Daphne, Diana, Penelope

(42 Posts)

Any thoughts on these names? Or any other similar suggestions gratefully received. Thanks.

jaffacakehips Mon 08-Oct-12 17:06:37

Love love the name Penelope.

Penelope Diana would be very sweet.

Not a fan of Daphne.

What about Josephine nn Posy?

Dogsmom Mon 08-Oct-12 17:23:58

I can't imagine cooing over a baby Daphne and would worry they'd be called Dafty or daffy duck I do have a nickname obsession though

Diana is ok but think Penelope is the nicest although she would definitely end up Penny.

I have a Penelope. She has loads of nicknames, including Penny, but also Penn, Pencakes, Poppy, Popsy, and about 50 others. It was my number one choice when she was born. I also considered Josephine, Emmeline and Cecily.

I love Penelope but I really hesitate over Penny. it's too twee - I think that's why i'm not just going straight ahead and using Penelope.

Daphne maybe does sounds too close to Daft..

Josephine has gone to a cousin jaffa but I do like it a lot.

peggyblackett Mon 08-Oct-12 17:31:01

Love Diana - Didi for short.

MarjorieAntrobus Mon 08-Oct-12 17:31:38

Penelope is a good name.



Pfft I like Pen, can easily cope with that as a nickname. It's just Penny I'm not keen on, maybe I can get over it for the greater good of calling DD Penelope grin

MarjorieAntrobus Mon 08-Oct-12 17:41:12

At the beginning you can control the nicknames, so you could have Pen, but as your DD gets older she and her friends will agree on nicknames. Penny is obvious, but not the only one.

YouMayLogOut Mon 08-Oct-12 17:51:15

I like all three. Probably Diana, then Penelope, then Daphne.

AuntieShirley Mon 08-Oct-12 19:06:02

I love Daphne. Gorgeous!
I like Daphne, Diana then Penelope in that order.

lljkk Mon 08-Oct-12 19:07:08

I know a funny elderly Daphne, has endeared the name to me.
Diana would be my first choice, I wanted it if DC4 had been a girl. Penelope is a meh name for me.

iheartmycat Mon 08-Oct-12 19:18:20

Daphne is, in my opinion, one of THE most awful names out there. There's just nothing nice about it and the best shortening one could hope for is "Daff", which is hardly great either!

Penelope is nice, I would try and shorted it to Nell rather than Penny, but Penelope is a lovely enough name as it is.

Diana is ok. I went to school with a lovely Dyana, which probably makes we warm to the name!

What about Cecilia, Leonora or Honor?

CheshireDing Tue 09-Oct-12 00:35:54

Penelope is the best of your suggestions and I love what Iheart said to use Nell.

Daphne makes me think of Scooby Doo.

WitchesTitWhistles Tue 09-Oct-12 00:39:43

None. Penelope is wet. Daphne is twinset and pearls. Diana is princess Di fgs!

How about Persephone if you must?

Xanthe, or even Demeter is better. Sorry.

herhonesty Tue 09-Oct-12 08:58:17

i love daphne

JennaMoroney Tue 09-Oct-12 11:10:47

Penelope is lovely. Daphne is horrible. Diana is well it's ok actually but I'd wait another ten years.

BedHog Tue 09-Oct-12 11:17:21

They are all baby boomer names. Look at names lists from 1945-55 for more ideas. Some others...


I love Margo and Sylvia / Sylvie BedHog.

Daphne seems to be a love it or hate it name, I think 5 years ago I would of really disliked it but i've heard it mentioned on mumsnet here and there for the last 6 months and it's really grown on me. I probably don't have the bottle for it if i'm honest.

I think Penelope is still top of my list, very classic and capable name imo.

Diana I also love and it would be more unusual than Penelope though maybe doesn't have it's class.

RnB Tue 09-Oct-12 11:59:57

I think Daphne is gorgeous

CaptainHetty Tue 09-Oct-12 12:08:09


I'm slightly biased, though, mine is totally gorgeous grin
She does get called Penny a lot, but I don't mind that so much, it's a nice name.

Pasiphae Tue 09-Oct-12 14:06:01

I love Penelope.
Diana has aged a lot and not gone vintage yet.

In two minds about Daphne, I like the idea, but it always makes me think of someone sneezing. Plus it's a bit nerdy and not in a cool way.

MaBaya Tue 09-Oct-12 16:46:26

Penelope is back in usage again isnt it? A lovely name.

I do like Diana but it is so linked to Princess Di - dont know if that is an issue for you?

Daphne is awful.

baskingseals Tue 09-Oct-12 17:48:27

Diana i like more and more.
i also like Daphne. Penelope is not really my cup of tea.

i love Margot and Sylvie.

what about Hope or Constance, nickname Coco.

Yika Tue 09-Oct-12 20:51:16

I like all three. I love Daphne!

nappyaddict Wed 10-Oct-12 12:03:59

Penelope is my favourite but like them all:

Sylvie, Jeannie, Ana, Patricia, June, Cynthia, Rosemary, Rita, Lillian, Wendy, Tulip, Gillian, Darrell, Sally, Gwendoline, Mavis, Mabel, Minnie, Maggie, Judith/Jude, Janey, Clara, Anastasia, Rosa, Audrey, Miriam (Mimi), Hazel, Dorothy, Jenna, Stefya, Peggy, Alison (Ally), Margot, Frances, Betty, Angelina, Angelica, Maree, Teresa (Tessa/Tessie), Natalia, Belinda, Millicent, Tatiana, Loretta, Enid, Bessie, Bethan, Lispeth, Esther, Elsa, Elise, Elodie, Louisa, Luisa, Annabella, Cora, Pansy, Flora, Rowan, Delilah, Deliah, Carlotta, Nancy, Claudia, Henrietta, Harrietta, Etta, Nell, Beatrice, Beatrix, Vera, Susannah, Edith, Olive, Seraphina, Sefarina, Julietta, Josephina, Ethel, Petula, Dixie, Phoenix, Elvira, Miranda, Hilda, Barbara, Pearl, Hillary, Tabitha, Opal, Emmelina, Isadora, Theadora, Kitty, Genevieve, Helena, Lillith, Rosalind, Cordelia, Lisbet, Arabella, Claribel, Clementine, Norah, Evelina, Lucinda.

Whilst her friends will always shorten it to whatever they want, and not care if you dislike Penny, you can control what you call her, and what the teachers call her. We have always been asked "is she a Penelope or a Penny, or something else" - mainly because it took forever until she could manage the whole mouthful of a name :D

Plus Penn is an awesome nickname!

phlebas Wed 10-Oct-12 15:42:36

I like them all too smile we seriously considered Diana for 3yo dd2 but thought the Princess Di connection was still to strong (discounted Camilla for the same reason) - anyway dd2 is Penelope & we still love it. She's Nell/Nelly/Nella rather than Penny.

Can we start a Penelope quiche?

Popsandpip Fri 12-Oct-12 15:38:17

I really like all the names - very feminine and quite timeless.

My grandmother was called Daphne. No one called her anything but Daphne - no nn. She always introduced herself by that name and didn't answer to anything else. My DD's middle name is now Daphne and we get really positive comments about it. People say it's a very 1930s kind of name.

We short-listed Penelope but decided that we wouldn't use it in the end because it would get shortened to Penny. sad

Rhubarbgarden Fri 12-Oct-12 21:40:15

I like Daphne.
Or how about Frances?

imperialstateknickers Fri 12-Oct-12 21:50:04

I have a RL friend called Dinah - she's ok. In the sense of actually pretty cool. We NEVER call her Di, always Dinah or Na.

imperialstateknickers Fri 12-Oct-12 21:52:19

Forgot to say that she would go ballistic if called Di, as is of the generation who thought Diana Princess of Wales had let the side down badly by blubbing all over ITV.

nkf Fri 12-Oct-12 21:53:35

I like Diana and Penelope. Not so sure about Daphne. It makes me think of the word daft. Josephine nice. Not sure about Posy. Josie?

LonelyCloud Sat 13-Oct-12 22:51:34

I love Penelope.

Diana is still a bit too much Princess of Wales for me, but it's a lovely name. Not keen on Daphne.

UltraBOF Sat 13-Oct-12 22:54:05

Diana is lovely, and quite under-used, I think.

reallacecurtains Sat 17-Nov-12 05:39:40

Daphne, dd2. Absolutely no regrets and love the name (and the child, of course) more and more each day.

ditsydoll Sat 17-Nov-12 14:38:41

I love Daphne but my mum laughed so hard when I suggested it that it kind of put me off. All three names are lovely smile

NauseousKitty Sat 17-Nov-12 21:13:48

I have a Daphne. She is as beautiful as her name as far as I am concerned!

(Just have to say that I find it really rude when people say they 'hate' a name. They are entitled to their opinion, but it's not very kind or polite.)

gnocci Sat 17-Nov-12 21:20:49

If I have another DD she will be Daphne. I already have a Nancy smile

n0ne Sun 18-Nov-12 13:25:34

Going with the Greek theme, Persephone or Phoebe? I like that the nn for Persephone could by Percy (have a thing about masculine nicknames for girls)

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