@daisy451- sorry. I spend all day teaching kids to speak Spanish... Sometimes it crosses over into my non-professional life. Elephant, egg, enter... That short e sound is the closest approximation to the Spanish e.
Sorry east93 didn't mean to take over your thread. My own name seems pretty straight forward, and I still have to spell it/ correct it for people. I think that these days, with all the kre8tiv spellings out there, correcting people on spelling and pronunciation is going to become unavoidable. Elena is a beautiful name no matter how you say it.
Oh no worries, it's still related to the names and pronunciations so by all means. :P