Baby Name of the Day: Elettra June 8, 2011 By appellationmountain 13 Comments Elettra in Pleiades star cluster; Image via Wikipedia Seeking an authentic Italian heritage choice that More names you might like:Baby Name of the Day: IsmayBaby Name of the Day: ShoshannaBaby Name Atlas: Mighty and MeaningfulNickname Ellie: Eleanor, Elowen, MarielleBaby Name Maya: Pan-Global Classic Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailPrint
I named one of my WoW characters Elettra 🙂 She’s a shaman who shoots lightning bolts so I was riffing on the electric theme 🙂
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Isabella Rossellini’s daughter is the only Elettra I’ve ever heard of and it feels a like a “one-person only” name. I’d probably feel differently if I had Italian heritage, but it feels a bit like naming a child Solange; it’s a perfectly legitimate name, but for most Americans (who have ever heard of the name) there is only one. There is also the issue that I have repeatedly misspelled it Elletra.
Electra is too theatrical for a real-life person and would be better suited for a character.
I have a sister-in-law named Solange!
I agree with most everyone else – Elettra seems so awkward. I keep wanting to say Electra and that just makes me cringe a bit.
Sarah A says
All I hear is Carmen Electra, yuck. Though the nn Lettie is lovely 🙂
Lettie is sweet! I hadn’t thought about Carmen Electra, but of course – that’s an inevitable reference.
Charlotte Vera says
Yech. Fascinating history, but all I can of is Elektra and tacky plether suits.
Yup, Carmen Electra. Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. Belles lettres. No for me.
I think Elettra is romantic and I love it’s nicknames (lettie especially), but it seems like an unhappy name.
I love Electra – even though I would never use it. Elettra, on the other hand, feels awkward to say. It doesn’t roll off the tongue like most lovely Italian names do.
Sadly, Electra makes me think of Carmen Electra. Elettra seems awkward to me somehow. I keep hearing “he let her, huh?” and the word “letter.” Eletta on the other hand is actually pretty cute. I can really imagine it on a sweet baby girl.