How can it be this hard to choose a girls name?

(19 Posts)
mrsdougs Tue 07-Jul-15 20:46:43

We are expecting our second girl and are really struggling for names! Our first daughter has a reasonably unusual name so we don't want to give our second a popular name but we are finding it difficult to decide between a very 'out there' name (Ellida) and more normal names (Harriet, Olive). Olive is a family name and Harriet because it's a lovely name and I always wanted an Ettie!
Ellida is a Scandinavian name (I'm half Scandinavian) from an Ibsen play.
Any opinions or other options would be great. Thanks!

callamia Tue 07-Jul-15 20:50:32

I really like Mina, which i think is a scandi name. What about Essi?

callamia Tue 07-Jul-15 20:51:11

Btw, Ellida is lovely. I'd totally go with that if you like it enough.

MaggieJoyBlunt Tue 07-Jul-15 20:51:19

The Lady from The Sea? Lovely smile

How about raiding the Dolls House for inspiration?

FatSwan Tue 07-Jul-15 20:53:32

Ellida is gorgeous.

Is it pronounced like it's spelled?

sexnamechange Tue 07-Jul-15 20:54:16

Ellida is great. I'd go for it!

MaggieJoyBlunt Tue 07-Jul-15 20:55:03

Ettie is lovely too.

Zzzsnatcher Tue 07-Jul-15 21:01:21

Ellida is lovely!

mrsdougs Tue 07-Jul-15 21:03:08

I think strictly speaking it's pronounced Elleeda but we would go with El-lid-ah which is how the English equivelant (spelt elida) is pronounced. Difficult though as don't want the poor girl to be explaining her name/spelling/pronunciation for the rest of her life!!

MarinaCoyle Tue 07-Jul-15 21:06:02

Ellida is beautiful and I'd have automatically pronounced it as eh-lid-da as you described. As the owner of a complicated but lovely name (doffs cap to parents) I'd say go for it!

SueGeneris Tue 07-Jul-15 21:07:42

Another vote for Ellida. I would have instinctively pronounced it your way and I think that is a prettier pronunciation.

mrsdougs Tue 07-Jul-15 21:08:07

Thank you all!! Nice to hear positive opinions about it!

ashesandfire Tue 07-Jul-15 22:00:24

Quite like Ellida but have you considered it may well end up abbreviated to Ellie? Which is very popular.
Harriet nn Ettie is nice. I prefer Juliet or Violet nn Ettie personally.

pollyisnotputtingthekettleon Tue 07-Jul-15 22:28:23

DD has an unusual name - she could spell it phonetically at 2 out of necessity ...

Sophronia Tue 07-Jul-15 22:57:29

I would have automatically pronounced it elleeda, which sounds nicer than el-lid-ah IMO.

Yellowbird01 Tue 07-Jul-15 23:00:56

I would automatically say elleeda which sounds much better than elidda!

But of the options I prefer Harriet

WhispersOfWickedness Tue 07-Jul-15 23:11:33

Ellida is lovely and I read it as Eleeda before I saw your explanation.

BothEndsBurning Wed 08-Jul-15 08:59:30

Not El-ee-da! it sounds like Elida shampoo.

PallasCat Wed 08-Jul-15 21:04:07

Ellida is beautiful - unconventional but I wouldn't say it's out there.
Similar would be...
Elika
Alaina
Leanda

For Ettie (I agree - lovely) you could substitute Harriet with...
Colette
Henrietta
Estelle/a
Celeste
Lisette
Lisbet/Lisbeth
Elspeth

But really I think you're onto a winner with Ellida, and should think no more about it. grin

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