The name is pronounced E-leh-nah. There is no Y sound, whether it is Spanish "Elena' or Slavic "Elena".
Nice and pretty.
I feel like if you want it to be pronounced like Elaina then you should spell it that way, cause at least the pronunciation is pretty clear with that spelling. Elena already has multiple pronunciations as is.
Stunning! I picture Elena on a pretty Slavic woman.
Elena Cañero-Reed is the main character in Diary of a Future President.
Very pretty and feminine. I like it.
Sooo cute. This spelling is the best and it has the sweetest sound.
Our top two baby girl names:
Can not decide! Leaning towards Helena and calling her Elena or Lena.
I like the name and I think you can call it what you want. As long as the person is ok with it. Also, I think it just sort of hits the sweet spot. Not too babyish like Mini, but not too mature. Not too popular, not too unique.
I love Elena, it is a beautiful name that is simple and yet majestic at the same time.
Omggggggg, so pretty.
Also a Welsh name.
Elena is pretty, however, Eliana is absolutely stunning.
A lovely and classic name that is easy to pronounce.
I've only ever heard Elena pronounced as EL-a-na where I live (Canada,) but I know that in Russian it's ye-LYEH-na, and in some other languages the stress is also on the second syllable. I've never heard it pronounced like Alaina, but I guess it's possible! I love how the name Elena translates well into so many other languages!
With 4 311 620 bearers, Elena is the 3rd most common feminine given name in Russia (2014 Data). With 1 206 309 bearers, Elena is the 8th most common feminine given name in Ukraine (2014 Data). With 315 064 bearers, Elena is the 4th most common feminine given name in Romania (2014 Data). With 307 744 bearers, Elena is the 1st most common feminine given name in Kazakhstan (2014 Data). With 251 878 bearers, Elena is the 7th most common feminine given name in Belarus (2014 Data).Source:
Elena Castillo-Flores the main character of the Disney Jr cartoon Elena of Avalor.
Also Venetian:
Where I'm from, Colombia, Elena is very popular. Almost similar in being as common as María or Aná.
Also Gascon and Languedocian: --- Source: Institut d'Estudis Occitans
Elena has really grown on me. I don’t know if i’d use it, but it’s pretty.
It's just alright, I don't like it much because I think Helena looks more beautiful and stronger. Elena is nice, but not of my favorites, just simple, quite a boring name.
Also (rare?) Croatian usage:
ə-LEE-nə is the way I pronounce it.
Ms. Elena on Daniel Tiger's neighborhood and Elena of Avelor.
I only like it pronounced Eh-LEH-nuh. The Elaina pronunciation to me is American and cringy. I cringe whenever I hear it. But if you like the Elaina pronunciation, go for it.
Pretty but I prefer it spelled with an “A”.
Elena is also Croatian, Slovene, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Dutch (Rare), Swedish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare), Danish (Rare), and Finnish. The name day for Elena in the Czech Republic is March 16, and the name day for Elena in Finland is July 31.
It's kinda cute. I prefer Helena or Yelena.
This name is growing on me. Alaina as well.
Elena is also a town in Veliko Tǎrnovo Province, Bulgaria.
Variant English Pronunciation: i-LAYN-ə.
H.I.H Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna of Russia, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1784-1803) was a daughter of Emperor Paul I and his wife Empress Maria Feodorovna.
Also Finnish name. Finnish name day July 31. [noted -ed]
Pretty, although I think Eliana is softer and more elegant sounding.
Also used in Slovene:
It's one of my favorite names ever. I wouldn't choose to be called Elena but I really do love it.
A lot of you are saying you haven't met many Elenas in your life. Well then, you should come to Italy cause here you'll meet one every damn week. However, I still think it's beautiful but perhaps it's because of one person I have met.
I also love the myth of Elena of Troy.
Beautiful name but too trendy. And plus I don't like how English speakers pronounce the name. They make the name trash and perfect for a stipper "Elayna".
Also Hawaiian.
Also used in Estonia: [noted -ed]
I like it pronounced "Eh-lay-nuh", I think that's the prettiest pronunciation. I think it works with many surnames, and it works with a variety of personalities on a variety of girls. It's overall a very unique name, I've known 3 Elena's in my entire life.
I love this name.
Elena Ferrante is a pseudonymous Italian novelist. Ferrante's books, originally published in Italian, have been translated into many languages. Her four-book series of Neapolitan Novels are her best-known works. Time magazine called Ferrante one of the 100 most influential people in 2016.
Elena Altieri (27 July 1916 – 1 May 1997) was an Italian film and stage actress. She appeared in 27 films between 1937 and 1955. She was born in Stresa, the daughter of an Italian father and an English mother. She was mainly cast, both on stage and in films, in roles of haughty and aristocratic women.
Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia (5 June 1646 – 26 July 1684), also known in English as Helen Cornaro, was a Venetian philosopher of noble descent who in 1678 became one of the first women to receive an academic degree from a university, and the first to receive a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
Elena Ceaușescu (7 January 1916 – 25 December 1989) was a Romanian communist politician who was the wife of Nicolae Ceaușescu, General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party and leader of the Socialist Republic of Romania. She was also the Deputy Prime Minister of Romania.
I just think it's a beautiful name!
I like the meaning of it, the sound and overall, I just think it's a very pretty name that fits well in any type of context.
Love it, a beautiful and very classy name! Timeless, international, common enough, but unique and distinctive at the same time.
Also Occitan: (Source: Institut d'études occitanes) (Source: Joan de Cantalausa, Diccionari General Occitan a partir dels parlars lengadocians, 2002)
Better than Helen and Ellen, I pronounce this Eh-leh-nah.
There have been two singers named Elena. Elena Risteska is a Macedonian singer who represented her country in 2006 Eurovision with "Ninanajna". She qualified from the semi final but did not crack the Top 10. Elena Gheorghe is a Romanian singer who represented her country in 2009 Eurovision with "The Balkan Girls". She qualified and like Risteska, did not crack the Top 10.
I pronounce this name as Eh-LEH-nah. I really like it, it's nice and not very common.
Sounds weird to me.
This was the name of a queen consort of Italy, Elena of Montenegro.
This has become a very popular name. The ways I hear people say it are "E-lay-na" and "A-lane-a". [noted -ed]
My grandmother's name is Elena. I think it's pretty.
In 2018, 4 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Elena who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 823rd most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
This is the name of Miguel’s grandmother in the Pixar film “Coco.”.
Elena is such a classy and beautiful name. I love it!
My name is Elena and I’ve spent what seems like half of my life correcting people on its pronunciation! I am Welsh and my name is pronounced El- eh- na, I love it pronounced that way. It’s always bothered me when most people say El- ay- ner, usually English or American accents. I much prefer the European way! It’s not a very common name where I live, which I like, and I find it strange when watching gymnastics on tv - almost all the Russian gymnasts are called Elena! : )
I had to look up this name after I couldn't find a name I wanted to look up, Eleana. No it is not pronounced Elena it is pronounced eh-lee-ah-nah, yes I like the name Elena, I think it's a beautiful name, and I know that Eleana is not a very common name. Still, I wish some people would recognize the name Eleana.
I love this name. A lot. Elena in comparison to Helen or Ellen is just so much prettier, sounds a lot more modern and new to me, and has a beautiful Latin touch to it that Helen and Ellen don't bring to the table. It sounds like a sweet name to me to a beautiful young name, like Laura or Isabella, not a grandma's name like Gertrude or Angela. This is a name that will age well and I wish was more popular, though people will choose terrible names like Damian or even another Spanish name, Dolores, with painful and sad meanings. Good choice for parents who are considering this name.
Elena Cataraga (aka Lena Scissorhands), vocalist of Moldovan band Infected Rain.
It’s not “American laziness” with the pronunciation “uh-lay-nuh, ” but rather simply the way it’s pronounced among most English speakers, at least in the U.S. Names are pronounced differently in different languages, accents, and dialects. Of course, there are simply incorrect ways to pronounce things; but to say Americans are ignorant or lazy when pronouncing something differently, not from ignorance, but rather from different regional accents and simply different ways of pronouncing things, isn’t very fair. I’ve heard English speakers from different English-speaking countries pronounce this name (and other names that Americans are given a hard time about for the way they say them) the “lazy American way,” yet it’s only the Americans who are given a hard time for it.
Sorry for the rant, but apparently the fact that people pronounce things differently based on where they come from needed to be brought back to people’s memory. Now, again, there certainly are incorrect and simply ignorant ways of pronouncing things; but when a significant number of people are pronouncing something the way they do simply because that’s how they speak does not indicate that they are lazy or ignorant.
I like this name a lot. I think that if I'd have children and if it wouldn't be too popular then, as it seems to rise in my area, I'd consider it as a name for my baby. I love Helena, it's my gramma's name, so I'd love to honour her this way, though I'd be afraid that she'd be called Lena, there are so many little Lenas over here right now. I liked Lena as well some time ago, but now it's just boring and insipid in my opinion. But not Elena. Elena differs with just one letter, but not being so popular in my country, it seems fresh, original, or at least more original than Lena or even than beautiful and classic Helena, it's easy to diminish and use in Poland. It reminds me of a princess, the one who's very royal, likes to be in charge, but is also a bit tomboyish. She can be very girly though if only she wants. She likes horseback riding. It works for a very lively girl in my opinion, but also fits a woman, I think in any age... Well, it's a bit hard for me to imagine Elena in her 30's-40's, but it's probably just me. I regret that I don't know any Elenas personally.
Elena is usable in Poland. It isn't traditional here at all, we have Helena as a traditional form and Elena is very rare, but because of the fact that Lena is so horrifically popular at the moment, Elena seems to be slowly rising in popularity as well. It's likeable, easy to make nicknames of it etc. And here it's pronounced e-LE-na. And I pronounce it this way as well.
As is evident by the comments, this name has numerous regional variant pronunciations depending on the linguistic influences in that region. For those arguing the 'correct' Spanish pronunciation; there are notable differences in Spanish dialects from Spain to Mexico to Bolivia, etc. And the pronunciations may vary even in Spanish. Spanish dialects often have the regional indigenous population native to that region influence words in that particular dialect. So, you all have valid points.
Elena Chiritescu, a Romanian Romani girl, gave birth to a 6.4 lb (2.9 kg) girl named Nicoletta Narcissa at a hospital in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Chiritescu was already pregnant when she moved to Spain and was seen selling flowers with her family during a local celebration in Lebrija, when she was in the latest stages of pregnancy. Mecic remained in Romania.
Elena Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya was a Woman Grandmaster of chess. She was one of the strongest women players in the world. She won the Women Candidates' tournament and in 1986 played a match against Maia Chiburdanidze in Sofia for the Women's World Chess Championship 1986, but lost by 8½–5½.
This is my name, and to be honest, I really hate it. Everyone tells me it's pretty, but all I hear when people say my name is a nag. People always tease me, calling me the gross name 'Eleanor' and I hate it :P. In high school my name is Lin because I changed it, and I'm glad I did.
Elena Radionova is a famous Russian figure skater.
Elena Furiase is a Spanish actress. She is a daughter of Spanish singer Lolita Flores and Guillermo Furiase.
Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo is the first child and elder daughter of Juan Carlos I of Spain and Queen Sofía of Spain, and third in the line of succession to the Spanish throne. She has a younger sister, Infanta Cristina, and a younger brother, King Felipe VI. Infanta Elena has participated in many official events, having traveled to Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Argentina, Japan, Peru, and the Philippines representing the Royal Family
Also used in Serbia.
Elena Berkova is a Russian ex-model, television presenter, singer and actress (including hardcore pornography acting).
Elena Santarelli is an Italian model, television personality and actress.
Also used in Greece (spelled Ελενα in Greek), a variant of Elene or Eleni (Ελενη). [noted -ed]
My name is spelled Eleena and pronounced eh-li-na. My parents named me after the princess of one of the states in my country.
Elena Risteska is a Macedonian singer and song-writer. She represented Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens with the song "Ninanajna", and finished in 12th place, the highest ever finish for Macedonia.
The name is also used in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland.
Nice to see my middle name making its way up the charts in the States. This was my maternal great grandmother's name and I, sadly, only have one memory of her. But everyone always said she was a true steel magnolia and spunky, so I try to embody her spirit.
Another user said Uh-Lay-na was incorrect, but that's not true. This is a Romanization of a Greek name that spread across Europe and is pronounced many different ways because of language. People forget HOW big the U.S. and how each region formed its own culture and way to pronounce everything, including names, based off of their own descent and the "bastardization" of their mother tongue. Europe has had over 2,000 years of bloodshed to get to where it is today, so while they are the model of most societies now, they still had their growing pains. The USA is going thru it's know-it-all 20's phase, so give us time and we'll shape up!That turned into quite the rant! I, personally, prefer Eh-lay-na.
Elena Cardenas, client of Nelson and Murdock in the Netflix 'Daredevil' series.
Elena Marié Satine (Born: November 24, 1987) is a Georgian-American actress and singer.
The name Elena is really beautiful, brilliant and sophisticated. ٩(͡๏̮͡๏)۶ I use the English pronunciation "eh-lay-nah". ~(^з^)- Can you magine meeting twins called Alina and Elena? ツ Aww! ᵔᴥᵔ.
Elena Fisher is a fictional character in the Uncharted video game series. Her name is pronounced "eh-lay-nah".
This is my name. Most people say it eh-LAY-na, but usually American laziness makes it uh-LAY-na. I've always thought that the correct pronunciation was more like ee-lay-na, but I'd also heard the Spanish eh-leh-na and Russia ye-leh-na. I don't mind the "lay", but the "uh" bothers me, and it's always annoyed me to death when my grandma calls me "Elener." But I guess it's just her accent. My sister used to call me Miss Elenious.
Elena Kagan is a Supreme Court Justice.
Ellie goulding's real name is Elena.
So pretty! It seems like it's seen as mostly a Hispanic name in the US, but I think it would sound good on anyone. However, any other spelling like Alaina or Alayna are just "kre8tiv" and ruin such a beautiful, classic name. Stick to Elena!
My name is Elena, and it's pernounced El-En-na, or el-eh-na. Not elaiina. And I hate when old people call me Elener. My name does not have an R in it. I love my name but only if it's pronounced the right way.
I love the name Elena and find it to be very beautiful. I am surprised to find out that so many people pronounce it like 'Eleanor.' It would never occur to me to pronounce these two names the same way.
Elena is sweet and elegant!
This is one of my best friends names (spelled Elaina though) I think it is so cute...
One of my close friend's name is Elena. I think it's simple yet very elegant.
Elena Capwell was a murderess on the daytime soap opera Santa Barbara in the 1980s.I don't understand people who want to pronounce this name the same as Eleanor. They don't even sound alike. There's no "o" or "r" in Elena.
It really annoys me when English people pronounce my name like Eleanor, the Spanish version of the name Elena is pronounced E-ley-na. I think if people did their research they would see that the names Elena and Eleanor and not connected at all they are completely different names with completely different meanings and origins. The Spanish version of the name Eleanor is Leonor.
This is my favourite name for a girl (right now anyways). It's simply gorgeous.
I pronounce Elena the same way as Eleanor, and I like this spelling a lot more.
The English singer Ellie Goulding's full name is Elena Jane Goulding.
While yes, I agree that it is a decently beautiful name... I find it quite overrated. With the surge of Alaina/Elayna/Elana/etc, this title gets seemingly lost and dulled. The best thing would be for all variation to receive a bit of rest, rekindle beauty.Unless, of course, you have decided upon this name for ethnic reasons and have a surname to match.
I think Elena is a very beautiful name.
Elena Dementieva is a Russian tennis player who won gold at the Beijing Olympics and has been runner up in several Grand Slams.
It's a popular girls name in Croatia too. [noted -ed]
Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna Romanov (1784-1803), second daughter of Emperor Paul I of Russia.
Elena is the name of the character from Vampire Diaries, who was supposed to be a blonde in the book series.
My name is Elena and I pronounce it as ah-LEEN-nah (Aleena). I hate when people mispronounce it as Ah-lay-na or Eh-ley-na (Spanish). I'm African American and my ancestors are Native American descent as well as African American. My name is beautiful and it means shinning light, light of God and Bright.
I like this name a lot. I pronounce it El-Lain-Uh.
In Croatia this name can be pronounced in 2 ways: el-LENN-ah or EL-en-ah. I love both of them.
It's not so common in Croatia, but I know one girl with this beautiful name. I also know a girl from Macedonia with this name. Too bad it rhymes with my name (like most of the names I like: Elena pronounced EL-len-ah or el-LENN-ah, Lena LENN-ah, Helena hell-EN-ah, Alena AH-lenn-ah) so I can't give it to my child.
Well, my name is Elena and I am Serbian so I was named after my great grandmother, Jelena (Ye-LEH-na) I pronounce my name E-LAY-nuh or just uh-LAY-nuh I find this the prettiest way to pronounce the name. I am frequently called Eh-LEH-na which I hate because personally I think it sounds kind of ugly.
I'm not sure why anyone would look at the name Elena and pronounce the le as "lay". I've always heard it as "leh", and that makes sense to me. When I named one of my daughters my own variation of this name, I wanted it pronounced "ee-LAY-nah", so I spelled it Elaina.
The Italian pronunciation is not e-LE-nah, but E-le-nah! [noted -ed]
In Italy Elena is an ageless name since at least the second half of the 19th century. It was the most popular in Rome in 1901, but since then it was always rather common without becoming really overused nor underused. It is equally common among old ladies, middle-aged women, girls and babies. Still nowadays, it ranks 16th in the most popular names in Italy in 2004 and 15th in 2006. Almost a miracle.
Elena is the name of a main character in VAMPIRE DIARIES by L.J. Smith.
Part of my mom's name is Elena. Her full name is Maria Elena. I think that's a pretty name, and some people call her Maria and some call her Lena. I think it's pretty cool to have two names. =]
You can pronounce it however you want, but the real pronunciation is e-leh-na. I mean c'mon, please, people, get it right.
My name is Elena. I'm definitely proud of it. It means bright, or light of God.
I like the name Elena. My aunty is called Elena and she hates it when people prounce her name like Eleanor.
Elena, is the deceased grandmother of Gerard & Mikey Way, current band members of the awesome band My Chemical Romance. She is best known for the song they deticated to her, Helena.
Gorgeous name. I have a niece named Alanna, so it'd probably be too weird and similar to have cousins Elena and Alanna.
This is my name and everyone always pronounces it UH-lay-na, which I hate. Personally I think it should be pronounced the way it was meant, Eh-leh-na.
My name is really spelt 'Eleanor' but I like this spelling much more because it just looks so much nicer when you write it and it doesn't look as old fashioned as 'Eleanor'. Also, it bugs me when people say my name like El-eh-nor because it sounds way too formal. Pronouncing it El-eh-na or El-eh-nuh just sounds so much better!
It's such a beautiful name, that it's a pity there aren't more people called this. I just love the pronunciation ah-LAY-nah.
I am Iranian and my name is Elena (eh-leh-naa). I love my name for its really lovely pronunciation. I read somewhere it means peculiar.
Elena is also the Slovak form. Name Day: 18th August.
My name is Elena pronounced E Lee Na. I think it is a very beautiful name. There's not many people out here in Louisiana with it.
Also a feminine name in Slovenia.
I think this is the prettiest spelling for ah-LAY-nah.
This is the real name of the Russian model Vlada Roslyakova. She changed her name when she began modeling to avoid being confused with Elena Rosenkova, another model. "Vlada" comes from her father's name, Vladimir. She is signed with Women management and has appeared in many prominent high fashions ads and shows.
Elena is one of the Turks, an elite group of warriors who serve under Shinra in Final Fantasy VII.
A girl at my school's name is Elena and she pronounces it El-eh-na.
Elena is the girl in the film 'Zorro'. =]
My name is Elena and my parents have always said it as E-Lee-Na. And to tell you the truth. I have never liked it.
I prefer this spelling as an alternative to the other spelling Eleanor.
Elena is not Eleanor but the Spanish for Ellen. Leonor is Spanish for Eleanor. And please people get it: the Spanish pronunciation is eh-LEH-nah.
My little sister has this name. I really love it, and think it's so cute and fits her perfectly. We say it e-LAY-na. Her nicknames are Lanes, Lainza, Lainzy Banes, Banes and Bainzy Boo. (I tried to spell them like we say them)
This is the name of one of the members of the Russian band TaTu.
Elena Baguci is a Rumanian top model.
Helen means Greek Woman, from "ÅëëçíéêÜ" "ellinika" "elenika" "eleni" "elena".
The Spanish princess Elena of Bourbon and Greece, daughter of the king of Spain Juan Carlos I.
In Spanish, this name would be pronounced ay-LAY-nah.
In Spanish this name is NOT pronunced ay-Lay-nuh but eh-leh-nah. It really bugs me when Americans pronounced this name ay-Lay-nuh and INSIST that it's the correct pronunciation. If this name where to be pronounced ay-LAY-nuh in Spanish then it would be spelled Eileina, so please pronounce it the right way!
The Spanish pronunciation is not e-LAY-na. It is eh-LEH-na. Only in English is the name pronounced e-LAY-na, though where the long 'a' sound comes from really escapes me.
Actually, it IS pronounced ay-LAY-na in Spanish. "E" is pronounced "ay," not "eh" in Spanish, so that's where the "ay" sound comes from in the English pronunciation, as well. This is my (non-Spanish) niece's name, but is also a fairly common name in the area where I live for girls of Mexican heritage, and they do NOT pronounce it ay-LEH-na.
It is funny when non native speakers of Spanish try to teach us natives lessons on how to pronounce our language. I'm not a Mexican living in the US but a Spaniard living in Spain so I have a "slight" idea of how to speak Spanish.
I have a little Russian sister named Elena (pronounced the Russian way, yes) and I think her name is so cute!
In Russian this name would be pronounced YEH-lehn-ah.
This is a really beautiful spelling. The name Eleanor looks as if it should be pronounced Elly-a-nore, which isn't as nice.

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