Girl name impasse - thoughts or suggestions please

(39 Posts)
namechanger4097 Mon 19-Nov-12 22:15:41

I like all of the names below (although I'm sickening myself with them at the moment and DH is visibly bored of the conversation) and I don't want to ask people in RL their opinions as I've made that mistake before! What do you think of these and can you suggest anything along the same lines? Older DD is called Josephine. Thank you!

Eleanor
Martha
Meredith
Anna
Emma
Charlotte
Madeline

3b1g Mon 19-Nov-12 22:19:44

The first six are all fine. With Madeline you might get difficulties with alternative spellings. I feel that Eleanor is the best fit with Josephine.

baskingseals Mon 19-Nov-12 22:24:01

you've got some lovely names there.

my favourite is Anna. elegant and underused, i only know one adult Anna.
i also like Emma, again pretty and underused.

Martha and Meredith aren't really my cup of tea. Eleanor i like, but she will be Ellie, which is sweet but incredibly popular. I quite like Charlotte, and don't really like Madeline. sounds too much like Madam to me.

would some more suggestions be helpful or just do your head in? grin

namechanger4097 Mon 19-Nov-12 22:36:03

Thank you! Some suggestions would be fab - my head is already done in, too late, so if there's a name like these I haven't thought of then I'd be v grateful. Something classic, not too girly and not too popular is the brief smile

IceNoSlice Mon 19-Nov-12 22:48:26

My LO is a boy, but our girl names were Anna and Emma. As well as being classic and not overly popular, I think they are classless too- Emma could come from a northern council estate or a Surrey mansion. (That's a good thing in my book)

baskingseals Mon 19-Nov-12 22:52:00

ok i'll try grin

Miranda

Marianne

Louisa

Constance

Frances

Alexandra

Clara

Elsa

Juliet - not sure with Josephine though

Honor

Harriet

Diana

Penelope

I like Meredith and Anna best.

Other suggestions:

Harriet
Matilda
Rachael
Claudia
Juliet

Rhubarbgarden Mon 19-Nov-12 22:58:10

My favourite is Anna. I can't abide Emma, it's just so bland.

Other suggestions:

Thea
Connie
Naomi

Szeli Mon 19-Nov-12 23:04:54

I thought you were suggesting Impasse as a name at first!

Meredith and Madeline are lovely.

I also like Matilda and Maeve xx

Rhubarbgarden Mon 19-Nov-12 23:05:52

Lorna

namechanger4097 Mon 19-Nov-12 23:07:21

Thank you! I do like Frances and Juliet too. Claudia, Connie and Miranda were dismissed by DH before he got sick of saying names out loud and saw that Hitler programme was on the telly.

Caladria Mon 19-Nov-12 23:08:33

Love Meredith

Catherine, Elizabeth or Susanna(h)?

I very much like Charlotte, also like Anna although prefer Annabel.

namechanger4097 Mon 19-Nov-12 23:09:34

Ha ha Szeli - what middle name goes with Impasse?! Thank you. DH also vetoed Matilda. In fact, I see why he's sick of me.

Thanks Rhubarbgarden but I had a boss called Lorna once who was a bit, well, psychopathic.

marilynwhirlwind Mon 19-Nov-12 23:14:44

Sarah
Catherine
Fiona
Marcia

suzydelarosa Mon 19-Nov-12 23:15:48

Anna and Martha are good sturdy names and work for when she is 8 or 88. I really cant stand Charlotte as its too precious and princessy. Sorry! It's almost as bad as Amelie. Yuck. Just too saccharine !!

An Anna or Martha would be up for a long walk on a wet day; a Charlotte wouldn't want to get her boots muddy!

Apologies for strong feelings but you wanted an opinion!

suzydelarosa Mon 19-Nov-12 23:18:05

Also agree with earlier posters. Far far too many Ellies and Maddies these days.

How about: Tabitha, Mabel, Roisin?

And please, dear god, not Ava!!

suzydelarosa Mon 19-Nov-12 23:18:25

Let us know what you decided

SkiBumMum Mon 19-Nov-12 23:22:17

Meg
Beth
Amy

Laurie if it's a boy

grin

namechanger4097 Mon 19-Nov-12 23:29:29

Thanks all and will do suzydelarosa. In fact I'll try and whittle down a short list in next couple of days and market test that. SkiBumMum, no joke, I'd happily go down the Little Women names list if they didn't belong to family members and friends' kids already (well, except I don't know a Laurie).

forgetmenots Wed 21-Nov-12 10:32:44

Haha I really agree with suzy! Anna or Martha from your list smile

I love Meredith, and would also suggest Rhiannon or Corinna.

JimbosJetSet Wed 21-Nov-12 14:04:19

Ruth?
Alice?
Allison?

Anna is my favourite from your list, it's a classic.

wigglesrock Wed 21-Nov-12 14:37:53

I have an Anna (21 months), its a beautiful name and people always comment on it.

ItsGonnaBeFine Wed 21-Nov-12 15:06:23

Meredith is pretty. I do like Anna, too - a nice, classic name.

Josephine and...

One of the Rosa names? Rose or Rosa (my fave), Rosalind, Rosamund, Rosemary or Rosalie

Elisabeth
Emmeline
Mathilde
Helena
Imogen
Adelaide
Louisa
Thea
Lucille
Ursula
Beatrix
Anya
Mary

Gugglebum Wed 21-Nov-12 18:04:12

I like Charlotte best, especially with Josephine. They are lovely, feminine, and (if need be) proper/formal names, but if either of them turn out a bit more tomboy-ish, you've always got the wonderful Josie or Charlie they can fall back on. Perfection.

namechanger4097 Mon 31-Dec-12 22:02:57

Our shortlist after all this (baby due any day!) was:

Martha Jane
or Charlotte Anne

Anna won't go with our surname sadly (too many n's) and DH ruled out the others.

We were 90% on Martha and then thanks to fb I see two other kids that have been given that name in the past 2 weeks! Are Charlotte and Martha really popular/common these days?

(I know, I should be celebrating NYE not stressing over this...)

mathanxiety Tue 01-Jan-13 04:39:43

Anna and Madeleine are lovely imo.

How about -

Pernilla
Leonora
Laurel
Lara
Katherine
Daphne
Astrid
Annabel
Honor
Beatrix/ Beatrice
Cecelia
Harriet
Tamsin
Alice
Theodora
Elsa
Tess

Charlotte and Martha are both quite popular where I am. I don't see the attraction of Martha at all.

lottiegarbanzo Tue 01-Jan-13 05:29:27

Good choices, I'm biased but would say Charlotte. It's a great name to live with and offers a choice of nns, or none if you prefer.

It is quite popular but has been steadily so for a few years now, father rushing up the charts about 15 years ago. I think Martha is more fashionable right now, so there may be more on the way.

A rather pedantic comment on Charlotte Anne. Charlatan means fake. That may well not bother you and it's rare that both names are used anyway.

I have a Charlotte and I love the name. We dont shorten it but I like that she could call herself Charley when shes older if she wanted. A friend tried to shorten it to Lottie but I said no. shes strange anyway

Its not too popular round where I am but it has moved up into the top 20 since I named her 4 years ago.

Other names that I love from the suggestions made here are Elsa and Tamsin. Both were seriously considered for DD2.

From your list I love Eleanor. Definately goes with Josephine and matches the brief.

Dont really like Martha, sorry.

smother Tue 01-Jan-13 11:23:08

Martha Jane is lovely.
Neither Charlotte or Martha are overly popular - Martha might feel more popular as it has grown in popularity over the last few years whereas Charlotte is a classic that has always been fairly popular.
I think Martha and Josephine sound gorgeous together, Charlotte is a little more bland.
I would just go with what you prefer at this stage and not over-think it! good luck and let us know what you decide!

countrykitten Tue 01-Jan-13 11:28:49

Martha is a gorgeous name and in my teaching career I have only ever taught one. She was very special and lovely so maybe that has influenced me! Charlottes are ten a penny these days but Anna is also lovely.

Not sure why your daughters' names have to 'go' with each other as others have suggested ....? Surely they are individuals not a box set?

staverton Tue 01-Jan-13 11:49:31

Marianne (think marianne dashwood)
Louisa
Tabitha
Iris
Thea
Nina
Rosalind
Rosa
Dora

namechanger4097 Tue 01-Jan-13 16:02:20

Thanks again everyone! Still dithering but thanks lottiegarbanzo for pointing out Charlatan, will definitely change the middle name if we go for Charlotte and I can't believe that we didn't notice that in my our hours of deliberating ( at this stage I think DH would call the child Rover just to stop me ambushing him with names ).

Harrysmummysarah1 Tue 01-Jan-13 17:01:43

I love Emma beautiful classic name smile and very pretty.
Martha is my dd s name so naturally I love that as well.
I also think Martha goes with your dd name.
How about
Darcey
Katherine
Eloise
Ella

jkklpu Tue 01-Jan-13 17:05:49

Laura
Violet
Marianne
Lydia
Olivia
Lavinia

EllenParsons Tue 01-Jan-13 19:30:50

I love Martha! Was going to say Martha or Eleanor from your original post. I also really like Charlotte, just not keen on Charlie which is why personally I would hesitate to use it. It is a lovely classic though.

EddieIzzardIsOrange Tue 01-Jan-13 19:35:05

I love Josephine! I know its your older daughters name but just thought I'd say!

Is she always Josephine or does she use Josie/Jo etc too?

Just thinking about a a more 'formal' name next to a 'nickname' iyswim?

hurricanemum Wed 02-Jan-13 22:15:00

Martha Martha Martha!!! i wanted this name but we went Anna (we have v similar taste!!!)

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