My matenal grandfather, whom I was very close with, just passed away last month. He was a very generous, loving man who helped my husband and I buy our first home. We are determined to honor him in some way, but have a few problems. His first name, [name]Josiah[/name], was taken by my brother for his son. His middle name, [name]Robert[/name], is my husband’s stepfather’s name, whom he does not get along with, and we don’t want there to be any confusion about who we’re honoring. That leaves his last name, [name]Elliot[/name], for us to use. But here’s the thing: I don’t love the name for boys. I know it’s a traditionally male name, but the [name]Ellie[/name] part sounds very feminine to us. So, my husband and I are planning on giving the name to a future daughter in some way.
We love the name [name]Ella[/name], but are concerned about how it would age. We would love to use this as a nn or middle, and feel that it would still honor my grandfather.
So, we were considering:
As for [name]Elinor[/name], we love that we would be able to use the nn [name]Ella[/name], but don’t love the name. It’s definitely growing on us though. But, does [name]Elinor[/name] [name]Reide[/name] run together too much?
As for [name]Eliot[/name] (I think this spelling is more feminine), I saw the post about Quints by Suprise, and know that many of you don’t like it on a girl. But I love the [name]El[/name], [name]Ellie[/name], and [name]Ella[/name] nickname potential, and that it is more unusual than [name]Elinor[/name]. I also think that this would be a ‘better’ way to honor my grandfather.
What do you think?
Which would you use?
I should add, that using [name]Eliot[/name] or [name]Ella[/name] for a middle name is not completely out of the question, but we’d prefer to honor him in the first name.
Please be nice,