Thoughts on Elliot?

The first baby name that my husband and I ever agreed on was [name]Elliot[/name]–but this was like seven years ago. When our son was born a couple of years ago, [name]Elliot[/name] was out of favor and we named our son [name]Simon[/name]. Now we’re having a second boy (yay!) and we’re thinking of considering [name]Elliot[/name] seriously again. We know someone who named their son [name]Elliot[/name], and we don’t see them often, but it puts us off a little because it makes it seem trendy or popular…but the numbers suggest that it’s not.

Then there’s the issue of people thinking [name]Elliot[/name] is a girls name. Now, I think [name]Elliot[/name] is a boy name through-and-through, but I would hate for my son to end up in a class with a girl named [name]Elliot[/name]. I was reading people’s comments on the boy name [name]Elliot[/name] online (User Comments for the name Elliot - Behind the Name) and tons of people are saying that it’s a great girls name. Seriously? Should I be scared to use it because people want to name their girl [name]Elliot[/name]?

Everyone likes to point to cute nicknames for [name]Elliot[/name] like [name]Eli[/name] or [name]Leo[/name], but I kinda like just [name]Elliot[/name]. Though I’m sure we’ll come up with nicknames later. My son’s friend started calling him “Mimey” (couldn’t pronounce [name]Simon[/name]), so we’ve been calling him that for a few months now–I wouldn’t have believed that when we picked the name!

We’re considering other names too ([name]Oliver[/name], [name]Theo[/name], [name]James[/name]), but [name]Elliot[/name] may be a nice choice because it isn’t as popular as [name]Oliver[/name], for example. What do you think?

I love [name]Elliot[/name]! I agree, even though I like [name]Eli[/name] and [name]Leo[/name], I would probably just use [name]Elliot[/name]. Last year, [name]Elliot[/name] was ranked 301 on the SSA list for boys, and it wasn’t even ranked on the girls’ list, so I think you’re pretty safe! I have heard several people mention it, but I honestly don’t see the appeal–[name]Elliot[/name] to me is such a strong, handsome boys’ name and [name]Simon[/name] and [name]Elliot[/name] are perfect for brothers!

Good luck!

[name]Elliot[/name] is a gorgeous boys name and goes nicely with [name]Simon[/name]!

I love [name]Elliot[/name]. I wouldnt be scared of using it.

I love [name]Elliott[/name] and think it’s awful on a girl! I wouldn’t shorten it at all either. I think it goes great with [name]Simon[/name] and you shouldn’t be worried at all. :slight_smile:

[name]Elliot[/name] is a gorgeous and very masculine name. It’s on my list, too, and I wouldn’t hesitate to use it.

[name]Simon[/name] and [name]Elliot[/name] (though I much prefer [name]Elliott[/name]) sound like great brother names.
Stealing [name]Elliot[/name] for the girls is stupid. It’s not like there aren’t loads of beautiful names for girls to begin with. :mad:

[name]Elliot[/name] is one of my favourite boys names, and I think it sounds beautiful with [name]Simon[/name].

[name]Elliot[/name] is a BOY’S NAME. I’m so sick of people arguing that it could make a good girl’s name. People say that the “elle” sound makes it feminine. No. There are plenty of other “elle” names out there that actually are girl names. Use those!

Anyways, sorry for the rant. I absolutely love this name. I think there is always a chance for him to run into a female [name]Elliot[/name], but there is also that chance for any boy name. I know girls with the names [name]Devin[/name] and [name]Kevyn[/name]. I consider those 100% boy names but their parents must have had the same train of thought those parents have now using [name]Elliot[/name] on girls.

I say use it! And I agree with PP that I prefer [name]Elliott[/name], but either way is just fine :slight_smile:

If you look at the popularity for the name at Behindthename you will see that there is no danger of it even remotely being considered a girl’s name right now. This is what happens when people talk on name forums and hear names like [name]Sawyer[/name] and [name]Elliot[/name] being suggested for girls. They think the names are trending girls when they are not, but the perception is there and so people don’t use them for boys… then one day it’s a girl’s name.