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January 24th, 2013 01:31 PM #6
Corinna - I love the "rinna" pronunciation too!
Estella - I love the Dickens literary connection.
Leila - I pronounce it "lay-luh" as well.
Adria -"AY-dree-uh" is the way I pronounce it. I prefer Adrienne myself.
Raquel (does this work for a non-Hispanic family?) - I don't see why not but it does depend on the last name
Reva - I would pronounce it "RAY-vuh". Riva would be "REE-vuh". Reva means "one that moves" in Sanskrit.
Shana - I pronounce it "SHAN -uh". I prefer Shannon or even the Yiddish name Shaina (SHAY-nuh).All the best,
January 24th, 2013 01:33 PM #8
Adria: Makes me think of the boys name Adrian, don't like it.
Arielle: I prefer Ariane.
Corinna: Not fond of it.
Estella: I like it, it's more sophisticated than Estelle.
Irene/Irena: Don't like it.
Laurel: I've never understood the immense love for this name.
Leila: I personally pronounce it Ley-lah, it's alright, nothing special IMO.
Lorraine: Too mum-ish for me.
Liana: I don't really like it.
Lydia: Very beautiful name.
Raquel: I prefer Rachel.
Reva: I would pronounce it Ree-vuh.
Serena: Don't like it.
Shana: Makes me think of Kristen Wiig's Sexy Shana from SNLZelia/Elja • Nineteen • Name and history nerd from an early age • I have a blog.
January 24th, 2013 01:41 PM #10
Adria: I say it the same way. I really like Adria, it has a strong sound, but is feminine and uncommon.
Arielle: I like Arielle, but I don't love it. I still think of the Little Mermaid. I love Arianna,
Corinna: I like it, but it will get mispronounced a lot. I could be wrong, but I think the reena pronunciation is more common.
Estella: I am not a fan.
Irene/Irena: I like Irena, but not Irene. Irena sounds musty and middle aged.
Laurel: Although, I prefer the ever popular Lauren, Laurel is still pretty.
Leila (I say lay-luh is that correct?): I like the spelling Layla. Nice and sweet.
Lorraine: Quite popular and middle aged where I live. Boring mom-name.
Liana: I prefer other similar names Eliana, Arianna etc.
Lydia: I love Lydia, classic and beautiful. My favorite on your list.
Raquel (does this work for a non-Hispanic family?): I prefer Rachel and that is saying something because I hate Rachel. Raquel sounds ethnic to me.
Reva (not sure how to pronounce this. REE-vuh or RAY-vuh?): Interesting.
Serena: I prefer Selena/Celina.
Shana (pronunciation?): Boring.
January 24th, 2013 01:49 PM #12Senior Member
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Re: Raquel. I know a lot of Jewish people who pronounce the name Rachel this way, so I do think it's definitely valid if you're not Latino. The Q spelling clarifies pronunciation.
Of your list, I really like Laurel and Lorraine. Those are very beautiful, underused names. Arielle is also sweet, and I think Irene is ready for a comeback. I really like your list overall!
I knew a Leila, from Belarus, and she pronounced it the same way you are.
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January 24th, 2013 01:53 PM #14Senior Member
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