Can't do girls' names... here's my maybe pile

(42 Posts)
BeardyHammerclaw Tue 02-Oct-12 13:52:26

I've got two boys names I love and if this baby is a boy, I will just go with whichever of those he looks like grin

However, I'm not so good with girls' names and I'm not sure any of the ones we've come up with are just right. Please let me know what you think of this list and if you can think of any others we might like. We are hoping for a classic English name but not something overused. I don't want a really frilly name.

Meredith
Helena
Harriet
Alice
Martha
Imogen

Helena is my fave really but I am unsure about whether she will spend her life correcting the pronunciation.

Finbert Tue 02-Oct-12 13:56:51

I like Meredith and Helena, but as you say pronunciation could be an issue with the latter. Like all the others except Imogen but all quite common in the school I teach at and unfortunately Imogen seems to becoming 'Chavvy'' in my area (sure I will get slated for saying this as there are some lovely Imogen's!!!!)

delilah88 Tue 02-Oct-12 13:59:11

Finbert is Helena popular in your school?

Finbert Tue 02-Oct-12 14:05:02

No, never taught one smile and I only know one in real life

ProphetOfDoom Tue 02-Oct-12 14:08:12

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Britchic Tue 02-Oct-12 14:48:07

I love Imogen as being different, beautiful, but not too frilly. Second choice... probably Alice.

Good luck!

Ellie7 Tue 02-Oct-12 15:55:45

How would you pn Helena? As HEL-ena or Hel-ENa? I like both. That's my fav from your list.

OrangeFireandGoldashes Tue 02-Oct-12 16:00:43

What a lovely list. Helena (pronounced Hel-LAY-na), Harriet and Imogen would be my favourites, but tbh all of them are pretty, classic but not 'fluffy' names.

nickeldaisical Tue 02-Oct-12 16:02:56

depends how you pronounce Helena - do you go hell -enna or Hel- ay -na ?

the first would be more likely.

i like it.

if you're worried about pronunciation, you could have Eleanor instead.
(biased here though)
but I like Helena.

smother Tue 02-Oct-12 16:14:49

They are all lovely names!! All gorgeous so too hard to pick a favourite! My least favourite is Imogen. What about Miriam?

BeardyHammerclaw Tue 02-Oct-12 16:52:42

Thanks all. I'm glad people think they are nice names. Helen-a is the pronunciation I would use, like the character in Midsummer Night's Dream. I like Eleanor but have a family member with that name, plus the nickname Elly is quite ubiquitous. I like Miriam too...

Nelly232 Tue 02-Oct-12 16:54:01

Alice is beautiful. Love it.

WixedUpMords Tue 02-Oct-12 16:55:40

Meredith is welsh not English. Just not sure if you knew as you say you want an English name

chaya5738 Tue 02-Oct-12 17:07:18

Lovely list. I love Meredith, Helena, and Harriet.

Meredith less popular.

MrsJohnDeere Tue 02-Oct-12 17:21:36

Harriet or Alice

I love Imogen amd would like to it it on my short list but it has soared in popularity round here lately.

scootle Tue 02-Oct-12 17:27:35

Helena is gorgeous - just use it and correct pronunciation if necessary. Yours is the more usual way of saying it, I think.

I know one small Helena - and was considering it for dd. Such great nn potential.

dieciocho Tue 02-Oct-12 17:38:53

My cousin has been called Helena for 33 years and as far as I know is always called /hel-en-a/, no issues.
Her nickname is Hen.

I love Meredith.

Frikadellen Tue 02-Oct-12 21:09:09

Meredith gets my vote but I do also like Helena a lot

nickeldaisical Wed 03-Oct-12 10:56:20

I have a name that's pronounced differently in foreign languages.
I normally use the english version, but find that I quite like the "exotic" version is someone accidentally calls me that! grin

that rule could work for Helena too.

Narked Wed 03-Oct-12 11:20:08

You can do girls' names grin

Helena and Harriet are my favourites. And Alice is classic.

Helena can be pronounced in different ways - but sounds lovely however it's said.

TitWillow Wed 03-Oct-12 11:59:38

Meredith is lovely! Alice also great.

Ebb Wed 03-Oct-12 12:04:20

Meredith is lovely. I knew a Meredith nn Merry and was just gorgeous. I also like Harriet, Alice and Helena. Not keen on Imogen. I also really like Martha.

SoupDragon Wed 03-Oct-12 12:09:11

I worked with a Helen-a and she was hugely pissed off when people called her Helayna in error.

minipie Wed 03-Oct-12 12:42:57

Lovely list (apart from Harriet which I - probably irrationally - dislike)

Meredith and Helena are my favourites. I think Hel-en-a (not Helayna) is the more usual pronunciation so if that's the one you want, you should be fine.

lilibet Wed 03-Oct-12 12:45:52

Miriam!! Oh yes, it's a gorgeous name and I keep suggesting it to everyone. Much nicer than the others on your list.

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