Elke/Elka vs Elodie?
For a while I have been loving Elodie Isis if our next baby is a girl. But is Elodie going to become popular? That's already happened with Mila and I'm not keen to see our next baby's name rise meteorically in the years after we choose it! I am from New Zealand and our name charts more closely resemble the UK's than the US's, and Elodie was #260 there in 2011 (http://www.babynamewizard.com/the-to...land-and-wales), possibly higher now with all the attention El- names are getting.
Yesterday I rediscovered Elke on my long list and can't stop thinking about it. Is it useable? We would pronounce it El-kah. Is Elka a real spelling, or just a phonetic version? Is Elke too similar in sound to Mila?
Don't like Elka, I find Elke meh. Don't think Elka is real spelling, but may be more hippy.
I don't think Elodie would rise. It's barely popular on nameberry. I love Elodie Isis more than Luna or Sylvia combos.
If Elodie climb, you can call her Isis?
I love the idea of Mila & Elka!
Elka is gorgeous and absolutely a legit spelling, its a nickname for Elzbieta and since Mila is also a nickname name (in some cultures, I know it stands alone in others, I have a feeling Elka may be similar). I think they're a perfect pair.
I think Elodie's lack of popularity on nameberry is because of the number of US members and also that name stats are based on the US. Like I said, naming trends in NZ are much closer to the UK than US.
Not sure about switching over to a middle name a few years after the birth. I cannot imagine suddenly deciding to call Mila "Arden", for example. It's just not her (first) name.
@ lineska, thanks for that info. Good to know Elka is a legitimate spelling, I think I am leaning towards that more than Elke.
Elodie is rather popular around where I live, I meet little Elodies all the time. I think it's beautiful though. However, Elke is fabulous! It's so quirky, fun and offbeat. Love it with Mila as well.
I love the name Elodie! It was the first name my husband every suggested to me and I love the possibility of the nn Liddy. I don't personally know any babies named Elodie. The only person I have seen with the name Elodie was a woman on the MTV show the Hills who worked at a record label that Audrina worked at. I know Elka can be a nickname for Elizabeth. Again, the only Elka I know of is from a woman named Elka on the MTV show the Real World Boston. She was my favorite though so I've always loved the name.
I don't care for Elke, but I really like Elodie. I do not know any Elodies in real life.
This is where I stand, too.
Originally Posted by lineska
I'm in Australia and I think Elodie is on the rise here, too. I know a few around the 2-4 age group, and there are two Elodies in my nephew's kindergarten class!
I like the crispness of Elka. I also think Elodie is one of those names that looks prettier than it sounds...or, perhaps, sounds a lot prettier in its native French pronunciation than when it's being butchered by antipodean accents! ;)
Haha jeska, that's a good point about antipodean accents! :)
Any suggestions for middles? I was totally sold on using Isis as a middle if we'd gone with Elodie, but Elka Isis doesn't flow as well.