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Dandelion3 Thu 09-Jan-20 21:32:12

What do people think of Eleanor? We're really struggling for girls name ideas. Seem to like quite traditional names, don't really mind if it's too popular.
Only thing is not too keen on nn "Ellie"
Any other suggestions we'd be v grateful! Due first baby in a few days time...

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FREEM Thu 09-Jan-20 21:33:33

yes love it.

Whynosnowyet Thu 09-Jan-20 21:35:12


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VerbenaGirl Thu 09-Jan-20 21:38:09

I like it. There are a few dotted around right now amongst my teens’ cohort.

KellyMarieTunstall2 Thu 09-Jan-20 21:39:15

It's a gorgeous name.

SundayMorningSun Thu 09-Jan-20 21:40:52

Love it. Especially love the Jane Austen spelling - Elinor.

zzzzzzzx Thu 09-Jan-20 21:42:06

I have a 17 year old Eleanor. We always call her Ellie but outside the house she is known as both. I wanted to change her name whilst still in hospital with her because I began to realise how popular it is but my husband and other daughter didn't agree so we kept it. I still really like the name but her younger brother has a slightly more unusual name (somewhere between 90-100 on most popular names) and perhaps if I was to choose again I'd go more unusual. However, I do know a lot of Ellie's but none of the other ones I know are really Eleanor strangely enough although initially I assumed they all were.

Mrsbclinton Thu 09-Jan-20 21:43:22

Beautiful name I really like it.
Also like Evelyn, Helena & Clara.

PenguinsOnParade Thu 09-Jan-20 21:43:45

I love it, depending on your area it might be more common that you realise, and there have been lots of Ellas and Ellies around for a while if you were considering those nicknames.

I love Nell and Norah as nicknames but both of those are family names for us so do mean more too.

Proudpeacock Thu 09-Jan-20 21:45:26

Love it. The one I know shortens it to Elle

Marcipex Thu 09-Jan-20 21:46:33

I’d use Linny or Lenny as a nn.

ChachyFace Thu 09-Jan-20 21:46:49

Lovely name

Longdistance Thu 09-Jan-20 21:49:33

I have a 10yo Eleanor. I still love her name. My name’s been mentioned above as well. Seems I matched well grin

ThinkPositiveThoughts Thu 09-Jan-20 21:49:42


Also prefer the Elinor spelling thanks to Austen!

TrashPanda Thu 09-Jan-20 21:50:08

I love it and would have been on my list if my close cousin wasn’t called it, had all boys anyway.

Dandelion3 Thu 09-Jan-20 21:53:13

Thanks so much for all the responses and suggestions ! With the Elinor / eleanor spelling - just to check the pronunciation would still be the same, it's just a different spelling?

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Youhavewonaprize Thu 09-Jan-20 21:53:50

Love it. I have an eleanor and she remains an eleanor so far. I’m also not a huge Ellie fan but have accepted it might be an inevitable school nickname. She is eleanor or Nellie at home.

Krazynights34 Thu 09-Jan-20 21:54:54

Love it!

Youhavewonaprize Thu 09-Jan-20 21:55:11

Just seen your post about alternative spellings. Personally I’m not a fan of alternative spellings for any name - you’re just giving you child a name they will constantly have to correct when people assume the most common spelling

Dandelion3 Thu 09-Jan-20 21:58:36

Thanks I do prefer the more usual spelling as our surname needs to be spelled out so I woudnt want her to have to spell both!

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user1471530109 Thu 09-Jan-20 22:02:36

I've been teaching almost 20 years and only come across 3 Eleanors. Whatever the spelling. I now have my own and yes she does go by Ellie as well as Eleanor. I spent a year when she was around 2 regretting our naming choice as there were so many ellas and ellies etc. But actually, she has rarely met another one. Except at her dance school where for 6 MTHS there were 3! But never since grin

Angie6868 Thu 09-Jan-20 22:04:56

I love it. Also Helena

BrandoraPaithwaite Thu 09-Jan-20 22:07:41

It's a beautiful name. Medium popular but not excessively. And seems to be timeless.

LolalolaLola Thu 09-Jan-20 22:10:20

I love it. It's a lovely name. If I ever had a daughter I would choose the name. Or you know, had to change my own name to go into protective custody or whatever, lol. I'd also prefer the nn Lenny over Ellie.

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