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Ellis - a sister for Freddie?

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Bee182814 Fri 03-Jun-16 15:55:36

I love the name Ellis for DD (due in august) but not been met with much enthusiasm from family members.

Others we like are:


There are lots of others that I like that DH doesn't (my front runner was Rowan but he vetoed this amongst others)

please feel free to rank in order or preference and make suggestions, we always knew DS would always be a freddie so we're really struggling with this one!

AuntieStella Fri 03-Jun-16 16:01:15

Ellis and Blake are boys names (both traditionally and currently)

Do you particularly want a masculine name for your DD? In which case you can at lease scrub Amelie from your list (though personally, that's the one I like best).

Bee182814 Fri 03-Jun-16 16:04:10

They're both unisex yes, seems to be that me and DH can only agree on things that are traditionally boys names or unisex. I like Amelie but there seem to be quite a lot of them around at the moment.

JassyRadlett Fri 03-Jun-16 16:05:43

It makes me think you're a Greys Anatomy fan, which means you're probably OK in my book.

Your list has a bit of a modern Hollywood vibe eg Blake Lively. Would you give Frankie a formal/longer name?

I like Amelie and Ellis best and Frankie last, unless as a nickname.

Racheyg Fri 03-Jun-16 16:12:05

My ds is called Elis.

I love frankie for a girl. I also like Blake.
How about Leighton? That's a pretty name?!

Bee182814 Fri 03-Jun-16 16:12:10

I would call Frankie Francesca but OH disagrees - we decided not to name DS Alfred with Freddie as nickname as we didn't really want people to use Alfred so he feels a bit hypocritical doing exactly that with frankie.

Funnily enough only recently started to watch greys after someone else mentioned that there was an Ellis in it!

I've only just realised that there was a thread some months ago re Ellis being a boys or a girls name so sorry for dragging it up again!

Amelie seems to be doing well!

Bee182814 Fri 03-Jun-16 16:13:43

Leighton I like but my step dad is Leigh - yes I realise that's an unusual way to spell it for a man - and it would upset DF sad

MoggyP Fri 03-Jun-16 16:22:47

So your Freddie is a Frederick?

How about an Alex (Alexandra)?

Or Rowan, Josephine/Jo, Samantha/Sam, Danielle/Dan, Wilhemina/willy, Roberta/Bob?

BertrandRussell Fri 03-Jun-16 16:24:36

Would you call a boy Amelie?

Then don't call a girl Ellis or Blake then.

Sorelip Fri 03-Jun-16 16:24:55

My eldest DS is called Ellis, but I think it works for boys and girls.

Bee182814 Fri 03-Jun-16 16:28:34

No, my freddie is a freddie!

I have known both boys and girls Ellis and Blake IRL

babyblabber Fri 03-Jun-16 17:41:27

Freddie and Frankie isn't great really.

Amelie defo the best

OliveOrTwist Fri 03-Jun-16 17:43:21

I know a girl Ellis! It suits her.

Bee182814 Fri 03-Jun-16 18:06:46

Yes that's the other thing I am wary of with Frankie - it looks deliberate and It's not supposed to be!

BendydickCuminsnatch Fri 03-Jun-16 18:20:22

When I was about 11 I watch the Junior Eurovision UK heats (it was mega thrilling) and there was an awesome singer songwriter little girl called Ellis de Bie which I though was the coolest name ever!! Also love Blake for a girl and if I hear a boy called either Blake or Ellis I always think they sound a bit girly (sorry to anyone with boys with these names!). I love them for a girl!
I agree you shouldn't do Freddie and Frankie.

sonlypuppyfat Fri 03-Jun-16 18:23:52

What are you on about they are boys names, why don't you go the whole hog and call her Dave

Vixxfacee Fri 03-Jun-16 18:30:52

What about Elise or Briar?

disappoint15 Fri 03-Jun-16 18:35:12

I don't really get the trend for naming girls with boys' names. As someone else has pointed out, you'd never call a boy Amelie.

I really can't see anything feminine about either Blake or Ellis. A name for a girl doesn't have to be inherently feminine, of course, (and anyway it's all culturally driven so what sounds 'female' in one place doesn't in another) but in the UK, speaking English, I can't see why Blake (a masculine sounding surname, a vowel removed from 'bloke' and rhyming with 'flake') would seem in any way 'girlish' . Ellis seems very masculine to me too, though I suppose it is similar to lots of girls' names like Ellie, Ella, Eilish, Eilidh etc.

I like Amelie the best of your list, though prefer Amelia if you're not French. I don't much like Frankie for a girl as that sounds very masculine to me too (ie it is the traditional male shortening of a name adopted as a shortening of the female Frances or Francesca, which would traditionally have been shortened to Franny or Fanny) though it's quite often used.

LadyAntonella Fri 03-Jun-16 18:57:14

I don't really like Frankie as a full name tbh... I do like some nns as full names, just not that one.

I like Blake and Ellis though. Prefer either of those for a girl than for a boy actually. How about Aurora nn Rory? Or just Rory?

LadyAntonella Fri 03-Jun-16 18:57:56

I don't like Amelie much either, possibly just as there do seem to be a lot of them around.

BendydickCuminsnatch Fri 03-Jun-16 19:14:04

Yes, great suggestion Antonella! Love Rory.

What about Avery? I know an octogenarian lady called Avery, despite MN's usual outraged cries that it's always and forever been a boy's name.

LadyAntonella Fri 03-Jun-16 19:15:59

Avery is lovely too.

Bee182814 Fri 03-Jun-16 19:43:04

Briar is lovely! As is Avery. I think frankie is definitely out the window. I am not french but lived on France, have a degree in french so came across the name when I lived abroad and before it became popular here. I like Aurora too actually. Lots of food for thought!

leoniethelioness Fri 03-Jun-16 19:44:20

I would assume that your daughter was called Alice and I'd misheard you if you introduced her with a brother called Freddie

Bee182814 Fri 03-Jun-16 20:05:34

Yes that's the other thing with Ellis - it will regularly be misheard as Alic

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