Could anyone help me to edit my longlist for girls and turn it into a shortlist?

(94 Posts)
YouCanBe Wed 28-Nov-12 12:52:01

By maybe giving me your favourite ten of these?

Astrid
Julia
Georgia
Sorcha
Seren
Elsie
Amy
Marnie
Harriet
Nina
Clara
Bonnie
Holly
Hazel
Rosalind
Hayley
Kirsty
Cerys
Clover
Annie
Sylvie
Katie
Gwen
Ailsa
Miriam
Natasha
Roisin
Catriona
Nesta
Betty
Susannah
Dorothy
Leonie
Anita
Lucia

Comments and opinions on any you hate or love also very much appreciated!

LoveYouForeverMyBaby Wed 28-Nov-12 12:56:22

The only names I like out of your list are the following

Marnie
Clara
Gwen
Lucia

My favourite of these is Gwen.

twooter Wed 28-Nov-12 12:59:20

Georgia, Elsie, nina, Clara, rosalind, Annie, sylvie, Katie, leonie.

twooter Wed 28-Nov-12 13:00:09

Hate gwen.

SurreyWithAFringeOnTop Wed 28-Nov-12 13:09:27

Astrid
Georgia
Elsie
Marnie
Harriet
Clara
Bonnie
Rosalind
Sylvie
Betty

Gwennan Wed 28-Nov-12 13:10:15

I like the following:

Astrid
Georgia
Amy
Harriet
Nina
Clara
Holly
Rosalind
Miriam
Natasha
Susannah
Dorothy
Leonie
Lucia

Ebb Wed 28-Nov-12 13:26:27

Georgia
Seren
Elsie
Harriet
Annie
Cerys ( although prefer Carys )
Katie ( although prefer Kate )
Amy
Holly
Catriona

Favourite is definitely Georgia.

notallytuts Wed 28-Nov-12 13:33:31

Seren
Elsie
Nina
Rosalind
Cerys
Roisin
Catriona
Lucia

exoticfruits Wed 28-Nov-12 13:38:47

Harriet, Rosalind, Susannah

YouCanBe Wed 28-Nov-12 13:40:28

This is interesting already actually, because when I see people mention certain names I am more pleased than when I see others, and I didn't realise before that the first set were my favourites!
If that makes sense.

eatyourveg Wed 28-Nov-12 13:43:42

Georgia
Harriet
Clara
Bonnie
Rosalind
Cerys
Annie
Ailsa
Katie
Sylvie

Felicitywascold Wed 28-Nov-12 13:45:00

I like...
Georgia
Seren
Harriet
Clara
Holly
Annie
Katie
Natasha
Susannah
Dorothy

BellaTheGymnast Wed 28-Nov-12 13:46:04

Marine, Sylvie, Astrid

BellaTheGymnast Wed 28-Nov-12 13:46:41

Oops, autocorrect at work there, MARNIE of course.

akaemmafrost Wed 28-Nov-12 13:46:47

I like Katie and Harriet.

Not keen on any of the others.

EIizaDay Wed 28-Nov-12 13:48:01

Why would you ever think of calling a baby, Dorothy? Are you bonkers?

messtins Wed 28-Nov-12 13:48:49

Seren, Katie, Cerys/Carys, Clara.

I like Miriam but it means "bitter" and for that reason is struck off my list of potential DD names (not that I have a DD...)

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 28-Nov-12 13:48:53

Seren
Cerys
Hayley
Nina
Clara

One of the above is my name and therefore lovely grin

EIizaDay Wed 28-Nov-12 13:48:59

PS I like Nina (pronounced nine-a)

Bonsoir Wed 28-Nov-12 13:49:40

I like:

Julia
Nina
Clara
Miriam
Natasha
Susannah
Lucia

BreastmilkDoesAFabLatte Wed 28-Nov-12 13:50:36

Julia
Seren
Nina
Hazel
Rosalind
Miriam
Natasha
Leonie
Roisin
Anita

RosannaBanana Wed 28-Nov-12 13:51:21

I think Dorothy is lovely, just to stick up for that name! smile

We have similar taste- the only ones I don't like are Georgia Natasha and Kirsty...

TheSecondComing Wed 28-Nov-12 13:56:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

EldritchCleavage Wed 28-Nov-12 13:57:54

Julia
Marnie
Harriet
Nina
Clara
Cerys
Ailsa
Miriam
Lucia

LadyClariceCannockMonty Wed 28-Nov-12 14:01:31

I only like Astrid and Marnie, but I do REALLY like them. Astrid in particular is beautiful.

ceeveebee Wed 28-Nov-12 14:02:07

Georgia
Elsie
Amy
Harriet
Nina
Rosalind
Miriam
Natasha
Catriona
Lucia

FunnysInLaJardin Wed 28-Nov-12 14:03:29

Harriet is the only one I really like

I only like these ones

Elsie
Marnie
Harriet
Nina
Miriam
Lucia

Elsie and Miriam were on my list for a girl (had a boy though).

Narked Wed 28-Nov-12 14:08:25

Astrid
Julia
Marnie - I hate the film but the name is nice
Harriet
Clara
Rosalind
Miriam
Catriona
Susannah
Lucia

Narked Wed 28-Nov-12 14:09:48

And the only one I really don't like is Bonnie. To me it's the Blue Peter dog.

NaiceDude Wed 28-Nov-12 14:13:15

OP, that's always the best way of figuring out your real feelings, shame it's never simple to just know which ones you really like best! smile

I like...

Elsie
Harriet
Clara
Holly
Hazel
Annie
Katie
Susannah

Quite like Dorothy too, very sweet! My favourites on your list are Holly and Susannah, and I love Elsie...

TheEnthusiasticTroll Wed 28-Nov-12 14:22:46

Julia
Hollie
Lucia

Those are the only ones I particularly like from the list. I also have one of them for my dd.

TheEnthusiasticTroll Wed 28-Nov-12 14:24:05

Would ceren be pronounced geran? If so I like that too.

RillaBlythe Wed 28-Nov-12 14:24:32

Astrid, Nina, Susannah,

YouCanBe Wed 28-Nov-12 14:31:47

I thought Leonie was my favourite for about a day, but really I am not sure yet at all!

I am glad that there aren't too many people coming on to say they hate 99% of them.

giraffe213 Wed 28-Nov-12 14:48:14

My favourites:
Elsie
Amy
Clara
Hayley
Rosalind
Katie
Gwen
Ailsa

Do you know what they all mean? For me that would make a big difference. The reason I like Amy so much is because of its meaning, loved. I don't know most of the others on your list, so I just picked what I like the sound of.

Also, several of these are originally nicknames - would you use them as they are or put the long form on the birth certificate so DD can use it when she's older? (e.g. Elsie/Betty = Elizabeth, Annie = Anna, Katie = Katherine). Kirsty didn't make it onto my shortlist but Kirsten might.

hatebeak Wed 28-Nov-12 14:54:59

In order of preference:
Miriam
Susannah
Julia
Dorothy
Sylvie
Annie
Rosalind
Roisin
Gwen
Marnie

MummyToBe2013 Wed 28-Nov-12 15:05:31

Top 10
Amy
Annie
Cerys
Georgia
Hayley
Holly
Kirsty
Leonie
Natasha
Seren

Top 5
Annie
Cerys
Holly
Natasha
Seren

Top 3
Annie
Holly
Natasha

Top 1
Holly

EIizaDay Wed 28-Nov-12 15:07:00

Leonie reminds me of that X factor winner (so a no) and she probably wouldn't thank you for calling her Gwen!

FellatioNelson Wed 28-Nov-12 15:08:25

Bloody hell, that IS a long list!

Sylvie
Astrid
Sorcha
Clover
Hazel
Marnie
Julia (although I prefer Juliet)

there we are. Done.

FellatioNelson Wed 28-Nov-12 15:09:12

Seren is getting very common popular indeed.

TheEnthusiasticTroll Wed 28-Nov-12 15:17:51

Is ceren pr geran?

YouCanBe Wed 28-Nov-12 16:27:27

I don't know what they all mean yet no, it is something I'd think about, maybe once I have cut a few. My book doesn't say Miriam means bitter though incidentally.

I probably would put Elizabeth on the birth certificate for Betty etc. yes.

Seren is pronounced pretty much phonetically I guess!

I have never seen Marnie. Maybe I should in case it totally puts me off that name!

YouCanBe Wed 28-Nov-12 16:29:52

Marianne is lovely too TSC, it nearly went on my longlist but I decided I slightly preferred Miriam. I do like the short Mari though... Don't encourage me to add another one on!

Wishfulmakeupping Wed 28-Nov-12 16:36:40

Georgia top like Elsie and Clara a lot too

JemimaLovesJelly Wed 28-Nov-12 16:54:35

My favourites are.....
Harriet
Nina
Clara
Bonnie
Rosalind
Clover
Betty
Dorothy

Dillydollydaydream Wed 28-Nov-12 17:01:07

Astrid
Seren
Elsie
Harriet
Nina
Holly
Cerys
Clover
Sylvie
Roisin
Lucia

TheSecondComing Wed 28-Nov-12 17:03:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SoupDragon Wed 28-Nov-12 17:04:20

Seren
Hazel
Cerys
Ailsa
Roisin

Um... That's it. There are many that aren't bad but just not ones I could term a favourite/top ten

MerryMarigold Wed 28-Nov-12 17:10:58

My favs would be:
Astrid (nice and strong)
Julia (also strong and classy)
Nina (LOVE it - soooo cool, but classic)
Cerys (on my shortlist for dd)
Gwen (again super cool)
Miriam (one of my all time favs)
Susannah (like nn Susie as well)
Leonie (love it)

My dislikes:
Amy (I find it really sickly, like a pink dolly)
Harriet (too horsey)
Holly (too chav)
Rosalind (too posh)
Hayley (round here would become 'Highly' and is very council estate)
Katie (boring)
Natasha (meh)
Roisin (most people can't pronounce it in England, but nice if you are somewhere people know how to say it)
Nesta (isn't that a brand of curry?)
Betty (old lady un-chic)
Dorothy (ditto)

MerryMarigold Wed 28-Nov-12 17:12:50

Now make an excel spreadsheet and get all the votes in. Any dislikes get a minus point!

baskingseals Wed 28-Nov-12 18:39:29

favourites in order

Astrid
Lucia
Clara
Rosalind
Harriet
Julia

what is your favourite at the moment op grin?

ellesabe Wed 28-Nov-12 18:56:47

My favourite ten in order of preference:
Dorothy
Astrid
Georgia
Annie
Clover
Hazel
Seren
Harriet
Miriam
Elsie

And I really can't stand:
Nina
Bonnie
Hayley
Natasha
Anita

StellaNova Wed 28-Nov-12 19:03:28

I really like:

Elsie
Amy
Harriet
Rosalind
Annie
Katie
Dorothy
Marnie
Clover

Are you a fan of What Katy Did? (Three of the Carrs' names in there!)

MunchkinsMumof2 Wed 28-Nov-12 19:17:37

Marnie
Sylvie
Betty
Lucia are only ones I like

smother Wed 28-Nov-12 20:25:02

I love
Astrid
Seren
Elsie
Nina
Clara
Cerys
Annie
Sylvie
Gwen
Miriam
Betty
Dorothy

I like
Julia
Georgia
Marnie - prefer Marcie
Bonnie - prefer Connie
Rosalind
Katie - prefer Kate
Susannah
Leonie

fitflopqueen Wed 28-Nov-12 21:00:43

Astrid
Julia
Georgia
Marnie
Harriet
Miriam
Natasha
Susannah
Anita
Lucia

Astrid - ok
Julia ok
Georgia no
Sorcha horrible
Seren no
Elsie no
Amy ok
Marni no
Harriet love it
Nina no
Clara love it
Bonnie no but okay as mn
Holly no
Hazel fine
Rosalind ok
Hayley - no
Kirsty -no
Cerys ok
Clover love it
Annie ok
Sylvie ok but prefer as mn
Katie - no but fine as nn
Gwen - love it as nn for Gwendoline
Ailsa no
Miriam no
Natasha no
Roisin no
Catriona - this is my least favourite girls' name ever
Nesta -no
Betty nn
Susannah -lovely
Dorothy no
Leonie no
Anita no
Lucia no

OrbisNonSufficit Wed 28-Nov-12 21:14:34

Amy
Clara
Cerys
Ailsa
Catriona

I'm not convinced about names that end in ie (they sound like nicknames), so that's why I eliminated Elsie, Marnie, Bonnie, Annie, Sylvie, Katie, Betty

I don't mind these but I'm not wild about them:
Astrid, Hazel, Harriet, Rosalind, Dorothy, Susannah, Leonie, Lucia

These are just personal 'wouldn't go there' names (I know people with these names, nothing against the names themselves): Julia, Georgia, Nina, Hayley, Kirsty, Natasha, Anita

I don't like these ones: Sorcha (sounds like scorch), Seren (sounds like a drug name), Clover (is a plant), Gwen (always brings to mind a women who never managed to be happy for some reason), Miriam (maiden aunt), Roisin (sounds like resin), Nesta (where birds lay their eggs).

Holly just makes me think 'girls of the playboy mansion'...

IWipeArses Wed 28-Nov-12 21:16:02

Astrid
Harriet
Clara
Rosalind
Cerys
Annie - Anne
Sylvie - Sylvia
Betty - Elizabeth
Susannah
Dorothy
Anita

comeonbishbosh Wed 28-Nov-12 21:20:10

Like many of these smile here's my director's cut...

Astrid
Seren
Harriet
Nina
Clara
Hazel
Cerys
Ailsa
Miriam
Catriona

Of which Astrid, Nina and Clara are my top picks.

TenthMuse Wed 28-Nov-12 21:27:34

My top choices:
Astrid
Julia
Marnie
Harriet
Nina
Clara
Hazel
Clover
Lucia

I like:

Astrid
Julia - not keen but I like Juliana
Seren
Marnie
Clara
Sylvie - my favourite
Roisin
Lucia

YouCanBe Wed 28-Nov-12 22:06:02

Loving all the feedback! smile

Lyftiduft Wed 28-Nov-12 22:22:37

I like

Amy
Clara
Holly
Rosalind
Kirsty
Cerys
Annie
Susannah
Leonie

Rosalind is lovely, if I didn't have a D- surname I'd be tempted myself. Clover sounds like a farm animal name, sorry.

Have you looked at meanings, that can get rid of a few names if you're fussy like me?

EvenIfYouSeeAPoppy Wed 28-Nov-12 22:26:25

Gosh, that's a long longlist!

FWIW, here are my faves:

Astrid
Seren
Nina
Clara
Rosalind
Annie
Miriam
Natasha
Roisin
Susannah
Lucia

Can't go wrong with Lucia, Clara or Rosalind; gorgeous, classic names.

ATourchOfInsanity Wed 28-Nov-12 22:31:38

I'd take off Harriet - loads around at the moment and I remember a girl at school who was called Hairy Harry. Hattie also just sounds silly and as if she should have a hat fetish. Also a dog I knew was called Hattie so see it as a pet name, not for DC's. V. personal reasons I know!

I'd prob also take out Seren as I want to add ITY to the end and then it becomes a bit wishy-washy. Not sure about Sorcha either, makes me think of Scorcha (as in what a fat topless brit man in 40's would exclaim upon arriving in Spain on a nice day).

Hope that doesn't offend at all, just personal opinions to try to narrow it down a bit!

Flutterbutterby Wed 28-Nov-12 22:46:26

Lovely list!

Names from your list that could make our list:
Astrid
Sorcha
Miriam
Ailsa

Names I like but wouldn't use myself:
Georgia
Seren
Lucia
Amy
Harriet
Nina
Clara
Natasha (although possible mn)
Roisin
Hazel
Catriona
Clover (I really quite like this one!)
Gwen
Susannah (mn potential)

Names I'm not so keen on:
Julia (although like Juliet)
Elsie (although like Elsa)
Dorothy
Leonine
Anita (although like Anya)
Nesta
Betty
Bonnie
Holly
Rosalind
Hayley
Kirsty
Annie (although don't mind Anna)
Cerys
Sylvie
Katie
Marnie

It sounds as if you have some favourites already and possibly hadn't realised! What's your top 10 looking like now? Has this helped?

hollyw Wed 28-Nov-12 22:56:31

Astrid - Kind of like but somethings not quite right about it. can't explain
Julia - not for me
Georgia - Not bad
Sorcha - not for me
Seren - like but popular in Wales
Elsie - Quite like
Amy - ok
Marnie - I think I like it
Harriet - Love. It's made it on to my list a number of times. I'd quite like to be a Harriet!
Nina - Wouldn't choose it, but like it
Clara - ok
Bonnie - not for me
Holly - like a lot, my bump was Holly for a while!
Hazel - like . Think of it as old fashioned
Rosalind - like
Hayley - not for me
Kirsty - not fussed
Cerys - quite like
Clover - I hate saying this sort of thing but I think of the butter (says she who has a daughter that is a fruit!!)
Annie - Classic, nice but I prefer unusual
Sylvie - no
Katie - I do really like Katie even though I like unusual names
Gwen - like
Ailsa - not for me.
Miriam - like a lot. Love the nn Miri
Natasha - yes
Roisin - Yes but not sure how to say
Catriona - not for me
Nesta - quite like
Betty - yes
Susannah - no
Dorothy - I think no
Leonie - ok
Anita - not for me
Lucia - not for me

HTH, all just my thoughts. Hope you manage to shorten your list!!
xx

Gugglebum Wed 28-Nov-12 22:59:47

Not in order of preference, but this is my top 10 from your list:
Julia
Georgia
Sorcha
Seren
Harriet
Clara
Hazel
Ailsa
Roisin
Lucia
If I narrowed down to five: Georgia, Harriet, Clara, Roisin, Lucia

TuftyFinch Wed 28-Nov-12 23:00:50

Gwen and Betty.

manicinsomniac Wed 28-Nov-12 23:15:03

I love:
Astrid, Sorcha, Amy, Cerys, Natasha, Hayley, Susannah

I like:
Julia, Georgia, Seren, Elsie, Clara, Holly, Hazel, Clover, Katie, Ailsa, Miriam

I don't mind:
Marnie, Harriet, Bonnie, Rosalind, Kirsty, Catriona, Nesta, Leonie

I dislike:
Nina, Annie, Sylvie, Gwen, Roisin, Betty, Dorothy, Anita, Lucia

HotHotNot Wed 28-Nov-12 23:41:02

My top 10

Astrid
Nina
Clara
Holly
Hazel
Sylvie
Katie
Roisin
Susannah
Dorothy

They are all different types, I couldn't really narrow down as what suits your family and type of DD is so personal. FWIW I think Sylvie, Susannah, Holly and Roisin are v flowing and feminine. Dorothy, Katie and Clara have an old fashioned but practical, classic feel and Astrid, Nina and Hazel cool, fun but strong names.

telsa Wed 28-Nov-12 23:43:35

Astrid
Amy
Nina
Clara
Rosalind
Sylvie
Gwen
Miriam
Natasha
Dorothy

these are my faves.

YouCanBe Thu 29-Nov-12 08:17:34

Roisin is pronounced Rosheen by the way, hollyw.

flutterb Hmm. I think my current top ten is...
Oh, no, I'm not down to ten yet, I would have to have a proper think first! Haha.

MerryMarigold Thu 29-Nov-12 09:31:16

I think a few people are struggling with Sorcha as well!

femmeaufoyer Thu 29-Nov-12 09:49:35

Dorothy! Love it. I wanted it for our soon-to-be-born DC2 (if a girl) but DH is not overly keen. We've agreed on Audrey. Not that I'm suggesting you add it to your already long list!

YouCanBe Thu 29-Nov-12 09:50:35

Ah, Surika! Sort of!
The ch is like in loch.

Elsie
Harriet
Clara
Hazel
Rosalind
Annie
Miriam
Betty
Susannah
Dorothy

squareheadcut Thu 29-Nov-12 10:35:29

Lucia's nice

Allalonenow Thu 29-Nov-12 10:51:59

You've chosen some really pretty names and my favorites are:
Astrid
Clara
Rosalind
Sylvie
Nesta
Leonie
Anita
My special favourite is Leonie, as it was the name I would have called my daughter if I had had one.

Pitufina Thu 29-Nov-12 10:59:58

These are the ones I like:
Astrid
Seren
Cerys
Gwen
Roisin
Catriona

YouCanBe Thu 29-Nov-12 11:58:43

Top ten according to Mumsnet so far, I think, is...

Seren and Cerys
Lucia, Susannah, and Miriam
Nina
Rosalind
Astrid
Harriet
And the favourite - Clara

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 29-Nov-12 12:00:31

I love Clara. But only pronounced Klar-ah not Claire-ah. Completely changes my opinion,the latter pronounciation.

lovepigeon Thu 29-Nov-12 15:33:52

top 10 - I think these are all lovely, beautiful names not too fashionable at the moment, feminine without being too cutesy.

Seren
Amy
Nina
Clara
Holly
Hazel
Cerys
Ailsa
Natasha
Lucia

Not keen on:

Marnie (old lady name)
Bonnie
Rosalind
Clover (sounds like a cow)
Nesta (sounds like a brand name or something)
Betty (not intelligent)
Dorothy

StockingFilly Thu 29-Nov-12 16:18:22

Love:
Seren
Sorcha
Roisin (both very Irish though - are you?)
Nina (simple, pretty, classy)
Clara (lovely, classic)
Hazel (under-used, a lovely name)
Susannah (lovely classy name, due a comeback)
Annie / Sylvie both lovely but would use a longer version for birth

The only ones I hate are:
Anita (aeful, not due a comeback any time soon)
Georgia (so popular with teenage age bracket and njust meh)
Marnie: (yuck., soooo cutesy )
Nesta (boys name! Bob Marley etc)
Clover (dogs name)

StockingFilly Thu 29-Nov-12 16:18:33

Birth cert, sorry

PerksOfBeingNorthern Thu 29-Nov-12 18:42:35

Do not like : Gwen, Clover, Clara or Harriet

Like:
Georgia
Seren
Annie
Nina
Hazel
Cerys
Holly
Ailsa

phlebas Sat 01-Dec-12 00:15:24

#1 - Astrid
#2 - Clara

also like - Nina, Rosalind, Annie, Sylvie, Lucia, Susannah

do not like - Anita, Catriona, Ailsa, Clover, Kirsty, Hayley, Bonnie, Georgia

Snazzyfeelingfestive Sat 01-Dec-12 00:22:59

Annie, Amy, Julia and Katie are my favourites. Don't like Nesta.

mathanxiety Sat 01-Dec-12 03:03:39

Have left in the ones I like:

Astrid
Sorcha (pronounced Surr-uh-kha; if any other pronunciation is contemplated then don't do it)
Bonnie
Hazel
Kirsty
Annie
Miriam
Roisín
Leonie

ellargh Sat 01-Dec-12 03:48:25

Georgia & Susannah are lovely. I prefer Savannah to Susannah though if that's an option?

Narked Sat 01-Dec-12 13:35:05

Please don't call her Savannah.

suspiria Sat 01-Dec-12 22:45:12

Astrid
Seren
Marnie
Harriet
Nina
Clara
Rosalind
Sylvie
Miriam
Lucia

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