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#1 H3O

Posted 03 July 2010 - 05:46 PM

We are still undecided about names for number 2.

What do you think of Nell? Do you think it is ok as a name in its own right rather than as a nickname for Eleanor?


Thanks

Edited by H3O, 18 January 2014 - 05:37 PM.


#2 Futureself

Posted 03 July 2010 - 05:53 PM

I do think of it as NN to either Helen or Eleanor but it's not overly Nicknamey so may work quite well as a complete name.


#3 Gudrun

Posted 03 July 2010 - 05:55 PM

I adore Nell and love it as a name in its own right. Simple, striking, feminine, strong and perfect for a long surname.   And NN Nellie is gorgeous too.

If you wanted a longer name I would go no longer and no further than Helen or Ellen which are quite delicious as well.

#4 kikinz82

Posted 03 July 2010 - 05:58 PM

I like it!!

#5 threetimesblessed

Posted 03 July 2010 - 05:58 PM

I have friends who had b/g twins and named the girl Nellie.
I think I would prefer Nell or Nellie as the nickname only.

#6 Megs21

Posted 03 July 2010 - 06:00 PM

My nan was called Nellie, we had Nella picked as one of 2 girls names for our 3rd child. Still love it, but ended up going ith Evie.

#7 blaithin

Posted 03 July 2010 - 06:01 PM

I personally don't really like it, sorry. The first thing I thought of was that song "Nelly the Elephant packed her trunk and off she went to the circus...!"

#8 opethmum

Posted 03 July 2010 - 06:02 PM

Reminds me of Ally McBeal ! Nelle is great name!

Reminds me of Ally McBeal ! Nelle is great name!

#9 coco100

Posted 03 July 2010 - 06:02 PM

The first thing I thought of was that Jodie Foster movie "Nell" where she has speech and intellectual problems. Or she lives out in the woods, or something...

I really like Nella though!

#10 H3O

Posted 03 July 2010 - 06:34 PM

Thanks everyone. The other names on our girl shortlist are Lucinda, Elsie and Alice - but there is something going against each of them.

What middle names do you think work with Nell?

#11 fifi-trixibelle

Posted 03 July 2010 - 06:53 PM

Awful, even as a nickname only.

#12 Gudrun

Posted 04 July 2010 - 03:07 AM

MN's can be a bit tricky with monosyllabic first names especially if the surname is long.  Without knowing the surname I imagine a 2-syllable middle name would balance the short first name then long surname the best.

Possibilities:

Nell Soleil
Nell Mireille
Nell Miette
Nell Manon
Nell Sabine
Nell Yolande
Nell Sandrine
Nell Caprice
Nell Maxine
Nell Mignon

French theme for the MN!



#13 Leivy

Posted 04 July 2010 - 08:58 AM

I knew a Nell in Primary school. At first I had trouble with thinking it was a nickname, but after a day or so, didn't give it another thought. I quite like it.

#14 My4Sunshines

Posted 04 July 2010 - 09:03 AM

I am undecided on this as it is my nickname! I get either Nell or Nelly (which I don't like! I even got Jelly (or Jell) at high school- no nothing of mine wobbled tongue.gif , just a play on my name!!)
My name is Janelle.

I agree Nelle looks better, and perhaps would 'sit' better than Nelly/Nellie.

In the end it is what you are happy with and can you picture yourself saying that name, and hearing it, refering to your child?? That's how I look at names and am actually having my own crisis with names atm!!

Good Luck!

#15 HRH Countrymel

Posted 04 July 2010 - 09:07 AM

I think it is a nickname only. I nice one though.

It also reminds me of a really rude song that my Dad and his fishing buddies would sing - I never got to hear more than a line or two, as Mum would burst in and stop them saying "The children are STILL AWAKE!!!!"

#16 Benevolence

Posted 04 July 2010 - 09:12 AM

I really like it.

I also love the PP's suggestions of Nellie or Nella. Or maybe as a NN for Donella as it may seem a bit brief or not complete.  I guess Nell is more of a NN for me too.  I do really like it though.

#17 goldimouse

Posted 04 July 2010 - 09:18 AM

It's a nickname to me, and I think of the Jodie Foster movie as well.

#18 ~Ingrid~

Posted 04 July 2010 - 09:20 AM

QUOTE
It's a nickname to me, and I think of the Jodie Foster movie as well.

me too.

And although in many ways Nell is the type of name I normally love for me it always seems really heavy and flat. I can't put my finger on why.

#19 QueenOfTheDesert

Posted 04 July 2010 - 12:59 PM

I think it is better as a nn for Eleanor.
Eleanor is a lovely name!

Nell/Nellie is a nice nn.

#20 robhat

Posted 04 July 2010 - 02:48 PM

Just to confuse the issue... It's my MIL's maiden name... So we'd never consider it and I think it probably looks weird as a first name to me for that reason.... My sister is Janelle though and has been called Nell pretty much since she started school... So I can cope with it being a nickname...

#21 Wolf_cubs

Posted 04 July 2010 - 10:46 PM

Sorry, but IMO it's awful.

#22 jolly2

Posted 04 July 2010 - 10:50 PM

Personally I don't like the name "Nell".

It conjures up images of old maids and spinsters for some reason or another.

#23 The Tombliboos

Posted 04 July 2010 - 11:10 PM

I like Nell.

A NN for Eleanor IMO would be Elly.

#24 grubbie

Posted 04 July 2010 - 11:16 PM

I like it. I know a Jenelle that goes by 'Nell'..

#25 Pinkbug

Posted 04 July 2010 - 11:18 PM

I think Nella is much better!




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