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D 2.20.2011 & Z 7.16.2013
I think they are both legit alternate spellings.
I don't want to confuse you but I prefer Lilah.
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bobcee:I think both are acceptable but most people tend to prefer Lila. I actually prefer Lilah. I think that with Lila people may mispronounce it Lee-la more often.
I prefer Lilah too, but I think all variants are probably equally recognizable/acceptable.
Out of those two: Lila. But I much prefer Lilah.
You know what's funny? TB thinks that Lilah is misspelled.
Danica 10.22.10 | Milo 12.23.12
This name is on our list, too- So here are my thoughts:
1. I think I like the looks of Lilah the best, but I don't think anyone would ever spell it right. The "h" is also a bit unnecessary, but I get how it would force a correct pronunciation.
2. Lyla will be correctly pronounced (and I think is the most common spelling), but I just don't like the "y". Looks like Lyle to me- also evokes feelings of a made up name with a random "y" instead of an "i", even though I know it's not the case.
3. We'll go with Lila if we use it. It's short and sweet, no "extra" letters, and no "y". I do think people would pronounce this with a short "i" sound (as if the name were Lilla) from time to time, but I'd rather that than the "y".
I just did a little bit of research and, according to a few name sites, Lilah is derived from Delilah (Hebrew origin), where as Lila is derived from Leila (Arabic origin).
Lyla is listed as an alternate spelling of Lila.
We have a Lilah (with an H) and we get a ton of compliments on it. As far as spelling, they always ask how to once I say the name, regardless. So no matter what, you will be spelling it for people.
No one ever mispronounces it when they see it written down though.
I personally am not a fan of Lyla with a Y. Feels kinda "made up" to me.