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Thread: Helen/Helena?

  1. #16
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    I prefer Helen to Helena, and I'd pronounce the latter like Helen-uh - I guess closest would be your first pronunciation. Hel-ay-nuh sounds really nasally to me, but it's just as legitimate a pronunciation.

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  2. #18
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    Oct 2011
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    Quote Originally Posted by julia johanna View Post
    I love Helen!! It's so pretty and classic, plus you could use the super cute nickname Nell
    This. Helen "Nell" is adorable!
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  3. #20
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    Dec 2011
    Love both, prefer Helena (I pronounce it Hell-AYN-a, but the others are correct too). Helena is on my personal list for middle name, so I'm biased here.
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  4. #22
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    Jan 2013
    I'm with you on this. My husband loves Helen after his mother, and I never liked it before, but Helena has grown on me and now I love it. I prefer the HEL-eh-na pronunciation. I still don't love Helen, but adore the French version, Hélène.

    Would you and your BF go for Eleni, a Greek version of the name?
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