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Helen or Ellen?

(44 Posts)
Butterflygirl7 Sun 01-Nov-09 21:17:20

Which sounds prettier? I know Ellie is popular these days but wondered if Ellen is too?


Lionstar Sun 01-Nov-09 21:20:15


Brightfield Sun 01-Nov-09 21:21:08


Or Helena?

Clary Sun 01-Nov-09 21:21:21

I don't know any children called Ellen.

An awful lot as you say called Ellie/Eleanor tho.

I actually know 2 small Helens; DH calls one "DD's 40yo friend Helen" because it's more a name of my vintage lol! It is pretty tho IMO.

mathanxiety Sun 01-Nov-09 21:21:27

Prefer Helen, but I love Helene (French).

StephHaydock Sun 01-Nov-09 21:23:05

I know one little Ellen. Nice name.

Helen is quite retro, isn't it? I dont know any under 35 yrs old.

cluccles Sun 01-Nov-09 21:23:12

prefer Helena or Elena

Mutt Sun 01-Nov-09 21:23:48

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Cobblers Sun 01-Nov-09 21:24:50

How about Elena or Ealanor?

gigglewitch Sun 01-Nov-09 21:25:07

depends what part of the country you live in grin
My friend's DH, in thick lancashire accent said in reply to "and what name have you given your new daughter"
...Anna - with an "H" grin

ja9 Sun 01-Nov-09 21:25:39

I prefer Ellen and think it is really lovely. I didn't think it was hugely popular but there are 2 in ds class at school.

stakethroughtheheartofgold Sun 01-Nov-09 21:30:39

helen is beautiful and much underused.

elen in welsh is nice cos the second e is pronounced the same as the first, in english the second e is more like an -uh and i'm not so keen on that.

Butterflygirl7 Sun 01-Nov-09 21:38:53

Thanks for the replies. Helena-that's lovely will put that on the shortlist!

TotallyUnheardOf Sun 01-Nov-09 22:22:53

I am the owner of an Ellen (so hugely biased, of course) and it's a lovely name. She is never called Ellie. If anything, I call her Elsie. I also like Nell/Nellie, but she doesn't like those, so it's Elsie or nothing. She also hates being called Helen.

I am currently teaching one Ellen (age 19/20) but other than that, it is a fairly unusual (but not whacky) name, which is why I chose it.

lola0109 Mon 02-Nov-09 12:10:12

I love the name Ellen and want it for DC2 if it turns out to be DD2 but with our surname it sounds like elephant (especially if you shorten it to Ellie) so DP has vetoed quite strongly.

We will be using it as a middle name as it was my gran's name.

I know a 22 year old called Ellen, no nn just Ellen and in my baby massage class last year there were 2 Ellen's. So I think it's great as it suits all ages!

MaggieOicheSamhain Mon 02-Nov-09 12:20:26

Ellen definitely.

ALso Anna over Hannah.

And Honor is nice because the H is silent.

FrameyMcFrame Tue 03-Nov-09 21:32:05

Helen is a beautiful name, very classic. Helen of Troy, the face that launched a thousand ships... smile

Rindercella Tue 03-Nov-09 21:38:44

Helena is definitely one for your short list - tis very nice.

You need to be careful with Ellen/Helen though. I've told this story on here before, but it is quite funny....

My brother was dating a girl who called the house one day. I answered the phone, she asked for DB and I asked who was calling.

"Ellen" she said.

"Ellen?" I asked.

"No, Ellen" she said.

"Ah, Ellen" I repeated.

"NO it's Ellen with an AITCH" she nearly screamed at me.

"Ohh...Helen" I replied, nearly PMSL.

Don't think DB's relationship with her lasted for very long grin

pointydogg Tue 03-Nov-09 22:21:54


cece Tue 03-Nov-09 22:28:50

Helen was on our short list. smile
Lovely and not popular.

canihaveapeeinpeacepleasebob Tue 03-Nov-09 22:41:17

I'm a Helen and under 35 (but only just).
My parents called me it because it was lovely and not popular.
Some of my family call me Ellie, which I'm not keen on, but other call me Heli, which I don't mind.
I'd say go for Helen, but then I'm biased!!

TartanKnickers Tue 03-Nov-09 22:47:43

My dd is Eilidh which is a Gaelic form of Helen

halia Tue 03-Nov-09 22:50:00

Elen, Helen or Eleanor

GrimmaTheNome Tue 03-Nov-09 22:54:07

Helen must be due a comeback - when I was a teen (er, over 30 years ago) it was always the name given to really nice older ladies in my Mums romantic fiction books.

Mind you, I did know one whose mother thought that it was an unshortenable name till friends started calling her Hell grin

Ronaldinhio Tue 03-Nov-09 23:02:51

Ellens are pround fiesty and beautiful..they are fantastic people

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