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Found a name I like in baby names book ... opinions please

(21 Posts)
frostystart Thu 29-Nov-12 11:24:24

I have the 'Brilliant Book of Baby Names' and have come across the name Ellery for a girl which I really like. I have heard of Ellery Handley the rugby player but the book does say it can be for a girl too. It means 'island of elder trees' which has significeance for me.

It can be spelt in a variety of ways - Ellery, Ellerie, Elerie. I like the Welsh version Eleri too but do prefer one of the above versions.

Please can you tell me what you think. Does it sound made up? Is it a nice name for a girl?

CoteDAzur Thu 29-Nov-12 11:25:31


EdithWeston Thu 29-Nov-12 11:26:31

I think of it as a boys name (like Ellery Queen).

MerryMarigold Thu 29-Nov-12 11:28:00

My Mum had a female friend named this, but it was pron ill-airy. Don't know if that's a different name. I think spelled Ellerie is nice, but it will be said 'Ellaree'.

I quite like it. I like Avery too. And my dd has named her doll 'Avie' which I think is quite cool.

HanSolo Thu 29-Nov-12 11:30:15

I like the name, but I thi nk of it as a male name. confused
My brain is telling me it's a very pretty name though!

frostystart Thu 29-Nov-12 11:32:13

HanSolo that's my thought! It seems to be known as a male name but to me sounds very pretty. Sigh, choosing names is tricky!

Doshusallie Thu 29-Nov-12 11:32:16

I like it spelt Ellery. Similar to Valerie isn't it....I do like it.

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 29-Nov-12 11:42:50

I prefer Eleri.

Ellery is a different (male) name.

BlueChampagne Thu 29-Nov-12 13:07:55

I thought it was Welsh and spelt Eleri too.

Beaditsback Thu 29-Nov-12 14:06:30

I thought it was a welsh, female name too spelt Eleri.
I love it!

Not sure why I think Aniela is similar...... Maybe just another name I love. Pronounced: Ann-yell-a

iseenodust Thu 29-Nov-12 14:10:16

Sorry my first thought was the same as Edith (loved those books). Go for one of the spellings with an i in though and I could be persuaded.

Kittenkatzen Thu 29-Nov-12 14:10:40

I think it's lovely....Elerie or Eleri look more feminine and pretty to me. Agree that Ellery would be a masculine version.

Flimflammery Thu 29-Nov-12 14:12:09

Eleri spelling is nicest. Reminds me of Lord of the Rings, somehow.

PorkusEnormous Thu 29-Nov-12 14:26:35

I've never heard it before so wouldn't think 'male name'. It sounds lovely, is it pronounced "ella ree"?

YouCanBe Thu 29-Nov-12 14:48:11

I like Eleri best too. Ellery does say boy to me and the other spellings look clunky somehow.

Eleri is beautiful though!

marialuisa Thu 29-Nov-12 14:48:19

Eleri is pronounced "El-air- ee" (best approximation) rather that "ella-ree" though.

PorkusEnormous Thu 29-Nov-12 15:13:23

It's still lovely smile

LaGuerta Thu 29-Nov-12 16:07:32

I like it. Never heard of it for a man or woman though. <clueless>

The word "Celery" did pop into my mind though. Sorry. blush

Gwennan Thu 29-Nov-12 17:12:42

Eleri - lovely Welsh name

Ellery - trendy American name that's basically celery without the C

MerryMarigold Thu 29-Nov-12 17:49:05

Gwen, you summed it up perfectly! And the pronounciation.

MerryMarigold Thu 29-Nov-12 17:50:07

Ellery like Mallory and Avery.

OP, how have you been pronouncing it in your head?

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