Baby Name of the Day: Heloise November 4, 2011 By appellationmountain 17 Comments [caption id=”” align=”alignright” width=”210″ caption=”Abelard and his pupil, H More names you might like:Baby Name of the Day: CeriseAnd one more …Baby Name of the Day: NerineBaby Name Marie: Hidden ClassicPlace Names for Babies: Cairo, Coventry, Auburn Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailPrint Comments Héloïse says April 13, 2015 at 4:55 PM You don’t pronounce the H… My name is Héloïse…. Reply Jess says April 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM I’d really love to see this post, but the text doesn’t seem to be displaying right now…Help! Reply Charlotte Vera says November 5, 2011 at 1:32 AM Oooh, loverly name! I think I prefer the French pronunciation personally, but even in English Heloise sounds glorious. Too bad mean kids would pick up on the first syllable, but I think that could be overcome. Isn’t there a dog named Heloise in _I Capture the Castle_? I believe it’s named for the famous historical figure. Reply Julie says November 5, 2011 at 1:03 PM Yup and the cat is named Adelard. Reply Julie says November 4, 2011 at 9:35 PM I prefer Heloise to Eloise. The “H” gives the name an edgier sound and distinguish it from the pack of names that lend themselves to the nicknames Ella and Ellie. Abby, you left out the story of perhaps the first “crazy” celebrity baby name. Heloise and Adelard named their son Astrolabe… after the astronomical instrument. I suppose today they’d name a child Hadron. Reply Lauren says November 5, 2011 at 12:27 AM Hadron is kind of nifty, like a modern Hadrian. Reply Bree says November 4, 2011 at 8:19 PM I love Heloise, I think its much prettier than Eloise. Reply waltzingmorethanmatilda says November 4, 2011 at 7:11 PM Gorgeous name, but I could never disassociate it from “my husband got his boy bits cut off on my behalf”. And in the letters, it seemed that Heloise remained in love with Abelard all his life, whereas either being castrated just ended all those feelings, or he decided for both their sanities, it was better to pretend that he never loved her so that she would get over it. Maybe he was being cruel to be kind. Reply Lady Gwyn says November 4, 2011 at 4:12 PM We read the book made from Heloise and Abelards letters in a class I took in college. It was a great book, but afterward we watched a movie version that was bordering on soft-core porn. It has tainted the name for me ever since, although it is glorious to say aloud. (The movie was called Stealing Heaven, I believe) Reply Tayla says November 4, 2011 at 4:10 PM It’s all Heloise’s Hints to me. This name makes me think of a tall, thin, willowy woman, which is odd considering the meaning. Reply Claire says November 4, 2011 at 1:26 PM Sorry, Heloise is a no for me, even though I usually like French names. Maybe it’s the columnist, but I can’t get “dowdy 1950s housewife” out of my head, and the “Hell” beginning doesn’t help. Reply Lou @ Mer de noms says November 4, 2011 at 12:08 PM I have a French friend named Heloise, with all the various accents going on. Generally speaking, she goes by H Reply i.heart.nerds says November 4, 2011 at 11:31 AM I am not in love with the Hell beginning of the name. I to love Eloise. Reply Sara says November 4, 2011 at 9:39 AM Love this name! Reply Lauren says November 4, 2011 at 6:46 AM Abby, you are posting names this week that I am just OBSESSED with. I’ve been thinking Heloise as a non-obvious way to honor some Helens in my life. Love the name! Reply Zeffy says November 4, 2011 at 6:02 AM Heloise is a fantastic name. I always liked Eloise but found it to be a lit bit bland, so this is a much better option. Also, thank you for mentioning my blog on your fb page. That was so nice of you. I’ve been a long term lurker of yours and love your blog 🙂 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.