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Opinions on a few girls names

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17caterpillars1mouse Mon 21-May-18 19:15:16

What are your thoughts on the following girls names:

Elspeth shortened to either Essie or Elsie

Ethel possibly shortened to Effie


Olive maybe shortened to Oli


MikeUniformMike Mon 21-May-18 19:17:41

Elspeth shortened to either Essie or Elsie - ok.
Ethel possibly shortened to Effie - Effin awful
Enid - I quite like the welsh pronunciation (ENN-id).
Olive maybe shortened to Oli - No
Isadora - Isadora Jar?

user1498549192 Mon 21-May-18 19:21:35

Elspeth is lovely, and I don't mind Isadora. The others are not my cup of tea at all; Ethel and Enid in particular are names that I really don't think are due a revival.

Cyberworrier Mon 21-May-18 19:28:27

Elspeth and the nicknames lovely, Ethel a bit meh imo, Enid and Isadora are nice too,, but Olive makes me think of Pop Eye the sailor man’s strange looking girlfriend- and olives, which to be fair are delicious- and my neighbours poodle Olive.

Pudding01 Mon 21-May-18 19:29:58

I like the nn Effie. Remember the name being used on Skins, but the character's name was Elizabeth, which I prefer.

Isadora is cute smile

RavenWings Mon 21-May-18 19:34:39

Elspeth shortened to either Essie or Elsie

Ok. I'm not a huge fan of Elspeth, it's a bit hissy sounding, but it's ok.

Ethel possibly shortened to Effie

Effie is a nice nickname, Ethel is dreadful.



Olive maybe shortened to Oli

Initially misread this and thought it said Olive maybe shortened to Oil grin

Meh. I'm not a fan of Olive. Oli is ok.


Gorgeous, love it.

Sophronia Mon 21-May-18 19:35:49

I like Elspeth and Enid. Prefer Isidora to Isadora.

RavenWings Mon 21-May-18 19:36:29

Also Essie = nail polish to me, so I'd go for Elsie.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Mon 21-May-18 19:38:36

Olive is so drab.

Love Isadora. Quick and easy to say, but I also love both Izzy and Dora for shortenings.

flybabyfly Mon 21-May-18 19:42:28

Elspeth shortened to either Essie or Elsie - lovely!

Ethel possibly shortened to Effie - strange shortening imo...not keen on Ethel either

Enid - like it

Olive maybe shortened to oli - ok

Isadora - nice, though a bit too frilly for me

AnElderlyLadyOfMediumHeight Mon 21-May-18 19:45:31

Isadora and Elspeth are nice. Don't like the others. And I don't like any of the shortenings. Some of them sound very forced.

greendale17 Mon 21-May-18 19:50:44

At a push, Olive

Ethel and Enid are horrid.

Why do you want old lady names?

Theclockstruck2 Mon 21-May-18 19:53:14

Love Isadora! And Elspeth. Olive quite sweet.

redmini4 Mon 21-May-18 19:53:52

Isadora not keen on the others

ellalouise90 Mon 21-May-18 19:55:37

Elspeth is so beautiful 😍

HeyDolly Mon 21-May-18 20:12:57

I like Elspeth and Isadora. The others are a both drab and dowdy imo.

Creatureofthenight Mon 21-May-18 20:23:10

Elspeth/Elsie is lovely.
Isadora is a bit flowery for my tastes but it’s quite nice.
Ethel is awful and not sure how it shortens to Effie - unless you’re a cockney smile
Enid and Olive ok.

buttercup54321 Mon 21-May-18 20:29:35

Ethel is terrible and Effie sounds like swearing.
Elspeth reminds me of a lisp for some reason.
Enid Blyton famous five etc
Olive. Dreadfully old and boring. Olivia ok,
Isadora just along the lines of Isabelle . Izzy is very overused
or preferably something not old lady at all.

daisypond Mon 21-May-18 20:30:32

I really like Elspeth. I'm not keen on the others.

Pemba Tue 22-May-18 02:07:12

Elspeth is nice. So is Isadora, although I really prefer Isabella or Isabetta. Enid is actually quite nice, if you can forget about the Blyton association. I think it's from Greek mythology.

Ethel still a bit of a joke name. Olive is fairly awful, although it seems to be becoming fashionable.

Sametimetomorrow Tue 22-May-18 02:15:32

Really awful but Isadora is passable.

Copperbonnet Tue 22-May-18 02:46:55

Elspeth is lovely. Not sure about your short forms though. I know three of varying ages. The two younger ones get Elle or Ellie from their friends.

The older one gets Elspie which I think is lovely.

Isadora is quite nice the Isadora Duncan connection might put me off personally though.

Not keen on the others I’m afraid.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Tue 22-May-18 07:49:13

Elspeth or Olive, both beautiful names, in full.

Titaniumpins Tue 22-May-18 07:53:25

If you like E names I like Esme

Frosty66612 Tue 22-May-18 07:58:20

Elsie is lovely so i’d Go with Elspeth from your list. Really don’t like the others

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