Old lady names

(88 Posts)
Gimmeechocolate Thu 31-Jan-13 11:50:08

I really love old lady names and already have 2 DDs with old names.

I have fallen in love with the name Ethel. Everybody I know hates it and laughs at it.

I guess what I am asking is what are your associations with it as a name other than 'old lady'?

naughtynaughtynamechange Thu 31-Jan-13 11:54:07

Ethel is, I am sorry to say, a truly awful name. Bet you a pound to a pinch of shit that baby Ethel gets a deed poll on her 18th birthday. It's just not a pleasant sound.

If you want that pre-Conquest Anglo-Saxon feel, Edith is lovely.

emsyj Thu 31-Jan-13 11:54:45

Ethel Austin. (Sorry)

I really like Elsa, but DH feels the 'old lady' vibe with that one - have tried to persuade him of the lioness aspect, but no joy so far.

The first thing I think of when I hear Ethel, is the old lady that was in Eastenders, and her little willy grin

I don't like it at all, sorry.

amck5700 Thu 31-Jan-13 12:07:03

Ethel might be a step too far I think......but having said that it will probably be the next "in" name- hasn't some celebrity named their baby Ethel?

smother Thu 31-Jan-13 12:07:09

Association is currently Lily Allen's baby.... Ettie is a nice nn but Ethel still feels a step too far down the old lady path. What are your other DDs called?

amck5700 Thu 31-Jan-13 12:08:36

...much prefer Mabel or Eleanor.

Pasiphae Thu 31-Jan-13 12:10:58

There was an Ethel in Downton, not a happy story, though.
And there's Ethel Hallow in the Worst Witch, who is ever so annoying.
I like the name but then I tend to really like old ladies names like Shirley and Myrtle...

Kaekae Thu 31-Jan-13 12:11:43

I quite like old lady names too but not Ethel.

Wampingwillow Thu 31-Jan-13 12:12:41

Sorry but I just can't see an Ethel being anything other than old, just like old Ethel in eastenders

FiercePanda Thu 31-Jan-13 12:13:30

I love Ethel, less keen on Edith. Enid's another name I really like.

bunnylang Thu 31-Jan-13 14:20:22

What about Esme, Mabel or Constance?

MortifiedAdams Thu 31-Jan-13 14:22:48

My DD has an old lady name and im considering Lilian if I have another dd but Ethel.is ghastly.

whatyoulookinat Thu 31-Jan-13 14:27:46

I'm too a lover of old lady names & think Ethel us great. Doesn't make me think of anything in particular, just a good old fashioned name but very 'now' without being try hard.

Sasparillo Thu 31-Jan-13 15:19:07

I love old lady names too, but Ethel is probably the name I like the least! What about Elsie? Probs my fave at the moment xx

Gimmeechocolate Thu 31-Jan-13 15:22:46

Thanks for all your responses. Outing myself here but already have Iris and Hetty.

I like Mabel and Esme a lot but already know at least three of each. Would have gone for Elsie but my brother called his daughter Elsie!

Joyce, Mavis, Verity, Constance, Beryl, all nice old fashioned names. I hate Ethel. Sorry.

MortifiedAdams Thu 31-Jan-13 15:24:50

love Hettie!

What about:
Flora
Meg
Nancy
Nora

GirlOutNumbered Thu 31-Jan-13 15:55:19

I had two lovely old aunts; Ethel and Hazel.
Fantastic ladies!

amck5700 Thu 31-Jan-13 16:07:50

My Mum is a Hetty and her sisters are/were: Margaret (Rita), Elizabeth (Bunty) and Ena - not sure what that was short for.

Sister in laws were Mary x 2, Margaret, Alison. Evelyn & Norma.

Anything any use? - Quite liking Rita actually.

amck5700 Thu 31-Jan-13 16:10:08

Vera
Peggy
Ina
Philomina (Mina)

SurreyWithAFringeOnTop Thu 31-Jan-13 16:28:30

Ooh Iris and Hetty were my top two for a girl (I had a boy). I also loved Violet, Dora and Greta.

I for one like Ethel, though I do prefer the ones I have already listed.

Harrysmummysarah1 Thu 31-Jan-13 17:35:52

I was just going to suggest violet ? smile

SunshineOutdoors Thu 31-Jan-13 17:38:22

Esther? A bit similar but sounds nicer to me.

Viviennemary Thu 31-Jan-13 17:48:05

Ethel is dreadful. Even when I was a child Ethel was awful. I like Violet too. Veronica is nice but you never hear it these days. And Esther.

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