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jb7445 Wed 11-Feb-15 16:39:23

Thoughts? This is my mum's name and I'd love to have it as a middle name at least, but am somehow struggling to warm to it. I'm not sure why - it's really not that different in terms of actual sound from Isla, Evelyn, Ella etc., all of which I like, and similar in 'style' to a lot of granny chic names that are fashionable at the moment (tho I must admit I'm not a fan of these generally....). Help - is it hideous or acceptable???

dawn1967 Wed 11-Feb-15 16:44:54

Not really a fan but if it's a family name and you want to use it, do so. Your child will become that name and it will be lovely because it's her.

Irene is similar but I prefer it.

Hakluyt Wed 11-Feb-15 16:48:48

One of my dd's middle names is Irene, after her great grandmother. We are all agreed that it's an awful name, but it made the great grandmother concerned very very happy, and dd loves the connection to her family history.

CaptainCunt Wed 11-Feb-15 16:59:38

Eilie would be a nice shortening if a bit made up. Not massively keen on Eileen.

Hakluyt Wed 11-Feb-15 17:03:08

Ellie isn't made up- there used to be loads of them!

Bowlersarm Wed 11-Feb-15 17:06:23

Oh come on, OP ..

How about Ellen as variant? Really lovely and acknowledges your mum, sort of.

squoosh Wed 11-Feb-15 17:09:43

Absolutely fine tucked away as a middle name.

Hakluyt Wed 11-Feb-15 17:09:56

I think if you're going to acknowledge a name, then use it. Changing it seems a bit odd "we'd use your name if it wasn't so grim- so we're using another name starting with the same letter........" As I said, we dithered about Irene- but we're glad we did. And so, more importantly,is dd.

MehsMum Wed 11-Feb-15 17:17:22

Fine as a middle name.
Less fine as a first name.

pilates Wed 11-Feb-15 17:57:09

Ok for middle name, like the family connection.

pootlebug Wed 11-Feb-15 18:00:51

Fine as a middle name. But I think all the 'een' names - Maureen, Doreen, Kathleen, Eileen etc are not quite old enough for granny chic and more just very dated. I'm sure they'll be the in thing in 25 years or so.

BlueStarsAtNight Wed 11-Feb-15 18:01:25

Fine as a middle name, it wouldn't be one if choose but if it's to honour family it's fine.

temporaryusername Wed 11-Feb-15 18:07:54

I think it is a lovely name, as a first or middle.

loislines Wed 11-Feb-15 18:36:19

I really like it, but then I love Irene too.

ScrambledEggAndToast Wed 11-Feb-15 18:47:57


You just know that when she gets older, possibly goes to uni, all her mates would be constantly singing that well known song. How does it go again??!!

GotToBeInItToWinIt Wed 11-Feb-15 18:50:54

Only tolerable as a middle name!

1944girl Wed 11-Feb-15 18:56:23

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burgatroyd Wed 11-Feb-15 20:07:00

Eileena ?

I know it's made up but its actually quite pretty....

reuset Wed 11-Feb-15 21:02:56

My great aunt would have said Eileen was common. Not very nice I grant you, but I don't like the name much personally. I don't know why exactly, it's quite irrational. Maybe it just feels dated

CrispyFern Wed 11-Feb-15 21:11:26

It's just the wrong era to sound right to us. In twenty years it will probably be terribly fashionable.

It's fine as a middle name.

CarlaVeloso Wed 11-Feb-15 21:22:22

Eileen is the irish form of Helen.

Here are one or two other options.

Aileen (Scots)
Aili (Estonian, Finnish)
Alena (Czech, German, Slovakian, Spanish)
Alenka (Slovenian)
Aliona (Russian)
Alyena (Russian)
Alyiona (Russian)
Alyona (Russian)
Eileen (Irish)
Eilidh (Scottish Gaelic)
Elaine (English)
Ela (Polish)
Elea (English)
Elen (Estonian, Norwegian, Welsh)
Elena (Bulgarian, Greek, Italian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Manx, Persian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovakian, Spanish)
Elene (Georgian)
Eleni (Greek)
Elenie (Georgian, Greek)
Elenka (Czech)
Eli (Norwegian)
Eliana (Portuguese)
Éliane (French)
Elien (Dutch)
Eliina (Finnish)
Elin (Estonian, Norwegian, Welsh, Swedish)
Elina (Estonian, Finnish, Russian)
Eline (Dutch, French)
Ella (English, Finnish, Polish)
Elle (English, Estonian)
Ellen (Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Swedish)
Elli (Finnish)
Ellie (English)
Ellin (Welsh)
Elly (English)
Elna (Danish, Finnish)
Elya (Russian)
Ena (Irish)
Galina (Russian)
Galya (Russian)
Haliana (Polish)
Halina (Polish)
Halya (Ukrainian)
Halyna (Ukrainian)
Hela (Polish)
Heleainná (Sami)
Heleen (Dutch)
Heleena (Finnish)
Heleentje (Dutch)
Helen (Estonian, Turkish)
Helená (Sami)
Helena (Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, Galician, German, Greek, Greenlandic, Latvian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, Turkish)
Hélène (French)
Helene (Danish, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Swedish)
Helenka (Hungarian, Polish)
Heli (Estonian, Finnish)
Hellae (Greek)
Hellais (Greek)
Helle (Danish)
Hellen (English)
Iiliit Greenlandic
Ileana (Romanian, Spanish)
Ili (Hungarian)
Iliana (Spanish)
Ilka (Hungarian)
Ilona (Finnish, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish)
Ilonka (Hungarian, Polish)
Iluska (Hungarian)
Jelena (Croatian, Latvian, Russian, Serbian)
Jelka (Croatian, Slovenian)
Laina (Finnish)
Laine (Estonian, Latvian)
Lainey (English)
Laney (English)
Léan (Irish)
Léana (Irish)
Leena (Estonian, Finnish)
Lele (German)
Lelya (Russian)
Lena (Danish, English, Finnish, German, Greek, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish, Polish)
Lenchen (German)
Lenci (Hungarian)
Lene (Danish, German, Norwegian)
Leni (German)
Lenka (Slovenian, Slovakian)
Lenuţa (Romanian)
Liena (Latvian)
Liene (Latvian)
Liina (Estonian, Finnish)
Lina (Italian, Swedish)
Line (Dutch)
Liolya (Russian)
Nel (Dutch)
Nelda (English)
Nélida (Spanish)
Nell (English)
Nelle (English)
Nelli (Russian, Finnish, Hungarian)
Nellie (English)
Nelly (English)
Nelya (Russian)
Olena (Ukrainian)
Olenka (Ukrainian)
Onella (Hungarian)
Yelena (Russian)
Yelina (Russian)

Corygal Wed 11-Feb-15 21:25:39

I fear DD may not thank you for it.

BartholomewCrouch Wed 11-Feb-15 21:42:48

Fine as a middle name.

We've used unfashionable family names as middle names.

Made some old people happy which was nice.

And as they're never used no embarrassment to DCs or us.

BartholomewCrouch Wed 11-Feb-15 21:46:58

Fin as a middle name.

We used unfashionable family names as middle names.

Made some old people happy which was nice. (nice at the time, but also particularly nice remembering how pleased they were, since they have now died).

And as middle names are never used, no embarrassment factor for DCs or us.

Do the nice thing, it's an easy win.

brightreddress Wed 11-Feb-15 22:40:25

It's really cool. Why should Eileen be uncool and Ellie be cool? Why should Iris be cool but Irene not be? They will all seem the same in ten years time.

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