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Why don't people like the name Fenella?

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BottySpottom Fri 07-Aug-09 14:22:23

I have heard lots of negative comments over the years and I wonder why people dislike it so much.

I know she was a witch in a book - but that's surely not enough to put someone off a name is it?

hellymelly Fri 07-Aug-09 14:23:46

I like it,i think it is really pretty.Only person
I can think of is the actress Fenella Fielding,who is slightly bonkers with huge false eyelashes,but that aside it is a lovely name.

pranma Fri 07-Aug-09 14:24:40

I like it!

babster Fri 07-Aug-09 14:31:01

Because they were 80s kids who used to watch Chorlton and the Wheelies - very funny btw.

HuffySpice Fri 07-Aug-09 14:33:47

Isn't there a Fenella Fudge on Radio2?

GrimmaTheNome Fri 07-Aug-09 14:36:42

Because it sounds like a vegetable?

I like it though. (I like fennel too!)

There is a Scottish name, which I don't know how to spell but is pronounced something like Fenoola which is nice too. What am I thinking of?

Tortington Fri 07-Aug-09 14:37:50

reminds me of fenalla fudge too

i don't mind it actually - fora posh bird

SOLOisMeredithGrey Fri 07-Aug-09 14:38:34

Sounds a bit erm...plum in mouth? hmm

What about Fionnula? I think it's pronounced Finoola. Nula for short.

KEAWYED Fri 07-Aug-09 14:40:04

I love the name. I think Fenella Fudge is a great name.

BottySpottom Fri 07-Aug-09 14:41:24

Not as keen on Fionnula as Fenella for some reason. I think it sounds more like a bone in the leg than a vegetable!

MrsBadger Fri 07-Aug-09 14:42:39

it is a bit posh but no worse than many

GrimmaTheNome Fri 07-Aug-09 14:43:16

Fionnula - yes thats it thanks. There was a Fionnula on the radio years ago which is why it has good assocs. for me I think

Horton Fri 07-Aug-09 14:47:21

I think Fenella is lovely.

mrswoolf Fri 07-Aug-09 14:58:42

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southeastastra Fri 07-Aug-09 15:24:10

there was a finola in staying alive (john travolta film) the other day

mopsyflopsy Fri 07-Aug-09 18:13:48

Too close to fennel smile.

Otherwise a nice name!

ZZZenAgain Fri 07-Aug-09 18:16:38

I don't find it posh, just too flowery for my taste. I have a distant cousin called Fenella, whole family finds it hmm

honeydew Fri 07-Aug-09 18:29:32

It's the witch from Chorlton and the Wheeleies -a great kids prog from my childhood!

But it's quite nice though and I do much prefer it to Olivia or Jessica which I can't stand.

What would it be shortened too? Ella perhaps, or Fen, Fenny? ( too close to Fanny grinI think.

People always shorten names, unless it's something like Kate, so be prepared for that.

BottySpottom Fri 07-Aug-09 19:01:04

I thought it would be shortened to Nell (Nellie for a baby/toddler) or Ella.

boodleboot Fri 07-Aug-09 19:41:58

Its really growing on me actually....Fen or Nell are nice nicknames..but i bet she would get called Vanilla....

BexJ78 Fri 07-Aug-09 19:46:37

yes, Chorlton and the Wheelies probably puts some people off because Fenella the witch in that was a bit bonkers and scary... it is out on DVD BTW for anyone who is a CATW fan! i think it is actually quite a pretty name, but it is those pesky name associations that get in the way!

pamelat Fri 07-Aug-09 20:30:27

Fen and Nell are nice. Fenella tries too hard?

ForExample Fri 07-Aug-09 20:32:46

i think it's a grown-up persons name, which i think is often over-looked aspect of naming, i mean they're not babies or children for half as long as they are adults.

alardi Fri 07-Aug-09 20:32:52

It sounds like a type of pasta (sorry blush).

Caitni Fri 07-Aug-09 21:40:57

Never seen the kids prog or heard of Fenella Fudge (is that a cartoon character?) but don't like this name. I've met a couple of Fenellas over the years and to me it's just too comedy posh (like the Araminta/Mintys I've met).

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