What do you think of this name?

My son is 2.5 I cannot believe how time flys. We are not TTC conceive yet but are thinking about another baby. Our son spent most of his first day of life without a name so I'd like to start getting a list going for our next baby. My son is Russell Warren and goes by Russell no NN.

For a girl I like

Ayelete Evadne NN Lettie

What do you think? Does it sound alright with Big Brother Russell?

I don't have any boys names I currently love as much as Russell.

Thanks in advanced :)


February 7, 2013 4:39 PM

I have never seen the name spelled Ayelete, so I'm a little thrown off by the pronounciation. I've seen Ayelet, which is pronounced ah-YEH-leht, but I'm not sure if you're going with the same pronounciation with the added E.  Usually a silent E at the end means the previous vowel has a long sound, so I'd be tempted to pronounce it -leet.  What pronounciation are you going for?

February 7, 2013 4:48 PM

Eye-let is the pronounciation that I am going for. That is one concern that I was worried about is people would have a hard time with how to pronounce the name. However, I do think if you told the correct way they would figure it out. My name is Kelly and some people pronounce it Kallie even though there is no 'a' in the spelling. I've come to the conclusion even simple names can be pronounced incorrectly. Also, if we use this name she would mostly go by Lettie.

February 7, 2013 8:12 PM

I think Ayelet could be pronounced EYE-let, but Ayelete would still be eye-LEET for me. All English words (that I know of) that end in -ete are pronounced with a long E: compete, athlete, concrete, obsolete, etc. Do you have a reason for adding the extra E?

I do think Lettie is cute.

February 7, 2013 9:19 PM

Now, because I am not familar with Ayelete as an English name, and am very familiar with the name Ayelet (uh-YEH-let), I immediately went "non-English" and read it as uh-yeh-LEH-tay. I have a lot of trouble getting to EYE-let because of all the extra "E"s in there. Aylet or Aylette would be the clearest way to me to arrive at your desired pronunciation - even though you're going to get a lot of AY-let guesses, too. (Like how Laila can be Lyla or Layla.)

What is it about this spelling that attracts you? Is it just that you like how it looks?

February 7, 2013 9:23 PM

I agree that the final E is likely to encourage the "long" E pronunciation.

With or without the final E, I'd be inclined to give it three syllable, Eye-ah-let but I think it'd be an easy correction to reduce it to just 2 syllables.  

Other than possible pronunciation issues, the pronunciation you want does remind me of eyelet lace.  I don't think this is really a problem, but the lace is what I immediatly thought of.  Lettie is a cute nickname.  The name does feel a little "off" next to brother Russell.  A lot of people have different styles for boys vs. girls so while I would notice the difference, I don't see it as a reason not to use the name.

February 7, 2013 9:26 PM

I immediately thought of the sewing context of eyelet, too, but wasn't sure if I would have gone there had I not seen the phonetic spelling of EYE-let... Maybe I would have.

February 7, 2013 10:08 PM

I would also struggle to get EYE-let from the spelling Ayelete. I think either Ayelette or Ayelet would be more likely to give you the pronunciation you want.  But that is just my opinon. I also thought of eyelet with regards to sewing as well.

I don't mind it as a name and Lettie is a cute nickname. I acutally much prefer the middle name Evadne.

As far as it going with Russell, it isn't an obvious match but I don't think it's a jarring mix. If it's a name you love then I don't see why you shouldn't use it.

If you want suggestions for other boys are girls names, are there other names you like (but wouldn't necessarily use or don't 'love') so we can give you some other suggestions?

February 8, 2013 5:47 AM

I too wouldn't have guessed the pronunciation from Ayelete, but having been told I don't have a problem pronouncing it that way.  In fact, the more I read it and say it to myself, the more it's growing on me.

I agree that Ayelette would be a more intuitive spelling, or maybe Islette (like Isla?), but I would guess whichever way it's spelled, it's likely that she would often need to spell it out for people.  On the other hand, the same is true of plenty of other names.

Hurrah for Evadne, that's a name which I've often thought deserves more use.

February 8, 2013 12:32 PM

I think the name Ayelet has a standard pronunciation, ah-YEH-let, so any other pronunciation would seem to me like a mispronunciation.  If you want Eye-let, maybe you should spell it in a different way that doesn't refer to the established name. Ailette? Eilette? Eyelette?  Something like that?  None of these is ideal.

February 8, 2013 6:23 PM

Oh, I like Islette. It looks pretty & I think it's similarity to Isla would make the pronunciation more intuitive.

February 8, 2013 8:04 PM

Same -- as soon as I saw that suggested spelling, I thought "OH! How pretty!" and if I ran across it I wouldn't even worry about the pronunciation, I'd immediately-without-thinking go to "EYE-let"

February 8, 2013 8:05 PM

Islette!!! Brilliant.

February 8, 2013 1:15 PM

i like the name, but would like to suggest simplifying the spelling to Islet or Ayelet or Eyelet

February 8, 2013 1:18 PM

Would you be interested in Isla? It's pronounced eye-la, and you could always call her Islet as a pet name.

February 8, 2013 3:42 PM

I agree with previous comments that the pronunciation of Ayelete is a problem. I think one of the noun spellings (Islet, Eyelet) is likely to cause the least confusion, but I'm reminded of an acquaintance named Chiffon. People always assume that she's actually Siobhan or some Anglicized version thereof, and she has to correct them: no, Chiffon, like the fabric. (She's old enough to have children in college.)

Perhaps something like Islette would be a good compromise between "pronouncable" and "name-like"?

The other option of course is to choose a different "path" to get to Lettie as a nickname: Letitia, Charlotte, Scarlett (though perhaps not Lettice -- much too similar to lettuce...).

February 8, 2013 10:30 PM

Fwiw, I got it, "Right." The aye to me had to be like eye, and I just couldn't imagine eye with a leet sound at the end.

It might also have helped that I know of Aylas, pronounced Isla/eye-la.

I do agree that it's going to be often said and spelled wrong.

I'd favor something like Islet over the longer form, which begins to remind me a bit too much of toilet (I work with 13 year old boys; forgive me), and Eyelet, which makes me think of the end of the shoelace.

I do wonder whether Islet would actually be said correctly more than Ayelete. I sort of doubt it....You could take a survey at the playground, maybe!

I do think it's a pretty name. It reminds me of a show I saw where there was a gal named Duvet, just like the bedspread, because her mom had thought it was pretty-and you know-it is!

Now, I had an uncle called Russell, so to me the natural names for a sister are more of that era-Jane, Sally, Dorothy, Ellen....but I think when you have siblings of different genders the matching issue is less important.

I do wonder what you imagine her going by as a grown-up. If your intent is to always use Lettie, I think, as someone else suggested, that it just might be Easier to choose something like Scarlett.



February 10, 2013 3:57 AM

To me, Islet is far more evocative of Toilet than any of the other spellings being suggested.

I think if what you want is a name pronounced just like Eyelet, then I might suggest actually using Eyelet, rather than trying to start with another name and altering the spelling and pronunciation.

If you are intending mostly to call your daughter Lettie, then I'd suggest something else: the traditional Leticia/Laetitia, Violet (which gets pronounced like the eye-let you are after in these parts, only with a v in front), and other options like Leta, Colette, Charlotte, Scarlet, even Elizabeth. In a more on-trend, modern direction, perhaps you might like Evolet?

February 8, 2013 11:23 PM

this was the spelling i had found. i do like some of the other spellings better and do agree they would make it easier to pronounce. thank you all so much for your help.