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Eleanor - pronunciation and mean nickname potential

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zoobaby Sun 01-Feb-15 13:27:31

Do you pronounce it:
Or some other variation?

Also - how about mean nicknames? Only one I can think of is "smelly Ellie" but I'm sure there are more.

Mouldypineapple Sun 01-Feb-15 13:32:57

I like the name. Would pronounce it Ell E Nor
smelly Ellie sprung to mind!
Ellie Welly Belly...
Does it go with your surname?

AfroPuffs Sun 01-Feb-15 13:47:33

Lovely classy name.

Ell -en-ah is how I would say it.

mateysmum Sun 01-Feb-15 13:50:33

It's a lovely, time honoured name. Classy at any age.

How it is pronounced will vary but I don't think any of the variations are unpleasant.

Blahia Sun 01-Feb-15 13:54:49

EL-e-nor I love the name. All names have potential mean nick names -and of thru don't kids will many sone up based on something else.... Go for it smile

FamiliesShareGerms Sun 01-Feb-15 13:57:57


D0nnaO Sun 01-Feb-15 13:59:55

El en ah

Sophronia Sun 01-Feb-15 14:16:18


Ludways Sun 01-Feb-15 14:22:33

El e. nor

I had two aunties called Eleanor, both were Nelly.

museumum Sun 01-Feb-15 14:23:45

Ellen-ur here. Though all the Eleanor's I know are always called Ellie.

QueenBean Sun 01-Feb-15 14:23:56

Nelly the elephant

My parents avoided calling me Eleanor as I was, errr, on the larger side when born and they were concerned id grow up to be a large child and be called names at school

soontobemumofthree Sun 01-Feb-15 14:28:38


CrazyTights Sun 01-Feb-15 14:31:00

Eleanor is lovely, my sister has used it for her daughter. She doesn't get called anything other than Eleanor and she's in her 20s now.
We pronounce it El-ee-nor

icclemunchy Sun 01-Feb-15 14:36:04

We have an Eleanor grin pronounced ell-a-nor

We call her Ellie day to day, some times smellie/ smelly Ellie but she knows it's affectionately so I can't see in becoming a mean nickname when she's older

GotToBeInItToWinIt Sun 01-Feb-15 14:38:51

Love Eleanor, it's on my list for DC2. Only worry is her becoming one of a hundred Ellie's at school.

TheOnlyWayThrough Sun 01-Feb-15 14:59:54

El-eh-nor or El-eh-nah. I've known people with both pronunciations, but neither were shortened. If you went with the 'nor' pronunciation, Nora could be a NN. Or Lennie maybe?

CruCru Sun 01-Feb-15 15:15:53

Ell a nor

I would shorten it to Nell. Nell Gwynne was Charles II's mistress, she was very beautiful but died very young of a stroke.

zoobaby Sun 01-Feb-15 16:00:29

Thanks for opinions. I do like the historical associations with the name. Was thinking mainly Eleanor of the famous crosses. DS is Thomas so if we go for it, both DCs will have "old" names. Good point to consider queenbean.

zoobaby Sun 01-Feb-15 16:02:16

So I guess people just learn your preferred pronunciation and then use that. My friend's mum had a boss who mispronounced her name for 20 years confused.

KatherinaMinola Sun 01-Feb-15 16:05:45

I pronounce it ELL-un-uh. I think that's the usual way, though some people pronounce it ELL-i-nore. Never heard it pronounced any other way.

Kahlua4me Sun 01-Feb-15 16:05:59

Have an Eleanor pronounced El-en-ah.

Never been shortened yet by anyone.

daughterofliz Fri 06-Feb-15 22:43:46

I pronounce it just like Ellen with an a on the end (so ELL-in-a) unless someone specifically tells me they want it pronounced a different way. Never heard anyone make "smelly" jokes about any of the Eleanors I've known, but one couple I know with a daughter of that name used to call her Nelligan sometimes when she was very little. I think I like Nell better than Ellie as a short form but there's no reason why you have to shorten it at all.

EATmum Fri 06-Feb-15 22:49:48

Our Ellie/Eleanor (El-an-or) gets called a wide variety of nicknames but none really derivative of her actual name other than Ellie. It's a beautiful name.

OddBoots Fri 06-Feb-15 22:56:28

I know an Eleanor (El-en-or) known mainly as Lennie.

PrimalLass Fri 06-Feb-15 23:21:44

Why would you not pronounce the -or at the end? I don't understand.

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