Baby names - one week to go - help needed!!

(35 Posts)
DoodleAlley Tue 02-Apr-13 19:30:37

Right we have one week to go and can't seem to find a girls name.

DS was easy to name, we both liked a name, gave it a roadtest pre birth and were happy.

This time we are dithering.

At present the top two are.. (drum roll please!).... Natalie or Ella.

We have liked Esme but opinions seem split on pronounciation and I always end up spelling the surname at work and dont want to add to this child's woes!

This obviously comes with the disclaimer that I know it's a personal choice and you can't please everyone.

I'd love to hear any opinions, including how popular these names are around you and personal preferences are welcome!

Just checking whether this name was a definite needs to be used or whether it was still 50/50 - hope inspiration strikes overnight smile

Skygirls Wed 03-Apr-13 00:52:04

How about Amelie in place of Esme?

DoodleAlley Wed 03-Apr-13 07:49:31

We can't use names starting with an A unfortunately.

We're as certain as we can be that this name will be used! T least I hope so now I've bought some girlie clothes to water down DS's 'boy' clothes!

Gwennan Wed 03-Apr-13 13:14:58

Natalie!

How many baby Natalies do you know? It'd be really refreshing to hear it on a little girl.

Coconutty Wed 03-Apr-13 13:18:26

Not sure about Natalie, as my cousin gets called Nat all the time which isn't nice imo.

Ella is meh, can we help you find a nicer name? Eleanor NN Elea?

DoodleAlley Wed 03-Apr-13 14:02:45

I just think Eleanor is a bit 'formal'. I know - I'm
Being impossible.

I'm warming to Elsa again I have to admit!

Thewhingingdefective Wed 03-Apr-13 14:13:59

I think Natalie is lovely and quite uncommon nowadays.

Ella is okay but very common.

Esme is fab. My niece (17) is an Esme, pronounced Ezmi, and also gets just Ez.

Elsa used to be my favourite name, but when DD was born we switched to Elspeth, nn Elsie.

Coconutty Wed 03-Apr-13 15:05:24

I love Esme, but think Elsa is a lions name. Eliza is lovely too.

Elsbeth is nice too, nn Elsie as above.

DoodleAlley Wed 03-Apr-13 15:19:06

Yeah I didn't really get the lion thing until I read it on mumsnet.

I'm thinking this is going to get less and less as a cultural link. I mean I've never watched Born Free, but I've also never watched Dirty Dancing!

Coconutty Wed 03-Apr-13 15:21:14

It's from Born Free - only for people over a certain age I think! Wouldn't put me off though, DS2s middle name would have been Elsa if he was a she.

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