What are your thoughts on Elvie?

(59 Posts)
LuckyVal Sat 08-Mar-14 00:14:57

Our girl is due in a couple of weeks and after much research(!) I've recently come to love the name Elvie.
It reminds me of many names that I love but that OH has not been keen on...
For example; Sylvie, Vivienne, Elsie, Edie
As it is very unusual I wondered what are your thoughts?


Innogen Sat 08-Mar-14 00:15:48

Like elves? Santas little helpers?

How about Impie? Of Goblinie?

FourFlapjacksPlease Sat 08-Mar-14 00:16:50

I love it! I think it's very pretty.

Mrswellyboot Sat 08-Mar-14 00:17:06

I love it, really nice name

ashtrayheart Sat 08-Mar-14 00:27:27

I like it. I have an Evie smile

It's like Elvis. Which is very cool.

LuckyVal Sat 08-Mar-14 00:29:45

Haha. Great sense of humour Innogen. No really. Having never really posted on mumsnet before it's great to see immediately that the forums are full of mature and helpful individuals with constructive advice.

Fourflapjacks and Mrswelly.. .thank you smile

NigellasDealer Sat 08-Mar-14 00:30:45

LV? like luncheon voucher? (shows age)

LuckyVal Sat 08-Mar-14 00:32:18

And ashtray and bouquet thank you too!

I wasn't intentionally going for the Elvis vibe- (although I too think it's a cool name). I think this is where opinions may be mixed....

Innogen Sat 08-Mar-14 00:35:31

LuckyVal... That's what I thought of when I heard the name. It isn't a name I'd choose. I genuinely believe that if you hear people's feelings, associations and negative perceptions, but still love the name, it is the one for you.

If someone saying they don't like it is enough to put you off, it's the wrong choice.

People hate my DCs names. But I don't, and that is what matters.

NigellasDealer Sat 08-Mar-14 00:36:33

I don't know - how about Elfie short for Elfrida?
Elvie kind of sounds 'made up' no offence

Nocomet Sat 08-Mar-14 00:38:03

Sorry, makes me think of a character in Lord of the Rings or some other fantasy book.

manicinsomniac Sat 08-Mar-14 01:43:23

I quite like it, I think. Definitely unusual. Nicer than Pixie anyway, and that is definitely a name in use.

Nigellas wouldn't Elvie be short for Elvira in exactly the same way as Elfie is short for Elfrida? I don't think Elvie is any more made up than Elfie?

PassAFist Sat 08-Mar-14 01:53:49

We have an annual Elvis festival in our town when we are invaded by Elvis Tribute Artists, and they are collectively referred to as the Elvie.

NigellasDealer Sat 08-Mar-14 02:06:25

oh right yes Elvira, popular name in Italy I think.

gingerchick Sat 08-Mar-14 02:34:16

Elvie immediately makes me think of the fat girl range of clothing (I am a fat girl) albeit spelt differently or the LV insurance company its made up sorry

bubblegoose Sat 08-Mar-14 03:01:38

I really like it.

mathanxiety Sat 08-Mar-14 05:59:23

I would use Alvy instead. It's an Irish name.

Or Elkie.

SuckingGin Sat 08-Mar-14 06:02:10

I don't particularly like it personally, probably because Elvie makes me immediately think of Elvi the plus size clothing shop (in fact when this thread popped up in active convos I thought it was going to be a thread about the clothing store - and that the poster had just misspelled the name).

But stepping back from that association it isn't a bad name, so if you both really like it then go for it.

catinbootz Sat 08-Mar-14 06:02:35

I know an Elvira nn Elvie. Gorgeous.

nooka Sat 08-Mar-14 06:04:54

Seems like just a bit of a name to me, I'd immediately be wondering what it was short for.

Elvis is cool, but obviously not for a girl grin

Pity your OH doesn't like the other names you've suggested, I like Vivienne a lot.

MrsJamin Sat 08-Mar-14 06:10:11

I know an elvie! It's sweet.

17leftfeet Sat 08-Mar-14 06:44:10

Isn't it the nickname of the Jayne horrocks character in little voice?

YeahBitchMagnets Sat 08-Mar-14 06:48:06

No. It's ok as a shortening for Elvira (which is horrible anyway) but on it's own it just sounds contrived and made up.

TamerB Sat 08-Mar-14 06:54:33

I think it sounds like someone made it up to be different from Evie.

woodrunner Sat 08-Mar-14 07:06:05

It's fine as a shortened version of a longer name. It's a bit restrictively cutesie on its own.

But I LOVE your longer list of names. So many gorgeous names on there. Vivienne and Sylvie are so elegant and beautiful. You need to get persuading your OH.

I know a Selvie (Turkish name.) Love that too.

Topaz25 Sat 08-Mar-14 12:23:35

TBH it does sound like a nickname rather than a real name to me. I don't think she would really be taken seriously as an adult. I love some of the other names on your list so maybe you could find a compromise with your OH that sounds more like a real name?

ElviraPink Sat 08-Mar-14 12:37:47

I like it

13loki Sat 08-Mar-14 13:45:45

I like it. But then, I have an Elfi (really Älfi, but most english speakers wouldn't know how to start to pronounce Ä).

yourlittlesecret Sat 08-Mar-14 13:50:33

I misread it as Elvis. Possibly others would as well.

RabbitPies Sat 08-Mar-14 14:13:07

Too cutesy.

tethersend Sat 08-Mar-14 14:15:49

I know two Boys called Elvi.

PeanutPatty Sat 08-Mar-14 14:18:56

It sounds confused to me.

ListenToTheLady Sat 08-Mar-14 14:21:44

It's great! Different, cute, but also I can see it working on a serious grown-up too.

SteamboatSprings Sat 08-Mar-14 14:22:54

A bit twee tbh.

Prefer Elfie smile

WowserBowser Sat 08-Mar-14 14:31:11

Agree with Tamer

It sounds like someone likes Evie but wants to be different.

SolveAProblemLikeMaria Sat 08-Mar-14 14:38:54

I like it! Never heard of te plus size clothing store people are speaking of. A little girl I know is called Elfine shortened to Elfie and I've always thought it was lovely. I actually think I prefer Elvie though. I also rmemeber a character in the tv show Skins called Effy shortened from Elizabeth which I thought was pretty

LuckyVal Sat 08-Mar-14 20:15:12

Many thanks for all the replies. A mixed bag but I think that was to be expected.
Overall I'm pleased...and not too worried about the slightly negative responses. I've never heard of the plus size range and George, Florence and Fred are all becoming popular names now without comparison to Asda/Tesco..so I'm fine with that.

In terms of it sounding made up...it isn't..it's just unusual so not many have heard of it....so again no concerns there! I guess all names have their 'made up' sounding phase unless/until they filter into more mainstream use.

I find it odd that it sounds twee yet the same person has suggested Elfie. To me Elfie sounds more cutsie than Elvie as the 'v' sound toughens Elvie up somewhat in my opinion.

I agree that it is an alternative to Evie, which is becoming more common now, it's a name I love but I haven't heard anyone say that it's too nicknamey or that it wouldn't suit an adult...so I'm not sure why this applies to Elvie.

It's really interesting to hear different thoughts on the name. Thanks again for your input. I really appreciate all the comments, good, bad or indifferent

Oh and Elvirapink are you actually an Elvira/Elvie?!

Anjou Sat 08-Mar-14 20:42:20

I know an Elfie and I think it's lovely. Neither Elfie nor Elvie make me think of Elf/Elves, although I can obviously see why some people think that straight away.

You're right that Elvie sounds like a 'toughened up' Elfi/Elfie, OP. I actually think that Elvie sounds quite masculine. I would expect it to be a boy. If that doesn't bother you (plenty of names can be for both boys & girls) then all is well. smile

ikeaismylocal Sat 08-Mar-14 22:34:39

I love it! I have a son called Elvin, we call him elfie sometimes, that was his in the tummy name.

Do brace yourself for the stage when she will insist on spelling her name LV ;)

13loki älfi is such a fab name! I was convinced ds should be called elfie and we still call him elfie now despite his name being Elvin.

alita7 Sat 08-Mar-14 23:17:04

I like elvet?

alita7 Sat 08-Mar-14 23:17:17

Or elovette

Leeds2 Sat 08-Mar-14 23:40:28

I know an Elvie, aged 6, and she is lovely.

I prefer Vivienne though!

LuckyVal Sat 08-Mar-14 23:46:51

And just to add we may consider Elvira as a full name. I think it looks prettier than it sounds..but it's a definite option for birth cert.

lemonpoppyseed Sun 09-Mar-14 01:26:57

I work with an Elvie. I think it's a lovely name!

bugoven Sun 09-Mar-14 07:10:45

I love the name Elvie. I think you should definitely go with it.

My OH and I love the boy name Elvis. Is started off as a bit of a joke as we had waites so long to conceive we came up with a "silly" name to tempt Mother Nature into letting us be parents. However this has now backfired as we want the name but family members think we are joking.

MrsPresley Sun 09-Mar-14 07:16:39

bugoven If you want the name Elvis then go for it, it's a wonderful name in fact it's my husbands name wink

badtime Sun 09-Mar-14 07:27:45

'Elvina' is also a name (the feminine form of 'Elvin').

Bear in mind that 'Elvira' can be pronounced either 'Elv-ee-ra' or 'Elv-eye-ra' (the latter is the American pronunciation I believe, and it was popularised by the character 'Elvira, Mistress of the Dark' in the 80s)

JohnFarleysRuskin Sun 09-Mar-14 07:32:57

Elvira is lovely- nickname anything.

How about sylvie?

I also loved Vivienne - vivi- but alas dh vetoed.

EdithWeston Sun 09-Mar-14 07:39:06

I'd assume it s a nn for something like Louise Victoria.

I don't take to it as a free-standing name. I looks either like passionate Elvis fans trying to foist theirs monomania on a girl, or (rather as Innogen said) upthread on a par with Impie, Fairy etc

LuckyVal Sun 09-Mar-14 07:47:33

I love Sylvie but I haven't pushed OH on it as our DS name starts with S and our surname begins and ends with S too so I think it's a Sssss overload.. sad

I think the LV thing could be said of many names. EV? ED?

BellaOfTheBalls Sun 09-Mar-14 08:06:32

I'm not keen personally but it's not the worst name I've ever heard! Feel free to ignore me though; I have very particular taste in names and have only boys so am particularly shit with girls names.

However, I absolutely love love love Elsie/Edie from your list. If DS2 had been a girl I wanted to name him either Elsie after DH's aunt or Meredith with Edie as a NN.

BellaOfTheBalls Sun 09-Mar-14 08:09:57

P.S does it go nicely with your DS' name? You will find yourself saying them so often together "DS and DD" that if they don't sit nicely it sounds odd. we I really wanted to call DS2 Jasper but because our DS1's name has a similar final syllable they sounded weird together.

yummymango Mon 10-Mar-14 20:40:35

Love it! Sounds nice at any age but unusual.

ginmakesitallok Mon 10-Mar-14 20:44:02

I know an Elvie, love the name!

BaconAndAvocado Mon 10-Mar-14 22:17:25

It's beautiful and very old English.

SelectAUserName Tue 11-Mar-14 11:30:02

Elvira with Elvie as a NN is lovely.

Rooners Tue 11-Mar-14 11:44:11

Sorry, but I don't like it. Saying it out loud is a pretty good test.

It reminds me of Elvis, and also LV like others have said.

I prefer Sylvie tbh.

WeAreSix Tue 11-Mar-14 12:09:05

I don't dislike the name but it seems a bit impractical - one of those names where she'll forever be asked 'How do you spell that?' Which would be annoying IMO.

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