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‘I’ve been saying my baby’s name wrong – now I’m considering changing it’

When it comes to baby names, there’s always a chance that someone is going to pronounce them wrong.

But it’s not often the case that the parents are the ones slipping up with children of their own.

However, one woman realised she’d made the mistake herself, 10 days after naming her baby girl.

So she took on Mumsnet to ask for advice on whether it was too late to change it or not.

She said: “Before she was born we had a shortlist of 3 for a girl, when she arrived DH admitted one of them (my favourite) he just couldn’t get on board with as a first name.

“That has become the middle name (Cecilia) Of the other two options we were totally undecided but eventually went for Elise, a name we’ve always really liked.

“We’ve now discovered that lots of people pronounce it Eh – leess (with the second part as ‘lease’ like in leasehold).

“We had always thought it was Eh- leez, and we much prefer that. We’ve found that almost everyone so far has pronounced it Eh – lease with a soft s.”

She concluded her post by asking: “Should we change it if we’re finding the different pronunciation a bit annoying? Maybe I’m overthinking it?

“Please be gentle, I’m feeling pretty rotten physically after the birth and have found picking her name really stressful from the off”.

Parents in the comments rushed to assure her the name was beautiful, and that people would pronounce it however she wanted them to.

One person said: “Personally I like both pronunciations. The only person I know with the name is pronounced Eh-lease…

Another wrote: “Many congratulations! You’ve got two beautiful names there, but I have to admit my default pronunciation of Elise is with the soft s as in the original French.

“If it’ll annoy you (and it will!) perhaps you need a rethink on her first name. Eloise is similar and would give you the z sound you like.”

A third commented: “I know two, both pronounced eh-lease. I’m sure people will soon get used to it and will pronounce it as you wish.”

Someone else suggested: “You could just change the spelling to a Z rather than S.”