Results 1 to 5 of 7
Thread: Helena- pronunciation?
November 23rd, 2012 05:32 PM #1
I really love the name Helena. It's classy, elegant, feminine and strong- the main things I look for in a girl's name. I pronounce it huh-len-ah (second syllable rhyming with "men"), but I haven't seen very many people who pronounce it the same way. Is that an accepted pronunciation, or are only huh-lay-nah and helen-ah "legitimate"?
Thanks!~Love names, literature, royals and horses~ <3
Girls: Azalea, Cordelia, Elizabeth, Rosalind, Portia, Victoria, Diana, Felicity, Juliet, Scarlett
Boys: Fitzwilliam, Sebastian, Percival, Prospero, Orlando, Darcy... don't love many boys' names!
November 23rd, 2012 05:40 PM #3
Interesting.... sorry have only heard HEL-en-uh and Huh-LAY-nuh pronunciationsIsolde - Freya - Elinor - Eluned - Tabitha - Anouk
Oskar - Caspar - Ebbe - Fred - Burr - Edmund
November 23rd, 2012 05:42 PM #5
Let me say this. I am Greek, I speak Greek, the only proper and legit way to say this in Greek is hel-en-ah. Both E's in the name are made of the same Greek letter, the epsilon, therefore they both make the same sound, therefore the name is pronounced hel-en-ah. I hope I don't sound rude, I'm just trying to explain this for the millionth time on here :P
Honestly, I have no idea where hel-lay-nah comes from. It's not a proper Greek pronunciation. As for yours, I've never heard it pronounced that way, and I would suggest you just shift your pronunciation slightly to hel-len-ah as it's the closest to what your going for and is the one that gets you the mythological "strong and beautiful" woman connection you want ^_^ It's a gorgeous name when pronounced correctly ^_^Mother, Hellenic Pagan Priestess, and Resident Greek name expert ^_^ Call me Dantea or Remy
Kith nor Kin -- http://kithnorkin.blogspot.com/ Chapter 30 and Epilogue is up. It's done!
Angel's Art -- https://www.facebook.com/danteasart
http://covertocoverediting.webs.com/ -- Editing services available for cheap.
Proud Mama to:
Persephone Elysia Willow -- June 5th 2013
TTC #2 by Christmas 2014
November 23rd, 2012 06:38 PM #7Senior Member
- Join Date
- Sep 2012
While Helena - when pronounced huh-lay-nuh - is not the typical Greek pronunciation, it certainly wouldn't be "wrong" for you to pronounce it like that. Names are pronounced differently in different parts of the globe. A Spanish girl named Elena would never pronounce her name EL-en-ah. A British woman named Sara would pronounce it SAHR-uh, a French woman SAH-ruh whereas an American would say SER-uh. (I should know, seeing as that's the name on my passport!) I know a Dutch Helena and an American Helena, and they both say huh-lay-nuh. It's all a matter of preference and background.
November 23rd, 2012 06:47 PM #9