Down to top 5, got to make a decision!

(93 Posts)
BobbingUpAndDownLikeThis Wed 06-Apr-16 17:58:13

Stuck between Beatrix, Dorothy, Harriet, Marianne and Matilda for baby due very soon! Surname is double barrelled with lots of T's in it, so I think that Matilda probably doesn't work with it but not sure.

Would like to know if you hate/love any of these names, and if so, why. Also would be interested in nicknames used for Marianne (so far thought of Mari, Maz, and Annie but the others have much more nickname potential).

Carolndaryl Wed 06-Apr-16 17:59:42

Love love love Marianne

evenoldergregg Wed 06-Apr-16 18:15:28

I love the name Dorothy and still sometimes wish I'd named my six year old this instead!

Sophronia Wed 06-Apr-16 19:00:13

Marianne or Dorothy

Summ3r Wed 06-Apr-16 19:34:15

Love Matilda or Harriet

29redshoes Wed 06-Apr-16 19:56:21

I like Marianne best!

MissBattleaxe Wed 06-Apr-16 19:59:54

I love Marianne!

BendydickCuminsnatch Wed 06-Apr-16 20:05:26

Love Dorothy! Dot is a great nn. Also like Matilda nn Tilda or Matty. The Tilda I know is an awesome woman. I'm a Harriet (Harry, NOT Hattie angry) and it has served me well thus far.

LaceyLee Wed 06-Apr-16 20:07:48

I like Marianne loads and it's so unusual these days. Plus I like the Jane Austen connection. Maria could be another nickname I suppose or just 'M', but Mari is nice imo.

BobbingUpAndDownLikeThis Wed 06-Apr-16 20:13:38

Pleasantly surprised by the love for Marianne and Dorothy - was worried they are both too old-fashioned smile I think my top 2 are probably Marianne and Beatrix but I keep coming back to Dorothy (I love the character in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries!)

The nicknames for Harriet are so wonderfully varied smile I like Hattie but can see why you wouldn't, but I like that you can have Harry or Ettie because they're very different.

insanelycheerful Wed 06-Apr-16 20:14:42

Marianne most definitely! All lovely names but Marianne is wonderful.

BendydickCuminsnatch Wed 06-Apr-16 20:15:52

One thing with Harriet is that people seem to have trouble spelling it, even though that's the most common spelling of the name IMO. I blame Ainsley Harriott wink

FishOn Wed 06-Apr-16 20:17:11

Beatrix is my fave

BrendasGotABaby Wed 06-Apr-16 20:17:40

Marianne by a country mile

Coldtoeswarmheart Wed 06-Apr-16 20:18:21

Harriet might get shortened to Hatty, which might give you too many Ts?

Marianne will get shortened to Maz.

Dorothy will be shortened to Dotty, how bothered are you by the T thing?

EllaHen Wed 06-Apr-16 20:21:58

Marianne. Love it. If dc2 were a girl, I would've pushed for it.

BobbingUpAndDownLikeThis Wed 06-Apr-16 20:27:05

I'm not that stressed about the T thing - because how often do you introduce yourself by nickname and surname? But DH seems to worry more about it.

Kingfisherfree Wed 06-Apr-16 20:30:19

Marianne 100%.

Coldtoeswarmheart Wed 06-Apr-16 20:35:09

TBH if DS uses his full name he has a consonant repeated 3 times and it only ocurred to me when he noticed it himself.

LotsofDots Wed 06-Apr-16 20:38:20

Wait and see what she looks like! Your list is nice and short so you'll be able to narrow it down once she has arrived. For what it's worth, I have one DD with one of your names. She was nearly a Penelope, but she didn't look like one. Currently expecting DC3 and have at least two of your other names on the list!

Wishfulmakeupping Wed 06-Apr-16 20:38:27

Harriet! Fab name my ds would have been Harriet Elinor if he'd have been a girl.
Marianne is also nice.
I really liked Dorothy as a mn for dd a few years back but since then its been really popular with a few people I know and it's put me off to be honest.
Not keen on other two.

HelenaJustina Wed 06-Apr-16 20:41:51

Another vote for Marianne

NoCapes Wed 06-Apr-16 20:43:39

Love Harriet
If DS2 was a girl he'd be Harriet

JenniferAnistonsHair Wed 06-Apr-16 20:47:36

Harriet is gorgeous.

Meredith also sounds fab with your list. Just a thought. Good luck!

DramaAlpaca Wed 06-Apr-16 22:12:43

I love Marianne, it's one of my all time favourite names.

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