I thought I had made up the name Isalena (pro “ee-sah-len-uh”), which I love because it would honor 3 people in my family ([name_f]Isabel[/name_f], [name_u]Lisa[/name_u], and [name_u]Glenn[/name_u]- it’s a combination of their names).
Then I discovered that it is actually a Dutch name pronounced “ee-sah-lee-uh”. Pronouncing it this way isn’t an option, since it takes away from the “len” part. Does anyone know if it is ever pronounced the way I say it?
[name_f]My[/name_f] other option is to spell it Isalenna (“ee-sah-len-nuh”) but I’m not sure I like that spelling as much.
What do you think? Any comment or help is much appreciated. Thank you.
I think you will get a lot of people pronouncing it Is-uh-[name_u]LEE[/name_u]-nuh. Like a combination of [name_f]Isabelle[/name_f] et all and [name_f]Lena[/name_f], like [name_f]Lena[/name_f] [name_m]Dunham[/name_m]. I think I like it as Is-uh-[name_u]LEE[/name_u]-nuh better than your pronunciation. The honoring could still be there. I think it will have you correcting people all the time as it is not intuitive to some pronouncing it ee-sah-len-nuh.
“ee-sah-len-uh” is what I hear in my head when I see Isalena written down ("[name_f]Lena[/name_f]" in Polish is "[name_m]Len[/name_m]-uh), but actually I like “ee-sah-lee-uh” better. As for the spelling, I prefer Isalena to Isalenna.
Well I’m Dutch and I’ve never even heard of this name, but it does sound like it could be an actual name, like there’s these [name_u]Isa[/name_u]-something smoosh names around here (Isalinde, Isaluna, Isanne) so Isalena would fit right in. We’d pronounce it ee-sah-[name_m]LAY[/name_m]-nah though.
I like Isalena and while I would say EEN-ah and I’m guessing the majority of others would too, I think you could definitely get away with [name_m]LEN[/name_m]-ah…you just might have to correct people a fair bit.
I definitely prefer Isalena to Isalenna - the latter takes away the romance and class of the name and makes it feel much more trendy for me.