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I'm not certain about the pronunciation of this name, but I plan on naming my daughter Eleni, spelled "Ellani" to make my preferred pronunciation evident (Ella-Nee).
-- Anonymous User  11/9/2006
Pronounced either e-LEN-ee or e-LEN-yee in Modern Greek. [noted -ed]
-- Kosta  12/5/2006
I like to pronounce this name with an emphasis on the second syllable and giving it an "ay" sound as in lady.
-- SerenitySong  3/17/2007
Pronounced EL-en-aye (like eye) in Finnish. I think.
-- Anonymous User  5/2/2007
Means 'Light'. It's also my real name, so it makes it totally special. ;)
-- SOYSUZA  6/29/2007
Love this name but prefer the pronunciation of ee-LANE-EE.
-- jaimej  7/9/2007
This is my grandmother's name as well as my middle name and we pronounce it A-LEN-E.
-- aea300  7/25/2007
The name's Greek and I have a friend who is both Greek and has this name. It is pronounced e-len-ee.
-- Alistair  10/7/2007
I really like this. It's pretty without being too strange or overly used.
-- xKatiex  1/23/2008
Eleni is also the Welsh word for "this year", pronounced "El-e-nee".
-- DontDissMadison  4/30/2008
I have a cousin and a great grandmother called Eleni. We're Greek Cypriot and pronounce it El-e-nee.
-- Torially  6/30/2008
Eleni is a beautiful name, simple yet elegant, feminine and sweet, it's my daughter's name (we are Greek), we pronounce her name: ee-lei-ni.
-- Anonymous User  12/12/2008
I have a friend named Eleni, she prefers the name to be pronounced ee-lay-nee, it's a gorgeous name!
-- gigilin23  12/13/2008
I love this name because it's different without being weird, however to avoid mispronunciations I would spell it either Eleini or Eleyni to make sure people pronounce it the way I like it which is ee-lay-nee.
-- gigilin23  12/17/2008
Eleni is a minor character in Anne Rice's 'The Vampire Lestat', who is a member of the Satanic coven under les Innocents, later to be in the Theatres des Vampires.
-- Lunar_Wolf  3/18/2010
I have a friend with these name who is Greek, and she pronounces it uh-LAY-nee.
-- lydie43  11/25/2010
So, this is not the normal way to pronounce the name, but my wife is Eleni, and when her parents named her, they decided to pronounce it EL-in-eye, as her mother didn't want her to ever be called 'Lenny.'
My wife usually tells people to pronounce it just like the letters: L-N-I. :) We also have friends who named their daughter Eleni with the same pronunciation, though she always goes by 'Ella.'
-- eblackwo  3/31/2012
Eleni Mandell is an American singer-songwriter.
-- Anonymous User  7/9/2012
Eleni Englert is an American rower (born 1992 in Oceanside, California).
-- Anonymous User  8/12/2012
I believe this name is pronounced el-LEN-ee. It is a diminutive of Elene, which is the Greek for of Helen. I absolutely adore this name, but only when it is pronounced with a Greek accent. I don't really hear the name Lenny in it, but even if I did, what's wrong with Lenny?
-- Eleni 217  3/17/2015
Eleni is my name. It's Greek. It's pronounced E-leh-nee. (Like saying the letters LNE together)

It's the phonetic spelling of the Greek name "Ελένη" which is anglicized as Helen.
-- Anonymous User  3/29/2016
I like the L-N-E explanation of how to pronounce the name. I will have to use that one. That is how we say our daughter's name, but we spelt it Elanie and always say it like Melanie without the M.
-- Anonymous User  4/20/2016
The name Eleni was given to 134 girls born in the US in 2015.
-- HerculePoirot  6/16/2016
Eleni "Elena" Paparizou, usually referred to abroad as Helena Paparizou, is a Greek-Swedish singer, songwriter and television personality. Born and raised in Sweden to Greek parents, she enrolled in various arts schools before launching a career in Sweden in 1999 as a member of the laïko and Eurodance duo Antique, who participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 and afterwards became popular in Greece.
-- cutenose  1/13/2017

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