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Thread: Eleanor or Helena?
October 29th, 2013 08:51 AM #1
Eleanor or Helena?
Which do you prefer? I'm pronouncing Helena HEL-uh-nuh.
I have a couple of reservations about both names: will Eleanor be nicknamed Ellie, and will this date to the 2010s (as Ellie is so popular)? Is Eleanor itself popular? Does the 'hel' sound at the start of Helena detract from the beautiful name? Will Helena be faced with constant pronunciation issues?
I really love both names, though - please give me your thoughts! I'm really liking Nora as a nn for Eleanor.
October 29th, 2013 08:56 AM #3Senior Member
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I know about 20 Eleanor's nn Ellie my age (30), so for me it's not a 2010's thing, more a 1980's thing. I'm not very fond of the name, but it's nice and classic.
I love Helena. I find it undeniably beautiful, the whole name is just gorgeous on top of gorgeous. It's radiant and shiny and sweet. The hel part doesn't bother me, and I can't see how anyone would have pronunciation issues with it. If someone says it a different way, correct them!My darling Marian Illyria Aphrodite, March 2013 & Little Bunny (a girl!) due 9th of February 2014
October 29th, 2013 09:00 AM #5
I voted Helena and that was a no- brainer! Helena has so many great namesakes and sounds divine. I am so sad I can't use it myself... Don't worry about the Hel- part or people mispronouncing it. It just takes a tiny correction and it won't happen again. I do think Eleanor is a nice name also, especially with the nn Nora, but in Norway it's... Old ladyish, and I can't get my head away from that.
October 29th, 2013 09:29 AM #7Senior Member
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October 29th, 2013 09:36 AM #9
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