Jump to content

What do you think of Nell?


  • Please log in to reply
54 replies to this topic

#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 CountryFeral

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 jedimaster

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!




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Video: 10-week-old baby sounds like she says 'I love you'

It’s mixed in amongst garbled baby talk, but this 10-week-old's apparent attempt at telling her parents that she loves them has made her an internet star.

I only enjoyed pregnancy after booking my caesarean

To say I became obsessed is something of an understatement. Everywhere I went I found cause to be reminded of my impending pain.

When your bundle doesn't bring immediate joy

One mum says joy is very a personal feeling and expecting all new mums to feel it in the months after their baby born may do more harm than good.

Lessons learned from my toddler

Blogger Kiran Chug explains why she is going to let her toddler make more decisions for himself.

Family welcomes first baby girl in more than 100 years

The Silverton family has heard the phrase "it's a girl" for the first time in four generations.

When a community of kindness steps in

In future when someone I care for, or even someone I barely know, is experiencing a difficult time, I will not overthink it. I'll follow my heart.

Mum in Business: Jac Bowie

Jac Bowie is the founder of Business in Heels, one of the fastest growing women’s networking events in Australia. She shares her story, including how she juggles work with a young family, and ways to work smarter.

What not to say to a mum of twins

Being a mum of identical twin boys stirs up great interest and fascination. It also opens itself up to nosy, invasive questions, as well as huge assumptions.

The mums suing over unplanned babies

A mother-of-five who calls her two youngest sons "miracle babies" is just one of many mums seeking financial compensation for their children's unplanned conceptions.

Video: Dad sings 'Hallelujah' to his daughter every year

It's a gorgeous song to begin with, but this dad's version of Hallelujah, sung for his young daughter, is especially touching.

Constipation in babies when starting solids

While starting solids can be frustrating and messy (yet also fun!), introducing solids can also play havoc on tiny digestive systems.

Parents reunited with baby snatched from hospital

A mother whose newborn baby was snatched from hospital has spoken of her joy and relief at getting her daughter back.

In defence of the bumpie

Are bumpies - bump selfies - really "exhibitionism of the weirdest kind"?

Life on the other side of the fence: Why I'm child-free and quite content

Acknowledging that motherhood isn't a bed of roses – to begrudge lack of time, sleep, money and spontaneity – is sacrilegious and a no-no, especially by mother superior-types.

'Go the F*** to Sleep' author's new book for frustrated parents

A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.

Win a $200 Pumpkin Patch voucher

Fill out this quick survey and tell us in 25 words or less your best pregnancy or parenting tip - you'll go in the draw to win a $200 Pumpkin Patch voucher.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Losing yourself to motherhood

While watching your baby grow into a unique little person is exciting and wondrous, the intensity of meeting everyone else?s needs can ever so sneakily overtake your own needs for self-care.

Tearing during delivery: the facts

Almost all women will experience bruising, grazing or tearing after a vaginal birth. Depending on the degree of tearing, there are various treatments available.

6 tips for a day out with a baby and toddler

Outings can be lots of fun with the kids, but there are inevitable challenges. Here's some information about days out to help you be a little more prepared.

Why I invited a dozen people to watch my son's birth

I sent invitations on burgundy scrapbooking paper stamped with a field of poppies, and told each person why I wanted him or her there. I warned that there would be nudity.

Getting labour started: tips for a natural induction

When your baby?s due date comes and goes without so much as a pop - let alone a bang - it can be disheartening. Mums and a doula share their stories of natural inductions.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

As I sat across the table from my friend ? me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum ? I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

That's my boy: a dad's diary of the first 4 months

Unbearable anxiety, unspeakable joy, constant exhaustion and bouts of frustration ... The many shocks of first-time fatherhood resound in a dad's diary of his son's early months.

One of the most important things a new mum can do

Finances may not be as cute as a newborn, but with many women?s working arrangements changing post-baby, monetary matters need attention too.

In defence of the bumpie

Are bumpies really "exhibitionism of the weirdest kind", as one writer has claimed?

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

 

My Wellbeing

Making time for me

We look at your wellbeing, covering health, relationships, beauty and fashion, mind and body.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.