Helen as first name with nickname options

I would really like to name my daughter (due in about 2 months) after my grandmother, [name]Helen[/name]. My husband isn’t crazy about the name and I’ll admit there are more appealing names out there if I were to just pick some of my favorites. But our son was named for my husband’s grandfather ([name]Charles[/name], nn [name]Charlie[/name]) and having a name with meaning is important to us. So I would like to use [name]Helen[/name] and maybe come up with a cute nickname to go along with it giving our daughter options of names as she grows up. Here is what we’re currently thinking - would love some suggestions!

[name]Helen[/name] [name]Elizabeth[/name] (nn [name]Izzy[/name])
[name]Helen[/name] [name]Isabella[/name] (nn [name]Izzy[/name] - yes, we like this as a nickname)
[name]Helen[/name] [name]Scarlett[/name] (my favorite but nn options?)


Nice that you’re honouring your grandmother, and it makes sense with your son’s name too.

I don’t care for [name]Izzy[/name] personally, but out of the two I think I’d prefer [name]Helen[/name] [name]Isabella[/name] because if you’re already going to call her by her middle name at least [name]Isabella[/name] is more directly related to [name]Izzy[/name] (though I know [name]Elizabeth[/name] has this nn too, I just think this is less complicated).

[name]Helen[/name] [name]Scarlett[/name]–I’ve heard of people using ‘[name]Scout[/name]’ as an nn for [name]Scarlett[/name], and of course there’s always [name]Lettie[/name]

Another possibility is to use [name]Helena[/name] instead of [name]Helen[/name]. Then you could call her [name]Lena[/name]. Or, if you did go with [name]Helen[/name], you could call her [name]Elle[/name] or [name]Ellie[/name]? I know its rather popular right now but depending on where you live it might be okay.

good luck!

Are you wanting a nn from just the middle name, because I love [name]Helen[/name], nn [name]Lena[/name] or [name]Ellie[/name].
[name]Helen[/name] [name]Scarlett[/name] nn [name]Arlie[/name], [name]Lettie[/name], [name]Carlie[/name] (but this is probably too close to [name]Charlie[/name]), [name]Arlo[/name], [name]Carlo[/name]
[name]Helen[/name] [name]Judith[/name] nn [name]Judy[/name], Dittie
[name]Helen[/name] [name]Avalon[/name] nn [name]Ava[/name], [name]Avie[/name], [name]Lonnie[/name], [name]Lona[/name]
[name]Helen[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name] nn [name]Bea[/name], [name]Tricia[/name]
[name]Helen[/name] [name]Eleanor[/name] nn [name]Ellie[/name], [name]Ella[/name], [name]Elsa[/name], [name]Annie[/name], [name]Anna[/name], [name]Nora[/name]
[name]Helen[/name] [name]Evangeline[/name] nn [name]Evie[/name], [name]Vanna[/name], [name]Angie[/name], [name]Ellie[/name], [name]Linnie[/name], [name]Lina[/name]
[name]Helen[/name] [name]Felicity[/name] nn Fel, Fellie, Lica, [name]Lisa[/name], City, Citta, Ittie
[name]Helen[/name] [name]Frances[/name] nn [name]Francie[/name], [name]Frannie[/name], [name]Fanny[/name], [name]Annie[/name], Ancie
[name]Helen[/name] [name]Imogene[/name] nn Immie, [name]Imo[/name], Oggie, [name]Genie[/name], [name]Gena[/name]
[name]Helen[/name] [name]Juliet[/name] nn [name]Julie[/name], [name]Jules[/name], Liet, [name]Lia[/name]
[name]Helen[/name] [name]Margaret[/name] nn [name]Maggie[/name], [name]Peggy[/name], Garet, [name]Meg[/name], [name]Maisie[/name], [name]Megan[/name], [name]Meggie[/name], [name]Margie[/name], [name]Margo[/name], [name]Rita[/name], [name]Pearl[/name] ([name]Margaret[/name] means [name]Pearl[/name])
[name]Helen[/name] [name]Penelope[/name] nn [name]Penny[/name], [name]Poppy[/name], [name]Pippa[/name], [name]Nellie[/name], [name]Ellie[/name], [name]Lola[/name], [name]Lollie[/name]
[name]Helen[/name] [name]Tabitha[/name] nn [name]Tabbie[/name], Tabbit, Bittie, Ittie, Bitha, Bith, Bit, Tabs
[name]Helen[/name] [name]Winslowe[/name] nn [name]Winnie[/name], Innie, [name]Lola[/name]

Good luck and I hope this helps! (I love the nn [name]Ellie[/name], can you tell?)

Can you use [name]Helena[/name]? Or did you want to use the exact same name? [name]Helena[/name] is a little more modern sounding.

I think pps have given you wonderful mn options. I have an aunt [name]Helen[/name] and find it to be a pretty and solid name. I just want to say that you could have her go by [name]Helen[/name] with nickname possibilities of [name]Leni[/name], [name]Lennie[/name], or [name]Ellie[/name]. I agree that [name]Helena[/name] is a nice option too that would still serve to honor your grandmother.

Thanks for the suggestions!
The nickname does not have to come from the middle. [name]Just[/name] am not aware of too many nnames for [name]Helen[/name].
I do like the nn [name]Elle[/name]/[name]Ellie[/name]. Is it too close to [name]Charlie[/name]? [name]Charlie[/name] and [name]Ellie[/name]?
I like [name]Lettie[/name] and [name]Scout[/name], too. [name]Scarlett[/name] has been my girl name choice since I fell in love with GWTW at about the age of 12. I would love to use it and think it sounds nice with [name]Helen[/name]. Otherwise, we are not wed to any other middle names.

We’ve considered [name]Helena[/name] but it just isn’t my favorite. I think I actually like [name]Helen[/name] better (probably for sentimental reasons).

After pouring through name blogs and lists (so many cool names to choose from) and getting frustrated because nothing seemed to click, I realized it was because the names don’t hold any meaning for us. So I just decided to go with [name]Helen[/name]. Since it is so traditional and somewhat old-fashioned, a fun and interesting middle and/or nn would jazz it up (and further convince my husband, I actually like the idea of calling her [name]Helen[/name]).

I really like [name]Elisabeth[/name], so that’s my pick out of your choices :slight_smile:

[name]How[/name] very special to use your grandmother’s name - plus the name you’ve loved since childhood! It sounds like your daughter was meant to be [name]Helen[/name] [name]Scarlett[/name]; although, the other mn ideas are good too. [name]Charlie[/name] & [name]Ellie[/name] sound great to me!

I don’t have any mn suggestions (though I think [name]Helen[/name] [name]Scarlett[/name] sounds fantastic!) I just wanted to say that I think [name]Helen[/name] is a great classic name. It’s the perfect popularity level in the United States right now-- not too popular or too out there. It has a great history (the face that launched a thousand ships, right? :slight_smile: ) Plus a meaningful family history for you. I bet if you go with it, it will grow on you more and more. Fingers crossed that your husband gets on board!

The only [name]Helen[/name] I knew growing up went by “[name]Nelly[/name]” and I always thought that was really cute and different :slight_smile:

Also, I think ‘[name]Izzy[/name]’ totally works for [name]Elizabeth[/name] if you go that route.

[name]How[/name] about [name]Nell[/name] or [name]Nellie[/name] as a nickname? Those are my favorites. For middles, what about:

[name]Helen[/name] [name]Annabel[/name]
[name]Helen[/name] [name]Sophia[/name]
[name]Helen[/name] [name]Cecilia[/name]
[name]Helen[/name] [name]Rosalie[/name]
[name]Helen[/name] [name]Caroline[/name]
[name]Helen[/name] [name]Bianca[/name]
[name]Helen[/name] [name]Olivia[/name]

I like [name]Helen[/name] [name]Scarlett[/name] best. It’s so lovely! I have a friend named [name]Helen[/name] - most just call her [name]Helen[/name], although some of her very close friends call her [name]Leni[/name]. (I am in high school btw.) The name [name]Helen[/name] is both cute and poised. You can also get the nn [name]Ellie[/name] if you wish.

Good luck!

Thank you so much for all your helpful comments! Since we are not sharing names with family and friends before the baby is born, this has been so great for me to get some feedback. I’m feeling more and more excited about using [name]Helen[/name] and the various nn options suggested are great. I’ve got some time to think and also work on my husband…

[name]Helen[/name] [name]Scarlett[/name] is definitely my favorite. And maybe we’ll just have to see if her personality fits [name]Helen[/name], [name]Ellie[/name], [name]Leni[/name], [name]Etta[/name] or [name]Scout[/name]!

If you decide to use a nickname for [name]Scarlett[/name], you can add [name]Carly[/name] to your list of nn options.

I like Helen Scarlett best. It’s so lovely! I have a friend named Helen - most just call her Helen, although some of her very close friends call her Leni.

Ooh I like ‘[name]Leni[/name]’ - sounds like a really cute and fun girl! And then she always has the pretty full name for her resume :slight_smile: