Hopefully my final name post, what do you think of "Elvin"?

(69 Posts)
honeytea Mon 05-Nov-12 13:28:19

I have posted so many times, I think we have found our baby boy's name.

The name is Elvin, it's celtic meaning is elfish or elf friend, it's scandinavian meaning is 11th. We call my bump Elfie and I was tempted to actually call lthe baby Elfie but I'm not sure he would be pleased as an adult. He is also my DP's parent's 11th grandchild.

It's a pretty rare name in the UK 8 babies were claled Elvin in 2010. It's in the top 100 Swedish baby names, it was 90th last year but only 119 babies were called Elvin so the chance of him meeting another Elvin are fairly small.

I wanted an unusual name as my name is very common and I hated being in a class with loads of Amys, but I didn't really want to give him a name that was compleatly made up.

We are still not 100% decided I'd love to hear opinions both good and bad smile

And thank you for all the feedback on this name and the others we have considered smile

Vajazzler Mon 05-Nov-12 13:31:25

I dont like it. It sounds like you were going to call him Alvin but wanted to be 'different'.

mrstowers Mon 05-Nov-12 13:33:18

My first thought was '... and the Chipmunks.

ladymia Mon 05-Nov-12 13:34:52

my first thought was isn't it Alvin.

I think I have also exceeded my allowed baby name posts on here! it's a hard job this baby naming business smile

I don't like it. Makes me think of Elvis and Alvin/Calvin. Also of elves which is totally bizarre.

I thought "Stardust" shows age so no, I don't like it I'm afraid.

Also, once I'd realised it's not alvin, I thought it was a girl's name....

OwedToAutumn Mon 05-Nov-12 13:40:01

Sorry, I don't like it either.

But that doesn't really matter if you do. smile

honeytea Mon 05-Nov-12 13:45:48

Oh dear, I really appreciate the honest feed back! looks like it might not be my last naming post ;)

We did consider Alvin, I teach a little boy called Alvin and it feels like his name, I know lots of children so it is a little silly to not consider a name because I know a child with that name. Alvin Is also very very popular here in Sweden.

Elvis was on our first list, it is fairly common name here but it just makes me think of the singer.

Chipmunk names are all the rage here, I have a friend with a teodor and an Alvin!

LaVolcan Mon 05-Nov-12 13:53:17

If you live in Sweden and it's reasonably popular there, then why not if you like it?

Ruprekt Mon 05-Nov-12 14:01:37

I would hate to be an adult called Elvin.

It is not a good strong name at all and why would you give a boy a name that is to do with Elves? hmm


honeytea Mon 05-Nov-12 14:20:11

ruprekt lots of name are to do with elves, such as Alf, Alvin and Oliver. The reason why we want a name that means elf is because we call him Elfie now and it feels like his name.

I don't believe that if he has a strong name he will be strong and if he has a not so strong name he won't be strong, Tor was also on our list, if we were to choose that name I wouldn't expect some hammer wielding brute as a son in the same way that if we clal him Elvin I don't expect him to have pointy ears and like picking flowers.

I actually like it. It probably wouldn't be my personal first choice, but if I met a baby/child/adult called Elvin I would think 'hmm, that's a nice name.'

I also like the personal meaning behind it.

bigbluebump Mon 05-Nov-12 14:31:06

I quite like Elvin too. It is easy to say, spell and works well in most languages - what's not to like about it?

I don't like Alvin at all, for some reason. Too similar to Alfie which I don't like.

lisaro Mon 05-Nov-12 14:34:55

Honestly? There's a reason why only 11 babies were named it that year. I can see him being called 'Lord of the rings' (the nick names good and bad at my school were pretty inventive). It's not an attractive name and it sounds as if the parents spend all day reading fantasy books. sad

ILikeRed Mon 05-Nov-12 14:38:46

I think it's great!
Elfyn is a welsh boys name which I always think is lovely. All the Elfyns I know are strong, manly, welsh farmers so it doesn't make me think of Elves or Pixies at all!
Why not spell it "fy" which takes away the similarities to Alvin....?

lisaro Mon 05-Nov-12 14:39:55

How about Alfie?

RightUpMyRue Mon 05-Nov-12 14:40:05

I like your reasons for wanting to name him Elvin but I don't like the name itself. Sorry.

bigkidsdidit Mon 05-Nov-12 14:42:19

Now I've seen you live in sweden I think you should go for it. Top 100 there = normal name!

honeytea Mon 05-Nov-12 14:44:19

I wasn't aware of the name Elfyn, I love the spelling but we live in Sweden I don't think they would cope well with trying to pronounce it. Also you have to apply for a name if it isn't on their preapproved list and I don't think Elfyn would be on the list.

It was 8 babies in the UK but 119 in Sweden, it's number 90 on the Swedish baby names list so it makes it as popular as names such as Elijah, Bailey and Caleb in the UK.

I like Elfyn.

bigkidsdidit Mon 05-Nov-12 14:46:45

My DS is Albert which was number 130 the year he was born, I think.

honeytea Mon 05-Nov-12 14:48:13

I like Alfie, but names ending in a "ie" or "y" sound are seen in Sweden as names that a naughty young man would have.

DorisIsWaiting Mon 05-Nov-12 14:51:48

I have a slightly off the wall suggestion DH loved it but it was too out there for me but it might work in swedish.

Balin (sanskrit) Powerful, strong; robust (Aslo one of the dwarfs from JRR Tolkein)

lisaro Mon 05-Nov-12 14:55:51

Haha, honeytea the 'naughty names here are things like Jayden and kayden. I didn't realise you lived in Sweden. It's highly unlikely he will get the teasing then if it is more common there. I still think its's an unattractive name, but it may be different with a Swedish accent.

honeytea Mon 05-Nov-12 14:59:13

I'm glad you said that Lisaro, I was going to say the eqivalent of names such as Jayden and Kayden but I didn't want to offend anyone!

I'm British, DP is Swedish and we live in Sweden, DS will be (hopfully) bilingual but he will go to school in Sweden and possibly University in the UK but by the time he is 18 I hope he will be confident enough to choose friends that don't tease him about his name.

ladymia Mon 05-Nov-12 14:59:15

that changes my opinion then if that's how you spell it in Sweden. If you like the name go for it! smile

AimForTheMoon Mon 05-Nov-12 15:02:23

I like it and i like your reasons behind it. would you like Elwood as it means from the ancient forest and has elvish conotations? nothing wrong with elves as far as I am aware.
Alfie is a lovely name too but far too 'popular' IYGWIM.

ChippingInLovesAutumn Mon 05-Nov-12 15:03:11

Just as an aside - I could not live in Sweden, I would, not cope in a society where you had an approved names list.

Sorry, I don't like the name either, but if you do and it's not 'odd' in Sweden, then go for it.

Puremince Mon 05-Nov-12 15:09:15

You're in Sweden, so it's fine. If you come back here, then explaining that it's a Swedish name stops it from being seen as unusual.

rrreow Mon 05-Nov-12 16:57:06

I like it! Irrespective of you being in Sweden or in the UK.

Cezella Mon 05-Nov-12 22:44:43

Where I live in Wales it's actually quite a common name, the spelling is Elfyn but pronunciation is the same- I'd say I probably know about six

Viviennemary Tue 06-Nov-12 00:22:29

Sorry it's just dire. Please don't.

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Tue 06-Nov-12 00:46:07

There was an Elvin in The Cosby Show, who was married to Sondra. He was something of a misogynist fool, until Clare showed him the error of his ways, so if it's alright with the Huxtables, it's alright with me.

Rhubarbgarden Tue 06-Nov-12 22:12:51

I quite like it actually. I feel that I shouldn't - elves are not an association I would choose myself, and yet I think it's rather nice.

I do have a weakness for all things Scandi though.

themammy73 Tue 06-Nov-12 22:22:16

My husband absolutely loves this name and it would have been in his top 3 boys' names consistently but we haven't used it.. yet (mostly due to having girls). His connection with it comes from the American drummer Elvin Jones (who also had brothers called Thaddeaus and Hank) and he was a pretty cool guy. I would say to go for it!

mummabug Tue 06-Nov-12 22:36:00


Ham69 Tue 06-Nov-12 22:39:43

There's definitely something about it I like.

Goldchilled7up Tue 06-Nov-12 22:42:34

I don't like it, sorry!

Ephiny Fri 09-Nov-12 17:46:47

I don't like it, sorry. Just seems a bit silly and lightweight to me somehow, and not like a proper name. Maybe it's perceived differently in Sweden though. You're going to get a predominantly UK/English-speaking view on MN obviously.

Alvin is slightly better IMO. Or what about Elwyn?

LuckyOwl28 Fri 09-Nov-12 19:33:48

Its unusual without being too over the top. I like the meanings too. Go for it!

DinosaursOnASpaceship Fri 09-Nov-12 19:40:11

My first though was "Simon... Theodore!"

But then I read the bit about being in Sweden and got distracted by the list of acceptable baby names. Do they really have a list? How many names are on the list?

Don't like it - but it is better than both Alvin and Elvis, I suppose.

chinley Fri 09-Nov-12 22:38:35

I like the name in itself, it just seems like the sort of name that would cause him to be picked on in school IMO.

Frikadellen Sat 10-Nov-12 19:01:58

I dont mind it nor do I love it but I wouldnt think oh heavens if I was told a child/man was called it.

When I saw title I thought Eldin (I know a Eldin) then I thought oh no thats my friend...

notallytuts Wed 14-Nov-12 18:09:27

I know an Elvedin, which I think sounds slightly more adult...

honeytea Wed 14-Nov-12 19:17:02

Elvedin, I will suggest it to DP smile

MoelFammau Wed 14-Nov-12 20:28:28

Elvin's FINE!

Easy to say, easy to spell.... what's the problem?

FeckOffWithYourXmasBollocks Wed 14-Nov-12 23:47:16

I quite like Tor, theres something nice sounding about it. smile
I dont like Elvin though. If you want an elvish name, google Tolkien, He has some good ones.

honeytea Sat 02-Mar-13 15:25:38

I just wanted to update, DS was born on dec 18th and we decided to call him Elvin. Thanks for all the advice! smile

Coconutty Sat 02-Mar-13 15:33:00

I like it.

Coconutty Sat 02-Mar-13 15:33:41

Ooh, just seen that you called him that. Well done for updating and as I said, I like it!

ImNotaPheasantPlucker Sat 02-Mar-13 15:36:14


AnneEyhtMeyer Sat 02-Mar-13 15:37:34

Elvin is the name of our Elf On The Shelf!

AnneEyhtMeyer Sat 02-Mar-13 15:38:23

Ooops! Sorry, skipped a bit and missed you have actually used the name! Sorry.

popsgran Sat 02-Mar-13 15:43:42

sorry but its dreadful.buck the trend and go for traditional masculine names.david, michael,adrian,adam etc.dont embarrass the poor kid.

FriggFRIGGisPoorlySick Sat 02-Mar-13 19:06:06

I love it,it was on my list,great name,and congratulations thanks grin

JollyYellowGiant Sat 02-Mar-13 19:07:44

That's nice. I really like it and my first thought was like 'elfin'. Congratulations!

Coconutty Sat 02-Mar-13 19:22:19

Read the thread, the baby is 3 months old now and he's Elvin.

honeytea Sat 02-Mar-13 19:49:34

Thanks smile

He is very un elf like he is whopping 7KG already at 11 weeks!

If we have ds2 and call him tor he will probably be a frail little elf like baby ;)

Bowlersarm Sat 02-Mar-13 19:54:12

A name is just syllables put together! Elvin will suit him because that is who is. Congratulations

BrainDeadMama Sat 02-Mar-13 19:57:05

Lovely name, congrats smile

MooseyMouse Sun 03-Mar-13 00:44:54

I think it's lovely and the meaning fits perfectly. Congratulations.

BeeBopDingALing Sun 03-Mar-13 02:04:09

Ditto the Chipmunks.

aufaniae Sun 03-Mar-13 23:53:13

Ah, I was just about to post saying Elvin is lovely, go for it, but I see you already did.

Congratulations! smile

olivertheoctopus Mon 04-Mar-13 13:55:17

Call him Orlando. Orlando Bloom was an elf in LOTR wasn't he? Although if Alvin is a reasonably popular name in Sweden then Elvin is fine too. I quite like the link with him being the 11th grandchild.

twentyfourcarat Mon 04-Mar-13 17:17:34

I think Elfie/Elfi is quite cool on its own. What about another name where you could keep the nickname "Elfie", maybe:

Philip / Felip

aufaniae Mon 04-Mar-13 17:24:27

Hey people, the baby's been born and named already!

OP says they went with Elvin smile

char1eston Tue 05-Mar-13 21:08:11

Have a very dear (welsh) friend called Elvin who is fantastic. Love it!

thegreylady Tue 05-Mar-13 21:52:28

Alfred means counselled by elves-originally Aelfred

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