Alianna. What do you think?

We are naming our daughter Alianna ("ally-anna"). A girl that I had gone to highschool with was named Alianna and I loved it since then. She went with Ally for short. 

My problem is that I get mixed feedback from everyone. Alot of people tell me its very pretty and girly (which i love), and then there are the bad comments like " it sounds made up" or "ive never met anyone with that name".

To be honest, I knew it was a unique name but I dont think it sounds made up.....and really, arent all names in this whole world "made up"? lol. Even the name Sophia (top 10) was "made up" and popular at one point (just an example).

I think we are pretty confident with our name choice but I just wanted to see what everyone's thoughts are.



March 26, 2018 6:17 PM

It's a pretty name, and certainly a close relative of plenty of "real" names like Alana, Alina, Eliana, etc. I wouldn't be too worried about that part. My only hesitation is the ambiguity between Alley-Anna and Ah-li-ah-na. My best friend is Mariana (Spanish pronunciation) and she was in a constant struggle against being called Mary-Anna. But this is a problem for many names, and probably not a deal breaker, either. If you love it--go for it! 

March 26, 2018 8:51 PM

thankyou :) Yes I am aware that there might be that issue with pronounciation. Fortunately we think both pronounciations are beautiful. We are going with the doube "A" spelling, so I think most people will say anna, instead of ahna 

March 26, 2018 7:13 PM

It's a beautiful name, great choice! My only thought was pronunciation. My first thought upon seeing it was Ah-lee-ahn-uh. How set are you on this spelling? Allianna might make it more clear. 

I think what people mean by "made-up" is that it has no clear derivation, it's more of a combination of common elements in other names. Sophia, for instance, is an anglicized spelling of the Greek word for wisdom, not a name someone came up with on their own. Miranda on the other hand was invented in theind of Shakespeare, and is now a perfectly acceptable name.

Don't worry about it. Hundreds of today's popular names are "made up." Alianna is a gorgeous name and, if you love it, go for it!

March 26, 2018 8:56 PM

thankyou so much that is very reassuring :) I cant use the double "L" in the name because my husband is spanish and a double "L" would sound like a "Y" . Ah-lee-ahn-uh or Ah-lee-ann-na are both correct. 

We think we will go with the "Alianna" spelling, which I think will be pronounced Ah-lee-ann-na

March 28, 2018 9:09 AM

Ah, yes, if he's Spanish the double "l" won't work. Alianna should get ah-lee-ann-a pretty easily.

March 26, 2018 8:15 PM

I must admit that I had never heard the name Alianna a few years ago myself. I think it has some frames of reference now, as it is a name the public may be more acquainted with after Ali Lohan (Lindsay Lohan's sister) became more well-known. There was also a girl on Teen Mom (this is where I saw the name first) that named her daughter Aliannah. Both girls in these situations also go by Ali. 

I will echo what was said above about pronunciation ambiguity, but, TBH, if you are introducing her in the way that you prefer it to be pronounced, I don't think it will be a huge or even an everyday issue. I think it's a perfectly fine name, and you should go for it if you really love it and have loved it for so long!

March 26, 2018 9:02 PM

Well, I know an Eliana, an Elianna, and an Eliane, so for me, Alianna is a very easy leap to take. Eliana is a Hebrew name (eli = my god; ana = answered), though I believe that it also has independent Spanish roots. while Alianna is appears to be a modern invention, it's similar enough to well-established names that I can't imagine that it would be a difficult name to wear. I also don't see an issue with pronunciation, but where I live doesn't have the same A ambiguity that you find in the States. A name starting with "Ali" would begin with the word "alley".

In today's naming culture where "unique" names reign supreme, how is it criticism for someone to say that they've never met anyone with that name? I know that it must the the tone in which this comment is made, because I get the same comment from people all the time when discussing my daughter's name and it always has a surprised and happy connotation.

Compared to all the made-up, mix-and-match syllable names out there (e.g, Kynsleigh, Kaybree, Taelynn), Alianna feels downright traditional. Its sounds are highly desireable right now (all those vowels and the liquid L) and I'm sure that it would be perfectly at home in any preschool.

March 26, 2018 9:11 PM

Thankyou for the kind words :) 

Yes it was in the tone that the comment was made. it was actually made by a family member who gave me a really nasty look when she said "ive never heard of that name before". it was her way of telling us that she didnt like it. 

I agree, I live in canada, and a name that starts with Ali is pronounced as alley

March 26, 2018 9:32 PM

Oh, I'm Canadian, too.

Ugh, I hope that you can ignore that family member. Especially if it's an older relative. The name landscape today is totally different than it was a generation ago and people who no longer come into contact with young children are often very out-of-touch when it comes to names being used. Actually, that can apply to younger people without kids, too. 

That's why it's often recommended not to discuss names with friends and family before the baby is born.

March 28, 2018 1:58 PM

Just another Canadian chipping in to say I don't really see any pronunciation ambiguity, and would definitely pronounce it the way you do as a first guess.

March 26, 2018 10:22 PM

I finally placed what the name reminds me of! In the Outlander series, a Scotts term of endearment that's sometimes used is "a leannan", meaning "sweetheart". It's obviously a little different, but also quite similar, and according to a glossary I found, it's typically used to address a daughter or other young person, which is sweetly appropriate.

By EVie
March 27, 2018 10:59 AM

I'm a little leery of Diana Gabaldon's Gaelic, as she's got some mistakes that she's confessed to, so I looked it up just to be sure. "Sweetheart" is one of the definitions, but the principal meaning and root (Old Irish lendán, lennán) really seem to be "lover" rather than "child," so I would be careful there (or consult a Gaelic speaker before claiming that meaning!)

Alanna, on the other hand, does derive from "child" in it's Irish usage -- a leanbh, from a different Old Irish root, lenab. Confusing! 

I also think that Alianna is totally fine. I actually disagree about it being "unique" -- firstly, it's charting in the top 1000, though very low (ranked #998 in 2016, with 263 babies born; alternate spelling Aliana is higher at #753 with 375 babies born), and secondly, it's very similar in sound to a whole cluster of names that are hugely trendy right now, including Eliana, Ariana, Alana, Alina, Aviana, Alaina. Given the popularity of the sound pattern, I wouldn't call it either unique or even particularly distinctive. It's not a name that's going to stand out in any way. However, it IS very pretty, and it doesn't matter at all whether any individual you know has heard it before. It's going to sound totally normal to all your daughter's peers. If you love it, don't hesitate to use it.

March 27, 2018 11:10 AM

True. I actually know that about her Gaelic and looked it up on a non-Outlander site, but you're 100% right that overall it appears to be more romantic than child. Still sweetheart, though :)

March 27, 2018 12:41 AM

It's ok,  I know a Eliana,  I agree with your spelling to help with pronounciation issues with the arna/anna though

March 31, 2018 4:06 PM

I have four kids. What is most important is give a name to your child that can be pronounced but most of all spelled. In my old age I am still scarred from always having to correct my spelling ,but still correct people. Hated that.

April 1, 2018 5:13 PM

I like it, it’s unique!! It shouldn’t matter what other people say, name your baby what you want. :)