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Effie or Effy?

(43 Posts)
caroltune Wed 20-Sep-17 14:42:41

Hello, strongly considering this as a name but unsure of which spelling would be better - Effie or Effy? Xx

PandorasXbox Wed 20-Sep-17 15:10:21

Sorry to be blunt but either way you spell it it's still awful.

Dippingmytoesin Wed 20-Sep-17 15:14:09

Are you using it as a nickname?
Effy looks better

CarlHickbread Wed 20-Sep-17 15:14:19

I have an Effie so I'm bias to that spelling.

She always gets compliments on her name too smile

MazDazzle Wed 20-Sep-17 15:21:23


Chaffinch4 Wed 20-Sep-17 15:44:04

I think Effie looks better as a full name. Not sure why though! I think that's the more common spelling too.

NotAgainYoda Wed 20-Sep-17 15:58:37


It does seem like a nickname though

BishopBrennansArse Wed 20-Sep-17 15:59:56


lottieandmia Wed 20-Sep-17 16:01:19

Effie as a full name? I personally would not put that on the birth certificate. It's usually a NN for Euphemia.

loveinanelevator Wed 20-Sep-17 16:13:05

Hunger games?

Chaffinch4 Wed 20-Sep-17 16:15:30

Given that there were 138 Effies in 2016 and only 3 Euphemism, I'd say Effie is a name in it's own right now. Just like Ellie is used as a name in it's own right.

Dippingmytoesin Wed 20-Sep-17 16:16:53

The Effys I know are Elizabeth's. (I only know 2 personally and know one other)

17caterpillars1mouse Wed 20-Sep-17 16:17:42

Effie looks more complete to me

lottieandmia Wed 20-Sep-17 16:17:59

Well Kate is also used as an actual name but that doesn't mean it wouldn't be better to put Katherine on the birth certificate.

NotAgainYoda Wed 20-Sep-17 16:18:54

Could be short for Euphemism

Sugarpiehoneyeye Wed 20-Sep-17 16:19:00


Chaffinch4 Wed 20-Sep-17 16:20:47

That's down to personal preference though. I don't like Euphemia or Elizabeth at all so would not want those on the birth certificate, especially if I never planned to call her that. Effie is much nicer.

Yourshakraishangingout Wed 20-Sep-17 16:26:03

My daughter is Effie but it's a nickname for Evelyn. I think it's a wonderful name but be prepared for some unnecessary mumsnet nastiness about it smile I've never encountered any in real life though

NotAgainYoda Wed 20-Sep-17 16:28:05


Evelyn is lovely, and Effie as more uncommon than Eve or Evie

Elvie is nice too

AdalindSchade Wed 20-Sep-17 16:29:37


MammieBear Wed 20-Sep-17 16:34:01

It's the name of a character on the hunger games, it's OK as a name with names like Hattie I don't see why not... Euphemia is the original full form it means well spoken

Yourshakraishangingout Wed 20-Sep-17 16:35:29

Thank you NotAgainYoda that was our thinking too smile

caroltune Wed 20-Sep-17 16:35:57

will probably use a longer full name

lottieandmia Wed 20-Sep-17 17:09:14

All the Hatties I know are Harriet. I think if you plan to use a NN that's absolutely fine but the child is going to grow up and may wish to use a more formal name sometimes depending on circumstances. It just allows more choice to have a more formal name on the birth certificate.

Jooni Wed 20-Sep-17 17:19:47

I'd go with Effie as it seems to be the predominant spelling.

If you want to use a longer form then do, but honestly, if you like Effie as a full name then go for it. MN is obsessed with needing a "proper" name on the BC but nickname names are very popular at the moment and perfectly legitimate as full names for the most part. Effie is nice on its own.

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