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Still undecided, Eleonora or Matilda?

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Momadream Wed 23-May-18 23:49:48

Which one do you like and why?

NorthernLurker Wed 23-May-18 23:52:26

You mean Eleanora? Tbh I think it's a bit much. Leonora is better or Eleanor

Momadream Wed 23-May-18 23:53:44

Eleonora with o instead of a, it’s the Italian and Greek version and we are of Greek and Spanish origin...

robotcartrainhat Wed 23-May-18 23:56:07

I think they are both lovey but Matilda is extremely popular so that would put me off. I think its in the top 50 names for last year?
So id go with Eleonora. Its got better potential for shortening as well.... Elle, Ellie, Leo, Nora... so your daughter can basically choose what she wants to be called according to her taste which is always good!

newroundhere Wed 23-May-18 23:57:27

Matilda. I think in the UK (assuming that's where you are) Eleonora will be difficult to spell and you/your dd will have to spell it all the time. Also in all honesty I wouldn't be sure how to pronounce it properly if I just saw it written down. And I think Matilda's cute smile

Biscuitmonster15 Wed 23-May-18 23:58:21

Love Elenora as it’s unique and won’t be one of may in a school. It can be shortened but is strong feminine name when she is older.
Honestly I despair at some of the names givento the kids I teach. One girl was called sunbeam! Maybe cute as a baby and toddler but later on 🙈 to help me I imagined how it would sound if the were prime minister and 80 and introducing themselves. I chose traditional old names. Matilda is very popular. My girls are Millicent and Evelyn. I was hoping my younger would be girls as I wanted to call them Esther and Mildred. But not to be!

Momadream Wed 23-May-18 23:59:13

Thank you newroundhere, what if we went with Eleonora, would that make it easier? Or even Elinora?

Momadream Wed 23-May-18 23:59:46

Meant what if we went for Eleanora of course

DramaAlpaca Thu 24-May-18 00:00:00

Eleonora keeps correcting to Leonora on my phone, but while my phone clearly doesn't like it, I do. It sounds elegant & classy. It's good that it reflects your heritage too.

I also like Matilda, but it's very popular & much more 'English' sounding.

Biscuitmonster15 Thu 24-May-18 00:00:07

My friend spelt hers Elinora

Momadream Thu 24-May-18 00:03:53

Love Matilda a lot but yes it’s the popularity that puts me off and Eleonora I like a lot but not 100% sure as it is just a bit longer than my 3 syllable ideal... DH likes both so tough to decide ...

newroundhere Thu 24-May-18 00:07:44

Momodream I think those spellings would be easier tbh but clearly lots of others like the Eleonora spelling smile. I agree with DramaAlpaca that it's good that it reflects your heritage, it just depends if you can be arsed with all the spelling wink

Momadream Thu 24-May-18 00:08:05

Biscuitmonster15 What was your friend’s experience with Elinora? I like that it’s less syllables but somehow it feels made up as I am more used to the Eleonora version personally ...

newroundhere Thu 24-May-18 00:09:16

^ MomaDream clearly I'm not one to be talking about spelling..... confused

Biscuitmonster15 Thu 24-May-18 00:15:36

She loved the fact it was spelt how her grandmothers was and very different to traditional way of spelling it which she likened to been called Tarquin - which her unfortunate brother got!

Biscuitmonster15 Thu 24-May-18 00:20:53


The ancestory to spelling of name

AnyaMoondial Thu 24-May-18 01:30:20

Matilda! Because it's fantastic. And I still haven't met one even though I know oodles of babies and toddlers so it doesn't seem that popular to me.

RedDwarves Thu 24-May-18 01:48:11


Prefer Leonora to Eleonora.

Pikachuneedshelp Thu 24-May-18 02:00:36

How do you pronounce Eleonora? Is it ell-ee-oh-nor-ah? If so, it is very long and I can imagine it might be either completely mangled or mistaken for Eleanora (ell-a-nor-ah) by native English speakers. I guess it depends how much that would bother you.

I like Matilda and I didn't realise it had become popular. I don't know any! But I think it is one of those marmite names. Tilda for short is very cool (Tilda Swinton has done very well with it).

Sophronia Thu 24-May-18 02:16:52

I prefer Eleonora.

Momadream Thu 24-May-18 05:33:46

Pikachuneedshelp Eleonora is pronounced E-le (as in pen)- o-NO-ra.
Don’t know why but I’m not as fond of Leonora as I have a work colleague named Leonor and that throws me off... So hard to find a name that ticks all the boxes. Don’t mind if Eleonora is confused as Eleanora in the U.K. as that is also a lovely name. If only Matilda was not that popular... I know one and have heard two babies called that...

Sugarpiehoneyeye Thu 24-May-18 08:45:34

I love Matilda, I don't know any !

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bridgetreilly Thu 24-May-18 09:49:58

Eleonora. Gorgeous and in the UK at least, unusual without being weird.

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