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February 28th, 2013 12:00 PM #21Senior Member
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February 28th, 2013 12:22 PM #23
February 28th, 2013 12:41 PM #25
I agree with Jeska! How would you know that people wouldn't take you as seriously if you had a girly name. That is a ridicullous notion.
That being said, I am not a fan of Ellison on a girl because it means "son of Elllis". It is too blatantly masculine imo. Ellis works better, although it is still not my cup of tea. I like Mischa's point about it having a connection to Emily Bronte.Mama Bear to Serenity (gone January 17th, 2011) and Luther Wolf
February 28th, 2013 12:58 PM #27Junior Member
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February 28th, 2013 01:30 PM #29Senior Member
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I agree: I'm surprised both by how negative this thread is and by OP's small point that a woman with a unisex name is taken more seriously than a distinctly feminine name. Given their soft sound and similarity with Ella/Ellie/Elinor, etc., Ellis and Ellison aren't stretches as far as unisex names go (maybe I'd expect this reaction over the suggestion of Wyatt or Garrison or something). I too originally hail from the mid-south where surnames/unisex names are plenty common on girls (though I'd argue the reverse, softer names like Emory on boys, has a presence there, too, which is interesting). Ellison and Ellis might sound like Allison or Alice, but stylistically they feel really different. If the more traditional sounds don't appeal, I think the modern contemporary vibe of Ellison and Ellis is cool. That said, I'm a woman with a feminine name (quite similar to Ellison and Ellis, actually) who generally likes traditionally feminine names on girls, and I feel like I've earned opportunities regardless of my name no matter the arena...
Back to the point, though! Between Ellison and Ellis, I mildly prefer Ellis for its simplicity and the fact that it doesn't follow that -son trend (I don't mind so much that it means "son of," but am more put off by the ubiquity of other -son names like Addison, Madison, Alison, Emerson, Harrison, Jackson, etc.). Ellis feels more unusual and has that nice literary cred, too. Ellis Virginia, Ellis Olivia, Ellis Aurelia, or Ellis Amelia all sound lovely to me. Ellison Georgia rocks if you go in the other direction.