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February 13th, 2013, 12:21 PM
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DH and I love the name Eliora (Ah-lor-ah). The meaning is My God is my Light. This clicked with me instantly and I never doubted how to say it. But as I post it in different groups people say they would butcher the pronunciation because of the I. And we should spell it Elora or Alora. I feel like removing the I removes the meaning since "lior" means light. It may be hormones. Am I overreacting?

DD is named Michaela. I never had any doubt that it was pronounced "Ma-Kayla" but doctors offices butcher it. I feel like people can't read now adays anyway. No one can get Erin right either. I get Er-rin or Erwin?
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February 13th, 2013, 01:26 PM
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Michaela I get, but I have to admit that Eliora, I would pronounce it wrong, I didn't instantly think of saying Ah-lor-ah
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February 13th, 2013, 02:48 PM
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One of the ladies who used to post on JM and who was in my son's DDC/Playroom had a daughter named Eleora (same name but she chose to spell it differently). I never knew it was supposed to be pronounced Alora. In fact, I'm not sure she did either since she usually referred to her daughter as Ele.

As for Michaela and Erin, I have always known how to say them. It surprises me that people would get it wrong, but you get that with anything.
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February 13th, 2013, 08:37 PM
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I wouldnt change the spelling but you may have to correct some people
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February 13th, 2013, 11:37 PM
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For the pronunciation Alora that spelling is your best bet. You are right, people just don't know the basics of grammar that would allow them to figure out Eliora is pronounced Ah-lor-ah. Myself included. If I saw Eliora I would have no clue how to say the name but I would say ee not ah since the name does start with an e. I never knew how to pronounce Micheala until finally finding out how on an online forum. But if it's the name and spelling you love then it will be worth explaining to people.
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February 14th, 2013, 07:18 AM
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If you really care about the correct pronunciation I would go with Alora - the spoken word will still have the same meaning especially to you guys.

That said, if you love it as is and don't mind correcting people than I say go for it! (I would have pronounced it "Eli - Ora" )

I think either way it is a beautiful name
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February 14th, 2013, 05:51 PM
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Honestly, the "i" does throw me off. I would not say it correctly the first time. That being said, correcting people isn't the end of the world and plenty of people have names that are uncommon/foreign/etc that need a little explanation.
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February 17th, 2013, 06:16 PM
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I would spell it more phonetically because I would personally have no clue how to say that and would probably pronounce it Ell-ee-ora which sounds funny. Alora is pretty.
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February 19th, 2013, 08:14 AM
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^Ditto!
I'd say "Ellie-ora". I like "Alora" much better.
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February 19th, 2013, 10:02 AM
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I would spell it more phonetically because I would personally have no clue how to say that and would probably pronounce it Ell-ee-ora which sounds funny. Alora is pretty.
I agree. As someone who's spent a life time of correcting people on the pronunciation of my name (and my name isn't that weird), I wouldn't want to sentence my child to a name that people will almost always get wrong.

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For the pronunciation Alora that spelling is your best bet. You are right, people just don't know the basics of grammar that would allow them to figure out Eliora is pronounced Ah-lor-ah. Myself included. If I saw Eliora I would have no clue how to say the name but I would say ee not ah since the name does start with an e. I never knew how to pronounce Micheala until finally finding out how on an online forum. But if it's the name and spelling you love then it will be worth explaining to people.
The knowing the basics of grammar wouldn't lead people to pronounce this name Ah-lor-ah. 1st the letter E has an EE or Eh sound not an Ah. Next the basic rule is "when 2 vowels go a walking the 1st one does the talking" So definitely would lead to lio giving an Lor sound.
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February 19th, 2013, 11:17 AM
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I wouldn't know how to pronounce it unless you told me, but it's a pretty name.
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February 24th, 2013, 07:00 AM
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Although you may have to correct some people, I wouldn't change anything.
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February 24th, 2013, 08:09 AM
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I chose to take my DH's very Italian last name that no one can pronounce and a lot of people even add in nonexistent "r"s. The same WILL happen to your child, she'll also get a lot of misspelled emails, cards, ect from friends. I'd probably spell it Alora for her sake. It is a beautiful name though.
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February 24th, 2013, 08:37 AM
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It is a beautiful name, but there's no way I'd know to pronounce it "Alora" spelt that way, I'm sorry
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February 24th, 2013, 11:26 AM
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If you love the spelling Eliora, then go ahead and use it. It's much more important to use a name you love and it looks prettier that way. Our baby's name will be "Kieran". I know people are going to call him "Karen" or "ky-ren" and that I'll have to correct people, but we love the name. As for your name, I would definitely read it as "El-ee-or-uh". It's not that I don't know how to read, it's that that's just how it looks. The basic rules of grammar would say that you pronounce it like that as well. Much like "Kieran" people might not read it "keer-en" if they haven't heard it before. So it's really up to you.
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February 24th, 2013, 01:44 PM
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Michaela I get, but I have to admit that Eliora, I would pronounce it wrong, I didn't instantly think of saying Ah-lor-ah
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February 28th, 2013, 04:10 PM
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I'd also say Ellie-ora (though I think that sounds pretty just the same!)

I like the spelling Alora if you care about people saying it right.

It's hard having a name everyone says wrong.
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