Marcheline's baby name shortlist

(52 Posts)
Marcheline Tue 27-Nov-12 14:04:57

Help! This is a sister for Aurelia.

No idea why it is so important to me to find the right name, as she's not due until Feb, but for some reason I NEED to have the right name sorted (I think it's that I imagine that I will 'bond' more with the baby if I know her name; please don't flame me, I'm hormonal!)


Would be grateful for thoughts or other suggestions. Thanks all

TheWave Tue 27-Nov-12 14:09:46

Not that keen on Amber tbh, and Sophia is much more popular that Aurelia.

I might not have had two with the same initial, so that could count Allegra out.

I like Natalia, but it's a bit similar to Aurelia. Love Francesca with Aurelia.

Marcheline Tue 27-Nov-12 14:18:09

Thanks Wave.

DH loves Francesca but I worry that it doesn't have a particularly nice NN (I don't like Frankie or Chescka)... also <whispers> it is one of DD1's middle names - is that OK?

RosannaBanana Tue 27-Nov-12 14:28:49

I wouldn't do Francesca if you don't like the nns.

I like Natalia, but do you like Nat?

Would agree about A names... Claudia is lovely but not nice meaning.

How about


Marcheline Tue 27-Nov-12 14:41:11

No, I actually don't like Nat, but I do like Tally / Tal.

(No offense to anyone called any of the nicknames I profess to dislike, sorry!)

Verity is gorgeous, but our surname ends in a 'y', so it was discarded (I loved Liberty but DH overruled for the same reason).

Marcheline Tue 27-Nov-12 14:42:14

Are there other NN's to Francesca? DD1 has a strange NN that I don't think anyone would normally give to an Aurelia, so I'm not averse to creating something totally different.

FeuDeSnowyRussie Tue 27-Nov-12 14:45:40

Allegra - not keen, sounds a bit harsh to me.
Amber - no
Camilla - Parker-Bowles, no
Claudia - lovely
Francesca - gorgeous
Natalia - it's nice, but very Russian (not that there's anything wrong with that, just seems odd on a UK child to me) and I don't like Nat.
Sophia - lovely

I love Aurelia too smile

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 27-Nov-12 14:48:27

I know a Francesca whose nn is Chessie. I quite like that

Rhubarbgarden Tue 27-Nov-12 15:03:11

I like Amber. The others are all a bit long and frilly for my taste.

Marcheline Tue 27-Nov-12 16:37:52

Aah, I think I am definitely a 'long and frilly' type. I tried desperately to convince DH that Mirabel was perfect, but he wasn't having any of it. Ditto Allegra, which is my utter favourite (so favourite that I left it on the list, in the hope that it will be a middle name or something).

Funnys, Chessie is quite nice actually.

Feu, thank you! That is exactly what I needed. Have immediately crossed off llegra, Amber and Camilla.

I don't mind that Sophia is more popular than Aurelia, as we chose DD1' name because we loved it, rather than to be obscure (if that makes sense) so am just looking for a name that we love just as much, and has a good nickname!

FeuDeSnowyRussie Tue 27-Nov-12 16:49:43

Glad it was helpful OP and good luck choosing! My complaint about Natalia was only because all the Natalias I know are Russian and I've never heard it for an English person, but it is a beautiful name. Natasha is its most common nickname in Russia - but that's no shorter than Natalia smile

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 27-Nov-12 16:57:12

btw March I love the name Aurelia. I had Auralien on the list for my DS's

thegreylady Tue 27-Nov-12 17:42:22

I love Francesca-the one I know has nn Frankie
I also know a Sophia Francesca

Marcheline Can I ask what your DD's nn is? Aurelie/a is our girl name for our next (and last) DC and DH is worried about her nn when older especially as the accent where we live would permanently render her Orally if Aurelie which makes us prefer Aurelia!!

I think Sophia Allegra is a beautiful name for Aurelia Francesca's little sister smile

SurreyWithAFringeOnTop Tue 27-Nov-12 18:15:07

Claudia is the nicest by far. Really lovely.

YouCanBe Tue 27-Nov-12 18:21:38

Hmm, I wouldn't choose another name ending in ia and I wouldn't choose another starting with A.
So I am only left with Francesca and Camilla. I prefer Francesca.

Marcheline Tue 27-Nov-12 19:03:26

Thanks Funnys, we love it massively, which is why a name for DD2 is so hard! A boy would have been a piece of cake...

Blondie, we call her Relie (pron Ray-lee) - a little odd I suppose, but it suits her just as much as the long version. French people do tend to call her Aurelie but I don't mind, it's essentially the same name. The orally connotation never crossed my mind until u read it on MN, about a week ago!

Our Aurelia is actually Aurelia Scarlett Francesca blush we got very excited about names and just went for it! She was originally Aurelia Emily (DH's choice) but it just didn't seem right after a few weeks. I'm embracing my flouncy side this time; no apologies for long, frilly or slightly over the top names!

Cynner Tue 27-Nov-12 19:05:23

Marcheline, I am crap picking baby names (all my spawn have V names) but I LOVE your name!

Marcheline Tue 27-Nov-12 19:07:07

Oh and Sophia Allegra is absolutely beautiful, but DH won't let me use Allegra. He isn't ruling it out, but I know he hates it so I'll go with something else we both love. Please can someone else use it? That would be wonderful grin

Marcheline Tue 27-Nov-12 19:08:17

Cynner, Marcheline was sadly vetoed by DH!

nahla321 Tue 27-Nov-12 19:11:44

I love camilla smile

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Tue 27-Nov-12 19:16:21

I like Camille better.

Cynner Tue 27-Nov-12 19:21:07

Marcheline is gorgeous..remind DH about the whole pregnancy/labour and delivery thing..

RillaBlythe Tue 27-Nov-12 19:24:23

Camilla! Put it back on the list please.

Marcheline Tue 27-Nov-12 19:25:37

Isn't Camille a boys name? Or is that somethin I made up in my pregnancy brain?

Parker-Bowles has ruined it a little bit for me...

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Tue 27-Nov-12 19:29:09

grin I think it must be your pg brain

I like Claudia and Amber. Really don't like Allegra and Camilla.

EvenIfYouSeeAPoppy Tue 27-Nov-12 19:36:29

Francesca, Natalia or Sophia are my faves.

madmayday Tue 27-Nov-12 19:45:08

What about these ones?

Aurelia & Mirabelle
Aurelia & Elodie
Aurelia & Juliette
Aurelia & Imogen
Aurelia & Rosalie

I soooooooo jacked these from another site! wink grin

Marcheline Tue 27-Nov-12 20:48:39

Thanks mayday smile

Rosalie is alliterative and practically rhymes with our surname, I love Mirabel, Juliette and Imogen, but we can't have Juliette and SH doesn't like the other two.

It's crazy how difficult I'm finding it, and yet how bloody important it is to me! Is there something wrong with me?!

amck5700 Tue 27-Nov-12 22:05:08

Francesca could be Frances

or what about:


FeuDeSnowyRussie Tue 27-Nov-12 22:46:21

Ooh I love Sophia Allegra - Allegra def works well as a 2nd name IMO.

Love Juliette and Imogen too.

FeuDeSnowyRussie Tue 27-Nov-12 22:48:29

What about Iris or Rosamund?

Teapot13 Tue 27-Nov-12 23:18:11

Allegra - sounds like a pharmaceutical brand
Amber - not a pretty, feminine sound
Camilla - don't like at all, and Parker-Bowles doesn't help
Claudia - like, but not stunning
Francesca - like a lot, but I agree about the nickname issue
Natalia - I like it
Sophia - I love this name, but SO popular

I second the Valentina suggestion above.

ditzydrawers Wed 28-Nov-12 20:57:24

How about Marianne as an alternative to Marcheline?

TheSecondComing Wed 28-Nov-12 20:59:11

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

baskingseals Wed 28-Nov-12 21:10:57

also agree with Valentina, think it is special enough to go with Aurelia.

another one that i love love love is

Tatiana - i know it sounds very Russian, but it is a beautiful name, and again sounds lovely with Aurelia.

also thought of






EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Wed 28-Nov-12 21:12:23

I love Valentina.
What about Seraphina?

SoftSheen Wed 28-Nov-12 21:16:26

If you like the nn Tally, what about Talitha? A lovely and very underused name.

wigglesrock Wed 28-Nov-12 21:21:41

4 of your names were on my shortlist for dd1 grin We went with Sofia - she gets Fia as a nickname. My husband absolutely loves Claudia - we almost had a fight to the death -well some serious huffing when we didn't go with it for dd3.

Meringue33 Wed 28-Nov-12 21:29:39


Milla is nice, for Camilla

DorisIsWaiting Wed 28-Nov-12 21:30:46

Taliyah with nn Tally?

It has a lovely meaning too.

DorisIsWaiting Wed 28-Nov-12 21:32:34

I wouldn't re-use a name from dd1 for dd2 it's not really fair that she doesn't get a name in her own right iyswim.

Inclusionist Wed 28-Nov-12 21:34:16

I really think you need another Latin/ Roman name to go with Aurelia (which I love).

I really like Claudia on that basis but apparently it means disabled?


My favorite on this thread would be Valentina though. Beautiful and matches really well. The only downside for me would be that I wouldn't like the nn Tina.

chocolateistheenemy Wed 28-Nov-12 21:37:07

Guendalina? Taught one in Rome. She was lovely...

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Wed 28-Nov-12 21:38:39

I think Elisabetta is pretty cute too.

If Aurelia missed out on Emily as a middle, how about Emmeline?

MolotovCocktail Thu 29-Nov-12 11:18:06

Hi Marcheline, I think I remember you posting about your unborn daughter's name before - Mirabel is gorgeous; it's a shame your DH is unconvinced!

I, like others, am not keen on Camilla, but I love Camille - is that a suitable alternative?

Meanwhile, here is a list from Nameberry that gives middle names for Airelia from the Edwardian era - hopefully, it'll help.

MolotovCocktail Thu 29-Nov-12 11:19:03

Type-o there, sorry! blush

Marcheline Fri 30-Nov-12 15:05:29

Hi Molotov, thank you for link! There are some lovely names on there, I particularly like Viola, Althea and Decima (but I know DH will dislike all of them sad)

I was right about Camille, friends of friends have a little boy with that name, I knew I hadn't just made it up! <Enjoying something unrelated to baby brain, as I found the house phone in the fridge the other day and have totally misplaced my Christmas card list and address book and I know I'll find them somewhere really odd, like the shed (but that's another thread)>

I love Talitha, how is that pronounced? Emphasis on the 'i'?

pecans Fri 30-Nov-12 17:12:27

Natalia is just gorgeous - as beautiful as Aurelia. I love Tali or Talia as nns. I also adore Francesca - nn Frannie

SoftSheen Sun 02-Dec-12 21:26:56

My friend Talitha pronounces her name with the emphasis on 'Tal', though she is always known as Tally.

Let us know what you decide! smile

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