Baby names - one week to go - help needed!!

(35 Posts)
DoodleAlley Tue 02-Apr-13 19:30:37

Right we have one week to go and can't seem to find a girls name.

DS was easy to name, we both liked a name, gave it a roadtest pre birth and were happy.

This time we are dithering.

At present the top two are.. (drum roll please!).... Natalie or Ella.

We have liked Esme but opinions seem split on pronounciation and I always end up spelling the surname at work and dont want to add to this child's woes!

This obviously comes with the disclaimer that I know it's a personal choice and you can't please everyone.

I'd love to hear any opinions, including how popular these names are around you and personal preferences are welcome!

Coconutty Costa Rica Wed 03-Apr-13 15:21:14

It's from Born Free - only for people over a certain age I think! Wouldn't put me off though, DS2s middle name would have been Elsa if he was a she.

DoodleAlley Wed 03-Apr-13 15:19:06

Yeah I didn't really get the lion thing until I read it on mumsnet.

I'm thinking this is going to get less and less as a cultural link. I mean I've never watched Born Free, but I've also never watched Dirty Dancing!

Coconutty Costa Rica Wed 03-Apr-13 15:05:24

I love Esme, but think Elsa is a lions name. Eliza is lovely too.

Elsbeth is nice too, nn Elsie as above.

Thewhingingdefective Wed 03-Apr-13 14:13:59

I think Natalie is lovely and quite uncommon nowadays.

Ella is okay but very common.

Esme is fab. My niece (17) is an Esme, pronounced Ezmi, and also gets just Ez.

Elsa used to be my favourite name, but when DD was born we switched to Elspeth, nn Elsie.

DoodleAlley Wed 03-Apr-13 14:02:45

I just think Eleanor is a bit 'formal'. I know - I'm
Being impossible.

I'm warming to Elsa again I have to admit!

Coconutty Costa Rica Wed 03-Apr-13 13:18:26

Not sure about Natalie, as my cousin gets called Nat all the time which isn't nice imo.

Ella is meh, can we help you find a nicer name? Eleanor NN Elea?

Gwennan Wed 03-Apr-13 13:14:58

Natalie!

How many baby Natalies do you know? It'd be really refreshing to hear it on a little girl.

DoodleAlley Wed 03-Apr-13 07:49:31

We can't use names starting with an A unfortunately.

We're as certain as we can be that this name will be used! T least I hope so now I've bought some girlie clothes to water down DS's 'boy' clothes!

Skygirls Wed 03-Apr-13 00:52:04

How about Amelie in place of Esme?

Just checking whether this name was a definite needs to be used or whether it was still 50/50 - hope inspiration strikes overnight smile

sjupes Wed 03-Apr-13 00:37:46

I lovvvve natalie but it's still a bit '80's scheme' where i'm from sad and i adore ella but i find names with 'l' in them hard to pronounce (no idea why but dd has a double ll in her name and it jars in my throat.) Plud dp vetoed it for dd2.

I'd say of the two i would go with ella or elle lovely 'girly' names that grow up nicely too.

DoodleAlley Wed 03-Apr-13 00:33:51

Well the sonographer said so. Obviously they do get these things wrong.

We're much closer to a decision on the boy's name. Typical!!

Off to bed now but will check in again tomorrow morning. Maybe inspiration will but overnight! Thanks for all the replies so far and your patience with my indecision!

Oh, and I know 1 Ella and no Natalies but my boys are 12 and 11 now so I know less babies.

Are you definitely having a girl?

DoodleAlley Wed 03-Apr-13 00:18:21

No don't apologise. I know there's never going to be one name everyone Iikes or we'd all be using it.

Hearing people's opinions actually helps me realise my own by my response to them! It's the way I work!

Snazzynewyear Tue 02-Apr-13 23:53:04

Natalie! It's lovely and atm unusual, whereas Ella is ubiquitous. The Estuary pronunciation could happen with plenty of names. I wouldn't let it put you off one you love.

Snazzynewyear Tue 02-Apr-13 23:49:21

Natalie! It's lovely and atm unusual, whereas Ella is ubiquitous. The Estuary pronunciation could happen with plenty of names. I wouldn't let it put you off one you love.

oh, and you could always have Ismay instead of Esme - no doubt on how to pronounce.

Prefer Ella - Na'hully would really get on my thruppenys - it also comes across a bit "schemey" sorry sad

Anastasia (Tasia) is nicer imo as is Natasha but see that has been vetoed.

...and also Marissa smile

Ihatepeas Tue 02-Apr-13 22:42:01

Elsa is my all time favorite name!! Love love love it but dh said no sad I don't think of it as a shortened name.. a gorgeous name in its own right!

I also like Ella although its very popular. Natalie is not to my taste but I like tilly a lot!

DoodleAlley Tue 02-Apr-13 22:37:58

That's about it I'm afraid. I blame DH!

baskingseals Tue 02-Apr-13 21:41:49

i really like Elsa, i don't think it is a shortened form of Elizabeth.

i do think that Ella, though lovely will inevitably be shortened to Ellie.

are there any other names you like op?

DoodleAlley Tue 02-Apr-13 21:21:57

Matilda we have wondered about.

Tabitha just says 'cat' to me, much to DH's consternation as he likes it!

Think Elsa comes rom Elizabeth. Or possibly Elsbeth.

Jellykitten1 Tue 02-Apr-13 21:14:34

Ah smile

I take it you must have both crossed Matilda off the list, as the more common long name for Tilly? Tilly is very pretty nn but doesn't come easily off Natalie (IMO)

Do you like Tabitha? (I love it, esp nn Tabby, but not everyone's cup of tea!)

I don't see Elsa as being a shortened name, it is a name in its own right? What's it short for?

Do you like Elise maybe?

DoodleAlley Tue 02-Apr-13 21:09:37

I know it's not technically the right nickname but DH likes Tilly for Natalie but I don't think it's a logical extension.

I liked Elsa too but have a big block against using a shortened name for the whole name.

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