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!

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

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

Definitely Lydia!

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.

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

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

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...

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

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 17:34:08

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.

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

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

I like Lydia and Felicity best.

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.

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

I like Emmeline and Lydia!

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

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!

Viviennemary Fri 20-Sep-13 13:02:31

I like Philippa, Cassandra, Petra best. Two I don't like at all are Brona and Linnea. Are they made up names.

ZZZenagain Fri 20-Sep-13 13:01:02

From that list I would choose Lydia

Saffyz Fri 20-Sep-13 12:57:51

I like these:

Lydia
Felicity
Pippa / Phillippa
Emmeline
Cassandra
Linnea

coraltoes Fri 20-Sep-13 12:54:25

Felicity - love this, also Felicia. the nicknames work ok too.
Jemima - i nearly chose this for DD, our surname starts with J and i fancied alliteration for a short while. NN of Jem (80s cartoon i loved) and Mimi could work?
Cora - really like this one, elegant, will serve her well through all ages.

not so keen on rest. Especially not bronagh

IslaValargeone Fri 20-Sep-13 12:47:17

Love Petra, it is so unusual to hear, but not keen on the others tbh.

Lydia - a bit old fashioned, a bit drippy
Felicity - OK, but hate NN Flick
Jemima - a bit too girly
Pippa / Phillippa - much prefer Phillippa
Brona - prefer the spelling Bronagh, but yes, quite like that one
Emmeline - no, properly old fashioned, I dont like Emma or Emily either.
Cassandra - Only fools and Horses, no, just don't like it
Petra - Blue Peter dog, but that was a long time ago. Strong name, quite like it
Cora - Downton Abbey, but I do like it.
Coraline - no, cartoon character and too girly
Alexia - yes, like that one
Linnea - too off the wall, hard to spell, will be pronounced wrongly IMO.

cantthinkofagoodone Fri 20-Sep-13 12:44:49

Lydia - love it but it sounds like Olivia and might be mistaken
Felicity - okay. Not a fan of Flick (neighbours)
Jemima - puddleduck. Can't get passed that.
Pippa / Phillippa - liked it before KM's sister which will pass, so a yes from me.
Brona - like the Irish Bronagh? OK
Emmeline - As in Pankhurst (sp?) I quite like the nicknames or Emmie, Emma or Emily
Cassandra - like is but once had a cat called Cassy.
Petra - Ecclestone
Cora- love it
Coraline - prefer Cora
Alexia - OK
Linnea - HoF own brand and linear is just a word

IAmADonkeyOnTheEdge Fri 20-Sep-13 12:42:03

Lydia - like it, not too popular and sounds good as both child or adult
Felicity - I quite like ' flick' as a nicname - but perhaps a bit ' Malory Towers ( showing my age!)
Jemima - nope- thats for a duck
Pippa / Phillippa - very popular around our way.
Brona - like thats its different, but not very pretty sounding
Emmeline - beautiful name, sounds romantic
Cassandra - only fools and horses
Petra - the blue peter dog from years ago ( again showing my age)
Cora - lovely, is is Dora
Coraline - agree with littlecherublegs
Alexia - too dynasty
Linnea - not sure.

I think Emmeline is by far the prettiest name on your list, but also themes are lovely - so if you have an artist theme, then Linnea would also be lovely.
I met a baby caller 'Bryer' yesterday, named after the scilly isle - I thought it was lovely !

You just need to have the one you like the best - you will be yelling it at the top of your voice for years to come ! ( My personal fave name was Fenella - but 3 girls later and I still haven't been allowed !)

MrsBungle Fri 20-Sep-13 12:39:54

Oh, didn't notice coralline - lovely. I also love coral (although not on your list !)

MrsBungle Fri 20-Sep-13 12:39:06

I have an orla too smile

From your list I really like Brona and Cora. I also quite like Lydia.

twentyfourcarat Fri 20-Sep-13 12:37:53

Lydia - always "fat girls" that I've known, not that that's a problem necessarily!
Felicity - Love, also love Flicky, Flick and Fizzy as nicknames
Jemima - I really like, but will get puddleduck etc
Pippa / Phillippa - Love Pip / Pippa, Phillippa doesn't have the same grace / coolness
Brona - Nice enough, don't love it, don't dislike it, if you love it, go for it!
Emmeline - little bit whiny, but I like none the less
Cassandra - Not personally a fan, but nothing wrong with it!
Petra - Cool
Cora - Really cool
Coraline - Even cooler
Alexia - Prefer Alexa, but cool
Linnea - House of Fraser bed linen (/own brand)

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