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Hell-lehn-eh vs. Hell-leen-ah vs. Hell-ain-ah

How would you pronounce Helena if you saw it written say on a passport, a school register and so on? Also, if you could say where you are FROM it might help. I won’t mind so much about variant pronunciations if I find it’s to do with nationality. Hope this was clear enough and thank you all~ Evie

The Top Baby Name is...

Hell-Lehn-Eh

50%

Hell-Leen-Ah

0%

Hell-Ain-Ah

50%

Poll created: Mar 22, 2014
Total Votes: 20

Comments

I pronounce it Hell-ain-ah and I’m from Texas.
posted by guest :: Mar 22, 2014 05:43 PM | report
I’d pronounce it Hel-len-uh (like Helena Bonham Carter). I’m English.
posted by guest :: Mar 22, 2014 05:45 PM | report
^^ This is how I would pronounce it too. I think it might be a British thing which is reassuring since that’s where we live. Hopefully... do you think anyone in the UK would pronounce it differently? If so please let me know
posted by Evie :: Mar 22, 2014 05:47 PM | report
Hell-ain-ah. I’m French.
posted by guest :: Mar 22, 2014 05:50 PM | report
I’d pron. it Hel-len-ah. I’m British.
posted by guest :: Mar 22, 2014 05:52 PM | report
Hell-ain-ah by default, but I would ask whether it was supposed to be hell-lehn-ah since I hear them both a lot. From Minnesota, US.
posted by guest :: Mar 22, 2014 05:52 PM | report
I’m from the US, the Midwest region. I’d pronounce it Hel-len-uh. I’m a huge Helena Bonham Carter fan, so that might have influenced my pronunciation.
posted by guest :: Mar 22, 2014 06:10 PM | report
HELL-en-ah. I’ve never heard it said any other way in English, but at my sister’s school (French Immersion), they say eh-len-AH.
posted by guest :: Mar 22, 2014 06:16 PM | report
HEre in Georgia, Helena would be ’hel-en-uh.’ I have known someone named Helene, pronounced ’hel-ayn,’ though, so it probably could be ’hel-ayn-uh’ too.
posted by guest :: Mar 22, 2014 06:17 PM | report
HEL-ehn-uh

US, Wisconsin
posted by guest :: Mar 22, 2014 06:25 PM | report
I think Helen-ah is nice, hell-AY-nah is not very pretty. Sorry. I both love and hate this name, depending on how it’s pronounced. I’ve heard it both ways, but around here (Ontario), most people say Helen-ah.
posted by guest :: Mar 22, 2014 06:28 PM | report
Hel-eh-nah and I’m British.
posted by guest :: Mar 22, 2014 06:29 PM | report
I pronounce it hell-ay-nah. I always here Elena being pronounced ell-ay-nah, so I figured it be the same for Helena. (New York)
posted by guest :: Mar 22, 2014 06:37 PM | report
Hel len na. PA USA
posted by guest :: Mar 22, 2014 07:07 PM | report
Hel-uh-nuh I’m from Nova Scotia, Canada :)
posted by guest :: Mar 22, 2014 07:14 PM | report
Hel len na. England
posted by guest :: Mar 23, 2014 07:56 AM | report

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