Eilidh?

(30 Posts)
Thenightswatch Wed 27-Jan-16 13:58:57

What do you think of this name?
It's the only one DH and I can really agree on.

We're in Scotland so wouldn't really worry about spelling or people not pronouncing it properly.

Only other names we slightly agree on is,
Anna
Alice

Twooter Wed 27-Jan-16 14:00:09

Like all of them

trevortrevorslatterfry Wed 27-Jan-16 14:08:12

Eilidh is a lovely name!

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 27-Jan-16 14:10:15

Go for Eilidh OP the only one I know is Scottish and lovely.

tinofbiscuits Wed 27-Jan-16 14:23:44

I like Eilidh and Anna.

Or Eliana, to combine Eilidh and Anna?

Personally I'm not so keen on Alice.

kiwiscantfly Wed 27-Jan-16 14:34:29

I love it, but I'm biased as I have one. The only downside (for some not all) is that it doesn't shorten for a nn.

Celticlassie Wed 27-Jan-16 14:41:21

It's lovely but has become very common. (As in lots of them)

TheCatsMeow Wed 27-Jan-16 15:06:46

I like Eilidh grin

Thenightswatch Wed 27-Jan-16 16:35:58

Thank you all for opinions, I'm definitely stuck on Eilidh, so I think I'll go for it, just didn't want to ask family as don't want them to know yet and get unhelpful comments.

Sgoinneal Wed 27-Jan-16 16:36:38

Like Eilidh and Anna a lot.
It's popular but not wildly, I think go for it.

katiegg Wed 27-Jan-16 16:49:22

Love Eilidh! it will be on our shortlist if we ever have a girl. I also adore Anna but it rhymes with my surname so it would be a no-go. Alice is lovely too, but for some reason husband doesn't like it. weirdo!

Hatethinkingofusernames82 Wed 27-Jan-16 16:52:15

Love Eilidh! That's on our girls list too. We just can't work out which middle name to use with it.

florascotianew Wed 27-Jan-16 17:29:31

Eilidh is a pretty name but - IF this matters - in recent years it has been quite popular (top 20) in Scotland. The provisional Scottish figures for 2015 show that it has just dropped out of the top 20 there www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files//statistics/popular-forenames/2015/babies-first-names-2015.pdf

As I'm sure you know, in Scotland, Eilidh is often considered to be the Gaelic equivalent of Helen, although language experts say that it is a modern Gaelic short form of Eleanor (in other words, Scottish Gaelic for 'Ellie') www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780198610601.001.0001/acref-9780198610601-e-6930?rskey=NLl2PG&result=2079

StrawberryLeaf Wed 27-Jan-16 17:40:41

I think it's lovely and classic

Thenightswatch Wed 27-Jan-16 18:07:25

I'm glad Eilidh is well liked smile DD1's name is hugely popular as I stupidly didn't check the top 100 at the time, so I was wanting something a little less popular this time round

Sgoinneal Wed 27-Jan-16 18:19:13

Just as an extra I also love Eilish/Eilis which is less popular but still very pretty. Lovely names OP.

magpie17 Wed 27-Jan-16 18:21:10

Eilidh is lovely but there are lots about (I'm in Glasgow and it's the equivalent of all the Eva's and Evie's in England), if that doesn't bother you then go for it!

DramaAlpaca Wed 27-Jan-16 18:22:02

Love it

breezeharbour Wed 27-Jan-16 18:25:03

Please could I ask how it's pronounced?

Elllicam Wed 27-Jan-16 18:33:10

Pronounced like Ailie. I like it but I love Alice smile

Sgoinneal Wed 27-Jan-16 18:35:23

In most parts it's pronounced Ay-ley (like Hayley without the H). Scottish vowels are a bit different though, it can sometimes sound almost like Ee-lie to non-Scottish ears.

Sgoinneal Wed 27-Jan-16 18:40:13

X post Ellicam

AugustRose Wed 27-Jan-16 18:50:44

I love Eilidh and we lived in Scotland when DD1 was born but DH didn't like. She is almost 14 and I told her a few years ago that I liked the name and she was disappointed I hadn't named her Eilidh - she sometimes uses it in the stories she writes smile

tabulahrasa Wed 27-Jan-16 18:55:59

I love Eilidh as well, but DP hated it sad

Pobspits Wed 27-Jan-16 18:57:08

Loads and loads of Eilidhs here.

Aila and Ailish are similar but a bit different?

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