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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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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.
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.
We live in the England, not sure if you think that will make a difference in terms of what people will pronounce.
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!
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.
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)
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.
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