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View Poll Results: How do YOU pronounce Elena? (Or which is closest?)
Uh-LAY-nuh or Eh-LAY-nuh 156 82.11%
Uh-LEE-nuh or Eh-LEE-nuh 9 4.74%
Another way 25 13.16%
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#1 of 35 Old 07-28-2007, 08:38 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Dh and I are having the hardest time coming up with a list of names. A couple of names have different pronunciations. We disagree over which is the more common pronunciation, so here is my oh-so-scientific method of proving that I am right .

If you like this poll, look for the next one coming soon...How do YOU pronounce Alicia?

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Ell-ee-na.

And Alicia is A-lee-sha.


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uh-LIN-a

Because I knew an Elena and that's how she said it. I like the name.
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I pronounce Elena the way a Spanish-speaker would, which is eh-leh-nah pronunciation in English so I voted other.

Alicia I would pronounce Ah-lee-seeya (the last 5 letter real fast), also the way a Spanish-speaker would
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I voted Eh-LEE-nuh, but could easily go either way, have heard it both was.

Now, Alicia is my mom's name, so I say it A-lee-sha

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Eh-LAY-nah

And for Alicia, I usually pronounce it Uh-LISH-a, but it can also be Uh-LEE-see-ya... I've heard it both ways.
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This is close to the second example in the first line, but I wasn't sure if this is what you meant:

EE-lay-nuh

Seems to me the emphasis is on the E and not the LAY. Not sure.

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I live in California now and would pronounce it as a homonym of Elaina.

As a little girl growing up in an upper-middle class suburb of Philadelphia, I would have pronounced it "Ellen-uh". I'm not sure if that is because I knew a little girl who pronounced her name that way or because I was a shy, bookish child with a very large vocabulary of words that I had seen in print but never heard spoken so i was constantly mispronouncing things.

Alicia I would pronounce "Uh-LEESH-uh".

Both of them are beautiful names for little girls. They are classics, easy to pronounce and spell, and yet not overly used or too trendy.
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I said "eh-LAY-nuh" but I also like "EL-en-uh". And I say Alicia "Al-EES-ee-ah".

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I can't vote because you don't have all of the above.

We spell it Elaina and pronounce it with a long E. Our old neighbors were Hispanic and pronounced it with a short e and spelled their cousin's name the way it is spelled in the poll. I've heard some people say it like 'uh' instead of 'eh' also.

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Ell-ee-na.

And Alicia is A-lee-sha.

yup
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another way, EE-lay-nuh

Alicia is prn. uh-LEE-CEE-uh around these parts.

Beautiful names!

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eh-leh-na

and in my head, I say Ah-lee-see-ya, but I have know people who are Aleesha.
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Ell-ee-na.

That's how I have heard it. My dh is Greek and its a popular Greek name in our community.

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I knew an "Ah-lee-see-ya" in school, and she hated that it was pronounced that way. She constantly had to correct people who thought it was "Ah-lee-sha." My own opinion, though, is that it's rather pretty to pronounce it "ah-lee-see-ya." ??

Good names to choose from BTW!!
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Uh-LEESH-ah or Uh-LEE-see-ya

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uh-LIN-a

Because I knew an Elena and that's how she said it. I like the name.
I agree!
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UH-lay-na

I know four Alicias. One pronouces it A-lee-seeya (a lovley little latina), another A-li-sha (an Irish-American friend of mine) and two A-lee-shas (one black, one white backgrounds unknown). So whenever I encounter an Alicia, I ask about pronounciation..

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I pronounce Alicia Ah-leash-uh.

My step sister is Ukrainian and her name is Olena Oh-Lane-Uh. I like that variation too.
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In Spanish we have two names, Elena and Elina, so obviously the pronounciations follow that difference. Having said that, "Elena" is said /eh-LEN-nah/ for me (and "Elina" is /eh-LEE-nah/)
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In Spanish we have two names, Elena and Elina, so obviously the pronounciations follow that difference. Having said that, "Elena" is said /eh-LEN-nah/ for me (and "Elina" is /eh-LEE-nah/)
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Eh-LEE-nuh
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I chose other b/c I would think it would be Ell-en-a, which is pretty.

I think the other is Al-ee-sha.
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I voted for the first option, but that's not entirely accurate. My eldest sister is Elena, and we generally say (ee-LAY-nuh).

She gets (uh-LAY-nuh) or (eh-LAY-nuh) quite a bit, also, but she (and her closest friends/family) say it with more of a long "e" sound.

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I pronounce it

E (like the letter) - Lay -Na
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I voted Uh-LAY-nuh.

My name is Alayna, pn the same way as above and people always try to spell my name with an E...

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I would pronounce it e-LAY-na bc I had a student named Elena and that is how she pronounced it. She was from Russia. If it's of Spanish origin, it would be pronounced the same way, as PPs have said.

I'm big on the language thing, but I know it doesn't matter to a lot of people.
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I would say "uh-LA-nuh".

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