Girls names for dd2 - there's something wrong with all of them!

(65 Posts)
Vronsky Tue 14-Oct-08 21:51:03

Help me think of girls names for dd2 - everything we think of has something wrong with it and it's getting really hard. Shortlist is:

Kitty (but we already have a Tabitha and think it might be too catty, also is this getting too popular?)
Iris (getting too popular? I don't know any but there seem to be loads on MN)
Viola (LOVE this but every time I imagine calling a child the name it sounds weird)
Ottilie (too pretentious?)
Belle (LOVE this but no middle names go with it and we have a B surname...)

Also like, but not sure about:

Sylvie (dh doesn't really like this)
Imogen (too popular?)

Can I have some opinions on the various pitfalls please? And any other suggestions - we want something unusual but not too weird!

do middle names actually matter?
when do you use them exactly?

i like belle

TrinityLovesHerVampireRhino Tue 14-Oct-08 21:56:57

Imogen viola woud be nice

Plonker Tue 14-Oct-08 21:57:40

I love Belle and really like alliteration in names smile
I think that names beginning with vowels go well with Belle

Belle Alexandra
Belle Elizabeth

I don't know any Iris' and only a few Imogens ...i certainly don't think that they're massively popular.

Tinker Tue 14-Oct-08 23:29:45

I think Sylvie is great.

seeker Tue 14-Oct-08 23:35:09

Remember that even if a name is quite popular, the chances of there being more than one in a class are pretty remote.

A lot of those names look like nick names to me - I always think it's better to give a child the full name and use the shortening - it gives them more choices. So Katherine (Kitty), Belle, Annabel or Isobel (Belle) Sylvia (Sylvie).

Ottile is a bit "trying too hard" buy for some reason, in my head, Amelie is all right!

hana Tue 14-Oct-08 23:37:14

I love the name Iris

BloodshotEyeballsintheScarySky Tue 14-Oct-08 23:40:50

How would you pronounce Viola?

<snob> wink

MinkyBorage Tue 14-Oct-08 23:41:42

Iris is lovely, was favourite choice for dc3 if a girl
Viola and ottelie sound v pretentious imo
not keen on sylvie
there was a great thread on here a while ago about what peoples grandparents were called which I think is where you might be coming from, I'll have a look for it

MinkyBorage Tue 14-Oct-08 23:43:09
Flum Tue 14-Oct-08 23:52:12

Why do you object to a name being popular though? My husband loves his name and there were 4 in his class,but it was then and still is a class name. Go for class not outlandish:

The ones I like out of your choices are Iris and Imogen. I like Bella but not Belle.

backonthedecaff Tue 14-Oct-08 23:59:46

I've just had an Imogen - she was almost a Sylvie - and suddenly loads of them have started to crop up but, quite frankly, so what? Dd1's name I thought quite original, but it wasn't, and dd2 wasn't at all but she loves the fact that she knows loads of others with the same name!

MadBadandWieldingAnAxe Wed 15-Oct-08 00:03:43

Kitty - yes, but only as an abbreviation for Catherine
Iris - I still associate this name with old ladies but I believe there's a revival going on. Believe some slebs have named their children Iris. You may or may not think that's a recommendation!
Viola - utterly fab
Ottilie - well, you said it.
Belle - Bella is fine as an abbreviation of Isobel or Annabel.
Sylvie - I'd opt for Sylvia, which is fab.
Imogen - a bit too Pony Club for my liking (am a very urban girl).

Since you asked about pitfalls .... I think the pitfall of all these names is that they're very '2008' and could seem very dated in a few years (in the same way that if I ever meet a Linda I know she will be exactly the same age as me and every Beryl I know is in her late 70s).

But who cares what a mad old biddy on the internet thinks?

MadBadandWieldingAnAxe Wed 15-Oct-08 00:06:55

Forgot that you asked for other suggestions:

Anna, surely?

If not, then


LaDiDaDi Wed 15-Oct-08 00:14:04

I wouldn't go for Kitty when you already have a Tabitha, though I like both names individually.

I think Iris is lovely.

I think that Viola is more of a middle name but I don't know why.

I don't like Ottilie.

I'm not that keen on Belle.

I love Sylvie and Imogen.

brimfull Wed 15-Oct-08 00:15:26

love Imogen

also like


blinks Wed 15-Oct-08 00:16:09

you can have all my names-


brimfull Wed 15-Oct-08 00:17:48


klmcm80 Wed 15-Oct-08 00:40:02


mrswoolf Wed 15-Oct-08 00:42:07

Kitty - too much perhaps with Tabitha, and it does seem to pop up frequently in the announcements of late.
Iris - don't know any personally, but according to the stats it is rising vaguely rapidly
Viola - like, but may present pronunciation problems. It shouldn't really be pronounced the same as the musical instrument (as you're probably aware).
Ottilie - I don't think is pretentious, lovely!
Belle - nice

Also like, but not sure about:

Sylvie - like, am a fan of Guillem though
Imogen - lovely, but more popular thanyour other choices.


klmcm80 Wed 15-Oct-08 00:42:29


klmcm80 Wed 15-Oct-08 00:44:07

i love irish names

frazzledoldbag34 Wed 15-Oct-08 09:04:35

Love Kitty (I have one)
What about Annabel / Arabella / Annabella if you like Belle but don't want that with a B surname? Then you can always shorten it.
Going back to Kitty, I don't know any others (except I know of a couple of Mnetters with them who live quite far away from me!) - am in Scotland and it's definitely not at all common here.
Apparently it's getting more popular in the south tho, but can't imagine it being super-popular ?It is a bit catty orientated with Tabitha tho, that would be my only reservation.

From OP's list I know 1 Kitty IRL, I think I met an Imogen once, too.
I only like Iris on that list.
If you like old-fashioned names what about Martha, Margaret, Diana, Rose, Rosalind, Mary, Jacqueline, Gillian...

gloomysue Wed 15-Oct-08 10:40:02

Ottilie is beautiful. I know 2.

Eniddo Wed 15-Oct-08 10:43:03

dont worry about it being popular

choose a name you like

I do think ottilie is pretentious though wink

Iris is the best (quite cool, you could be a 13 year old goth called Iris - dont laugh this was dh's criteria for all our dds names)

nailpolish Wed 15-Oct-08 10:44:15

i prefer violet to viola

imogen is nice - who cares if its popular

its not a contest as to who can think of the greatest name
ts about your child and a name that you like

boogeek Wed 15-Oct-08 10:47:31

I think Sylvie is gorgeous - it's on my shortlist if I ever have a DD3!

MrsMattie Wed 15-Oct-08 10:48:16


Kitty - I have a problem with 'cutesy' names like this. Coudl it be short for Catherine?

Iris - Don't like it, but it is popular round these here parts (norf London suburbia)

Viola - dreadfully pretentious

Ottilie - ditto

Imogen -I like it

I think Belle and Sylvie/Sylvia are both lovely, simple and not too common.

I prefer Sylvia to Sylvie, and Sylvia 'sits' nicely with Tabitha smile

As an aside, I heard a fab girls name in the playground today Edie. Loved it smile

I prefer Sylvia to Sylvie, and Sylvia 'sits' nicely with Tabitha smile

As an aside, I heard a fab girls name in the playground today Edie. Loved it smile

oops, sorry, twice blush

BabyBaby123 Wed 15-Oct-08 10:54:14

Iris is lovely - it is popular but not too popular like Ellie, Chloe type names....

PuzzleRocks Wed 15-Oct-08 11:05:51

I know of someone who had heard the name Ottilie but had not seen it written down and so her daughter was christened Otter-Leigh. grin

Vronsky Wed 15-Oct-08 11:09:19

Thanks so much for all your feedback. I think we would have to pronounce Viola with the emphasis on the Vi- (not Vi-O-la).

Quite like Briony, but our surname is Br- and that really IS too much.

Forgot to say I also like Elspeth. WDYT?

Vronsky Wed 15-Oct-08 11:13:11

Thanks for all your feedback - it really helps!

I think we would need to pron Viola with the emphasis on the Vi, not Vi-O-la.

Like Briony, but we have a Br- surname, and that really IS too much alliteration.

Forgot to say I also like Elspeth. WDYT?

Vronsky Wed 15-Oct-08 11:16:01

Oops - rewrote that cos it wouldn't send!

I had a friend at school called Violetta
would that be better maybe?

LaDiDaDi Wed 15-Oct-08 11:19:56

I like Elspeth but someohow it seems abit too "old lady chic" next to Tabitha which is more funky??

soundbites Wed 15-Oct-08 12:57:59

Elspeth is my name and I love it now, although when I was a child I thought my parents a bit mean for giving me such an unusual name! I do find that some people expect me to be old (I'm 30). I met a client in person once who I'd just dealt with by e-mail and he said he thought I was a granny! But I do think it is a lovely name. I never allowed it to be shortened, but Elle is what people tried to shorten it to …

Rhiannon is one of my fave names at the moment, for what it's worth. Plus Meryl and Rosanne. I think any of them would go well with Tabitha. I also like Tamsin and Tamara but you probably don't want another T.

I love the name Elspeth smile Absolutely gorgeous.

nappyaddict Wed 15-Oct-08 22:11:26

I like Viola best.

kerala Thu 16-Oct-08 20:48:38

What stats say Iris is getting popular? Its not in the National Stats top 100 names for 2007 are there other stats?

moonincancer Thu 16-Oct-08 20:57:59 beautiful is that! also, belle with a b surname would be fine i think.

jeanjeannie Thu 16-Oct-08 21:22:56

I've got an Iris, so I'm biased! I'm in Bucks and not really seen it catch on here as a popular name.

Love Sylvie VERY much - gorgeous.

Coralie and Elodie are nice names too

janeite Thu 16-Oct-08 21:28:03

I like Iris, with Belle as a middle name.

I don't think Kitty "goes" well with Tabitha, for the reason you say. Don't like Ottilie at all, sorry.

Imogen isn't my favourite name BUT it goes well with Tabitha and, like Iris, would work really well with Belle as a middle name.

UmMwahahahaaaaa Thu 16-Oct-08 21:38:20

I am an urban girl and I love Imogen. smile

berolina Thu 16-Oct-08 21:43:18

Love Sylvie (Sylvia is nicer still), Iris, Imogen. Someone suggested Isadora which is also beautiful.

Belle will date her, Ottilie with be a nightmare for people to pronounce (should be Ott-EEL-ear really but people will probably say Ottily) and Viola just doesn't work as a name IMO.

Or call her Isabel (lovely) and shorten it to Belle.

Majeika Thu 16-Oct-08 21:48:17

Elspeth is lovely but maybe a bit to 'th' with Tabitha??

Tabitha and Imogen - lovely

Imogen Belle Broadhurst?

Violetta Belle Britton

What about Nell?

I love Nell.

Tabitha and Nell

hunkermunker Thu 16-Oct-08 21:52:19

By blinks on Wed 15-Oct-08 00:16:09
you can have all my names-


Jeez, Blinks, your driving licence must be massive!

Also PMSL at Otter-Leigh...!

LittleMissBlissBloodAndBoils Thu 16-Oct-08 21:57:25

Belle Sophia
Bella Sophia

nappyaddict Fri 17-Oct-08 10:09:13

i love coral/coralie.

nappyaddict Fri 17-Oct-08 10:09:16

i love coral/coralie.

groovergirl Tue 04-Nov-08 22:20:52

I recently found a 1930s "annual" for girls that featured two crime-busting heroines named Cicely and Catita. If you want pretty names that haven't been in fashion for decades and probably never will be again, I bet you could not go past those!

mabanana Tue 04-Nov-08 22:23:05


Vronsky Thu 27-Nov-08 14:12:25

ooh, Cicely is nice. I like the way it sounds like the Italian island, but isn't, iyswim. Or is Cecily nicer?

The current shortlist is:


Any opinions?

Rhubarb Thu 27-Nov-08 14:13:25


jeanjeannie Thu 27-Nov-08 14:18:56

Love Cecily. Has a light, floaty 1930s feel, which, if the glut of names like Iris, Mabel and Esme is anything to go by means it'll sound quite modern. I love those sort of names and have an Iris and Verity - which seem to fit into that category - so I'm biased!

Quite like Elspeth - not so keen on the others. Sound a bit...erm, sort of Shakespearean - only not hmm Oh, I know what I mean - sorry!!

ohIdoliketobebesidethe Thu 27-Nov-08 14:21:54

Belle is lovely and aliteration rules.

mersmam Thu 27-Nov-08 14:41:00

I think Kitty is lovely, and I don't think there is a problem putting it with a sister called Tabitha.
Viola is nice too (and Violet). I also like Iris and don't think it's v.common - you have good taste!
Don't like Belle at all though - too Disneyish and the spelling makes me think of Belly buttons grin
Imogen is nice but more popular than the others you mentioned (still not overly common though).
I think Kitty is the nicest!

ch1cago Fri 28-Nov-08 21:56:00

My 6 year old niece is called Iris, I was worried about the old lady connotations at first, but it grew on me immediately and I think it's really lovely (as is she) - it has a lovely meaning too - rainbow (in case that's important).

Also love Sylvie - probably as one of my best friends has the same name.

Belle reminds me of bell end.
Your other names are lovely tho

Shelvis Sun 07-Oct-12 13:11:58

Kitty is my girls name! Have had it for 10 years since dh's gran passed away. It was her name although she was Katherine. We have simat taste as I also love Iris and Elspeth. But kitty is my favourite name and if its a girl she will be called Kitty Beau.

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