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forevergreek Sat 24-Nov-12 19:00:06

I know 3 elenas but all pronounce el-en-ah ( all eastern European if that makes a difference)

Iris1 Sat 24-Nov-12 18:46:32

I think you could pronounce this however you like so iif youl like 'a' at the beginning maybe do just spell it as alaina. I knew a latvian girl called elena but she pronounced it eh-lee-na.
Tbh though if this elaine produces bad memories then thats the last thing you want to be reminded of by your child i think even if you changed the spelling you would still be reminded of elaine as you have made a connection between the names now.
Eleanor os gorgeous i love it and had a friend with that name who called herself elfie for short. Always though elfie was such a gorgeous name for a child and teen but eleanor so classy at the same time.

andadietcoke Sat 24-Nov-12 11:25:46

I like it. No negative connotations I don't think. If I ever have a dd I'm having Eleni (elle-len-e) - another derivation of Helena.

DessieLou Sat 24-Nov-12 11:05:53

Will look into that Greenwing. Thanks!

Greenwing Wed 21-Nov-12 18:20:07

Elena is beautiful - perfect ... for me partly because it is the name of the girl in the classic film 'Cinema Paradiso'.
If you haven't seen it please do, it is wonderful - one of my favourite films and the hero falls madly in love with a girl called Elena, pronounced in Italian exactly as you suggest.
Do it and your daughter will have a cinematic namesake to be proud of!
Wonderful name!

crockydoodle Wed 21-Nov-12 17:37:59

Theportlypinup, I also know an Elana, but have never met another.

DessieLou Wed 21-Nov-12 17:24:15

Thank you all. I appreciate all your thoughts. I think Alaina is going on the list along with Alara and Ellena. I'm also liking the Alina suggestion...will see what OH says! Thanks again.

blueraincoat Mon 19-Nov-12 19:29:51

*not relevant.

blueraincoat Mon 19-Nov-12 19:29:41

I knew a horrid Elena (E-lay-na) so that would taint it for me but relevant to you obviously. I prefer Eleanor and think it sounds better with Elizabeth tbh.

ThePortlyPinUp Mon 19-Nov-12 18:57:49

I have an Elana and have only met one other. Hers is pronounced Eh-Lah-Na.

chocolateicecream Mon 19-Nov-12 18:53:08

I know a little girl called Elina (very similar) and she is adorable.

CharlieCoCo Mon 19-Nov-12 18:18:07

I like the name Elena (pronounced E-lay-na) or Alaina pronounced A layna (think i actually prefer this spelling and pronouciation). Alayna sounds like a chavvy teen has named their baby it.
Also Alaina Elizabeth, for me, is easier to say than Elena Elizabeth.

Nancyclancy Mon 19-Nov-12 18:03:53

My dd's middle name is Elena pronounced ella-nah. I wouldn't think of Elaine.

DessieLou Mon 19-Nov-12 10:57:54

Thank you all. Ilikered, I have considered other spellings but I'm not sure... Alayna or Alaina? Or should I stick with Elena?
I prefer it pronounced A-lay-na rather than E-lay-na so an alternative spelling could be a good idea. Any thoughts would be appreciated mumsnetters! As you can tell, with a week & half to go, I am reaching the end of my decision making tether! confused

simplesusan Sun 18-Nov-12 17:36:36

I like it and it doesn't make me think of Elaine at all. Hope this helps.

ILikeRed Sun 18-Nov-12 17:21:43

If you don't like the Elaine connection, why not spell it Alaina? Same name, different spelling and less chance of being called "Eleanor"

MikeOxard Sun 18-Nov-12 17:09:01

Fab name. What about Helena - similar but less like Elaine?

charitygirl Sun 18-Nov-12 17:00:19

My grandmother is called Elena - she is from Italy, and it is pronounced like Eleanor, but more of an 'ah' at the end. No 'lay' in the middle.

theynevershutup Sun 18-Nov-12 16:58:14

I know a girl called Elena, but she pronounces it the same as Eleanor. Think it is a lovely name.

TantrumsandBananas Sun 18-Nov-12 16:43:39

If I was going to have another baby and it was a girl it would be Eleanor.

amazingmumof6 Sun 18-Nov-12 16:39:28

you are not crazy, but I wouldn't worry about that connection!

choose the name you like, it will be your baby's name not some random stranger's!

you could go for Helena, close enough or Eleanor, maybe Emily

good luck!

DessieLou Sun 18-Nov-12 15:49:12

Help! I rather like the name Elena (pronounced E-lay-na) but can't help thinking of a particularly hideous woman I know called Elaine and an awful incident involving her and her husband that I'd rather forget.
I'm being crazy, right?! We can't agree on any names but OH suggested Elena ages ago and I said 'no'. But it's a lovely name, just what we're looking for and as I'm due in less than 2 weeks we need all the options we can get!
Will I get over the connection to a woman who I will probably never see again and ,lets face it, is not worth my energy?!
Feel free to suggest other names. Middle name will be Elizabeth (a family name).
Thanks in advance. smile

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