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Evelyn? too popular? Eleanor?

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shalalala Sat 20-Feb-16 22:33:54

Help! Thought we cracked it but I'm worried about Eleanor (DH's fave). I've wanted Evie/Evelyn since I was a kid but is it too popular now? Florence was a contender too but again worried about it being too popular. Getting worried now!

Mrsmulder Sat 20-Feb-16 22:38:27

I only know one Evelyn and one Florence so not overly popular ime, lovely names.

Also love edie (Edith) and Helena

MamaLazarou Sat 20-Feb-16 22:55:00

Evie and Ellie have both been very, very popular for a few years now. How about Edie?

mrsschu Sat 20-Feb-16 23:05:20

Eleanor and Ellie are definitely popular and have been for a while, although they're both lovely. Personally I love Evelyn but it has a lot of family connections for me - great grandmother, mum and cousin are all called Evelyn. I'm amazed at it's sudden surge in popularity, I know quite a few and lots of Evie's as well. I do think Evelyn (not so much Evie) is quite classic though and won't date too badly. So it depends on how much it's popularity bothers you. My DD has a top ten name and in reality we rarely meet other children with the same name (but DD is delighted when we do!). DS has an uncommon but not unusual name (around 600th according to ONS) and we've already met another child with his name smile. So pick whatever you like best and don't get too hung up on popularity.

ddeemummy Sat 20-Feb-16 23:45:25

Eleanor is beautiful smile

MilkTwoSugarsThanks Sat 20-Feb-16 23:48:09

Evelyn is the name of the mother/grandmother in Two & A Half Men, that seriously puts me off it!

Eleanor is lovely though.

Sophronia Sun 21-Feb-16 00:30:22

Eleanor is lovely and has a few other short forms which aren't as popular as Ellie, such as Nell or Norah

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 21-Feb-16 00:54:22

Eleanor is nicer. Though I prefer the Elinor spelling.

Longdistance Sun 21-Feb-16 01:00:55

I have an Eleanor (6) She's the only one in primary, and think there's another in juniors, so not that popular.

MrsNathanDrake Sun 21-Feb-16 01:05:10

Eleanor is gorgeous. I may be biased as I have one smile

She's 12 and have never been aware of any other girls in her year with the same name. It's a classic, go for it!!

JeanGenie23 Sun 21-Feb-16 01:13:56

I love Eleanor, my best friend is French and she is Leonore nn Leo or Lenny blush

JeanGenie23 Sun 21-Feb-16 01:14:12

Meant to be a smilesmile

Stokey Sun 21-Feb-16 07:28:41

I don't know any Eleanor or Evelyns, but do know lots of Ellies and Evies. So up to you whether you're going to shorten it or not, I like Nell as a short form of Eleanor, which is less popular.

I only know one Florence too - and I have two dds aged 6 & 4 so know lots of small girls!

Cuppaand2biscuits Sun 21-Feb-16 07:32:45

I know 1 Evelyn and lots and lots of Evie's (aged 6 months to 6 years). I don't know any Eleanor or Ellie's. I know 3 Edie's ( aged 12 months and under )

FlysInDreams Sun 21-Feb-16 07:49:06

I know one Evelyn (2.5) and three Eleanors (20ish, 17 and 1.5)

shalalala Sun 21-Feb-16 21:37:51

Thanks all. So tricky isn't it! Something just f

shalalala Sun 21-Feb-16 21:38:37


Thanks guys. Something just doesn't feel 100% with Eleanor, but I have no idea what the alternative should be and it's stressing me out!

SaltySea Tue 23-Feb-16 01:47:16

Love Evelyn, it's so pretty (love the nickname Evie too!)

Eleanor is nice too, but I would only pick it if you love Ellie... She's bound to get it at school...

Out2pasture Tue 23-Feb-16 02:01:25

our family welcomed a brand new Everly two weeks ago. love the name smile

sofato5miles Tue 23-Feb-16 02:23:39


Secretlove Tue 23-Feb-16 08:05:28

In my dd's class year 6 there are two Eleanors and two Ellens. So very popular around here. I know lots of Evies and Ellies but no Evelyns (apart from a 70 year old.)

shalalala Tue 23-Feb-16 21:00:43

Where are you secretlove?

RomiiRoo Tue 23-Feb-16 21:05:49

New baby down the road from me is an Eleanor.

nonicknameseemsavailable Tue 23-Feb-16 23:31:37

Why not Elena or Ellen if Eleanor doesn't seem quite right?

Pippafisher Fri 26-Feb-16 23:08:58

I have an Eleanor (5) which I think is beautiful. She has been shortened to Ellie since starting school, but she is the only one I her infant school of nearly 400! As a teacher myself eleanors have always been lovely too and not overly common! Ella on the other hand....there seems to be a lot! Evelyn is lively to, but eve and Evie, and Elsie are extremely common now!

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