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Thread: Emily vs Elena

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2012

    Emily vs Elena

    Having trouble deciding between Elena and Emily. We are not sure what we're having yet, but we have pretty much determined a boys name. Having trouble with the girls name. I've loved both names for as long as I can remember. Emily is obviously more popular, but I love all of the NN options (Em, Emmie, Milly). I love Elena for the same reason I love's classic, simple and strong. But it's far less popular, which is more attractive to me. MN will most likely be Grace due to heritage/family name. Which is the overall better choice? Would love some opinions. Thanks!

    Additional Info: Big brother's name is Nolan Daniel!

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Los Angeles
    Elena Grace just flows SO much better IMO. And the fact that it's less popular makes it all the more appealing.

    I think the nn Leni would be really cute as well for Elena.
    Mama to ~Rowan Josephine 1/12~
    and ~Teagan Dahlia~ 5/13~

  3. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Elena is to me, SO much better than Emily. Nothing wrong with Emily, but you have to admit is quite plain/common. Elena has a similar aesthetic, but is much fresher. I love the nickname "Elle" for a teen.
    Latest list:

    Girl: Emilia, Navy
    Boy: Franklin, Gage

    Mommy to one sweet little boy who I loved naming Lennox Andrew Michael

  4. #7
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Elena, without a doubt. It's a much prettier name, in my opinion. I love all the nickname options too -- Elle, Ellie, Ella, Laine, Lainey, Lena.

  5. #9
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    Apr 2012
    New England
    I love Emilia, but Emily is ok. Elena is much prettier and, if that sort of thing factors into your decision, much less popular.
    Mi corazón Zoe Milena
    Little Nugget due December 2016

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