Not 'girly' girls names. Might as well call her Geoff...

(183 Posts)
OkayHazel Sat 12-Jan-13 03:25:36

Help! I can think of loads of boys names, and could name about 12 sons given the chance, but I'm really struggling with girls names and am hoping for suggestions to add to my list.

I really like girls names with harder sounds. Lots of consonants rather than vowels and nothing too long - probably two syllables tops. This means nothing girly, cutesy, flowery, overly pretty (Aurelias, Olivias, Florences), ending in I, IE, Y, IA (you get the gist).

The general trend is one or two syllables, ending in En or El (or other 'finite') sounds. Nothing too popular would be fab, but I insist on using a 'real' name and not an improper noun as a baby name. Any nationality is fine by me - open to ideas. (Though Greek mythology probably won't suit me either).

Names I do like include:

Hazel
Bronwyn
Jude
Merle
Morgan
Olive
Violet (Probably bucks the trend, but I like the hard 'let' sound at the end)

I've also noticed that I really I like unisex names, but only for girls. The more masculine/androgynous the name for my baby girl the better. Any suggestions would be very welcome as I've not come across many yet.

At this point in time I'm so frustrated, Geoff is really seeming like a good idea - maybe choose something a little more appropriate with your help smile

Thanks and good luck naming your babies too!

MistressofPemberley Sat 02-Feb-13 08:00:45

Farron
Finn
Kit
Gretel
Lorne
Gertrude
Rowan

TrickyWoo Fri 01-Feb-13 14:52:26

What about Rowan?

Antigone

Rhiannon or Meredith

amazingmumof6 Fri 01-Feb-13 12:49:45

if you want masculine how about Bruiser or Buster?

Wren?

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 23-Jan-13 00:40:02

Devon
Dakota

Vulnavia, for real?!

KirstyoffEastendersweirdtoplip Tue 22-Jan-13 14:52:36

Andrea?

Jojobump1986 Tue 22-Jan-13 14:44:25

Pronounced but not written. He regularly gets post & even birthday cards from family members written incorrectly!

RillaBlythe Tue 22-Jan-13 12:34:54

jojobump I don't understand your post at all - aren't Geoff and Jeff pronounced the same?

AnnIonicIsoTronic Tue 22-Jan-13 11:46:10

Xanthe
Ada
Dorothy (dot)
Thekla

Jojobump1986 Tue 22-Jan-13 11:05:21

Just as a side note, please don't call her Geoff! wink I know a Geoff & he gets called Jeff or Geof more often than his actual name!

NomNomDePlumPudding Tue 22-Jan-13 10:58:49

dd1 is catherine - i thought she'd wind up being called kit, which i love, but no, she's definitely catherine. we discussed dara (or daragh) for dd2, a unisex irish name, she wound up with something else, but still love dara.

i also love robin.

MJandherdog Tue 22-Jan-13 10:48:38

Go for Bronwen! It rrrrrrocks!

iclaudius Tue 22-Jan-13 10:44:28

The only morag I ever met was a beauty

Roisin (pr. Rosheen)
Evelyn (too girly?)

You might like to look at some of the American baby name sites as the trend for boys names for girls seems much stronger there.

Anjou Mon 21-Jan-13 15:49:33

I too like 'strong' names for girls. I see Agatha and Agnes have both been mentioned. I love both. I'm English, living in Scotland, and was surprised to find that here, Agnes is considered a bit of an 'old wifey' name! It's often reversed to the nn Senga, which I think is fab but all Scottish folk assure me is the ultimate 'fishwife' name! Shame, as I love it.

I really like Inez, Angharad and Idris (which is a guys name, but i love it for a girl). I've not read all of the above replies, so apologies if these have already been suggested.

Good luck deciding!

FellatioNels0n Mon 21-Jan-13 05:14:03

Morag, heaven? Really? I think it has a really hard, ugly sound, and conjures up am image of a sour, dour, boot-faced old scots woman. Ditto Agatha.

Don't like Agnes either. It's the 'ag' sound in all of them - it's too harsh.

OkayHazel Mon 21-Jan-13 01:04:38

Nah hate Kim.

Know I Kim. Easily the biggest bitch I've ever met.

mathanxiety Sun 20-Jan-13 20:02:37

Robin is very sweet.

OP, would you go for the slightly retro Kim?

MoelFammau Sun 20-Jan-13 19:51:59

Should point out DD is half German, hence slightly off-beam spelling.

iclaudius Sun 20-Jan-13 14:59:52

Erica is uber cool

iclaudius Sun 20-Jan-13 14:59:31

Morag is heaven
Margot equally
Roberta
Petra
Patience
Prudence
Claire

MoelFammau Sat 19-Jan-13 21:13:47

DD is Robin, nn Bob.

Names we also bandied around were:

Margo
Patrina (Pat)
Ronja (Ronnie)
Erika
Teresa (Terry)

Beehatch Fri 18-Jan-13 22:25:45

More Welsh ideas:
Tyrion
Taryn
Nest

Or:
Agnes/Annis
Leona
Fern
Petra

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