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  1. #1
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    Need opinions on spelling

    My husband and I are seriously considering naming one of our daughters Eleonore. This is the authentic French spelling, and since her name will be used in French half the time, it works best (Eleanor really doesn't work in French). I adore the name, I'm concerned about the spelling. Does it come off as "creative"? Do you think it will be mispronounced? What do you think?

  2. #2
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    Re: Need opinions on spelling

    Hi, Sophia. Eleonore/Eleanor is a beautiful name (I LOVE it!). As I used to speak French (I only recall bits and pieces!), I recognized the name as the French Eleanor, but had I not been familiar with French, I would definitely have thought I was looking at a typo of Eleanor.

    Because Eleanor is a classic name, it's not one associated with intentional misspellings, a la Hayleigh, Caylee and other trendy names, which is why I think people will assume it's a typo as opposed to a yooneek spelling. Some people may not even notice, quite honestly.

    If it makes you feel any better, "creative" spellings drive me batty, and I wasn't worried by Eleonore. :-)

    That said, I do think that many English speakers will definitely mispronounce it (el-ee-on-ore) and misspell it, so I guess it comes down to how much it will bother you. You can always correct people, and as you said, the name will be in French half of the time. If you think it will drive you crazy to hear it mispronounced and misspelled, maybe you could use it as a middle name, and select another name that works well in both countries.

    If you feel like using another name:

    Annabelle
    Annabel
    Amelia/Amelie
    Anne
    Agnes
    Beatrice
    Beatrix
    Caroline
    Charlotte (This is actually my best friend's name, and she happens to be French.)
    Clementine
    Cecilia
    Cecile
    Camille
    Daphne
    Delphine
    Emmeline
    Eloise
    Frances
    Francesca
    Genevieve
    Helena
    Isabeau
    Juliet/Juliette
    Josephine
    Julia
    Louisa
    Marielle
    Madeleine
    Maude
    Sophie
    Simone
    Stella
    Vivienne

    Best wishes to you!

  3. #3
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    Re: Need opinions on spelling

    [quote="jill"]Hi, Sophia. Eleonore/Eleanor is a beautiful name (I LOVE it!). I recognized the name as the French Eleanor, but had I not been familiar with French, I would definitely have thought I was looking at a typo of Eleanor.

    Because Eleanor is a classic name, it's not one associated with intentional misspellings, a la Hayleigh, Caylee and other trendy names, which is why I think people will assume it's a typo as opposed to a yooneek spelling. Some people may not even notice, quite honestly.

    If it makes you feel any better, "creative" spellings drive me batty, and I wasn't worried by Eleonore. :-)

    That said, I do think that many English speakers will definitely mispronounce it (el-ee-on-ore) and misspell it, so I guess it comes down to how much it will bother you. You can always correct people, and as you said, the name will be in French half of the time. If you think it will drive you crazy to hear it mispronounced and misspelled, maybe you could use it as a middle name, and select another name that works well in both countries.

    If you feel like using another name:

    Annabelle
    Annabel
    Amelia/Amelie
    Anne
    Amadine
    Arabella
    Agnes
    Beatrice
    Claire
    Caroline
    Charlotte (This is actually my best friend's name, and she happens to be French.)
    Clementine
    Cecilia
    Cecile
    Camille
    Daphne
    Delphine
    Emmeline
    Eloise
    Estelle
    Frances
    Francesca
    Genevieve
    Helena
    Isabeau
    Juliet/Juliette
    Josephine
    Julia
    Louisa
    Leonie (very much like Eleanor)
    Marielle
    Madeleine
    Mirabelle
    Maude
    Sophie
    Simone
    Stella
    Vivienne

    Best wishes to you!

  4. #4
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    Re: Need opinions on spelling

    I am not an expert by any means... So maybe my perspective is representative of the name Lay-person, but I don't see the name enough to know what is more or less common. I find the additional e very pretty!
    Proud mama to Lucia Marie (3) and Halle Regina born July 12th!

  5. #5
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    Re: Need opinions on spelling

    I think her issue is with Eleo as opposed to Elea, but it's great that you didn't notice! I honestly don't think many people will notice the change in spelling... :-) It's quite subtle.

  6. #6

    Re: Need opinions on spelling

    Being someone who has a French name (Margot), who loves the name Eleanor in any form except Elinor (but always with the nickname Nell!), and who falls for all things French, I think Eleonore is fine. If her name will primarily be used in French, I'd use the French spelling. There will be a little bit of confusion in the English speaking world, but compared to the Britneighs and Kaelahs out there Eleonore's lovely. I've learned to live with having my name misspelled. Only for important things do I stress it.

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  8. #8

    Re: Need opinions on spelling

    I love French names my self so What about

    Elise
    Monique
    Channtelle
    Elaine
    Chanel
    Macy
    Nichola

    ....or if you don`t like ours try the websites

    TRY

    .BABY HOLD. COM OR

    .BABYNOLAGY. COM

    they have over 1000 names too!

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