Josephine, Frances, Harriet or Lydia?

(40 Posts)
AlexanderS Fri 23-Nov-12 16:13:21

Which do you like best and why? And if you have a serious dislike of any of these names why?

cappucinogirl4 Fri 23-Nov-12 16:16:30

My dd is Lydia Grace and is the only one in her school so not very common.I have an auntie Josie so love Josephine.

AlexanderS Fri 23-Nov-12 16:27:24

Lydia Grace is very nice. I've always liked Lydia and Josephine (nn Joey/Josie), Frances and Harriet have only grown on me recently.

AppleOgies Fri 23-Nov-12 16:28:46

Lydia is the nicest...

I personally hate Francis. Even with the female spelling it still sounds very manly to me.

AppleOgies Fri 23-Nov-12 16:29:29

See I even spelt it the male way?! Sorry. Don't like Frances at all.

fourbears Fri 23-Nov-12 16:31:50

I like Harriet the best.

InTheBoonies Fri 23-Nov-12 16:33:18

Frances I like a lot, it was nearly DD name but I have mentally stored it away for a future DS instead as I do like it even more for a boy.

I like Harriet also, very grown up name but cute on a small child.

Not keen on Lydia it feels a bit 'of the moment' and Josephine is ok but I don't like Josie at all.

Josephine and Frances are my favourites, but I like them all. Helpful, aren't I?

AlexanderS Fri 23-Nov-12 16:47:06

My preferred shortening of Josephine would be Joey (like in the Chalet School books!). I think TOWIE has led to the feeling that Lydia is of the moment but its popularity has been quite consistent since 1996 (it was ranked #61 in 1996, fell to #107 in 2010, but went back up to #100 last year). Frances, however, was #552 last year, down from #161 in 1996.

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 23-Nov-12 16:49:16


I don't like the others,especially not Harriet.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Fri 23-Nov-12 16:52:04

I like them all, but something to bear in mind with Frances, as the parent of an alexandra.... Will you mind if it's pronounced regionally as FRANces rather than 'Frarnces', or vice versa?


AlexanderS Fri 23-Nov-12 17:02:22

Being a provincial sort, it hadn't even occurred to me Frances might be pronounced 'Frarnces' grin

ChestnutsRoastingonaWitchesTit Fri 23-Nov-12 17:04:54

None really. Josephine, at a push. But I can't imagine a baby girl with any of these names. Sorry.

joolsandfrances Fri 23-Nov-12 17:06:24

Hi, my dd1 is called Frances. I decided on the name when I was 14 and I still loved it when she was born when I was 31. I've never come across another Frances since.

AlexanderS Fri 23-Nov-12 17:06:50

Mixed feelings about Harriet then. When I was a kid I thought it was ugly. But now it feels strikes me as chic. But I'm wondering if it's good to pick a name you've done a complete 180 on, maybe you're better off picking something you've always loved...On the other hand your name tastes change over time - I used to think Donna was the height of sophistication!

AlexanderS Fri 23-Nov-12 17:07:42

Sorry, now it strikes me as chic.

yy to Joey.

My gran was Frances. We're from the West Country so she was Fraaaaaaaances or Fraaanse. Still love it!

marshmallowpies Fri 23-Nov-12 17:11:04

Love them all. Josephine is my gran, Lydia is my cousin, Harriet is my middle name and Francis (male version) is a traditional family name on my dad's side going back generations, so if I had a DS or DD I'd be very tempted by Frances/Francis.

So, all of them are good!

baskingseals Fri 23-Nov-12 17:11:31

I would pick Harriet. for me it has a certain style and elegance, i also like Hattie as nn. I also like Frances, very understated, but i am not so keen on Fran.

DizzyPurple Fri 23-Nov-12 17:13:02

I like Lydia and Josephine. My Dd has Josephine for her middle name after my Mum! So yes i like it very much. I do call my Dd . . . Josephina sometimes too which i think is softer. Good luck.

EssieW Fri 23-Nov-12 17:34:19

Like all of them.

Probably in this order. It's a close run thing between the top two though...

Harriet, Lydia, Josephine, Frances 

YoullScreamAboutItOneDay Fri 23-Nov-12 17:38:56

My favourites are probably Lydia and Harriet. Frances is nice.

Not keen on Josephine personally - I'm not that fond of female variants of male names myself. You know, Paula, etc. I don't know if Josephine developed separately from Joseph, but I'd think of it in that category <random reason to reject a name alert>

AlexanderS Fri 23-Nov-12 17:41:57

What would you shorten Harriet to? I like Hetty and Harry...

YoullScreamAboutItOneDay Fri 23-Nov-12 17:45:03

I like Hattie personally. Hetty is nice too. I'm not a fan of Harry. Don't know why, as I like it as a girl's name. I always think of posh sloany types for Harry <getting more random by the moment>

YoullScreamAboutItOneDay Fri 23-Nov-12 17:45:16

Like it as a boy's name

jan2013 Fri 23-Nov-12 17:59:44

i love Lydia sounds nice

exoticfruits Fri 23-Nov-12 18:06:16

Harriet but not Hattie or Hetty.

Mylittlepuds Fri 23-Nov-12 18:36:39

We're having a Hattie is this DC is a girl. Sunday name Harriet. Love it!

StrawberryMojito Fri 23-Nov-12 18:40:53

Harriet is lovely. The shortened version is Hattie which I like less. Not keen on your other choices though I'm sorry.

scarlettbrooke Fri 23-Nov-12 23:24:38

Harriet is my favourite.

Gugglebum Sat 24-Nov-12 06:26:57

Harriet for me too. Josephine next, and then not keen on the other two.

Bearwantsmore Sat 24-Nov-12 06:51:54

Harriet is my favourite by far.

Can I throw another name into the mix... Francesca??

mathanxiety Sat 24-Nov-12 17:42:00

I like Josephine and Frances, not so keen on Lydia and Harriet.

Rhubarbgarden Sat 24-Nov-12 20:52:22

I like them all. I'd put them in this order:
Lydia. I've met quite a lot of small Lydias recently.

Rhubarbgarden Sat 24-Nov-12 20:52:53

Gah - where did that rogue apostrophe come from??

RarelyUnreasonable Tue 27-Nov-12 09:27:36

I have a baby Josephine and also love Lydia.
Not keen on Harriet/Hatty or Frances/Fran.

hatsybatsy Tue 27-Nov-12 09:47:19

OP -Harriet was a surprise choice for us too -wasn't even on my radar until she was born

She is Hats for short - don't like hattie personally

Of your other names - I also love Lydia.....

Anonymumous Tue 27-Nov-12 18:41:23

Lydia - pretty, until you start thinking that it sounds remarkably like Chlamydia...

Josephine - lovely, this is my favourite out of your choices. And I love the nickname Sephie.

Frances - OK, but I prefer Francesca.

Harriet - Makes me think of Harriet Harman / Harperson / Harridan - yuck!

Rutietootie Tue 27-Nov-12 18:49:21

Lydia is my middle name and I have always loved it and wished it was my first name. If my baby is a girl we are going to call her Lydia Belle. smile

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