Name you love now or name you've always loved?

(60 Posts)
popsicle1984 Mon 15-Oct-12 07:36:01

My favourite names seem to vary over the years but there are some names that, although they may not be my current number one, I've always really liked.

I was just wondering when you pick names for your children have you picked your current top name even if you haven't liked it for that long or one you've liked for a long time?

I just think if I pick one of the names I totally love at the mo, I'm more likely to go off it, whereas as there are a few names I've liked for as long as I can remember so I think these may be a better bet.

Would you pick the same names now if you named your children a while ago? I guess it's hard to judge if it's now the name of your much loved child!

I'll shut up now!

CheerfulYank Mon 15-Oct-12 07:44:48

About 10 years ago I LOVED Aidan and Ella. I was convinced they were IT. Now those are immensely popular here in the States and I've totally gone off them.

When I was pregnant with my son (he's 5) it was William or Julia, but he ended up being Sam. confused

For the one due in May I'm leading toward Madeleine or Jack. smile

So, they totally change for me!

ripsishere Mon 15-Oct-12 07:45:42

When I was younger I loved names like Tammy, Lindy, Stephanie, Tiffany. Now I am a crone I prefer names like Anna, Ellen, Judith, Lucy, Lydia.
I called my DD what has turned out to be a really popular name. She likes it. I wish I'd gone with Ellen.

MolotovBomb Mon 15-Oct-12 10:40:32

My all-time EVER favourite girls name is DD1s name. I had a romance with another name (Mia) which she was almost named, but thankfully my DH steered me to the name we gave her.

DD2 has a name that became a favourite because of the circumstances surrounding her getting here.

I love my daughters names grin

I love the names Aiden, Noah and Nicole and have done for ages. But both my ex and my current partner vetoed them sad

MolotovBomb Mon 15-Oct-12 10:47:59

Oh, I also adore the names Pearl and Penelope, but can't use those due to alliteration issues with our surname (a bit p-p-p sounding).

I have a name that, if we ever have a son, we'd use as I've loved it since I was 5yo. I also love Theo, Ethan and Nathan, but wouldn't be able to use any of them as DH can't pronounce 'th' sounds properly.

ScrambledSmegsEvilTwin Mon 15-Oct-12 10:58:28

When I was in my early teens I loved the name Christine/a. I really don't like it now. I think I associate it with that Stephen King book now, sadly.

I've loved DD's name since I was about 15/16, and haven't wavered. DH needed a teeny bit of persuading, but he loves it too now.

DD2 is going to prove more problematic. I don't love any other names, although I like a lot very much.

Boys names - I adore Gabriel, always have since I read Saki's short story Gabriel Ernest when I was a teen. Sadly it wouldn't work at all with DH's surname. If DD2 defies medical science and proves to be DS1, then we have a very nice, 'normal' name picked out for him which we both really like.

MrsJohnDeere Mon 15-Oct-12 12:31:17

As a child I swore that any daughter of mine would be called Sally. Have changed my mind now !

In my 20s/early 30s I was a huge fan of Poppy, Amelia, Lily, Chloe but now have gone off them as they're just too popular.

Now I'm more a fan of classic, 'stood the test of time' names that I would probably have considered dull or old ladyish in my youth.

My core list doesn't change, just the outliers.

The new names tend to be hormonal - two weeks later I detest them wink

My main problem is unimaginative DH.

Startailoforangeandgold Mon 15-Oct-12 13:19:06

DD1 is the name I knew from childhood I'd call my daughter, a favourite elderly relative.

DD2 was the name DH, me and the extended family all liked and more one we'd heard recently.

bigbluebump Mon 15-Oct-12 14:50:58

I think we ARE influenced, consciously or unconsciously of trends and fashions and our preferences therefore change. If a name becomes overused it may lose some of its 'specialness' and we go off it.

In my case, I still love the same names that I did 10 years ago, but they are very timeless, classic names that are far down the popularity lists so will hopefully never become too 'trendy' and overused.

3boysgirlontheway Tue 16-Oct-12 11:15:41

I have always always always loved the name Matilda. When I had my daughter I did not call her Matilda.

InSPsFanjoNoOneHearsYouScream Tue 16-Oct-12 11:19:12

I love my sons name. Most people don't like it but I do. It's not popular and its spelt different buy I love it.

ByTheWay1 Tue 16-Oct-12 11:21:28

I love the name Rebecca - but my MIL has a strong Liverpool accent and the cc becomes like the Scottish lochhhhh sound - and it grates on my nerves.. so noooo I couldn't use it...

lambethlil Tue 16-Oct-12 11:29:25

I like Ptolemy, really love it.
And have stopped dead more than one baby name thread with that nugget.

InSPsFanjoNoOneHearsYouScream Tue 16-Oct-12 11:32:36

IAm how do you pronounce it?

lambethlil Tue 16-Oct-12 12:01:07

Although trippy up pronounciations are a bit wanky as I said to StJohn and Featherstoneshaugh.

InSPsFanjoNoOneHearsYouScream Tue 16-Oct-12 12:07:49

I have never heard of that name.

Think you may have stopped this thread too!

When I mention my sons name I get told how I spell it wrong

lambethlil Tue 16-Oct-12 12:12:10

But is it wrong though? (head on side)

InSPsFanjoNoOneHearsYouScream Tue 16-Oct-12 12:14:51

No, its a English spelling i found.

It's <whispers> Kailum

lambethlil Tue 16-Oct-12 12:16:35

So it's not wrong. grin
People are so rude. Thank you for keeping me company after Ptolemygate. thanks

InSPsFanjoNoOneHearsYouScream Tue 16-Oct-12 12:18:33

You are welcome.

I'm very good a killing threads myselfgrin

My sons name causes tension I think at times!

He has boring classic middle names though!

CheerfulYank Tue 16-Oct-12 14:22:56

I quite like Ptolemy. smile I think Tolly is an adorable nn, for either that or Bartholomew.

Avalicious1980 Tue 16-Oct-12 14:33:46

Lambeth, how do you pronounce Featherstoneshaugh please? I have heard it before and I know it sounds completely different but I've forgotten (baby brain!!).

lambethlil Tue 16-Oct-12 15:01:01


StJohn is 'sinjen'.

Cholmondeley is Chumly and Shrewsbury is Shrowsberry for the school and as spelt for the town. Mousehole, the town not the feature, is Mowzul.

My brain is full of really useless facts grin

Pudgy2011 Tue 16-Oct-12 16:29:57

Adore the name Darcy for a girl. Always have, always will and regardless of the fact that it doesn't really go with our surname, I will still stamp my feet until I get to use it.

DH suggested DS1's name which is quite unusual for where we are (not UK or US) and we get lots of "wow, what a cool name" comments from people.

I also used to love Roman for a boy. Only like it now.

I've loved Ophelia since I was about 8! I am gutted it has become a bit of a comedy name with the O feel of ya tits / bum jokes etc. I would have loved to have called DD it.

Avalicious1980 Tue 16-Oct-12 17:56:21

Fanshaw that's it. I always remember StJohn/Sinjin because of that scene in four weddings!!!

Thank you!

I love the name Fritha, and i have since I was young (found it in a book called The Snow Goose, I think). However, dp did not love it at all, so when we had dd we chose a name we both love together. Just before the birth dp suggested using Fritha as a middle name, which I was delighted about as i was still secretly mourning my favorite ever name.

I think some names stay with you forever.

Kaekae Thu 18-Oct-12 13:39:48

Back when I was a teen in the 90's I liked....Toni Charlie for girls which I really do not like now at all!

I love Florence and wanted it for our DD but sadly it rhymes with our surname. I also love Eliza but due to its popularity and the fact my DDs middle name is Elizabeth I doubt I'd ever use it. Really like Matilda too, not keen on Tilly.

TheBirdsTheBirds Thu 18-Oct-12 13:47:50

I've always loved Elizabeth, Isabella and Evangeline/Evie/Eva, but if I had a baby now I probably wouldn't use the last two as they are so so popular. Popular names are fine in general, but I don't think it would be ideal having 5 other girls in your class with the same name.

dilys4trevor Thu 18-Oct-12 13:56:55

I have always loved 'Dorian' for a boy. We chickened out in the end and gave it to DS2 as a middle name. We went for Albert as first name and that is him now. I do sometimes wish I had been braver though.

A friend went for Lettice for her first and I was always very impressed with how she didn't give a shit.

Our first DS is 'John' - my favourite all time name. I haven't met another child under 10 called John ever, but maybe that is because I live in a place where everyone is called Noah, Oliver, Theo etc etc.

I would do Margot or Elizabeth for a girl. Alas, no more kids.

diamondsneezer Thu 18-Oct-12 13:57:42

Kaekae - I once had a boyfriend who said his favourite names were Toni and Charlie for girls. That was the end of our beautiful relationship!

He ended up with very good names for his children. But possibly his wife's influence!

diamondsneezer Thu 18-Oct-12 14:01:09

I always loved Theodore, nn Teddy. But I couldn't use it for DS as a friend claimed it. I was reading my copy of 'Topsy and Tim and their new baby brother' the other day and he is called Theodore, nn Teddy! So now I know where I got it from.

I love my children's names though and wouldn't change them for anything. They all like them too.

theodorakis Thu 18-Oct-12 14:30:08

I had never heard of featherstoneshaugh! That is so cool!

princesschick Thu 18-Oct-12 14:52:15

I loved Annabelle, but this was one of DH's ex flings. So can't be used. Under any circumstances. We've pretty much had our names planned for 3.5 years (time of trying) so we're totally ready, although my mum reckons you only know when you see your baby. So, I'm going to be armed with other ideas, just in case. I don't think I could use a v. popular name but...on the popular name front, I have a very, very, very, very, very popular name for my age. There were 4 of us in the same class at junior school, one of us on every floor in halls at uni, and I have 3 friends with a variation in my close circle of friends. But I LOVE my name and wouldn't change it for the world. Although I use the nn version of it (which I prefer and always have done) and keep the posh name for formal occasions and doctors appointments. Win win in my opinion smile

sassy34264 Thu 18-Oct-12 15:47:05

I have 3 children all with names that i have loved for over 10 years before i gave them to them. by the time i did they were-- extremely popular umph

By baby 4, i had nothing.

I really thought i would end up choosing a name that i would go off because i hadn't liked it for years- but i love it.

And it was never even mentioned until 2 days after she was born!

aliphil Thu 18-Oct-12 17:35:54

I had four favourite names for DD that DH vetoed for various reasons - Tamzin he just didn't like, Janet and Nicola because there are close family called Janette and Nicole, and Jennifer because when DH's father was born his mother had wanted a girl called Jennifer and told my FiL that frequently throughout his childhood.

DD has three names; the first two are respectively mine and DH's favourites of all the girls' names we could agree on, and the third is after my grandmother and a good friend who'll be one of DD's godmothers.

Merrin Thu 18-Oct-12 19:01:09

I always wanted Verity or Harriet.

exoticfruits Thu 18-Oct-12 19:04:58

I have liked Sarah since I was about 10yrs, but never needed a girl's name.

scarecrow22 Thu 18-Oct-12 19:39:02

I came upon my favourite ever name when started new job and it was name of a colleague's daughter. She tragically died so obviously out of the question, though i do wish i didnt love it so much still as hard to think beyond it. (I'm not quite as heartless as I sound: we are no longer colleagues and never really were friends, but obviously we know people in common).

When DD born (after above events) we had not agreed a girl's name and actually called her our joint No 2 choice for a day before deciding it was too serious. My husband came up with her name on the spur of the moment and the minute he said it we both knew it was right, and still adore it. It's a classic and in top 10 or 20, but we don't yet know any other girl with same name.

Interestingly our easily agreed total favourite boy's name for DC1 (Tom) now in doubt for DC 2. If it's not too weird I might eat my words and use DD1's "first name" that we ditched (Rachel) if DC2 also a girl. Another classic.

GiantUnderCrackers Thu 18-Oct-12 20:02:50

I LOVE Nathaniel. But DH hates it. I love Ned for a boy too. I don't know why I love it so...and I LOVE Noa for a girl.. I really like unusual names and names that are not very popular.

banishingthebabybrain Thu 18-Oct-12 20:04:41

I used to love Demelza when I was younger. I still think it's quite pretty but didn't add it to the list before DD came along. She has a name that I've liked for a few years - it was my great grandmother's - and I managed to persuade DH that it should be top of the list. I also like Guinevere but DH wasn't having it. We've gone with something a bit more user friendly! My favourite boy's names were Max and Sam but both were used by friends a while ago and so they didn't make the shortlist...

COCKadoodledooo Thu 18-Oct-12 20:47:23

I always liked Stephanie. Not had girls though (and neither of my boys are a Stephen!).

Nancyclancy Thu 18-Oct-12 21:48:57

Influenced by Downton, I love Cybill.

scarlettsmummy2 Thu 18-Oct-12 21:50:28

Katie, then I had the worst boss ever called katie and that was the end of that.

ShushBaby Thu 18-Oct-12 22:24:33

I never had a favourite name until pregnant with dd- but then found the perfect name which is my absolute no. 1.

Then before getting pregnant with forthcoming ds (due in a few weeks), I found my perfect boy's name. Was overjoyed to find out he was a boy not because I wanted 'the pair' (didn't give a monkeys what sex the baby was) but because I would get to use my two favourite names in the world.

If we have another child after this it will be a struggle to name them. Although I do secretly love Bridget...

StillSquiffy Thu 18-Oct-12 22:42:04

DS's name was in the bag years before he was born and we still love it.
DD's name was a compromise and she was 10 days old before DH and I found something we could sort of agree on (and I still don't' really love it)

If I had more DD's they would be called Antigone (Tigger) and Madeleine
If I had more DS's they would be called Cassius and Hugo

juneybean Thu 18-Oct-12 22:47:26

Mia but can't use it with my name without her being nicknamed rosemary's baby

StillSquiffy My DS's name is Cassius smile He's due in four weeks. It's been my favourite boys name for years now.

For a girl I always loved Charlotte or Jessica but I've gone off them both now.

moggle Thu 18-Oct-12 23:06:31

My favourite boy's name is Matthew and it has been for as long as I can remember! I was given a teddy bear by my aunty when I was born, and when I was 2 I named it Matthew after the baby son of a family friend. Ever since then I've loved the name and amazingly for such a common name, have never ever met a Matthew or Matt that I didn't like.
DH's two best mates are Matts, and we both have cousins with Matthews, but still I'd want to use it if we EVER manage to get pregnant. Fortunately DH loves it as much as I do :-)

chocoluvva Fri 19-Oct-12 01:02:39

Moses. No idea why.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Fri 19-Oct-12 01:05:35

If i had another DD, she would be Elinor. I love it. Nell for short.

popsicle1984 Fri 19-Oct-12 06:05:38

Oooh my first 'discussions of the day', yay!

SarryB Fri 19-Oct-12 09:29:46

Euphemia. It's a name I saw on an old Scottish gravestone.

noddyholder Fri 19-Oct-12 09:35:36

Teddy and Tiger

Ninunina Fri 19-Oct-12 10:38:10

My favortie girls name has been Amélie for years now. We wanted a french name for our dd (husband is French), but he spent the whole 9 months of the pregnancy hating it. A few days before she was born (after I had given up asking him), he decided he loved it! Our DD is 11 months now and we both still love it!

CruCru Fri 19-Oct-12 11:58:55

I love Claudia. DH wasn't so keen and in the end we had a DS. Some friends mentioned that if they had a third DD they wanted to call her Claudia and I was (secretly) all NOOOO! (they are very good friends and it would be weird to use it if they had).

Definitely want to use it if we do have a DD.

dilys4trevor Sat 20-Oct-12 10:19:09

Claudia is lovely, I agree. I also love the names that have become so commonplace for our generation, but seldom heard of when it comes to today's babies - so I love Matthew too. See also Luke and Peter.

DinosaursOnASpaceship Sat 20-Oct-12 10:35:15

I love my own name but couldn't use it if I had any daughters (which I don't) also love Eleanor and Rose.

Took me ages to get used to ds3s name as ex chose it but I think it's the best name ever now.

Having trouble picking a name for ds4 at the moment - there are no boys names around that I love.

As a teenager my favourite names were Scott, Tracy and Debbie shock

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