Was set on Flora, but just saw Ellen??

(55 Posts)
emmyloo2 Wed 20-Mar-13 02:59:17

DH and I had locked in Flora for DD due in 9 weeks. However, stupidly I came back to Baby Names and saw someone asking for a sibling name for Ellen and it struck me how simple, classic and elegant Ellen was. I think DH will kill me for raising another option as we have been going around and around in circles and had finally decided on Flora (with Florence as a possible substitute).

DS is George and I want something traditional, not popular and elegant. And short!

So does Flora meet that? What about Ellen?


Kveta Wed 20-Mar-13 03:05:35

Nobody will call her Ellen margarine, or say 'bet Ellen spreads well!'.

Flora will get those said to her at some point, believe me <voice of bitter experience>

emmyloo2 Wed 20-Mar-13 03:07:21

Thanks Kveta. We are in Australia and while we have Flora margarine I don't think we have the slogan spreads easily. I have never heard of it. In fact Flora as a name would be relatively unheard of here so I am not bothered about the potential teasing.

I am sure the margarine thing would possibly be raised, but that is not what bothers me...I just want to choose the right name!

westcoastnortherner Wed 20-Mar-13 03:08:35

Ellen, or how about Eleanor?

emmyloo2 Wed 20-Mar-13 03:09:59

Thanks Westcoast. I have considered Eleanor but it's quite popular here. I prefer Ellen.

I don't think I am going to get it past DH though!

ThisIsMummyPig Wed 20-Mar-13 03:18:34

DH's first choice name is Ellen, but he has a sister called Helen, so I vetoed it on the grounds of stupidity However, I would have loved Eleanor, but would have been tempted to call her Nelly. That got vetoed on the grounds that Eleanor sounds posh, and Nelly is a rude word where he comes from

TWinklyLittleStar Wed 20-Mar-13 03:24:38

Flora is margarine.

I like the name Ellen so much that I still like it even though it's DH's evil ex-girlfriend's name.

OkayHazel Wed 20-Mar-13 03:56:31

Ellen is miles better than Flora.

Though I am biased because it is my middle name.

NowPlayingZone Wed 20-Mar-13 09:09:37

Ellen is way more elegant & timeless than flora IMO.

HappyAsASandboy Wed 20-Mar-13 09:35:16

I agree with the others, Ellen is lovely smile

EssieW Wed 20-Mar-13 09:38:23

Ellen is gorgeous.

It was on our list for DD and would be top if we had another girl.
Sometimes I wish I had used it first time round.

Though maybe see what she looks like?

yawningbear Wed 20-Mar-13 10:42:14

I love Flora, only thing that would be put me off is the margarine connection but it sounds like that isn't an issue where you are so I would stick with it. Flora Ellen sounds lovely.

Gwennan Wed 20-Mar-13 12:34:33

I like Flora - I know a lovely one. I don't think she's ever had any problems with her name and she's in her late 20s now.

I like Ellen too but perhaps a little less than Flora. It just doesn't seem as special as Flora because it sounds like so many other names - Helen, Eleanor, Ellie, etc.

LeslieWink1e Wed 20-Mar-13 12:48:44

I love Ellen. ELeanor not so much.

Flora is lovely too, I do like it but I'd have reservations. It makes me think of floor. The margarine thing doesn't bother me, so what. All spreads claim to spread easily. That is no long a unique selling point of Flora Margarine. So it's a beautiful name. Your short list is two beautiful names.

Both lovely but considering all manner of thinggs, Ellen is my favourite.

As an alternative, Helen is the most beautiful and gorgeous and perfect name (biased) and I have never met a nasty Helen

olivertheoctopus Wed 20-Mar-13 13:57:50

Love Flora, Less keen on Ellen. A friend has a George and a Florence. Goes well.

MolotovCocktail Wed 20-Mar-13 15:35:08

I prefer Ellen to Flora. I'm also very fond of Eleanor, Ella, Elena (El-ay-nah) and Elle.

MolotovCocktail Wed 20-Mar-13 15:36:44

Oh, and I prefer Laura to Flora smile IMO, it's prettier, classic and sophisticatedly feminine.

bedmonster Wed 20-Mar-13 16:10:02

I know siblings called George and Ellen! I much prefer Ellen to flora.

Frikadellen Wed 20-Mar-13 16:17:11

Flora is beautiful

Ellen is plain imo

woopsidaisy Wed 20-Mar-13 19:05:00

I never thought of the spread, was wondering what you were all going on about! smile
I love Flora. It reminds me of one of my fav literary characters. Flora Post in Cold Comfort Farm!

Stixswhichtwizzle Wed 20-Mar-13 21:05:54

Love Ellen but i'm biased. It means sunshine too which is lovely imo

Dauphin Wed 20-Mar-13 21:14:03

We have Florence (she's 5), and I adore Flora...I think whatever the name, someone at shool will always have some rhyme for it etc...I think the diminutive Flo is so sweet.

idiot55 Wed 20-Mar-13 21:20:31

Love love love ellen. although Im biased!!

its not particularly popular either, easy to spell, timelse I could go on and on

snice Wed 20-Mar-13 21:21:56

I know siblings called George and Ellen too bedmonster :I wonder if they're the same ones!

Nivet Wed 20-Mar-13 21:33:02

I love Flora, Ellen is ok but not special.

bedmonster Wed 20-Mar-13 21:39:06

Well snice is Ellen older than George? In the SE?
Ooohhh, I wonder!

birdofthenorth Wed 20-Mar-13 22:16:22

Ellen is nicer IMHO. Like Nell and Lennie as nicknames too. Flora is nice though, although when I first met one as a teenager I did think margarine, sorry.

emmyloo2 Wed 20-Mar-13 22:22:02

Thanks everyone. I am now having second thoughts about flora much to DH's annoyance who thought we had it all locked down!

What about Elizabeth? This was always on our list but I discounted it because it is in the top 50 and I thought it was too popular...

LeslieWink1e Wed 20-Mar-13 22:36:15

I reckon that Elizabeth is nowhere near as popular as that ranking would make it seem, because (and I nearly did this myself) some of the Elizas, Libbys and Beths will have Elizabeth on their birth cert.

I like Beth. It's in the same vein as Ellen I think.

squoosh Wed 20-Mar-13 22:53:42

Flora is far nicer.

Ellen is majorly frumpy.

BeeBopDingALing Wed 20-Mar-13 23:58:38

Ellen is a good name and so much nicer than Flora which I think is awful. Like another poster said Ellen is elegant.

UnrequitedSkink Thu 21-Mar-13 00:03:46

Ellen is just lovely, as is Elizabeth. Elizabeth has the advantage of all the sweet diminutives (I'd have loved a little girl called Beth and a teenage DD called Lizzie), but Ellen is more unusual (in this day and age) and has its own grace and simple beauty.

RunningDeer Thu 21-Mar-13 00:11:42

Flora is a beautiful name, as is Florence.

Really don't like Ellen, to me it's old fashioned & frumpy. Elizabeth is lovely, with lots of options for diminutives.

Ella is similar to Ellen, but much nicer IMO.

Startail Thu 21-Mar-13 00:51:48

Ellen, much, much nicer than Flora

Also if your not in the UK you may not have wall to wall Ellies. (I wouldn't mind if the Ellies were all Eleanor, but they're not they just want to confuse me!)

ripsishere Thu 21-Mar-13 01:05:06

Ellen is a gorgeous name. DD was almost called that and I regret not using it.
Elizabeth is equally lovely.
Flora not as much.

emmyloo2 Thu 21-Mar-13 02:54:22

Thanks all. It is interesting the way people have completely opposite opinions. I don't think I am entirely comfortable with Flora, if that makes sense. I love it, but I am not 100% sure now. Whereas, with something like Elizabeth, I would have no doubts but just wonder whether it is too popular.

Where I live it is on the top 50 although quite low down. I only know of one little Elizabeth and she is known as Ellie. We would use Beth though or Lizzie.

Florence is the other option.

I don't think I am going to get Ellen over the line. I raised it with DH and he said it reminded him of the talk show host and the show annoyed him. I still love it but I am not going to go to battle for it I don't think.

So perhaps it's now Florence or Elizabeth....we also had Diana on the list at one point but that disappeared.

sleepywombat Thu 21-Mar-13 03:47:37

I thought you wanted a short name?!

I think you should stick with Flora. Its lovely. You'll go off any name if you think about it too much.

Elizabeth nice too (but not short!) & like Lizzie, not overly keen on Ellen. Florence is just too flouncy/puddingy imho (although really suited a gloucester old spot sow I used to know) & really popular atm.

Maybe see what she looks like?!

emmyloo2 Thu 21-Mar-13 06:48:47

Thanks sleepy - I think that is good advice re overthinking it. I have a tendency to overthink things! It's very hard because I just want to choose the right name!

OneLieIn Thu 21-Mar-13 07:08:17

Flora, margarine, spread.... Not good

Ellen much better

williaminajetfighter Thu 21-Mar-13 07:18:15

My mean frumpy boss was called Ellen. Avoid!!!

wiltingfast Fri 22-Mar-13 00:15:59

I love Ellen. Beautiful strong name.

Flora is nice but nicer for a child than an adult. I'm not personally into the v feminine names really. Lot of them about!

Gingerodgers Fri 22-Mar-13 00:27:51

I love both names.

3boysgirlontheway Fri 22-Mar-13 06:13:08

I am in Australia as well and have a 1 year old Florence, the reaction to her name here has been amazing. We haven't met any others, but, we have met so many Milly's and Amelia's it's like there was a law passed saying you had to call a daughter that.

For what it's worth, our Florence has a big brother called George as well smile

everlong Fri 22-Mar-13 20:09:29

Ellen is a bit boring.. and I always want to pronounce a H when I say it.

Flora is better.

mewkins Fri 22-Mar-13 21:07:42

I like both but out of the two prefer Ellen.

ParmaViolette Fri 22-Mar-13 21:16:59

If you call her Ellen, she will be Ellie.

Which is not so strong and beautiful.

idiot55 Fri 22-Mar-13 21:56:38

I disagree Parma, ellen in this neck of the woods isnt shortened to Ellie

ElegantSufficiency Fri 22-Mar-13 22:58:20

Ellen is short. it wouldnt become ellie if you didnt want it to.

ParmaViolette Sat 23-Mar-13 17:53:59

It will be whatever her friends call her her- OP won't be able to control anything.

I know three Ellen's between 4 and 20, 2 are Ellies - the youngest is Lenny (which I think is cute grin)

OkayHazel Sat 23-Mar-13 19:01:33

Ellie will be soooo easily avoided. Do not worry about that.

I'd suggest Elle. I think it's gorgeous and makes sense as a nickname for an already short name, to just pronounce the first syllable of the name.

I love Ellen. It's my gran's name and my sister and daughters middle name. It's elegant and timeless.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Sun 24-Mar-13 14:30:04

Back again OP? grin

Ellen is lovely but quite a few Ellies around... Nell is a popular MN suggestion lately.

I still love Flora.

I wonder if you will see her face when she is born and think, Aha! and her name will come to you regardless of what you ponder here.

Yfronts Sun 24-Mar-13 23:10:31

Ellen could be Ellie - of which there are tons. Flora is much more special.

Yfronts Sun 24-Mar-13 23:13:45

Florence is stunning too. Theres also Floris, Fern.

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