A Conversation for Pronouncing British Placenames

Ely

Post 1

laconian

>>That's Ely in Cambridgeshire, not Ely in Wales, which is pronounced 'elly'.<<

I'm pretty sure the Welsh Ely is also pronounced 'ee-lee'.


Ely

Post 2

Itchy Ron

Thanks Iaconian. smiley - smiley

I think I've now heard both since I wrote the article - is it a creeping Anglicisation of an old Welsh name, do you think?

smiley - cheers Icy


Ely

Post 3

laconian

The Welsh name is 'Trelai', from 'Tref' (town) and 'Elai' (the river called Ely in English). I would think 'Elai' is pronounced 'ell-eye', so actually 'Elly' is closer to the mark as an Anglicisation. Interesting smiley - smiley.


Ely

Post 4

Itchy Ron

Hmm, yes - that sounds closer.

I'll get the footnote changed to reflect that. I hate to see a good Welsh name get Anglicised. smiley - dragonsmiley - cheers


Ely

Post 5

Itchy Ron

Would you agree with this footnote change? smiley - smiley

That's Ely in Cambridgeshire, but Ely in Wales is also pronounced 'ell-eye', from its Welsh name Trelai.


Ely

Post 6

laconian

Yes I think that's smiley - ok, but I'm not really an expert. I'm not from the area but I do know my Welsh pronunciations smiley - smiley.


Ely

Post 7

Itchy Ron

Entry corrected - many thanks! smiley - cheers


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