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brockleyD Fri 14-Jan-11 17:56:54

Any thoughts on the name Elfrida? I like Elfrida with Elfie or Freddie for short for a baby girl...I really want an unusual old english name.

deemented Fri 14-Jan-11 18:01:59

No, it's not a name, it's an affliction!

ElephantsAndMiasmas Fri 14-Jan-11 18:11:53

I know an Elfrida (not English) and I hate to say it but I smirk every time I remember her name. She calls herself Ellie.

Also what if people started calling her Elf-Rider, similar to Flo-Rida?

Having said that Elfie is a lovely nickname. Think Aelfrith is another version of the name. TBH half of the OE names we have begin with Ael/El so there must be plenty of choice. What about Adeline?

taintedpaint Fri 14-Jan-11 18:55:11

I don't love it, I must say.

Nightstar Fri 14-Jan-11 19:34:47

Sounds like two names pushed together. Elle and Frieda. Bit odd.

There must be some variations that are more normal that you like?

Bumperlicious Fri 14-Jan-11 19:47:11

No. What about Frederica if you like Freddie.

bigbluebump Fri 14-Jan-11 20:04:43

Elfrieda is a more common version of the name.

I have a (French) friend called Frederique and we call her Freddie.

NannyState Fri 14-Jan-11 20:28:47

Not a nice name.

Frieda is pretty, though.

lilly13 Fri 14-Jan-11 20:43:04

How about Efimia (NN: Fima)? It is a very rare Greek name. Otherwise, prefer Frida. However, Fridas I met were most jewish.

onimolap Fri 14-Jan-11 20:47:45

I rather like it.

It's also the name of this foundation.

wuggglemump Fri 14-Jan-11 20:51:07

She's not been born and clearly you hate her.
Don't do it.

MrsvWoolf Sat 15-Jan-11 02:18:03

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BorisTheBold Sat 15-Jan-11 02:37:03

Really...? It's a no from me (and I'm usually pretty "out there" when it comes to names).


Dreya Sat 15-Jan-11 03:27:52

At first I thought I liked Elfie. I've never heard it before. But then I said it out loud and it sounds like I'm saying healthy so that's put me off it a little bit. At first glance I saw 'Elkie' and I really like that. Elkie Brooks was one of my mums fave singers back in the day. smile Elfrida sounds like one of the names of the ugly stepsisters. It's just not very pretty. Elephants suggestion of Aelfrith is really very nice. Much better than Elfrida.

mathanxiety Sat 15-Jan-11 05:03:55

I love it. It sounds really light and yet pleasantly Germanic at the same time. I love Frida too.

migola Sat 15-Jan-11 09:28:32

Sorry I don't like it but I love Frida

PlanetLizard Sat 15-Jan-11 10:07:07

I don't like it, sorry. Makes me think of elves and Freda.

belgo Sat 15-Jan-11 10:08:06

I quite like it.

RetroMum1 Sat 15-Jan-11 15:46:40

I know a 6 month old Elfrida who is known as Elfie and I think it's really sweet. She is named after her grandmother which I think is nice as well as it means something.

GlynistheMenace Sat 15-Jan-11 15:54:39

I love the name Elfrida.

When I was a young child, we had a wonderful neighbour called the same. She was German and she and her Polish husband came to live in our town in the early 1940's....refugees from the terrible things that were happening at home sad She used to tell me wonderful stories about Germany, and make fabulous hot drinks grin

Whenever I hear the name I think of the lovely old lady and her kindness.

I think you could use Ellie, Elfi or Frida as a shortened version.


bambiandthumper Sat 15-Jan-11 16:10:10

How about Frederica?

brockleyD Sun 16-Jan-11 10:11:22

Thanks everyone for feedback, I guess there is no name that everybody likes and the ones that a lot of people like end up being so common you can't win!

LetThereBeRock Sun 16-Jan-11 14:34:42

It's hideous.

mamadiva Sun 16-Jan-11 14:51:46

Brockley- FWIW I don't like it at allBUT you hae to go with what you like not what anyone else thinks!

I know an Elfhin though which makes me think of Elephants... needless to say she gave her DD a 'normal' name (her words).

NannyState Sun 16-Jan-11 21:30:47

Elfie? Poor kid!

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