Posh GIRL Names Wanted Please!

(80 Posts)
EmilyRoo Thu 05-Jul-12 00:06:20

I know, I know. It's who you are/how you act, not your name that makes you. But I adore those posh, fancy names like Cressida,Romilly, Araminta, Jemima etc. They're pretty, with history, but are underused. I already have a list of boy names I love (Willoughby, Hugo, Julius, Montgomery, Caspian, and Atticus) so just girl names are needed!

Note: I also am fond of the slightly ridiculous names like Digby and Osbert, Zelda and Hebe. But that is for another thread, another time!)

Greythorne Thu 05-Jul-12 01:16:10

Arabella
Candida
Artemis
Tabitha
Cosima
India
Cassandra
Allegra

LurkingAndLearningForNow Thu 05-Jul-12 01:20:50

Adriana
Azaria
Bernice
Othella (sp)

rockinhippy Thu 05-Jul-12 01:29:55

Penelope
Otterly
Tamara
Meridith
Felicity

Mummyinggnome Thu 05-Jul-12 02:32:51

Octavia, Cressida, Philomena, Cosima

RedSquizzle Thu 05-Jul-12 02:37:29

Callisto
Isabella
Jacquetta
Amelia
Anoushka
Josephine
Annabelle
Verity

Buy a copy of Harpers & Queen and flick through the society pages for names! smile

rachel234 Thu 05-Jul-12 07:12:04

Antonia
Valentina
Seraphina

manicinsomniac Thu 05-Jul-12 09:28:48

Sorry for any repeats, I'm afraid I'm too lazy to check!

Anastasia, Annabella, Arabella, Araminta, Athena, Beatrice, Cordelia, Clarissa, Cassandra, Camilla, Candida, Constance, Carolina, Cecaelia, Cynthia, Daniella, Delilah, Dorothea, Emmeline, Evangeline, Elisaveta, Elizabeth, Eleanora, Eloisa, Evelina, Francesca, Felicity, Florence, Gabriella, Genevieve, Giovanna, Guinevere, Henrietta, Harriet, Hermione, Isabella, Isadora, Julianna, Juliette, Katherina, Lilianna, Louisa, Lavinia, Lavender, Marianna, Madeleine, Miranda, Matilda, Natalia, Natasha, Ophelia, Octavia, Penelope, Philippa, Peronelle, Petrova, Rebecca, Rhianna, Rosemary, Rosalie, Rosalind, Rosanna, Sophia, Seraphina, Serena, Tabitha, Tallulah, Victoria, Vanessa, Veronica, Virginia, Valentina, Wilhemina, Ximena, Yolanda, Zipporah.

tammytoby Thu 05-Jul-12 09:47:32

Seems that 'posh' names are really beautiful, long, feminine, often European, names. I love them all!!

Particularly Antonia, Arabella, Carolina, Cecilia, Dorothea, Eleonora, Louisa, Seraphina, Valentina - really beautiful!!

tammytoby Thu 05-Jul-12 09:48:24

In fact, I don't think they are 'posh' but just beautiful!!

AnnaNimitty Thu 05-Jul-12 09:53:26

Thanks manicinsomniac, you have included my real first name in your
posh list!

COCKadoodledooo Thu 05-Jul-12 10:00:05

I had Antoinette, nn Ani, on our list.

What manic said

Also - Calypso.

PS - I love Hebe.

CuppaTeaJanice Thu 05-Jul-12 10:07:26

These are what I call '1930s boarding school names'. They were the names of the characters in a lot of the books I read as a child, which I inherited from my mum.

My three favourites are Anastasia (pronounced Anna-star-zee-a), Petrova and Marguerite (strange, because I hate the name Margaret)

CuppaTeaJanice Thu 05-Jul-12 10:10:15

Ooh, I've remembered another one I like - Mahala.

Cordelia is another one - I had a bear called that.

TremoloGreen Thu 05-Jul-12 11:28:20

I'm not sure if what you want is "posh" hmm or just long and feminine? I went to an all-girls boarding school and I can list some of the names of my class mates... I've also met plenty of people with these names since. The really unusual ones - only one or two girls with that name are in italics. Personally, with the exception of Meredith (and possibly Miranda), I wouldn't consider any of them... they are either boys names with-an-a or too try-hard. If I had a daughter I would go for one of the more classic names on this list or similar (and she would be going to a similar school to me - sadly a consideration when choosing a more 'flowery' name I think)

Anna/Annabel
Antonia
Abigail
Alice
Beatrice
Catherine and every possible shortened version
Claire
Davinia
Diana
Eleanor
Elizabeth
Emma
Emily - tonnes of 'Millys' although some were also called Camilla or Amelia
Frances/Francesca
Georgina/Georgia
Hannah
Harriet
Henrietta
Helen/Helena
Hermione
Isobel/Isabella
Jessica
Laura
Lucy
Martha/Marcia/Marsha
Meredith
Miranda
Natasha
Octavia
Phillipa (Pippa)
Rebecca
Roberta
Rose/Rosalind/Rosemary/Rosamond/Rosanna
Rowena
Ruth
Sarah/Sara
Sophie/Sophia
Stephanie
Tabitha
Tamsin
Victoria
Yvonne

TremoloGreen Thu 05-Jul-12 11:29:54

Oh, forgot - Charlotte and Theresa/Tessa

HokeyCokeyPigInAPokey Thu 05-Jul-12 11:32:15

Not posh but pretty, if i have another dd she will be either, Beatrice, Darcy, Arabella or Antonia.

bigbluebump Thu 05-Jul-12 12:00:00

Is there still such a thing as a 'posh' name anyway confused.

There is much more movement and names seem to move 'downmarket' over time. I think all of these names are simply 'pretty', feminine and not overused names.

Viviennemary Thu 05-Jul-12 12:28:40

Clarissa. Pandora. I've never met a single Pandora. I think it's a lovely name.

Littlecherublegs Thu 05-Jul-12 14:21:42

Sorry if any duplicates:

Phillipa
Florence
Portia
Hyacinth
Francesca
Arrabella
Verity
Hermione
Valentina
Clemency
Persephone
Violet
Ottilie
Cordelia
Juliette
Imogen
Claudia
Honor
Opal
Clementine

Iwillorderthefood Thu 05-Jul-12 14:29:21

I do love the name Rhona my Grandmother's name.

I believe that she may have been quite posh since there was great disapproval of her choice of husband. He was not well to do enough or some such apparently.

twonker Thu 05-Jul-12 20:07:34

Love Ottilie what a beautiful name.

Berthabassett Thu 05-Jul-12 20:32:12

I agree with Tremolo that that some of the really, fancy names do come across as "try hard". Really classy are understated names IMO: Jane, Rachel, Anna, Kate etc, but I know many would see these as a bit meh.

Frikadellen Thu 05-Jul-12 21:04:41

Eugenie
Georgiana
Suzannah
Letitia
Amabel
Persephone
Maud
Frederika
Birgitte
Marina

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