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Variations on Nellie??

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Astrid28 Wed 21-Oct-09 23:06:34

It's my Nan's name, DD1 is named after DH's maternal grandmother, thought it could be nice to carry it on should next baby be a girl.

Didn't consider the Elephant connection til I typed it out! Drats.

nancy75 Wed 21-Oct-09 23:08:00


pipWereRabbit Wed 21-Oct-09 23:08:40

Would you consider names along the lines of Helen, Ellen, Eleanor and then use Nellie as an nickname?

mazzystartled Wed 21-Oct-09 23:10:01


Astrid28 Wed 21-Oct-09 23:18:36

Ornella - I'm not sure I could do that.

Well my Mum is called Helen, but I was kind of looking for a modernised version.

Nell is the one I like most so far.

I could go with my other grans name which is that too grannyish?

GrimmaTheNome Wed 21-Oct-09 23:23:00

Norah def grannyish... DDs nonagenarian has that as a first name (but always hated it and so is called by her second name.)

Helen is classical - does it need updating?

Astrid28 Wed 21-Oct-09 23:30:09

Hmmmm maybe not. It's just always been a middle aged name to me. It'd be like calling her Janet or Eileen.

I should prob add that not 100% sure I'm even pg yet!! Just been pondering.

pipWereRabbit Wed 21-Oct-09 23:33:57

I think Elin is a scandanavian version of Helen. I had a friend called this and think it's really pretty.

AitchTwoToTangOh Wed 21-Oct-09 23:35:18

oooooooooooooooh. i think nora might be due a wee comeback, i think it's a beautiful name, very elegant. i know a cora.

islandofsodor Wed 21-Oct-09 23:37:04

My Grandmother was called Nellie or Nell but her real name was Ellen. Dd is named after her.

TeamEdward Wed 21-Oct-09 23:47:14

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Astrid28 Thu 22-Oct-09 09:40:15

I like Ellen, that's nice and would go quite well with DD1's name actually......

As a child, Nellie & Nora were the epitome of old lady names because of my grans, but I was thinking Nellie Furtado, Norah Jones.....could I get away with it outside of showbiz?? !

islandofsodor Thu 22-Oct-09 10:00:52

Dd's nickname is still Ellie the Nelliephant though.

TheBlairSnitchProject Thu 22-Oct-09 10:10:54

DH's Nan was called Nellie, his Granny is Ellen but gets called Nellie!!

Ellen would be a pretty and modern version.

AitchTwoToTangOh Thu 22-Oct-09 10:10:59

cornelia is lovely shortened to nelia and neelie, imo.

BarbaraBlacksheep Thu 22-Oct-09 10:21:42

I like the simplicity of Nell smile

slimeoncrazydemon Thu 22-Oct-09 10:27:11

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randomimposter Thu 22-Oct-09 10:29:04

Nell is lovely
Eleanor also nice
Like Elin (but not Ellen so much...)

TigerFeet Thu 22-Oct-09 10:31:26

dd1's middle name is ellen after my gran, bt=ut gran was only ever known as nellie

how about eleanor?

love nell as a nn

lots of us with grannies called nellie dh had one too

sunshiney Thu 22-Oct-09 10:32:22

i love the name Nell. Also Nina, such a pretty name.

thedolly Thu 22-Oct-09 10:35:31


TeamEdward Thu 22-Oct-09 15:22:51

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spookypixiebroomstix Thu 22-Oct-09 15:54:10

How about Elena?
And I think Norah is gorgeous by the way!

mathanxiety Thu 22-Oct-09 18:49:24

I love Nora or Norah too, and I know 3 of them under 15. How about Honour or Hanora? Love Elin, Helena and Cornelia mentioned here too.

cookielove Thu 22-Oct-09 18:54:51

My sister is Neva pronounced Neeevah if that makes sense, and she is nicked named nelly by our dad, its a different option for you

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