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#1 MikRo

Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:20 AM

We just found out we are having a little girl, but so far DH and I don't agree on names and don't have many ideas. Both the ideas that are the top of our lists are very close but don't line up so other ideas would be a great help.

Our favs so far are:

Eliana vs. Elena

One name that we both like is Isabella but I am thinking it is getting a little too popular now.

Edited by MikRo, 11 December 2012 - 12:23 PM.

#2 Mitis angelam

Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:25 AM

Some suggestions on similar lines:


#3 la di dah

Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:26 AM

I prefer Eliana by a long way.

I also like Eliora, and just Liora/Leora.

Ilana is overused in my family so it never cracks my list but I actually like it a lot. Alana/Alannah is nice as well.

Isabella is very popular. Isabel, Isadora, etc. are considerably less so.

#4 Feral Madam Mim

Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:26 AM


#5 Rosiebird

Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:31 AM

How will you pronounce Elena?

I like E-len-na (stress on 2nd syllable) or El-len-a (stress on 1st syllable) but still with the "eh" sound. Not a fan of el-LAY-na.

#6 la di dah

Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:42 AM

And I was thinking of ell-EE-na not ell-ENN-uh.

#7 kerilyntaryn

Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:49 AM

All names are nice = I like Alayna/Elayna too

others similar


Edited by kerilyntaryn, 11 December 2012 - 12:10 PM.

#8 Plaxy

Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:55 AM

Some more suggestions of similar sounding names:

Elanora (aboriginal- by the seaside)

#9 MikRo

Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:02 PM

I'm liking some of these suggestions, some I have never heard before.

I also like Liliana (DH does not), and Sophia (also quite common)

We would pronounce it El-len-a (like Helena)

Oh also DH wants a "leader" name but I am not sure exactly what that means.

Edited by MikRo, 11 December 2012 - 12:29 PM.

#10 emlis22

Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:20 PM

I love Elena prn Ellen-a. I like Helena too.

#11 Mitis angelam

Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:24 PM

QUOTE (MikRo @ 11/12/2012, 01:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh also DH wants a "leader" name but I am not sure exactly what that means.

A quick search for girl names which mean "leader" has turned up:


None of those immediately grab me, but Joan has a variant Joasia which is gorgeous!

#12 Gudrun

Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:17 PM

I like the lyrical Eliana.  Elena becomes confusing with the various pronunciations.

I also like LDD's suggestions of Eliora or Liora.



'Leader' names (by meaning or example):


#13 la di dah

Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:23 PM

QUOTE (Gudrun @ 11/12/2012, 06:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

I like-to-love all of these except for whatever reason I'm fonder of Rosabel and Mirabel than the -la endings, and I slightly prefer Iliana to Ileana just for the look, they're said the same.

#14 Gudrun

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:45 PM

QUOTE (la di dah @ 11/12/2012, 06:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I like-to-love all of these except for whatever reason I'm fonder of Rosabel and Mirabel than the -la endings, and I slightly prefer Iliana to Ileana just for the look, they're said the same.

Since the OP cited Isabella as a prospective and not Isabel I sort of assumed that she preferred that ending.

Edited by Gudrun, 11 December 2012 - 06:47 PM.

#15 la di dah

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:46 PM

QUOTE (Gudrun @ 11/12/2012, 07:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Since the OP cited Isabella as a prospective and not Isabel I sort of assumed that she preferred that ending.

Prob'ly fair. original.gif

#16 BlueUnicorn

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:49 PM

Elena is pretty.  I loved Eleni ( again, related to Helena), for ,y third child but alas, I had a boy!

#17 coco83

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:58 PM

Elaine/Elaina were the first names that came to mind. The meaning for the name is "bright shining one" which I think lends itself to having good leader vibes.

#18 MikRo

Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:03 AM

Thanks for the suggestions!

We do seem to be liking a 'a' ending but that might be just the names so far, this is not set in stone.

Coco83 - I do like the meaning of Elaine/Elaina (and the name) so I might have to see if that is what he meant.

#19 Kikki-B

Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:58 PM

I have an Elena (Elle-Len-a) and she gets Leni or Lena for short. Lot of people comment on how pretty her name is.

On the other hand so many people mispronounce her name Ellen-a

We picked her name because she was born during the day (Elena means shining light. She would have been Ayla if she was born at night, it means moonlight)

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