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Eleanor, Vera or Nina?

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badg3r Sun 22-Jan-17 14:17:36

Very common surname so would prefer something not so popular as a first name.
I like all three but my big shadow of doubt is telling me Eleanor is very popular, Vera is an old granny's name and Nina is too twee.

Don't know the sex yet but for boys I like names like Matthew and Hamish, although can't use them, so suggestions there very welcome too!

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sun 22-Jan-17 14:21:20

I love Eleanor, also Helena. Personally, I'm not keen on Vera or Nina.
How about Ellen or Isla.

badg3r Sun 22-Jan-17 14:27:04

Sugar love the boy names, especially Struan! What would that get as a nickname? Stru?!

TDmoocher Sun 22-Jan-17 14:40:49


EmmaC78 Sun 22-Jan-17 14:43:58

I hate Vera but like the other two options. Out of the two I would probably pick NIna.

Kelsey28 Sun 22-Jan-17 14:56:16

I always liked Nina and Mina. Vera is cute and it makes me this of Audrey as well?

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sun 22-Jan-17 15:36:48

I imagine so Badg3r, but I just love the name Struan.
Any more clues about, what you like re girls names ? 😄

IsadoraQuagmire Sun 22-Jan-17 15:58:42

I love Vera!

MitzyLeFrouf Sun 22-Jan-17 16:02:36

Nina. It's got a bit of spark to it. Not twee at all.

Eleanor is dull and Vera is just awful.

crombanna Sun 22-Jan-17 16:04:59

These are LOVELY. Nina is my favourite - what Serena as a full name? Then if she decides it's twee she can be Serena.

I love Eleanor but don't like Ellie.

Vera is a name dear to my heart (great Aunt) but not sure if I like it or not, if that makes sense.

HelenaJustina Sun 22-Jan-17 16:13:09

Nina out of those 3.

RaRa25 Sun 22-Jan-17 16:20:55

I like Nina.

ABCFamily Sun 22-Jan-17 16:30:30

I don't think Nina is twee at all. It's a solid, well known, but lesser used name (only 267 baby girls called Nina in England & Wales last year). I also have a soft spot for Vera, but would have the same concerns as you.

I'd avoid Eleanor if you were concerned about popularity, as there are a lot of 'El' names in the top 100 right now (not just Eleanor, but Ella, Ellie, Elsie, etc).

badg3r Sun 22-Jan-17 17:32:06

Glad people seem to like Nina! Yes I think it's all the El.... nicknames that are putting me off Eleanor. Our surname is really common so there is a real risk of someone having exactly the same name if we plump for a popular first name. My name is very uncommon and I really like that on FB, LinkedIn etc I'm one of only a handful.
Other girls names I like are Fiona and Elspeth (but less so), for boys I also like Isaac nn zac, Harry and most of the Fin-something names, although am put off them again because of their popularity!

badg3r Sun 22-Jan-17 17:46:12

Serena is really nice too, thanks! What other names could be nn Nina?

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sun 22-Jan-17 19:16:26

Nina is a nick name for Christina/Kristina.
I really like Fiona and Finola, also Harry.

Waterfeature Sun 22-Jan-17 19:19:34

I knew an old lady called Vera. I don't like the name itself but her nn was Ve which I find really cute.

Eleanor is boring, sorry, and Nina is not pretty.

NavyandWhite Sun 22-Jan-17 20:24:20

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17caterpillars1mouse Sun 22-Jan-17 20:31:54

Eleanor though I prefer Eleanora. Noor could be a nice nickname to use of you want to avoid the currently over popular Ellie or Ella. Elle is another nice alternative

I kinda like Vera and retro names are in

None is okay but my least favourite of the free

Shockers Sun 22-Jan-17 20:34:16

Do you like Esther?

ExcitedMamaToBe Sun 22-Jan-17 20:35:28

Nina is definitely my favourite from those 3, very cute name

TreeTop7 Sun 22-Jan-17 20:44:15

Eleanor is stylish but would probably be shortened eventually, which would be an issue if you dislike Ellie or El.

Nina is great and not twee at all.

MollyHuaCha Sun 22-Jan-17 20:44:15

Vera is short for Veronica. I think Veronica is really pretty. NN Vee is nice too. (Vera is not so great)

DramaAlpaca Sun 22-Jan-17 21:15:23

Nina is lovely, not twee at all.

The only thing that puts me off Eleanor is the ubiquitous El... nicknames, as others have said.

I don't like Vera at all.

Sweets101 Sun 22-Jan-17 21:17:35

Oh I love Vera.

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