Cassandra or Alexandra? Other strong girls' names?

(25 Posts)
Zara8 Mon 02-Jun-14 10:28:10

Finding out (hopefully!) at my scan on Wednesday if DC2 is a boy or a girl.

We have (for fun) made a tentative list for each sex.

For girls two of the names are Alexandra or Cassandra. They are derived from the same name I think, but which is nicer?

Alexandra would be shortened to Alex. Cassandra possibly to Sandy as I don't know how I feel about Cassie! I like having a long/formal version of a name (as we have with DS) so they can choose what they prefer to be known as when adults.

I really want a "strong"/elegant girls' name, not a flowery/pretty one. Any other suggestions?

Might all be moot of course if we see a willy on screen in a few days grin

strawberryjam Mon 02-Jun-14 10:31:50

Elizabeth
Catherine
Josephine

singaporeswing Mon 02-Jun-14 10:32:06

Love Alexandra, it's too of our list for girls.

I prefer Cassie to Sandy, Cassie sounds quite feisty.

I like male nicknames on girls ie Matty for Matilda.

Tess is also a strong name.

Montsti Mon 02-Jun-14 10:35:14

I prefer Alexandra to Cassandra. Victoria? Charlotte?

Zara8 Mon 02-Jun-14 10:36:54

I love Elizabeth strawberryjam but DH says no!

Hadn't thought of Josephine! Hmmm! I know people who have it shortened to Jo but possibly Josie when little?

Hadn't thought of Tess either singaporeswing

I find girls' names so much harder to come up with than boys' names!

DH's favourite name (for years) has been Sophie but it's so very popular at the moment! Still a beautiful name though!

Zara8 Mon 02-Jun-14 10:37:31

I like Victoria Montsti but DH says no to that too!!

Charlotte doesn't do it for me!

BeckaH123 Mon 02-Jun-14 10:48:53

I love Alexandra! Very strong and regal. I like Alex too as a NN.

I think Cassandra is another word for a clairvoyant so I guess they have slightly different meanings..? I am no expert though! smile

singaporeswing Mon 02-Jun-14 10:56:41

DP also hates flowery names and suggested Francesca the other week and it is really growing on me.

I knew siblings growing up called Emma, Tess and Sophie. All very confident, gorgeous, clever, funny, feisty girls. Think they are very non-flowery names.

Stokey Mon 02-Jun-14 14:45:37

I think Cassandra is quite a tragic name, Greek mythology - she was the psychic who no-one believed, it didn't end well.

Cassia?

Miranda is quite similar to your initial two and I like Tamsin as a non-girly name.

Kantha Mon 02-Jun-14 16:13:16

I prefer Alexandra to Cassandra, and it was the chosen name had DS1 been a girl. When expecting DC2 I had gone off Alexandra a bit, and we were favouring Caroline, but it turned out to be a DS so not required. Expecting DC3 now and stuck on girls' names. It will probably be a boy I expect!

Possibilities for us (when DH finally engages in the subject wink):
Alexandra
Caroline
Miranda
Meredith
Selina
Lydia

Viatrix Mon 02-Jun-14 19:29:33

Lysandra
Philippa
Miriam
Rosamund
Judith
Vivien
Louisa
Harriet
Theodora
Rachel
Athena
Claudia
Tabitha
Rosalind
Esther
Henrietta
Frances
Maria
Georgina
Helena
Jennifer
Katharine
Marianne
Rebekah
Susanna / Susannah
Zoe

BlueStarsAtNight Mon 02-Jun-14 19:32:44

I think Cassandra is more flowery sounding than Alexandra. Not a huge fan of either, but I do love other suggestions

BlueStarsAtNight Mon 02-Jun-14 19:33:13

Of Josephine and Francesca!

BlueStarsAtNight Mon 02-Jun-14 19:33:46

Also maybe Philippa?

smokeandfluff Mon 02-Jun-14 20:22:19

Constance
Margaret
Diana

I love cassandra, would prefer it to alexandra

CPtart Mon 02-Jun-14 20:36:30

Prefer Alexandra
Erica
Georgina
Esther
Natalie
Erin

Linguaphile Mon 02-Jun-14 22:32:31

Philippa
Constance
Claudia
Georgina

I do really like Alexandra, though! Cassandra less so.

Mynewone Wed 04-Jun-14 08:49:04

I like Cassandra
What about...
Edith
Frances
Georgia
Iris

weatherall Wed 04-Jun-14 09:07:02

Cassandra just reminds me of the tragic myth.

I think Cassie is the normal nn.

Zara8 Wed 04-Jun-14 12:17:42

More great suggestions, I really like Claudia and Georgia!

I had my scan today and baby is indeed a girl! gringringrin So this thread is the potential baby name list!

TulipOHare Wed 04-Jun-14 12:42:19

Congratulations!

I really like both Alexandra (sounds like an empress) and Cassandra (beautiful and classic, mythological namesake doesn't bother me).

Eleanor
Katharine
Tamar
Marianne
Greta
Natasha
Esmeralda
Catriona
Julia

oneboy3girls Wed 04-Jun-14 12:51:13

Caroline
Rita
Valerie
Rosalind
Roberta
Catherine

BethanFaye Wed 04-Jun-14 22:00:40

Congratulations!

How about:

Verity
Annalise
Victoria
Maeve
Hazel
Elanore 'nora'
Christina
Antonia
Sian
Tasmin
Heather
Harriet
Iona

MrJollyLivesNextDoor Wed 04-Jun-14 22:02:53

Carenza

PenTheUltimate Thu 05-Jun-14 14:42:28

Beatrix, Harriet and Henrietta both sound strong. I also like Boudicca and Boadicea, very strong indeed!

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