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(26 Posts)
mootie Tue 16-Sep-08 14:45:50

For a girl. Eh-lo-wen. It's Cornish. Elly for short, I guess. I love it but am a bit worried about having to repeat it every time you say it. That said, I know people with unusual names, and they turned out relatively normal.

Habbibu Tue 16-Sep-08 14:49:04

I think it's beautiful!

GirlWithTheMouseyHair Tue 16-Sep-08 14:50:39

i think it's lovely - and pronouced how I thought it was when I saw it written down which I think tends to be the main issue about "different" names

Essie3 Tue 16-Sep-08 17:30:07

Would it really have a double l?

CountessDracula Tue 16-Sep-08 17:30:47

It looks like Halloween
But I quite like it

branflake81 Tue 16-Sep-08 17:39:51

It's OK. Sounds like "Hello" in a Welsh accent. Kind of.

themildmanneredstalker Tue 16-Sep-08 17:41:24

sounds made up. and like halloween.

bossykate Tue 16-Sep-08 17:42:02

not realising it was a traditional cornish name, from the thread title i thought immediately "ell-oh-en dee-oh-en" from satanic verses.

mootie Tue 16-Sep-08 19:25:05

Don't know about the double l, maybe not? Will have to check back where I first saw it.

bossykate, I'm hoping that by living in east London, potential dd wouldn't meet too many people who would think her name was a weird literary reference.

mootie Tue 16-Sep-08 19:26:22

essie3 - you're right, only one L. Oops.

pointydog Tue 16-Sep-08 19:31:13


beforesunrise Tue 16-Sep-08 19:33:51

mmhhh i am sorry. it sounds too much like Halloween.

Essie3 Wed 17-Sep-08 21:23:19

Mootie don't worry, I wouldn't have argued that one to the death, but I'm a Celticist (although I don't do Cornish), and a Welsh double l has the famous pronunciation, and Welsh and Cornish are very close... So when I saw it I said it differently, and it's not so pretty in Welsh. Elowen would be pronounced as you said, and is pretty! To me, it looks prettier written down too.
It's very feminine, lovely and light. (Er, hark at me! That makes v. little sense!!)

preggersplayspop Wed 17-Sep-08 21:27:28

I like it a lot. I wouldn't shorten to Elly though, as Elowen is lovely in its own right - seems a shame to shorten it.

I don't think its way out there on the scale of unusual names either and I can't see much teasing potential!

PavlovtheCat Wed 17-Sep-08 21:30:41

I like it esp now you corrected the spelling.

Janni Wed 17-Sep-08 21:33:56

Pretty, unusual.

BlueChampagne Thu 18-Sep-08 13:18:48

Is it related to Olwen?

mummyclare Thu 18-Sep-08 13:35:42

Looks much better with one L. I thought of Halloween and satanic verses too. But with one L I think its beautiful.

matimum Thu 18-Sep-08 15:03:47

I live in Cornwall and there are quite a few down here so not that unusual! Where are you from?

belgo Thu 18-Sep-08 15:05:11

I thought it may be cornish. Elowen is pretty.

thumbwitch Thu 18-Sep-08 15:05:49

like it much better with one l - very pretty.

belgo Thu 18-Sep-08 15:06:27

yes it's better with one l, with two ls, I immediately thought of Halloween.

LaDiDaDi Thu 18-Sep-08 15:06:34

I like it.

OrmIrian Thu 18-Sep-08 15:07:36

One L is better. Pretty name. Does the 'wen' bit mean 'white'?

PrettyCandles Thu 18-Sep-08 15:09:14

Sorry, I thought this was a spoof thread, then I realised that it's not yet Halloween. So IMO it's not a good choice.

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