Faye or Nell?

(33 Posts)
CatewithaC Sat 03-Apr-21 10:18:50


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CatewithaC Sat 03-Apr-21 10:20:42

What are your thoughts on Faye and Nell? Which do you prefer and why?


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SleepySlugs Sat 03-Apr-21 10:23:06

I absolutely adore Faye. It's similar to dd's middle name so I am very biased.

popcorndiva Sat 03-Apr-21 10:34:51

I would go with Faye. I always think Nell is a nickname amd deserves another option such as Eleanor or Penelope. Plus you will get the inevitable Nelly the elephant

Amdone123 Sat 03-Apr-21 10:48:14

I like Faye, too.
I don't mind Nell if it's short for Helen, but I appreciate you might not like Helen.
Nelly is awful. I know a Nella. It sounds made up.

TatianaBis Sat 03-Apr-21 10:50:44

Nell by a million miles. Faye is very dated - 80s - and a specific demographic.

I don’t normally like nn names but I love Nell. It’s very pretty and has historic associations - Nell Gwyn.

Algebraicyourleg Sat 03-Apr-21 10:51:22

Around me, Nell is a really common name for working dogs on the farms (usually Border Collies) so it puts me off naming a child that. Faye is uncommon but lovely.

DragonPoop Sat 03-Apr-21 10:51:38


KirstenBlest Sat 03-Apr-21 10:52:07

Nell. I like Fay but not Faye

WhateverHappenedToFayWray Sat 03-Apr-21 10:52:59

Love Nell

partyatthepalace Sat 03-Apr-21 11:04:34

Love Nell - although as a nn for Eleanor/Helena or Penelope rather than a full name. It’s quite popular though.

Faye is less popular - but I think it’s wet, weak and dated.

PandaFluff Sat 03-Apr-21 11:07:19

I like Faye or Fay.

sarah13xx Sat 03-Apr-21 14:53:26

Have always liked Faye but Nell is by far my favourite, love love love it!

Allgirlskidsanddogs Sat 03-Apr-21 14:56:01

Nell, love it.

Faye very dated.

littlebillie Sat 03-Apr-21 15:02:14

Fae or Helen, Ellen or Eleanor for Nell

SmeleanorSmellstrop Sun 04-Apr-21 05:40:35

Nell is so cool!

Agree with the PP who said Faye is wet, weak and dated.

Peachbubble Sun 04-Apr-21 06:37:00

Nell. Not a fan of Faye/Fay.

Edenember Mon 05-Apr-21 10:58:18

Love Nell

RuthW Mon 05-Apr-21 16:15:29

Faye. Nell is a nickname.

GintyMcGinty Mon 05-Apr-21 16:17:04

Faye is lovely.

I don't like Nell at all sorry.

Helen, Eleanor, Helena, Ellen - these are all great but no Nell.

Purplesparkle34 Mon 05-Apr-21 16:31:17

I love both! (Sorry not much help!)
Funnily enough my best friend is called Faye and she has a daughter called Nell 💕

amallierory Mon 05-Apr-21 16:32:51

I really, really dislike Nell. Faye is lovely and not dated at all in my opinion.

IamnotwhouthinkIam Mon 05-Apr-21 17:54:30

Both are lovely, so it's hard to pick. I think I'd chose Nell because there are usually less spelling issues for it (compared to Fay/Faye or even Fae), but I must admit I'd be tempted to use Helena, Elena or Eleanor on the BC (and just call her Nell), so she has other options if she wants when older.

SecretCiderCellar Mon 05-Apr-21 17:55:33

Nell. I think Faye is very dated.

PresentingPercy Mon 05-Apr-21 17:58:20

Nell Gifford was wonderful. Look up her Circus. It is ot a name that is used much but I think anyone with the name will be special.

Nell can get changed to Nelly by older people. Would you be Ok with that? Elephant connections.

I like Faye too. Use both namesd and have one in the middle? Faye XXXXX Nell etc.

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