If you could name your child anything..

(196 Posts)
dreamer79 Mon 05-Sep-11 18:03:50

..and I mean anything (no matter how ridiculous, if there are bad connections, what others think or whether it sounds good with surname) what would it be?

I love the names Constantine and River for boys and Sonnet and Indigo but they are a bit 'out there' and would not work in RL!

So what would yours be? grin

bigbluebump Mon 05-Sep-11 18:18:55

I think those names would be wonderful in real life and much more interesting than Jack, Charlie or Ella.

I like Indigo and Constantine in particular. I know a German Konstantin - quite popular there.

confusedandsilly Mon 05-Sep-11 18:27:31

If I had a son, I'll call him Marc-Antoine and if it was a girl, I'll call her Nell.

Kayano Mon 05-Sep-11 18:41:45

Allenby for a girl

I have no 'out there' boys names

LaWeasel Mon 05-Sep-11 18:59:20

DD would be Maya and DS would Lafayette!!

MsMarple Mon 05-Sep-11 19:05:01

DS would have been a lovely Merlin, but DH really put his foot down sad

sjuperwolef Mon 05-Sep-11 19:11:11

not out there but maison - doesnt go with my maiden or married names sad

Dillydollydaydream Mon 05-Sep-11 19:14:34

I really like Willow or Sylvie for a girl
For a boy I really like Edward but I think too many people will associate the name with Twilight

AssetRichIncomePoor Mon 05-Sep-11 19:14:37

Boo and Hephsibah for girls. Gaylord and Emmanuel for boys. DH vetoed all of them.

I love Constantine.

sjuperwolef Mon 05-Sep-11 19:18:29

ah twilight the bane of my life - we are expecting ds and dp wanted to call him jacob after his grandad but im at the age where im within the 'twilight demographic' <boak> and every idiot would presume im a twilight knob angry

I realy wanted Anahera, Aroha, Atama, Ngaire, Matiu, Eti, Tiamana, Tamati, Rua or Rangi DH vetoed all as first names but as these names are part of my herritage i did get to use some as MNgrin.

When expecting the twins DH declared he had always loved Aphrodite, Apollo, Artemis, Athena and Hestia. I also think they all sound lovely but we just couldnt do it. They just didnt sound right with our oter dc names, and sound awfull with surname.

Hassled Mon 05-Sep-11 20:26:12

Isabella. DS3 would have been an Isabella.

mrsravelstein Mon 05-Sep-11 20:26:40

for ds2 i liked cosmo (cue total horror from dh and ds1)

for dc3, before we found out she was in fact a girl, i was going to absolutely insist on Marlow for a boy (dh and ds1 fall on floor in horror)

DoubleDegreeStudent Mon 05-Sep-11 20:27:46

St John for a boy, for a girl either Cordelia or one of the graces (Verity/Unity/Patience).

I also love all the Greek/Roman names, but my family have a fairly classical background so am worried would just sound arsey. Also, I loved Hermione and Ginny before Harry Potter, but now feel like I can't do it...

TheSecondComing Mon 05-Sep-11 20:30:30

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EBDteacher Mon 05-Sep-11 20:33:04

Remus or Ptolemy for a boy.

If I had a DD I'd like to (but would never) call her Shayne. blush

TeamVodka Mon 05-Sep-11 20:33:24

Diggory for a boy.

Cornelia (Nelly) for a girl.

Louplet Mon 05-Sep-11 20:54:22

If DC3 is a boy he will probably be Constantine smile

There are lots of girl's names I love that don't go with our surname or have been pinched by celebs (Rowan, Willow, Hero)

Nightstar Mon 05-Sep-11 20:58:22

I wanted names from LOTR - Arwen for a girl and Theoden for a boy

rachel234 Mon 05-Sep-11 21:02:10

Some lovely names on here - love Constantine, Remus, Emmanuel, Athena and Margaret. Are they really too 'out there'?

I loved the name Florian for a boy but dh vetoed (too feminine, apparently).

LaWeasel Mon 05-Sep-11 21:06:29

Well, in my case DH just didn't like Maya. There's nothing out there about it at all as far as I know.

Lafayette is too out-there sadly.

Lolita or Jezebel for a girl and I would have Lafayette too LaWeasel! I love it!
I actualy asked dp to consider it blush

BelleEnd Mon 05-Sep-11 21:10:02

I'd love to have literary names- Shakespeare. Auden. But how wanky would that sound.
Would love Peggy for a girl.

redglow Mon 05-Sep-11 21:33:19

I love sunflower

lockets Mon 05-Sep-11 21:40:44

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Greythorne Mon 05-Sep-11 21:41:53


rachel234 Mon 05-Sep-11 21:53:08

I love Peregrine, nickname Perry.

bunintheoven1 Mon 05-Sep-11 22:01:52

Aslan, but I would sound like a nutter shouting it in the playground grin

I absolutely love all of the names from the OP, although would not have the guts to use them...except maybe Indigo nn Indie.. hmm

Chynah Mon 05-Sep-11 22:43:42

If I ever had another boy (i wont) he would have been Constantine (Kit)!

DigOfTheStump Mon 05-Sep-11 22:46:24

Carrick for a boy, Mallory for a girl.

TheOriginalBanshee Mon 05-Sep-11 22:47:27

I've always liked the sound of Jezebel

dreamer79 Mon 05-Sep-11 22:53:30

Lots of positive feedback for Constantine, that may be a contender now!

Asa or Frazer, if I could go back 10 years ds would be named one of those two.

DessieLou Mon 05-Sep-11 23:11:21

Girls...Persephone(Persie), Ophelia, Octavia, Arrietty.
Boys...Lysander, Fifer.
Will no doubt think of more as soon as I post this!

BunnyWunny Mon 05-Sep-11 23:13:57

I have the opposite problem- I would love a Carlotte and a Christopher but wouldn't choose them as they are a bit dull in reality.

BunnyWunny Mon 05-Sep-11 23:14:21

Sorry- Charlotte!

autumngirl231 Mon 05-Sep-11 23:15:37

Fabian and Dorian have been loves of mine for years but I would never have the guts be able to persuade DH to use them!

On the other hand he is fixated with the idea of a little girl called Tigerlily!

Soothe Mon 05-Sep-11 23:16:28


I absolutely love it

dreamer79 Mon 05-Sep-11 23:16:59

Bunny, Christopher is on my own list as a middle name and the nn Kit is adorable and not at all dull!

startail Mon 05-Sep-11 23:19:35

Andromeda like the galaxy or Elenora like the
Spanish queen with a falcon named after her, but they'd get shorten to Ann and Ella which isn't the point.

DessieLou Mon 05-Sep-11 23:22:54

I know a Kit, thats his full name, really suits him. I love Fabian...a good strong name. Similar to one of my favourites, Gabriel (Gabe)...DP thinks it sounds 'gay'. Where do men get their ideas from?!

Ysidro and Ynez.

No, we are not Spanish.

DessieLou Mon 05-Sep-11 23:47:59

Oh, I forgot Rupert. LOVE Rupert! And for a girl Ariella.

minkiemoo Tue 06-Sep-11 00:24:59

I wanted Clementine and Rupert or Gabriel but wasn't 'allowed'.

TheBride Tue 06-Sep-11 00:31:46

Jean-Baptiste but we are not French so it would sound utterly ridiculous with our surname.

Offspring Tue 06-Sep-11 02:58:37

Eloise. For a boy. I'm carrying a DS and if I could name him anything I would use it as it is my very favourite name in the world.

Happily DH agrees to using my favourite boys name though so I am pleased with what we will probably call him anyway.

bunintheoven1 Tue 06-Sep-11 11:47:23

I love french names, particuarly Didier and Laurent but, with absolutely no french heritage from me or DH they are out of the question sad

Another favourite name which sadly doesn't go with our surname is Eric

leicestershiregirl Tue 06-Sep-11 12:01:11

Don't get why people think Gabriel would be shortened to Gay. DS is Gabriel and when naming him this possibility never crossed my mind. Have always loved the name and don't consider it 'out-there' at all - it's now in the top 100 boy's names.

Some of the other names on here are not that out-there either - I know both an Orphelia and a Rowan (male).

Kind of like Iolanthe for a girl. OH really likes Hestia.

rachel234 Tue 06-Sep-11 12:33:08

"Don't get why people think Gabriel would be shortened to Gay"

Because silly schoolboys have very silly, imaginative minds grin. Just like William will get shortened to Willy and Ellie to Smellie Ellie etc. In other words all names can get teased with a bit of imagination.

MamaLazarou Tue 06-Sep-11 13:18:13

What an odd question - I would choose the name I already chose!

hellokitty123 Tue 06-Sep-11 14:23:32

Good point, MamaLazarou. I'm surprised too how many perfectly lovely names are considered 'too out there' hmm.

dreamer79 Tue 06-Sep-11 14:48:25

hellokitty it's not just names that I wouldn't be brave enough to use, surely there must be names that you love that would maybe not sound right with your surname or that your OH hates?

Quenelle Tue 06-Sep-11 16:15:14

TheBride my DH loves Jean-Baptiste too but it would be odd with our surname.

Someone mentioned John-Paul the other day and I liked the sound of it.

I love Helen but it's a close family member's name.

I also like Daphne but our surname starts with a 'nee' sound so would be silly. (Think I've been watching too much Frasier anyway.)

mythical Tue 06-Sep-11 17:28:44

i'd name a girl Arya (spelled ah-ree-uh)

mythical Tue 06-Sep-11 17:33:28

and Morgan for a boy

argylesocks Tue 06-Sep-11 18:16:50

Axel or Wolf! I tried but dh wasn't going for it. I'm also liking Tarquin and Ptolemy.. Hmmm ideas for next time!

LaWeasel Tue 06-Sep-11 21:23:54

I also love Leo (it's my BIL's name, so out)

And loads of S ending names like Rufus & Alexis which don't go with our last name.

plinkplonk Tue 06-Sep-11 21:33:46

Constantine is a great name!

I have always loved the name Lettice, nn Letty.

Ozias would be nice, it was the name of my great, great, great grandfather. Not sure it would be very accepted though...... But my 3rd cousin twice removed (who is also interested in our family tree) is considering using it for any children he might have (doesn't have any yet, but is hoping to).

Caoimhe Tue 06-Sep-11 21:42:57

I think Ozias sounds really good!

I would have loved to use Varsha but (1) I'm not Indian and (2) I only had boys. Such a pity.

One of ds's best friends is Vacha (but she is Indian).

pchick Tue 06-Sep-11 21:45:37

Roderigo (Shakesphere influence), Ernest (family connection), Douglas, Dylan, other Welsh names

Janet, Heather, Cassandra, Dorothy,

saintmerryweather Tue 06-Sep-11 23:31:04

Ptolemy? Are you serious, you'd saddle your DC with the name Ptolemy? I'm waiting for the day I can use Edith for my DD - sadly also love the name Evelyn which with the nicknames - Edie and Evie.....don't think it'll work!

Sn0wGoose Wed 07-Sep-11 09:44:01

I'd love Fletcher, it's in my family going way, way back - but DH reckons it's old fashioned sad

winkle2 Wed 07-Sep-11 10:00:41

I love the name Coco!

Maryz Wed 07-Sep-11 10:05:52

I wanted to name ds1 Zinzan after a New Zealand rugby player. I rather wish I had now grin.

I like River and Wolf, and Hunter blush, but would never have used them.

CaptainNancy Wed 07-Sep-11 10:07:05

Surely you can name your child anything?

We used the names we liked most, it doesn't matter what others think.

ripstheirthroatoutliveupstairs Wed 07-Sep-11 10:10:50

Lydia, Ellen, Anna, Betty, Kitty, Dolly, Dotty, ZamZam, Samia, Alia are all names I really liked for DD but none go with her surname.
Boys - Eric, Duncan, Adrian, Gavin, Bill, Alex, Ted but she didn't have a winkle.

Kveta Wed 07-Sep-11 10:34:26

Otylie for a girl - but DH says it is a fat german name in his country. I also love Otto for a boy, but he said the same - brings images of fat germans to mind in his country.
Love Felix too (but not a cat lover), and Islay or Seona for a girl, but DH's family would have real trouble spelling and pronouncing them.

currently, if we manage to hang onto a baby for long enough to need a name for it, I am plotting Matylda for a girl, and Toby (Tobias) for a boy, even though DH is sceptical. He prefers Eduard and Emilie.

Empusa Wed 07-Sep-11 10:39:41

bunintheoven1 My brother is trying to convince us to name our future child Aslan. (Or She-Ra)

I really like Persephone

gorionine Wed 07-Sep-11 10:41:06

Nutella for a girl and

Twix for a boy


Bumpsadaisie Wed 07-Sep-11 10:43:25

I love



gorionine Wed 07-Sep-11 10:52:42

There is quite a lot of names I really like on this thread BTW!

DessieLou Wed 07-Sep-11 11:17:42

This thread is brilliant for inspiration! I love Pheobus for a boy...any thoughts? kveta I love Ottilie...that is now on my list! Good luck with your bump btw smile

hellokitty123 Wed 07-Sep-11 11:26:43

Otto is definately a very 'uncool' name in Germany - almost comical actually.

Love Ottilie for a girl though.

Also love Clement, Quentin and Lucian.

Catsu Wed 07-Sep-11 11:35:18

assetrichincomepoor I know 2 sisters called boo and hepsibah!
I always wanted to call a ds Indiana, indie for short but in real life called my ds's top 100 classic English names which I think they'll be more happy with when they are older!

If I have another DC (not for a few years!) it will be Aurora for a girl or Caspian/Alfie for a boy

Gilberte Wed 07-Sep-11 12:02:30

I though Forrest would be a cool name. I love Forrest Whittaker!

allhailtheaubergine Wed 07-Sep-11 12:09:23

I don't really understand the question.

I can name my children anything I like, can't I?

ThePosieParker Wed 07-Sep-11 12:12:27

I did name my children exactly what I liked....

but I do long for another little girl to call Posy, it will never happen so I'll be getting a pug instead.

dreamer79 Wed 07-Sep-11 12:17:56

Well yes you can, but for example would you name your child William if your surname was Williams?

lockets Wed 07-Sep-11 13:06:03

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mopsyflopsy Wed 07-Sep-11 13:07:13

You'd be surprised how common William Williams is actually - I just googled it for fun smile.

Or how about that X factor contestant Luke Lucas..

upatdawn Wed 07-Sep-11 13:09:46

I used to work with a Gilbert Gilbertson who had an elusive middle name starting with a G...

allhailtheaubergine Wed 07-Sep-11 13:12:32

I really don't understand how anyone can not understand anyone not understanding the question... grin

Okay, I do see what you're saying. I suppose in all your examples Lockets I would sum up by saying I didn't like the name because it didn't work. I wouldn't class it as liking a name but not being able to use it.

mopsyflopsy Wed 07-Sep-11 13:14:05

I think there are two types of names discussed on here. Firstly those that you'd love to use but don't work for you (as lockets said). Secondly, there are names that some of us deem to 'out there'.

And I think the first reason is easy to understand, while some feel that a lot of the 'too out there names' are actually quite nice and they would not hesitate to use them.

lockets Wed 07-Sep-11 13:15:28

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LaWeasel Wed 07-Sep-11 13:27:23

I think with the out there names it sometimes depends on where you live and what your family/friends are like as well as what you personally think of the name. Like, for eg, my thread on Hunter - I really like it, but think a) our family would hate it as they can be quite snobby and anti-American, b) it might not go down well with the parents of classmates where we live.

But if we had a more tolerant family and lived in a more mixed area where unusual names were more common neither of those things would be a factor.

Theas18 Wed 07-Sep-11 13:55:48

Hermione, Hepzibah (saw it on a gravestone when name hunting for eldest also was it in Carries War?) THirza Florence Ruth Hugo/Hugh Fabian Jocelyn Gabriel Raphael

Theas18 Wed 07-Sep-11 14:01:04

It's normal in certain areas or the country/world to be X Xson and it is often maintained through many years.

Lots of William Williams THomas Thomas/Thompson s etc about if you look and don't forget Magnus Magnusson though Icelandic patronymical (is that right?) name so that's a cheat really

BelleEnd Wed 07-Sep-11 14:49:30

I like out there names but didn't give them to my children because it's them that has to live with them, it's them that has to spell them, it's them that has to be the one who feels a bit different. They may have very different tastes from me.

Theala Wed 07-Sep-11 14:52:50

Gabriel has traditionally been shortened to Gay in Ireland (Gay Byrne is a well-known talk-show host, for instance).

My imaginary three sons are called Gabriel, Raphael, and errr....Tadhg. hmm

My imaginary daughter is called Lili. My parents would probably kill me if I called an actual child Lili, however.

My DM wanted to call me Holly however my maiden name was Berry therefore they couldn't grin

Theala Wed 07-Sep-11 14:55:07

My mother wanted to call me Isabella, until my brothers told her the IsabellaDoorKnocka joke once too often. grin

Psammead Wed 07-Sep-11 15:30:24



upatdawn Wed 07-Sep-11 19:17:53

Psammead the name Heath is great, why can't you use it?

Oh I ave a Beth, I love her name. Officially it's Bethany, but she's always been Beth.

She's the only one I know as well as being the only one in her school.

TooImmature2BDumbledore Wed 07-Sep-11 20:12:31

Elise, but I have a sister called Elspeth, nn Ellie or Elsie, so too similar.
Leonie, because she would have a cousin called Leonor
Lettice - DH hates it.
Valentina - surname is Virgo and I think Valentina Virgo sounds like a porn star. Also, I hate Val and Tina and I can't think of another nn.

Wolfie. grin I could almost use Wolfie...not pronounced Vulfie, though.

SherlockHolmes Wed 07-Sep-11 20:17:40

(wouldn't want 3 more girls but I love the names!)

pipoca Wed 07-Sep-11 20:24:52

I liked amalia fo DD but dh was not keen.

Psammead Wed 07-Sep-11 20:27:00

upatdawn because we're in Germany and it would be pronounced 'Heat'.

rachel234 Wed 07-Sep-11 20:41:53

"I like out there names but didn't give them to my children because it's them that has to live with them, it's them that has to spell them, it's them that has to be the one who feels a bit different. "

But your children may hate even more having a very common name. And 'out there' does not necessarily mean difficult to spell smile.

pchick Wed 07-Sep-11 20:52:39

Also like Isla for a girl.

littlewater Wed 07-Sep-11 20:54:59

Azula for a girl and Jet for a boy.

BoringSchoolChoiceNickname Wed 07-Sep-11 21:00:38

Hepzibah and Athelstane

Or possibly Arwen and Eowyn if they were both girls

All ruled out for obvious reasons.

MissWilde Sun 11-Sep-11 18:45:22

Ernest, but our surname is Wilde and it would be a bit odd to name our son a name that appears in an Oscar Wilde play confused

Bathsheba Sun 11-Sep-11 20:52:05

Christian for a boy....or Diggory. Or Dickon

I probably got my 2 favourite names for Dd1 and Dd3....if dd2 had been my choice instead of Dh's she would have been Jemima

Thusnelda Sun 11-Sep-11 20:56:01

Nepomuk or Ödön

2to3 Sun 11-Sep-11 21:01:26

Allegra and Maximillian.

reallacecurtains Sun 11-Sep-11 21:20:34

Amethyst or

PootlePosyPerkin Sun 11-Sep-11 21:35:24

Theas18 - were you looking at gravestones in the Devon/Cornwall area at all? That's the only place I've ever seen or heard of the name Thirza (and always on gravestones blush).

PootlePosyPerkin Sun 11-Sep-11 21:42:20

If I'd had the nerve (and a willing DH), I might have chosen names like:

Isaac (not odd, DH just doesn't like it)
Jackson (I did have a Jack though)

Sapphire (too stripper-ish sadly)
Posy (not odd, just too close to DD's name).

WaftyCrank Mon 12-Sep-11 22:18:02

Aurelia or Ariel. I still wish I'd called DD Harriet too.

Gabriel was my much wanted name with DS1. ExH hated it and laughed at me. DP loved it. Gabriel is 6 months old smile

pchick Mon 12-Sep-11 22:20:08

I love Diggory!

A1980 Tue 13-Sep-11 23:40:36

Anything is a crap name for a child.

I wouldn't name my child "Anything" grin

cory Wed 14-Sep-11 09:44:06

I liked Stig for a boy - Swedish, pronounced with a long -ee- sound, means 'path' but is a traditional name, not hippyish. But of course you can't with Stig of the Dump; people would be forever passing comments on the state of our front garden.

I did try for Erland- but dh put his foot down.

(he did let me get away with another traditional Swedish name though)

For a girl I would have liked Ylva. Swedish for female wolf, but without any of the bitchy connotations iyswim.

Ruth1234 Wed 14-Sep-11 12:47:06

I would love Neil, Ned, Nora or Nancy but our surname begins with 'N' so I guess they are all ruled out, grrrr.

And someone told me that a Ned is a Scottish chav??

Calab but dp says no more c names

BeeBopBunny Tue 04-Oct-11 09:08:38

Anastasia for a girl, nn Annie. DH wasn't impressed by that suggestion!
Ambrose for a boy. DH made the custard connection , so that was that!

AKMD Tue 04-Oct-11 10:08:27

A DS: Edward (too vampirish), St John (too posh), Marmaduke (too ridiculous).

A DD: Lauren (name of girl at school who everyone would think of), Aurora (too Disney).

mrsmummy84 Tue 04-Oct-11 12:56:16

I desperately want Archie for a boy and have dozens of girls names, but DH vetos Archie sad

oohlaalaa Tue 04-Oct-11 13:33:02

I like Christian for a boy (DH hates it). I love Emilia or Clarissa for a girl. DH thinks these are poncey names.

iskra Tue 04-Oct-11 15:06:08

I love Cleo and Clem, but they don't go with the surname.

MabliD Thu 06-Oct-11 00:05:26


Estranged SIL got there first sad


DH says no chance sad

puffylovett Thu 06-Oct-11 09:32:09

Sebastian or Teddy....

IreneHeron Thu 06-Oct-11 17:13:35

Jolyon. Can you tell I'm a John Galsworthy fan?

Scathac Thu 06-Oct-11 19:28:50

I always liked the idea of Roebuck and Spider for boys (didn't actually use them!!!) . Also found it hilarious when I saw a prog on tv where a traveler in the Steppes stayed with a group of nomads who had named their young (2-yr old) son the exotic name of .... Melgibson (all one word!!) . Just goes to show ........ (something, don't know quite what!!)

JackReacher Fri 14-Jun-13 22:05:48

My son is called Constantine .... I don't think it's 'out there' just not that popular. The midwife said she hadn't had another one but thought it was a cracking name and one she will remember.

Aquilla Sat 15-Jun-13 17:00:34

Octavia and Horatio. DH Put His Foot Down.

Indigo, Sky, Raven, Ilford, Flynn and Rune for a boy.
Aurelia, Sapphire, Echo, Whisper and Dream for a girl.

As you can see, using them would be a bit odd.

mikkii Sat 15-Jun-13 17:27:27

DD1 nearly had Delilah for her middle name.

If DD2 had been a boy she would have been Francisco Raphael (Frankie for short)

mixedmamameansbusiness Sat 15-Jun-13 18:59:38

I could probably produce an extensive list but for starters:

Lara (I might even call her Larissa)

I do like Konstantin

Literary themes run through my thought processes with names.

Meringue33 Sat 15-Jun-13 19:09:14

I know a baby Indigo! (Indie for short)

I also know a Merlijn (he is Dutch)

mixedmamameansbusiness Sat 15-Jun-13 19:19:48

St. John oh my goodness. Brilliant, added to list

Coconutty Sat 15-Jun-13 19:22:51

Queenie and Asa.

Coconutty Sat 15-Jun-13 19:23:57

St John looks nice written down but sounds dreadful IMO. Like 2 different names!

shutitweirdo Sat 15-Jun-13 19:26:57

I wanted Toblerone Toby for short.

Mintyy Sat 15-Jun-13 19:27:08



Patience for a dd
Shamus for ds

Ooh I quite like charmian
Ala-ronnie biggs wife.

Ipp3 Sat 15-Jun-13 19:40:24

Poetry for a girl. Atticus or harper for a boy. Or cole.

Twotinygirls Sat 15-Jun-13 19:41:08

I'd love Misty, Bunny or Kitty for a girl. And Lorenzo for a boy.

I just think that if I was a boy I'd like to be called Lorenzo!

Ipp3 Sat 15-Jun-13 19:42:38

Themagic, I know a boy called sky!

youbethemummylion Sat 15-Jun-13 19:43:17

I would have like Taylor-Ray for a boy and Melody for a girl

I already have DS who has my favourite boys' name but if I were to have another two, one of each, they would be Rafael and Ariadne. Sadly DH has vetoed both, otherwise I would (when get upduffed again!). I also like Lenore for a girl.

littlemrssleepy Sat 15-Jun-13 19:54:19

For a boy Scot or Finn. For a girl Grace. Guess the surname grin

I wanted Benedict for one of our boys but DH vetoed. Don't know if that's 'out there' or not!

mixedmamameansbusiness Sat 15-Jun-13 19:59:51

I think St John sounds better out loud.

Trinpy Sat 15-Jun-13 20:32:37

Just seen someone else on here likes Lettice. Love the name so much but can see a future full of salad jokes sad

extracrunchy Sat 15-Jun-13 20:35:24

Indigo grin

Exhaustipated Sat 15-Jun-13 20:49:02

I've got loads.



But my DC have my very favourite names smile

Anjou Sun 16-Jun-13 03:27:50

Nice to see that DS1's first & MN and DS2's MN are on people's wishlists! (Constantine is one of them).

For boys: Iggy, Ziggy, Wolfie (vetoed by DH as 'they're not real names'. I guess he has a point)

For girls: Blythe (doesn't go with surname), Freya (loved it since I was a wee girl and met a Norwegian Freya. Never heard it again until about 4 years ago & now it's every frickin where), Severine (LOVE it, deemed 'too harsh' by DH). Also, I don't have a DD ... yet. grin

HoveringKestrel Sun 16-Jun-13 03:54:39

Wolf, Shadow, Jet, Lightning, Cobra, Hunter, Nightshade, Falcon...no, actually they're gladiators.

Would be fun though.

amazingmumof6 Sun 16-Jun-13 04:30:30

it would have to be YODA!

I just love the little old bugger! grin

MyShoofly Sun 16-Jun-13 05:22:42

for girls I love love Nan, Saskia, Stasia, Ariadne, Esme and for boys I love Odin, Ollie, Attacus and Malachi

mixedmamameansbusiness Sun 16-Jun-13 20:14:38

Oh I have to add Ivan! I actually know an Ivan ... It is awesome.

FreedomOfTheTess Sun 16-Jun-13 20:17:17

If I was brave enough my children would be named...

DS1 - Abraham
DS2 - Raphael
DD1 - Junia
DD2 - Merris

Their real names...


poppydaisy Mon 17-Jun-13 13:31:09

Great collection of names on everyones' wish lists! Perhaps we should all be a little braver because most of these names are wonderful and more interesting than the current top 10 names....!

amazingmumof6 Mon 17-Jun-13 16:01:33

I told DS3 is MichaeI wish I had been brave in enough to call him Malachi or Micha

he looked at me like I'm mental, shook his head and sighed : "good job you didn't! "grin

I'm glad DH agreed to name DS4 Noah!

And DS2 should have been Samson or Magnus, either would suit his personality.
He's happy being Samuel though...

YouMaySayImADreamer Mon 17-Jun-13 17:25:13

I absolutely love the names Magdelena and Gabriella for a girl but dp looks at me like im a looney when i suggest then!

Also love the names India and Saskia for a girl but not allowed these either because he says theyre too posh/pretentious!

MyShoofly Tue 18-Jun-13 03:48:12

best name I've ever heard was one of my brothers school friends....Athenasis Gerasis (just try saying it with me ladies)

rolls off your tongue in a lovely way. Ive had a crush on this guys name for 20 years. Too bad I'm not Greek or I would have made a case to steal it for one of my sons grin

JackReacher Mon 09-Sep-13 10:20:39

Loving all the positive comments for Constantine!
My little boy is 7months now and I have yet to meet anyone who doesn't like it (plus it a great / easy name for foreigners/non-english speakers to say / be familiar with too which we've found really great).z

NooMyx Mon 09-Sep-13 10:52:48

For a girl maybe Tuuli or Lumi, or Elanor from LOTR.
For a boy Otava, August or Linus.

I don't think most of these would be too out there, just either a bit awkward in the UK, and/or vetoed by DH.
It's ok. Plenty of other names out there that I love. smile

NooMyx Mon 09-Sep-13 10:54:41

And I'm glad you went with it JackReacher, it's lovely. smile

noodlebum Mon 09-Sep-13 11:17:28

Caspar for a boy, but OH said no due to the ghost, and a dog in the family already called it. He also said no to Astrid for a girl as it 'doesn't sound very feminine' sad

noodlebum Mon 09-Sep-13 11:21:09

Oh and I always loved Lily since reading Harry Potter as a kid, but it's way too popular now and someone in the family have also now used it.

kiwik Mon 09-Sep-13 19:27:34

DH vetoed lots of names that have made my list:

Anything ending in an e sound is terrible with our surname, and I love Ptolemy but could never use it. Ditto Ottillie, which with the surname sounds just like Utterly Butterly.

peachyyy Tue 10-Sep-13 12:53:26

Sylvia Jean or Dorothy Jean for a daughter are my favourites ever ever ever. I don't like boys names so I would probably just use the same... or, like, Sylvester or something haha.

peachyyy Tue 10-Sep-13 12:57:20

I also love the idea of an Autumn, Willow, Winter, Luna type name in the hope of having a cute little hippy running around the house but would never seriously do it.

TheSlug Tue 10-Sep-13 13:14:49

Holliday for a girl, think it's beautiful.

TheGreatCatsby Tue 10-Sep-13 14:00:49

i would love to have Minna but surname begins Mina-.....

<waits hopefully for someone to say that it is fine>

I would love a boy called Gusto.

fiishfingers Tue 10-Sep-13 14:09:18

Susan, after my childhood doll,DH would not have it, 3 times.

Belmo Tue 10-Sep-13 14:23:34

For girls:
Dylan (DP hates both)
Bethan (love but doesn't work with surname)

Zephyr (all a bit too 'out-there')

Also love Jack but wouldn't use as its so common and we have a really common surname too.

TheYamiOfYawn Tue 10-Sep-13 14:29:12


In more realistic possibilities, I like Loveday and linnet, but DP vetoed them. I seem to be yearning for L names today.

LegoDragon Tue 10-Sep-13 18:31:31

Indigo (nn 'Indy')
Merryn, 'Merry'
Montezuma hmm nicknamed Monty...
Taylor 'Tay'

Rosamund, nicknamed Amy
Raven, nicknamed Ava
Isolde, nicknamed Issie
Ariadne, nicknamed Aria
Wren, nicknamed Renna
Aurora, nicknamed Rora/Rory.

LegoDragon Tue 10-Sep-13 18:33:00

Oh, and for a boy, Wolfie.

BogStandardOldWoman Tue 10-Sep-13 18:50:57

What a wonderful and creative lot you are! I read somewhere that people often name their pets what they don't quite dare to name their children. I have a cat named Jezebel, so I think it may be true..
Friend is expecting and thinking if names, DH has suggested either Spartacus or Rumpelstiltskin. Sigh.

miffybun73 Tue 10-Sep-13 18:53:35

Mine would be the names that I chose. Daniel and Emily.

ArtemisKelda Tue 10-Sep-13 18:57:36

I'd have loved to call dd Artemis but we had a 'no A names' rule. I had to settle for using the name on my last car grin.

ArtemisKelda Tue 10-Sep-13 18:58:00

And on here of course!

TheSlug Tue 10-Sep-13 19:33:26

Atticus for a boy would be my absolute favourite. It's on 'the list' (24 weeks pg) but is very similar to the family name we'll probably use, if we have a boy.

MummyBeerest Mon 16-Sep-13 02:48:41

I love the name River for a boy, and have met one. He's beautiful. Also love Axel and Abel (both vetoed).

For girls, I loved Aurora, Allegra, Vanessa and Chloe. All were vetoed.

My most out there names that I've never shared are Oz for a boy and Keeva for a girl.

Secretswitch Mon 16-Sep-13 03:15:17

I love but could never use Clementine,Daisy, Althea, Penelope, Cameron, Huck, Alexander, Blaze.

AurorasShoes Tue 17-Sep-13 18:05:23

I love love love Aphra, Callisto and Calypso but they're probably a bit too out there... More conventionally, I also love Verity but it clashes with last name, Eleanor is the name of a friend's daughter and Cleo has also gone

BlackholesAndRevelations Wed 18-Sep-13 10:45:39


Littleen Wed 18-Sep-13 11:07:56

Really like Ronja for a girl, it's from a swedish childrens story, but it kinda has to be with a pronounced R, not an English soft R, so not sure really!

Bowlersarm Wed 18-Sep-13 11:11:40


I love the way the word sounds. Think 'Satch' would be a cool nickname.

Would not have done it in a million years, though.

TheSporkforeatingkyriarchy Wed 18-Sep-13 13:01:09

Panthea, think it's lovely name.

dietcokeandwine Wed 18-Sep-13 21:52:01

A girl would have been Clover or Arwen.

Boy would have been Arlo or Hector.

TwoTearsInABucket Wed 18-Sep-13 21:58:18

Claudio and aurora

JumpingJackSprat Wed 18-Sep-13 22:35:34

i like Alaine since i saw it in a book somewhere (arthurian maybe) but i reckon it would get mistaken for elaine. i also like ronica after a character in a book.

toobreathless Wed 18-Sep-13 23:58:49

Merryn, I ADORE it but it is very close to our surname think Merryn Mason.

I also love but couldn't use did to surname issues Amber & Margaret.

DD would have been Zoe if down to me, DH didn't like it. She would have been Mark if a boy.

Her older brother would have been Megan if a girl. Didn't choose it for DD cos felt it was "his" name plus several friends had Megans meanwhile

Oriunda Thu 19-Sep-13 15:20:42

Dream girls' names .... Circe/Nemesis and Persephone. I tend towards the darker side of Greek mythology! No boys' as left choice to DH but his actual name is Cosmo.

Name DS would have been called if he'd been a girl and after DH would have veteod Persephone and Ophelia (wouldn't have even broached Circe and Nemesis!) ... Aurelia.

jalapeno Thu 19-Sep-13 18:20:56

Sebastian, Siegfried or Gordon.

Octavia, Evangeline or Penelope.

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