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cs111 Wed 17-Aug-16 18:13:35

The name both of us would like to use is Elise. I have read some negative comments and I am uncertain if our positive associations to Elise are completely off the mark.

What is your first thought when you read the name Elise?

What background do you imagine Elise comes from? (E.g. is she middle class, working class, or does she live in a council estate? What do you think about her parents educations and jobs?)

What do you imagine Elise's siblings are called?

Are there any situations where you think the name Elise becomes ridiculous? (E.g. Prime Minister Elise Jones, lawyer Elise Jones.)

Would you judge Elise in a negative way if you saw her name on a CV?

If you are a parent to an Elise, have you / your daughter met any problems because of her name?

If you are a parent to a child with a name deemed "chav", are the reactions different in real life? Have you / your child met any problems because of the name? (You don't have to share the name if you don't want to.)

Thank you smile

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Wed 17-Aug-16 18:53:55

I'd never put anyone in a box because of their name. Im using Gabriel for a boy, which I suppose some would consider posh, and I'm very working class and down to earth.
I do build up images though of people when I hear a name. Eg I would imagine Elise to have loose curly blond and blue eyes.
Her siblings would be


workshyfop Wed 17-Aug-16 18:56:29

My associations are Fur Elise and the Lotus Elise. I don't associate it with a particular class.

Ellieboolou27 Wed 17-Aug-16 19:01:41

I don't associate that particular name with any class it's a nice name if a bit dated. The makes me think of older ladies but that could be as I had a granny called Elsie.

fluentinsarcasm Wed 17-Aug-16 19:17:44

I think it's a very pretty name suitable a little girl/ teenager/woman.

It holds no associations for me, I wouldn't pin it to any type of 'class'

Her siblings would be Max and Polly.

I too picture a pretty blue eye blonde curly haired girl.

DialBforBaby Wed 17-Aug-16 19:19:44

This is our number one choice for a girl, I've lived it since I was a child myself. I've never heard or thought anything negative about it at all so I'm surprised by that.

If it helps, our future daughter

Dressingdown1 Wed 17-Aug-16 19:23:10

My only association is Fur Elise. I think it's a very pretty name. No class connotations at all.

pontificationcentral Wed 17-Aug-16 19:23:55

I've got a 12yo. Never heard any negative comments. <boggle>
It's fairly inoffensive as names go, and all of my friends think she is destined for the Supreme Court. No one has ever mentioned that her name might hold her back... <trying desperately to work out what might be so terrible about the name, and failing miserably>
Do put me out of my misery. I mean, it's a bit late to change it, and I've not experienced it in almost 13 years, so I can only assume it isn't earth shattering...

DialBforBaby Wed 17-Aug-16 19:24:16

Whoops posted too soon. Our future daughter would be Elise and we are both very down to earth types, albeit in professional jobs with high salaries and all the trimmings that go along with that. I would hope my daughter will go into a professional and excel within it (ie as a judge, senior consultant, successful businesswoman etc) and I don't think Elise would hold her back. At least I hope not!

We're up in the frozen North of the UK and I don't think I've ever come across anyone actually called Elise in real life.

Shallishanti Wed 17-Aug-16 19:26:30

Fur Elise too.
I'd wonder if the family had heritage outside the UK but otherwise no particular associations. Passes the High Court judge test.

DialBforBaby Wed 17-Aug-16 19:26:58

Hah pontificationcentral I have not very secret hopes for the Supreme Court for my future Elise (should she ever materialise) so one day there may be two of them in there on the bench together grin

ReActiv Wed 17-Aug-16 19:27:02

Lovely name. Very gentle, sweet and elegant for a girl. And makes me think of someone strong and professional as a grown up.

First association was Elise Ranier from the Insidious movies. But only if I thought for a few moments, deliberately looking for an association. She's a fab character though grin

Lilacpink40 Wed 17-Aug-16 19:28:29

I like it. It was on list as possible for DD. I work at a Uni and sometimes with NHS. It could be name of any position there IMO.

I like Elouise and Iona and think it's similar.

BeautyGoesToBenidorm Wed 17-Aug-16 19:32:18

It makes me think of Elise Wassermann from 'The Tunnel', and she's awesome.

It's a lovely name. Simple and feminine.

Normandy144 Wed 17-Aug-16 19:37:27

I like it. I don't think of it as belonging to any particular 'class'. Works well if you are a bit posh, but also fine if you are from a more working class background. I don't have any particular associations but I'd imagine her to be quite a formidable person, capable of high achievements either academically or sporting.

HarlettOScara Wed 17-Aug-16 19:40:09

It reminds me of a woman I used to work with who called her little girl Elise. By the time baby was 3 days old, 6 different HCPs in the hospital had misread her name and called her Elsie. Colleague changed the spelling to Elyse.

fluentinsarcasm Wed 17-Aug-16 20:19:05

Did everyone pronounce it like me....E (Enid) leese?

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Wed 17-Aug-16 20:24:21

I like it too, though I see Elise as dark-haired. It's pretty timeless.

It makes me think of the heroine from the fairytale The Wild Swans, although she was actually Elisa.

janeelliott Wed 17-Aug-16 20:38:26

I think of Für Elise and the Cure song 'Letter to Elise'. And also a French newsreader called Elise Lucet who is very classy and a good journalist.

One of my ex-colleagues called her baby Elise and that baby had the fullest, most beautiful head of hair I've ever seen.

It's a lovely name.

augustusdecimus Wed 17-Aug-16 20:42:05

Lotus Elise for me too, lol.

Seriously though it doesn't hold any connotations at all for me. Slightly unusual I suppose, but without being wacky. That's a good thing.

augustusdecimus Wed 17-Aug-16 20:43:01


It's pronounced like this:

eyebrowsonfleek Wed 17-Aug-16 20:52:37

No negative connotations here - Fur Elise and Lotus Elise. Definitely not a chav name unless you spell it Ayleez or something creative like that.

I think Elise is a great name and much more original than Ellie/Ella which is super popular where we live.

villainousbroodmare Wed 17-Aug-16 21:30:14

Für Elise.

chattygranny Wed 17-Aug-16 21:34:22

I deliberately haven't read the replies above so as not to be influenced. So my first thoughts were French, sophisticated, classless, hope surname doesn't have too many 'S' sounds and child doesn't have lisp. I like it.

Thissameearth Wed 17-Aug-16 21:38:57

I know one, very pretty name but alwaaaays mispronounced by others as Elsie (which is annoying and also not a nice name IMO)

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