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jurisane Mon 08-Jun-15 18:18:05

My husband likes the name Elena but he pronounces it Alanna. Whenever I see Elena on a page I want to pronounce it Ellena. I don't like names that are so ambiguous regarding spelling and pronunciations! The poor girl will be constantly correcting people.

A possible compromise could be Helen but I'm still holding out for Daisy.


Floggingmolly Mon 08-Jun-15 18:22:24

Elena is pronounced El-ay-na, isn't it? And Alanna is the Irish word for child; used as a term of endearment.

wigglesrock Mon 08-Jun-15 18:25:55

Pronunciation was the reason I decided not to go with Elena for dd3, it was a front runner for a while. I pronounce it El en a .

jurisane Mon 08-Jun-15 18:27:46

Sorry I was a bit confusing. He says it Ah-lay-na and I keep telling him that means the name starts with an A not an E. I think the whole thing is just too confusing and he should give up on it already.

That said, we've only just found out our baby is a girl and so spent the weekend "discussing" it.

I would agree with you - Elena is not pronounced with an Ah at the beginning. I do think Alanna is a lovely name - is there any chance he'd go for that?

SylvaniansAtEase Mon 08-Jun-15 19:22:30

How on earth does he get an 'Ah' sound from 'El'?!

Don't do it, you and he and your poor DD will have a life of misery.

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