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Was set on Flora, but just saw Ellen??

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emmyloo2 Wed 20-Mar-13 02:59:17

DH and I had locked in Flora for DD due in 9 weeks. However, stupidly I came back to Baby Names and saw someone asking for a sibling name for Ellen and it struck me how simple, classic and elegant Ellen was. I think DH will kill me for raising another option as we have been going around and around in circles and had finally decided on Flora (with Florence as a possible substitute).

DS is George and I want something traditional, not popular and elegant. And short!

So does Flora meet that? What about Ellen?


Kveta Wed 20-Mar-13 03:05:35

Nobody will call her Ellen margarine, or say 'bet Ellen spreads well!'.

Flora will get those said to her at some point, believe me <voice of bitter experience>

emmyloo2 Wed 20-Mar-13 03:07:21

Thanks Kveta. We are in Australia and while we have Flora margarine I don't think we have the slogan spreads easily. I have never heard of it. In fact Flora as a name would be relatively unheard of here so I am not bothered about the potential teasing.

I am sure the margarine thing would possibly be raised, but that is not what bothers me...I just want to choose the right name!

westcoastnortherner Wed 20-Mar-13 03:08:35

Ellen, or how about Eleanor?

emmyloo2 Wed 20-Mar-13 03:09:59

Thanks Westcoast. I have considered Eleanor but it's quite popular here. I prefer Ellen.

I don't think I am going to get it past DH though!

ThisIsMummyPig Wed 20-Mar-13 03:18:34

DH's first choice name is Ellen, but he has a sister called Helen, so I vetoed it on the grounds of stupidity However, I would have loved Eleanor, but would have been tempted to call her Nelly. That got vetoed on the grounds that Eleanor sounds posh, and Nelly is a rude word where he comes from

TWinklyLittleStar Wed 20-Mar-13 03:24:38

Flora is margarine.

I like the name Ellen so much that I still like it even though it's DH's evil ex-girlfriend's name.

OkayHazel Wed 20-Mar-13 03:56:31

Ellen is miles better than Flora.

Though I am biased because it is my middle name.

NowPlayingZone Wed 20-Mar-13 09:09:37

Ellen is way more elegant & timeless than flora IMO.

HappyAsASandboy Wed 20-Mar-13 09:35:16

I agree with the others, Ellen is lovely smile

EssieW Wed 20-Mar-13 09:38:23

Ellen is gorgeous.

It was on our list for DD and would be top if we had another girl.
Sometimes I wish I had used it first time round.

Though maybe see what she looks like?

yawningbear Wed 20-Mar-13 10:42:14

I love Flora, only thing that would be put me off is the margarine connection but it sounds like that isn't an issue where you are so I would stick with it. Flora Ellen sounds lovely.

Gwennan Wed 20-Mar-13 12:34:33

I like Flora - I know a lovely one. I don't think she's ever had any problems with her name and she's in her late 20s now.

I like Ellen too but perhaps a little less than Flora. It just doesn't seem as special as Flora because it sounds like so many other names - Helen, Eleanor, Ellie, etc.

LeslieWink1e Wed 20-Mar-13 12:48:44

I love Ellen. ELeanor not so much.

Flora is lovely too, I do like it but I'd have reservations. It makes me think of floor. The margarine thing doesn't bother me, so what. All spreads claim to spread easily. That is no long a unique selling point of Flora Margarine. So it's a beautiful name. Your short list is two beautiful names.

Both lovely but considering all manner of thinggs, Ellen is my favourite.

NorksAreMessy Wed 20-Mar-13 12:53:15

As an alternative, Helen is the most beautiful and gorgeous and perfect name (biased) and I have never met a nasty Helen

olivertheoctopus Wed 20-Mar-13 13:57:50

Love Flora, Less keen on Ellen. A friend has a George and a Florence. Goes well.

MolotovCocktail Wed 20-Mar-13 15:35:08

I prefer Ellen to Flora. I'm also very fond of Eleanor, Ella, Elena (El-ay-nah) and Elle.

MolotovCocktail Wed 20-Mar-13 15:36:44

Oh, and I prefer Laura to Flora smile IMO, it's prettier, classic and sophisticatedly feminine.

bedmonster Wed 20-Mar-13 16:10:02

I know siblings called George and Ellen! I much prefer Ellen to flora.

Frikadellen Wed 20-Mar-13 16:17:11

Flora is beautiful

Ellen is plain imo

woopsidaisy Wed 20-Mar-13 19:05:00

I never thought of the spread, was wondering what you were all going on about! smile
I love Flora. It reminds me of one of my fav literary characters. Flora Post in Cold Comfort Farm!

Stixswhichtwizzle Wed 20-Mar-13 21:05:54

Love Ellen but i'm biased. It means sunshine too which is lovely imo

Dauphin Wed 20-Mar-13 21:14:03

We have Florence (she's 5), and I adore Flora...I think whatever the name, someone at shool will always have some rhyme for it etc...I think the diminutive Flo is so sweet.

idiot55 Wed 20-Mar-13 21:20:31

Love love love ellen. although Im biased!!

its not particularly popular either, easy to spell, timelse I could go on and on

snice Wed 20-Mar-13 21:21:56

I know siblings called George and Ellen too bedmonster :I wonder if they're the same ones!

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