Pronunciation of Dahlia

Hi! I'm having a little girl soon and my husband and I are disagreeing over names. Preferably, her name would start with a 'D'. We've gone through Danielle, Davanee, Danica, Donna, Deanna, Dana, Darcie, Daphne, Dacey and probably 100 more, lol. None of them just feel right. My husband really started to like Delia...and I didn't. He suggested her first name as Cordelia and her nickname could be Delia. I don't really mind her first name wouldn't technically start with a D. We had that for a while then we realized we had a (former, not-good) acquantance named Cordelia and the name went down the toilet. Now we really want to avoid it at all costs. We started looking around again and I found the name Dahlia. I was under the impression it was pronounced DAL(like the beginning of Dallas, kind of rhymes with towel)-yuh. My husband thinks it's pronounced DAY-lee-uh. I'm thinking he's might be correct because he is is American while I'm not. I've been speaking and writting it as long as I can rememmber, but sometimes pronouncing gets jumbled up with my 1st language. We've looked online and we've found several different pronunciations of the name Dahlia. We both really like it, but have no clue if that's the actual name that would go with the way we're saying it. I'm so sorry if this is completely confusing, I had no idea how t word it out. So my question is, do you think Dal (rhyming with towel)-yuh goes with the spelling Dahlia? How would you prounounce Dahlia? We really like the name and just want to know how to actually say it/spell it! I guess we're sounding a little stupid, but it's kind of confusing.



July 27, 2016 8:49 AM

These pronunciation discussions always spin me out - we don't have the entrenched regional accents here like in the US and UK, so I forget all the different pronunciations. I have only ever heard it pronounced DAH-ree-ah.

Now I'm of to Forvo to try to hear all your voices!

July 26, 2016 6:15 AM

In New Zealand we would say Day-lee-uh.  Rhymes with Azalea.


July 26, 2016 10:00 AM

Azalea has its own pronunciation difficulties. It has come up on the forums before, and it has basically the same set of possibilities for the stressed syllable as Dahlia does. :-)

(I have relatives in New Zealand. I always sort of subconsciously attributed their "mispronunciations" to the fact that English wasn't their parents' first language -- until I watched a TV show episode with a New Zealand realtor who kept talking about something that sounded like "deek" [di:k]. I couldn't for the life of me figure out what on Earth a "deek" was. It turned out to be "deck" [dɛk]. Ouch.)

July 26, 2016 10:58 AM

I can't figure out exactly how to say Azalea so that it rhymes with Day-lee-uh.  I would say Ah-zale-ya.  Is it 4 syllables for you?  Ah-zay-lee-ah?

July 27, 2016 5:21 AM

Yes, four syllables.  Uh-zay-lee-uh.

July 26, 2016 5:29 PM

I pronounce Dahlia DAR-lee-ah.

July 26, 2016 6:32 PM

Do you actually insert a spurious R in there, or are you from a region that believes R's are like children: they should be seen but not heard?