What do you think when you hear this name?

(49 Posts)
pocornhat Tue 13-Nov-12 12:07:12

Ellen.

Having mentioned it to a couple of people, I can see that they are a bit underwlemed - don't dislike but perhaps think its a bit boring and maybe better as a middle name.

I think its one of those understated, classic names that won't date and really like it and its potential nns of Ellie, Ella, and Nell. Strangely, though, I'm not as keen on Helen.

Can I have your opinions please? Does anyone know any little Ellens? All views welcome.

WitchesTit Tue 13-Nov-12 12:08:27

It is a bit underwhelming. But if that's what you want.....

It's okay. Prefer Helena. Nell is sweet as a nn.

FellatioNelson Tue 13-Nov-12 12:09:31

It's classic, timeless, possibly a tad dull but it will stand the test of time and no-one will think it is awful.

I love it. Have taught a couple, both were very polite grin

Zoonose Tue 13-Nov-12 12:13:01

I always think Ellen is a very elegant name. It's feminine without being cutesy. I don't know any children with that name but have known two adults. My DD is Elena which I like for similar reasons.

MyLastDuchess Tue 13-Nov-12 12:15:22

A friend and his partner named their baby girl Ellen last year.

I like it, actually.

Ebb Tue 13-Nov-12 12:34:49

I think Ellen is very pretty without being cutesy.

sonniboo Tue 13-Nov-12 12:39:39

I don't think anything. I wait until a meet a real Ellen and then associate her with that name.

Theas18 Tue 13-Nov-12 12:40:59

ellen is lovely. Just be aware that she'll no doubt become one of a lot of "Ellie"s when she's older, whether you like it or not.

rachel234 Tue 13-Nov-12 12:50:11

I'm not sure I'd think much about it either... I know two Ellens who are very different, so don't have one specific association.

curiousgeorgie Tue 13-Nov-12 14:00:28

I just think of Ellen, the talk show host / lesbian / comedienne / married to Portia Di Rossi.

She seems nice though? smile

FreckledLeopard Tue 13-Nov-12 14:08:24

I think of Ellen de Generes too! Who is awesome! But aside from that, I guess I see it as somewhat old-fashioned and not especially exciting or pretty. I love classic names, but classic names that are more beautiful IYSWIM?

georgee Tue 13-Nov-12 14:13:37

I love Ellen and would use it (we're due DC2 soon), however our surname doesn't permit it. V jealous that you can use it!

Geranium3 Tue 13-Nov-12 14:59:41

rather plain and uninspiring

Greensleeves Tue 13-Nov-12 15:01:55

I find it a bit colourless. And there are lots of Ellas and Ellies around.

Nothing unpleasant about it though, if you like it!

Snowflakepie Tue 13-Nov-12 18:23:50

I like it, classy and understated. Your DD could be anything she wanted to be and make it fit her with no preconceptions, I think. I know a little Elin, her mum is from Eastern Europe so I don't know if that's a more common spelling there? I like Ellen though, she might end up as Ellie but not if you don't want her to!

Cezella Wed 14-Nov-12 13:53:15

Great as a middle name and pretty as a first- I know a few Ellen (or Elen as the case may be here in Wales) and none of them get called Ellie- it's short enough to not need shortening really

StellaNova Wed 14-Nov-12 13:54:53

I think Ellen the comedienne too

B1ueberryMuff1n Wed 14-Nov-12 13:57:39

I like it.

I sort of see why somebody would describe it as underwhelming in a sea of Sophias and amelias and Isabellas and Eloises and so on and so on. But I like its simplicity. I also like Jane and Anna and would put Ellen in the same bracket. But not Lilly and not Ella. if that makes any sense. maybe not. but it's my filiing system!

BarbecuedBillygoats Wed 14-Nov-12 13:59:03

I think Ellen d g too but she's fab so that's not a bad nam
Ds3 would have been elin (welsh) if he had been a girl

B1ueberryMuff1n Wed 14-Nov-12 13:59:55

Ellen de G is very funny!

LouMacca Wed 14-Nov-12 14:02:17

I think it's lovely. Simple but classy.

Anonymumous Wed 14-Nov-12 14:08:50

I think of a friend of mine from school. It's not a name that excites me - I never looked enviously at my friend and wished I'd been called Ellen. The second thought that leaps to mind is the maid from Mary Poppins. I think 'underwhelmed' is probably the right word.

gufflings Wed 14-Nov-12 14:14:26

I agree with LouMacca. I really like it (it was on my list for a DD2 only I'm having a DS instead). Also considered Elin.

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