Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Two Names: Elliette & Oliver

A friend of my parents sent them a Christmas card and I was quite interested to see that their daughter is named Elliette. I've never seen the name before but think it looks lovely! My guess is that it would be pronounced similar to Elliott only with the "ette" sound at the end.

What do you think of the name? Pretty or too masculine?
Is it too similar to Elliott?
Have you heard the name before?
What do you think of the names Joshua, Jacob and Elliette for siblings?

What middle names would you pair with it? I rather like Elliette Ruby, Elliette Marie or Elliette Margot (I like the M name and the French sound).

Also, a friend recently had a baby boy and named him Oliver. Through most of the pregnancy she called him "Ollie" so I'd assume that's what he's going to be called most of the time. I've always rather liked the name but it does sound stuck up to me.

What do you think? Pretentious sounding or handsome?


Livia said...

I don't like either. I have always disliked names that were originally masculine (Loren, Ashley etc.) or even surnames (Mackenzie) that parents have snitched for their girls, and I don't always like the adding suffixes to boys names although there are some I like such as Daniella.

I think Oliver sounds priggish.

I follow your other blog and was looking over it when I found this blog. I love names, their meanings, and their history. I also love picking out names for my kids...silly I know, but oh so fun. Anyway I think this is a great blog.

Miss Laurie said...

I know what you mean about not liking masculine names and surname for girls. There's so many lovely girls names that people shouldn't have to use names like Carson and Riley for boys!

Thank you for following this blog. I don't post on here as often as my other blogs but I have been posting more recently.

Mel said...

Oh how I have missed commenting on this blog!

Like you I think there are so many beautiful girls names that I don't think that people should use such masculine names for girls. And it's sad to see that it's such a common trend right now. However I actually think that Elliette is really beautiful, which is quite shocking for me. But the spelling is lovely and as soon as you said which middle name would you pair it with I thought of Marie and was glad to see you thought so too! It's quite beautiful sounding!

Oliver has always been a favourite of mine. I think it has quite a distinguished feel to it. I don't think I would use it because I have far too many other names I like above it, but I do think it's a nice name :)

Anonymous said...

I actually have a daughter named Elliette. I wanted a little girl I could call 'Ellie' but didnt feel this was strong enough if she were to follow a professional career path. After going through options that could be shortened to Ellie and not finding one I liked, I was watching ET while heavily pregnant. There is a scene where ET calls out to the little boy character, "Elliot", and its from there that I found a more feminine way to spell it. She is now 22 and loves her name. Oh, and her middle name is Myriah after a great grand mother, I too liked an 'M' to follow.

DSinclair said...

Hi, I have a daughter named Elliette too. It is true that instead of the "ot" sound you say "ette", it is a slight different but noticeable. Children seem to have any easier time saying her name than some adults who use "ot". Her German great-grandfather had loved the name Elliette, and we thought we would honor him by using it. It is actually a French name that was popular in the 1940's and 1950's in France but is generally less used now. We did not use it is as a version of Elliot or intend for it to be similar to a boys name but were using the name in its pure French form. I think for Americans there is an assumption that it is Elliot or a take on a boys name. We tell her she could be Ellie or Elle but she prefers Elliette. She also knows there is a boys name Elliot but doesn't seemed concerned as she thinks it sounds different. We lover her name and so does she!

Gina said...

I dont like elliotette though i had never heard it before. Im not really a fan of e girl names so... it could be that too. I had a cat named oliver. I dont like ollie at all. I dont think it sounds atuck up though. Just not my bag of chips