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Won’t vs. Age vs. Well?

We had decided on the name Ellie for our baby girl however we’ve been told by people that it won’t age well! We had chosen it to honor my great-grandmother, Eleanor, but we don’t like any full name for Ellie. We’ve been told it can’t stand on its own, that she will "hate not having a professional name" and that Ellie is too cutesy for an adult. What do you guys think; can Ellie stand on its own and will it age well or at least okay? Or should we scratch it and start over? Thanks!

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Poll created: Dec 14, 2013
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I agree that Ellie sounds like more of a nickname/little girl’s name and less of an adult name. However, the name Ellie on its own is very popular right now. Its in the top 100 in both the U.S and U.K. 20 years from now there will be tons of adult Ellies as well as all the other "nickname" names that are in style now. I personally prefer it as a nickname, but its okay as a full name and she definitely won’t stand out.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I know you said you don’t like any full names for Ellie but I will still name some that maybe you haven’t thought of.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
We’ve already gone through those; we’ve literally gone through everything that we could get Ellie out of (that makes sense) and we do not like any of them. If Ellie doesn’t work on it’s own, we suppose we are just going to have to try to move on and find a new name
posted by Poll Poster :: 4 years ago | report
I afraid I agree that it won’t age well by itself.

Have you considered full names that end in -elle?

Adelle or Adele
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Yes, we’ve considered EVERYTHING that ends with El, stars with El, has El in the middle; we don’t like any of them. We aren’t even lovers of nicknames. We really do not want any full name ideas for Ellie; we know for a fact there is no full name for it that we will ever love or like
posted by Poll Poster :: 4 years ago | report
What about Elisha? Elisha is often used for girls and you could call her Eli, that’s a full name by itself and can be a creative way to honor Eleanor! :)
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I think Ellie is fine.
I’m not sure I believe that names don’t ’age well’ - with exceptions like Precious or Bébé (bay-bay) - names mature with the child. I know plenty of Poppies and Evies etc. who are all in their 20s and 30s with professional jobs and people say their names ’don’t age well’.
A name ages with the person, don’t worry about it. If you love Ellie, use Ellie.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Eli is a boy name to us (it’s not pronounced the same as Ellie here) and we do not want ANY full name ideas. We don’t even like names that have nicknames or planning nicknames out! As we’ve said multiple times now, we have considered EVERYTHING and we do not like any of them so please stop trying to push new full names onto us for Ellie; we’ve already gotten enough stress of that from family and friends. We realize you are only trying to help, but it’s just very frustrating since we’ve said we don’t like any full names and do not want full name suggestions.
posted by Poll Poster :: 4 years ago | report
Ellie is FINE. Nickname-names are really in at the moment (they have been in the UK for a while as well). As a rule, trends in the UK tend to cross to the US after about 3-5 years, so really you’re just ahead of the curve! (Assuming you live in the US).
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Even though it’s not my style and I think it’s way too common when you take into account all the "El" names that are so popular right now.I will say-I’m thinking of a TV show I watch (Cougartown) and one of the main characters is named Ellie and she is a woman in her 40’s and even though it’s not a real person still I never once thought the name was too cutesy or didn’t suit a grown woman.
If it’s what you love I definitely don’t think the name will be a problem for her in that respect.Go ahead with it!
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Use Ellie there is nothing wrong with it. If you don’t use what you truly want to use, then you won’t be happy with whatever name you end up giving her. Don’t try to talk yourself into or out of a name. There is nothing at all wrong with Ellie in the least. Think of it this way: If she did have a professional name, would she use it anyway? I’ve NEVER met a person who used a nickname their whole life, then all the sudden started using their ’full’ name. the Realtor we used when searching for a house, even ’Josh’ was on his business cards. one of the bankers at our local bank, has ’Chris’ on his deskplate, and his nametag. Both their full names are Joshua, and Christopher. Just use the name you like. Unless it was a really tacky, misspelled, teen mom stripper kind of name, which Ellie definitely is not. Just use it. Its cute, and fine by itself.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I think Ellie is fine.
Plain Elle or Ella is cute too. I know you guys have considered EVERYTHING, but I just had to put it out there.
There’s also Kellie, Nellie, Shellie. But I know, you don’t want suggestions.
But also, if you don’t want suggestions or anyone else’s opinion on other names? Then just go with your instinct. It’s YOUR baby and YOU get naming privileges.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
It’s not that we don’t want opinions or suggestions; we do want opinions on if our name we chose will be too childish. That’s why we made the poll; we were told that and we wanted to see what people of the general public thought. As for suggestions; we wouldn’t mind if we got suggestions, but we just don’t want suggestions that are a full name for Ellie as we, literally, do not like ANY of them. If the suggestions were of completely different names, possibly similar in style to Ellie, we would be more open to them.

Thanks for all the opinions, we still aren’t totally sure what we’re going to do but we will keep these opinions in mind!
posted by Poll Poster :: 4 years ago | report
If you love Ellie, use it! Don’t let people talk you out of it! It’s a beautiful name!
posted by MB :: 4 years ago | report
Here’s some suggestions. But I think Ellie will age just fine. And to the people that think it won’t, I promise that when your daughter is 30 years old, I doubt people will be saying "Gee, I wish her parent’s named her Eleanor or Elisa..etc because Ellie is childish".

posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Penelope was a name that some of our family was really pushing us to use as a full name! We kind of like Lila (we don’t like Y’s in names)! My husband loves your idea of Hattie; he is a hockey player and "hatty" is a term/slang for a hat trick but I’m not sure if I want to use something like that for our little girl’s name!
posted by Poll Poster :: 4 years ago | report
Ellie as a full name is a [removed]ildish. Sorry.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
My mom has a co-worker who is an upper-level government worker whose name is Ellie. I do not think it is childish at all.

Just think about it... how many upper-level executives and people in power even USE their full name? Steve Jobs. Bill Gates. Tim Cook. Bill Clinton.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I think it’s fine... I know someone named "Elle" and I knew two girls named "Ellie" a few years ago. One of them was from Romania. I think it’s fine to use. I have a daughter named Lily.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I personally prefer Elle, but Ellie is perfectly acceptable. Ellie sounds like a but-kicking girl with a kind heart and a sarcastic humor. However, she works hard for the people she loves and respects and defends her family. She’s artistic, tomboyish, and doesn’t rally like being labeled. She enjoys volunteering and spending time around her mother and siblings, and looks up to the adults in her life. That’s just my take on it! I personally prefer Eydie (EE-DEE) over Edith. :/
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report

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