Pronunciation of Lena

(42 Posts)
optionaltime Sat 02-Mar-13 07:11:08

Which pronunciation of Lena is best?


Which is most common?

SavoyCabbage Sat 02-Mar-13 07:53:57

I would say lee-na.

OrangeLily Sat 02-Mar-13 07:55:24

Lee- na

Slainte Sat 02-Mar-13 07:57:22

LEEna is the only way I'd pronounce it.

lockets Sat 02-Mar-13 08:59:00

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PhyllisDoris Sat 02-Mar-13 09:05:43

Pronunciation of names is arbitrary. I the DD of a friend I'd Janine. She says JANine. I've always said

Beatrixpotty Sat 02-Mar-13 09:06:45

My friend Lena says Lee-na

CecyHall Sat 02-Mar-13 09:07:07

I would say Layna

Smudging Sat 02-Mar-13 09:16:50

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Nolda Sat 02-Mar-13 09:21:12

Smudging, is she from Scandinavia? My Swedish cousin is called Lena and that is the way she says it.

GreatGooglyMoogly Sat 02-Mar-13 09:48:34

I would pronounce it the same as Smudging as we have a Russian friend who pronounces it that way.

forevergreek Sat 02-Mar-13 09:54:47


I know 3 of various ages and all go by this pronunciation.

forevergreek Sat 02-Mar-13 09:55:43

Also lena is shortened from Helena, hence the Lehn-a pronouciation

nevergoogle Sat 02-Mar-13 10:00:18

i'd say Layna, and did, and my friend was delighted i got it right.

tethersend Sat 02-Mar-13 10:06:03


It's can also be a shortened version of Magdelena.

Ellypoo Sat 02-Mar-13 21:07:42


Is one of DD1s middle names, because was one if my grandma's middle names! Wouldn't occur to me to pronounce it any other way tbh.

MidnightMasquerader Sat 02-Mar-13 21:12:15

There is no 'best' way to pronounce it - it is totally arbitrary, and up to you. Just as Helena/Elena have three (possibly more?!) accepted pronunciations, then so does Lena. So you just have to go with the one you want.

This is DD's nickname, and we pronounce it the same way as her full name, so Lay-na.

Just a word to the wise - there is absolutely no point getting annoyed when people pronounce it one of the other ways. Best just to get used to it. grin

rachel234 Sun 03-Mar-13 00:29:44

Lehna with the emphasis on the Leh.


BeeBopDingALing Sun 03-Mar-13 19:02:08

Known a few over the years, all have been Lee-na

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 07-Mar-13 18:40:01


Pixieonthemoor Thu 07-Mar-13 18:40:52


sausagebaconandtomatobutty Thu 07-Mar-13 18:44:35

I know one from Portugal

She pronounces it lay na

SnowLeopard27 Sat 09-Mar-13 13:22:11

I would say l-ay-na because I have a friend who uses it as a sort for Helena.

SnowLeopard27 Sat 09-Mar-13 13:22:49

Sort?? Short! Oh dear, bad typing!

harleyd Sat 09-Mar-13 13:24:59


bonbonpixie Mon 11-Mar-13 22:12:47

If you want LEE-NA I'd spell it differently. Line is how it's spelt in Denmark.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 12-Mar-13 08:21:10


edendvatri Fri 12-Jul-13 12:51:04

Old thread, but I'm interested in this too. I'd pronounce it as Léna to rhyme with Jenna.

squoosh Fri 12-Jul-13 14:04:29

My Granny was a Lena pr. lee-na, it was short for Ellen.

Wbdn28 Fri 12-Jul-13 14:17:26


I think Lay-nuh would be more usual in other European countries.

misskatamari Fri 12-Jul-13 15:45:50

I prefer Laynah (and this is on my list of girls names) however when i read it i do usually read it as leena which is weird. I'd say go by whatever you prefer

piprabbit Fri 12-Jul-13 15:48:37

I'd say Lena to rhyme with cleaner.

sunshinedaisies Fri 12-Jul-13 16:21:17

I use this as a shortening of my name and say it Lee-na, which is what the majority pronounce it as but a few have said Lay-na

OrangeJuiceSandwich Fri 12-Jul-13 16:30:40



hurricanemum Thu 25-Jul-13 22:49:27

Lee na unless short for madalena then Len na

Frikadellen Fri 26-Jul-13 12:42:04

lee-en-a but I am Scandinavian smile

AlicesNextDoorNeighbour Fri 26-Jul-13 13:03:18

I would say Lee-na

Happiestinwellybobs Fri 26-Jul-13 13:09:20

I would have said Lee-na until 7 weeks ago when started watching The Returned (amazing by the way!!) Now I'd probably say Lay-nah.

cory Fri 26-Jul-13 15:01:36

For me, a long e- sound, not as in been, but as in French été, or German Lehrer.

wigglesrock Fri 26-Jul-13 15:26:08

I would say it as Lee na. I quite like it, but I think of it as a really granny name. My nana seemed to have at least 10 friends called Lena smile

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