What name do you secretly love but would never use for your child?

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CuppaTeaJanice Sat 04-Oct-08 21:29:25

For me it's Silas - it reminds me of the adventure programmes I used to watch as a kid. I think one of my first crushes must have been on a character called Silas.

I did suggest it for DS1 (vetoed by DP), but thinking about it I wouldn't want to call my son Silas and I can't really explain why.

Does anybody else have a name that they wouldn't use, but really like nonetheless...?

MoonlightMcKenzie Sat 04-Oct-08 21:30:31


Always loved it!sad

Sidge Sat 04-Oct-08 21:30:50

I wanted Octavia but DH said no as it's too poncey. I still love it though and am trying to persuade my friend to use it!


Apparently it'd be cruel to call a child this hmm

MrsMattie Sat 04-Oct-08 21:31:33

Loads of the really strong biblical ones e.g. Moses, Ezekiel.

MrsMattie Sat 04-Oct-08 21:31:52

p.s. I am an atheist!

TheBlonde Sat 04-Oct-08 21:32:06

Frank - DH hates it

ivykaty44 Sat 04-Oct-08 21:32:32

Ramona, when I told my dd that is what I would have loved to call her she was sad as she says she would have loved that name - would suit her aswell and be much more unusual

RubySlippers Sat 04-Oct-08 21:32:38

Noah - DH hates it

Lola - DH hates it

No1GruffaloHunter Sat 04-Oct-08 21:32:40

Athur...although hardly a secret and vetoed by DH...also academic as it looks like we're fated to have lovely girls.

WinkyWinkola Sat 04-Oct-08 21:32:47

I love Julian too but it's the name of a significant ex.

Imagine if it got back to him I'd called my DS Julian. He'd assume I was still in love with him.

Soapbox Sat 04-Oct-08 21:33:06


No1GruffaloHunter Sat 04-Oct-08 21:33:23

Thats Arthur...really can't spell tonight.

Bluebutterfly Sat 04-Oct-08 21:33:54

Alathea. Dh thinks it is too pretentious grin.

schwotz Sat 04-Oct-08 21:34:04


its sounds so mature

LackaDAISYcal Sat 04-Oct-08 21:34:18

Rufus....DH says it's a dog's name

Maisie....again vetoed by DH.

Cantandwont Sat 04-Oct-08 21:34:41

Clementine, Ursula, Arthur, Felix - apparently all "cruel"

ShinyPinkShoes Sat 04-Oct-08 21:35:03

Tallulah grin

Moomin Sat 04-Oct-08 21:35:18

I think Silas is a little bit close to 'silage' and also can't help thinking of silas marner so it has tragic connotations. Know what you mean though.

I loved Gabriel or Scarlett but didn't quite have enough conviction to carry it through. Love hearing when other people have used them though. makes me feel strangely envy!

littlelamb Sat 04-Oct-08 21:35:29

Carrie. My surname would make it too too cruel.

EyeballsintheSky Sat 04-Oct-08 21:35:31

Octavia, Ophelia, Lysander, Lucien, Demelza

StrangeTown Sat 04-Oct-08 21:35:42

Genevieve ( not sure if that's even how you spell it)


Jesse for boy (think you can only get away with this is US)

WinkyWinkola Sat 04-Oct-08 21:36:03

Clementine is lovely.

angrypixie Sat 04-Oct-08 21:37:15

I wanted Noah or Gabriel for a boy both vetoed as 'cruel'

Benedict, I went off it when one told me that he had lived with Bendy Dick as a nickname throughout school.

Tilly and Ellie I love them both but wouldn't use them when I realized that I was really childish and couldn't help rhyming them as Silly-Tilly and Smelly-Ellie grin

I agree with Ophelia, it's so pretty but what would it be shortened to? Phil? Not so nice.

StayFrosty Sat 04-Oct-08 21:37:50

Laurence. When first pg with dd, we were discussing names with some friends, I mentioned Laurence as I like it, I like Laurie for short cos I love Little Women. But my mate's DH phsl and said 'here's something you'll never ever hear: "fucking hell, did you see Laurence take out those two ninjas? He's rock hard, Laurence is" ' so we were firmly put off, cos really if you have a ds, you kind of want him to be able to fight two ninjas off, don't you? sad

Agree with Moonlight I love Lolita

EachPeachPearMum Sat 04-Oct-08 21:38:31

Septimus- DH says No, but I adore it!
Rufus too- but DH cannot pronounce 'R's very well blush

Cecily Margot - DC2 is going to be a boy, and there won't be any more after this one! smile

Lizzylou Sat 04-Oct-08 21:41:00

I love Gabriel, Noah, James (significant ex) and Lucien ( I love, DH not so much), all boys names I wasn't allowed to use.

I know a Clementine and she is utterly beautiful.

Lizzylou Sat 04-Oct-08 21:41:27

My DS2 is at the childminders with a Rufus, it is a fab name!

toddlerhip Sat 04-Oct-08 21:41:46


BoiledEggandToastSoldiers Sat 04-Oct-08 21:50:25

Myfanwy blush

dinkymum Sat 04-Oct-08 21:52:34

Sidney but Dh and everyone else forbids it! but I just love it!! pregnant with number 2 right now dont know if boy or girl still yet but if a boy would really love Sidney! lol
Toddler hip- good taste!

wahwah Sat 04-Oct-08 21:53:34

Manon, Miriam, Morfydd, Arianwen, Octavia, Eluned...so, so many...

CuppaTeaJanice Sat 04-Oct-08 21:54:17

Between you, you've named most of DS's friends!!!!!grin

noah and lazarus grin


PS. I also love Ramona Ivykaty

fruitstick Sat 04-Oct-08 21:56:51

A few of these are on my names list, although you have put me off Benedict! I love Miriam but she was very annoying in Sons and Lovers.

DS1 is called Fred so Florence and Rose have been removed from my girls list!

Janni Sat 04-Oct-08 21:57:43


I wanted to be Sharon K., my friend when I was 7 and I've always liked the name despite everything.

2point4kids Sat 04-Oct-08 21:58:13


Loved it, but it was just to wacky in the end to go with the rest of the family!

I still love it but couldnt ever use it.

hatrick Sat 04-Oct-08 22:02:09

Sukey- too similar sounding to Saskia [dd2]

Atticus, dh vetoed.

Ellbell Sat 04-Oct-08 22:02:23

I admitted on here to liking Cressida and was told it was off-the-scale of ponciness. Also liked Meriel till I told one friend I liked it and she mocked it. sad

Would have loved to have used a Cornish name (Morwenna and Columb would be my favourites) but dh having none of it.

Miyazaki Sat 04-Oct-08 22:03:55


hughjarssss Sat 04-Oct-08 22:04:01


Lizzylou Sat 04-Oct-08 22:04:07

Shit, DS2 is Benedict

AAh well, he will rise above, he is obsessed with his "Bendy Dick"!!!

fanjolina Sat 04-Oct-08 22:04:44

Elvis. Great name, but too connected to Mr Presley.

LynetteScavo Sat 04-Oct-08 22:06:15


Ooooo Pepper is a FAB name Miyazaki.

But I would never use it

LynetteScavo Sat 04-Oct-08 22:06:58

And I've always loved Arnold.

PinkPurple Sat 04-Oct-08 22:10:55

I've always lurved Daisy, but I'm not quite sure why I wouldnt use it...in fact I've no idea why DD isnt a Daisy

lovecamping Sat 04-Oct-08 22:11:27

Cecile - dh's ex girlfriends name. really like it although it does mean blind in french!!!

FreakyLadyFrightALot Sat 04-Oct-08 22:13:54

Ida..but pronounced the german way which is ee-dah, rahter then eye-da....
(not that i ever had a gorl to use it for anyway)

a name I would have loved to use, but was not allowed was Noah..

as for names I would have loved to use, but couldn't because we live in tHE uk

CarofromWton Sat 04-Oct-08 22:15:39

Girl - Evangeline (Evie)
Boy - Ambrose

lovemybuggy Sat 04-Oct-08 22:16:02

I love Persephone and also Merlin....for a girl,just sounds like a girls name to me!grin

lovemybuggy Sat 04-Oct-08 22:16:03

I love Persephone and also Merlin....for a girl,just sounds like a girls name to me!grin

Spagblog Sat 04-Oct-08 22:19:27


sagecat Sat 04-Oct-08 22:19:27

I've loved Dallas since i was a little girl, DH hates it sad

WinkyWinkola Sat 04-Oct-08 22:19:29

Ophelia can be shortened to Fifi, Lia, O, Phelie.. . .all sorts. My DD is Ophelia.

spicemonster Sat 04-Oct-08 22:21:29

Jasper, Jared, Levi

All too big and grown up and sophisticated for my DS who is destined to be a little shortarse his entire life (((DS)))

SoMuchToBits Sat 04-Oct-08 22:22:00

I always liked Gabriel for aboy and Andromeda for a girl, but knew I would never be allowed to use them!

Recently I've been doing a lot of family tree research and have discovered a lot of "Ozias" es in the family. I wish now I'd used Ozias in ds's name, not as a first name, but maybe a middle name.

He is 7 now, and likes his name, but also likes Ozias.

but i just know it would become Amy which is too common as well as too common iykwim

Megglevache Sat 04-Oct-08 22:25:36


Really like Daisy but think it's a bit cute and little girly. Not so sure how it'd sound at 40!

Whooooooooooooooooooo Sat 04-Oct-08 22:34:04


sunnyshine Sat 04-Oct-08 22:43:19

pearl - i love that!

Belgianchox Sat 04-Oct-08 22:47:39

Imogen, Oscar

LynetteScavo Sat 04-Oct-08 22:52:50

I kept sugesting Amadaus to DH when I ws PG with DS1. Now I just think "phew"that he didn't agree with me...but I still love it.

BettySwollux Sat 04-Oct-08 22:53:17

Wanted to call DS2 Kiedis, as am big chilli peppers fan, and completely in love with Anthony Kiedis, Dh said we werent rich enough to call him that!
Plus it doesnt go too well with Matthew (DS1) so DH picked Adam and we called him that.

Janni Sat 04-Oct-08 22:53:20

I know a couple called Pearl and Dean.

Weren't they just destined to be together?

Yorkiegirl Sat 04-Oct-08 22:59:44

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superfrenchie1 Sat 04-Oct-08 23:00:13

oh me too Pearl for a girl and Sidney (Sid) for a boy, i LOVE those names!

in fact i love those names so much that it makes me want to have two more children just so i can use them. despite the fact that i already have dd and ds with perfectly nice names and my family is perfectly complete and no more kids on the agenda!

also have always loved Ramona. and Stanley. Oh and Peggy. there are loads that i love but would never quite use for some reason

hughjarssss Sat 04-Oct-08 23:02:23

I had the same problem with diasy. Sounded a lot like dairylee when added to our surname, didnt think that was fair at school

FreakyLadyFrightALot Sat 04-Oct-08 23:04:36

our ys has Sydney as a middlename....partly because I do really like it and mostly because his grandfather and greatgrandfathers were Sydneys (albeit grandfather is known under a different name)

woollyjo Sat 04-Oct-08 23:15:06

Cias - Dh was having none of it though just as well we has a girl, saved a big fight

LouMacca Sat 04-Oct-08 23:25:16

Love Teddy but DH wouldn't have it as huge Man City fan (Teddy Sherringham ex-Man Utd)

mabanana Sat 04-Oct-08 23:26:29

Lettice - such a lovely name but open season for bullying I suspect.

EightiesChick Sat 04-Oct-08 23:35:00

Sydney could be also used for a girl, as in Alias the TV series.


I wasn't allowed any 'Buffy' names

NotAnOtter Sat 04-Oct-08 23:38:05


my mate had a friend called Byron

they were from Rotherham

his cat was called Miranda

brimfull Sat 04-Oct-08 23:40:56


I think it's a really pretty name,sadly with bad connotations.

GobbledigookisThrifty Sat 04-Oct-08 23:41:34

Gabriel adn Julian - like them both but would probably not use them (well, hjaven't actually!)

I always liked Malachai and Seth <vetoed> also Ophelia, Octavia, Thalia. Dp in all seriousness wanted to call dd Lucretia lol. I also like Lenore, Lilith, Iris, Lydia and Althea, actually Ramona is nice too.

Tinker Sat 04-Oct-08 23:47:46

Jesse was our brave boy choice. Still felt nervous about it right up to labour and was pretty relieved when had a girl. Hadn't told many people beforehand since knew what the reaction would be.

Real fantasy choice would be Amadeus. grin

grin fruitstick, my Mil is a florence and dd has it for a middle name, Mil hates it with a passion though.

Tinker Sat 04-Oct-08 23:51:20

Ha, have read thread now and see I'm not alone.

Aefondkiss Sat 04-Oct-08 23:55:47

I like Evangeline

I had lots of names I really liked, my ds has a lovely middle name, I wish we had just named him that, but I just couldn't face the hmm reactions


kickassangel Sat 04-Oct-08 23:59:42


I love Yestin for a boy, but I don't think DP is all that keen on it. I also loved Seth but friend put me off by reminding me of Seth Dingle.


Was on my list right up until Skoda stole it.


Samantha28 Sun 05-Oct-08 00:30:34


Gingerbear Sun 05-Oct-08 00:41:47


not good with surname

MrsJohnCusack Sun 05-Oct-08 01:55:01


Jude for a boy but dh thinks it's girlie and Scarlett Honey for a girl DH thinks pretentious. DH is an arse sometimes and wanted Matty or Matilda coz he is Mathew.

TinkerBellesMum Sun 05-Oct-08 02:04:02

Lots of Star Trek names are gorgeous but it would be too obvious!

TinkerBellesMum Sun 05-Oct-08 02:05:15

Also I like the P names from Charmed but have a neice called Paige so that would be too obvious now. I was pregnant at the same time and it was on my list but SIL was ahead of me.

Also Leroy Dh thinks it's ethnic and Liam/Leon cozDH likes Oasis / Stone Roses sorry for battering dh on here but we have differnt name views.
I don't know why but I love Francis for a girl.

Kitty, Lula, Betty, Fenton, Finlay, Arriety, Frankie, Sonny, Sunny, Harley, Bailey, Renton, Dyfan, Nancy, Tallulah, Kieron, Evan, Owen, Erin, Maxwell, Pippa, Cressida, Louis, Mollandra. Theres plenty more where that came from.

jabberwocky Sun 05-Oct-08 03:14:18


ninedragons Sun 05-Oct-08 06:01:43

Flora. I lobbied hard but DH couldn't be swayed from his margarine objection.

CoteDAzur Sun 05-Oct-08 07:42:06


angrypixie Sun 05-Oct-08 08:08:28

I loved Seth too.

annmar Sun 05-Oct-08 08:15:23

Sebastian, Julian and Benedict for boys. DH vetoed, but I'm not sure his efforts (Zeus and Thor) were any better.

Tarantella Sun 05-Oct-08 09:07:34

Nine Dragons, I won that one, but DH then had to be allowed to veto Torquil for DS!

chequers Sun 05-Oct-08 09:24:46

Matilda, but DH has vetoed it.

noddyholder Sun 05-Oct-08 09:26:34

Bloody hell you lot better avoid brighton Cruelty and inappropriate naming in abundance here!hmm

littlelapin Sun 05-Oct-08 09:26:58

DH argued long and hard for Zebedee <sigh>

catweazle Sun 05-Oct-08 09:33:55

Elvis (DH went shock )

Umlellala Sun 05-Oct-08 09:36:51

Tinkerbelle's mum, dh's colleague has told everyone at his work that ds's name is from Star Trek (Skyler. It isn't) grin. We liked Dax though...

For me, I love biblical names but am not religious so wouldn't choose them.

And I LOVE some Irish names - Aithne, Caoimhe (think those are right spellings...) but we have no Irish connection whatsoever.

noddyholder Sun 05-Oct-08 09:37:28

Elvis was in my final 2 I still love it and it would have suited ds but am still happy with the choice we made

ClosedForCleaning Sun 05-Oct-08 09:52:59

Lucifer - of course it couldn't be used, but seems such a waste of a beautiful sounding name.

Twelvelegs Sun 05-Oct-08 09:55:15

I really like Somerset for a boy, but frea it would be shortened to Somer and would sound too dreadful to call accross a park!!

Twelvelegs Sun 05-Oct-08 09:55:43

fear, not frea

Turniphead1 Sun 05-Oct-08 10:07:39

I love Sorrell and nature type names - but we opted to go down the Irish route instead

TinkerBellesMum Sun 05-Oct-08 10:08:19

Actually Jadzia is on my list

There was someone in Birmingham a few years ago that was stopped from giving their child Beelzebub, they couldn't see the problem! Apparently the Chinese name their children by combining their names and a registrar had to stop Sa and Tan from doing that with their names (could have the names wrong, I'm not up with Chinese names, but it's the point of what their names made that's important).

MegSophandEmma Sun 05-Oct-08 10:10:05

Love the name Douglas for a boy but I would be worried the kids would be doomed for life.

frazzledoldbag34 Sun 05-Oct-08 10:10:42


DH says 'NO'.

MegSophandEmma Sun 05-Oct-08 10:10:44

Kid not Kids

binkythebullet Sun 05-Oct-08 10:12:34

I love Douglas (and Dougal), although I think you need to live in Scotland to get away with those

cafebistro Sun 05-Oct-08 10:13:10

I love Oscar, Reuben and Eden for boys- DP wouldnt let me use any of them sad

I also really like Tilly but it would just sound ridiculous with DP's surname.

noddyholder Sun 05-Oct-08 10:14:11

A friends brother is called douglas and is gorge but everyone calls him drugless grin

Devon was number one on my list of names for ds. Still a bit sad I was convinced not to use it.

Seth and Jude are lovely too.

I really liked Aurora when I was pregnant but DH didn't like it.

devonsmummy Sun 05-Oct-08 12:46:35

Evan - can't get away with this as DS is Devon
Ellis - sounds silly with surname
Darby - sounds like an obsession with place names Devon & Darby
Dexter - DH vetoed - boohoo

pramspotter Sun 05-Oct-08 13:23:29


StrangeTown Sun 05-Oct-08 13:26:54

DH was obsessed with Elvis for DS. Everyone for miles around kept sending cards to 'Baby Elvis' like the Royle Family took me ages to put a stop to it.

I also really like Quintus but I would have to have another 4 DS's...

smartiejake Sun 05-Oct-08 13:39:33

Phoebe- but not good with our monosylabic surname that starts with "Bee" sound.(poor child would have ended up with a stutter.)

wessexgirl Sun 05-Oct-08 13:40:43

Lily, but too many little Lilies in the field now.

Also Gabriel for a boy, but would be worried about ponce factor.

Tabitha - oh how I heart Bewitched.

bronze Sun 05-Oct-08 13:58:56

Another for Myfanwy.
Dh just wouldn't allow it.

WantThisWantThat Sun 05-Oct-08 14:07:45


zookeeper Sun 05-Oct-08 14:09:09


NoBiggy Sun 05-Oct-08 14:09:27

Alf Price.

But our surname isn't Price, sadly.

Countingthegreyhairs Sun 05-Oct-08 14:24:04

Oh I love Arthur and Frederick

I really love the name Madeleine but owing to recent events I'm not sure about it now sad

Also love Hester and Harriet but we live in a French speaking country ....

Lol at Thor!

mrswoolf Sun 05-Oct-08 14:37:40

Bunty for a girl (blush)

Montgomery - long version too affected unless in possession of stately pile.

FrayedKnot Sun 05-Oct-08 14:38:40


findtheriver Sun 05-Oct-08 14:49:36

Love Octavia/Octavius but would have felt a bit of a fraud if it wasn't my 8th child, and I wasn't prepared to have 7 others first just to name the 8th!!

Also love Gabriel but wimped out at the thought of teasing. Ditto My fanny. Sorry Myfanwy.

Twelvelegs Sun 05-Oct-08 14:59:16

I have a neice called Bunty, it really suits her.

mrswoolf Sun 05-Oct-08 15:15:39

Really! it is very rare, a mere handful recorded on Ancestry. That gives me hope actually lol, as nobody seems to like it and dh vetoed immediately for the first name.
I do love it though and am still toying with it for the second middle name slot. I think I may even start a thread here...

Twelvelegs Sun 05-Oct-08 15:20:35

Everybody says how cute her name is too! I have a Mabel.... they go well together I think!

Love Jose (sounds like Ho-Say).

mrswoolf Sun 05-Oct-08 15:27:57

Eek, seriously? I have a two year old Mabel!

ADragonIs4LifeNotJustHalloween Sun 05-Oct-08 15:28:21


NoblesseOblige Sun 05-Oct-08 15:28:29

Lavinia. And Virginia. Would actually use Lavinia but dh won't let me

Twelvelegs Sun 05-Oct-08 15:37:30

Mrs Woolf, my two year old is Mabel too! Darn I thought I was unusual!

MaloryDontDiveItsShallow Sun 05-Oct-08 15:38:38





findtheriver Sun 05-Oct-08 15:42:47


But spreads easily I'm afraid.

electra Sun 05-Oct-08 15:44:18


mrswoolf Sun 05-Oct-08 15:45:42

TL - It is still...just, there were only 50ish Mabels registered last year in the whole of Eng/Wales and it moved down in the stats too. It was also mentioned in the Times as one of those names in decline (not sure just how true this really is though).

Twelvelegs Sun 05-Oct-08 15:56:33

I love the name! If I were having another girl (I'm not sad) it would have been Posie, I love that name too.

MaryMungo Sun 05-Oct-08 16:11:50

Dorcas blush. Intellectually, I know it's dreadful, but in my heart I love it. It's a good biblical name, too.

Pria Sun 05-Oct-08 16:13:27

Evangaline love les miserable and Nanny
McPhee grin

Archie (was only put off by DP)

AbbeyA Sun 05-Oct-08 16:26:10


bluebump Sun 05-Oct-08 16:46:05



lotuseener Sun 05-Oct-08 17:27:02


Always wanted to name a dd Stella Frances.

Not with the beer connotations, though.

Marne Sun 05-Oct-08 17:29:42

dd1 (if a boy) levi

angelene Sun 05-Oct-08 17:44:18

I love Rafferty but DH said no for golf reasons hmm

I can't have Ruby as I'm a redhead!

pagwatch Sun 05-Oct-08 17:52:21

I would have loved to call my duaghter Geniveve ( shorten to Genny) but DH said too poncy.
And I loved Frederick for a boy but DH thought everyone would have thought of Fred West hmm.
And I loved Seth for a boy but love DS1's name anyway - so I guess i made the right choice

ilovemyflipflops Sun 05-Oct-08 18:43:32

Boys names i love but would never use are Josiah, Solomon and Sawyer and for girls Tallulah and Liesel, altogether now.. i am sixteen, going on seventeen... grin

noonki Sun 05-Oct-08 19:56:01

Levi, Charlie (dog got it first), Duke,

Evalina, Juno,

MissClavel Sun 05-Oct-08 20:10:57


both vetoed by DH. I do, however, have a Gabriel, which seems to be the most widely mentioned name on her. So far so good. DH's sole criterion is 'is it a good name for a surfer?' and Gabe, apparently, is.

Slashtrophe Sun 05-Oct-08 20:19:47

Templeton, not sure why.

And Gage, but it has bad connotations

puddytats Sun 05-Oct-08 20:22:45

Dd and ds both got names mentioned on here!

puddytats Sun 05-Oct-08 20:22:48

Dd and ds both got names mentioned on here!

puddytats Sun 05-Oct-08 20:22:51

Dd and ds both got names mentioned on here!

puddytats Sun 05-Oct-08 20:22:54

Dd and ds both got names mentioned on here!

puddytats Sun 05-Oct-08 20:22:57

Dd and ds both got names mentioned on here!

puddytats Sun 05-Oct-08 20:23:00

Dd and ds both got names mentioned on here!

puddytats Sun 05-Oct-08 20:23:03

Dd and ds both got names mentioned on here!

puddytats Sun 05-Oct-08 20:23:06

Dd and ds both got names mentioned on here!

puddytats Sun 05-Oct-08 20:23:09

Dd and ds both got names mentioned on here!

puddytats Sun 05-Oct-08 20:23:12

Dd and ds both got names mentioned on here!

puddytats Sun 05-Oct-08 20:23:16

Dd and ds both got names mentioned on here!

puddytats Sun 05-Oct-08 20:23:19

Dd and ds both got names mentioned on here!

Szyslak Sun 05-Oct-08 20:23:54




Szyslak Sun 05-Oct-08 20:25:16

Francis for a boy.

SheSellsSeashellsByTheSeashore Sun 05-Oct-08 20:25:35

Brooklyn blush I have always liked Brooklyn for a girl. Then bloody posh spice stole it and I can never use it sad

Angel is another I like but DH says under no circumstances what-so-ever am I naming any of our children Angel.

ilovemyflipflops Sun 05-Oct-08 20:31:14

puddytats after posting that many times i hope you're going to tell us what they are...

LynetteScavo Sun 05-Oct-08 20:32:14

Calm down, pudytats!

neolara Sun 05-Oct-08 20:35:51


NotAnOtter Sun 05-Oct-08 20:37:39

i wanted angel for ds5 but dh would not

MillieMummy Sun 05-Oct-08 20:39:31

Rafarty Tiger - I loved it and DP hated it !

SoMuchToBits Sun 05-Oct-08 20:49:42

Janni - I have a friend called Pearl who has a twin brother called Dean! No kidding!

falcon Sun 05-Oct-08 20:50:41


And I really don't understand the problem with Gabriel. What's wrong with it?

LynetteScavo Sun 05-Oct-08 20:52:31

Anakin is cool! I thinkhmm

Dh wanted Balin ( suposed to be all war-y and manly like???!!!) but I vetoed

Unnecessary really as we had dd's grin

TheCelestialTeapot Sun 05-Oct-08 20:54:22


falcon Sun 05-Oct-08 20:55:04

I'm a Star Wars geek, but I love the name(Anakin) mostly because I really like the way it sounds.

rempy Sun 05-Oct-08 20:56:20

Got seriously obsessed with Hector for DS.

And then, when I called him something much more boring, with Peregrine as a middle name.

Both veto'd.

suwoohoohoooooooo Sun 05-Oct-08 20:58:23

For a girl, Mabel and Genevieve were vetoed in favour of Florence and DS was a boy. The names cast aside for a boy were, Seth (DH would say Seff angry) Theo- same reason, Silas, (because of the horrible monk in that film) Reuben- too jewish according to DH (we live in a big jewish area and my grandad was jewish, so angry to DH) Sonny, Felix (the cat), Milo (the tweenies) and my absolute favourite was Wilfie after my grandad. It is also my dads middle name (wilfed) and he hated it so much through school and pretty much begged me not to call DS it. Went with Noah, which I see is on a fair few lists(he is nearly 2)

falcon Sun 05-Oct-08 21:02:01

I love each and every one of those names Suwoohoo.

stayinbed Sun 05-Oct-08 21:02:23

girls: octavia, aria, cadence in that order
boys: achilles, hero, phoenix

my dh also has octavia as his number 1 name that he loves and wouldn't call his dc...

we are pg with dd3 and we have nooooooo names that we really like....

puddytats Sun 05-Oct-08 21:02:30

For some reason when i post from my phone it goes mad and i post about 20 times! Sebastian and verity

puddytats Sun 05-Oct-08 21:02:37

For some reason when i post from my phone it goes mad and i post about 20 times! Sebastian and verity

puddytats Sun 05-Oct-08 21:03:04

For some reason when i post from my phone it goes mad and i post about 20 times! Sebastian and verity

puddytats Sun 05-Oct-08 21:03:21

For some reason when i post from my phone it goes mad and i post about 20 times! Sebastian and verity

scorpio1 Sun 05-Oct-08 21:05:04

DH has said Cadence every time! But our surname is a C too. I do like it though.

Mylittlebubble Sun 05-Oct-08 21:06:21

Scorpio - you could nickname her 'CC' sounds like a great idea

puddytats - I love both those names

Phlox Sun 05-Oct-08 21:07:13

Tiger for a boy
Fushia for a girl

ellceeell Sun 05-Oct-08 21:08:09

Tallullah - dh laughed
Phoebe - dh said no, because of Friends
Amaryllis - dh said no-one could pronounce it or spell it
All for girls, obviously.

falcon Sun 05-Oct-08 21:10:19

Just saw that someone mentioned Pepper earlier. I love that name so much.

southeastastra Sun 05-Oct-08 21:10:44


falcon Sun 05-Oct-08 21:11:13

Oh and Wolfgang.blush

scorpio1 Sun 05-Oct-08 21:11:53

Adelaide (name of popular street in our town sad )

Alanis (still holding on for this 1 day though, lol)


stayinbed Sun 05-Oct-08 21:12:47

why is there an aversion to same first name letter as last name letter? like CC?
i think its brilliant and i find that a lot of strong/successfull/exciting people have initials like that EE, TT, LL etc.
I wish i had a T name for a girl that i like to go with our last name

scorpio1 Sun 05-Oct-08 21:14:14

Its just too similar to our surname, thats all.

I love T names - Te(a)gan, Tayla, Tahnee, Toby, Tobias, Tobin

wessexgirl Sun 05-Oct-08 21:14:18

Scorpio, we had a little Alanis at dd1's party today. Nowt wrong with it at all smile.

alittleteapot Sun 05-Oct-08 21:23:02

I love the name Atticus for a boy, Atti for short, but DH would never allow and I'd probably end up going for something less unusual anyway in case he went to a school that was anything like mine...

Boobz Sun 05-Oct-08 21:51:19


Nemna Sun 05-Oct-08 22:00:41

Mungo (it means loveable)

DorisH Sun 05-Oct-08 22:12:14

Loveday. Cornish origin, based on a day of reconciliation between enemies.

scorpio1 Sun 05-Oct-08 22:16:58

I know some Lovedays, though am Cornish.

MrsJohnCusack Sun 05-Oct-08 22:35:54

I would LOVE an Iris but it's absurd with our surname
tbh, DD has a name which could easily be on this thread but we went ahead and used it anyway. DH is a great name vetoer, he is very fussy

know LOADS of people/children with names on this thread

InTheDollshouse Sun 05-Oct-08 22:37:06

Boys: Aubrey, Arkady
Girls: Isis

Martha200 Mon 06-Oct-08 00:19:09

Nemna - as a teenager I really thought in my fantasy world one day I would have a Mungo, child or dog.. and no it's not happened!

Josiah blush

Martha200 Mon 06-Oct-08 00:21:04

That reminds me I heard someone call for a 'Farley' the other day and I thought rusks!

gigglewitch Mon 06-Oct-08 00:24:47


...was my favourite doll grin so i wanted to call my baby the same!

RuthChan Mon 06-Oct-08 07:19:50


Why do I find myself checking a list of names people consider unusable to find something for my own bump??? hmm

singingtree Mon 06-Oct-08 07:22:05

Emmanuel. Love that name

Also, Nathaniel

Cadelaide Mon 06-Oct-08 09:49:02


HairyToadsandHobgoblins Mon 06-Oct-08 10:38:48

Violet because our surname begins with D, probably irrelevant now but I wouldn't want those initials.

Also DS born in Wales was nearly Morgan. English friends said "but that's a girl's name". Very glad we didn't go with it now though thanks to Eastenders.

Doozie Mon 06-Oct-08 10:42:09

Crispin, Casper, Jasper, Jemima and Rosamund.

I love them, but DH says a very loud NNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Unfortunately all too high on the ponce-o-meter!

Nathaniel but I would hate it to be shortened to Nathan so it's out!

TheRedQueen Mon 06-Oct-08 10:50:18

Miriam and Maude - but DH said no and no again!

Kat70 Mon 06-Oct-08 11:45:15

My kidiwinks are Darcey Eden (girl), Bailey Jonas (boy) and Skye Blue (girl). i love quirky names!

bohemianbint Mon 06-Oct-08 11:47:05

Indiana. Although we nearly did. grin

chipmonkey Mon 06-Oct-08 12:28:59

Rose of Sharon.

chipmonkey Mon 06-Oct-08 12:32:54

and Fleurdelys

chipmonkey Mon 06-Oct-08 12:33:43

I wasn't allowed Sebastian by dh!sad

Takver Mon 06-Oct-08 12:35:30

All my best and most favourite names are spanish - no good now we've moved to Wales Top of the list were:
Maria del Mar (Mari-mar)
Rafael (ok, not so bad in uk, but we had a DD!)

hifi Mon 06-Oct-08 12:40:24


fullmoonfiend Mon 06-Oct-08 12:43:12

willow, Tallis and Rowan (but we had boys)

Reuben and Seth (too cold comfort farm )

Oscar and Felix (cat names said dh)

flourybaps Mon 06-Oct-08 12:43:44

mabel......... i loved it, no-one else did!

Takver Mon 06-Oct-08 12:44:46

fullmoon, I know two brothers called Oscar & Felix! I think they're both great names

fullmoonfiend Mon 06-Oct-08 12:46:53

But Dh was adamant. Mind you, he suggested Max which is a dog's name to me

I also loved Joel and Finn.

FioFio Mon 06-Oct-08 12:48:36


Fimbo Mon 06-Oct-08 12:52:16

Miranda, Gaynor & Gillian

Finlay (my dh wouldn't have it) and Blair.

FioFio Mon 06-Oct-08 12:54:31

oh fimbo I have a finlay <preen>

Fimbo Mon 06-Oct-08 12:58:02

Finlay would have great with my surname. Top name imo.

jeanjeannie Mon 06-Oct-08 13:12:32

Seth - reminded DP of Emmerdale
Rowan - name of our road

Lottie - DP hates illiteration and our surname begins with an L

poorbuthappy Mon 06-Oct-08 13:17:16

Lola - until I actually listened to the kinks song...

love Mabel until someone says table
love Charlotte until someone says harlott...

twin girls on the way - we are not naming until we see them cos we argue constantly about it...

Winebeforepearls Mon 06-Oct-08 13:17:55

Honor - it was too cruel with our surname (not Blackman, but same sort of idea grin)

Rose100 Mon 06-Oct-08 13:18:40



FioFio Mon 06-Oct-08 13:19:57

oh i really wanted tilly aswell but it would have been ridiculous in the exreme with our surname

SmugColditz Mon 06-Oct-08 13:22:19

Dylan (just cos exp vetoed it, I called ds2 something 'similar', but in my head sometimes, I call him Dylan)

3kids1cat Mon 06-Oct-08 13:27:53

Morris, i would have loved a son called Morris.

oceana Mon 06-Oct-08 14:05:11

Phoenix and Angel

My own name has been mentioned a couple of times <preen> Although I don't really know why as it's not that unusual.

muppety Mon 06-Oct-08 14:52:54

Gabriel, Julian and I LOVE Ptolomy.

Instead the 3 DS have boring top 10 names. I am a bit envy when I come across pepole who have been brave enough to use them.

WinkyWinkola Mon 06-Oct-08 15:53:53

Ptolomy? How'd you pron. that then?

Flier Mon 06-Oct-08 15:56:09

Caitlin, Phylidia, Lydia and Letitia

rookiemater Mon 06-Oct-08 15:56:10

I love India but due to our unusual surname it would be a cruel and unusual punishment to name a child that. Oh and I'm not pregnant and our only DC is a boy.

Eirlys Mon 06-Oct-08 16:18:58

Another Mungo-lover here. And Tristan.
We also have an unusual surname which does make it harder to give your DC too much of a unique name.

Boobz Mon 06-Oct-08 17:05:42

My friend called her daughter Indigo and calls her Indy for short - which I think is fab! But she's that kind of person - always looking glamourous, a little boho and a free spirit. If we did it, my friends would think we were out of our tree and I just wouldn't have the guts to do it.

Do love it for her though - she's such a little Indy!


hatrick Mon 06-Oct-08 18:14:44

Ds, dd2 and dd3 are all included on these lists grin

CuppaTeaJanice Mon 06-Oct-08 18:37:51

Yippee - my thread made the 'Discussions of the Day' list on the Mumsnet home page!

(Feeling secretly smug!!!!grin)

...Going to get a cup of tea and read through all the posts......

wotulookinat Mon 06-Oct-08 18:47:08

Daisy and Grace. I think both names would suit willowy, beautiful women, and there is a HUGE chance that any daughter I have would be a dumpy thing!!! grin

MissClavel Mon 06-Oct-08 19:41:26

hatrick - all my 3 are now here too grin

jenkel Mon 06-Oct-08 19:57:11

Tallulah and Jared, no way that I would have used Tallulah though, possibly Jared but had 2 girls.

hatrick Mon 06-Oct-08 19:58:39

Missclavel grin intrigued about which are yours now grin

MissClavel Mon 06-Oct-08 20:26:39

hatrick, intrigued about yours too. I wonder if we have an overlap? smile

Ineedsomesleep Mon 06-Oct-08 21:29:42

Minnie, after my very old and much loved Mini.

pushchair Mon 06-Oct-08 21:38:30

i wanted Audrey after my very first friend at primary and i liked it but Dp said it would remind him of corrie's Audrey.

Fleecy Mon 06-Oct-08 21:39:21

DS is on here several times (Sebastian).

If I could have anything, he'd have been Icarus and DD would have been Hero. But I'm such a conservative sort I wouldn't dare!

fyefoot Mon 06-Oct-08 22:19:11

Unity - as in Unity Mitford. Not very PC!!

Spidermama Mon 06-Oct-08 22:20:21

I LOVE Ariel, but I think the washing powder comments would wear me/her down pretty quickly.

ingles2 Mon 06-Oct-08 22:28:05

I've met girls called
Elfie and Romany.... ridiculous names but I loved them.
I really wanted Ned for one of my boys, dh refused angry

blackrock Mon 06-Oct-08 22:32:08

Amethyst....from MMKaye The Ordinary Princess...but could I ever give this to a child!

blackrock Mon 06-Oct-08 22:34:46

ooh for a boy.....Seth

Daisy May from Fried green tomatoes at the whistle stop cafe.

redpyjamas Mon 06-Oct-08 22:36:17

I have a nephew called Amadeus. He is also great musically. He really suits his name.

hatwoman Mon 06-Oct-08 22:36:26

Dorothy and Sally. dh and I liked them both but they are the names of my father's second wife (who was at the heart of my parent's divorce) and her daughter. so both were complete non-starters.

tandsmummy Mon 06-Oct-08 23:02:38

Laurence- we had similar reaction as StayFrosty. Really love the name.

Hermione and Beatrice for girls

Flum Mon 06-Oct-08 23:09:14

Ha ha to Jayden is that a made up one? Sounds American.

I love:

for a girl: Topsy

for a boy: Mungo, Digby

cheesesarnie Mon 06-Oct-08 23:10:01


LynetteScavo Mon 06-Oct-08 23:54:32

Oh, Spidermama - Ariel if lovely!

DH said hmm

GooseyLoosey Mon 06-Oct-08 23:57:07

Rafe and Gabriel.

chisigirl Tue 07-Oct-08 00:07:58


oh, how my DH laughed... grin

NotAnOtter Tue 07-Oct-08 00:11:59

titus is lovely

randomuser Tue 07-Oct-08 00:14:38

Morticia grin


StayFrosty Tue 07-Oct-08 00:18:13

tandsmummy far too late I remembered Laurence Fishburne - definitive proof that Laurence does not confer automatic wussitude! So maybe one day......

overthehill Tue 07-Oct-08 00:34:08

Dh apparently liked Dorothy and Conrad, but NO WAY!! So we had giant African land snails and guess what they were called??

Lots of problems with names not going with surnames here too: mine is more unusual so we decided to give that to the dcs, but it starts with a vowel so that excludes all girls' names ending in 'a' (a lot!!) eg Iona, which I like, and it rhymes with Clare, so that's out, as are Sarah and Molly (French playwright). I also like Aidan, but that would be hopeless - and Ryan would be impossible, as would Aaron (pronounced the 'proper' way)...

jujumaman Tue 07-Oct-08 09:29:55

I soooo wanted a Cosmo if we'd had a ds first time round.

My dh canvassed it in the pub and his mates booed it down.


Anyway we had a dd.

Second time round we decided on Rafe. Was a bit concerned about ponciness but we had another dd. Then the Apprentice started with Raef in key role, lovely guy but I don't think I could have lived with people associating my ds with him.

Alishanty Tue 07-Oct-08 09:32:15


choklit Tue 07-Oct-08 12:01:53

Eric and Fletcher

Lotster Tue 07-Oct-08 12:48:13

I'm pretty sure I'm the first one to mention Rudy, which I am shock at! Just love this name, but hubby says no because our surname begins with W...

Also have loved for years the french girls name Milène (pronounced Mill-en) but fear she'd get called Myyyleeeene! in a Trigger stylie!

macaco Tue 07-Oct-08 18:47:04


where we live in spain it would have been pronounced Hamer.

chandellina Tue 07-Oct-08 19:42:23

DH wouldn't allow Spencer - i love it.
for a girl, i love Silvana but i know it just wouldn't work.

LaMonsterWeaselwolf Tue 07-Oct-08 19:48:27


But I would get fed up of explaining, that no my family has no asian links I just like the name... isn't it so beautiful though??

nowwearefour Tue 07-Oct-08 19:52:51

beatrice lots of people think is posh but i think is loverly

mummybex Tue 07-Oct-08 19:53:55

thalia (sounds silly, or catchy, with surname)
trixie - well you just wouldn't would you?
atticus - too poncy
gabriel- DH vetoed - too girly apparently ie, gabby and gay
ooh, and I love scarlett, would have suited my DD's, but not us, if you know what I mean.

whats wrong with Noah?

wehaveallbeenthere Tue 07-Oct-08 20:00:20

skipped to page 12
Chance if a boy
Destiny if a girl

sandy4 Tue 07-Oct-08 20:03:55

Arthur Mango Triangle


melpomene Tue 07-Oct-08 20:06:42


Uniqua (I read about a school class in America that contained 4 girls named 'Unique' grin

Amy78 Tue 07-Oct-08 20:26:01

I liked Gaby until my dad pointed out that if my daughter was anything like me she'd be known as Gobby!! Am also a teacher so many names remind me of little 'treasures' I'd rather forget!!

BTW is Silas not the psyco killer in Heroes? Just a thought!!

changer22 Tue 07-Oct-08 20:53:27

This town is swimming with Clementines, Gabriels, Noahs, Lolas, and Moses. They are the more common ones wink

DD has a James in her class. That is unusual here.

TheGreatScootini Tue 07-Oct-08 20:56:08


Tarquin blush

latermater Tue 07-Oct-08 21:16:53

I love Cressida too! And Murdo Ian for a boy (from the Katie Morag stories)

gillydaffodil Tue 07-Oct-08 21:28:03

Given how pro-traditional names I am I have always had an unhealthy soft spot for calling my daughter Indianna smile. When a teenager and we all complained about our boring names, I always chose to be Indianna.

Conception for #1 seems rather an unattainable goal at the moment and I don't know if I would ever really call a boy or girl Indianna/Indiana but deep down I will always imagine have a child called Indy grin. I also have an unhealthily obsession with museums and I am finally running one so I guess it all goes together grin

lilstarry1 Tue 07-Oct-08 21:57:38

We almost named Mirabelle Mabel but an argument over whether it was EL or LE stopped me.

We seriously considered: Lilou, (lil-oo) Clementine (but "clem" makes me feel ill) and Aurelia (it doesn't really go with our surname). We still like Serafina..

IF we have a son we'll have far too many names to choose from:

Leonidas, Rhett, Serafin, Iorek,

I love discussing names !

merryberry Tue 07-Oct-08 22:14:21

Linden, for a boy, was vetoed in our house. DH thought it too feminine sounding. then i popped an 11lb 11oz rugger bugger of a baby. So I at least got George Linden, by batting my eyelashes over the weighing scales.

lunamoon2 Tue 07-Oct-08 22:22:47

BettySwollux, I love Keidis, you could have had Anthony which is nice.

I like Gabriel too, but oh hated it, must be a man thing!!


DorisH Wed 08-Oct-08 00:07:53

Ditto here on DH's view of Gabriel.

We know FIVE though, so there are lots of dads who don't think it's too woosy. Either that or they're wooses too.

muffinmum Wed 08-Oct-08 00:34:22

I love Heidi but have been boo-ed down by all who hear it.
Love Jude or Felix for a boy but DH said no way

zazen Wed 08-Oct-08 00:47:10

I love all these names - Silas is a classic - Felix, clementine, cornelius, Cosmo, Gabriel:
just so cool!

I love Oleander.

StayFrostyShiversDownMySpine Wed 08-Oct-08 01:12:49

Amy78 psycho man on Heroes is called Sylar - but his first name is Gabriel.

[geek emoticon]

hifi Wed 08-Oct-08 09:25:55


Haroun - love it much more than more Anglo Aaron, but white British so would constantly be explaining.

piecesofeight Wed 08-Oct-08 14:40:22

Aurora (Rory) for a girl. Otto or Ezra (Ez) for a boy. Maybe if I have another one ... ;)

Amethyst86 Wed 08-Oct-08 16:23:20

Fleur or Ferne (both these names vetoed by dh) or precious stone type names, Ruby, Topaz etc - did not even dare to suggest this.

Tobias for a boy - which I absolutely love but DH was bullied by a boy at school by that name so wont have it and Asa.

e14mum Wed 08-Oct-08 17:30:32

Frances or Francis. Love love love it, but it's too masculine for a girl and too feminine for a boy in my opinion.

Claire236 Wed 08-Oct-08 18:30:49

Anastasia - have loved it for years

merryandmad Wed 08-Oct-08 18:40:32

Claire -Anastasia was top of dp's list- I just couldn't bring my self to do it.
My si wanted to name her dc Romeo, just glad it was a girl

loisandluce Wed 08-Oct-08 18:42:51

Bracken - for a boy. blush When I was pregnant I was watching TV one evening when someone was captioned with the name 'Bracken'. Me and DH fell about laughing until, days later, I realised that I was still thinking about the name and that it would go perfectly with our surname. Needless to say, I didn't tell anyone... they'd have only blamed pregnancy hormones!

Unreal Wed 08-Oct-08 19:09:24


cece Wed 08-Oct-08 19:13:10



2manychips Wed 08-Oct-08 20:44:10


NotAnOtter Wed 08-Oct-08 23:21:49

i heart Tarquin i really do

2 of my boys names are on here allegedly someones town is 'swimming' in 1 of them
i have yet to meet one

Boobz Thu 09-Oct-08 08:38:32


daizydoo Thu 09-Oct-08 08:59:38

Cupcake, Quintella or Mariamne

firstontheway Thu 09-Oct-08 14:01:48

I LOVE the name Barnaby... how cute?!

But vetoed by my husband, friends, family... everyone I know! :p

Chastity for a girl (not for the meaning, just for the sound of it)

Fabrizio for a boy (wish I had married an Italian!)

barnsleybelle Thu 09-Oct-08 14:29:50

I wanted to call dd matilda, but the look of total horror on ds and dh's faces was my answer!!

chocolatedot Thu 09-Oct-08 14:40:58

Persephone, Lysander, Florian

chocolatedot Thu 09-Oct-08 14:41:53

and Cato.

AccidentalMum Thu 09-Oct-08 14:44:10


squiffy Thu 09-Oct-08 14:50:13

I was so going to call my DD 'Ruby', with middle name 'Tuesday'. I still love the idea.

DD2 was nearly Aneurin, but I kept forgetting how to spell it. Would have been Nye for short.

Love Maisie, DH said no, and Reuben. Lydia, Elisha, Asher, Noah.

I always wanted to be called Candy when I was a child!

That is if DD2 had been a boy by the way!!!

Jennyisjustknackered Thu 09-Oct-08 15:20:20

Layla. Layla Taylor is wrong though.

Klaw Thu 09-Oct-08 15:28:40

WinkyWinkola on Mon 06-Oct-08 15:53:53
Ptolomy? How'd you pron. that then?

Tolomy, but I hate it since that iritating man was on Restoration or whatever it was called....

JulieTwo Thu 09-Oct-08 15:31:11

Columbia was one of my favourites for DD.

But our surname is Rhodes and we live in London: didn't think she'd be thrilled being named after a market.

Klaw Thu 09-Oct-08 15:32:22

I want to call a girl Juniper, not sure if I would tho. Would probably use Erica instead.

Have to be very careful with names as Dp's surname is a kind of buidling. So we can't have names that sound like stately buildings. Albert is most definitely out!

oysterpots Thu 09-Oct-08 15:41:30

My DS is Arthur. It's weird - sometimes I think he really suits it and other times I wonder what we were thinking.

I wanted him to be Rex so maybe he got off lightly (sexy Rexy anyone?).

If he'd been a girl I wanted Violet (too like violent according to DH) or Pearl (pearl necklace of course )

mppaw Thu 09-Oct-08 15:41:45

Mabel - but have yet to come across anyone who shares my enthusiasm !! Is it that bad ?

Chester and Noah - both vetoed by DP

Natasha104 Thu 09-Oct-08 15:42:15

If I had a daughter I would love to call her Persephone. ("Pur-sef-own-ee"). Or Hermione ("Hurm-i-own-ee"). Doubt my partner would agree to either!

toomuchempathy Thu 09-Oct-08 15:45:48

Petronella , i knew one once- she was really pretty !!

shootfromthehip Thu 09-Oct-08 15:48:29

Cornelius- love it. (also rather fancied a boy called Cornelius as a younger person hmm)

Bob is also quite fabulous but deemed deeply boring by DH (sorry to all Bobs out there)

Also love Scarlet or Carmen for a girl.

I have a Jonah which gets a very mixed reception. He'll either love it or hate it wink

southlundon Thu 09-Oct-08 16:01:41

When I was younger I always thought that

-Twenty or

would make good names!!


shootfromthehip Thu 09-Oct-08 16:10:14

I also heart Tobias and Hector- both names we considered for DS but when he was born ginger and scrawnie- well I just couldn't do it to him. wink

Dioriffic Thu 09-Oct-08 16:10:36

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Poohx Thu 09-Oct-08 16:37:58

My first born son was always going to be called Kristian Aaron (Aaron after Elvis of course! {smile}. Had DD first Alena Kate, then son then another DD Ava Olivia.

Also love: Rosanne, Mabel, Esther, Annelise, Beatrice and Ketty for girls. If had had another DS he would be named after DG Jens Anton!

threewisemonkeys Thu 09-Oct-08 16:52:39

nearly called DD Peppa before I'd heard of Peppa pig. Now when I hear her singing "Peppa Pig...SNORT!" I thank my lucky stars her name is slightly more common!

Wanted Tiger Lily for DD & Elvis for DS2 too, but DH not keen. Again, probably a lucky escape!

littledee Thu 09-Oct-08 16:54:26

I really wanted Saoirse for DD1 - I love Irish names and being Irish etc etc...but DH disapproved as it means freedom in Irish and he felt it was rather "republican" and has IRA connortations!! We ended up with Caoimhe (Quee-va)

We nearly had Harry or Matilda till my BF made faces at them..I know know if we're lucky enough to have no 2 not to tell anyone names!

loisandluce Thu 09-Oct-08 18:25:22

Klaw - I usually find quirky names like this to be a bit, well, iffy. But Juniper is great! I love it. Unusual, but a great ring to it. Hmm *quickly rethinks the idea of not having any more babies in light of new, unusual, quirky but great name* Does that make me shallow?
Just so long as the surname isn't Berry.

Kiwigirl26 Thu 09-Oct-08 18:32:53


Bathsheba, Cashmere, Patience, Thomasin, Moky for girls,

Indio, Diggory, Tennessee, Beau for boys!!!
What do you think, people?

I love lots of English names both for girls and boys, which we didn't use, as, not being English neither me and my partner, it sounded a bit pretentious (in our opinion).
I also love Mila and Lola for a girl and Milo for a boy.

I agree with OP on Silas. Also love Cyrus, but DP vetoed on account of Cyrus The Virus in ConAir hmm

ExtraFancy Thu 09-Oct-08 19:33:29


cq Thu 09-Oct-08 19:40:16

I love Rosie. But our surname is Harris and you couldn't have Rosie 'Arris. Makes me think of baboons.

Bloodandchatkins Thu 09-Oct-08 19:44:11

I always loved Skye for a girl, but whenever I mentioned it everyone would laugh and say it was too hippyish ? I liked it because the lead singer of that band Morcheeba was called it, and her voice was so beautiful.

Still would like to have a little Skye one day !
Jesse for a boy, but chicked out in the end with ds, was worried he'd be teased for some reason, but still really like it.

CarolMed Thu 09-Oct-08 19:52:19

I wanted Xanthe for a girl, but not allowed !

Gedgeybird Thu 09-Oct-08 19:54:18

Rubyslippers, I did actually call my daughter Ramona 4 years ago, and there aren't many of them around in the playgrounds of Devon, that's for sure!

Em308 Thu 09-Oct-08 20:07:10

Lila and Violet were 2 girls names i loved... we had a boy :-)

UnrealisticExpectations Thu 09-Oct-08 20:08:57

Oh, go easy on me! My son's Noah. It was the only name we seriously considered. I love the sound of it, the shape of it written down and the fact that (and most people do seem to agree with this) it's a name that could convincingly take him anywhere. You could be Noah the beach bum or Noah the high court judge! Almost everyone says they love the name and loads of people say it was in their final two names. I can see the drawbacks but I'm really glad we went for it. It's in the teens in the top boys' names in America and they're predicting it to be in the top 10 for the first time in 2008. (That's what I reassured myself with when we bit the bullet!) Think it's only in the 30s or 40s in the UK. But they are making name cups in Woollies with it on these days, so it's obviously on the up!

My other name would have been Gabriel, which I love, and I would have definitely called a 2nd that if we lived in Ireland - but not here yet!

I LOVE Jonah, if we ever had another, boy but dh says no way. Gotta say, it probably would be asking for trouble, especially if he inherited daddy's luck.

I know a Levi and that works really well. I know a Seth too but I just can't get away with it. Silas is great but, as has been mentioned, it's a bit too much like silage!

I wanted to call my little girl Betty, which I think is the cutest thing! But people said it would have been cruel.

barnsleybelle Thu 09-Oct-08 20:25:59

Unreal.... I love Noah, had 2nd dc been a boy then i wanted it.

There is a betty in ds's class and she's a real cutie and carries the name well.

missismac Thu 09-Oct-08 20:27:14

Obadiah, Angel, Petroc, Thor (DH's choice!), Christy, Gawain - all for boys. I particularly liked Angel but just couldn't do it.

Elvi, Elfine, Marietta, Dixie & Blythe.

We ended up with quite nice and unusual names but we're not alone. Round here everyone has unusual (or very traditional) names.


barnsleybelle Thu 09-Oct-08 20:27:46

I also love the name Quincy for a boy... shortened to Quin, but dh threatened legal action!!!!!!!!!!

Ooh missismac, I love Thor! unrealistic, we decided that if we ever managed another boy, he would be called Seth, much to my northern Mum's digust!

ditheringdora Thu 09-Oct-08 20:36:41

I love Blaise and Octavia. Don't use them anyone,am very possessive in a dog in the manger way!

Louplet Thu 09-Oct-08 20:51:25

Willow and Rowan (too cruel with our surname)
Lucifer (clearly not a goer but we really liked the name)
Angel (DH vetoed as being too "Buffy")
Phoenix (ruined for me by Mel B using it)

We do have a Gabriel though grin

Ab31 Thu 09-Oct-08 20:51:33


Ab31 Thu 09-Oct-08 20:52:26

As in The Jungle Book! grin

NotAnOtter Thu 09-Oct-08 20:53:52

my childs name is on this thread

we call him Mogli for the pet name!

Pammi Thu 09-Oct-08 20:55:41

Pearl - DH said only if she was born aged 81

Rex - a dog's name, apparently.

rubytwokids Thu 09-Oct-08 21:02:37

Boiledeggandtoatsoldiers, that is my mum's name! (Myfanwy - my mum isn't called Boiled Egg and...etc.)

OK, my secret names I'd have chosen instead of the perfectly good names dd and ds have, with which I am very happy:

Gabriel, Eifion, Isaac, Josiah, Mabel, Elsie, Betsy, Eilidh.

LynetteScavo Thu 09-Oct-08 21:03:12


beansontoast Thu 09-Oct-08 21:06:18


wasnt allowed to have any of them...and any way it was a girl in the end!

jibbajabba Thu 09-Oct-08 21:21:55

For those who wanted Indiana and didn't go with it. My Indiana is now 4 and has just started school. She loves her name and so do her friends.

Even my gran eventually said the name is perfect for her.

I worry that Georgia her younger sister will be unhappy that I didn't have the courage to go with Clementine or Genevive for her.

LesAnimaux Thu 09-Oct-08 21:27:04

Ooh jibbajabba - you have a theme going on there! You can call your next DD Virginia. smile

jibbajabba Thu 09-Oct-08 21:32:15

That is definately better than what my partner wanted: Dakota!

Granny22 Thu 09-Oct-08 21:43:40

Tearlach (Gaelic form of Charles,I would have had this but DP veoted it)

... all lovely, couldn't use any of them..

crankytwanky Thu 09-Oct-08 21:52:23

I really wanted Djibril for a boy. (Arabic for Gabriel, and ds born around Christmas time), but too associated with alleged wife-beating footballer Djibril Cisse.
Also liked Caspar (friendly ghost), Denzil (Cornish but associated with actor D.Washington), and Django.
Wanted Xanthe for a girl.

Bubbaloo Thu 09-Oct-08 21:57:19

Felix,Barnaby and Tabitha.

crankytwanky Thu 09-Oct-08 22:11:53

Ooh I like Felix and Tabitha too, but they are "cat names" apparently.
We both liked Raoul too, but somehow seemed odd as we're not Spanish, and in fact our Worst Holiday Ever was in Spain.

Gingerbear Thu 09-Oct-08 22:23:17

My DD has friends called Conrad and Elsie - brother and sister, and too lovely for words. Kids grow into their names.

BibiThree Thu 09-Oct-08 22:27:49

Atticus for a boy, Aiko for a girl smile

tenren Thu 09-Oct-08 22:42:03

I really wanted Isadora for DD.

Instead we went with Sunday, which I love - and then some daft sleb goes and names their DD Sunday.


maidenheadmum Thu 09-Oct-08 22:45:27

What a fabulous thread. I loved Genevieve too, so pretty and Noah. I know a Kitty and she is so cute and pretty and a Stanley Elvis, superb name.We chose Polly for our daughter, which I wasn't sure about, but I love it now, there certainly aren't many about and it suits her perfectly, she's very petite and feminine.
I also loved Irish names, buy was worried about constant requests for spelling and pronunciation.

randomuser Thu 09-Oct-08 22:50:26

I keep hoping that people will forget about Genevieve as I hope to use it whenever I have a little girl.. can't believe DH actually went for it, really didn't think he would but it is in our top 3 for girls! Evie for short, I think..

Lurcio Thu 09-Oct-08 23:02:29

Humphrey blush

Charlotte (Lottie)
Was told "NO" for all of them by DP, instead named DD Lucy and she is now known as Lucifer by several of our friends sad

charliesweb Thu 09-Oct-08 23:11:30

We really liked Ozzie or Ossie when pg with DS1 but the Osbournes was on then and so people would have assumed we had named him after Ozzie Osbourne. (Which we wouldn't have done we just liked the name, Ossie is a saxon name meaning spear).

I also like Mercedes but I didn't want people to think I had named DD after a car!

randomuser Thu 09-Oct-08 23:11:33

Lurcio (a la Lurkio i.e. Frankie Howerd?) - 2 of those are names I called my guineapigs!

Lurcio Thu 09-Oct-08 23:28:24

Yes, that's the one randomuser, although, since I've changed my name, I've been lurking more and posting less! hmm
Was thinking that I would just have to wait til I have pets to use them... particularly Humphrey!

Lurcio Thu 09-Oct-08 23:30:11

D'oh! sorry that should have said *lurking less and posting more*!

rosieglo Fri 10-Oct-08 01:59:46

Orion and Achilles (ended ep using them as middle names for my gorgeus boys), Finn McCool - this name rocks but dh just laughed. For girls -Hero and Pheonix (may still go there!)

WhoPutThatThere Fri 10-Oct-08 08:55:33

I love Dashiel (as in Dashiel Hammett, who wrote the Maltese Falcon) but DH just looked at me like I was mental when I suggested it.
We can't agree on a single name so far!

Boobz Fri 10-Oct-08 09:13:33

Dashiel is our first choice for a boy! I love it -- Dash for short. It's just so cool.

oysterpots Fri 10-Oct-08 09:39:08

I love Ossie too, Charliesweb, but DH said it sounds too like Aussie. I guess he's got a point.

I love Plum and Queenie for a girl too, but doubt I'd get those past DH either.

And Decca, "what, like Carol Decker...? Or Desmond Dekker?"(DH). No, you fool, like Decca Mitford.

My name is on this thread blush

themoon666 Fri 10-Oct-08 09:48:25


Claire236 Fri 10-Oct-08 10:23:01

If I have another boy I'm calling him Shay. dh thought I was joking but now we're ttc he's getting nervous

joshad Fri 10-Oct-08 12:00:41

Jezebel - but DH said absolutely not! I guess I have to agree with him on that.
I too like Lola, but again was vetoed on grounds of nobody should be called after a Manilow showgirl or a Kinks

joshad Fri 10-Oct-08 12:04:27

Mind you if we had a boy DH like the name Lorimer, after a his childhood hero Peter (Leeds Utd player). Guess it's just as well that we adopted!

hez011 Fri 10-Oct-08 12:24:28

I had lots of pretty names I loved when I was told that my twins would be boy/girl but in the end I had 2 boys .

Athena my favourite, Lily,Ruby,Rose, VioletPerdita

Bede for a boy - didn't have triplets

largeginandbloodymary Fri 10-Oct-08 12:29:46

Tiger lily

WonkaBar Fri 10-Oct-08 13:43:26

We loved Galen ... and used it.

I really wanted to name my daughter Gaia, but people either loved or hated it, so we went with Juliet...but I think Gaia suits her better and wish I had used it.

LOVE Atticus, Wolfram

What is with all the Tulullah lovers (hmm)

Clockface Fri 10-Oct-08 13:45:43


daisyj Fri 10-Oct-08 14:23:19

Mathilda - I really really love it. DH says over his dead body... hmm...

Whoever said Noah and Lola, I love those too. But DH says no. Again.

polester Fri 10-Oct-08 14:41:45

Ezra, I love it but decided on Noah Ezra

florrybunda Fri 10-Oct-08 14:44:43

Cheesesarnie, our daughter is called Tuppence and we call her Topsy for short (started off as Tuppy and evolved into Topsy) smile

Tuppence is probably not to everyone's taste and we thought it would prove to be rather contraversial with our rellies but we loved it so we just didn't tell anyone our name choices until she was born and named. By then it was too late any everyone's too polite to say anything negative grin

I'm actually reading this forum for ideas for #2 who is on the way. I've now compiled a lovely list to run by DH tonight wink

Boobz Fri 10-Oct-08 14:46:23

Galen is cool - but we watch Battlestar Galactica and the chief engineer (who is secrely a Cylon) is called Galen so we decided not to. And then we liked Gabriel but the baddy from Heroes is called Gabriel (aka Sylar).

You must all think I am some kind of sci-fi geek. Honestly am not.

florrybunda Fri 10-Oct-08 14:49:30

Oh, I have also loved Hermione since we did A Winter's Tale by Shakespeare at school but now feel unable to use it due to Harry Pothead angry

florrybunda Fri 10-Oct-08 14:55:44

Sorry for gratuitous use of smileys - am over-excited by this thread!

Nbg Fri 10-Oct-08 14:56:07


Dh said a big no to all of them.

Girls names;
Ophelia, well Ophelia Rose actually grin
Pruedence/Prue (I love that shortening)

radio4play Fri 10-Oct-08 16:00:10


Horton Fri 10-Oct-08 18:11:45

I have a Tabitha who we call Topsy, so I seem to have used two unusable names in one!

I like Tansy, Amity, Clemency, Felix, Dashiel, Archie and Rudy, all vetoed by DH.

izzybiz Fri 10-Oct-08 18:15:11

I love Stanley but didn't have the guts to use it as a first name.

We have just decided to name our new baby boy George Stanley!grin

Buckets Fri 10-Oct-08 18:16:06

Really wanted to call DD Merrily Morley but nobody would let me. Merrily is a favourite book character and Morley is a (male) family name.

IhaveaSONcalledJesse Fri 10-Oct-08 21:32:42

As you can see we were brave enough to go with Jesse for our son! We still love it and have no regrets. He's a bruiser too, so I don't think he'll get too much teasing...
I love Blossom and Loulou for a girl, or Nate and Laine for boys.. Really love Noah but DH won't budge on that. Went through a phase of liking Kelly for a boy, but I thing that was more for Jesse, so his brother would have a girls name too!
We have a DD called Ellie, which at the time was quite unusual, but now not so much. I'm not sure I want more, but this has been fun!

sharonsuperstarre Fri 10-Oct-08 21:44:36

my gorgeous sons are Noah and Leo. they are as cute as their names! if i had girls i liked maude and poppy

PictureThis Fri 10-Oct-08 21:47:13

Sorrell. I know, it's a bit hippy dippy but I secretly like it.

Scout (boy)
Ace (girl) - so we just have dd's initials as ACE and she has this nickname
Casey (boy or girl)

Kimi Fri 10-Oct-08 22:05:01

Abraham....but DH said NO NO NO

thumbwitch Fri 10-Oct-08 23:38:44

florrybunda, my friend Penelope (Penny) was called Tuppence as a nickname by my dad - I would never have imagined it being used as a real name, but it is lovely!

surprise Sat 11-Oct-08 00:02:37

Xavier (too poncey)
My fave girls names were:


DP wanted originally wanted Montgomery (urgh) or Inigo (just ridiculous) but settled for something much more sensible.

alittleteapot Sat 11-Oct-08 12:03:43

Sonny for a boy
Honey for a girl

ShinyPinkShoes Sat 11-Oct-08 17:40:59

Evangeline-I think it's beautiful but doubt I would saddle a child with such a mouthful!

pacinofan Sat 11-Oct-08 18:01:22

Loved Gabriel for a boy, also Frank. DH vetoed both and we had 2 girls!

I have a theory that the names we really want to use are often give as middle names intead. My girls have Veronica and Frances as middle names, both of which I love and sometimes wish I'd had the b*s to use as first names!

Claire236 Sat 11-Oct-08 18:34:49

I love Evangeline too but can't quite convince dh.

My DDs name is Scarlett, is it really that of the wall!??

soon2be3 Sat 11-Oct-08 18:52:15

Joyce - unfortunately out voted for all children.

Angrypixie - I love Gabriel but we're atheists so DH thought it would be a bit odd having such a biblical name. I also love Benedict, but DH didn't and yes, there seems to be a bit of pisstake potential

When I was a child I wanted more than anything to be called Demelza (instead of Katherine) - Cornish family and a bizarre Poldark obsession (I can't have been more than 7 at the time)

Buckets Sat 11-Oct-08 20:48:45

I knew a Demelza at school!
Milf I don't think Scarlett's at all unusual these days. It's Top 100 isn't it?

Ronaldinhio Sat 11-Oct-08 20:54:06


elvisgirl Sat 11-Oct-08 23:03:29

Astrid for a girl, but the possible shortening is not cool
Ennis for a boy, but a magnet for playground piss-taking as it's the central character in Brokeback Mountain

DS is Seymour - last in the American top 1000 names in the 1940s!

Cryptoprocta Sat 11-Oct-08 23:12:44

For a girl, I liked Aurora, Star, Heaven or Angel. Anything celestial really.

Liked Kane (Kah-nay) as a middle name, as it means something in gaelic, welsh and japanese.

DD was going to be Saoirse, but all S-names were out due to surname issues.

For a boy - Cash. Really wanted TJ Cash (Thomas John). Would also like him named after my brothers - Andrew Mark Nigel David Paul. But it would make form-filling-in a pain.

So had to settle for Aoibha grin

BigBadMousey Sat 11-Oct-08 23:16:24

Jethro (for a boy of course!)

EachPeachPearMum Sat 11-Oct-08 23:53:06

Elvisgirl shortenings for Astrids I know are- Asti and Streedie, so you don't have to use the obvious! grin
Its my favourite name ever....grin

hatrick Sun 12-Oct-08 00:02:40

lol Cryptoprocta we shorten ds's name to Cash quite often, very cool name imo.

Apollo and Pheonix - rejected as our local school is too rough, would be too cruel.
Ronan - loved the name but made us think of Keating.
Seth and Kane - Emmerdale.

Took us several days after DS was born to find anything me and DP could agree about.

melmamof3 Mon 13-Oct-08 16:43:54

I've always loced the name Duncan,but DH never let me use it.

Also loved the name Naomi, but everyone says I cant use it as its a black persons name hmm idiotic thinking really.

Am pg, and love Lucas, but DH has vetoed.

melmamof3 Mon 13-Oct-08 16:44:22

loved not loced

nuthacuppatea Tue 14-Oct-08 08:14:01

Ezekiel for a boy
Zenobie , Ezriella, Elowen for a girl. All slated by DP

lolianja Tue 14-Oct-08 15:19:56

Countingthegreyhairs, I know what you mean about Madeleine. We were strongly considering it and the offspring of the unfortunate Kate and Gerry hadn't even entered our head. Then suddenly it clicked. My boyfriend's surname is McCusker. Madeleine McCusker? Too much, I think. It was struck off the list shortly thereafter.

lolianja Tue 14-Oct-08 15:22:36

My boyfriend also vetoed Eli, for Emmerdale-related reasons. I have an enormous crush on Eli Dingle, who my boyfriend loathes with a passion, so in honesty I know before I even began annunciating the 'E' that he'd put the clamps down. Still, worth a try. And in my defence I've liked the name long before ED ever appeared on TV.

nigeltuffnell Tue 14-Oct-08 15:24:33

Huxley - love love love it!
Astra for a girl but could'nt cause of vauxhall......

nigeltuffnell Tue 14-Oct-08 15:32:12


keels26 Tue 14-Oct-08 19:21:30

Angel - but felt I was setting myself up for a fall!

Buckets Tue 14-Oct-08 19:31:25

Great name by the way Nigel.grin My DH is a RL Nigel Tuffnell, he has his own 'playroom' full of guitars. And an armadillo in his trousers natch.

carrotsandpeasifyouplease Wed 15-Oct-08 17:27:15

would have loved Myfanwy as it was my nain's name and i only realised when somebody pointed it out a couple of years ago what it could be mistaken as.