Classic, strong but elegant girls names

(62 Posts)
emmyloo2 Tue 12-Feb-13 07:41:22

Ok, give me your best strong, classic, elegant, timeless girl's names. Preferably nothing to frilly, too cutesy or too long. Some examples of what I like are Alice, Margaret, Ruth, Elizabeth, Alison (family name) and Audrey. My DH likes Rose and won't open his mind to other options. I have a DS George and I want a short, old fashioned strong name like this, but I am having a girl.

I am really starting to get quite annoyed with DH because he won't agree that my suggestions are fabulous! shock.

All suggestions gratefull received because I feel like I am going around in circles and I thought naming a girl would be easy!

ohfunnyhoneyface Tue 12-Feb-13 07:47:26

Valerie
Roisin (means little rose?)
Elsbeth
Katherine

EssieW Tue 12-Feb-13 07:48:38

Love your names.my Dd has two of them

Harriet and Ellen also names that spring to mind.

CabbageLooking Tue 12-Feb-13 07:49:20

OK, I'm going to tell you this one but I'm a bit worried because if I have a girl next time round this is the name I want to use partly because it's not very common. So if you use it please promise not to move to Wiltshire.

Anna.

I think it's classic and elegant and rather beautiful.

Floralnomad Tue 12-Feb-13 07:49:34

Grace
Cressida
Karen
Not keen on any of yours except Elizabeth and don't like Rose .

JumpJockey Tue 12-Feb-13 07:51:06

Eleanor (as long as you avoid Ellie nicknames)

Beryl
Imogen
Faith
Jane
Constance
Pearl

There's always the "Rosa-" names, but they might be a little frilly?
Like Rosamund, Rosanna, Rosanne, Rosalind.

emmyloo2 Tue 12-Feb-13 07:54:55

Oh Cabbage - I love Anna as does my DH except his colleague (actually a guy who works directly for him) is having a baby and they have already announced that it will be called Anna. DH reckons we can still call the baby Anna but their baby is due a month before ours and it will look silly I think!

I also like Harriet but I know a few of these already. Catherine will be the middle name, but can't be the first name due to family reasons.

My DH won't provide any other suggestions, other than Emma. Lovely name except it's my name. hmm He was serious as well. This is what I am working with people!

babaloulou Tue 12-Feb-13 07:58:12

Louisa
Harriet
Anna

Boonyjinkies Tue 12-Feb-13 08:02:28

Cora
Amy
Laura

SchmancyPants Tue 12-Feb-13 08:04:29

Cordelia. I LOVE Cordelia.

Boonyjinkies Tue 12-Feb-13 08:06:17

Beth
Josephine

You've already mentioned Margaret, can you tell Little Women is one of my favourites! smile

wiltingfast Tue 12-Feb-13 08:06:55

Clara
Laura
Lorna
Julia
Judith
Christina
Rachel
Rebecca
Maria

Fwiw, I love Anna and I don't you should allow yourself to be put off by a work colleague using it. After all they could move on at any time and you'd never see them again and you would have not used a lovely name for v transient reasons!

ohfunnyhoneyface Tue 12-Feb-13 08:09:56

Oh use Anna! Work colleagues are temporary- he might leave next month!

Anna is beautiful.

emmyloo2 Tue 12-Feb-13 08:12:58

Boony - Amy is my sister's name but good suggestion. Little Women is one of my all time favourites, hence I have Elizabeth (Beth) and Margaret (Meg) on the list. I also like Josephine but fear it may be too long.

Good suggestions Wilting - I like Clara a lot. Laura is another my DH likes.

The colleague is also a friend of his and so we have them over to our house and she got pregnant just before me. It's her late mother's name, and so I think they would think we were copying them if we chose Anna. DH thinks it's perfectly fine to use it but I suspect men think differently about these things!

BeanstalkandBump Tue 12-Feb-13 08:28:38

Well massive thumbs up her for Alison grin grin though I think I've longed to be an Alice I stead for years smile
I love Elizabeth with Nice nn of Beth or Libby
Also like:
Hazel
Edith
Elsa
Rosa
Emmeline/Emmy
Clara
Anna...... Could raise eyebrows at work for a week or two but after that nobody will care! Know of this case with two Jasmines and neither party bothered at all.
Sylvie
Meredith/Merry/Edie

GooseyLoosey Tue 12-Feb-13 08:32:26

If I had another girl, it came to me the other day that I would call her Verity. I'm not going to so I thought I would pass it on.

Sunnysummer Tue 12-Feb-13 08:39:09

Could you go for Hannah? Or even Susannah? Very similar to Anna, old fashioned but also a bit more uncommon, and no clash with colleagues. Love Clara too (though that might just be my childhood love of Heidi).

BikeRunSki Tue 12-Feb-13 08:47:56

Beatrice
Charlotte
Josephine
Emily
Madeleine
Rachel
Emma
Isla
Jennifer
Catherine (and its spelling variants)
Evelyn
Martha

Lionsntigersnbears Tue 12-Feb-13 09:25:33

How about Sara?

momb Tue 12-Feb-13 09:30:27

I gave you all my classic suggestions when you asked last week but looking at the more esoteric lists this week, why not something simple but just out of fashion like Rachel or Jane or Helena ?

akaemmafrost Tue 12-Feb-13 09:33:57

Alexandra.

amck5700 Tue 12-Feb-13 11:14:38

Leonora
Hannah
Avril
Celeste

staverton Tue 12-Feb-13 11:23:36

Louisa
Thea
Clara
Tess
Edith
Elsa
Cecily
Rosalind
Mara
Lara

badtime Tue 12-Feb-13 11:43:33

Juliet
Theresa
Rosa
Maura
Madeleine
Adela
Tara
Veronica
Abigail
Maria
Bryony
Emmeline
Jocelyn
Cecilia/Cecily/Cicely
Camilla
Monica
Serena
Viola
Patience
Eliza

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