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marjanecarvalho Mon 12-Jun-17 16:45:07

Hello All,

I am struggling to find a name for my baby girl, my mother language is Portuguese from Brazil, my husband's is Spanish from south america and we live in UK. The name Halen has a family meaning for me, it is a name that my father really wanted for a baby for when he would become a grandfather, but he passed away 6 years ago, will never get to meet his grandchildren.

In Brazil Halen is not an usual name but I grew to like it because it is unique and I like the sound of it, as well that it is short and unisex.

In Portuguese we pronounce Hɑlen and not (Haylen), the A is well pronounced.
However through some research I found that most people think of Van Halen when they see the name Halen. Is this a bad thing? (considering they are an old band)

1) Can you please give me your honest opinion about the name Halen for a baby girl?

2) and I appreciate any suggestions too with the specifications: short name, not very popular or unique, that sounds good in Portuguese, Spanish and English - complicated I know!!!

My son's name is Gael which I feel meets the spec above :-)

Thank you all.

Marjane

Wolfiefan Mon 12-Jun-17 16:46:56

If you're in the UK won't a lot of people mistake it for Helen?

NataliaOsipova Mon 12-Jun-17 16:53:31

Agree with Wolfie - people will assume it is Helen.

AberdeenAngusina Mon 12-Jun-17 17:48:14

Yes, I think people will mishear it as Helen. That's not a problem if you are prepared to correct people; most people will only need to be told once.

Flowerwords Mon 12-Jun-17 17:54:27

I miss read this as Helen which will probably be the common problem with it.
Does that worry you? Helen is a nice classic girls name in itself definitely a girls name in Europe.

Apart from my mistake yes it's a fine name.

KatyBerry Mon 12-Jun-17 18:02:59

I immediately thought Van.

NewStateswoman Mon 12-Jun-17 18:07:03

I think it's lovely; unusual but that's not always a bad thing, plus it has meaning for you.

If people think Helen, you'll only have to correct them once. And if they think Van Halen, well, so what?

Chimchar Mon 12-Jun-17 18:12:35

I'm from Wales and on it 'Hal En'
It's the Welsh word for salt.

I really like it as a name. smile

MikeUniformMike Mon 12-Jun-17 18:15:33

Halen Môn

IHeartKingThistle Mon 12-Jun-17 18:18:12

I've never heard it before but I think it's gorgeous.

Will you mind people saying 'Hay-len' or will you correct them?

Chimchar Mon 12-Jun-17 18:19:46

My first thought too mike! grin

marjanecarvalho Mon 12-Jun-17 19:18:10

thank you guys, that is very helpful!!!! :-)

marjanecarvalho Mon 12-Jun-17 20:25:10

Thank you @chimchar

marjanecarvalho Mon 12-Jun-17 20:27:35

Thank you Iheartkingthistle I don't mind correcting people or if they say in a different way either. People speak different languages so it is inevitable the difference in pronunciation smile

marjanecarvalho Mon 12-Jun-17 20:28:33

Thank you newstateswoman smile

ABitOTT Mon 12-Jun-17 21:14:37

I didn't think of Van Halen at all but did consider it being misheard as Helen. I have a name with an unusual spelling & everyone mispronounced it. Only heard of another with the same name in adulthood & while at times I disliked the uniqueness, generally I enjoyed being different.

I like the name Halen & if it is your favourite name then go for it!!

marjanecarvalho Mon 12-Jun-17 21:50:04

Thank you @ABitOTT smile

UsaNayme Tue 13-Jun-17 01:42:26

I thought of Van Halen, even though I'm not totally sure who they are

toffeeboffin Tue 13-Jun-17 01:56:43

First thing for me too is Van Halen

toffeeboffin Tue 13-Jun-17 01:57:58

Be totally different if you lived in Portugal but in the UK I reckon most people will think of the band.

Emily7708 Tue 13-Jun-17 02:34:22

I don't dislike it, although I would assume you were Van Halen super fans. Similar names here would be Helen or Hayley.

KingIrving Tue 13-Jun-17 03:58:38

Gael is a lovely from Brittany madame.lefigaro.fr/prenoms/origine/feminin-0/bretons-0 here you have other lovely names from Brittany.

I teach here in Australia, and some names are really unusual, and I stumble on them the first week, and when I say sorry, the kid will answer, no worries, nobody gets it.

AngelicaSchuylerChurch Tue 13-Jun-17 09:07:00

I think in the UK most people will assume it is a typo for Helen. Depends whether you mind correcting them!

ASqueakingInTheShrubbery Tue 13-Jun-17 09:17:41

Helen's not a very popular name for babies at the moment, so I'm not sure that I would jump to that as a first thought. I would assume it was pronounced Haylen until corrected, and I would think of Van Halen, but I like them so that wouldn't be a bad thing. I'd go for it, especially with your family reasons for choosing it.

SuperBeagle Tue 13-Jun-17 09:28:01

I immediately think of Van Halen.

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