Eleanor or Helena?

See the results of this poll: Eleanor or Helena?

Respondents: 43 (This poll is closed)

  • Eleanor : 19 (44%)
  • Helena : 24 (56%)
  • Neither; I have another option for you: 0 (0%)

I know about 20 [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f]'s nn [name_f]Ellie[/name_f] my age (30), so for me it’s not a 2010’s thing, more a 1980’s thing. I’m not very fond of the name, but it’s nice and classic.

I love [name_f]Helena[/name_f]. I find it undeniably beautiful, the whole name is just gorgeous on top of gorgeous. It’s radiant and shiny and sweet. The hel part doesn’t bother me, and I can’t see how anyone would have pronunciation issues with it. If someone says it a different way, correct them!

I voted [name_f]Helena[/name_f] and that was a no- brainer! [name_f]Helena[/name_f] has so many great namesakes and sounds divine. I am so sad I can’t use it myself… [name_m]Don[/name_m]'t worry about the Hel- part or people mispronouncing it. It just takes a tiny correction and it won’t happen again. I do think [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] is a nice name also, especially with the nn [name_f]Nora[/name_f], but in Norway it’s… Old ladyish, and I can’t get my head away from that.

I voted for [name_f]Helena[/name_f]. Beautiful name. /i find [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] a bit clunky and old.

good luck!

I prefer [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f]. She would not be called [name_f]Ellie[/name_f] unless that is what you wanted. I like [name_f]Elle[/name_f] or [name_f]Nora[/name_f] as a nickname. [name_f]Helena[/name_f] sounds a bit harsh to me, maybe because it starts with hel*.

[name_f]Helena[/name_f] is one of my most favorite names, stunning! I actually met a little 2 year old named [name_f]Helena[/name_f] at the park last year and the name made her more adorable.

I cannot not choosing [name_f]Helena[/name_f], it’s on my own list (I’m biased! :)) I prefer the -[name_m]Lay[/name_m]-nuh pronunciation though.

Go with [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] nn [name_f]Ellie[/name_f]! but then again, Im [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] nn [name_f]Ellie[/name_f] so i might be just the teeniest tiniest bit biased!

I really don’t think you can go wrong with either. [name_m]Both[/name_m] are so lovely. If I were to choose, I’d choose [name_f]Helena[/name_f], only for the fear of the nickname [name_f]Ellie[/name_f] which is [name_m]WAY[/name_m] overplayed at this point.

I think they’re both gorgeous. I think I’d probably go with [name_f]Helena[/name_f] but I do like the versatility of [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] (I kinda like the [name_f]Elinor[/name_f] spelling because of S&S)

I like both, but I prefer [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f]. I love it. An [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] doesn’t have to be [name_f]Ellie[/name_f], though–I loathe [name_f]Ellie[/name_f], but I would have no problem using [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f]. There’s [name_f]Ella[/name_f], [name_f]Elea[/name_f], [name_f]Lea/name_f, [name_f]Lena[/name_f], [name_u]Lane/name_u, [name_f]Nell[/name_f], [name_u]Norrie[/name_u], [name_f]Nora[/name_f], [name_f]Leni[/name_f], [name_f]Eleni[/name_f], etc. I am quite drawn to [name_f]Ella[/name_f]/[name_f]Eleni[/name_f]/[name_f]Leni[/name_f]/[name_f]Lena[/name_f], personally, though I do appreciate [name_f]Nora[/name_f]. I do really love [name_f]Helena[/name_f], but not as much as [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] these days. [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f]'s just everything lovely. :slight_smile:

I picked [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] because I [name_f]LOVE[/name_f] nn [name_f]Nellie[/name_f] for it, and I’m a big fan of [name_f]Nora[/name_f] too. I do think the [name_f]El[/name_f]-names are going to be pretty thoroughly dated to the 2010’s. [name_f]Ella[/name_f] is at #12 and [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] is at #10, though [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] is down in the mid-150s. I do know one [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] in the under-4 set; she was named for her great-grandmother and goes by [name_f]Ella[/name_f].

I don’t care for the HEL-en-ah pronunciation - I like hel-AY-nah though. I do think that the name is likely to be mispronounced from time to time, though probably not as often as unfamiliar foreign names. There aren’t really any obvious nns for this one, which is a positive to some, but it’s a negative to me.