babynameguru

My very first post

Posted on: June 10, 2011

I’m still working on the site. Trying to get the hang of it, I’m not very tech-savvy but I do learn fast. I thought for my very first post I’d start with a name of the day. Today I’ve really fell in love with ‘Eloise’

Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronunciation: EL-oh-eez, el-oh-EEZ

From the Old French name Héloïse, which is probably from the Germanic name Helewidis, composed of the elements heil “hale, healthy” and wid “wide”. It is sometimes associated with the Greek word ‘ηλιος (helios)“sun” or the name Louise, though there is not likely an etymological connection. This name was borne in the 12th century by Saint Eloise, the wife of the French theologian Peter Abelard. She became a nun after her husband was castrated by her uncle.

There was a medieval English form of this name, Helewis, though it died out after the 13th century. In the 19th century it was revived in the English-speaking world in the form Eloise.

Names that soud similar to Eloise:

  • Eloisa (F; Italian)
  • Eloísa (F; Spanish)
  • Éloïse (F; French)
  • Elouise (F; English)
  • Héloïse (F; French)
  • Helewidis (F; Ancient Germanic)
Possible nicknames for Eloise:
  • Elle
  • Ella
  • Ellie
  • Ello
  • Lulu
  • Louise
  • Lucy
On the SSA list for 2010 this name is #530, whereas in 2009 it was #913. As you can see, it has become increasingly trendy but is still uncommon. I personally adore this name and each nickname that comes with it. I think it’d age very well and adds a very elegant vibe to any combination of names. Some combos that include Eloise that I think would sound good are:
  • Eloise Violet
  • Eloise Juliana
  • Eloise Victoria
  • Eloise Vivienne
  • Eloise Faye
  • Eloise Cosette
  • Eloise Colette
  • Eloise Giselle
  • Eloise Janelle
  • Eloise Carissa
  • Eloise Cassandra
  • Eloise Clarisse
  • Eloise Clarissa
  • Eloise Natalia
  • Eloise Caroline
Overall, I think it flows well with many different names and sounds very mature with many informal nicknames and I’ll certainly add it to my own personal list. Comments welcome! 🙂
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