Georgette Heyer Book Club - shameless diversion

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No point putting this in Baby Names.

Just had a healthy scan at 13+1. Would LOVE to use a GH name as both DSs "coincidentally" have GH first names.

Here's a list. Which do you think are even remotely useable? We have a very plain surname starting in J- and I have removed the DCs we already have.

Barbara, Harriet, Hester, Helen (Nell), Serena, Léonie, Prudence, Horatia, Phoebe, Cressida, Anthea, Venetia, Henrietta, Sophia, Judith, Sarah, Annis, Mary, Drusilla, Arabella, Diana, Cleone, Penelope, Frederica, Abigail, Katherine (Kitty or Kate), Deborah, Elinor, Ancilla, Hero, Jenny

Justin, Sylvester, Adolphus, Dominic, Ivo, Vernon, Julian, Jack, Ashley, Marcus, Gervase, Giles, Anthony, Frederick, Edward, Jasper, Hugh (Hugo), Charles, Waldo, Gareth, Tristam, Richard, Philip, Christopher (Kit), John, Robert, Miles, Max

LeonieDeSainteVire Mon 29-Apr-13 13:48:46

Firstly Congratulations! Secondly, these are my first thoughts:

Barbara - no
Harriet - lovely
Hester - lovely
Helen (Nell) - yes
Serena - yes, but bear in mind the Williams sisters
Leonie - of course!
Prudence - no
Horatia - love it actually and Horry
Phoebe - yes
Cressida - yes
Anthea - no
Venetia - love the book, the character and the name, fantastic
Henrietta - yes
Sophia - yes
Judith - no
Sarah - yes
Annis - ok
Mary - ok
Drusilla - really no!
Arabella - yes
Diana - yes but I think of Anne of Green Gables not GH
Cleone - yes
Penelope - yes but only if nn Pen!
Frederica - no
Abigail - no, serving girl!
Katherine (Kitty or Kate) - love, top choice for DC2 until he turned out to be male
Deborah - yes
Elinor - yes but please spell it Eleanor
Ancilla - no, meaning slave girl hmm
Hero - like it but might lead to constant explanations
Jenny - yes
What about Georgette?
Justin - yes
Sylvester - no
Adolphus - no
Dominic - of course wink
Ivo - yes
Vernon - no, Harry Potter
Julian - yes
Jack - yes
Ashley - no, think wet Ashley in GWTW
Marcus - yes
Gervase - no, v. camp
Giles - yes
Anthony - yes
Frederick - OK
Edward - lovely
Jasper - lovely
Hugh (Hugo) - Hugh fab, not keen on Hugo
Charles - yes
Waldo - really no!
Gareth - no
Tristram - no
Richard - yes
Philip - ok
Christopher (Kit), John, Robert, Miles, Max - all ye

Favourites: Edward, Jasper and Hugh for boys, Hester, Venetia, Katherine for girls.

HTH smile

The boys list is truly horrendous in places, isn't it!

Ooh! How lovely!

Let's think:

Nope:
Barbara, Serena, Horatia, Anthea (I worked with an absolute harriden called Anthea and its killed the name for me sad, Drusilla, Arabella, Cleone, Penelope, Ancilla

Comme ci, comme ca:
Harriet, Léonie, Phoebe, Cressida, Henrietta, Sophia, Judith, Sarah, Mary, Katherine (Kitty or Kate), Deborah, Elinor, Jenny

Two thumbs up:
Hester, Helen (Nell), Prudence, Annis, Diana, Abigail,

Would LOVE you to use it, but the poor wee thing may struggle:
Venetia, Frederica, Hero

Nope:
Adolphus, Vernon, Gervase, Waldo

Comme ci, comme ca:
Dominic, Julian, Jack, Ashley,

Two thumbs up:
Justin, Ivo, Marcus, Giles, Anthony, Frederick, Edward, Jasper, Hugh Hugo, Charles, Gareth, Tristam, Richard, Philip, Christopher Kit, John, Robert, Miles, Max

Would LOVE you to use it, but the poor wee thing may struggle:
Sylvester

Faves are in bold.

LadyIsabellaWrotham Mon 29-Apr-13 14:06:31

FOAF named her baby girl Charis after Frederica's sister, which is rather nice.

joanofarchitrave Mon 29-Apr-13 18:41:25

I have known someone who did this... can't say what she chose...

I have to say I would go for something not TOO Heyer. My faves in caps.
Harriet
HESTER
Helen
Serena
Sophia
JUDITH
SARAH
Mary
KATHERINE
Deborah
Elinor
Hero

Dominic
Jack
Marcus
ANTHONY
Frederick
Edward
Charles
Christopher
John
Robert
Max

LadyDamerel Mon 29-Apr-13 19:36:55

Deborah wink

LadyDamerel Mon 29-Apr-13 19:48:50

Kitty/Kit would go well with the DSs' names, a lot of them are a bit OTT compared to their names or aren't a good 'fit' IMO.

For a girl, Harriet, Nell, Sarah, Elinor and Penelope would also work.

I love Jasper (obviously!) but I don't think it would 'go'. Richard, Edward, Gareth (I am bizarrely fond of the name Gareth) or Robert would be my vote for a boy.

Or Alverstoke, known as Al? grin I hate the fact that such a brilliant hero has such a dreadful Christian name but Al could work!!

If I'd ever had a DD, she would have been a Venetia! blush

LadyDamerel Mon 29-Apr-13 19:51:22

Miles and Max would work too, but there are gazillions of Max's in schools ATM. Same with Abigail.

Missed John off the boys' list as well.

LeonieDeSainteVire Mon 29-Apr-13 20:05:41

I've been thinking and I think

Hugh Richard and Hester Katherine/Katherine Hester

There you go smile

MrsFrederickWentworth Mon 29-Apr-13 20:27:13

I am identical with Leonie's long list, though not sure about Leonie...

Hugh and Hugo and Hester and Harriet are prob my favourites, with Horatia.

Not Hero.

But I love Venetia.

Anthony will become Tony, do you mind?

No to Ancilla, Abigail, Drusilla. Nor Sylvester. Nor the other ones Leonie dislikes.

I like Cleone but everyone will.think she is Chloe unless you are v v posh.

There are too many Jacks and Maxs round us.

Congrats, and you will tell us, please , Horry? If we are very very nice?

JeanPaget Mon 29-Apr-13 20:34:28

Brilliant idea grin

I love Georgette actually, and from the girls I particularly like Venetia, Henrietta and Leonie.

For a boy I really like Kit, Tristram, Jasper and Gareth. (and Sylvester blush)

I love how much you are getting into this.

Knew you'd all be name geeks too grin

I think there's a decent shortlist available even without considering the shelf of baby names book s.

LeonieDeSainteVire Mon 29-Apr-13 20:48:35

Actually the two Anthonys I know well are both Ant rather than Tony. But you can choose a name without liking it's usual abbreviations I did, twice blush

LeonieDeSainteVire Mon 29-Apr-13 20:49:38

it's its

SanityClause Mon 29-Apr-13 20:55:29

What about Charis?

Anthony is DH's disliked uncle so it is not a likely choice for us grin

minsmum Mon 29-Apr-13 22:18:27

My dd's middle name is Deborah, I would have loved to call her Venetia.

So for a Girl Venetia, for a boy it has to be Christopher (Kit)

Oh yes, Venetia. I would have loved to use it for my DD, but DH issued a veto.

I vote for Kit, Giles or Jasper for a boy.

VenetiaLanyon Tue 30-Apr-13 09:16:11

I'd have liked:

Venetia (unsurprisingly)
Arabella
Phoebe
Cressida
Hero

All were sadly vetoed by DH...

LeonieDeSainteVire Tue 30-Apr-13 09:55:25

Venetia is a beautiful name there's no doubt. And all famous Venetia's were beautiful which is shallow but good smile

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 30-Apr-13 21:27:53

My favourites (knowing little of the works of GH) would be Hester, Cressida, Marcus and Tristram (Tristan).

LeonieDeSainteVire Tue 30-Apr-13 22:38:06

Horry, have you run any of these names past DH yet (and what did he say?!)

Takver Tue 30-Apr-13 22:44:55

But why Kit and not Kester? I actually know a Kester (my age, so 40s) and he really is named for GH, how cool is that smile

Anyway, your names:

Girls - I would say yes definitely to:
Harriet, Hester, Helen (Nell), Serena, Henrietta, Judith, Sarah, Mary, Arabella, Diana, Cleone, Frederica, Abigail, Katherine (Kitty or Kate), Deborah, Elinor, Hero, Jenny

My favourites are Harriet, Hester, Nell, Henrietta (nn Hetty) and Hero (DD's name doesn't start with an H - I don't like H names so much in Spanish - so I think everyone else should use them!)

Boys - yes to
Justin, Dominic, Ivo, Ashley, Marcus, Giles, Anthony, Frederick, Edward, Hugh (Hugo), Charles, Gareth, Tristam, Richard, Philip, Christopher (Kit), John, Robert, Miles, Max

My favourites of your boys list are Dominic (I've only ever met nice ones), Ivo (just cool) and Frederick but only if he is a Freddy

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