My daughter's legal name is Ana Gabriela. That is the exact name/spelling of the woman who birthed her and I am happy to have passed along the gift of this beautiful name.
We have spelled her nickname "Ella" but we are changing the spelling to "Ela" at the urging of my husband. Here's why...
1. Her name is Gabriela with one L
2. Ella (pronounced A-Ya) in spanish means "she" so when Ela goes to a spanish speaking country they think we are nutty at best and downright cruel at worst for naming our daughter "she".
We explained this change to Ela and since she doesn't really write her name yet anyway we thought we were set. However, last night she comes to me with that ICY, half-lidded look she reserves for the worst of slights (I've never seen a colder one) and said...WHY DID YOU CHANGE MY NAME TO L?