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fakenamefornow Wed 11-Jun-14 20:48:29

For a girl, what do you think?

Artandco Wed 11-Jun-14 20:54:37

Irena is better

2kidsintow Wed 11-Jun-14 21:00:18

Mmmm.... no. I don't like it, sorry.

Would it be Er en a, or Er een a?

fakenamefornow Wed 11-Jun-14 21:00:48

Irena sounds a bit dated though. I suppose you would pronounce Erena, Arena, like stadium?

AnnabelleDarling Wed 11-Jun-14 21:02:04

Irina is nicer I think

LovelyMarchHare Wed 11-Jun-14 21:06:02

It doesn't look very appealing written down IYSWIM. But if you love it, go for it. I think something nicer might be out there tho.

fakenamefornow Wed 11-Jun-14 21:06:03

How would you pronounce that?

fakenamefornow Wed 11-Jun-14 21:06:58

It doesn't sound too popular with the mn jury.

Sidge Wed 11-Jun-14 21:11:10

I prefer Serena.

Erena looks like you lost a letter.

fakenamefornow Wed 11-Jun-14 21:12:54

I used to know a Serena though, drag queen, she was lovely but it reminds me too much of her.

BumpNGrind Wed 11-Jun-14 22:15:48

I know an Erina (pronounced like arena). I can't say that it's a particular favourite name of mine but it does sound quite sweet.

PolyesterBride Wed 11-Jun-14 22:16:46

Sounds a bit like a form of contraception

PolyesterBride Wed 11-Jun-14 22:19:02

Erina is a Japanese name, pronounced a bit like eh-ree-na with equal stress on all syllables

isitsnowingyet Wed 11-Jun-14 22:21:13

How about Erin?

Erena sounds like Arena, but spelt wrong! [sorry]

Nereida Wed 11-Jun-14 22:48:23

Too much like arena. I also prefer Irina or Irena.

Alita7 Wed 11-Jun-14 22:57:13

I think it's Ok with an E (even if it's the wrong spelling it just looks like an uncommon name to me!) but don't like Irena. I like Erin, Seren and Serena though

BrunoBrookesDinedAlone Wed 11-Jun-14 23:03:33

Well, not only sounds made up but also terminally boring!

It's a collection of dull sounds. Could be a contraceptive pill. Or an unsuccessful racehorse. There's just nothing to it.

Odd, because Serena is nice!

How about Serena or even better Sabrina?

BumpNGrind Wed 11-Jun-14 23:26:17

Say what you feel Bruno grin

florascotia Thu 12-Jun-14 12:47:06

Wasn't there a long thread a little while ago about Irene/Eirene/Irina/Irena? All different spellings of essentially the same name.

Really don't wish to sound critical, but if Erena is a new variation on that very old (Ancient Greek) name, to my mind it doesn't really work. Because in English, 'Er' at the beginning of a word sounds either like 'ehr' (as in error) or 'uhr' (as in ermine). To me, neither are very pretty. And, as others have said, there's a danger of people hearing it as 'arena', and why would anyone call a baby that?

fakenamefornow Fri 13-Jun-14 22:38:50

Oh dear! Not a single person likes my name sad oh well, best I don't burden a child with it then.

For information, it would be pronounced 'arena'. I though it was nice, cool even.

EhricLovesTheBhrothers Sat 14-Jun-14 10:53:17

Irina is cool. Erena is meh.

Kundry Sat 14-Jun-14 10:56:00

I wouldn't know how to pronounce it - she'd spend her life telling people how to spell it and say it.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing - my name is like that but my name also says a lot about my cultural heritage, I'm not sure I'd feel the same about something my parents just made up.

fakenamefornow Sat 14-Jun-14 17:04:06

I didn't make it up. It's a Japanese name, we are not Japanese though.

florascotia Sat 14-Jun-14 18:10:04

There was a long thread earlier about Japanese baby names. Apparently, there's quite a lot more to choosing a Japanese name than just the sound.... though I think that 'e' in Japanese is usually pronounced as in English 'get'. So 'Erena' would be Eh-reh-nah. There may be exceptions, of course. Other Mumsnetters will know much more about this ...

Have looked and just seen that it's a Game of Thrones name. Not my cup of tea, but they seem to pronounce it: Ee-ree-nah.

fakenamefornow Mon 16-Jun-14 09:57:08

Well it's definitely out now then. I've never even watched GOT.

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