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Helena, Eden, Kate or Andie?

(35 Posts)
bkay19 Thu 05-Nov-15 20:46:06

I really love Helena (Helen-ah not Hel-ay-nah) and think that Lenny or Laney is a lovely nn.

Eden- loved this for years but Edie seems to be on the rise of popularity.

Kate- always loved it (since being a huge Kate Winslet fan from a young age!) but is it a bit bland? I don't really like Katherine- what other names could it be a nn for?

Andie- love it and like Andrea and Miranda but don't love either but feel it needs a "full" name?

WishIWasWonderwoman Thu 05-Nov-15 20:50:10

I think Helena is a wonderful name.

Eden is okay but I like your other names much more.

Kate is lovely too, if you don't like Katherine/Catherine how about Kathleen or Katrina?

Andie is a cool nickname but I can't think of anything other than Andrea or Miranda (and agree that it doesn't sound like a full name).

I would say Helena, if you're putting it to a vote!

bkay19 Thu 05-Nov-15 20:50:11

forgot to add- middle name will definitely be Sophie after a passed loved one.

elor11 Thu 05-Nov-15 20:58:23

Could Andie be short for Amanda.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Thu 05-Nov-15 21:10:54

Helena Sophie.

Hobbes8 Thu 05-Nov-15 21:17:53

I'm a Katherine always and only known as Kate. It's very of my time (born 77) and I think would be quite cool and unusual on a baby!

That said, if you like Andie just have that. There's plenty of nicknamed kids around now with no long names. Back in the 70s when I was born I think my parents felt I needed a proper name, but I've literally never been called Katherine and I don't feel like it's my name.

gladisgood Thu 05-Nov-15 21:25:49

Helena is a beautiful name, (whether Hel-ay-na or Hell-en-ah)

I also like Eden and Edie.

Kate is lovely - Kaitlyn? Others: Katerina, Katelina, Katrina, Katia/Katja

I don't like Andie - sorry - (or Andrea or Miranda !)

wannabestressfree Thu 05-Nov-15 21:27:28

I really like andie smile

Jw35 Thu 05-Nov-15 21:35:04

Helena Sophie. Gorgeous!

ashesandfire Thu 05-Nov-15 22:03:09

Helena Sophie.
I like Kate.
Don't like Andie although I love Miranda

Sophronia Thu 05-Nov-15 22:10:04

Helena Sophie is beautiful.

Kate is nice too but I do prefer it short for Katharine.

Vixxfacee Thu 05-Nov-15 22:10:51

Eden Sophie

Mehitabel6 Thu 05-Nov-15 22:11:47

Helena is lovely.
So is Kate.
Not keen on Eden and dislike Andie.

PaulAnkaTheDog Thu 05-Nov-15 22:16:23

Helena is gorgeous.

CremeEggThief Thu 05-Nov-15 22:19:43

Helena Sophie sounds lovely.

IoraRua Thu 05-Nov-15 22:25:54

Love all of those bar Andie.
Kate could just be Kate, I know quite a few who are just Kate. You could have Katelyn or Katrin (suggestion from another poster smile ). Not a big fan of Katharine personally.

Ime, there are a lot of -a ending names (also -ie) in schools now, and they do blur together quite a bit. So I would avoid Helena for that reason and focus more on Kate or Eden.

CharminglyGawky Thu 05-Nov-15 23:02:39

I'm a Helena and love my name! I think Helena Sophie sounds lovely.

You will probably find it gets shortened to Helly (I always spelt it Hele as I thought it looked nicer despite being phonetically incorrect!) or even Hell rather than the Lenny you like. I was Hell in primary, Helly in secondary and have gone back to my full name now mostly because you have to repeat Helly several times for people to get it and I just gave up and said Helena as at least people recognise that as a name! Also expect her to be called Helen or Eleanor a LOT... I respond to most things that sound like Helena of Helly!

BUT I think it is a lovely balance between well known enough to be recognisable and rare enough that you won't come across that many others with the same name?

TheMightyMing Thu 05-Nov-15 23:10:08

My mums Helena and she's 68- I think it's lovely, classic but not over used. Although we live in Manchester and she gets a lot of Helena with a silent h smile

I often think my nana was well ahead of her time! I'd have had it for a daughter but I had a son. Even the dogs are male ( though one is named for my dad!). If we get a girl dog I might call it after her.

pieceofpurplesky Thu 05-Nov-15 23:15:17

Katarina Sophie

DramaAlpaca Thu 05-Nov-15 23:17:41

I really like Helena Sophie.

BackforGood Thu 05-Nov-15 23:31:48

Really don't like Andie - I think she'd get fed up of the 'Why have you got a boys name?' questions when people heard it and assumed Andy)

Not that keen on Eden - although it's been quite popular around here in recent years. No particular reason, just not my taste.

Helena is quite nice - although you do know she will be called "hel" don't you? Which might, or might not be offputting for you.

It leaves Kate - which I do like grin

TheNewStatesman Fri 06-Nov-15 02:56:31

Andie is a bit silly, sorry (Andie Pandie, boy's name etc.). All the others are nice names.

TheDowagerCuntess Fri 06-Nov-15 03:32:28

DD is Helena (but pn He-lay-na), nn Lena, Leny and Len (Layna, Laney, Lane). No whiff of Hel or Helly at all.

It's a beautiful name IMO - Helena Sophie is lovely.

TempsPerdu Fri 06-Nov-15 10:15:09

Helena Sophie is gorgeous - very elegant! Also like Kate but don't think Kate Sophie flows quite as well.

Eden is OK but prefer it as a middle name, and not keen on Andie other than as a nickname for something else.

HelenaJustina Fri 06-Nov-15 10:18:45

I have a Helena and love her name. She doesn't get shortened at all, not sure why as the other DC do. She is at school and the other children haven't nicknamed her either.

Of your others, I love Kate. It was on our lists but a close friend used it.

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