Can anyone look at my shortlist of girls names please, all opinions welcome

(39 Posts)
fuckwittery Fri 20-Sep-13 00:43:44

Would like a wide range of opinions, and an idea of names that incite strong feelings. DD3 and we've sort of run out of girls names we both like

Lydia
Felicity
Jemima
Pippa / Phillippa
Brona
Emmeline
Cassandra
Petra
Cora
Coraline
Alexia
Linnea

Thank you!

MummyBeerest Fri 20-Sep-13 13:02:44

LOVE:
Lydia
Jemima
Emmeline
Cora
Coraline

OK:
Felicity
Cassandra
Pippa/Philippa
Alexia

DON'T LIKE:
Petra
Brona
Linnea

Great list though!

Linnea is very popular in Sweden (I think) its in homage to Linneaus who created the latin naming system for all species on earth.

InfiniteJest Fri 20-Sep-13 13:22:00

I like Emmeline and Lydia!

fuckwittery Sat 21-Sep-13 18:31:59

Thanks everyone for your comments, it hasn't made the decision easier though smile

Looks like Linnea would be mispronounced by about 90% of people as Linear, but not a favourite anyway for me.

My favourite is Emmeline, nickname Emmie.

Lydia and Pippa are the ones DH and I agree on, but I don't love LOVE either.

Interesting views on Petra!

I didn't think about Cora as being too similar to Orla, so that one is probably out. Good point about Coraline / Caroline misunderstandings!

Dh likes Corinne but I am not so keen (sounds too much like Colin). Corinna a possibility.

feelingvunerable Sun 22-Sep-13 13:11:45

I like Lydia and Felicity best.

sleepingbeautiful Sun 22-Sep-13 16:38:03

I like Lydia, Felicity, Cassandra best.
The Felicitys I've known have been Fliss not Flick.
Used to like Emmeline til I came on here and found out there were different pronunciations, which is just annoying imo.
I Like Corinne. What about Delphine, Cordelia, Callista, Calliope, Cassia

fuckwittery Sun 22-Sep-13 17:34:08

I love Emmeline but the different pronounciations do put me off! I think I started a thread on it a while ago...... I would say it Emme-leen rather than Emme-line.

Sleepingbeautiful, I love Cordelia from your suggestions but I don't think it's DH's sort of name (he is anti- "posh names", Cassia is also really lovely, DH might go for that one.

fuckwittery Sun 22-Sep-13 17:35:56

Oh no, just googled Cassia, and there are different pronunciation, Cass-ia, and Cash-ah

But Calla has come up as a suggestion..... I do like that. Too similar to Orla?

fuckwittery Sun 22-Sep-13 17:43:24

I'm really loving Cassandra / Cassie NN
or Calandra or Calinda / NN Callie now .... any views? smile

sleepingbeautiful Sun 22-Sep-13 18:05:36

I think the Cass-ia v Cash-a is a UK v US thing like Alice-ia v Aleash-a for Alicia.
I prefer Cassandra nn Cassie to Calinda/Calandra, which sound 'made up' to me (I know they're not, just first impressions).
There is also Calla (lily) and Cassiopeia
As you seem to be liking "C" - Clarissa, Carina, Caitlin, Catrin, Catriona, Carmen, Carrie, Camille, Camilla, Corinne, Caroline, Carys, Cara, Ceri, Clara, Claudia, Claudine...

Harrin Sun 22-Sep-13 22:00:48

Emmeline is a really pretty name imo, Lydia is nice too

georgettemagritte Sun 22-Sep-13 23:35:13

Not keen on:
Felicity
Brona
Pippa
Cassandra
Cora
Coraline
Alexia

Like:
Lydia - v pretty
Jemima - unusual and nice diminutives for a little one (Jem, Mimi)
Emmeline - retro and cute
Petra - ok, less keen than the three above
Linnea - lovely; I know a little Linnea actually and the pronunciation hasn't seemed to be an issue at all in practice despite what posters above suggest.

BlueBowTie Sun 22-Sep-13 23:56:14

Definitely Lydia!

BettyBi0 Wed 25-Sep-13 09:33:50

Lydia - reminds me of someone frumpy I know
Felicity - bit ditzy
Jemima - puddleduck
Pippa / Phillippa - too horsey
Brona - like
Emmeline - like
Cassandra - like
Petra - reminds me of petulant
Cora - like but also sounds like an old American grannie
Coraline - love but would it annoy you being mixed up with Caroline?
Alexia - posh
Linnea - sounds a bit sci-fi / maths-ish

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