Celebrity Baby Name Alert: A Girl Named Elliotte for Former Child Star
Marla Sokoloff is another new mom who adapted a “boy name” for her baby girl. The actress, who started out on Full House and has appeared in other shows including The Practice, welcomed her first child with husband Alec Puro this week and named the little girl Elliotte Anne Puro.
Hmmm…We wonder if Elliotte Anne and Lindsay Sloane’s new daughter Maxwell Leu are going to grow up to be best friends?
Elliotte is a feminine twist on the boy name staples Elliot and Elliott, as well as less frequently used Eliot and Eliott, a name of Greek and Hebrew origins (Marla is Jewish) meaning “the Lord is my God.” It also has hints of really popular names like Ellie and Ella (Nos. 104 and 13 for girls) as well as Eli, which is No. 65 for boys and is also being used for girls. Eliiot is also one of the names our own Name Lady mentioned in a recent column about giving girls traditionally male names.
The name Elliotte could have been inspired by any number of people because not only is it a first name but it’s a surname. Perhaps Marla is a fan of T.S. Eliot, the poet whose work Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats inspired the Broadway musical Cats. Sticking with the literary world, the main character in Jane Austen’s last completed novel Persuasion was Anne Elliot—the reverse order of Marla’s baby name. And girls named Elliot aren’t unheard of—watchers of TV’s Scrubs might remember Sarah Chalke’s character was Dr. Elliot Reid (though no “te” at the end).
If you like the Ell- beginning and want to look outside Elliotte or the popular Ella and Ellie, here are a couple other ideas… Elloise (a feminine form of Louis "famous in war"), Elleanor and Ellinette (both derived from Eleanor meaning "bright" and "light"), Ellianna ("the Lord has responded") and Ellery ("alder tree").
What do you think of Elliotte for a girl? Is it something you’d consider if it was spelled traditionally—without the “e”? How does Elliotte compare to Maxwell as far as a girl’s name?