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(16 Posts)
slightlyconfused85 Sat 17-Jan-15 18:10:23

How would you pronounce this?

DP says 'El-ay-na
I say 'El -*e*n - a
MIL says it like 'Eleanor'

slightlyconfused85 Sat 17-Jan-15 18:10:58

Sorry I was going for

I say 'El - en - a' with the emphasis on the second syllable

twosmallbuttons Sat 17-Jan-15 18:13:17

I'd say El-*eh*-na, having being influenced by greek DH. Before that I would've said El-*ay*-na
If that makes sense confusedgrin

Middleagedmotheroftwo Sat 17-Jan-15 18:13:45

Think it depends whether you're going for the Greek version, the Spanish version, the Italian version, at any other version.

The Elena I know is of Spanish extraction, and says Eh-LEN-ah.

babyblabber Sat 17-Jan-15 18:15:20


I would love to use it but a good friend beat me too it!

Rhubarbgarden Sat 17-Jan-15 18:20:12

The one I know pronounces it like Eleanor. I was quite surprised when I found out that's how she's spells it.

WestEast Sat 17-Jan-15 18:24:29

Eh-leh-na as influenced by the Polish Elena I know.

noitsbecky Sat 17-Jan-15 18:29:49

The Russian one I know is El-lay-na.

Walkingonsunshine00 Sat 17-Jan-15 18:31:03


NatashaRomanov Sat 17-Jan-15 18:37:50


Based on the rather popular Vampite Diaries TV show!

NatashaRomanov Sat 17-Jan-15 18:38:13

Vampite? Vampire! smile

wigglesrock Sat 17-Jan-15 18:39:07

This was supposed to be dd3s name smile, but the different pronounciations just proved too much for me. I would say Eh Len ah but at one point I had 4 different ways of saying it and it just was irritating me. It's a really lovely name.

anothernumberone Sat 17-Jan-15 18:43:23

The Ellen-a I know spells it with a second l. The Eh lay na I know spells it with one l. The elena is Russian and it is pronounced eh lay na in Russia where she is from.

Sparklingbrook Sat 17-Jan-15 18:44:20

Ellie Goulding is Elena, so it may not matter if everyone calls her that. grin I would say it like Eleanor.

MeAndMySpoon Sat 17-Jan-15 18:46:08

No way is Eleanor (or Elinor) spelled Elena! grin Elena is a 'proper' name but pronounced entirely differently to Eleanor/Elinor.

burgatroyd Sat 17-Jan-15 20:21:09

El ay na. I love this prn.

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