Hi Swistle! My husband and I aren't having a baby yet, but I have a question about the name Helena. I love it and would definitely consider using it if we were to get pregnant and find out we were having a girl. The only issue in having is I'm not sure which pronunciation I like most (Heh-lay-nah or Heh-lee-nah) or which most people would say on first glance. I was hoping you could put up a poll to find out (I also think this would help me figure out which I'd prefer, if I was disappointed/happy in the way the results ended up). Thanks!
I have also heard a third pronunciation, which is like HEH-leh-na, with the emphasis on the first syllable instead of on the second---sort of the rhythm of Eleanor, or like Helen with an -ah on the end.
My own favorite pronunciation is heh-LAY-na. The name Elena (with the eh-LAY-nah pronunciation) has been on my own girl name list.
Let's have a poll over to the right! ...Wait. Do you want a poll about which pronunciation people like the most, or about which one they'd use at first glance? Let's have TWO polls, one for each question.