The Name Thylane (tee-lahn)

Elle France cover, Thylane Blondeau
Thylane on the cover of Elle France in April, 2019

The French name Thylane debuted in the U.S. baby name data just recently, in 2017:

  • 2018: unlisted
  • 2017: 5 baby girls named Thylane [debut]
  • 2016: unlisted

I think the reason must be the rising visibility of French model Thylane Blondeau (b. 2001), who is followed by over 3 million people on Instagram.

Her first name is pronounced tee-lahn in French (you can hear it in this video, and also in this one). But Thylane herself (in this video) suggests that other pronunciations (like tee-layn or ty-layn) might be easier for those who don’t speak French.

What are your thoughts on this name?

2 thoughts on “The Name Thylane (tee-lahn)

  1. When i first saw it, I puzzled out, TEE-lah-neigh. But that is more Scan/Germanic. As I read the article and then saw TEE-lahn, it made sense. I love it, i wish Americans had more variety in the pronunciation of letters.
    For example, I have an aunt Irene. Never cared much for the name. Then when I lived in Norway I had a very young cousin name Irene, pronounced- Ear (trill the R) en-neh with the lilt in the beginning.
    Teallahn might make it easier to pronounce in American English.
    I wish i could hear the videos but my video card is not playing nice with others LOL

    Fantasy names- Tieliele (F), Tielyanna(F), Tealandir (M),Tielan (M) perfect for quads. YAY! LOL thank you again!!!

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