Follow up in Vera thread

(19 Posts)
BlondeMalteser Sun 23-Mar-14 14:05:27

Hi all

I posted earlier about the name Vera. I'm actually not into many granny chic names but think it's lovely. However some people suggested Elvera (I know that's an alternate spelling to the original Elvira but I'd want the "Vera" sound instead) and also Veronica.

I think both are nice. However with elvera there's a chance she could get Elv or Elvie from her peers. What do you think of that name? I rink ts quite cute but does it sound a bit like one of Santa's little helpers?? Also Veronica may get Ronnie which I again think is sweet, but prefer Vera

I guess it all comes down not being able ocknteol nn from peers. I know I would call her Vera for short (If I do decide to settle on this) but her friends could call her anything!

ancientbuchanan Sun 23-Mar-14 14:07:44

Verena for long? Then she has a choice when she grows up?

Pinkcustardpurplecustard Sun 23-Mar-14 16:42:03

There's a film called little voice with an Elvie. I thought it was a lovely name.

I like Vera

Just to confuse you hers a few more
Guinevere aka Vera
Alvera or Elvera or Elvira
Lavera
Veronica Versha Verena Verlene (I'm less keen on these)

Pinkcustardpurplecustard Sun 23-Mar-14 16:43:42

Sorry I see you already have some of those. Elvie and Elvera are fab

hunreeeal Sun 23-Mar-14 17:03:43

I'd have thought Ellie or Ella were more likely than Elv or Elvie (which do sound a bit too elfin). And if you use Vera from the start then it's likely to stay that way.

Tea1Sugar Sun 23-Mar-14 17:36:19

I'm sorry I know it's personal choice but I instantly think Duckworth.

SimplySara Sun 23-Mar-14 19:29:52

I am not keen on Elvera. You might want to google Elvira and you'll pull up links to a film character called Elvira Mistress of the Dark. Its a low budget b-movie from the 80'S. Whilst the movie is totally forgettable, Elvira went on to host a long running semi-mainstream semi-cultish late night movie show in America called Up All Night. Ran for quite awhile and as the character of Elvira is quite unique, it is hard to disassociate

TheAwfulDaughter Sun 23-Mar-14 20:49:55

Veronica is soooo much nicer than Elvira, it's such a cool name. Just put Veronica on the birth certificate but call her Vera.

Elvira/Elvera and you will end up with Ellie no matter how hard you try..

MyNameIsSuz Sun 23-Mar-14 21:09:44

I'd just call her Vera, it's lovely, much nicer than Veronica. As far as I know it's a name in its own right. I knew a lovely Vera at uni which may be influencing my thoughts on the name, she was dainty and smiley and it suited her so well, I say go for it!

Polgadaolga Sun 23-Mar-14 21:28:23

I love love love the name Vera! But DH pulls a face every time I mention it and says Vera Lynn as if that is a major problem! I am desperately trying to change his mind (away from his terribly 1980s name choices, argh!) I say go for Vera, it's lovely!

Elvira for me is Elvira Madigan, which might be offputting if you don't like sad/tragic connotations. The Elvera spelling might cause some pronunciation problems, possibly. I like Verena better. I can't see Veronica being shortened to Vera once she's in school, but then again I was at school with a Veronica known as Nikki so who knows!

thegreylady Sun 23-Mar-14 21:52:51

Verity nn Vera?

JacqueslePeacock Sun 23-Mar-14 22:03:03

Vera is lovely. Why not just use that?

ikeaismylocal Mon 24-Mar-14 12:15:51

I love the name Elvira. I think elvy does have an elfin sound to it but your dd can choose if she likes that or not.

My ds has an elfin sounding name so I'm a little biased but I don't think there is anything intrinsically wrong with an elfin name especially if it's only a nn.

I know a toddler called Vera so to me it makes me think of a chubby little 2 year old rather than a grandma.

everlong Mon 24-Mar-14 13:35:43

Vera is as bad as Enid.

fussychica Mon 24-Mar-14 17:52:44

My cousin (now 60) was this after her mum. Ann was added - Vera Ann (much nicer) which is what she was formally known as or Viv for short.

FYI it is also a town in Spain (and probably several other places).

alita7 Mon 24-Mar-14 18:56:29

there's a good chance she won't like vera when she's a teen. so I'd go with elvera. then she can be Vera if she likes but she could also be ellie, Ella, elvie, elva, Eva, evie, els...

callow Mon 24-Mar-14 19:07:36

My middle name is Verona. I quite like it as it is unusual. I have only (other than the person I was named after) come across it once.

maggiethemagpie Tue 25-Mar-14 07:34:20

sorry, can't get the image of school dinner ladies (when I was a child) out of my head with vera

akachan Tue 25-Mar-14 12:20:18

I know a lovely 5 year old Enid!

I think Veronica is a fab name. Quite glamorous and she can be Ronnie, Vera or even Nicky.

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