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Baby names - one week to go - help needed!!

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DoodleAlley Tue 02-Apr-13 19:30:37

Right we have one week to go and can't seem to find a girls name.

DS was easy to name, we both liked a name, gave it a roadtest pre birth and were happy.

This time we are dithering.

At present the top two are.. (drum roll please!).... Natalie or Ella.

We have liked Esme but opinions seem split on pronounciation and I always end up spelling the surname at work and dont want to add to this child's woes!

This obviously comes with the disclaimer that I know it's a personal choice and you can't please everyone.

I'd love to hear any opinions, including how popular these names are around you and personal preferences are welcome!

DoodleAlley Tue 02-Apr-13 19:59:32

Bumping for the post bedtime crowd.


Madamecastafiore Tue 02-Apr-13 20:02:08

I like Natty/Natalie but it seems every girl around here is Ella or Ellie so would steer clear of that.

CheshireDing Tue 02-Apr-13 20:04:08

Personally I don't like Natalie because I would HATE hearing her called Na'ali (if that makes sense). I have issues with people not pronouncing the "t" in words and once they miss it off Natalie they probably will not pronounce the ending either, sorry bit ranty.

Ella is pretty, I like Esme and I would pronounce it Ezmi, iykwim as otherwise I would expect it to be spelt Esmee.

What about Erin?

MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Tue 02-Apr-13 20:10:50

Ella is lovely. As long as DS isn't called Sam.

Don't love Natalie but not sure why so not v helpful sorry

Similar names: Stephanie, Elin, Annie, Alice, Tara

MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Tue 02-Apr-13 20:12:57

Similar to Esme ... Elsbeth?

CPtart Tue 02-Apr-13 20:17:02

Natalie long time all time fave girls name.
Pleeeeease not another Ella!

DoodleAlley Tue 02-Apr-13 20:50:50

Ah hadn't thought about people missing the 't' in Natalie. I'm a stickler for that kind of thing so it might matter. But I like the fact it's not one of the many 'e' names.

Ho hum. Can't believe we left it this late

Jellykitten1 Tue 02-Apr-13 21:02:09

Not keen on Natalie. I like the "Talie" part but not the Nat confused. Also agree that hearing it as "Na'alie would annoy me.

I do however like Natalia smile and Natasha. It's harder to say Na'alia and Na'asha and the nn would probably be Talia and Tasha respectively which I think are both prettier than Nat or Nattie.

I love Ella and it wouldn't bother me that it is widely used. As long as your surname doesn't start with an A or a H (the H surname is awkward following a name ending in an "a").

I'm not keen on Esme personally. The nn would likely be Ezzy or Ez (also not as pretty as Talia or Tasha IMO). It is unusual to spell and even those in the know would still likely ask, "Is that with or without an accent and one "E" or two? I wouldn't want to saddle my DD with that smile...

DoodleAlley Tue 02-Apr-13 21:07:06

Ah I really don't like Natasha or Natalia. Ironic I know!

Sorry to come up with problems, the comments are really helpful though, thank you

DoodleAlley Tue 02-Apr-13 21:09:37

I know it's not technically the right nickname but DH likes Tilly for Natalie but I don't think it's a logical extension.

I liked Elsa too but have a big block against using a shortened name for the whole name.

Jellykitten1 Tue 02-Apr-13 21:14:34

Ah smile

I take it you must have both crossed Matilda off the list, as the more common long name for Tilly? Tilly is very pretty nn but doesn't come easily off Natalie (IMO)

Do you like Tabitha? (I love it, esp nn Tabby, but not everyone's cup of tea!)

I don't see Elsa as being a shortened name, it is a name in its own right? What's it short for?

Do you like Elise maybe?

DoodleAlley Tue 02-Apr-13 21:21:57

Matilda we have wondered about.

Tabitha just says 'cat' to me, much to DH's consternation as he likes it!

Think Elsa comes rom Elizabeth. Or possibly Elsbeth.

baskingseals Tue 02-Apr-13 21:41:49

i really like Elsa, i don't think it is a shortened form of Elizabeth.

i do think that Ella, though lovely will inevitably be shortened to Ellie.

are there any other names you like op?

DoodleAlley Tue 02-Apr-13 22:37:58

That's about it I'm afraid. I blame DH!

Ihatepeas Tue 02-Apr-13 22:42:01

Elsa is my all time favorite name!! Love love love it but dh said no sad I don't think of it as a shortened name.. a gorgeous name in its own right!

I also like Ella although its very popular. Natalie is not to my taste but I like tilly a lot!

soontobeslendergirl Tue 02-Apr-13 23:43:33

Prefer Ella - Na'hully would really get on my thruppenys - it also comes across a bit "schemey" sorry sad

Anastasia (Tasia) is nicer imo as is Natasha but see that has been vetoed.

...and also Marissa smile

soontobeslendergirl Tue 02-Apr-13 23:45:06

oh, and you could always have Ismay instead of Esme - no doubt on how to pronounce.

Snazzynewyear Tue 02-Apr-13 23:49:21

Natalie! It's lovely and atm unusual, whereas Ella is ubiquitous. The Estuary pronunciation could happen with plenty of names. I wouldn't let it put you off one you love.

Snazzynewyear Tue 02-Apr-13 23:53:04

Natalie! It's lovely and atm unusual, whereas Ella is ubiquitous. The Estuary pronunciation could happen with plenty of names. I wouldn't let it put you off one you love.

DoodleAlley Wed 03-Apr-13 00:18:21

No don't apologise. I know there's never going to be one name everyone Iikes or we'd all be using it.

Hearing people's opinions actually helps me realise my own by my response to them! It's the way I work!

soontobeslendergirl Wed 03-Apr-13 00:30:05

Are you definitely having a girl?

soontobeslendergirl Wed 03-Apr-13 00:32:54

Oh, and I know 1 Ella and no Natalies but my boys are 12 and 11 now so I know less babies.

DoodleAlley Wed 03-Apr-13 00:33:51

Well the sonographer said so. Obviously they do get these things wrong.

We're much closer to a decision on the boy's name. Typical!!

Off to bed now but will check in again tomorrow morning. Maybe inspiration will but overnight! Thanks for all the replies so far and your patience with my indecision!

sjupes Wed 03-Apr-13 00:37:46

I lovvvve natalie but it's still a bit '80's scheme' where i'm from sad and i adore ella but i find names with 'l' in them hard to pronounce (no idea why but dd has a double ll in her name and it jars in my throat.) Plud dp vetoed it for dd2.

I'd say of the two i would go with ella or elle lovely 'girly' names that grow up nicely too.

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