What do you think of the name Lushe as my baby daughter's name?

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jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 11:15:18

What do you think of the name Lushe (silent e) as my baby daughter's name? Plenty of people have the surname Lush so why not have it as a first name? I already have a daughter called Harlowe which caused uproar with the family but has been received well in nursery but I need something just as unusual for my new arrival due in January. This is my first post so please be nice to me...

mollymole Sat 01-Sep-12 11:16:08

I think it is stupid.

elah11 Sat 01-Sep-12 11:16:55

Is it just pronounced Lush? If so then I wouldnt use it, its a fairly well known word meaning a drunk (around here anyway!)

Don't like made up names, what about Lux?

Yddraigoldragon Sat 01-Sep-12 11:17:41

Sorry but I hate it.

ENormaSnob Sat 01-Sep-12 11:18:12

Awful IMO.

Doesn't it mean piss can ie drunkard?

CatPower Sat 01-Sep-12 11:19:44

She'll be teased as either a drunk or a bath bomb. sad

cansu Sat 01-Sep-12 11:19:53

Sorry I think this is awful. Why do you need to have an unusual name?

wellwisher Sat 01-Sep-12 11:24:53

A lush is a drunk - if you must have an unusual name don't pick one that means something bad to most people!

Wilding Sat 01-Sep-12 11:24:59

From the dictionary:

1. drunkard; alcoholic; sot.
2. intoxicating liquor.
verb (used without object)
3. to drink liquor.
verb (used with object)
4. to drink (liquor).

Not a good choice IMO!

CalamityJones Sat 01-Sep-12 11:26:45

I'm from the west country. Gert lush! It's a terrible name..

Puremince Sat 01-Sep-12 11:27:57

The "e" on the end would make me pronounce it "Loosh" not Lush. Once I'd been told it was pronounced "Lush" I'd wonder why a baby had a name that usually refers to drunks.

I wouldn't use it for the reasons above

However, if you want to use it, why add the extra 'e'?

CalamityJones Sat 01-Sep-12 11:29:15

Sorry, that was rude, I've just seen it's your first post. But she won't ever be able to travel west of Swindon without her name causing hysterics (should she ever want to, of course)

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 11:31:38

Thank you for your honesty everyone. According to the dictionary Lush is from the adjective 'Luxurious' and that is how I have always known it to mean lovely or Luxury. Where are you all from? Not sure whether this is just a uk site or world wide site? There is a well known shop called Lush in my town and why would they call it that if it meant piss head or drunkard?

Lux is a lovely name, I would consider it but hubby dismissed it straight away so may need some persuasion... thank you hugefurry.

I like unusual names as I come from a family with unusal names i.e my brother's names are Jansen, Jaeren and nobody has ever said a bad word about those names and they are both very popular. Just out of interest what do you think about their names?

InkyBinky Sat 01-Sep-12 11:32:56

Not good, sorry. I like Lushe even less than Lush but both are confused . Sorry.

BonnieBumble Sat 01-Sep-12 11:35:18

Have it as a middle name and have Gert as the first name. wink

I came across a little girl called Lux at a m&t group recently. Not my cup of tea at all.

InkyBinky Sat 01-Sep-12 11:37:00

Your brothers names are absolutely fine. I am UK based.

NellyJob Sat 01-Sep-12 11:37:01

here in Wales, everything is 'lush' , it seems the teenagers are using that dictionary definition, but for everything from ice cream to good weather.
'lush' as a female alcoholic is also well known,possibly from the USA.
I really wouldn't call a girl this.
how about 'Dagenham' or 'Romford' to go with Harlowe?

WithACherryOnTop Sat 01-Sep-12 11:37:27

It's a slang term for a drunk,and a well known one at that.

slatternlymother Sat 01-Sep-12 11:37:31

Ooooh goodness no, sorry I think it sounds a bit trashy.

If not Lux, how about Lexi?

Thumbwitch Sat 01-Sep-12 11:38:21

Truly? I try not to be too rude on here but it's an awful idea.

And yes, regardless of what you have or haven't heard of, "lush" is indeed an oldfashioned term for a female drunkard.

Lux = soap, or degrees of light.

Nothing wrong with your brothers' names, btw.

If you want a name like it but in the "standard but different" name bracket, then try Lucia.

wellwisher Sat 01-Sep-12 11:38:44

Definition from American slang dictionary website

Don't like your brothers' names much either tbh. Sorry.

tara0202 Sat 01-Sep-12 11:39:10

Sorry, in my.honest opinion, lush is a ridiculous name. There are lots of lovely unusual names.

(Also agree that with an e on the end it would sound as if she was called 'loosh').

SirBoobAlot Sat 01-Sep-12 11:40:32

How absolutely ridiculous. I like unusual names, but blimey...

Scout, Spike and now Lush. Baby Names has some "interesting" people on today.

LadyMargolotta Sat 01-Sep-12 11:40:33

It's a slang word, either meaning 'delicious' or meaning a drunk. It's usually said with a sneer on the face.

Either way it is really not a good name - in a totally different league to Jansen and Jaeren.

Thumbwitch Sat 01-Sep-12 11:43:28

You wouldn't want it pronounced loosh either - louche is another word that you probably wouldn't want associated with your DD as it means disreputable, immoral, indecent.

onedev Sat 01-Sep-12 11:44:32

Completely agree with LadyM.

I'm from Northern Ireland & only know it as female alcoholic (& always used in a derogatory way). Until Gavin & Stacy, I didn't know it was ever used positively.

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 11:44:37

That's why I came on here to ask and get an overall opionion. I think the drunk thing has originated in America because all the Oxford/Cambridge dictionaries are referring to Lush as meaning Lush 'greenery' or Lush Luxurious. Lexi is a name I love but it is becoming more and more popular by the minute and now after the baby in Eastenders being called Lexi it means that by the time she goes to school there is going to be about 3 Lexi's in her class!

From up north, Lush means liking a drink at bit too much up here as well. I know its also the name of a brand of shops, but I still think that I wouldn't name a child of mine after some soap.

Sorry, its sounds a bit harsh but I think you'd regret it.

Love Harlowe though, really lovely.

sleepyhead Sat 01-Sep-12 11:47:42

Jansen is a bog standard Scandinavian surname. Jaeren is a place in Norway. They sound fine.

Lush doesn't sound nice (slush, flush, mush - not a good sound to my ears) and it means "drunk" to a lot of people.

SirBoobAlot Sat 01-Sep-12 11:49:59

It could say "BEST NAME IN THE WORLD" in the dictionary, but it wouldn't matter; that won't be what people are thinking.

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 11:51:23

tryingtonotfeckup - Thank you for your nice comments about Harlowe, it caused a massive fallout with my hubby's family but the only negative thing they could say about it was that there was a place in London called it. SO WHAT!

As for Lush or Lushe I would never have known that to some people it had a negative meaning so thank you for your feedback it has been very useful.

Regardless of its meaning, Lush just isn't a nice sound to my ears. I'm from the South East, and it makes quite a harsh noise in my accent. Like mush. Or hush. I automatically say it in a teacher voice.

Waspie Sat 01-Sep-12 11:51:47

Well I'm in the South East of the UK and Lush is slang for someone who drinks too much. It's perjorative.

Lush - a shop that sells toiletries and cosmetics. No idea why they called it that. Probably because in teenage slang Lush means desirable.

Dunno what dictionary you have I suggest you get a different one! Here's the urban dictionary entry:

Personally I like names for children as opposed to random words. There are thousands of beautiful and unusual names that a person could use before they need to resort to naming their child after a shop or an adjective or a series of randomly chosen letters.

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 11:53:20

sleepyhead - Not many people know that about the name Jaeren so very impressed you knew that! :0)

Bilbobagginstummy Sat 01-Sep-12 11:53:30


SoupDragon Sat 01-Sep-12 11:53:34

my brother's names are Jansen, Jaeren and nobody has ever said a bad word about those names and they are both very popular

Well, they don't refer to an alcoholic so [shrug]

Not to my taste but at least they aren't a word that clearly mean something.

BTW, with the E at the end, I would assume it was Looshee and a "unique" version of Lucy.

There are many unusual names to choose from without being daft.

NellyJob Sat 01-Sep-12 11:53:44

there was a place in London called it. SO WHAT!
it's not in London it's a dire dormitory town in Essex.
It really sounds odd as a name.

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 11:56:00

Waspie - Please suggest some beautiful names that you don't find 3 or 4 kids with the same name in tesco's?

Cookie804 Sat 01-Sep-12 11:58:26

What you have to remember is kids are evil(they don't mean to be but they are). Giving your child and interesting name is fine for you but its them that have to go to school and face the ridicule.

sassytheFIRST Sat 01-Sep-12 12:00:54

I think this is a fake - the OP knows someone with that name and is taking the piss on here.

I hope so.

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 12:01:26

NellyJob - I apologise, from Essex not London and it's your opinion that it's a dire town. The family are used to it now and wouldn't see her as anything else so I'm very happy with her name.

The name Lush is being scrubbed right away though, you'll all be pleased to know.

FelicitywasSarca Sat 01-Sep-12 12:02:13

Lushe? Said it in my head to rhyme with 'douche' not a good connotation.

And then you said it was really Lush? (I am with you in that I didn't know it meant drunk- and I have lived in the north and south east) but I do recognise it it in the Gavin and Stacey sense as well as the soap shop (which stinks...)

It isn't so much an usual name, as not a name. Sorry but think again unless you (and she) can live with the odd looks.

sassytheFIRST Sat 01-Sep-12 12:02:19

Oh and I think to call someone a lush cos they drink a lot is a pretty old term - sounds kinda twenties to me (bit F Scott Fitzgerald etc).

bruffin Sat 01-Sep-12 12:02:42

I work in Harlow, its dreadful as a girls name even with an "e"

FelicitywasSarca Sat 01-Sep-12 12:02:58

X post, sorry OP. pleased to hear you've seen sense!

iMoniker Sat 01-Sep-12 12:03:44

Here's some suggestions for you to go with Harlowe...

Greta (my favourite)

mollymole Sat 01-Sep-12 12:03:55

I think Eloise (EL O EESE) sounds nice with Harlowe

iMoniker Sat 01-Sep-12 12:05:44

Bruffin - thats a bit harsh. Given the OP has named her DD1 Harlowe, it would have been kinder o keep quiet.

OP I like Harlowe. smile

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Sat 01-Sep-12 12:05:51

you're not still considering this, are you? it's really awful, lush is a drunk and louche is a bit slaggy. surely those two facts take it off the table?

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Sat 01-Sep-12 12:06:29

oh good, x-post. smile

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 12:06:41

Cookie - Thank you for your comment, I do always try to think of what people will call my child at school, it is always a factor that goes into choosing a name. I had never heard of Lush meaning anything other than lovely so to hear some people associate it to meaning drunk means that it is definately off the list.

lottiegarbanzo Sat 01-Sep-12 12:06:48

Lush is an abbreviation of luscious, hence the shop and 'she (or it) is right lush'. A lush is an alcoholic in British English. Bit old fashioned maybe but well known.

Lux relates to luxurious.

Waspie Sat 01-Sep-12 12:06:55

What's beautiful to me probably won't be to you smile The baby name book I bought had something like 7,000 names with their meanings and derivations. There are loads online now too. Basically I took the govt lists of popular names for the past 5 years and crossed all these out from the book and then went through the rest until I found some I liked and made a shortlist.

I have an unusual name and I hate it. I was teased at school for it and it's not a pleasant feeling. But at least it's an actual name, I guess I should be thankful for that.

Fairenuff Sat 01-Sep-12 12:07:12

What's wrong with there being other children with the same name? The teacher won't confuse them just because there are three Emilys.

iMoniker Sat 01-Sep-12 12:08:11

What were your thoughts on my suggestions Jem?

bruffin Sat 01-Sep-12 12:08:23

Would it be kinder to let op make the same mistake again. Her choice was dreadful first time, and Lushe is even worse.
Anyone who knows Harlow knows that it is not the type of place you name your dd after.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Sat 01-Sep-12 12:09:21

i would have thought more people would associate it with Jean Harlowe or Nicole Ritchie's wee girl, tbh.

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 12:10:38

Sorry but this is not a fake so please can everyone take me seriously. I am new to posting so your comments about an OP are falling on deaf ears, aka I don;t know what an OP is.

onedev Sat 01-Sep-12 12:11:16

You're the Op - Original Poster.

iMoniker Sat 01-Sep-12 12:11:22

Bruffin - just because you are posting anonymously on the Internet, you are not excused from basic courtesy. The OP had already taken the overwhelming consensus on board! There was no need to be nasty!!!

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Sat 01-Sep-12 12:11:50

OP means original poster or original post, jem.

bruffin Sat 01-Sep-12 12:13:03

It's Jean Harlow not "Harlowe"

Thumbwitch Sat 01-Sep-12 12:13:26

What about Jewel?
or Leisha?

leelteloo Sat 01-Sep-12 12:13:30

I'm from London and lush is a wino lady or a slang term for saying something is nice. Not a good name at all. Sorry

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Sat 01-Sep-12 12:14:00

lol, thanks for your help there, bruffine. grin

bruffin Sat 01-Sep-12 12:14:50

Surely the poiint of posting on an anonymous board is that you get honest answers.

PineappleBed Sat 01-Sep-12 12:14:57

Glad you've junked lushe!

Unusual names...how about...

Seren (not unusual in Wales)

onedev Sat 01-Sep-12 12:15:46

I haven't read the whole thing but haven't noticed people not taking you seriously confused.

I think most people here don't like the associations with Lush (it really is very derogatory), so it's great you've now ruled it out.

FWIW (for what it's worth), I really like the name Harlowe although doubt I'd have the nerve to use it grin

Good luck finding a name you love.

NellyJob Sat 01-Sep-12 12:17:04


iMoniker Sat 01-Sep-12 12:17:19

The OP was not seeking your opinion on her Dd1s name Bruffin. You had no reason to bag it, clearly you are ok with that. Each to their own ...

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 12:18:31

IMoniker - Sorry I'm trying to keep up. Thank you so much for the suggestion of names but they all sound quite old fashioned so don't like Sorry, I am fussy ;0)

AitchTwo and onedev and anyone else that has told me what OP means thank u, they said about it being a fake so I thought OP light have been one of the admin/techy guys from the site.

Bruffin - You are being very harsh, I asked for people to be nice. Why do some people take pleasure out of being so nasty??!

bruffin Sat 01-Sep-12 12:21:12

I am not being nasty just honest.

iMoniker Sat 01-Sep-12 12:24:46

Jem - no worries. Glad you've shelved Lushe - agree with the others about drunkard associations...

What about


jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 12:24:48

Thumbwitch - I like Jewel, bet no one else will ;0)

Bruffin - I didn't realise I was posting anonymously, I do have a username so not sure why it wasn;t used.

Onedev - Thanks for your comments about Harlowe, she is quite popular so it was a good gamble.

Pineapple - I like Seren and Fuschia (also my favourite colour!)

tethersend Sat 01-Sep-12 12:26:37

What about Loveday?

iMoniker Sat 01-Sep-12 12:26:39

What about January or Halle?

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 12:26:45

iMoniker - Like Brooke, have always liked it since Brooke from One Tree Hill but just don't like it's popularity. How many Brooke's do you know just out of interest.

badtime Sat 01-Sep-12 12:27:48

jem08/OP, do you have a Scandinavian background? (I ask because of your brother's names)

If you are, maybe try a nice Scandie name. It will seem unusual, but not 'out there'.

iMoniker Sat 01-Sep-12 12:28:18

None. Not one.

I know two Brooklyn's though

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 12:29:03

teothersend - Unusual but not sure about that one? Do you know someone with that name?

iMoniker - You're on my wavelength now, think you've sussed the kind of names I go for, January is nice. I also like Autumn.

iMoniker Sat 01-Sep-12 12:30:59

Scand names


iMoniker Sat 01-Sep-12 12:32:06

Yeah I like January - Janey for short

amck5700 Sat 01-Sep-12 12:32:23


jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 12:32:59

iMoniker - Brooke is definately going to be considered (I think hubby liked it too) as I don't know any either. I did meet a newborn in a hair dressers who had just been given the name so I thought the popularity had sinced increased.

badtime - Not Scandinavian background that I know of, my mum just likes unusual name and I do too. Jansen is acually a Turkish friend of my dad's that we named him after.

badtime Sat 01-Sep-12 12:33:14

Silje, Saga, Moa, Ylva, Malin...

amck5700 Sat 01-Sep-12 12:33:19


amck5700 Sat 01-Sep-12 12:33:53


jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 12:34:20

amck5700 - not keen on that one, got any others.

WantAnOrange Sat 01-Sep-12 12:35:13

I'm in the South West and Lush has always meant lovely/delicious, hence the name of the shop. I still wouldn't choose it though!

Silent letters added on for nothing seems utterly pointless to me.

What other names do you like?

amck5700 Sat 01-Sep-12 12:35:22


iMoniker Sat 01-Sep-12 12:37:59

Sienna ... V common

iMoniker Sat 01-Sep-12 12:39:44


jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 12:40:19

amck5700 - Piper is nice, reminds me of Charmed (if you ever watched it?)

Wantan orange - Thank u for your constructive criticism, the reason I added a pointless letter onto Harlowe is to make it more feminine and also to shut my hubby's family up about referring to Harlow in Essex. If I was from Essex then I probably wouldn't have called her that.

amck5700 Sat 01-Sep-12 12:41:34

Nope never watched it - you seem to like names suitable for boys or girls so maybe have a look at more of those.

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 12:42:40

iMoniker - I used to like Sienna but you are right it has become very common and there's one that lives in the same town as me. Kendra is one of Hugh Hefner's ex playmates (i think) so I'll avoid that like the plague.

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 12:43:22

amck5700 - Good suggestion, I shall do.

iMoniker Sat 01-Sep-12 12:44:15

Lol... Yes good idea

iMoniker Sat 01-Sep-12 12:44:48

Let us know hat you decide on

Margerykemp Sat 01-Sep-12 12:44:49

What about Luna?

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 12:46:21

iMoniker - lol I will do, Brooke is my favourite so far.

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 12:48:36

Margery - Luna is niceactually, worries me whether she'll get called Luney i.e Luna needs to go in the Looney Bin!

PavlovtheCat Sat 01-Sep-12 12:48:38

sirboob i love the name Scout! DS would have been Scout, if he were a girl grin but Lush is not a nice name OP for the reasons already stated.

Lexi is lovely.

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 12:51:48

iMoniker and anyone else that wants to join in, what do you think of the name Teal?

iMoniker Sat 01-Sep-12 12:56:49

Not my personal taste. I like more old fashioned names.

Its less likely to result in the strong negative reactions to Lushe though. Goes well itch Harlowe

iMoniker Sat 01-Sep-12 12:57:08

With not itch?

EddieIzzardIsMine Sat 01-Sep-12 12:58:43

I actually quite like Teal...but that may be due to being forced to sit through Cbeebies every morning (Abney and Teal)

Hmmm...what do you think of Abney OP?

Thumbwitch Sat 01-Sep-12 12:59:19

Teal for a girl? Not sure. Better for a boy.

What about Asha?

Tethers - I knew a Loveday! she was a nurse in her 50s when I met her.

SirBoobAlot Sat 01-Sep-12 12:59:57

<disowns Pav from friends list wink>

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 13:03:21

iMoniker - Just realised what your post meant, I thought you thought the name I had suggested was 'itch' lol. Just thought I'd let you know that I know the teasing and bad words that would be said about itch and so I would never choose that lol! Not if my life depended on it lol!

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 13:06:44

eddieIzzard - Abney and Teal, my daughter loves it! Think that's where I got Teal from but also know it's a colour. Don;t like Abney.

Thumbwitch - Just out of interest, why Teal for a boy and not a girl?

thixotropic Sat 01-Sep-12 13:24:54

piper always just says piper alpha (oil rig disaster) to me.


confuddledDOTcom Sat 01-Sep-12 13:40:24

I'm from the Midlands and not heard of it as anything to do with drink or as a bad word. I love the shop Lush and it sums up what I know the word to mean. I think we all have things that connect to different names. I once said I'd never marry someone with the same name as my brother because they've all been horrible bullies to me, I've been married twice and both had the same name as my brother - first one really was a horrible bully! My husband's nan didn't like our eldest's name before she was born because it had been the name of her ginger bridesmaid (not sure what the ginger has to do with anything) but was dotty over her when she was born.

Thumbwitch Sat 01-Sep-12 13:42:37

Jem, I don't think I could tell you! It just sounds more male than female to me.

jaffacakehips Sat 01-Sep-12 13:45:45

No, it's terrible. Really quite terrible. Please don't.

What about Alexia nn Lexi? I think it goes nicely with DD1's name.

EddieIzzardIsMine Sat 01-Sep-12 13:51:11

Would Teal have any nn? Tee?

Harlowe and Teal...yea, its growing on me

Would you have any middle names too?

Thumbwitch Sat 01-Sep-12 13:53:13

Just had a look online, it's listed as a girl's name so why not? Or how about Tia?

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 13:54:20

confuddled - It must be a midlands thing because that's where I'm from and I had never heard Lush in a negative way at all either. Sounds similar family problems with names as we had, care to share your names and the bullies name?

I really like the previous suggestions of Rowan and January to go with Harlowe ( which I think is lovely, btw).

I also like Sunday, Felicity (Lissie for nn) and Araminta (Minty).

Lushe is bad. And I would pronounce it to rhyme with "Touche!", as in fencing/swordfighting Musketeer style.

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 14:00:02

Thumbwitch - Used to like Tia but, since Tia sharpe it has put me off. Quite like Thea (pronnounced Taya).

EddieIzzard - What do you mean about the nn? I did think about spelling it differently as Thial or with that special silent 'e' at the end? Not a fan of middle names, not for my children and also I like so few names that if I used a middle name I liked then that would be one off the list for my next child lol.

Jaffacake - Alexia, not too bad but Lexi is getting too popular and after the baby on Eastenders being called that it has really put me off.

scottishmummy Sat 01-Sep-12 14:02:31

lushe that's a playboy mansion name
one of hughies playmates
and why the silent e it's ghastly enough without misspelling it

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 14:03:34

Morethan crack - Sunday is nice, think I must like days of the week and months because I used to like Summer before it became so popular. Thank you for your nice comments on Harlowe, I think it is always going to receive a mixed review but may even become popular as it is something like number 12 in the states for baby girl choices.

jaffacakehips Sat 01-Sep-12 14:04:59

Thea is is pronounced THEE-ah. Taya confusedhmm

Might as well call her Tanya!

EddieIzzardIsMine Sat 01-Sep-12 14:05:04

Sorry, 'nn' is nickname, I was wondering if you'd ever shorten Teal

scottishmummy Sat 01-Sep-12 14:05:31

do you know lush is slang for drunkard,sexually available?
as in she's a lush
if you like it so much use it for yourself,see the reaction...hi I'm lush

coldfuchsia Sat 01-Sep-12 14:05:40

How about











jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 14:07:33

Scottish mummy - Is she called Candy Lush or something similar to that? Or is it just Lush? Anyway I think the view on Lush is very negative so I have decided to scrap it altogether.

Sidge Sat 01-Sep-12 14:08:12

Glad you've shelved Lushe. It's dire.

If you like unusual, androgynous names how about


More girly names


scottishmummy Sat 01-Sep-12 14:09:13

well good job you asked
lush is dreadful
and lushe is dreadful name misspelt

TheMonster Sat 01-Sep-12 14:10:19

I'm so glad you asked on here before you went ahead and used the name Lushe

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 14:11:21

coldfuchsia - Quinn, yes I love but having a Quinn in Glee will boost it's popularity. Brooke and Autumn I do like yes, Kinley I'm umming and arring about, hmm not sure...

Does anyone like the name Skya or know any where you live?

cece Sat 01-Sep-12 14:12:30

Whatever you choose please at least spell it correctly.

I put my tuppence worth in and suggest Kezia.

jaffacakehips Sat 01-Sep-12 14:13:42

I agree with cece

Skye yes, no to Skya confused

My last suggestion is Avery!

coldfuchsia Sat 01-Sep-12 14:15:50

Op, I think you are flogging a dead horse trying to get this lot to like your names. You are talking about people who love a nice Mabel or Juno. They will never go for anything you might like.

If you like Skya, then go ahead. Dont let this lot make your doubt your choices.

coldfuchsia Sat 01-Sep-12 14:16:21

(if you love Quinn, Ild go for it, btw, its a lovely name and I dont think it will become very popular, even with Glee)

TwllBach Sat 01-Sep-12 14:22:00

Ooooh....How about Tuppence? It's a name I secretly like but wouldn't be brave enough to use.

I quite like Harlow...Didn't Nicole Richie call her DC somethign similar?

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 14:23:40

coldfuchsia - I don't necessarily want them to like my names. If they just don't like them then that's their choice but if they don't like them because it means something else in their part of the country then it's a really good thing I did ask for their opinion. Lush could have been named and been fine in the midlands, with everyone thinking ahh unusual but means lovely so very ice... Then we would have gone for a day out up north or down south and had people sniggering at the name, thinking she's going to have the pee ripped out of her when she gets to high school, how could the parents name her after a drunk?? I would feel awful.

I really do appreciate all the reviews from everyone, no matter how honest they are.

TwllBach Sat 01-Sep-12 14:23:47

How about Skylar, if you like Skya?

cece Sat 01-Sep-12 14:24:35

No to Tuppence - it is what my mum used to call my lady bits. LOL

TwllBach Sat 01-Sep-12 14:26:14

grin cece I did just think to myself "but wouldn't that be shortened to Tup....isn't that another name for oral sex???" Or is that tip...tipping the velvet...

<confuses self>

But then it could be Penny as a nn, which I think is also pretty

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 14:26:24

TwllBach - Yes she did and I copied her a few months later, otherwise my daughter Harlowe (as she is now known) would not have had a name ever. It is bad enough getting your hubby to agree to a name, let alone the rest of the family. It only seems to have taken off in America though.

Aerobreaking Sat 01-Sep-12 14:26:26

I also like Harlowe. Also think its a bit off to comment on the OPs eldest ch

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 14:31:57

Aerobreaking - Thank you, it was a gamble that seems to have paid off. About 50% like the name Harlowe and about 50% hate it lol. And most the ones that hate it are near Harlow, Essex.

Aerobreaking Sat 01-Sep-12 14:52:26

I also like Harlowe. Also think its a bit off to comment on the OPs eldest child, that she wasn't asking about. You seem to like nature names OP. How about

TwllBach Sat 01-Sep-12 14:56:12

<sticks oar in again>

Merrin is lovely - I think I have also seen it spelt MerrYn.

Harlowe and Merryn - they look pretty together!

StinkyPig Sat 01-Sep-12 15:06:23

Oh I live Quinn. If I have another DD she will be Quinn (it's v unlikely though unless DH's vasectomy fails)! grin

I also love Felix for a girl. What about Niamh? (spelt the more unusual and original and beautiful way).

StinkyPig Sat 01-Sep-12 15:07:25

*live = love.

Or how about Sennen? ( it's a pretty Cornish town and a lovely name).

TheCatInTheHairnet Sat 01-Sep-12 15:10:29

Piper's very American but I love it. I know one with a completely crazy middle name and she's such a cool kid that she totally rocks her name.

scummymummy Sat 01-Sep-12 15:15:26

How about:


SirBoobAlot Sat 01-Sep-12 15:20:25

Sennen looks like "semen".

scummymummy Sat 01-Sep-12 15:20:56


yy to Winter.

Actually scummymummy's list is lovely.

onedev Sat 01-Sep-12 16:38:02

Love Piper & Merryn - both v pretty & go with Harlowe. grin

Stellan Sat 01-Sep-12 17:42:18

No to Lush.

Maybe you might like:

Harlowe & Haven
Harlowe & Vivien
Harlowe & Tallulah
Harlowe & Aubrey
Harlowe & Journey
Harlowe & Briella
Harlowe & Ellery
Harlowe & Parker
Harlowe & Tawny
Harlowe & Cherry
Harlowe & Lavender
Harlowe & Leta
Harlowe & Lilac
Harlowe & Annisto
Harlowe & Callista
Harlowe & Jada
Harlowe & Everly/Everleigh
Harlowe & Arden
Harlowe & Garnet
Harlowe & Honor
Harlowe & Willa
Harlowe & Reverie
Harlowe & Waverly
Harlowe & Wren
Harlowe & Alana
Harlowe & Coral
Harlowe & Avery
Harlowe & Hollis
Harlowe & Fable

MammyToMany Sat 01-Sep-12 18:00:32

I like Lushe

NarkedRaspberry Sat 01-Sep-12 18:03:55

Or Body Shop.

expatinscotland Sat 01-Sep-12 18:04:34

I think it's ridiculous.

scottishmummy Sat 01-Sep-12 18:07:07

if you like lush,introduce yourself informally lush
hi I'm lush,everyone just call me lush
see the reaction

susitwoshoes Sat 01-Sep-12 20:16:29

I would spend rather more time choosing a name you and your DH like, and rather less time worrying if anyone else in the world has the same name. Just because it's unusual now doesn't mean it will stay so; if some celeb calls their child Harlowe they'll be ten a penny in Tesco's before you know it. Which, as it happens, doesn't matter a jot; after all, you're presumably not going to change a name should it become popular? So I wouldn't worry about it in the first place.

onlyaname Sat 01-Sep-12 20:29:13

What about Hadley?

Ernest Hemingway's first wife's name, I really like it but DH does not.

Or Silver, I love Silver but it won't go with our surname.

BlueCanary Sat 01-Sep-12 20:31:01

Love the name Piper. Goes great with Harlowe.

FWIW, where I live Lush means great/gorgeous/amazing as in 'Omg he is well lush!'. Still wouldn't use it though!

SleepyCaz Sat 01-Sep-12 20:32:02

Parker is nice smile

Can I ask why you are so desperate for your childs name not to be popular? What difference does it make if she knows another Hannah/Chloe/Evie?

My eldest is called Jack. Unbeknownst to DH and I, in the year he was born, it was spending it's ELEVENTH year as the number one boys name in the UK! I wouldn't have changed my mind if I'd known that. We know lots of Jack's, but it doesn't take away from ours IYSWIM.

scottishmummy Sat 01-Sep-12 20:35:41

Parker makes me think nosey Parker
like Hadley though

zookeeper Sat 01-Sep-12 20:35:44

Lushe? Horrible. And cruel.

Lushe Sat 01-Sep-12 21:02:52

I love my name and have never met another Lushe, apart from all those harpies at the mumsnet meetup I attended. Go for it!

zookeeper Sat 01-Sep-12 21:05:46

bet they were all horrified really, Lushe smile

ChiefOwl Sat 01-Sep-12 21:11:05


Badgerina Sat 01-Sep-12 23:32:27

Hope you don't live in (or ever go to) Bristol.

Everything there is *cue Westcountry accent*: "GURT LUSH!"

Translation: "really nice"

Lushe Sat 01-Sep-12 23:40:57

I have never had any problemes in Bristole.

jem08 Sat 01-Sep-12 23:51:29

Lushe - How old r u roughly? Just age range if u prefer? How exactly is your name pronnounced?

cakeismysaviour Sun 02-Sep-12 00:00:27

I love Quinn!

What about Sabrina? Its on my list even though I don't think I will be allowed to use it if I have a girl. sad

Thumbwitch Sun 02-Sep-12 00:08:44

jem - don't fall for it!! Lushe is a namechanger for fun. smile

I only know one Quinn, and he's a boy.

JessePinkman Sun 02-Sep-12 00:17:06

I would say Elizabeth, Louise, Emma, Kate, Rebecca, Sarah.

Why give your dd a mad name? If she can have a normal name? Why be unique.

jem08 Sun 02-Sep-12 00:30:40

Thumbwitch - never heard Quinn for a boy but actually think it suits both.

Jesse - Sorry dislike them all, I know horrible girls with each of those names and it just puts me off. I like unique and always have done, just how i am.

confuddledDOTcom Sun 02-Sep-12 01:47:09

Jem, I had to laugh earlier, I posted on my status what I was eating (very rare for me to do it but it's something I can't normally have when I have kids around but they've all gone to the ILs so I was making most of it) and someone came back with "sounds lush" and I thought yep, that's the right use!

Name that was always a bully was Mark. The current Mark is lovely though grin

NellyJob Sun 02-Sep-12 02:13:58

this is a wind up though isn't it?
nobody calls their daughters Harlow and Lush?

NellyJob Sun 02-Sep-12 02:14:17

oh sorry harlowe and lushe

ravenAK Sun 02-Sep-12 02:57:17


nooka Sun 02-Sep-12 04:03:55

Don't assume that if you make a name up your child will be unique. Our old childminder gave all three of her children interesting names with odd spellings but when they got to school they all found that they shared a name with someone else!

sashh Sun 02-Sep-12 04:04:26

I've lived in 5 different areas in the UK, my brother lives in another.

When I lived in Oxford it was used as slang for something being nice. In every other place it has just had the meaning of drunk, usually a drunk woman and occasionally the local slag.

Having Lush cosmetics does not alter this. Please don't.

IdPreferNot Sun 02-Sep-12 04:33:34

Lana? It's got the old Hollywood feel of Harlowe (I know Jean was without an 'e', but still... and I like Harlowe. Nice name.)

Whatever you pick, here's the top tip: DO NOT TELL YOUR FAMILY UNTIL AFTER THE BABY IS BORN AND NAMED. This is for you and DH alone to decide. Everyone else will simply criticise because they can. Once it's a done deal, they'll all have to suck it up!

comixminx Sun 02-Sep-12 05:33:33

Someone up thread has already suggested Fuchsia which is nice and very unusual: hard to spell tho! Lots of folks will misspell it as Fuschia (for years I thought that was how it was spelled... blush)

mathanxiety Sun 02-Sep-12 06:06:17

How about
Tierney (more old Hollywood to go with Harlowe - Gene Tierney), and both Jean/Gene too. Weird.
Mia (again Hollywood, but I think it's popular)
Leigh (again Hollywood, Vivienne Leigh)

Love the name Harlowe.

Like Skya too

Brooke I have known a few, so not that uncommon.

Here's some unusal names I don't here

Sparrow (isn't this what nicole called here other DC)

I read Lushe as loo- shay.

everlong Sun 02-Sep-12 17:04:41

I really can't stand the word lush.

Arabellasmella Sun 02-Sep-12 18:37:00

No! I just thought drunk straight away. It's really not nice. What about Marley?

Anonymumous Sun 02-Sep-12 20:56:33

You might want to drop Brooke - it was the 50th most popular girl's name in 2011, with 1216 girls called this. It isn't 'unusual' in the way that you would like it to be.

Why not look at the ONS statistics - you can find some seriously unusual names on there if you scroll all the way down Table 6!


PercyFilth Mon 03-Sep-12 00:34:30

I know a Brooke, but he's an elderly gentleman.

Blu Mon 03-Sep-12 00:45:28

Isn't there some joke about Harlow - Margot Asquith being adressed by Jean Harlow as Margott said 'the T is silent, as in harlow / harlot' or something? Are you having us in just a bit, OP?

You can't possibly call a child Lushe. If it doesn't mean drunk it means 'highly gorgeous and desirable'. Not a thing you want a young teen to be dealing with, esp if she ends up going thorugh a spotty phase.

Jane is nice, or Mary, and both very unusual these days.

GetOrfAKAMrsUsainBolt Mon 03-Sep-12 00:50:34

I like Harlowe. Glad you're not using Lush as it is a bllody AWFUL word used all the time "ohmgod that's so LUUUUSH' in terrible west country accents where I live.

If you like Skya and unusual names what about Schuyler (dutch pronounced skyler).

Fuchsia is also lovely.

GetOrfAKAMrsUsainBolt Mon 03-Sep-12 00:52:58

But yes people will spell Fuchsia wrong all the time, I think it is one of those words

swooosh Mon 03-Sep-12 00:54:08

I don't actually mind Harlow as a name - and I live in the town next door to it!! (though it is a bleak bleak town)

Lushe is an awful name

Badgerina Mon 03-Sep-12 00:55:09

My parents both think it's hilarious to deliberately pronounce Fuschia "Fucksia".

They're a right pair of comedians hmm (but it makes my point)

Badgerina Mon 03-Sep-12 00:56:09

Fuck. Fuchsia. Haha! (spelling)

mathanxiety Mon 03-Sep-12 00:59:21

Yes, I think there are definitely a few drawbacks to Fuchsia.

zingally Mon 03-Sep-12 11:54:20


Bluefrogs Mon 03-Sep-12 12:06:58

chiefowl has definitely the best list,I live in Harlow and it's the most depressing concrete grey dump of a place.
Great though if you want a selection of poundshops,pawnbrokers and phone shops smile

PercyFilth Mon 03-Sep-12 12:51:07

What about Harwich, that would go well with Harlowe.

Oh wait, it should have an unnecessary e on the end. Harwiche smile


CherryBlossom27 Mon 03-Sep-12 13:31:43

Nicole Richie's daughters full name is Harlow Winter Kate and her son is Sparrow James Midnight according to Wikipedia.

Depending on when your little girl is due, could you use something to do with the seasons e.g. Summer, Autumn, Winter, or months, e.g January,March, April, May, June - these are all real names that I've heard or read in magazines, I thin there's an actress called January Jones?

GetOrfAKAMrsUsainBolt Mon 03-Sep-12 13:56:41

Bless you OP. You have taken the ribbing very well (and have changed your mind about Lushe as well, which is a good thing grin)

GetOrfAKAMrsUsainBolt Mon 03-Sep-12 13:57:09

I went to school with a girl called Tuesday (apropos of fuck all, really).

everlong Mon 03-Sep-12 13:58:14

OP you were having a little joke about Lushe weren't you?

Weren't you? <worried>

GetOrfAKAMrsUsainBolt Mon 03-Sep-12 13:58:59

I can only think Jem has never set foot in Bristol, Gloucester or Swindon. grin

PropositionJoe Mon 03-Sep-12 14:05:15

I know someone called Tuesday. Always wondered why her brother was called Simon, seemed like an odd combination for parents to choose. Turned out she was christened Sarah.

lovechoc Mon 03-Sep-12 19:16:59

smelly soap bomb

MyPetMonsterAndMe Tue 04-Sep-12 01:55:11


CouthyMowWearingOrange Tue 04-Sep-12 01:59:35

It means a drunk here in Essex too.

CouthyMowWearingOrange Tue 04-Sep-12 02:00:36

Bwahahaha to 'Harwiche'

BonaDea Tue 04-Sep-12 13:22:11

Spike is my cat's name if that helps...?

everlong Tue 04-Sep-12 13:26:30

Spike is cool.

Ds 6 wants to be called it. He'll have to stick with Gabriel though wink

3boysgirlontheway Tue 04-Sep-12 16:30:24

What about Merrily, I know the cutest little girl called Merrily.

NellyJob Tue 04-Sep-12 17:08:51

Merrily is dreadful, it reminds me of the psychopath in Dirty Harry who hijacks the school bus and makes all the kids sing...
row row row your boat merrily down the stream,
merrily merrily merrily....

SirBoobAlot Tue 04-Sep-12 17:32:24

Merrily is ridiculous.

I know a Merryn, that's nice.

Badgerina Tue 04-Sep-12 20:34:43

Bonadea everlong DS2 is going to be Spike grin I think it's one of those names you either love or hate.

everlong Tue 04-Sep-12 20:41:57

That's cool badge wink

malakadoush Tue 04-Sep-12 20:53:38

Grainne (pronounce gronya)

cordiality Tue 04-Sep-12 21:10:57

If you like names with silent 'e's at the end, how about one that has one in its proper spelling? I really like Blaise and Blythe. They'd both be lovely with Harlowe.

Secondsop Wed 05-Sep-12 23:17:37

OP,I don't want to have to add to the chorus of disapproval, but please don't call your daughter Lushe.

Secondsop Wed 05-Sep-12 23:31:25

Ah, now that I've read back properly I see you have changed your mind about Lushe. Good on you Jem for taking everyone's comments in such good spirits. I only have a couple of suggestions to add to those already mooted by others, for unusual names, on the basis that you seem to like strong, bold names rather than "pretty pretty" girly names:

- Domino
- Harper (yes, yes, I know, the Beckham baby)
- Fleur (y has a feminine meaning but not that feminine a sound)
- Narelle
- Gaia
- Isolde.

Lilka Thu 06-Sep-12 15:05:20

I think Harlowe is a really nice name smile I know a little Harlow who lives near me, but not any others

I think January, Winter, Autumn, Harper, Jewel and Haven all go with Harlowe.

I also think at some point you have to tell your family to shut up about the name. She isn't their baby, so they don't get a say

ThePieWhoLovedMe Thu 06-Sep-12 17:16:25

Rhea (Ree-a)
Yana (Yar-na)

winkle2 Thu 06-Sep-12 22:34:57

I love Winter but I'd be worried people would think you're copying Nicole Richie

TheresAlwaysTheOffSwitch Thu 03-Jan-13 16:56:52

Call her maisonette. A homely name.
Or OMG, that's unusual.
Unusual! That's an unusual name.
Lux? Is that a soap? And sorry but lush even with an e as in Bucket, still has a hint of chav.
As for your brothers names, it's a bit late to ask now.
Hello everyone.

TheresAlwaysTheOffSwitch Thu 03-Jan-13 17:01:13

I would always suggest going into a supermarket and practise shouting the name out loud whilst a friend watches others reactions. Some of these names might go well in the Coldplay household, but in the real world.
There is a really good Seinfeld episode where they are trying to name a child, 'Soda' etc.

Megsdaughter Thu 03-Jan-13 17:11:46

I knew a little girl called Keva (pronounced Cavah) always thought it was lovely.

everlong Thu 03-Jan-13 17:11:51

Oh go on. Do it.

everlong Thu 03-Jan-13 17:13:29

Ffs. This is a zombie.

I've already been on this thread months ago <tuts and moans>

GetorfsaMotherfuckingMorrisMan Thu 03-Jan-13 17:20:23

Lol at 'hello everyone' on the zombie resurrector's post.

Hello right back atcha. What on earth caused you to post on this awld thread? grin

thegreylady Thu 03-Jan-13 19:33:34

Harlowe and ....

thegreylady Thu 03-Jan-13 19:34:40

Oh flip-I've been had again [kicks self up bum]

JustFabulous Thu 03-Jan-13 19:39:24

I think the poster Lushe is winding you up!

JustFabulous Thu 03-Jan-13 19:40:48

Baby due this month. I don't think adding to it is that ridiculous.

cuillereasoupe Fri 04-Jan-13 19:37:02

It has to be Clarissa, surely?


Ellypoo Fri 04-Jan-13 19:51:36

Not keen, personally.

missmapp Fri 04-Jan-13 19:59:56


Struggling as I like old fashioned names !!

I think you have to do the prime minister test though- could there be a pm Lushe ( I know Barrack has scuppered this test though!!)

missmapp Fri 04-Jan-13 20:01:05


nelly83 Fri 04-Jan-13 21:35:08

its not a name i would choose. i used to teach a little girl called Bliss? what do u think of that? again not for me but she was a gorgeous little thing.

Pinkflipflop Sun 06-Jan-13 04:13:53

It's a horrendous name! Don't do it! I'm from Northern Ireland and over here we also use the term 'lush' to refer to someone who likes a drink!!

jem08 Mon 11-Mar-13 17:23:43

Hi everyone, just thought I would update u all, our baby girl was born on New Year's Eve, weighing 7lb 1oz and we named her Lilah (pronounced Lie-lah), she is beautiful and I think her name is beautiful too. I'm sure there will be a few of u who do not like it but I just thought I would let u all know that we didn't choose Lushe and never will. Thanks for all your help in the end.

Mummy Wilkes


drjohnsonscat Mon 11-Mar-13 17:24:44

lovely! Congratulations smile

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Mon 11-Mar-13 17:56:55

A NYE baby how exciting, Lilah is sweet I am sure your DD is beautiful and hope she and her big sister are doing well.

Still18atheart Mon 11-Mar-13 18:12:55

With connatations of the place to get presents when you have no ideas
What Stacey says all the time on Gavin and Stacey

I'm going with no

FriggFRIGGisPoorlySick Mon 11-Mar-13 19:19:10

<Deep sigh of relief>

Lilah is a lovely name smile

nomoreplease Mon 11-Mar-13 19:21:05

Do you pronounce it Louche? Not good! Sounds bit like douche too.

Coconutty Mon 11-Mar-13 20:16:03

Congrats OP and thanks for the update, Lilah much nicer.

curiousgeorgie Mon 11-Mar-13 21:44:24

Lux or lex is great...

I really like Harlowe too btw smile

Cotapaxi Mon 11-Mar-13 21:54:33

nomoreplease keep up! grin!

Congratulations OP and Lilah is gorgeous smile

twinklestar2 Mon 11-Mar-13 23:29:43

I like Lilah - congrats!

MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Tue 12-Mar-13 12:10:22

Lovely name.

ZolaBuddleia Tue 12-Mar-13 15:31:06

Congrats! A lovely name!

RPosieB Tue 12-Mar-13 20:00:19

Lush does indeed mean a drunkard! Here in Spain Luz (pronounced Looth) is a popular name. It means 'light' and I think it's lovely....

PurpleStorm Tue 12-Mar-13 21:59:12

Lilah is a lovely name smile

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