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Ella vs. instead of vs. Emma?

We always talked about naming our little girl Emma, but Emma is such a popular name now. Is Ella a good, less popular alternative?

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Poll created: Jul 24, 2013
Total Votes: 3


I love both names, but I do think Ella is a bit less popular. I know one Ella for example, and six Emma’s. I think it really depends on the area where you live though. Both names are lovely. :)
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
What about Emmy or Ellison Ann or call her EllieAnn?
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I love Ella! Emma is nice too but way to popular. Ella is perfect.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I would choose Emma!
I actually think Emma is slowing down in use and Ella is on the rise.It’s crazy popular in my area.I know of 3 Ella’s in my tiny town born just in the last year.
(One is Ella Grace and the other two are Ella May so I would say if you do decide to use it at least go for a unique middle name)
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
What about Ellie May or Ellie Rose?
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I much prefer Emma to Ella, although I think Ella is slightly less popular. How about Emmaline, Emmalyn, Emmanuelle, Emelyn, Emerence, Emmalia etc. With the nickname Emma?
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
They’re both in the top 20. According to Social Security:

Popular Names by Birth Year
July 24, 2013
Background information

Popularity in 2012
Rank Male name Female name
1 Jacob Sophia
2 Mason Emma
3 Ethan Isabella
4 Noah Olivia
5 William Ava
6 Liam Emily
7 Jayden Abigail
8 Michael Mia
9 Alexander Madison
10 Aiden Elizabeth
11 Daniel Chloe
12 Matthew Ella
13 Elijah Avery
14 James Addison
15 Anthony Aubrey
16 Benjamin Lily
17 Joshua Natalie
18 Andrew Sofia
19 David Charlotte
20 Joseph Zoey
Note: Rank 1 is the most popular, rank 2 is the next most popular, and so forth.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Ella is almost as popular as Emma, plus there are all the Bellas and Stellas being added to the world. If you want something a little unusual, try Edith or Eden (nn Edie) or Esther (nn Essie) or Ethel (nn Effie) or Eugenia (nn Genie).
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report

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