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Eloise or Genevieve?

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ChineapplePunk Mon 12-Sep-11 11:02:56

Pregnant with my first. No idea of the sex, however, when it comes to girls names I've always had the name Genevieve fixed in my head. I think it's beautiful. My other half isn't so keen, but he loves the name Eloise. I must admit I think that is also a very beautiful name, but I'm not sure how common it is at the moment?

Cereal Mon 12-Sep-11 11:29:00


tudorrose Mon 12-Sep-11 11:35:42

I like them both. Genevieve is lovely. Eloise is very popular around here (cheltenham) at the moment, but it is a nice name though.

strandednomore Mon 12-Sep-11 11:38:28

I also know a baby Genevieve in Cheltenham - you're not in Cheltenham too are you OP? smile Both lovely names, very regal. I would probably come down on the side of Genevieve.

Levana Mon 12-Sep-11 11:58:23

Genevieve is beautiful and more classy and unusal than Eloise imo.

There seems to be a fad of Elle / Ella / Ellie type name and Eloise just seems part of that craze and so much more ordinary.

EllenRose Mon 12-Sep-11 12:04:46

Do you have any views on people trying to shorten Genevieve or actually even Eloise? Only ask because my parents had thought they had chosen a name that could not be shortened and people still did and it annoyed them immensely!

CharlieBoo Mon 12-Sep-11 12:24:08

Oh Genevieve is beautiful... Eloise is a bit blah to me.

LetThereBeRock Mon 12-Sep-11 12:24:41

Definitely Genevieve.

BikeRunSki Mon 12-Sep-11 12:28:29

Definitely Eloise!

Genevieve may well get abbreviated to Jenny (well, it has for my mum). Depends on how you feel about that. But I still prefer Eloise, and had it on my list for girl bump due in a few weeks.

Pasiphae Mon 12-Sep-11 12:30:16

Genevieve. So pretty compared to Eloise.

Niecie Mon 12-Sep-11 12:31:19

Genevieve definitely.

If I had a DD that would have been my choice too. Love it.

Elouise is too much like Louise in my head and I just don't like it - negative connotations, I'm afraid. And it reminds me of The Damned record which I don't like.

LydiaWickham Mon 12-Sep-11 12:41:00

both lovely, go with Genevieve, unless you hate Jenny as a nn. I know 2 grown up Eloise's, neither get called Ella, I guess it's short enough to not always need a nickname.

ChineapplePunk Mon 12-Sep-11 12:43:00

I don't mind the shortened versions of either name. LoL regarding The Damned connection. It's actually one of the things that makes Eloise kind of cool for me. smile
I do really love Genevieve though, but I suppose it isn't fair to use it if my other half isn't sold on it.
I'm in Glasgow and I haven't really noticed the name Eloise come up very often.

akaemmafrost Mon 12-Sep-11 12:43:42

Eloise. It was my favourite name for dd but was vetoed by her Dad. Its a beautiful name.

wobblypig Mon 12-Sep-11 12:48:37

I have a Genevieve but didn't think through the nick/shortened names ( I hate Gen/Jenny) So we call her by her middle name.

suspiria Mon 12-Sep-11 12:53:02

I love Genevieve it's beautiful, it's a timeless classic

Eloise looks at though it's going to be very popular for the next few years

mistressploppy Mon 12-Sep-11 12:56:38

Eloise is lovely without being try-hard. Genevieve is very pretty too but as you say, if your DP doesn't like it as much...

Niecie Mon 12-Sep-11 13:06:07

If I had a Genevieve I would probably have called her Jenna rather than Jenny.

ChineapplePunk Mon 12-Sep-11 13:07:00

And don't get me started on boys names. That's even more difficult. I like traditional Irish names like Cian, Cillian or Mylo. My other half like Danny. That's going to be really tough smile

cadifflur Mon 12-Sep-11 13:11:04

ooh, what beautiful names, both of them. Love the suggestion of Jenna as a nn too, that's such a lovely name.

tammytoby Mon 12-Sep-11 14:35:53

Genevieve is very pretty, elegant and timeless. Lovely name.

Eloise is ok, used quite a lot already, so may feel more dated eventually.

My vote goes to Genevieve!

comedaygoday Mon 12-Sep-11 15:11:29

Like them both, but slightly prefer Genevieve as it's more unusual. I would use Ginty as a nn.

Offspring Tue 13-Sep-11 03:32:51

My vote is for Eloise. I love it and had this bump been a girl DH and I had agreed to use it.

I absolutely love our boys name choice too, but slightly in mourning for the name Eloise sad.

FemaleEuknickers Tue 13-Sep-11 04:36:51

Genevieve can have the nn Evie and that is now in the top 10. It is a lovely name though..

I have a friend, Eurpoean, called Eloise and always thought it was an elegant name. I only know one child called it currently and believed it was still unusual. Obviously Cheltenham has a glut of swish mothers!

Eloise is my choice

iscream Tue 13-Sep-11 05:19:48

Genevieve. You could call her Eve, Evie, Jenny or Viv for short.

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