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Helena - how do you pronounce?

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GibberingGinger Sat 06-Aug-11 22:32:15

I would use HEL-en-a, like Helen but with -a on the end. But some people seem to say Hel-LENA, which seems to make it more French sounding. I'm just curious, if you saw it written down which pronunciation you would use?

JemimaMuddledUp Sat 06-Aug-11 22:32:58



DaphneHeartsFred Sat 06-Aug-11 22:36:42

I'm Helen-a.

And god help anyone who gets it wrong. wink

saltyseadog Sat 06-Aug-11 22:38:20

Helen-a. Really don't like Hel-lay-na pronunciation.

MrsRhettButler Sat 06-Aug-11 22:38:45


Bunbaker Sat 06-Aug-11 22:39:06

Helen-a here as well (in South Yorkshire)

KeepCalmAndPrayToCastiel Sat 06-Aug-11 22:40:16

What MrsRB said.

MirandaGoshawk Sat 06-Aug-11 22:43:13

Like you, Helen-a, unless it's got some sort of accent, in which case it would be Hell-AY-na.

The Spanish version is Elena, pr. El-AY-na.

KeepingUpWithTheCojones Sat 06-Aug-11 22:43:23

Helen-uh in Brummie accent, Helen-a when I'm speaking properly.

I think it's a lovely name.

Catsycat Sat 06-Aug-11 22:48:10

Another Helen-a vote here. I really like it.

MetalSian Sat 06-Aug-11 22:49:05

My friend is a Helen-a =].

Rhubarbgarden Sun 07-Aug-11 06:13:36

Dd was nearly a Helen-a. Beautiful name.

InstantAtom Sun 07-Aug-11 07:50:44


Tillyscoutsmum Sun 07-Aug-11 07:52:27

Helen-a. I have a friend who is Helene (with a accents on both e's) and hers is pronounces HEL-Laina.

mumwithdice Sun 07-Aug-11 08:05:57


kittensliveupstairs Sun 07-Aug-11 08:09:26

Helen-a here too. Lovely name BTW.

PIMSoclock Sun 07-Aug-11 08:11:24

Heleeeeeeeena grin

stardustn Sun 07-Aug-11 13:13:22

Yay some people would actually say Hel-eeee-na grin grin This has made my day! grin

My name is Helena (Hel-ee-na) and I can count on one hand the number of times people have seen it written down and said it right!

SaffronCake Sun 07-Aug-11 13:34:32

Helen-a mostly but I am also aware of He-lain-a so I would immediately feel a bit cautious and be looking for cues to see if I just called said child the right thing.

I love the name, but that lask of surity in how to pronounce it put me right off using it... That said no one pronounces my daughters name the way I d and I don't care. Maybe it's just a Helena thing?

Greythorne Sun 07-Aug-11 14:59:15

Hell - aina

tammytoby Sun 07-Aug-11 21:25:55

I know a Helena pronounced Hel-AYNA.

fishandlilacs Sun 07-Aug-11 21:28:42


She'll be called Helly anyway so dont worry.

My dear friend Helena is nicknamed Na-Na smile

GibberingGinger Sun 07-Aug-11 22:12:55

about 50/50 then, with a few Hel-leenas thrown in for good measure!

I'm not expecting any more children, it's just a name I've always wondered about. I think it's a lovely name, and looks like a lot of you guys do too!. Thanks for all the responses

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