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  1. #6
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    Elena is El-AY-na
    Elaina is el-AY-na
    Alayna is uh-LAY-na

    I wouldn't pronounce any spelling or variation Elle-en-uh.
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  2. #8
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    I agree with lizzard!

  3. #10
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    Same as OP. Saying Elena with the "ay" sound is terrible and wrong.
    Bertrand -bertie-, Wilfred, Léon, Axel, Cuthbert -cubby-, Maxentius, Aubrey, Phoebus, John-Henry.
    Émilienne, Livia, Annabella -abbey-, Maud, Rosamund, Kimborough, Clemency, Elizabeth-Charlotte.

  4. #12
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    I agree that the proper *Spanish* pronunciation Is Ellen-ah, but you won't find many Americans who don't speak Spanish pronouncing it that way, IMO, and you'll always be fighting it.

    My dd is Elena and I don't have a problem with either pronunciation. The only thing that bothers me is when people pronounce it with a long E sound or an exaggerated "Uh" at the beginning rather than the lovely Eh that is proper.

  5. #14
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    For me, Alena is ah-LEN-uh and Elena is Eh-lay-na.
    Call me Cynthia, Angie, or Luna.
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