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Lena "LEH-nah" vs. Lena "LAY-nah"

Hello, my husband and I are expecting a baby girl in August. We were reassured in our last poll about the pronunciation of the name Lena (as we dislike LEE-nah) and have decided to use it. We like both of the pronunciations above and are trying to choose between them. I think I prefer LEH-nah by the slightest bit but we’re still unsure. Thoughts? Full name will be Lena Juliet. Thank you!

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Name Votes
Lena "leh-nah" 30% (6 votes)
Lena "lay-nah" 70% (14 votes)

Comments

first vowel e, is numerically better than a, and h is a strong ending letter, good choice on ure name,... :)
posted by guest :: 2013-07-20 14:36:20 | report
I think most people say a kind of mix of these two. LEH-nah pretty much is LAY-nah, unless you really really stress the LAY part. I’d say it more like the name Elena than Elaine, but others might say it differently.
posted by guest :: 2013-07-20 14:37:09 | report
I would definitely pronounce Lena as Lee-nah because of Lena Horne, but I also think of the name Elena pn eh-lay-nah so I think Lena in your case would best be pn lay-nah. I’m not a fan of Leh-nah but if you choose that pronunciation why not spell it Lenna to avoid confusion with how to pronounce it.
posted by guest :: 2013-07-20 14:39:56 | report
We live in the England, not sure if you think that will make a difference in terms of what people will pronounce.
posted by guest: Poll Poster :: 2013-07-20 14:41:31 | report
I moved around northern Europe before coming to the US and everywhere I’ve gone it’s either LEH-nah or LYEN-ah. I think only people who speak Slavic languages will say it LYEN-ah though. I know plenty of Lina’s too and I like that name as well, but since you don’t like the pronunciation, then Lena is a nice name. GL!
posted by guest :: 2013-07-20 14:46:54 | report
I’ve only ever heard Lena pronounced as Lee-na or Lay-na, but mostly Lee-na. I would say Lay-na out of your choices, but since there are more pronunciations you may want to consider the spelling Layna rathe than Lena.
posted by guest :: 2013-07-20 14:52:24 | report
I know about 5 Lena’s (one Lene); all are said Lay-nuh (they all live in Europe if that makes a difference to you)
posted by guest :: 2013-07-20 14:53:31 | report
My late mother was named Lena, pronounced Leen-nah, so I wouldn’t think to pronounce it Lay-nah. I would, of course, pronounce it whichever way you wanted. But that would not be my first inclination. I think Lay-nah is more European.
posted by guest :: 2013-07-20 15:14:16 | report

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