It's a girl! Just need to think of a name now ...

(40 Posts)
aufaniae Mon 26-Nov-12 15:40:09

Just found out it's a girl today smile

Really struggled with names for DS. Finally agreed one when he was a day old! (Which we love) Trying to get one chose a bit earlier this time!

I'm keen on unusual names, and also Celtic names (DD will have Welsh & Scottish grandparents), although it doesn't have to be Celtic.

Here's a list of names I like but which aren't quite the one, or which I can't use for one reason or another. (For those of you with de ja vu, yes, we've been here before!)


Any ideas along these lines would be gratefully received! smile

ChestnutsRoastingonaWitchesTit Mon 26-Nov-12 15:43:25

My current favourite is Nina.

Also liking Angharad but DP won't let me even put it on our list!

My favourites on your list are Matilda and Aoife.

What about Seren?

Ooops!! Seen thats on there.

aufaniae Mon 26-Nov-12 15:57:15

My mum absolutely loves Angharad! Lots of pressure already in that direction grin (I'm not too keen though)

Nina's a lovely name, always makes me think of the wonderful Nina Simone. DS's name is a pretty unusual name though, I'm not sure they really "go" though IYSWIM. Also know an adult Nina, so not sure ...

Would you be willing to share DDs name?

Mama1980 Mon 26-Nov-12 16:02:56

Congratulations aufaniae thrilled for you smile
Love your list especially Anouk.
How about Sorcha or Arwyn?

aufaniae Mon 26-Nov-12 16:07:07

GoldPlated I'll PM you DS's name smile

Mama thanks smile I'm thrilled. It was my secret preference. I didn't want to say, as I would have been totally happy with two lovely boys in the family, but I'm absolutely delighted we're going to have one of each grin

Can't have Sorcha as a friend has already nabbed it. Arwyn's nice, I'll have a mull on it ...

AuntieShirley Mon 26-Nov-12 16:09:40

MMy favourite is Anouk, which is gorgeous.
I also like Etta as a nn for Juliet
Mari is nice too.
Not keen on Esme, Matilda or Seren.

How about Gwendolen? I love this name, but it never made it to one of my dc!

baskingseals Mon 26-Nov-12 16:13:42

love Marianne.

aufaniae Mon 26-Nov-12 16:16:17

I love Marianne too, but for some reason I'm not sure about it as a first name, I may suggest it as her middle name if it goes with the first name.

It reminds me of a book from my childhood, "Marianne Dreams" does anyone remember that?

aufaniae Mon 26-Nov-12 16:17:10

I love Anouk too, but DP is not convinced!

I hadn't thought of Etta as a NN. What else could it be used as a NN for I wonder?

Wonderful name OP thanks for PMing.

I like Etta on its own but would be a NN of Henrietta probably.

What about Ariadne or Aurelia?

aufaniae Mon 26-Nov-12 16:21:01

Ah, google is our friend, as always! Found this list of baby names with etta in them

Not keen on any of them really. (Bernadetta anyone?!)

Frikadellen Mon 26-Nov-12 16:21:44


aufaniae Mon 26-Nov-12 16:25:57

I like both Ariadne and Aurelia, especially Aurelia actually, but neither is the one IYKWIM. (Sorry I'm difficult aren't I?!)

Haha no, you have to live with this decision forever grin

Love Nia on your list too, very pretty.

What about Anouska (sp? Anoushka?) if Anouk doesnt quite do it...

Or Innes.

telsa Mon 26-Nov-12 17:44:24

Inez, Anais, Mfanwy, Eira, Madlen, Siani, Arabella,

NotInMyDay Mon 26-Nov-12 17:49:17

Caoimhe? (Kee-vah)

coldcupoftea Mon 26-Nov-12 18:18:03

Meredith, NN Edie?

toobreathless Mon 26-Nov-12 19:09:46

I LOVE baby name threads aufaniae particularly when they belong to other people on the April thread smile Can you pm me DS's name too?

What about:

From those listed above LOVE Eira (welsh for snow) and Nina.

We are expecting DD2 and looking for a nature/earthy name, we are probably going to go for Celeste and had been thinking of using the NN Etta for that. Well I had, DH definately not so sure!

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Mon 26-Nov-12 20:29:52


Gorgeous name.

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Mon 26-Nov-12 20:31:15

Sorry just read that your dh isn't keen on Anouk.
I like Mirabelle.

NorksAreTinselly Mon 26-Nov-12 20:35:03

You HAVE to call her Marianne. What a gorgeous name and 'Marianne Dreams' remains one of my all time favorite books. I have never met anyone else who has ever read it
Wish I had thought of Marianne for DD sad
But please don't ever give her roast chicken and peas for her birthday might not end well smile

wafflingworrier Mon 26-Nov-12 20:37:31

i like Agnes. ok i LOVE agnes, but my husband absolutely refuses. you can have it if you like....i THINK it's celtic??

aufaniae Tue 27-Nov-12 00:07:50

thanks for all the suggestions everyone, I'll have a look ...

Love Eira, but too close to a good friend's DS's name.

aufaniae Tue 27-Nov-12 00:09:58

NorksAreTinselly Marianne Dreams is great isn't it? It's always stayed with me, I loved it as a child smile

I'm thinking possibly Marianne as a middle name, as DS's middle name honors someone on DP's side of the family. Marianne would be a combination of two relatives on my side (well, near enough, anyway!) so that might be a nice thing to do.

aufaniae Tue 27-Nov-12 00:15:47

Eleri's lovely, think I'll mull on that one ...

Anya's nice too. (Maybe a middle name?)

aufaniae Tue 27-Nov-12 00:25:15

Hmm, Inez ... maybe, i'll think about that one too.

Love Siani (and Siân) but can't have it sad

mumnosbest Tue 27-Nov-12 00:41:00


Aine is a lovely name - similar to Anya

Alannah, Ailish (ay-lish), Emer, Mairead, Una, orlagh, Saoirse (Sir-sha)

goralka Tue 27-Nov-12 00:51:08

was marianne dreams the one where she had been ill perhaps and was drawing, and when she fell asleep she woke up in the drawing? and she had drawn a house with a boy in it who she meets...then they have a fight and she draws one eyed monsters around the house???

goralka Tue 27-Nov-12 00:52:39

isn't Arwyn a boy's name?
Aine is lovely...

NorksAreTinselly Tue 27-Nov-12 05:44:59

goralka yes.

SminkoPinko Tue 27-Nov-12 06:23:21

You should really choose Marianne as the first name as it's the best girls name in the world ever. And despite everyone having heard of it, most people being v positive about it and few people ever actively disliking it (or at least being rude enough to say so to anyone with a Marianne in tow!) it's way, way, way down the list of popular names with only about 50 girl babies a year given the name at the moment so you are unlikely to have more that 1 Marianne in a nursery/school class. Plus you have both Jane Austen and Leonard Cohen as lovely connections to the name and any fule can see that a Jane/Leonard mix is a truly wonderful bizarre and ace mix.

But if for some reason you can't go there I also love Anouk and Carys from your list.

Or how about Nancy, Sorrel, Astrid, Eliza, Serena?

mumnosbest Tue 27-Nov-12 11:58:35

Theres a little girl at toddlers with a name that sounds like Arwyn. Only ever heard it not seen it written but think it sounds lovely.

Gwennan Tue 27-Nov-12 12:40:35

Celtic choices:
Alys, Aoife, Bethan, Bonnie, Branwen, Bridget, Delyth, Eleri, Elowen, Elspeth, Fenella, Fiona, Gwen, Gwyneth, Iona, Kerensa, Lowri, Maelys, Manon, Maura, Meleri, Rhian, Tegwen

Names like Estelle, Ottilie, Etta, Marianne, Matilda, Esme, Anouk & Edie:
Ada, Augusta, Beatrice, Cecily, Clémence, Clio, Colette, Delphine, Dinah, Elodie, Elsa, Hebe, Henrietta, Ivy, Jemima, Leonie or Léonie, Lillian, Louisa, Nancy, Rosa, Sadie, Tabitha, Verity, Willa

A few others just in case they take your fancy:
Annora, Felicity, Hester, Honora, Pippa, Saskia, Verena

amck5700 Tue 27-Nov-12 22:10:52


ditzydrawers Wed 28-Nov-12 18:59:49

A vote for Marianne...beautiful! I may be slightly biased.....

Or how about Sylvie?

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