Feminine, unusual, ethereal girl's names- any ideas?

(90 Posts)
sleepyhead3 Sun 15-Aug-10 10:12:43

I would like some ideas for girl's names that are not too commonly used, feminine but not feminissima if that makes sense!

Am looking for something light and slightly exotic sounding.

I have a few ideas so far:

Adela
Jessamine
Marguerite
Juniper
Vivienne
Marina
Camilla

Any opinions or other ideas??

Cortina Sun 15-Aug-10 11:03:34

Adela is a beautiful and strangely underused name in my opinion. I only know one adult with this name and she is beautiful and accomplished in a way I'd like to be, so maybe that influences my judgement a little .

I am sure that there is an Adela in Austen, or is there one in Jane Eyre? (Actually that's Adele isn't it)? I am sure there are Adelas in literature going back some way, I recall one or two but can't place?

Anyway, it's stunning and there will not be two! Go for it..

AnnVeronica Sun 15-Aug-10 11:11:22

I love Adela!

Aurora is the name that comes to mind when I'm thinking ethereal.

Pinkflipflop Sun 15-Aug-10 11:13:20

Adela is gorgeous!! Such a beautiful name - I love it!! May have to steal it at some stage!! wink

Cortina Sun 15-Aug-10 11:19:26

Aurora sounds currently to me like a Disney princess (unfortunately). Adela, has a Forster like Edwardian charm. Passage to India, darn it is that where I've heard it in literature? Off to google. .

Cortina Sun 15-Aug-10 11:23:15

Yes, here you go:

Adela Quested

A young British schoolmistress who is visiting India with the vague intention of marrying Ronny Heaslop. Intelligent, brave, honest, but slightly prudish, she is what Fielding calls a "prig." She arrives with the intention of seeing the real India. But after a frightening trip to the Marabar Caves, she falsely accuses Aziz of sexually assaulting her.

Ok, a little flawed but we will forgive her for her excellent name!

meadowlarks Sun 15-Aug-10 11:27:12

Which syllable do you stress in Adela?

Cortina Sun 15-Aug-10 11:31:25

I would say it like this: 'Add - ella'.

onimolap Sun 15-Aug-10 11:32:38

Adele is also the child for whom Jane Eyre was the governess in Mr Rochester's house.

My first thoughts on ethereal were Arielle, Faye and Feyleigh.

Also Elodie, Cleodie, Eloise, Anais, Meriel, Veronique, Imogen, Elspeth and Miranda

sleepyhead3 Sun 15-Aug-10 13:15:49

I had forgotten about Adela Quested cortina!!

I have always loved EM Forster!

I guess Sunday afternoon is a quiet time. Maybe I will get some more responses later

lulabellamozerella Sun 15-Aug-10 14:30:09

Favourites there are Marguerite and Camilla

Similar names:
Adriana
Anastasia
Annalise
Aria
Ariel
Athena
Aurelia
Cassandra
Cecilia
Ciara
Cora
Corinne
Deandra
Elisabeth
Emmeline
Francesca
Genevieve
Georgette
Harper
Helene
India
Indigo
Josephine
Juliet
Letitia
Liliana
Lucille
Magdalene
Marissa
Melody
Miranda
Mischa
Natalia
Regina
Sasha
Selena
Sienna
Sylvia
Thalia
Thora
Vi ola
Violet
Winona

Cordelia

DinahRod Sun 15-Aug-10 16:46:50

My suggestions:

Blythe
Genevieve
Hebe

I really like Vivienne & Juniper from your list.

EdgarAllenPop Sun 15-Aug-10 17:08:04

Titania
Iolanthe
Xanthe
Morgana
Persephone

mavornia Sun 15-Aug-10 17:20:47

Jessamine is very pretty

I also like:

Amadea
Marianna
Emmeline
Alessa
Ambra
Celandine

meadowlarks Sun 15-Aug-10 18:24:06

Coraline.

zenon Sun 15-Aug-10 18:30:24

Xanthe
Antonia
Clemency

What do you think of all the suggestions so far?

PixieOnaLeaf Sun 15-Aug-10 18:31:45

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LibertyGibbet Sun 15-Aug-10 18:32:38

Aphra
Meredith

Er, Galadriel?

getstuffed Sun 15-Aug-10 19:02:31

Ohhh love EM Forster.

Vivienne I adore but as Ang Jolie has it, it will rocket x

sleepyhead3 Sun 15-Aug-10 20:03:05

lulabella- what an amazing list- I like several of those!

I also like Miranda, Cordelia, Genevieve, Blythe, Xanthe, Marianna, Emmeline from other lists.

getstuffed- do you think Vivienne will rocket because of AJ?

I might do a shortlist later!

sleepyhead3 Sun 15-Aug-10 20:05:49

Sorry- forgot to say:

Does anyone have any more comments on the names on my list?

hoolies Sun 15-Aug-10 20:09:09

Evangeline? Ophelia?

favs from your list- Vivienne and Marina

jillhastwoponies Sun 15-Aug-10 20:12:36

You'd better hope that you have an 'ethereal' kind of little girl wink

My DD is rather 'solid', and not ethereal at all, her ideal name might have been something like Bertha.

pranma Sun 15-Aug-10 20:42:32

Eleri
Eloise
Adriana
Stella
Faye

Not Marina-too LotSW
'Ohhhhhh Marina!!' 'Ohhhhhh Howard!!'

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