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Anna, Hannah, Helen or something else?

(15 Posts)
ch1134 Fri 17-Jul-15 11:31:57

Our surname begins with H and has 3 syllables. Middle name will be Lucy.
I like names that can work in France.

Helen Lucy H
Hannah Lucy H
Anna Lucy H
? Lucy H


BellaVida Fri 17-Jul-15 11:50:02


AnotherEmma Fri 17-Jul-15 12:05:25

You do know that French people don't pronounce the H, yes? So Hannah will be pronounced like Anna anyway? Helen is Hélène in French but is pronounced Ell-enne (emphasis on 2nd syllable unlike Ellen in English)

For that reason I'd avoid names beginning with H. Unless you (and DD) won't mind the different pronunciations and like both.

Hellionsitem2 Fri 17-Jul-15 12:07:08

I really like that you can get the nick name Nell from Helen or Helena. The latter is my favourite

Hellionsitem2 Fri 17-Jul-15 12:09:09

Elaina is also very nice

Hellionsitem2 Fri 17-Jul-15 12:09:49

Annie is such a cute nick name for Anna

Theoldshmoo Fri 17-Jul-15 12:11:47

Alanah and Elaina are good names.

Sophronia Fri 17-Jul-15 13:26:44

I like Helen Lucy

littlemslazybones Fri 17-Jul-15 13:37:56

Helen but not if your surname is Highwater

villainousbroodmare Fri 17-Jul-15 16:02:20

Love your own choices actually, Helen (Helene) being my favourite of them.

ch1134 Fri 17-Jul-15 18:50:23

Thanks. I don't mind pronunciation changing in France, it would just be nice if it worked there as my work is in French, my son has a French name, and we'd quite like to live there at some point.

ch1134 Fri 17-Jul-15 18:58:44

I was thinking Hen as a nickname for Helen, but Nellie could be cute as well.

Hellionsitem2 Fri 17-Jul-15 19:21:00

I adore Nell as a nick name

AnotherEmma Fri 17-Jul-15 21:11:53

With the nickname Nell I would assume it's short for Eleanor, not Helen, but maybe that's just me!

Hellionsitem2 Fri 17-Jul-15 23:45:11

Nell is a recognised NN for Helen but I agree it's more often short for Elinor

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