Right, 4 weeks to go and don't know what we're having. Already have a William who's 3 years old. Because of this we've unfortunately ruled out my second favourite boys name (George) for fear it is far too royal, just think it could look a bit daft. We'll probably go for Joseph, because we like it and also, by a process of elimination, nothing else is left, with the exception of Euan/Ewan which I have now ruled out as I don't want him to get asked "how do you spell that" after every time he says his name.
As for girls, the "short" list is below, what do you think? I've not put them in my preference intentionally...
Anna Hannah Erica Eleanor (nn Nell not Ellie, which isn't for us) Ellen Evelyn (think I have rules this out as don't want Eve) Erin - due around St Patrick's day and this means Ireland.
Middle name will be May or Joan after nans but can't decide which.
I really feel like I am having a boy so girls ' names might be irrelevant but I need to decide as I'm not a "let's see what she looks like" type. I'm really torn on the girls' names because we clearly like "E" but I really do not want it to ever end up as "El", "Ellie" so I'm trying to decide whtrher this rules out what is probably the fave (Eleanor) or if I can sway people into using Nell. Thing is, what if I can't.....
If you want to use Nell, but Eleanor as a birth certificate name, you just always, always use Nell and not Eleanor yourselves. Introduce her as Nell and dont even say the word Eleanor until she is well established as Nell. When it comes to forms, school forms etc, where it says full name write it but write next to it 'known as Nell'. I don't think that will be a problem.
Only if she, herself, wants to use Ellie - then you have no say!
Love Hannah and Erica, Anna and Erin are nice, Ellen is not my taste. I like Eleanor but the potential for Ellie would put me off, as I'd be sure some people would use it specially once she's older. I also don't like Evelyn for its popularity.
I'm an Eleanor and I love my name so go for it! But I keep seeing people on here saying they like the nn Nell. Personally, I hate the nn Nell and have spent my life avoiding it and the other Eleanors/Elinors I know have had the same battle. Ellie or Elle are much nicer in my opinion even if they are more popular names. Names tend to be popular for a reason!