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Ellis-Harper for our girls name?

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Foxff1 Sun 27-May-18 18:27:47

Me and my DH absolutely love the name Ellis for a girl after both of our favourite authors, Ellis bell (Emily Brontë) and Bret Easton Ellis. We’ve had mixed reviews on this with people absolutely either living or hating it!

I love double barralled names and boy names for girls and I like the sound of Ellis-Harper. What’s everyone’s thoughts?

MrsCD67 Sun 27-May-18 18:30:30

I like how it's meaningful to you but it sounds like a double-barrelled surname...like the name of a law firm or something. Sorry!

PurpleDaisies Sun 27-May-18 18:31:00

Not a fan at all.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sun 27-May-18 18:31:56

Sounds very harsh.

Sophronia Sun 27-May-18 18:32:03

Agree it sounds like a law firm. Ellis Harper without the hyphen would be better.

OakIsBetterTho Sun 27-May-18 18:34:14

Hyphenated is terrible, I completely ageee that it sounds like a law firm. Harper as a middle name isn't quite so bad but honestly I'd probably go for a slighter softer middle name.

Tawdrylocalbrouhaha Sun 27-May-18 18:35:51

Not great, tbh.

It doesn't really sound like a person's name.

PotteringAlong Sun 27-May-18 18:36:51

Take the hyphen out. Ellis first name, harper middle name.

Popchyk Sun 27-May-18 18:39:33

I don't think it will work because it sounds like a boy's first name and then a surname. So double the confusion really.

The hyphen will cause all sorts of bother because it will seem like the Harper bit is part of the actual surname.

So, rather than calling her Ellis-Harper Smith lots of people will call her Ellis Harper-Smith or will think, oh it's a girl must be Ellie Harper-Smith or Elise Harper-Smith or Alice Harper-Smith. So I really wouldn't be saddling her with that.

You could call her Ellis and then Harper as a middle name as a compromise.

Cariadxx Sun 27-May-18 18:39:46

I always thought Ellis was a boy's name tbh

CorianderSnell Sun 27-May-18 18:40:50

I quite like the names. It does sound if you say it out loud very much like Firstname Surname though.

I know a few double barrelled names I like but they tend to be slightly shorter sounding syllables or fewer syllables.

Incidentally, I used to know a baby (girl) Bronte, which I liked (despite it reminding me quite a bit of Brontosaurus).

MikeUniformMike Sun 27-May-18 18:42:35

A double-barrelled surname as a first name for a girl. I suppose it's yoonique.
Hyphenated first names are generally looked down on in the UK.
People tend to have an opinion about surnames as first names.
Ellis is normally a boy's name.

HowDoIGetOffTheBus Sun 27-May-18 18:44:33

My DS is an Ellis, I'd always thought of it as a boys name though I know a female teenage Ellis now.

Not a fan of the double barrelled name, it's likely to be a recipe for confusion for you and dd.

DrScully Sun 27-May-18 18:46:29

It’s absolutely awful, and (dare I say it) chavvy as fuck.

I don’t understand why, if you love Emily Bronte, you wouldn’t call her Emily? Ellis was a name she had to use because a femal author would never be accepted, hardly feminist to use it!

EmmaC78 Sun 27-May-18 18:46:41

I like both names but not with the hyphen. Just use it is a first name and middle name.

Foxff1 Sun 27-May-18 18:47:03

DH isn’t sure about the Harper part but love a double barrelled name, our first DD name is Kaiyah - Rayne which I know isn’t everybody’s cup of tea but she and we love it!

BonnieF Sun 27-May-18 18:47:23

“We finally completed on our house yesterday.”

“Really? Good for you. Who did your conveyancing?”

“Ellis-Harper on the High St. They’re very good”

“Ok, thanks, I will check them out.”

MrsCD67 Sun 27-May-18 18:48:41

@BonnieF
Perfect summary of this thread

daisypond Sun 27-May-18 18:49:45

Ellis is fine. I rather like it. I only know an adult female Ellis, so it seems fine as a female name to me. I don't like Harper - it's too celeb influenced, for one thing, which would put me off. But maybe it's OK as a middle name. No hyphen - unless for very traditional names like Mary-Jane or Anne-Marie, and they're a bit out of fashion these days too.

Foxff1 Sun 27-May-18 18:50:06

@BonnieF 😂 I see your point

MaybeBabey Sun 27-May-18 18:50:58

I agree, it sounds like a surname.

Or a hyphenated boy's name (Ellis is clearly is a boy's name imo...)

How about Elise Harper surname? Emily Harper surname?

I like the meaning behind it but honestly don't like the name... Using an entirely different first name and putting Ellis-Harper (as a hyphenated middle name) in the middle would be nice imo.

AbeFroman Sun 27-May-18 18:53:44

I would just go with Ellis Harper, without the hyphen.

No need for some of the nastiness on here though. Pretty sure people just come on here to see how big of an arsehole they can be.

Strippervicar Sun 27-May-18 18:53:47

Harper has lost the Harper Lee (maybe never had it in some circles) connection somewhat. I gave a copy of "To Kill a Mockingbird" to a new baby as part of her being born present. The parents looked at me as if it were a bomb.

Loads of other Bronte names out there. Think of something cool, but not something that sounds like a dentist practice.

Swearwolf Sun 27-May-18 19:06:46

I think Ellis is fine (I also know an adult female Ellis, so it's totally a girl's name to me), Harper is fine, and double barrelled is fine if that's what you like. But the two names don't work together, it sounds clunky and doesn't flow.

Foxff1 Sun 27-May-18 19:09:08

@Swearwolf my DH agrees with you there and is not a fan of the harper addition, but so unsure of a name to pair with it :/

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