We all know how to pronounce popular girls’ names like Olivia, Alice and Jessica.
But a new wave of less familiar monikers are proving to be a real struggle for some – and are regularly mispronounced.
Now YouTuber Lucy Earl, who runs the English with Lucy channel, has explained how to correctly pronounce 10 girls’ names that many of us regularly stumble over.
She explains in the video how some of the names come with an extra difficulty – as they can be pronounced in more than one way.
YouTuber Lucy Earl (pictured) has explained how to correctly pronounce 10 girls’ names. Siobhan is officially pronounced ‘Shi-von’ but can also be pronounced ‘Shi-vawn’
People often struggle with the silent ‘s’ in Isla, which should be pronounced ‘Ay-luh’
For example, Siobhan is officially pronounced ‘Shi-von’, although it can also be pronounced ‘Shi-vawn’.
Eva can also be pronounced either ‘Ee-vyh’ or ‘Ey-vuh’, while Mia can be pronounced as ‘Mee-yuh’ or ‘My-uh’.
In this situation, Lucy says it is best to simply ask the person which is the correct way to pronounce it.
The name Isla has become increasingly popular in recent years, regularly appearing in the top 10 most popular girls’ names in the UK.
Meanwhile, Kristin and Kirstin are two names that are commonly confused with one another
Eva can be pronounced ‘Ee-vyh’ or ‘Ey-vuh’, while Kyra can be pronounced ‘Keer-uh’ or ‘Ky-ruh’
There are also two different pronunciations for the popular name Mia: ‘Mee-yuh’ or ‘My-uh’
But the silent ‘s’ in the name can catch people out, with the correct pronunciation being ‘Ay-luh’.
The more unusual name Kaia can be pronounced in one of two ways: ‘Kuy-uh’ or ‘Kay-uh’. Cindy Crawford’s model daughter, Kaia Gerber, goes for the first of two option.
Similarly, Kyra can be pronounced ‘Keer-uh’ or ‘Ky-ruh’, while Layla can be ‘Lay-luh’ or ‘Ly-luh’.
HOW MANY ARE YOU PRONOUNCING CORRECTLY?
1. Siobhan – (Shi-von or sometimes -Shi-vawn)
2. Isla – (Ay-luh)
3. Kristin/Kirstin often get confused
4. Eva – (Ee-vuh or Ey-vuh)
5. Kyra – (Keer-uh or Ky-ruh)
6. Mia – (Mee-yuh or (My-uh)
7. Gaia – (Guy-uh)
8. Leigh – (Lee)
9. Kaia – (Kuy-uh or Kay-uh)
10. Layla – (Lay-luh or Ly-luh)
Meanwhile, Gaia, a name chosen by Emma Thompson for her daughter, should be pronounced ‘Guy-uh’ – but is often mispronounced as ‘Gay-uh’.
Other names that are commonly said incorrectly include ‘Leigh’ and ‘Ashleigh’ which should be prounounced ‘Lee’ and ‘Ash-lee’.
English With Lucy now has more than 785,000 subscribers from all over world, who ask her questions about life in Britain, how to pronounce words and popular sayings and phrases.
Lucy, 22, set up the business with a £500 loan from her father. She bought a tripod and camera, taught herself how to shoot and about lighting and now earns more than the average teacher through advertising
She previously said: ‘It’s a business that I started completely from scratch with a £500 business loan from my dad, paid back with interest, of course, and has now a pretty significant turnover.
‘It was a huge step for me to say no to the grad schemes and yes to going at it alone, but it was the best thing I ever did.
‘Every day I get to work with everything I’m passionate about with total creative control, marketing, social media and the English language.’
The more unusual moniker Gaia should be pronounced ‘Guy-uh’ – but is often mispronounced as ‘Gay-uh’
Meanwhile, the name Leigh should be pronounced Lee, while Kaia can be pronounced ‘Kuy-uh’ or ‘Kay-uh’
The girls’ name Layla can be pronounced in one of two ways: ‘Lay-luh’ or ‘Ly-luh’