What's your favorite posh name?

(143 Posts)
Poppy03 Wed 21-Nov-12 21:24:08

Share your favorite posh name, and nickname : )

baskingseals Wed 21-Nov-12 22:22:58


favourite posh nickname is probably Plum.

what about yours?

TeaBrick Wed 21-Nov-12 22:24:37

Posh name Inigo
Posh nickname Minty
If only I was posh!

scrumpkin Wed 21-Nov-12 22:24:55

Ottilie. I think it's very posh in France.

poppydaisy Wed 21-Nov-12 22:26:18

I love 'posh' names and my favourites include Hugo, Quentin, Sebastian, Arabella, Ophelia and Penelope. I'm not sure I'd call them posh though, I'd prefer to call them elegant and classic smile.

poppydaisy Wed 21-Nov-12 22:27:02

Plum shock? What is posh about a plum....?!

scarlettsmummy2 Wed 21-Nov-12 22:27:42

My second daughters middle name is Ottilie- my husband wouldn't let me use it for a first name angry. I also love Araminta, nick named minty, and my daughter goes to school with a Lavinia, nicknamed 'Vinnie', which I think is fab.

Mintyy Wed 21-Nov-12 22:27:48

Araminta (Minty) and Sheherazade.

Poppy03 Wed 21-Nov-12 22:29:56

I like Matilda (Tilly or Milly for short). But would you say this is "posh"? I'm not sure...

scarlettsmummy2 Wed 21-Nov-12 22:31:01

I think Matilda is quite posh but don't think Milly is.

LaGuerta Wed 21-Nov-12 22:32:12


DH banned it though sad

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 21-Nov-12 22:32:52

I like Hugo. No nn for that one.

Poppy03 Wed 21-Nov-12 22:33:03

What about Clementine (nickname?)

Poppy03 Wed 21-Nov-12 22:33:45

Hugo is great, but I'm afraid it would get shortened to Hugh, which I don't like.

cat Wed 21-Nov-12 22:34:29

We have Hugo nn Hugs or Hugsy

Poppy03 Wed 21-Nov-12 22:36:34

poppydaisy What you call an Ophelia for short?

DevaDiva Wed 21-Nov-12 22:36:40

My BFF at school always said shed call her child Crispin, we lost touch I wonder if she did grin I like Oliver and Penelope although the nicknames Olly and Penny aren't so posh.

Poppy03 Wed 21-Nov-12 22:44:06

scarlettsmummy2 Do you pronounce Ottilie Oh-tilly or Uh-tilly? If this were a first name, would it become "Tilly" for short?

mrsXsweet Wed 21-Nov-12 22:45:29

I also like Araminta, nickname minty and LOVE Rupert. Unfortunately we are not posh and my husband has vetoed them as possible names for dc2.

CheerfulYank Wed 21-Nov-12 22:48:18

Here in the US some surnames used as first names for girls are quite posh. Not Kennedy or Madison, those are common. But really out there ones like Haddon, etc. Bizarre!

Octavia is very downmarket here.

scarlettsmummy2 Wed 21-Nov-12 22:48:19

We pronounce it oh-Tilly. I would have preferred not to shorten it to Tilly as I think it is a bit more unusual.

cece Wed 21-Nov-12 22:49:34

Ptomeley (sp?)

I love it but DH vetoed it.

CaseyShraeger Wed 21-Nov-12 22:52:50

Jago. Although that can be posh and/or regional, depending on where you live. Round here it would be posh, though.

Lotkinsgonecurly Wed 21-Nov-12 22:53:54

Love Camilla and Clementine.

Posh friends give one another nicknames like Pinky ponkington, tinky tonkington and dinky donkington.

Or Buffy, Stonky etc...

Lotkinsgonecurly Wed 21-Nov-12 22:54:30

In fact I may name change to BinkyBonkington

Wetthemogwai Wed 21-Nov-12 23:02:18

I love ophilia nn felix

I have an Orla and my imaginary future ds is Arlo

Poppy03 Wed 21-Nov-12 23:03:15

Is Winifred (Winnie) considered posh?

manicinsomniac Wed 21-Nov-12 23:09:32

Another one for Araminta nn Minty here

Also love Arabella no nn and Montgomery nn Monty

scarlettsmummy2 Wed 21-Nov-12 23:14:32

Monty is great! If I ever have a boy I will have to add it to the short list.

LiviaAugusta Wed 21-Nov-12 23:29:55

I quite like Bartholomew nn Tolly. That and Rufus were my favourites if DC2 had been a boy, DH well and truly vetoed them though sad.

baskingseals Thu 22-Nov-12 09:05:18

poppy - it's a nickname for Victoria. I have only heard it used by posh people.

Ulysses Thu 22-Nov-12 09:12:46

I like Sebastian and Allegra. My Scottish accent just doesn't work with either though!

MarshaBrady Thu 22-Nov-12 09:15:37



Ds2's middle name is Rupert. Middle names are a false hope. We never use it, I love it.

lakeofshiningwaters Thu 22-Nov-12 09:17:04

I love Persephone and Seraphina - would nn both Seffy.

Neither would work with our rough and manly surname! Plus would never be able to convince DH.

MarshaBrady Thu 22-Nov-12 09:17:28

I might have to have another just so I can actually use Rupert. So lovely.

goralka Thu 22-Nov-12 09:19:03

Sholto - not that I would use it but it is fabulously posh

Whyriskit Thu 22-Nov-12 09:20:48

I love Ottilie and Tabitha. Also Jasper for a boy. DH says no.

MildredIsMyAlterEgo Thu 22-Nov-12 09:24:07

I like Carenza, but not sure if it's posh or just regional

I used to like Cressida, Cress for short smile

ChestnutsRoastingonaWitchesTit Thu 22-Nov-12 09:25:16



Wallison Thu 22-Nov-12 09:34:58

Beatrice. Although really what I like about it is the Spanish way of pronouncing it ('Bay-a-treece'), so that doesn't work in the UK.

Also Hermione. Loved it for years, way before Harry 'bloody' Potter.

Cressida nn 'Cressy'

MerryMarigold Thu 22-Nov-12 10:00:59

My kids have 'posh' alter egos when they get dressed up:
ds1 is Rufus
ds2 is Hugo
dd is Luciana

MerryMarigold Thu 22-Nov-12 10:01:19

(Their real names are not posh. I hate posh names)

Henrietta, Hettie, Rupert, Bertie . Ony one of mine has a posh name though sad

FrostyTheShosheman Thu 22-Nov-12 10:08:35

Cordelia just love it

WhoWhatNow Thu 22-Nov-12 10:12:41

Julian - I went to school with a girl whose brother was called this - we all thought it was the poshest name ever grin

Xiaoxiong Thu 22-Nov-12 10:16:51

Sefton, Horatio, Magnus and Vere (some of DH's students).

One for CheerfulYank - I went to university with Lowell Cabot Putnam IV.

frantic51 Thu 22-Nov-12 10:26:32

Flavia and Tarquin grin

Pasiphae Thu 22-Nov-12 10:54:51

My posh choice would be:

Brunhilda nn Hildy and Perceval nn Percy.

Pasiphae Thu 22-Nov-12 10:56:21

Or maybe Hortensia (Orty) and Rudyard (Rudy).

ILikeRed Thu 22-Nov-12 11:39:59

Lucius, Crispin, Portia and Araminta....I work in a rather posh school. Jolly hockey sticks!

Everlong Thu 22-Nov-12 12:04:49

Posh names are favourite.
I like Leonora, Henrietta, Cordelia, Harriet, Arabella and Rupert, Gilbert and Hector.

Dontbesodramatic Thu 22-Nov-12 12:07:41

Raef and Palomina.

Dontbesodramatic Thu 22-Nov-12 12:10:14

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Dontbesodramatic Thu 22-Nov-12 12:22:22

Oops posted in the wrong placeblush

Everlong Thu 22-Nov-12 12:25:19

dontbesodramatic I had to read your post about 5 times before I concluded it was in the place grin

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 22-Nov-12 13:05:14

Hermione I suppose. Though I don't really think it's posh,just unusual. No nickname though! I intend to use it one day grin

Montgomery for a boy nn Monty. Think it might be asking to too much of OH to agree to that as well as Hermione though sad

Dontbesodramatic Thu 22-Nov-12 13:28:10

Ever long-grin

Butterfly1975 Thu 22-Nov-12 13:47:03

Another one for Montague (Monty) for a boy. I also had Sebastian, Rufus and Hugo on my list which DH said were too posh!

Not so keen on posh sounding girls names myself although my old Headmistress was called Perdita which is quite posh and I do like that name smile

MyLastDuchess Thu 22-Nov-12 15:11:01

My friend's brother is called Digby hmm

BonaDea Thu 22-Nov-12 15:23:58


Both vetoed (we'll see about that)


foofooyeah Thu 22-Nov-12 15:30:40

I cant even say it but


Like Cosmo for a boy

CatKitson Thu 22-Nov-12 15:34:18

Arlo isnt posh is it?

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 22-Nov-12 15:34:49


I like Sherazade too but cannot for the life of me say it properly blush

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 22-Nov-12 15:35:13

Can't spell it either apparently grin

Corygal Thu 22-Nov-12 15:37:38

It's pronounced Shez-raid. I was at school with Ms Goldsmith, see.

I ache for Inigo but I just couldn't do it to a babe.

Jacinta is a cool posh name.

goralka Thu 22-Nov-12 15:40:07

are you sure about Shez-raid?
i thought it was sheh-hera-zard?

foofooyeah Thu 22-Nov-12 15:42:01

Ooooo Corygal ... its got to sound better than Shez-raid ?? surely

My dreams are dashed

Do like Inigo though - but agree how much ribbing would child get.

CatKitson Thu 22-Nov-12 15:43:46

Isnt it pronounced She-hare-ah-za-day?

ExitPursuedByMarieAntoinette Thu 22-Nov-12 15:47:39

Sheh-hera-zard surely?

I have a Cordelia (middle name).

I like Calypso.

MrsBungleBear Thu 22-Nov-12 15:49:32

I am not a fan of most posh names but I very much like Raef (is it spelt like this or is it spelt Ralph and pronouned Raef? See, I am not posh) and Camilla and Cordelia

All the posh people I know are called William, Elizabeth, Edward Charlotte etc. it seems really posh people have no imagination whatsoever

Poppy03 Thu 22-Nov-12 16:41:08

I love Edward, but dislike "Eddie" - is there another nn for Edward??

Poppy03 Thu 22-Nov-12 16:42:41

(I meant to add besides the obvious "Ted")

scarlettsmummy2 Thu 22-Nov-12 16:42:59


crypes Thu 22-Nov-12 16:45:50

Fabian and Marina

Lebkuchenlover Thu 22-Nov-12 16:55:48

Some lovely names on this thread!

Most names that used to be 'posh' generally become quite mainstream as more and more people use them (explained well in Freakonomics). At the moment I really like Raphael, Quentin, Hugo, Monty, Cordelia, Antonia, Lucia - are they 'posh'?

MyLastDuchess Thu 22-Nov-12 16:59:42

Poppy My cousin is an Edward and is known as Ned.

Poppy03 Thu 22-Nov-12 17:07:32

What about Beatrice - posh or not? Nickname besides Bee? and Winifred?

TheSandstoneCat Thu 22-Nov-12 17:09:12

Magnus, Cornelius, Augustus. Clementine, Frances, Tabitha, Hester (I am posh and I wouldn't use any of these names ( except Frances) though I do love them all!)

Lebkuchenlover Thu 22-Nov-12 19:24:52

"I am posh"

Really - do people really consider themselves posh or chav shock. What makes you posh? I mean do classes really still in this day and age?!

Lebkuchenlover Thu 22-Nov-12 19:25:27

forgot the word exist above, sorry.

Lebkuchenlover Thu 22-Nov-12 19:26:09

But yes, Magnus and Cornelius are lovely names. Not posh imo and in fact very widely used in Scandinavia and Germany.

DystopianReality Thu 22-Nov-12 19:30:06


marriedinwhite Thu 22-Nov-12 19:31:12

Gawain for a boy - as in the green knight
Perdita for a girl

Lebkuchenlover Thu 22-Nov-12 19:33:17

Perdita reminds me of perdu, lost, so not a nice association. Not sure why it is considered posh actually. Penelope is lovely thoug - is that posh?

Badvocsanta Thu 22-Nov-12 19:33:26

Neat posh nn def buffy
Love octavia, Helena, Julia, Lydia, elinor, Ariadne....

Lebkuchenlover Thu 22-Nov-12 19:38:11

buffy confused

almapudden Thu 22-Nov-12 19:50:26

Perdita is Latin for 'lost', Lebkuchen. I think it's lovely, but I also love Dolores, which means 'sorrows' smile

TheSandstoneCat Thu 22-Nov-12 19:50:37

Sorry - forgot that humour and irony are banned!

BoyMeetsWorld Thu 22-Nov-12 19:55:59

Plum as a nn for Victoria. Other posh people I know are called Hugo, Alice, Ptolomy, Hortensia, Camilla...& a lot of Edwards!

FIFIBEBE Thu 22-Nov-12 19:56:44

Lovely thread. Agree the really posh people I know have very boring names.

henryscatoscar Thu 22-Nov-12 20:00:31

Surely any name from that made in Chelsea wink. Hugo or similar will have to be in the top 5 names in Agee years.

ellesabe Thu 22-Nov-12 20:07:01

Arabella and Montgomery

FloralWellies Thu 22-Nov-12 20:22:03

Sebastian although DP won't let me call another (imaginary <sigh>) DS that as he does not like nn Seb

sillymillyb Thu 22-Nov-12 20:23:53

Oooh, all the names I wanted for ds were "posh" i blame my hormones my favourites were Hugo, Barnaby or Fergus. He ended up being a Henry though, which was my compromise!

Frikadellen Thu 22-Nov-12 20:26:28

well I learnt from this thread dh and I are posh as many of our short listed names have been mentioned here..

My personal favourites are

Sholto and Hector (1st shortlisted 2nd dh didn't want)
for girls
Serafina and Persephone (1st one short listed for dd3 and was only just moved off when she was born as she didnt look like a Serafina)

I also like
Ramona, Honoria, Barnaby and Reginald.

suburbophobe Thu 22-Nov-12 20:31:09
insanityscratching Thu 22-Nov-12 20:51:41

I love Arabella and Romilly and Raif and Hugo.

tammytoby Thu 22-Nov-12 22:21:52

Not sure if these are still considered 'posh' but I love

sonniebonnie Fri 23-Nov-12 13:25:55

Seems like so called 'posh' names are elegant, classic names that aren't too popular?

I really like Magnus, Thaddeus, Constantine, Dominic, Seraphina, Arabella, but most names on this thread are great (perhaps with the exception of Reginald and Plum hmm)

excitedfirsttimer Fri 23-Nov-12 13:44:01

There is a lady on the antiques roadshow called Bunny. You would have to be pretty posh to pull that one off!!!!

sonniebonnie Fri 23-Nov-12 15:22:37

Bunny shock I'd think the opposite of posh actually. A bit like Cherie imo!

marriedinwhite Fri 23-Nov-12 20:31:57

My dd once had a plaster cast signed by: Lucia, Antonia, Chloe, Francesca, Xanthe and Flora. Risks outing self here.

My DH snorted when she came home and chuckled up and down the stairs muttering that's what you get for living in SW bloody London grin and if you'd grown up in Yorkshire like me there'd be a few Sharon's and Debbie's on that leg.

goralka Fri 23-Nov-12 22:39:51

but all the Sharons and Debbies are about 45 years old now....
and Chloe is SO not posh it is pure council estate.....

Rhubarbgarden Fri 23-Nov-12 23:15:53


marriedinwhite Fri 23-Nov-12 23:21:00

.....well don't say that to Chloe's mum and dad! grin.

Bue Sat 24-Nov-12 12:21:23

I love Scheherazade too but surely we only think it's posh because of S. Goldsmith? She's the only one I've ever heard of. I mean, on an Englishwoman it's more wacky than anything else.

Ludo, wish i had the nerve...
Also partial to girls names Percy (Persephone), Raffaella or Jonquil
Algernon or a classic Henry for boys

Wetthemogwai Sat 24-Nov-12 17:08:59

Arlo might not be on a par with thaddeus and Persephone but it would certainly be considered posh round here where every other little boy is called kayden!

goralka Sat 24-Nov-12 17:15:37

all those boys' names ending in O sound ever so posh
although Arlo sounds a bit more.....groovy than the others somehow

Everlong Sat 24-Nov-12 17:19:41

Sholto and Ludo are beautiful!

suburbandream Sat 24-Nov-12 17:23:57

Araminta and Jonty. Oh and Binky of course!

Brices Sat 24-Nov-12 17:32:13

Really like Ottilie too, will have to be a future cat now

Binkybix Sat 24-Nov-12 17:36:00

'Woody' is a great nickname for Edward.

sonniebonnie Sat 24-Nov-12 20:57:34

as in a Woody in your trousers shock!?

messagetoyourudy Sat 24-Nov-12 21:12:26

Do people really think of an erection when you say Woody? That's suprising in a 1970's way

I would think of Toy Story.........is that just me?

Everlong Sat 24-Nov-12 21:14:35

I loved Woody for ds 5 but was put off by some rude people ( in rl )
I had no idea it meant a hard on. Ewww.

RnB Sat 24-Nov-12 21:23:55

Jolyon, Rufus,

sonniebonnie Sat 24-Nov-12 21:47:41

Rufus is great, as is Quentin and Magnus!

Binkybix Sat 24-Nov-12 22:17:36

Well, yes. Woody does also mean one of those grin

MerryMarigold Sun 25-Nov-12 22:12:16

I love Barnaby and Woody but wouldn't consider posh. My ds nn is 'Woodie' (but a long 'oo' like Typhoo!) and his name is Jude!

telsa Mon 26-Nov-12 11:31:13

Hepzibah - and Cosima - and Cosmo

Greythorne Mon 26-Nov-12 11:39:00

I knew a posh boy called Martin but his posh friends just wouldn't have it that he was called Martin. They called him Monty. Which is fine, that's how nicknames work, but his wife told me 'they just couldn't bear to think of him having a pedestrian name' which made it rather pretentious in my book.

rachel234 Mon 26-Nov-12 11:51:43

Not sure what 'posh' names are... I know that some people are considered 'posh' (in the UK) but names are just that, collection of letters. We tend to associate names with certain people based on their behaviours etc but most names that start out 'posh' work their way down the ranks until they are conisered quite normal.

Names like Hugo, Quentin or Sebastian for boys or Seraphina, Isabella or Antonia might be been regarded as 'posh' a few years ago (if mumsnet is anything to go by...), but they've become quite mainstream as lots of people use them.

I personally love 'elegant' classic names like Constantine, Thaddeus, Alexander, Dominic, Helena, Octavia etc. and don't care whether they are conisered posh or not (or chav or whatever)!

bananaramma Mon 26-Nov-12 12:33:01

I love most of the names on this tread - they sound lovely, classic and not overused. My favourites are Monty, Hugo, Quentin, Magnus, Cassius, Seraphina, Lucia - do you HAVE to be 'posh' to use them?! It would be a shame imo grin.

Also, the more non-posh people use these beautiful names, the less 'posh' they will seem!

WockComble Mon 26-Nov-12 16:57:05

Woody is the least posh boy I ever went out with. He was from Wolverhampton.

I have quite a few rather posh friends and many of them seem to be favouring Florence or Rose for a girl. There's that it-girl Florence Brudenell-Bruce who goes by the nickname of Flee. Quite cute.

My personal fave posh names include Clementine (Clemmie), Sophia, Rupert, Sebastian, Quentin, Rufus ('that sounds like a dog': DH) and Felix ('that sounds like a cat': DH again).

I think we'll be calling our new baby boy (due in 12 days) Zacharias, and I'm keen on Beau for a middle name (DH still to be convinced - think I may need to go through labour first for the sympathy vote to kick in).

bigbluebump Tue 27-Nov-12 12:56:53

I like Hugo, Sebastian, Quentin (we have one smile), Monty and Raphael for boys and Florence, Eleanore, Antonia, Isabel and Cordelia. Not sure if they are still posh nowadays (we're certainly not posh..), I just think they are beautiful classic names.

bigbluebump Tue 27-Nov-12 12:58:01

WockComble, Zacharias is a lovely name, but he might end up as Zac/Zach.

delilah88 Tue 27-Nov-12 17:16:37

Is Lucian a posh name?

thegreylady Tue 27-Nov-12 17:40:28

Miranda nn Mirry
Sebastian nn Seb
Elfrida nn Elfie

PerryCombover Tue 27-Nov-12 17:44:22

St John nice for a middle
Really posh names are hand me downs and therefore really only the names of European royalty
The names you lot are mostly trotting out are from classically educated wealthy folk not truly UC
Lots of Harolds, James, Charles, Edwards, Freds.....what about a Boris?
Alice, Elizabeth, Catherine, Alexandra, Jane...what about a Beatrice?

WockComble Thu 29-Nov-12 17:38:23

bigbluebump - yes, he'll be Zac for short, which I love too. Zacharias is an old 19th century name from the Jewish genius side of my family, and a rather uncommon name in the UK right now, which I like.

Delilah - I'd say Lucian is defo posh. Think I snogged one of those once too.

popsicle1984 Thu 29-Nov-12 18:44:06

There was a chavvy little girl in Hollyoaks called Persephone so I see it as the exact opposite of posh! OTT!

evamummy Thu 29-Nov-12 21:11:58

In other words, people can be posh/chav/nerdy/cool/whatever, but a name is just that, a name. And a name's association will change over time, depending on who we know with the name.

GingerPCatt Thu 29-Nov-12 21:19:09

My DH worked for a dutchess and her daughter's nickname was Shrimpy. I have no idea what her real name is.

marriedinwhite Thu 29-Nov-12 22:48:24

If anyone watched the Antique's Roadshow on Saturday that lovely Bunny Campione told everyone her real name was Anastasia.

If it hadn't been recorded ages ago I'd have said Fiona Bruce had been following this thread. It made me snort.

shoobidoo Fri 30-Nov-12 14:04:57

I'm not sure many of the names on here are still considered 'posh'. I certainly know quite a few non-posh Hugos, Quentins, Sebastians, Serafinas and a Frances.

I like most of the names on this thread but my favourite 'posh' names would be Lucian and Athena.

EskimoPie Fri 30-Nov-12 17:16:12

I met an adult Biffy recently shock.

Love Ophelia.

For boys, love Sebastian and Julian (not sure it's posh but it has the right ring to it, to my ears).

shoobidoo Fri 30-Nov-12 22:38:47

Biffy sounds like a character from Kipp and Chip, the reading scheme. Doesn't sound/nice posh at all grin.

FriggFRIGG Fri 30-Nov-12 23:19:21

I have an Arlo,I adore his name,he is the sweetest child <not at all bias>

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