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Which spelling Reyna or Rayna or Reina

(28 Posts)
Stellmum Fri 17-Mar-17 14:13:37

Hi ladies,

We are expecting our DD2 and we love the name Reyna (we don't have a middle name yet) smile I was wondering how would you spell it to get it pronounced: rAI-nuh (like here - I think Reyna and Rayna are the closest, Reina can probably be ree-na. What is your preference?
I know it is not a common name and probably not to everyone's taste and that's ok with me, but in case you can think of any reason for a kid to be teased because of this name, please share smile

Thanks a million!

Gummibears Fri 17-Mar-17 14:14:43


GrumpySausage Fri 17-Mar-17 14:16:00

Rayna. I love this name and hoping to use it if I have a DD and would spell it Rayna.

Sophronia Fri 17-Mar-17 16:22:00


Pencilvester Fri 17-Mar-17 16:29:16

I prefer Reyna (probably because I live near Raynes Park)

NotYoda Fri 17-Mar-17 16:31:27

What about Raina?

Of your suggestions, Reyna

NotYoda Fri 17-Mar-17 16:32:57

I don't think there's a possibility of teasing (IMO children don't tease children about their names) but there's little doubt she'll have to spell it i to everyone. It is a lovely name though

DramaAlpaca Fri 17-Mar-17 16:33:55

I like Reyna best.

ZombieApocalips Fri 17-Mar-17 16:46:28

Can't think of a teasing reason. All kids like Rain.
Rayna looks best to me. Rey is a fab, strong female character in Star Wars and Reyna might make people think of that but it's a positive association and a bit of a stretch as it's a different name.

1horatio Fri 17-Mar-17 17:09:12

Reyna, I suppose... They're all rather nice, aren't they? smile

I have a friend called Reya, so to me personally it looks as if somebody misspelled her name (happens rather often).

But it's a really nice name smile!!

DaffyDildo Fri 17-Mar-17 18:25:31

Reyna/Reina and Rayna are pronounced different to me. I would say REE-na for Reina and Reyna.

Stellmum Fri 17-Mar-17 19:49:27

Thanks everyone!
It seems that it depends on the location. In US Reyna is the most common spelling and outside is either Rayna (EN speaking countries) or Reina (Spanish speaking countries as this is the correct spelling for "queen"). Personally I will read Raina as "rye-nah", that's why I didn't include it.
When you hear it, do you make an association with Ray (as ray of light) or with the Spanish "queen"? I like both confused

Wolfiefan Fri 17-Mar-17 19:50:40

Ha my only association is with the TV programme Nashville. Main character is Rayna Jaymes.

PiggyPlumPie Fri 17-Mar-17 19:52:16

My American SIL is Rayna.

justwanttoweeinpeace Fri 17-Mar-17 19:53:21

Obscure to some but Reina is the famous Istanbul club where the terrorist attack took place at NYE.

I'd be tempted to pick one of the other spellings.

user1489781128 Fri 17-Mar-17 20:11:21

Hi, I personally prefer Reyna

Popkids Fri 17-Mar-17 20:13:11

Reina mainly because I love the character in Quantico!

buttercup54321 Fri 17-Mar-17 21:50:26


Joeybee Sat 18-Mar-17 23:56:18

Raina, think it is so lovely when it's spelt that way.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Sun 19-Mar-17 00:50:36

Or I quite like Nots suggestion Raina.

NotYoda Sun 19-Mar-17 07:54:49

The more i hear this in my head now, the more it sounds like the surname Raynor, or the German boys' name Rainer

Stellmum Wed 22-Mar-17 10:50:39

Thank you so much!
Votes so far are:
4 for Rayna
4 for Reyna
4 for Raina
2 for Reina
smile smile smile
Not an obvious winner but I can get that as a sign that I won't be too wrong with any spelling. Still have some time to decide.

Do you have any suggestions for a second name. I quite like Lucia, but my husband thinks the whole name will sound very Italian and since we have no Italian roots it might not be a good choice grin. My other favorite is Jane.

Thanks! ;)

crapfatbanana Wed 22-Mar-17 12:37:36

I don't have a preference on the spelling but I don't think Jane works as a middle name as it's too rhymey.

Are you pronouncing Lucia 'Loo-see-a' or 'Loo-shuh'? It sounds slightly better with three syllables if used with Reyna, in my opinion.

Reyna Jean?

Stellmum Wed 22-Mar-17 16:25:27

I will pronounce Lucia "Loo-see-ya".

Jean is nice, I also like Joanne.

AndNoneForGretchenWieners Wed 22-Mar-17 16:28:00

I would pronounce Reina as Rye-Na (looks German).

I like Rayna best of your options.

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