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Elena, Eleanor, Juliette or Caitlin

(32 Posts)
Kathryn3C Fri 30-Jun-17 06:25:32

Need help on my shortlist above. Love Elena but pronounced Elayna and everyone says ellena, so could go with Eleanor instead for ease. Juliette is dh fave I like it but not if it got shortened to Julie. Caitlin is other one I have always liked but is dh least fave. Any help please baby due soon!

Raines100 Fri 30-Jun-17 06:41:50

I have an Elena, pronounced el-ay-na.
I've found we get 'Eleanor' from people who are reading it without hearing it, e.g. at the docs, and sometimes when I say it to people, they don't catch it or they don't remember it. But plenty of people do get it. I took her for a settling in session at nursery, and the staff all had it right. It doesn’t bother me, and if it starts to drive DD potty when she's older, she can shorten to Ella or Lena.

Juliet would be my other choice.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Fri 30-Jun-17 09:05:24

Love Juliette (Etta).

VintagePerfumista Fri 30-Jun-17 09:09:22

I like Elena, (dd's middle name until dp changed his mind) but the pronunciation is a minefield and you'd be forever correcting whichever one it wasn't!

Oldgranny Fri 30-Jun-17 10:04:26

Juliette x

Sophronia Fri 30-Jun-17 11:38:27

Juliette (or Juliet?) or Eleanor

Rainbowqueeen Fri 30-Jun-17 11:40:16

I don't know any Juliets who have it shortened to Julie

It's a gorgeous name

Backhometothenorth Fri 30-Jun-17 14:22:16


grasspigeons Fri 30-Jun-17 14:31:40

I like Juliette best from those

MissSmiley Fri 30-Jun-17 14:34:30

Jules maybe or Etta but wouldn't get shortened to Julie

SoleBizzz Fri 30-Jun-17 14:42:03

Juliette at school was shortened to Julie or Jules.

MitzyLeFrouf Fri 30-Jun-17 14:43:47


EverythingEverywhere1234 Fri 30-Jun-17 14:45:24

Juliette (Etta) or Eleanor, I love both of them!

aurorie11 Fri 30-Jun-17 14:47:37

I have a Juliette, but nn is ettie

C0untDucku1a Fri 30-Jun-17 14:48:55

Elena is pronounced el ay na. I always thought Eleanor was ellen or as in Roosevelt. never heard Juliette shortened.

MrsMyreton Fri 30-Jun-17 14:53:31

I love both Juliette and Eleanor.

My friend Juliette is called 'Juls' as a nickname, but only by close friends.

VintagePerfumista Fri 30-Jun-17 14:53:41

Elena is pronounced Ellen-a in Italy.

KoalaDownUnder Fri 30-Jun-17 15:24:21

I love Elena.

Babypassport Fri 30-Jun-17 18:00:39

I have an Elena (pn el-EN-a) and pronunciation has been difficult - like a PP said, lots of people call her Eleanor! Still love the name though.

Saying that, all your choices are gorgeous!

bridgetreilly Fri 30-Jun-17 19:46:35

Juliet. (this spelling much better than Juliette imo)

LorelaiVictoriaGilmore Fri 30-Jun-17 21:32:47

Juliette! It's pretty high in my list!

Kathryn3C Tue 04-Jul-17 07:31:28

Thanks for the replies so far they have been helpful x

swimmerforlife Tue 04-Jul-17 07:45:29

I love Elena, such a beautiful name.

I really dislike Juliette, it seems a bit posh to me blush also all the Juliettes I have known have been utter bitches.

Caitlin is very dated, I know loads who were born 10-15 years ago.

Eleanor is fine, not to my taste though.

SuperBeagle Tue 04-Jul-17 08:08:24

The Elena I know probably pronounces it eh-LEE-nah. She's Russian. I think pronunciation will be an issue. I can't see how it's pronounced like Eleanor, as I also pronounce Eleanor like Eleanor Roosevelt.

Not a fan of Eleanor, having said all that.

Caitlin is very outdated. I don't know any under the age of 15, but know loads in the 15-30 bracket.

Love Juliet, but only this spelling. smile

KarineAimee Tue 04-Jul-17 20:34:26

Juliette is gorgeous

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