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How would you pronounce Helena?

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Icecappedpinetrees Wed 06-Apr-16 17:52:31

Just that really....

How would you pronounce the name Helena? Also general opinion on name? Would she always be correcting people/spelling it? Am I overthinking this???


Pixilicious Wed 06-Apr-16 18:09:09


mrsfrazzled Wed 06-Apr-16 18:10:39

Hell- e- na

FairNotFair Wed 06-Apr-16 18:10:39


Quietlygoingmad67 Wed 06-Apr-16 18:11:26

My DD2 middle name -- we pronounce it Helen- na!

CrazyandIknowit Wed 06-Apr-16 18:11:32

He-le-na and yes they will spend their whole life correcting people as it has a lot of variations. It's the best name though wink

dontcryitsonlyajoke Wed 06-Apr-16 18:12:08

Hell-e-na, emphasis on the first syllable.

TurnOffTheTv Wed 06-Apr-16 18:12:08


Floggingmolly Wed 06-Apr-16 18:12:28


ThroughThickAndThin01 Wed 06-Apr-16 18:13:26

I would have to ask because I know a couple of Helena's with the different pronounciations.

I prefer Hell-ay-na.

I think she'd always be correcting people.

ZenNudist Wed 06-Apr-16 18:14:21

Hell-en-a but I answer to all variants and it doesn't bother me!

Good name wink

doubleclaptrap Wed 06-Apr-16 18:15:03

We have one of these in the family. The usual pronunciation is the same emphasis on all syllables, but the occasional person pronounces it with the emphasis on syllable 2.
A problem with it is that it's difficult to shorten it, and 3 syllables is a bit of a mouthful.

StitchesInTime Wed 06-Apr-16 18:16:06


HelenaJustina Wed 06-Apr-16 18:16:15

I have one Hell-en-a, emphasis on the first syllable. We/she has never had to correct anybody. Seems so far like most British people assume this pronunciation.

Artandco Wed 06-Apr-16 18:17:47

Hel- Len- a

Winterdaisy Wed 06-Apr-16 18:19:38

Helen -a yes you will be correcting people

CremeEggThief Wed 06-Apr-16 18:19:53

In Ireland, it's pronounced as Heleena, a lot of the time, and in Europe, Helayna. I prefer both of those to Helen-a, to be honest.

AutumnRose1988 Wed 06-Apr-16 18:20:22

I would have to follow the parent or persons who's name it is lead as I would pronounce it both Hell-Ay-Na and Helen-ah.

Known it both ways x

Icecappedpinetrees Wed 06-Apr-16 18:47:46

Thank you everyone.

We would prefer the Hel-ay-na version so I'm happy that this is fairly recognised and accepted.

It's that or Sylvia I think. I'm really struggling....

doubleclaptrap Wed 06-Apr-16 18:51:03

How do other people shorten it, or don't you? Hell doesn't go down well.

Icecappedpinetrees Wed 06-Apr-16 18:54:27

smile yes hardly appealing nickname!

Shortened to
Lena (lay-na?)

Anyone experience/use that?

Sophronia Wed 06-Apr-16 19:01:45

helen-a, although I know a hel-ee-na

AuntJane Wed 06-Apr-16 19:42:50

The Helen-a I know is nn Hele

Olbersparadox Wed 06-Apr-16 19:49:16

Like Helen then -ah. I don't think it's tricky? Isn't it pronounced like that?
Lena is nice.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Wed 06-Apr-16 19:50:29


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