Which spelling & NN do you prefer?

[name]Eleanor[/name] or [name]Elinor[/name]? Normally I would go with the former, but lately I’ve found the latter more appealing. Is [name]Elinor[/name] too trendy though?

Also…which NN do you prefer with it: [name]Ellen[/name], or [name]Nora[/name]?

I prefer [name]Elinor[/name]. I just like how simple and streamlined it looks. It’s not trendy by my definition; it has a long history of use, literary associations, and it hasn’t cracked the Top 1000 since 1953.

Between [name]Ellen[/name] and [name]Nora[/name], I prefer [name]Nora[/name], but my favorite [name]Elinor[/name] nicknames are [name]Elle[/name] and [name]Nell[/name].

Definitely [name]Eleanor[/name]! And I like the nn [name]Nora[/name], more unexpected and original.

[name]Ellen[/name] is really old fashioned, so [name]Nora[/name] gets my vote. I always stick to the classics, so I prefer [name]Eleanor[/name].

Definitely [name]Eleanor[/name], [name]Elinor[/name] just looks off/misspelled to me. And agree with [name]Nora[/name], I’m not a fan of [name]Ellen[/name] either.

I prefer the [name]Eleanor[/name] spelling with [name]Nora[/name] as the nn. I do like [name]Nell[/name] as a nn too.

[name]Eleanor[/name] for sure! I don’t mind [name]Elinor[/name] but I think it will save some headaches later on by spelling it the most common way. I really love [name]Nora[/name] as a nn!

Definitely [name]Eleanor[/name]! So pretty, and [name]Nora[/name] for nn.

[name]Eleanor[/name] w/ nn [name]Nora[/name]

[name]Eleanor[/name] definitely, and the nickname [name]Nora[/name]. I find [name]Ellen[/name] so old and boring.

[name]Eleanor[/name] for me, as well! I’m not a huge fan of either nn, but I would pick [name]Nora[/name], personally, I guess. I do like [name]Ella[/name]/[name]Elle[/name], [name]Eleni[/name], [name]Leni[/name], [name]Lena[/name], [name]Elea[/name]/[name]Lea[/name] a lot, though…

I actually like both. I slightly prefer [name]Eleanor[/name]. [name]Elinor[/name] is not a new, trendy spelling; it’s been used for a long time. There is an [name]Elinor[/name] in the [name]Jane[/name] [name]Austen[/name] novel Sense and Sensibility. As for the nickname, I would choose [name]Nora[/name] as I like it more than [name]Ellen[/name]. I never thought of [name]Ellen[/name] as a nickname for [name]Eleanor[/name], more as a name on its own. [name]Ellen[/name] doesn’t really seem all that old-fashioned to me. I’m surprised it has not gotten more popular again as it has many of the sounds popular today - the elle syllable and ends in n.

Definitely [name]Eleanor[/name]. I don’t like the way [name]Elinor[/name] looks; I never have and I don’t know why. I love the nn [name]Nora[/name], so that gets my vote!

I was also going to point out that it’s spelled [name]Elinor[/name] in “Sense and Sensibility”! So it doesn’t look strange to me. I’d do whichever you prefer. I also prefer [name]Nora[/name], and after that [name]Ellie[/name]. [name]Don[/name]'t like [name]Ellen[/name] as a nn for [name]Elinor[/name]. Why not just go ahead and say the “or”? :wink:

I prefer the spelling [name]Eleanor[/name].

A few others have said they love [name]Nora[/name] and find it more fresh than [name]Ellen[/name]. I disagree. I find [name]Nora[/name] old fashioned and frumpy. It seems so grandmotherly to me. [name]Ellen[/name] is an ok nn for [name]Eleanor[/name]. My concern is that [name]Eleanor[/name] and [name]Ellen[/name] are two completely separate stand-alone names. Not that nn’s can’t stand alone as names, but it’s just my opinion that if you were choosing to use the nn [name]Ellen[/name], why not just have that as her given name? I think [name]Elle[/name] or [name]Ellie[/name]/[name]Elea[/name] (or even [name]Lea[/name], which is my fav for [name]Eleanor[/name]) seems a more natural nn for [name]Eleanor[/name].

I like [name]Eleanor[/name] with [name]Nora[/name] o [name]Nell[/name] as a nickname.

I don’t think [name]Elinor[/name] is too trendy, but I think that traditional spellings are usually more timeless than unique ones. So I would say [name]Eleanor[/name]. As for nicknames, I like [name]Ellie[/name] the best. I’m not a big fan of [name]Nora[/name], and although [name]Ellen[/name] is fine, I think [name]Ellie[/name] is more youthful. When she’s an adult she can go by [name]Ellen[/name] or [name]Eleanor[/name] if she wants to.

I definitely prefer [name]Eleanor[/name], as it is classic. I don’t think [name]Elinor[/name] looks pretty.
I like the nickname [name]Ellie[/name] or [name]Ella[/name] for [name]Eleanor[/name].