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I’ve run into a little set back in the naming process. We find out next week if baby is a boy or girl. My husband and I have said for years and years if we ever have a daughter we want to name her Elliot and call her Elli for short. We’ve mentioned the name to a few people, family and close friends, and people either love it or are confused by it. It’s really put a damper on the whole baby naming process for me. How much does everyone else’s opinions matter? What should we do? Use what we’ve always loved or look for, what we feel, is second best? Thanks!

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Poll created: Jun 11, 2014
Total Votes: 1


Personally I think there are many better other names for a girl with the nickname Elli than Elliot (Eleanor, Elodie, Eloise, Elliana, Elora etc). That being said people will get use to whatever you name her.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
It’s very confusing for many people because when you say Elliot, they look for a little boy. It doesn’t occur to most of the people who don’t frequent baby name sites that someone would name a girl Elliot.

What’s confusing to people now while you’re pregnant is going to be confusing to people when she’s a baby and to the people she’ll meet as a child.

Poster 1 has some great ideas that can also get you the nickname Elli.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I say of you like it, use it.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I’m sorry but I understand the confusion. My daughter has a classmate who is a cute little girl named Elliot. I had no idea who she was talking about for the longest time and kept correcting her when she would call Elliot "her". Finally the girl started going by Ellie and then I realized that they’d named a girl Elliot. That was kind of mind blowing. It was just odd to look at such a pretty little girl and hear her called such a masculine name. She goes exclusively by Ellie now, probably because of that confusion. Honestly, it’s much more comfortable to call her Ellie since she is such a feminine child.

I’d advise finding another full name for Elli or to save Elliot for a boy.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
If you both love it, then use it! It grew on me as a girl’s name from "Scrubs". Maybe try a more feminine spelling though, like Elliotte? And at least she’ll stand out from the sea of Sophias/Olivias/Avas/Madisons/Isabelles that she’s likely to be surrounded by.
posted by Guest :: 4 years ago | report
Since your child is going to have to live with this name, it might be wise to reconsider. There have been names that I really love but which I think would be too much of a burden for the child so they never made the list.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I’m all for using Elliott for a girl, Ellie as a nickname is adorable! I like unisex names and consider Elliott to be one of them.
If you like a name, use it.
posted by christy :: 4 years ago | report
The Elliot on "Scrubs" got her name because her dad wanted a boy. It was a joke on the show. Now people are naming their kids after this joke. I don’t get it.

Honestly, I do wonder if girls with boy names were given those names because their parents wanted a boy instead. I know it’s not the case all the time because boy names have become trendy for girls, but I still wonder when I see a girl with one of those names.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Go with what you love, but I think there are more feminine names that could be shortened to Ellie. Seriously though, it’s up to you. Don’t be too overcome by others’ opinions. You and your husband should be 100% happy with the choice.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Use it! I know two little girls named Elliot. It’s becoming more and more mainstream to be used for girls.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report

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