Comments (Pronunciation Only)

Helena is pronounced he-LE-nah in Polish.
― Anonymous User  11/25/2018
I know a woman with this name (in British Colombia, Canada) and she pronounces it hə-LAY-nə.
― Anonymous User  7/22/2017
I prefer this name pronounced Huh-lee-nuh.
Tatumarore  6/3/2017
It's really hard to have this name sometimes because everyone pronounces it the way that you don't. I say my name like Huh-Lean-Uh but no matter how many times I tell people the correct pronunciation they always say it like Hay-lay-nuh or Huh-lay-nuh so I'm always saying my name slowly so people can hear it better. As for nicknames I personally don't go by one, but my father calls me Lean or Lena.
― Anonymous User  4/8/2017
Neither pronunciation is bad... I think I prefer the "Hel-AY-nuh."
IEnjoyTonsOGoodNames  6/7/2015
My name is Helena and I love my name. We pronounce in Hel-en-a :)
Helena2015  3/27/2015
My name is Helena and I like my name:) I pronounce it hel ee na, or as my younger nieces and nephews pronounce it, heeeena.
Hel ee na  9/17/2014
A friend of mine is a Helena. She pronounces it HEH-luh-nuh. It rhymes with Eleanor. I think this pronunciation is prettier than heh-LEE-nuh and other pronouncations.
― Anonymous User  1/26/2013
My friend is called Helena and hers is pronounced "H'Len-ah".
Which I think is prettier than "He-lee-nah" or "H'Lay-Nah".
I think it's a really neat and elegant name and much more exciting than Helen.
hollie2305  3/23/2012
Or it could be pronounced HEL-en-a, as in the capital of Montana, and the wife of Ben the Baker from Storykeepers.

That's one of the things I loved about Storykeepers. They knew how to pronounce the name Helena properly.
Atarah Derek  3/6/2011
In Croatian: hell-ENN-ah.
enchy  9/10/2009
Pronouced Ee-le(like cliché)-nuh in Portuguese.
― Anonymous User  1/26/2009
My mother's name, since she is Dutch she pronounces it Heh-LAY-nah. I think it is a lovely name if it is pronounced Heh-LAY-nah, not a fan of Heh-len-ah. Also, my mother's nickname was Heleen, pronounced Heh-LAYN. I would definitely give Helena or Heleen as a middle name to a daughter.
emmiix3  1/20/2009
Contrary to the pronunciation entry, I've heard Helena pronounced:
JadePenbrooke  8/1/2008
My name :) Pronounced ay-LAY-na in Portuguese (the h is silent).
mellon.collie  1/4/2008
My name is Helena I pronounce it he-LEE-na.
Helena182  11/11/2007
My cousin's grandmother's name is Helena. She pronounces it he-leen-a. Her family calls her Leen. I thought that was an intresting pronunciation.
― Anonymous User  7/5/2007
Listen to the German pronunciation of Helena here:
_satu_  9/3/2006
In Sweden, Helena is pronounced "he-LEH-nah", similar but not quite as "he-LAY-na".
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Ylva  5/26/2006
Can be prounounced:
Hey-Lay-Nah (as in the My Chemical Romance song)
Helen-nah (as in the actress)
And I've heard "Hay-lana" but I think that was someone doing a very bad accent...
patchworkgirl  4/22/2006
Dutch pronunciation is hay-LAY-nah. [noted -ed]
X-Mar  2/19/2006
The name Helena seems to be pronounced many different ways. There's hel-AY-na, hel-EE-na, and (this is my least favorite) helen-a.
― Anonymous User  1/19/2006
Argh! I can't believe you hate the name Helen-a, that's how you say my name! Take it back, now!
― Anonymous User  2/1/2006
Can be pronounced as he-LAY-na, he-LEE-na or HEL-en-ah.
Ciarda  10/5/2005
In German this is pronounced heh-LEEN-ah, in English it is traditionally pronounced HEH-lenn-ah. I simply adore this name; it is so beautiful, feminine, sophisticated, and strong, plus, its history is astounding.
― Anonymous User  5/29/2005

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