But how do you pronounce it?


My name is a source of confusion for most people the first time they come upon it. The historically similar names, such as Eileen, Elena, Elaine, etc., seem to sway people towards adding extra vowels. Interestingly, to me at least, the prevalence of names with some arrangement of A/E/I vowels and the letters L and N seems to have grown. The first time I encountered someone who’s name was actually frustratingly similar to my own was in 9th grade; her name was Alina, which I imagine got it’s own fair share of mispronunciations. Her name differed in pronunciation solely by adding a syllable “ah” to the end.

All that said, here’s how I pronounce my name:
ɛ-liːn    (using IPA https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:IPA_for_English#Key)
Eh-leen (using an approximation based on normal phonetic expectations)