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Sarah2506 Tue 19-Feb-13 18:55:02

We love the name Effie but I'm not convinced it could stand alone as a name in its own right. We are tempted to either call her Elizabeth officially, and then always use Effie, but we only think we can do that because that was the name of the girl in Skins! She was Effie short for Elizabeth. It's more traditionally short for Euphemia. Which we don't like! I think Effie is an adorable baby name but not so much an adults name, so we def think we need to give her a long version. What do you think? Any Effies or parents of Effies out there?

Gwennan Tue 19-Feb-13 18:57:54

In the abstract, sort of reminds me of the expletive f... off. Can't imagine I'd think that though if I knew one.

You could always give your daughter the initials F.E. as a way to the nickname Effie.

Sarah2506 Tue 19-Feb-13 19:04:32

Gwennan - You aren't the first to say that...!

Clawdy Tue 19-Feb-13 19:23:29

It's actually rather sweet. Could it be used as a pet name for Eliza or Ellen,as well as Elizabeth?

Doshusallie Tue 19-Feb-13 19:25:04

Reminds me of a character in the hunger games. Who was a bit annoying.

DefiniteMaybe Tue 19-Feb-13 19:25:26

I love love love Effie. Doesn't match my surname though. I love Elfie too.

oooggs Tue 19-Feb-13 19:27:48

Lady across the road is called Aoife but pronounced Effie

sarahbean123 Tue 19-Feb-13 19:28:15

I love Effie, because it reminds me of the girl from Skins and I thought she was awesome! I'll definitely consider it for any future girls.

BikeRunSki Tue 19-Feb-13 19:51:50

I know an Effie who is about 20 months old. She is just Effie, which I think in nice for now, but might be odd when she is older. I love it as a nn though, but would be tempted to use it as a nn for a name that begins with F.

sw11mumofone Tue 19-Feb-13 19:57:52

I immediately thought f@#% off too. Sorry!

fruitypie Tue 19-Feb-13 20:08:32

we liked this name for a girl too and saw it was short for 'Effemy' or 'Ephemy'

Stixswhichtwizzle Tue 19-Feb-13 20:10:31

I think its cute.

juneau Tue 19-Feb-13 20:22:30

Effing Effie - that's what it makes me think of.

And wasn't Mrs Doubtfire Effie?

Sorry, I think it's horrid.

Scootee Tue 19-Feb-13 20:26:00

Effie reminds me of effing hell etc. I don't like like it at all, sorry.

Gimmeechocolate Tue 19-Feb-13 20:27:55

Could it be a nn for Phoebe or Sophia?

onlymeee Tue 19-Feb-13 20:45:06

I think it's horrible, but if you like it you could just use it as a stand-alone nickname, and it will either stick or it won't. Lots of kids acquire nn's that are unrelated to their names.

RiaOverTheRainbow Wed 20-Feb-13 21:13:12


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OkayHazel Thu 21-Feb-13 10:12:45

My initials are FE and I wish someone had nicknamed me Effie as a child! Its so cute.

Sadly I'm so entrenched in my identity now that Effie just doesn't feel like me.

TheCatIsUpTheDuff Thu 21-Feb-13 10:29:54


weeblueberry Thu 21-Feb-13 11:10:21

Josephine also has the nickname Effie. smile

SnowLeopard27 Sun 24-Mar-13 17:43:52

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thegreylady Sun 24-Mar-13 19:30:25

There is a little girl in my dgs class [nursery] named Effy.I posted on here as to what it was short for.I believe it is traditionally Josephine or Euphemia but this little girl is just Effy [spelt that way]-I asked her mum smile

TaperJeanGirl Sun 24-Mar-13 19:36:27

I have an almost 2 yr old Effie, she is just Effie, we wouldn't ever use a longer version so she's Effie on birth cert, we love it grin

NotSoNervous Sun 24-Mar-13 19:39:33

I really like the name and I think it would be fine to use a nickname for Elizabeth

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