A good, strong Girl's name

(75 Posts)
ThinkPinkStink Mon 13-Jun-16 14:49:15

Hi there,

We're starting to think about names for our little girl, who is due in early October.

We have a surname which starts with a 'Cl' sound (think 'Clarke', or 'Clarence') and already have a family middle name we're going to use (which starts with an S).

We have a list of names we quite like, but none are quite right:

Blossom - too soft, but works nicely with our surname
Harriet - though we prefer the shortening 'Hattie' and 'Harrie'
Aspen
Darcey - though getting too popular
Zinnia - we love how it sounds but don't love how it looks written down
Blythe
Rose
Poppy
Clara - because she'd sound like a superhero with our surname
Emmeline - nn Emmy
Cassia - but don't like the meaning ('empty')
Camille
Laurel

We are looking for a good solid name which is pretty, rolls nicely with our surname, but is appropriate for a sensible adult with a sensible job (if she wants one).

I admit I'm always drawn to pretty flower, tree and bird names - and love French names, but we don't want to be TOO pretentious blush

Thanks in advance,

xx

shutupandshop Mon 13-Jun-16 14:50:42

Elizabeth

FrancisdeSales Mon 13-Jun-16 14:57:24

Caroline
Catherine
Ruth
Jean
Georgina
Nancy

barnet Mon 13-Jun-16 14:58:01

Juno

AddictedToCoYo Mon 13-Jun-16 14:58:17

Elizabeth
Astrid
Erica
Lara
Rosamund
Hazel
Heather
Elsa
Marianne
Anna
Sara
Sofia
Francesca
Imogen

barnet Mon 13-Jun-16 14:59:41

Emmeline and Aspen are also lovely

MadamDeathstare Mon 13-Jun-16 15:00:14

Meredith - it means Great Leader. Can't get much stronger than that.

Evelyn

I second Elizabeth, it's also a good name as there are so many ways it can be shortened so your DD can adapt it to what she wants.

tinymeteor Mon 13-Jun-16 15:03:26

Evelyn
Cora
Clementine
Sylvia (or Sylvie?)
Eleanor

Tinklypoo Mon 13-Jun-16 15:03:55

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

JasperDamerel Mon 13-Jun-16 15:09:52

Aphra
Ada
Juno
Athena
Clothilde
Rosa
Hero
Iris
Madeleine
Maude

JasperDamerel Mon 13-Jun-16 15:10:48

Anna
Vanessa
Nessa
Rhea

ThinkPinkStink Mon 13-Jun-16 15:13:56

I can't believe we haven't thought of Elizabeth - it's a good serious name for serious adult things, but has a great range of nicknames - thank you - I'll get it on the shortlist!

And so many of you have listed names that we've toyed with, or that we have in our immediate family (Clementine, Astrid, Eleanor, Sofia, Lara..) that I feel like we're this close to THE name.

I would love an Evelyn... but we're friends with one (I say 'friends', she's 2 ;-).

Is Alouette too silly? Would we be forced to use a french accent every time we addressed our child? I think the answer is 'yes'.

lovelilies Mon 13-Jun-16 15:15:04

I know a nice Emmelyn smile

Rosaaa Mon 13-Jun-16 15:16:51

Elizabeth
Gabriella
Caroline
Lauren
Barbara
Ciara

forkhandles4candles Mon 13-Jun-16 15:18:32

Miriam
Rowan
Ingrid
Antigoni
Cora
Charlotte
Celeste
Celestine

cosmicglittergirl Mon 13-Jun-16 15:20:21

Yes to Elizabeth. Or Victoria, Tory/Tora for short.

Sophronia Mon 13-Jun-16 15:21:43

Cassia means 'cinnamon' rather than empty.

Alice
Alix
Audrey
Anais
Brigitte
Daphne
Eloise
Emerald
Esther
Flora
Hazel
Imogen
Julia
Josephine
Jasmine
Laurel
Marianne
Adelaide
Noelle
Ramona
Rosalind
Rowena
Thora
Tamsin
Violet
Vivienne
Verity
Willa

tinymeteor Mon 13-Jun-16 15:23:14

Alouette is Very French. Could be lifetime of saying 'no, my parents just liked it'. How about Juliette?

user1463864877 Mon 13-Jun-16 15:30:32

Love Clara from your choices.
If you like French, how about Zoe or Natalie, Amelie or Juliette?

Rockelburger Mon 13-Jun-16 15:36:10

Clarice

Emyloohoo Mon 13-Jun-16 16:08:59

Love love love Alice! And Clara!

Dogolphin Mon 13-Jun-16 16:15:05

Alexandra
Alix
Antonia
Henrietta
Penelope

TheImprobableGirl Mon 13-Jun-16 16:17:57

I think Alexa fits.
Or Alexia (but if you don't like bad meanings then it's like dyslexia but only when you read words)
Or Alexis

What about Seraphina/Savannah, is your surname long or little?

ThinkPinkStink Mon 13-Jun-16 16:19:09

Ooo Alice - that was on the short list for a while, I think DH put me off by saying it in the way that Idris Elba did in Luther. But it's back on the list.

We have toyed with Clarice too (live Claroce Cliff) but it felt a bit too Silence of the Lambs (and once you've thought it it's hard to unthink).

You're totally right tinymentor the poor thing would spend her whole life spelling and explaining her name.

Juliette is another good one...

Sophronia it's amazing how many of those names have been on the list! You are an actual mind reader!

Muchtosayaboutnothing Mon 13-Jun-16 16:22:39

I have a Theresa... Tess/Tessa/Tessie

I love Amelie and Manon ( French names)
Penelope
Rosa

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