Nibbler parent-infant costume is HILARIOUS, though, so.) 

By EVie
September 18, 2017 7:19 PM

I am determined to someday acquire a black and white cat so I can name it Nibbler. If I ever do, I'm totally stealing that Halloween costume idea.

Also, yes, I'm afraid Leela is the only way to unambiguously indicate the desired pronunciation, though I do find Lela more attractive and I would probably put up with the pronunciation corrections in order to avoid that double e, which is not my favorite. I know one woman who uses Lela with the pronunciation "Leela," so it's been done. Leila is 100% LAY-lah to me (it's a hugely popular name in the Iranian-American community, which uses that pronunciation), and Lila/Lyla are LIE-lah. 

September 19, 2017 3:30 AM

This. I would go for Lela and trust people to figure it out after one or two corrections.

September 12, 2017 7:18 PM

I'm going to have to agree with everyone else. Liyla is far more confusing to me than Leila or Leela/Lela, I find it had to read/say Liyla and would definitely have guessed Lie-la (and on the flip side would never guess at a name said lee-la being spelt that way). Even knowing you want lee-la when I glance back at it my brain changes it to lie-la, so I'd have to make a concerted effort every time I read it.

To me Lay-la should be spelt Layla so I would always guess Leila to be Lee-la but I can see how some people might go for the Lay-lah pronunciation with it. Because of that I'd vote for the spelling Leela (or Lela if you really prefer it) to get you Lee-la the majority of the time. Honestly however you spell it with that name you are likely to have to correct pronunciation and spelling from time to time but I think torturing the spelling will only add to the confusion and the number of times you have to explain.

September 13, 2017 1:08 AM

I agree that Liyla is a funky spelling of Lila and will not inspire the pronounciation you are aiming for.  My daughter's best friend is Leela and there is no ambiguity, and it is not a 'made-up' spelling.  I also think Leila is pronounced same as Layla.

September 18, 2017 2:10 PM

If I saw Liyla my first guess would be to try for a three syllable name since iy is not a common letter combo for a single sound...I'd probably say Lye-ee-lah? Lee-eye-lah? but wouldn't be surprised when I was corrected to Lyla. I defintely wouldn't come up with Leela