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BinarySolo Fri 31-Oct-14 16:15:17

Just wanted some opinions on this name. I love it and it is my Nan's name and dh great grandma's name.

BUT, does it make you think 'the elephant? And how popular is it now? I'd hate to lumber a child with a name where they could be teased for any weight problems, especially as I'm chunky myself.

squoosh Fri 31-Oct-14 16:29:25

I love Nell and don't think 'elephant' when I hear it.

I dislike Nellie and definitely do think 'elephant' when I hear it.

OublietteBravo Fri 31-Oct-14 16:35:27

I think opera singer when I hear the name Nellie/Nelly (Nellie Melba or Nelly Miricioiu).

Balderdabble Fri 31-Oct-14 16:39:31

I have an older relative called Nell, but everyone seems to call her Nellie, even though she hates it. And she grew up being teased mercilessly with the Nellie the Elephant song. When a family member wanted to name their child after her, she actually begged them not to do it. Having said that, I think it is really cute, but would never use it myself because of her experience.

mymummademelistentoshitmusic Fri 31-Oct-14 16:54:41

Don't mind Nell. Absolutely hate Nelly. Same goes for DP's Aunty Nell, age 81.

FarmerNell Fri 31-Oct-14 16:58:02

It's a great name smile
(but not Nellie - not on your nellie...).

fattycow Fri 31-Oct-14 18:00:54

I love Nell and would probably nickname her Nelly.

shakemysilliesout Fri 31-Oct-14 19:07:38

Billie off Towie used it recently for her baby girl

Littlefish Fri 31-Oct-14 19:10:06

I love Nell, but don't like Nellie at all. It reminds me of:

1. Nellie the elephant
2. Nellie Olsen the mean girl from Little House on the Prairie

TinyMonkey Fri 31-Oct-14 21:28:22

I know several Eleanors who are known as Nell. My grandmother was also a Nelly, I really like it.

DraaaamaghAlpacaaaagh Fri 31-Oct-14 21:31:34

Nell is lovely, but Nellie/Nelly is awful.

The trouble with Nell is that Nellie/Nelly as a nickname would be almost inevitable.

BinarySolo Fri 31-Oct-14 22:28:44

Thank you all for the feedback, I think that's managed to convince dh!

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 31-Oct-14 23:06:51

I don't like Nell. It is dull.

Nelly is the elephant and will be until the end of time.

Choccyhobnob Mon 03-Nov-14 12:57:56

I know a 7 year old Nell and a 1yr old Nellie (but the 1yo is in Australia) don't think it's that popular (but def prefer Nell to Nellie)

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