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00:23 Aug 18, 2001
English to Arabic translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: I would like my daughters name translated
My daughters name is ELLA
Carl Foster
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Summary of answers provided
na +1إلاّMona Helal
na +1إيلاRaghad
naClarification: ألا، ألاّ، إلا ، إلاّ، إيلا، إيلاّRaghad
naألاFuad Yahya


  

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1 hr peer agreement (net): +1
إيلا


Explanation:
Hello Carl,
Names are usually transliterated not translated.
The Arabic form of ELLA is:
إيلا
Ella: is a short form of Germanic names containing the element “ali” meaning "other".
The name is also used as a short form of ELLEN: إيلين
ELLEN: is an English form of HELEN: هيلين
HELEN: either from Greek helene: torch (mish’al مشعل ), or from Greek selene: moon (qamar قمر )

In Greek mythology Helen was the daughter of Zeus زوس and Leda ليدا
The name was also borne by Saint القديسةHelena هيلينا
Another famous bearer was Helen Keller هيلين كيلر



Raghad
Local time: 20:02
PRO pts in pair: 160

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agree  AhmedAMS
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3 hrs
ألا


Explanation:
Carl,

Please be not disturbed by the diversity of opinions regarding how best to render your daughter’s name in Arabic letters. The source of controversy is the initial short vowel. The sound E, as in “elephant” simply does not exist in Arabic. The Arabic vowel set consists of three basic sounds, A-I-U, each represented in a short form and a long form. When representing a name containing the vowel E (Beth, Edna, Ella, Esther, Jennifer, Kelly, Lesley, Melba, Nell, Penn, Rhett, Shelby, Thelma, Wesley) in Arabic, one must choose a reasonable approximation from the Arabic vowel set. Different approaches have been noted.

One noted tendency is to favor the sound of long E, like the first E in “Eden.” If we represent the name “Ella” in this fashion إيلا
the resulting sound becomes EELA. That is how the previous answer renders “Ella,” and that is what I am trying to avoid.

Is there a perfect way to represent “Ella” in Arabic? I am afraid not. The remaining options are two:

Option one: ألا
Pronounced ALLA, which sounds close to an Arabic male name, علاء
Although not a perfect representation of “Ella,” that is the rendition that I am recommending, because it does the least amount of violence, based on how “Ella” is pronounced here in Sugar Land, Texas.

Option Two: إلا
Pronounced ILLA, which sounds close to the Arabic preposition إلى
which is usually translated as “to.”

This last rendition is a bit confusing, because it looks similar to the Arabic word إلاّ
which means “except.” The main difference is the presence of a an intensive diacritic that directs the reader to lean on the L a bit longer, similar to the Italian pronunciation of “mortadella.”

And there you have my overblown explanation of why “Ella” is such a challenging name to represent in Arabic.

Fuad

Fuad Yahya
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7 hrs peer agreement (net): +1
إلاّ


Explanation:
This is a transliteration of "Ella".

The word as it appears in Arabic here is pronounced as 'Ella'.

However the Arabic word as is, has a meaning in Arabic which is not related to your daughter's name.
إلاّ in Arabic means: except OR with the exception of.

HTH
Mona

Mona Helal
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Clarification: ألا، ألاّ، إلا ، إلاّ، إيلا، إيلاّ


Explanation:
this is only a clarification note to help you decide.

ألا
is a combination of three letters أ and لـ and ا
This word reads like alaa.
In Arabic ألا could mean something like oh in (oh man listen) or: to neglect.

ألاّ
Is a combination of four letters أ and two لـ merged together (a stressed لـ ) and ا
This word reads like al-laa
In Arabic ألاّ means: so as not to or lest.

إلا
Is a combination of three letters إ and لـ and ا
It reads like ilaa
This word means nothing unless it is written in another form إلى , in this case it means: to

إلاّ
A combination of four letters إ and two لـ merged together (a stressed لـ ) and ا
It reads like il-laa
In Arabic this word means: except or other than.

إيلا
Is a combination of four letters إ and يـ and لـ and ا
It reads like eelaa
It has no Arabic meaning.

إيلاّ
A combination of five letters إ and يـ and a stressed لـ and ا
This word reads like eel-laa.
It has no Arabic meaning.


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