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Elke for girl

(28 Posts)
Mcakes Thu 19-Oct-17 07:54:04

What do you think of Elke (pronounced Elkeh) for a girl?
Am considering it because my partner has German heritage and I have Danish and Elke comes from the border region between the 2 countries.
Having read the current Anaïs thread am wondering if it would cause confusion over pronunciation?

Redpramlady Thu 19-Oct-17 08:10:07

I would read it as elk (U.K.) as in the deer. But I'm useless with languages!
Lovely thought to the name thou

AgathaRaisonDetra Thu 19-Oct-17 08:15:23

Only if her first name is Ann.

AuntieStella Thu 19-Oct-17 08:18:35

I wouldn't t say ut's a particularly well-known name in UK, but people might think if the singer Elkie Brooke. Which isn't quite the same but is in the right direction IYSWIM.

I think it would work, and I like the name.

tinytoucan Thu 19-Oct-17 08:23:12

I like it. I knew how to pronounce it but I can speak a bit of German so that probably helps. I think it's a name some people might struggle to pronounce correctly just from reading, but once they've been told how to pronounce it it's easy enough

Slartybartfast Thu 19-Oct-17 08:23:33

yup, thought of Elkie Brooks, which made me like the name.

but yes, like Elkeh pronunciation too

RonaldMcDonald Thu 19-Oct-17 08:39:01

Moose for a boy?

KoalaD Thu 19-Oct-17 08:39:34

I love it.

beingsunny Thu 19-Oct-17 08:43:27

I know an Elke (I’m in Australia) I think it’s lovely

yoyoyoyoyo Thu 19-Oct-17 09:23:42

No. Don’t. What is she is big and clumsy when she is older? She will be called bovine names all her life.

thecatfromjapan Thu 19-Oct-17 09:27:45

I knew an Elke growing up. I like it. smile

lolalotta Thu 19-Oct-17 10:33:57

I read it as Elk too as in the animal.

TheVanguardSix Thu 19-Oct-17 10:36:50

I love the name Elke.
She's a character in the novel I will never finish! grin I have a good friend who is half Japanese/half Norwegian and her name is Elke.

thegreylady Thu 19-Oct-17 11:35:34

We have a German acquaintance called Elke and she pronounces it I like it.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 19-Oct-17 11:40:23

Love it !

Liadain Thu 19-Oct-17 11:57:27

Love it.

AnyaMoondial Thu 19-Oct-17 12:00:08

I think it is wonderful.

mintich Thu 19-Oct-17 12:00:58

I immediately pronounced it Elkie. I like it though!

Apileofballyhoo Thu 19-Oct-17 12:01:13

I don't speak German or Danish and I read it as El-keh no problem.

CakeRattleandRoll Thu 19-Oct-17 14:56:06

I know two, both middle-aged. I really like the name.

Jenniferturkington Thu 19-Oct-17 14:59:59

Dd has a friend called elke. Nobody has ever had any problems with pronunciation as that's what she was introduced as.

Dustbunny1900 Thu 19-Oct-17 15:55:49

I think of elke somners, beautiful woman!! I love the name, but I like bird/flower/forest/deer names for girls. Think elke is graceful and ethereal

pioe Thu 19-Oct-17 16:38:59

I think it’s beautiful op. I know an Elke but hers is pronounced elkie. Still beautiful either way.

Mcakes Thu 19-Oct-17 18:48:45

Thanks everyone. Am happy to hear that it mainly gets a thumbs up smile
I really love the name too. To me it sounds sort of pretty and grounded at the same time.
Good point though Yoyo I hadn't thought of that. I have no idea what this baby will grow to become and agree that a bovine sounding name may not end up being kind. Something to take into consideration....

wooster16 Sun 22-Oct-17 22:31:01

It's lovely

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