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My name is Aileen (pronounced Ay-leen). I always hated it as a child because people couldn't say it but it's somewhat grown on me over the years. Even now though, I am surprised when someone pronounces it properly! I've only ever met 2 people in person with my name so I reckon I would find it weird calling someone by my name which has also been spelled many ways before including Alien, Alieen and quite recently Aisleen!
I have never met anyone else with my pronunciation: 'Ay-leen' and often get called Eileen. I'm surprised by those who say the opposite.
My name's Edna Aileen Martínez Soto. I've always gone by Aileen because Edna has always reminded me of an old lady with a lot of cats. I'm Latina and my family has always pronounced the name as AH-ee-leen, with emphasis on the "leen". I despise it when people butcher my name in English; it's not Eileen, it's not eye-leen. It's AH-ee-leen.
My name is Ailene and my mother pronounced it "eye-LEEN." I have heard of people with the name spelled the same as mine, but instead it is pronounced "ay-LEEN." I have had a few people look at my name and mistakenly call me "alien."
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The correct pronunciation is a matter of opinion. But my mother pronounces hers eye-leen with emphasis on the last syllable. Ay-leen grates on her nerves. Besides, traditional European pronunciation of the letter "a" gives it a longer "ahh" sound. So her pronunciation is likely to be more correct than the harsher, later, Americanized version.
My name is (obviously) Aileen and there are actually two pronunciations of the name. Believe me, I would know. It is unbelievable how many people mispronounce it. It can be pronounced with a long "A" (Aileen) or, as in my case, the same way as Eileen. This way has a long "I" (Iileen).
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