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IvoryMadonna Sat 02-May-15 16:13:55

No baby to name, but I've come across an Elvira in the family tree. It strikes me as a name that ought to be fashionable right now, as it has the popular El- beginning, and bears some resemblance in sound to Eve and Olivia. Yet it doesn't seem to appear in the 2013 stats at all. Am I missing something?

chickenpoxpanic Sat 02-May-15 16:15:52

This is the only Elvira I know

dun1urkin Sat 02-May-15 16:18:49

This ^^

Lunastarfish Sat 02-May-15 16:19:09 might explain why it is seldom used

IvoryMadonna Sat 02-May-15 16:20:04

Never heard of that, but it sounds fun! grin

IvoryMadonna Sat 02-May-15 16:21:45

The film, that is - I don't know what that website is.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 02-May-15 17:11:41

I know an Elvira, she hates loathed and detests her name. Is more commonly known by her middle name as a result. She's in her 70's.

It has never been a popular name in the UK, has it?

confusedandemployed Sat 02-May-15 17:12:44

I love it. It was my granny's middle name.

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g Sat 02-May-15 17:15:49

Elvira is the name of the first wife in Blithe Spirit. Not a very positive association either! Sounds too like Vera, which is not a name I've ever cared for.

ThumbWitchesAbroad Sat 02-May-15 17:18:54

Oh I thought you were thinking of using it and was going to suggest Evadne as an alternative.

Elvira - no. Can't think why but I always think that the mother of Samantha in Bewitched is called Elvira - she isn't, she's called Endora, but it sticks with me, so to me it sounds witchy and vampirey and just not really the sort of name I'd give a baby.

squoosh Sat 02-May-15 17:50:07

Too witchy.

theconstantvacuumer Sat 02-May-15 17:57:21

I love it. Also love Tabitha, Kitty and Evangeline. They make me think of dark haired mysterious beauties grin

mrscatmad31 Sat 02-May-15 17:57:40

My old boss was Elvira, she went by Elly, don't think she liked her name (she's in her 30's)

IvoryMadonna Sat 02-May-15 18:29:11

Elspeth is the name I always find "witchy". I think it was the name of the wicked stepmother in some fairytale I read at a young age.

Elvira just struck me as the kind of name that might suddenly be "discovered".

ilovemargaretatwood8931 Sat 02-May-15 18:37:06

I like it, I also like Vera!

Not so keen on Ellie.

starlightloz Sat 02-May-15 18:39:32

My Nan was called Elvina. I love that and would have used it if I had a girl. Quite similarly, am not sure why it isn't seen very often. I think it's lovely, different enough without being too odd to be pronouncable.

PrimroseEverdeen Sat 02-May-15 18:47:10

Sorry but it reminds me if Elvira mistress of the dark! It's a bit too witchy!

mrsdavidbowie Sat 02-May-15 18:48:35

I love it. Also Elvie as short form

BellMcEnd Sat 02-May-15 18:50:00

I love the name Elvira but then I was a massive fan of the film "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark." It is hilarious and full of fantastic one liners like "just grab a tool and start banging!" Maybe not the most appropriate film to consider when naming a baby but I would recommend it as a movie! grin

Stitchintime1 Sat 02-May-15 18:50:50

It's a character in a Noel Coward play to me. Really obscure reference. Not that keen. A bit like an awkward combination of Ellie and Eva.

Aurochs Sat 02-May-15 18:53:33

Yes I'm not sure how or where I've picked it up from, but I think "Elvira" and I see a 60-something woman with a totally OTT scheming expression, jet black bun and Far Side spectacles!

reuset Sat 02-May-15 19:06:08

A ghooostly reference. Blithe Spirit of course! The play and film is very well known. I liked Margaret Rutherford best in her role in the film

IvoryMadonna Sun 03-May-15 12:08:27

Another name from the family tree is Etheldra, which I think is quite splendid. Never come across it before.

ThumbWitchesAbroad Sun 03-May-15 15:34:57

How far back does your family tree go, Ivory? that sounds positively mediaeval, Etheldra. Like Ethelred.

IvoryMadonna Sun 03-May-15 16:55:53

Not as far as that! smile The first Etheldra (as far as I've found) was born c1800, then various granddaughters were given the name too. Before that - I only have the names of her mother and one grandmother, so there may well have been earlier ones.

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