My name (Elijah) and my son's name (Elisha) are very similar in spelling and sound. This has been a point of confusion for a lot of people.
The names Elijah and Elisha are Jewish in origin. They were the names of two Old Testament prophets, Elijah being the mentor and Elisha his protege. So, you must realize, the names are pronounced much different by Americans today than they were by people speaking Ancient Hebrew around 700 BC.
Since the kids have come home, we've had people call both of us all kinds of names. And that's OK. I'm really not too picky about it. And, believe it or not, I'm not quite sure how to pronounce my name.
The pronunciation of Elijah has several variants:
ee-LYE-zhuh ('zh' would be pronounced like 'Asia')
I tend to use the last one (uh-LYE-zhuh) when I'm lazy. From my reasearch, this is almost certainly incorrect, even though it's probably my choice how I want people to say my name. I'll try to be a little more disciplined and tighten it up to the pronunciation I prefer, either eh-LYE-zhuh or eh-LYE-juh. Hardly ever use the hard "ee" sound.
All of this is, of course, not that important to either of us. We really don't care what you call us, just don't call us late for--you know the rest.
*Unfortunately, the name Elisha is now also being used as a girl name pronounced exactly like Alisha or Alicia (i.e., Alicia Keys). At our first visit to the doctor with Elisha resulted in being called out of the waiting room by "uh-LEASH-uh".