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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?


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.


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

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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