Post # 1
Now that we know we’re having a baby boy, our name list just got a lot shorter! So, now I need help. Whatever we pick, it can’t start with B, and we prefer 2 or 3 syllable names with DH’s last name.
Our top three for a boy right now are in the poll. I think Elliott (or Elliot) is our favorite at the moment. But I’m curious to see what others think when compared to the other options we are weighing.
Part II: the nickname thing. DH really wants a nickname-friendly name for baby. I was kicking around a few options for Elliott (Eli, Ellis, Lee), and then it hit me that Leo might even work. Leo is a very dear family name, and we’ve considered it as a first name but for whatever reason it hasn’t hit the top of our charts yet. It won’t work as a middle name since we are doing my surname as his middle. But I would love it if it worked out as a nickname.
So, is Leo a good nickname for Elliott? For what it’s worth, my nickname (which I go by most of the time) is not an immediate extraction of my own full name, and it’s never bothered me, but maybe I’m an outlier 🙂
Post # 2
I love them all! I am partial to Elliott, because that’s one of our girl names (spelled Eliot for us). And my name is Alex, so I like that one too, lol.
I absolutely think Leo works as a nickname for Elliott! I am not sure that his school friends will necessarily use it unless you push for it, ask teachers to call him that, etc. But it definitely works and makes sense to me!
Post # 3
Thanks! And Elliott was on the top of our list for either gender too — we were thinking Ellie was a sweet way to make it more feminine if we were to have a girl. (I have a thing for gender-neutral names!)
Post # 4
I like Elliott and before I even made it to the end of your post, I thought Leo would be an interesting nickname for Elliott. It might be confusing if you call him Leo and people will assume his name is Leonard or something like that, but as long as you don’t care, then I think it’s really cute. I really like Elliott for a girl, Ellie as a nickname or even Lottie (traditionally used with Charlotte).
Post # 5
Elliot is my favourite name from that list. Leo could work, I would probably end up just calling him El.
We like it for a girls name 🙂 Ellyot, NN Elly.
Post # 6
I’d probably just call him Leo of that’s what I wanted to call him rather than another name/nickname. congrats on your little baby boy to be!
Post # 7
While my favourite name in that list is Julian, I think Leo is a cute nickname for Elliot (only one t!) and if it runs in the family, even better. That way if one day he decides that he doesn’t like having a family name, he can go by Elliot and you’ll still love it.
Post # 8
I like all of your choices, but Elliott (Two t’s since that’s the way I always see the last name spelled) is my favorite! I don’t have an opinion on which nickname.
Post # 9
Elliott (two t’s) is our top boys name, too, with Leo being a NN! GO FOR IT! It’s a great name for all stages of life.
Post # 10
Elliott is my favorite of those, but I wouldn’t naturally pick Leo as a nickname out of it. In fact, I don’t see many people using one. It’s not a name commonly abbreviated, and each of its three syllables are said so quickly that it doesn’t “feel” like a three-syllable word. Leo would work, of course, if you specifically called him that, purposefully calling it a nickname.
Post # 11
I like all your name options 🙂
I think Leo is a fine nickname for Elliott. The only hesitation I have about the name is that there are more and more girls getting this name, so it’s turning gender neutral. If you are looking for a strong, masucline all-boy name…. it may not be that over time.
I love Alexander, but there are many, many, many Alex’s where I live. If your son lived here, he would probably have to go by Alex B (or whatever your last initial is) to differentiate him from all the other Alex’s. This is my favorite name of the group, but again, I might hesitate if the popularity where you are is comparable to where I live ( west coast US).
I love the name Julian too 🙂 I think you have a winner no matter what you select!
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2016 - His Way Church & Chesapeake Room @ Downs Park
I voted Elliot and I think one “T” is sufficient lol. I also think that Leo or Lee are great nicknames but not Eli, as that is generally thought of to be a nickname for Elijah.
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017
Leo deffo works for Elliot(t)! I have no spelling preference for Elliot(t)- both look good to me! I like Eli too.
Post # 14
Elliot is a nice name, but where I live it’s becoming very common. I love Julian! It’s soft, yet masculine.
Post # 15
I’ve known a lot of Elliots growing up and they just went by Elliot (shocker). Leo might be confusing to people since they might assume is name is Leonardo, etc. I mean if you named him Elliot Leonard(o) you’d have a reason to call him that. I’m not sure why he needs a nn friendly name. My name is one that many people have nn for, but I never used or went by any growing up. My brother had the same type of name and never went by a nn.