Experts: help us!


We just found out we are having a daughter. But shockingly… we are having a hard time deciding on a name!

Our two main priorities is that it works well in Spanish and [name_f]English[/name_f] and that we use the middle name of [name_u]Louise[/name_u]. [name_u]Louise[/name_u] is the name of my deceased mother and baby is due on her birthday, so it’s important that we honor her in same way! :grinning:

Our main choice is [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] [name_u]Louise[/name_u]. We both love the name and my MIL is named [name_u]Nelly[/name_u], which is a way to honor both of our moms. However, my name is [name_f]Alexandra[/name_f] and I only go by [name_f]Aly[/name_f].

I feel like [name_f]Ellie[/name_f] is a natural nickname for [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f]. Is [name_f]Aly[/name_f] and [name_f]Ellie[/name_f] way too close? [name_m]Can[/name_m] we still use [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] but establish early on we won’t be using [name_f]Ellie[/name_f] at all?

I like [name_f]Ivy[/name_f] [name_u]Louise[/name_u]. [name_f]My[/name_f] husband can’t stand [name_f]Ivy[/name_f].

My husband likes [name_f]Lucia[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f] with the nickname [name_f]Lucy[/name_f]. [name_f]Rose[/name_f] is my middle name and the name of my grandma that passed away a few weeks after we found out. I really like [name_f]Lucy[/name_f] but it doesn’t feel THE one to me.

Any other names that match our style and criteria?

Sorry for writing the next great American novel, ha!


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Eleanor [name_u]Louise[/name_u] is lovely. I think you could definitely use [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] without a nickname.

Other ideas:
or another flower name to honor your grandmother

Congratulations and welcome!

I certainly think you could use [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f]. [name_f]Nora[/name_f] would be an equally natural nickname that works really well in both [name_f]English[/name_f] and Spanish. I also think [name_f]Nora[/name_f] has the same vibe as [name_f]Lucy[/name_f] and [name_f]Ivy[/name_f].

A few more Spanish/English crossover ideas…


ETA: Penelope is a great shout @cactusgram! That would also give you your link to Nelly :heart:


What about [name_u]Nori[/name_u] for a nickname? :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

I don’t think [name_f]Ellie[/name_f] could work for [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f]. Ok an [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] and have never heard anyone call her that. You could try [name_f]Ellen[/name_f] or nora tho

I don’t think [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] nn [name_f]Ellie[/name_f] will be a problem, she can always be called; [name_f]Elle[/name_f]/Ella/Nora. Or not have a nickname. You can always do [name_f]Rose[/name_f] [name_u]Louise[/name_u] if you’d like.

Ellie is a natural nn for [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f], but she doesn’t have to be called that. [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] can easily be used in full 100% of the time. However, if you do like [name_f]Ellie[/name_f] and want to use it, I think it is distinct enough from [name_f]Aly[/name_f] for use. In fact, I think the closeness is even kind of cute. :slight_smile:

I agree, though, with what others have said. There’s also [name_f]Nora[/name_f] or [name_u]Nori[/name_u], which would be sweet and work well in Spanish, too.

Other suggestions:

Hi there.

Eleanor [name_u]Louise[/name_u] is gorgeous! It’s so smart & classic, but also sounds fun & adventurous. I do agree that having an [name_f]Ellie[/name_f] & an [name_f]Aly[/name_f] in the same house could be confusing. But I think that you could call your daughter [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] & not [name_f]Ellie[/name_f]. It’s not guaranteed that she won’t grow up & want to be an [name_f]Ellie[/name_f] herself. But it probably won’t be a huge deal either way. I wouldn’t let that stop you if [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] is your favorite. [name_f]Lucia[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f] is really pretty, but if [name_f]Lucy[/name_f] isn’t the one for you then it’s not the one. Plus, I kind of like the idea of using [name_u]Louise[/name_u] in its full form more to honor your mom.

Here are a few more ideas that you may like:

Annabelle [name_u]Louise[/name_u]

Cora [name_u]Louise[/name_u]

Clara [name_u]Louise[/name_u]

Delia [name_u]Louise[/name_u]

Estella [name_u]Louise[/name_u]

Francesca [name_u]Louise[/name_u]

Georgina [name_u]Louise[/name_u]

Georgiana [name_u]Louise[/name_u]

Juliet [name_u]Louise[/name_u]

Josephine [name_u]Louise[/name_u]

Lilian [name_u]Louise[/name_u]

Liliana [name_u]Louise[/name_u]

Marina [name_u]Louise[/name_u]

Mariana [name_u]Louise[/name_u]

Nora [name_u]Louise[/name_u]

Penelope [name_u]Louise[/name_u]-also honors grandma [name_u]Nelly[/name_u]. But you could use the nns [name_u]Penny[/name_u], [name_f]Polly[/name_f] or [name_f]Poppy[/name_f] if you wanted.

Rose [name_u]Louise[/name_u]!

Rosalia [name_u]Louise[/name_u]

Rosalie [name_u]Louise[/name_u]

Sylvia [name_u]Louise[/name_u]

Stella [name_u]Louise[/name_u]

Vivian [name_u]Louise[/name_u]

Violet [name_u]Louise[/name_u]

Hope this helps. :slight_smile:

Eleanor [name_u]Louise[/name_u] is lovely! [name_f]Lenora[/name_f] also came to mind, because that would eliminate the [name_f]Ellie[/name_f] nn. [name_f]Lenora[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f] sounds beautiful.

Eleanor [name_u]Louise[/name_u] is very pretty! [name_f]My[/name_f] favorite nickname for [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] or [name_f]Nell[/name_f] or [name_f]Nellie[/name_f], but I also love [name_f]Nora[/name_f]. How about [name_f]Eloise[/name_f] as a first name to honor [name_u]Louise[/name_u], nickname [name_f]Lola[/name_f]?

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Eleanor could be Elle, Ellie, Lenny, Lenora, Leora, Nora, or Nell. I’m sure I’m missing some NNs too.


There’s no way to know ahead of time which NNs she’ll demand to go by or refuse to be called.

Given the plethora of NN options, I wouldn’t aorry about whether Aly and Ellie are too close. If it’s the name, it’s the name. She may very well never ever ever go by Ellie anyway.

I friend of mine growing up was named [name_f]Nora[/name_f]. She went between her parents homes in the US ([name_f]English[/name_f]) and Chile (Spanish) with no problems concerning her name. I think [name_f]Nora[/name_f] would be a great nickname for the name [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f].


I like a lot of the suggestions, but I think [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] [name_u]Louise[/name_u] is delightful, and I think it’s wonderful the way that you’re honouring your mums. I absolutely don’t think [name_f]Ellie[/name_f] is requisite for [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f]. I have a close friend named [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] who doesn’t go by a nickname at all, but you could also use [name_f]Nell[/name_f] (like your husband’s mum!), or [name_f]Nora[/name_f], which I think is absolutely adorable!

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Firstly I think [name_f]Aly[/name_f] and [name_f]Ellie[/name_f] is fine. But if you’re not happy with [name_f]Ellie[/name_f], [name_f]Nora[/name_f] or [name_f]Lea[/name_f] are options for nn

Have you considered [name_f]Eleanora[/name_f]/Eleonora as these might more naturally give you [name_f]Nora[/name_f] as a nn

Other suggestions

Louisa/Luisa [name_f]Rose[/name_f]
[name_f]Rose[/name_f] [name_u]Louise[/name_u]
[name_f]Rosa[/name_f] [name_u]Louise[/name_u]
[name_f]Rosanna[/name_f] [name_u]Louise[/name_u]
[name_f]Luella[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f]
[name_f]Luna[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f]

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Eleanor Louise is lovely and I think you could enforce using her full name or perhaps Nora! Ellie and Aly are similar but i think different enough.

Clara Louise
Rosa Louise
Eva Louise
Alba Louise
Anna Louise
Gemma Louise
Cecilia Louise
Diana Louise
Silvia Louise

You could have [name_f]Nora[/name_f] or [name_u]Nori[/name_u] from [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f]? But I don’t think it’s too close. You could even use just [name_f]Elle[/name_f] which is pretty. [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] is a great name.

Eleanor [name_u]Louise[/name_u] and [name_f]Lucia[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f] are both lovely names, they’re very sweet combos and I think they could work well in both la gauges. Not sure [name_f]Ivy[/name_f] would work in Spanish though.

Eleanor [name_u]Louise[/name_u] is lovely and you could easily just call her [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] but if not, I think [name_f]Nell[/name_f] and [name_f]Leni[/name_f] make gorgeous nicknames.

You could definitely avoid [name_f]Ellie[/name_f]. If you want a nickname then [name_f]Nora[/name_f] would be an option, but I know at least 5 people called [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] / [name_f]Elena[/name_f] / [name_f]Elinor[/name_f] and the only one that gets called [name_f]Ellie[/name_f] asks to be called that.

How about…

Eleanora [name_u]Louise[/name_u]…nickname [name_f]Nora[/name_f]
[name_f]Leonora[/name_f] [name_u]Louise[/name_u]…nickname [name_f]Nora[/name_f]
[name_f]Eloise[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f]…nickname [name_f]Lucy[/name_f]