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#1 nephthysa

Posted 26 December 2018 - 10:12 PM

We have no2 on the way and are having trouble narrowing our list of names down. DS is Oliver James and surname is Bee Are Ay Why. DH and I both have AB initials so are wanting to steer away from another A name but we keep coming up with Abigail, Addison, and Adelaide. I love names that can be shortened, since mine can’t :)
My Pop mentioned that his mums name was Elsie, which I quite like but is it too old fashioned? Can’t be shortened really either.
We also like Harriet and Harper - maybe use as a middle name with Elsie?
Help! :D

#2 BBC

Posted 26 December 2018 - 10:15 PM

Elsie is lovely

#3 Ozquoll

Posted 26 December 2018 - 10:18 PM

I like Abigail with your surname.

#4 amdirel

Posted 26 December 2018 - 10:19 PM

I like Elsie!
You could nickname Elle if you need a nickname?

Harriet is nice too. Not a fan of Harper.

#5 Sancti-claws

Posted 26 December 2018 - 10:22 PM

Elsie is gorgeous - but I am biased, as my favourite great aunt was Elsie.

You can Elspeth or Elsa it if you want something more formal, out there or current...

#6 Gudrun

Posted 26 December 2018 - 10:34 PM

You have a style-mix there.  I'm not a fan of Elsie but it's already made its comeback so I would be confident on that score.

With Oliver I think Abigail and Adelaide go perfectly.  Adelaide Elsie works well as a combo with Elsie as a family name in the middle.

#7 Lou-bags

Posted 26 December 2018 - 10:39 PM

Elsie is wonderful. Also reasonably common in my circles- as in there are several, but it’s not very popular or anything. I think it’s in the top 100 names for girls?

I like Harriet a great deal too, but not Harper.

Addison is ok, as is Abigail. Love Adelaide. Also Adeline.

#8 JediMaster

Posted 26 December 2018 - 11:33 PM

Elsie is gorgeous.


Posted 27 December 2018 - 12:22 AM

Elsie is becoming more and more common, so I don think it's too old fashioned.

It's personally not a fav of mine due to a neighbour we had with mental issues who really gave me the creeps.  She would stand on the edge of their bathtub and look out their bathroom window into my bedroom window, but that's my issue.

Every time I hear it mentioned, most people think it's lovely, so if you like it, go for it.

#10 Weavile

Posted 27 December 2018 - 01:01 AM

I love Elsie but couldn't use it. I have a lisp so it sounds terrible. DD was so close to being called Abigail that my mum actually told people that was her name when letting people know she'd been born.

So obviously I don't think they're too old fashioned and I think they go perfectly with your sons name. I also liked Eleanor but DH vetoed it for family reasons.

Edited by Weavile, 27 December 2018 - 01:03 AM.

#11 deedee15

Posted 27 December 2018 - 01:34 AM

I suspect Elsie would constantly confused with Elsa, especially with the second Frozen movie in its way. I like Abigail and Adelaide

#12 Moo-me

Posted 27 December 2018 - 02:26 AM

Elsie could be elly. Not really shorted but kind of?
But I do like Elsie

#13 Treasure Island

Posted 27 December 2018 - 03:42 AM

Elsie Harper is nice. It will shorten to Else but I think it is pretty short to start with. I don't think it is any more old fashioned than Oliver and I think a lot of old names are coming back anyway.

Edited by Treasure Island, 27 December 2018 - 03:43 AM.

#14 la di dah

Posted 27 December 2018 - 06:29 AM

I don't care for Elsie but that doesn't make it not usable. It's old-fashioned but that doesn't mean it's bad. There are other old names I like.

Elizabeth called Elsie is an option. Elsie feels nickname-ish to me. Elizabeth Harper called Elsie is a reasonable name that goes well with Oliver.

I like Abigail and Abby. Evelyn and Evie? Imogen and Immy? Genevieve and Vivi?

#15 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 27 December 2018 - 06:42 AM

Unfortunately, my image of an Elsie is of my mother's aunt who resembled Jabba The Hutt and had a hairy chin and a cold heart.

Much prefer Harriet or Elizabeth.

#16 Renovators delight

Posted 27 December 2018 - 07:53 AM

I really like Elsie, probably because I lived in Elsie St as a toddler/pre-schooler.

I think it works best as a short name itself - either for either Elizabeth or Elspeth. This site has some more suggestions:

#17 Lesley225

Posted 27 December 2018 - 07:58 AM

I like Harriet and not that I think it has to go with a siblings names I think it does.

#18 snowball

Posted 27 December 2018 - 11:38 AM

Out of the names on your list I think Abigail, Harriet or Elsie work best with Oliver. Lovely names!

I know Abigail and Addison tend to get shortened to Abby or Addie, which I think sound cute, but if you don't like shortening names then maybe avoid these.

#19 Threetwoone

Posted 27 December 2018 - 01:16 PM

I love Elsie but haven't been brave enough to use it and my husband isn't a fan. I also love Adelaide, it gies great with Oliver.

#20 Mands09

Posted 27 December 2018 - 02:49 PM

I prefer Eloise to Elsie. Eloise Hanna was going to be my girl name if DS3 has been DD instead.

#21 Silverstreak

Posted 27 December 2018 - 02:59 PM

Abigail Harriet is nice, or Harriet Rose? I also like Arabella!

#22 Imaginary friend

Posted 27 December 2018 - 07:53 PM

Elsie seems old fashioned to me - but that is just me, those sort of comeback names are not my style

Objectively, have heard of a few young Elsie's now and I think it has come back enough to be considered mainstream by many.
Perfectly usable if you want to use it and goes fine with Oliver

All the proposed names go fine with Oliver to me - but I understand preferring to steer away from an A starting name if you have 2 in family already

#23 Plaxy

Posted 27 December 2018 - 10:15 PM

Elsie is back so not old-fashioned at all. For Oliver's sister and with your surname I like 4 of your names: Abigail, Adelaide, Harriet and Elsie.

Elsie Harriet
Harriet Elsie
Adelaide Elsie
Abigail Harriet

Edited by Plaxy, 27 December 2018 - 10:15 PM.

#24 majirlo

Posted 28 December 2018 - 06:31 AM

Really like Elsie Harper together. It is one of those vintage names that is back in and would be shortened to Els.

I also think Elyse/Elise is really pretty - switching the letters. Oliver & Elyse sounds great.

For me Abigail - Abby Br... is a little heavy on the b's.

Oliver and Harri (Harriet) is pretty cute.

Not a huge fan of Adelaide.

Good luck!

#25 EvieLouise85

Posted 29 December 2018 - 01:28 PM

Love Harriet!

Elsie is ok, a bit nicknamey for me
Harper is not my style

Harriet Elsie?

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