Names that were posh but aren't now...

(207 Posts)
MadameCh0let Fri 21-Mar-08 19:09:18

THe jolly hockey sticks Cordelia got me thinking......

I knew, growing up, a very posh Annabel, Amelia and Beatrice.

All names that could be used by anybody these days. Imogen is another one that was ouch posh when I was about 12.

So what is posh now? Clemency? Tuppence?

Calisteregg Fri 21-Mar-08 19:14:15

Cordelia was friends with Arabella. They deserved eachother [rah rah rah]

scorpio1 Fri 21-Mar-08 19:15:24

there are twins in my town who go the private school called Loveday and Octavia.

The posh kids round 'ere are all called Emma and Oliver.

allgonebellyup Fri 21-Mar-08 19:19:43

Sophie
Hannah

Common as you like now

kerala Fri 21-Mar-08 19:25:10

To me Camilla is the ultimate posh name.

I think Jemima was posh but now has wider usage outside the huntin' fishin' shootin' set.

Titus will always be posh.

hatrick Fri 21-Mar-08 19:28:54

Piers used to be posh.

allgonebellyup Fri 21-Mar-08 19:29:25

clem/clemmie

beatrice

jonty

monty

rafferty (these names will always be posh)

Unlike: William (now turning common)

Thomas (yawn, anyway)

Alicia (now seems to be pronounced Al-ee-sha)

SilentTerror Fri 21-Mar-08 19:29:42

I have a Jemima and don't hunt,shoot or fish.
Am very posh though.

VictorianPASqualor Fri 21-Mar-08 19:30:24

Scorpio you just reminded me of a book I used to love that had someone loveday in it.
<googles>

noscat Fri 21-Mar-08 19:32:29

Little White Horse?

expatinscotland Fri 21-Mar-08 19:32:43

Isn't the point of truly posh names is that they always remain posh?

Cordelia is a Shakespearian name, like Regan, Miranda, Portia, Hero, etc. They're fairly old so are now timeless.

Other names, like Octavia, Lucia, Julia, etc. are old as time as they are feminisations of oft-used Roman names.

VictorianPASqualor Fri 21-Mar-08 19:32:50

Yep grin
What a book.

expatinscotland Fri 21-Mar-08 19:33:21

I thought Jonty was a dog's name till I moved here.

hatrick Fri 21-Mar-08 19:33:49

Matilda [now very commomly used]

Henry

Felix [again very used now]

MadameCh0let Fri 21-Mar-08 19:43:28

There was a Loveday Ophelia in the times the other day. Jayzusss. That's all I can say.

hatrick Fri 21-Mar-08 19:44:39

Loveday is an old Cornish name, I would never see it as posh.

Tommy Fri 21-Mar-08 19:45:12

Isabella - seems to be very common now (as in used a lot - not chavvy grin)

Harry

scorpio1 Fri 21-Mar-08 19:45:38

I like Loveday, there a few here, hatrick - we live in Cornwall.

MadameCh0let Fri 21-Mar-08 19:47:14

My ex FIL was from Cornwall, I'd never heard of it.

Isabella is ridiculous. It has conquered the World, there was another one in The Times today. Fait attention, the world doesn't need another Isabloodybella.

Who here is the Mum of an Isabella. I hope she is at least 6 or I am very cross with you.

Blueskythinker Fri 21-Mar-08 19:47:16

I've never met a common Sebastian.

Calisteregg Fri 21-Mar-08 19:49:58

Miles has crossed to the dark side.

alfiesbabe Fri 21-Mar-08 19:52:56

I teach a lot of Isabellas, Imogens and Olivers and I'm in a comp. Haven't come across a Loveday yet though! When I was little I remember a teenage friend of the family called Harry which seemed ultra posh, but now they're all over the place.

FAQ Fri 21-Mar-08 19:55:00

William has never really been that posh has it???

It's a common "family" name on my dad's side of the family and has been for as far back as they've managed to trace - as they've all been as common as muck grin

ja9 Fri 21-Mar-08 19:55:18

loveday? as pronounced love-day? never even heard of that as a name!

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