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What would a shortening/nn for Elliott be?

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zippyswife Sun 17-Jan-16 20:53:15

Elliott is a contender for dc3. One of the things holding us back is the only shortening seems to be Elli which is a bit... Girly! Am I missing something? I don't need a nn but names do tend to be shortened.

WhatYouTalkinBout Sun 17-Jan-16 21:00:20

My DS2 is called Elliott, no one ever shortens his name except me which is rare but when I do I say El

Dogadviceneeded Sun 17-Jan-16 21:02:27

I knew an Elliot at school. He was known as



I think you are over thinking this smile

TheApprentice Sun 17-Jan-16 21:04:05

I, too, have an Elliot and his name is never shortened.

Whathaveilost Sun 17-Jan-16 21:05:56

Fall the Elliot's I know are teenagers or in their early 20s and are called Elliot.

slightlyglitterbrained Sun 17-Jan-16 21:07:42

Eli is the only shortening I can think of (pronounced as in Elijah) but I suspect he'll just get called Elliott.

GraciesMansion Sun 17-Jan-16 21:09:03

My ds calls his best friend El, otherwise he's just known as Elliott. I have heard an Eli too.

Sophronia Sun 17-Jan-16 21:11:47

I know one who goes by Ells

TheWomanInTheWall Sun 17-Jan-16 21:15:16


But yeah, don't think it's shortened much

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Sun 17-Jan-16 21:16:27

Elliot is gorgeous but I'd never short list it as I wouldn't like him to end up with the nn El or Ellie both beautiful as girls names but quite effeminate for a boy.

IHeartKingThistle Sun 17-Jan-16 21:18:48

Mine never gets shortened.

Potterwolfie Sun 17-Jan-16 21:27:10

Elvis? grin It's one of my favourite boys' names, I wouldn't shorten it.

sarah2011 Sun 17-Jan-16 21:28:10


LottieDoubtie Sun 17-Jan-16 21:29:12

I know one who is shortened to Elli, it doesn't sound in the least bit feminine when attributed to a 6ft rugby player! Don't overthink, you can always call him Elliot and let him and his friends sort out the nickname.

Unoriginalusername123 Sun 17-Jan-16 21:36:26

I've heard of an Elliott who goes by Leo. Not an obvious nickname but it works, I think.

TheWoollybacksWife Sun 17-Jan-16 21:37:37

I know of an Elliot who is sometimes known as Etty.

hollieberrie Sun 17-Jan-16 21:39:04

My friend elliot is called ellie at home by his parents and siblings but just elliot by his mates. I think know it's a lovely name - classy.

kimlo Sun 17-Jan-16 21:40:46

I know one who gets called Ells, all the others I have known have always been called just Elliott.

Madnson Sun 17-Jan-16 21:41:37


Soooosie Sun 17-Jan-16 21:41:45


Drquin Sun 17-Jan-16 22:10:46

*...names tend to be shortened ...
"Tend to" is the operative phrase here ...... Means "sometimes".
Names "tend to be shortened" when's there's something to shorten them to.

Nicknames should IMHO be terms of endearment which evolve naturally once you know someone. I love when people use a NN which refers to something specific to their relationship, meaning it's come about because of something said or done.

Choose Elliot because you love it. Don't worry about what else some of us may sometime call him.

zippyswife Sun 17-Jan-16 22:17:01

Thanks all. Think the general consensus is that Elliott tends to remain as Elliott which is good. Leo would be a cool nn if I didn't already have a Leo!

Meht Sun 17-Jan-16 22:19:59

Elvis grin

Elliot is a lovely name btw

charlie0123 Sun 17-Jan-16 22:53:16

My Elliot gets called El or Els.

iciclewinter Sun 17-Jan-16 23:31:21

I agree it would probably be just Elliott without a nickname.

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