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Laina or Layna

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Pinkangel23 Sun 26-Jul-15 17:22:58


Currently pregnant with girl due in September. After much discussion my partner and I have finally agreed we like the name Laina- to go with Scottish surname. However he prefers spelling Layna which I'm not so keen on. We haven't had very good reaction to the name from family so just wanting to hear others thoughts, thanks

MokunMokun Sun 26-Jul-15 17:25:29

Is the pronunciation the same? I think Layna is much easier to pronounce. A lot of people would struggle to know how to read Laina I think.

mayaknew Sun 26-Jul-15 17:25:44

I think it looks lovely both ways . However I'd go with Layna simply because looking at it you can see right away how to pronounce it without thinking about it . Whereas Laina I think doesn't look so obvious at first . Iykwim ?

mayaknew Sun 26-Jul-15 17:26:05

Xpost Mok grin

MokunMokun Sun 26-Jul-15 17:56:02

Funny we both said the same thing!

sweetpeame Sun 26-Jul-15 19:21:04

Is it pronounced as it's written ie Lay-na? I've never heard it before. Pretty name though. I think I prefer the Laina spelling.

SirChenjin Sun 26-Jul-15 19:22:58

I'd go with Laina - Lay is not a good shortened name for a woman.

turdfairynomore Sun 26-Jul-15 19:28:46

I also know a Leyna!

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Sun 26-Jul-15 19:40:02

Laina. I think most people know anything spelled with an AI sounding is pronounced A.

scatterthenuns Sun 26-Jul-15 19:40:47

I've only ever seen it spelled Laina.

MamaLazarou Sun 26-Jul-15 19:52:29

Never heard of it but it's lovely.

Sophronia Sun 26-Jul-15 20:37:25

I know one who spells it Lena, pronounced 'lay-na'

barbecue Sun 26-Jul-15 20:49:09

If I saw Laina I'd assume it was pronounced La-EE-nuh.

RiverTam Sun 26-Jul-15 20:51:39

Never heard of it, I have to say that however you spell it I would assume it's made up.

Pinkangel23 Sun 26-Jul-15 23:26:06

Thanks for your replies. I originally wanted Lena, although I thought she would just be called Lee-na which I'm not keen on. I agree Layna probably is easier to pronounce but I do prefer Laina. I have a fairly uncommon name which no one can spell or pronounce so Laina seems a bit unique (apparently Nordic )but not too unusual to me. Another 8 weeks to convince partner!

MokunMokun Sun 26-Jul-15 23:35:02

I think Lena is more well known at the moment due to the Game of Thrones actress.

Drquin Sun 26-Jul-15 23:39:55

I know a Laina, and she / we pronounce it the same as I'd assume you'd say Layna.
TBH, it's what you get accustomed to ..... Laina seems more obvious to me because I know one, but not for any more logical a reason!

Sallyhasleftthebuilding Sun 26-Jul-15 23:43:28

I also know a laina .. short Elaina. easy really. Not keen on the Lay bit either ..teens are cruel.

IHeartKingThistle Mon 27-Jul-15 00:03:46

I know a Lena short for Jelena. I'd know to say Layna if I saw Lena.

PallasCat Mon 27-Jul-15 12:23:50

I'd only think of Lena being a name on its own. With GoT and Lena Dunham I think pronunciation shouldn't be a problem really.
I'd see Laina as a short form for Alaina or Elaina as pps have said. Likewise with Layna, but again... Lay looks like a recipe for teenage taunts to me...

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