If I like it, DP doesn't - and vice versa!

(49 Posts)
Dysgu Mon 31-Dec-12 20:13:33

I am 24 weeks pregnant - we don't know whether it is a boy or a girl.

We already have two girls (Florence Amelie and Gabriella Eve) although neither of them had names until after they arrived.

I know lots of names I don't want to use - for a whole host of reasons, including but not limited to and in no particular order:

- no alliteration (surname starts with 'L' and is 2 syllables)
- no unisex names
- no 'American sounding' names
- no 'modern' names
- not the name of a child/person we already know

I have Welsh/English heritage.
DP has Italian/English heritage.
We live in England.

Names I like (in no particular order):

Names DP likes:
Alice (his Nan's name)

Other names suggested by DDs:

All ideas welcome... you can see that I have already given this a lot more thought than DP.

amck5700 Mon 31-Dec-12 20:33:06



Dysgu Mon 31-Dec-12 20:41:43

Thank you amck - I rather like Gregory but it is the surname of some friends of ours. I wonder whether Jessamy will grow on me... I think I rather like it and might mention it to DP but not sure about Jess/Jessie.

Dysgu Mon 31-Dec-12 20:42:09

Actually, rather like Jesse for a boy but not sure about actually using it for a baby!

amck5700 Mon 31-Dec-12 20:47:33

In Scotland we would have Gregor rather than Gregory - It was almost No1 sons name - sometimes I wish we had gone for it. It's a nice strong name.

What about Frederick, Miles, Austin or Crispin?

I quite like Jess I have to say, but you could always use May for short. I also like Celeste too.

Dysgu Tue 01-Jan-13 11:24:32

I do like the name Gregor but worry that it is very Scottish and we live about as far south in England as is possible.

I also rather like Celeste - I am trying to see how it fits with our surname. Any ideas on how it might be shortened?

I also like Miles and think I will add it to the list.

I am not sure DP would go for Crispin...

countrykitten Tue 01-Jan-13 11:31:58

Hmmm - your DP and DDs have better taste than you! Go with one of their choices!

Gregor is horrible and reminds me of the Kafka story where he wakes up as a giant insect!

Dysgu Tue 01-Jan-13 11:42:00

Yes countrykitten but which one(s)?

I also don't want it to be known as Name/Initial by being one of several in the class...

countrykitten Tue 01-Jan-13 14:11:42

Actually on a second look I like:
All very unusual and as a teacher I have not encountered any of them before - very lovely.

Cecily is a bit Ocsar Wilde and Edith a bit Downton.

Alice and Harry are both lovely names but I teach many of each. Don't like Ethan at all.
All of your DD's suggestions are very common names in the school I teach with Seb being the least common if you see what I mean.

So I apologise - if you are looking for unusual you are definitely in the right!

countrykitten Tue 01-Jan-13 14:12:26

Ps - Rex is still an old slobbery Alsation's name!

amck5700 Tue 01-Jan-13 14:26:34

I know a Celeste and it is never shortened as far as I know - She is one of the loveliest people I have ever met - also very pretty but you can't dislike her for it ;)

Harrysmummysarah1 Tue 01-Jan-13 15:31:35

My son is Harry so naturally I love the name.
These are the names of my dd's
Alice I like very much so simple and classic
Emma is a lovely lovely name but very common so would be opposed even though i know Darcey and Harry are popular to but we still love them.
Danielle? ... Quite similar to Gabriella though.

Ficidy Tue 01-Jan-13 17:15:24

Of your names, I really like Edie (not Edith though) and Iris.

I'm a teacher and totally understand you not wanting your child to have a common name. While your husband and DDs have perfectly fine taste in names, they're 10 a penny. Choose something with a different edge to it.

countrykitten Tue 01-Jan-13 17:37:48

Harrysmummy, Darcey is a lovely name! However, did you really just suggest Brian to the OP as a potential baby name...come and meet baby Brian?! Also Danielle is a bit page 3 girl imo.

Harrysmummysarah1 Tue 01-Jan-13 17:52:21

I've always liked the name Brian. Just personal taste I suppose.
I properly would of called my son it if dh had agreed but he vetoed it.
I get what your saying about Danielle it is a bit page threey I still think its a lovely name though smile perhaps because my sons middle name is Daniel .

I like: Edie, Alice, Emma, Oliver, Sebastian.
Don't like Evan, Ethan, Harry, Agatha.

Really don't like Rex, Romilly, Hebe.

countrykitten Tue 01-Jan-13 18:14:59

Harrysmummy - Daniel is a really lovely name and quite unusual these days. My best friend was called Daniel and I used to sing the Elton John song to him (sad I know). Still not keen on the girl version of it though.

Dysgu Tue 01-Jan-13 18:51:49

Countrykitten - thank you for further comments. I too am a teacher and whilst the names listed by DP and DDs are generally all good choices, I too have taught/am teaching many of them, often with multiples in the same class.

I also like names like Olivia, Lily and Lucy but again, they have become so popular ( and there is the alliteration factor).

I agree - Rex could be a dog's name in the same way that Felix belongs to the cats! DP just thinks of dinosaur when I mention it!

Of the new names suggested, I am definitely going to bring up Celeste and see what DP thinks. I also imagine he might like names like Martha, Matilda and Finley, all of which I could probably agree with.

Danielle/Daniel seems a bit too much like Gabriella I think.

Am considering Alice as a discussion for middle name if a girl.

amck5700 Tue 01-Jan-13 19:08:11

Florence, Gabriella and Celeste sounds lovely smile

or Florence, Gabriella and Miles.....or what about Piers for a boy?

countrykitten Tue 01-Jan-13 19:42:05

One reason not to - Piers Morgan....shock

amck5700 Tue 01-Jan-13 19:50:23

country, if we all went around only using names that famous people didn't have then there wouldn't be a lot of choice would there?

Seems to be that you spend a lot of time criticising others suggestions on someone else's thread and not really contributing much yourself.

Maybe you should share your wisdom with some lovely names for the OP?

Dysgu Tue 01-Jan-13 20:17:21

I must say that my first thought was 'Piers Morgan' too but then I told myself that the name would become the child's name once it was attached. I have only ever known one other Piers - although am rather partial to Pierce Bronson grin

HelpOneAnother Tue 01-Jan-13 20:24:55

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countrykitten Tue 01-Jan-13 20:28:08

amck I think you are being rather unreasonable here as I have tried to be helpful to the OP which you would know if you had read my posts and to make a lighthearted comment about Piers Morgan is not out of order is it really? You like the names Gregor and Piers- I don't - and there is no accounting for taste is there? Never mind - I am learning that people do not always have much of a sense of humour on here. Enjoy your evening being dour.

amck5700 Tue 01-Jan-13 20:35:45

Country - there's helpful and helpful - I couldn't honestly give a rat's arse whether we like the same names or not, but you have criticised everything that anyone else has said without contributing any suggestions yourself - if it was meant to come across in a joking fashion, it doesn't - hope that helps?

OP - I know a lovely young Piers with a sister Gabrielle which is why I suggested it. I actually thought about Pierce but thought that may be a bit too modern with your other names....and Piers seemed a bit more exotic given the varied background of yourself and your OH.

countrykitten Tue 01-Jan-13 20:37:44

As I said - enjoy your evening being dour. Hope that helps?

amck5700 Tue 01-Jan-13 20:41:25

Ooh yes thank you - so very helpful hmm

If you want to call people names then feel free - I give in, you win - you are absolutely hilarious and I am a typical dour Scot.

Varya Tue 01-Jan-13 20:42:44

I know a young man called Bryon and I think that is a great name for a boy with Briany for a girl and Warwick to me is a lovely name for boy, when he becomes a man!

DontmindifIdo Tue 01-Jan-13 21:32:20

Iris is a lovely name, rather underused but not 'odd' and not hard to spell! Can you not talk your DH round to that? She would need a long middle name to make it 'flow' with her sisters' names.

I also like Ethan from his list.

I would avoid Alice this year for the simple reason I thought it was the bookies favourite if the royal baby turns out to be a girl. Now, they might not have a girl and might not name her Alice if they do, but any name the Cambridges go with will jump to the top of the name list for 2013 and you might find she's one of 4 in her class... (not a bad thing in some ways, but having been one of 4 of my name in my class, I'd rather not have my DD repeat that)

Would Rex be short for anything? It does sound nickname-y.

I wouldn't worry that Gregor is too Scottish, although he would be known as Greg.

Dysgu Wed 02-Jan-13 08:01:28

Gosh, choosing a name is such hard work - no wonder we have never done it before until after the baby arrives!

Mentioned Celeste to DP - he liked it but I am now wondering how it would work with our surname and also it seems such a 'big' name to attach to a 'little' baby although I know the baby does not stay small for too long.

I am also liking Piers, Byron and don't mind the shortening of Gregor(y) to Greg although not sure how it sounds with the girls' names.

I rather like Briany though might go with Bryony as a spelling.

Thanks Dont for the information regarding Alice as a possibility for the royal baby - that should be a good argument for DP to agree to not using it although I am happy for it to be a middle name.

I still like Iris and I rather like Idris although I know my dad has a 'thing' about us using particularly Welsh names outside Wales! (Not that we ever consulted him on the names of DD1 and DD2 - and DNiece has a very Welsh name and does not live in Wales - the only people who seem to struggle with it are our Welsh relatives!)

Also like Bryn??

DeathMetalMum Wed 02-Jan-13 11:37:01

Euan? Quite similar to Evan and Ethan. I only know of one.

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SlowlorisIncognito Wed 02-Jan-13 20:12:54

For Celeste, you could shorten it to Lesty, Letty, or Lessy, or Cel if those are too girly.

Alice is a good middle name.

Dysgu Wed 02-Jan-13 20:27:27

slowloris I like those shorter versions of Celeste. It seems to be a name we both like at the moment but we do tend to shorten DD1 and DD2 some of the time so it would be nice to have options. I think I am hedging towards Letty as a favourite... only now I have a 'thing' about shorter versions not starting with the same initial. Hmm, I guess I am the awkward one!

deathMM I rather like Euan too - I wonder what DP would think.

I also read about Blake on another thread today and rather liked it.

HelpOneAnother I like several of your Italian heritage name but Alicia and Julia have already been used within the family, Francesca (whilst lovely) would be an initial class with DD1, I am currently teaching a Cara and (again, whilst it is a lovely name) is rather similar to Dniece and I am not sure DP would go for the others , although I do rather like Chiara.

I am going to see what he thinks of Bryn...

Dysgu Wed 02-Jan-13 20:28:04

Thank you to everyone for sharing your ideas. I worry that we will be dragging this out for a few more months!

Hedwig3 Wed 02-Jan-13 20:46:46

The Celeste that I know is often called Cece at home.

Dysgu Wed 02-Jan-13 20:50:34

hedwig I was thinking that - it was already on my list originally but I hadn't come up with the 'real' name to fit to it! Is looking like a real possibility!

amck5700 Wed 02-Jan-13 21:00:56

......you know it will be a boy now don't you?! wink

Hedwig3 Wed 02-Jan-13 21:04:24

Yippee, I did something right today!

Dysgu Thu 03-Jan-13 08:51:41

Names names names... boy, girl, boy, girl... perhaps it would be easier if you just named the child from the list provided for the day it is born (is there a country where they do that?)

What does anyone think of Cressida (I was reading Hello at the hospital yesterday!)?

Also, how does Celeste Alice L* go - I think it is a bit 'clunky' but not sure that matters as the two names are not often used together really.

As for a boy amck hmm

amck5700 Thu 03-Jan-13 09:13:35

In some parts or maybe religions in India, the letter the name should begin with is determined by the day (time?) of birth so that gives you a starting point - don't think they have to use it though. In some families it seems to be that the grandparents get first dibs on naming the baby. I worked with a chap who's grandparents didn't live nearby and no telephone, so news of his arrival was sent to them by post. His parents named him, then a couple of weeks later a letter arrived from his granddad giving him an entirely different name, so it was changed!

My mum is okay about my elder son's name but doesn't like my younger son's name so god knows what he would have ended up as.

amck5700 Thu 03-Jan-13 09:16:44

Cressida is quite nice - not ithe type of name we would have in my background, but the boys loved the Cressida Cowell books smile

I don't think it matters how it flows with the middle name - apart from at their Christening or Wedding, when are they ever going to be read out like that?

ViviPru Thu 03-Jan-13 10:51:28

Hi Dysgu. Yur names are bang in line with my favourites so I thought my 'short' lists might help...



emsyj Thu 03-Jan-13 13:17:56

Cressida is DH and my 'name ultimo', but it doesn't go very well with our surname (also L* with 2 syllables, funnily enough!) I am due in 4 weeks and we have no real shortlist, but we are both liking Astrid, Imogen, Hazel and for a boy, Henning...

DD is called Ruth, which suited us both in the sense that you rarely meet a little Ruth these days, yet it's a name everyone knows and can spell.

I like Oliver, but am put off by its popularity. I also like Sebastian but have a good friend with a DS Sebastian which rules that out. I know a 5 year old Peter, it's a great name and little used these days it seems.

I also love love love the name Celestine but it clashes in a horrible way with our surname so it's not an option, sadly. Celeste is beautiful too.

kelou75 Thu 03-Jan-13 13:40:40

Boy's; Arlo,Barnaby,Bertie,Reuben,Digby,Toby,Tobias, Sebastian, Alistair.

Girls; Oriana, Jemima, Ophelia, Kitty, Angelica, Harriet, Beatrice,Elodie,Aurelia,Tabitha,Arabella,Martha,Polly,Aida,Claudia,Agatha,Hetty

Dysgu Thu 03-Jan-13 21:04:24

Vivi I think I could happily use any of the names on your lists smile and some of them have appeared on previous lists we drew up with earlier pregnancies so might have to see what DP thinks.

Emsy I am rather liking Celestine instead of Celeste too. Would the emphasis be on the first syllable with Celestine as opposed to the second with Celeste. I think I would still use Cece at home...

With Cressida, where is the emphasis? I like the shorter Cressy for home but need to know how to say the full name properly; I am thinking on the first CRESS - i - da.

Kelou I love the name Aurelia (and some others in your lists) but worry that if she shortened it to 'Aurie' it would sound too like Florrie which is what our Florence tends to go by.

amck I quite like the initial being set, for example but am not sure what my parents would choose as names if they got to have a go! With initials, and totally coincidentally, my DDs first names go F then G so i have some silly idea that DC3 should start with H. Then... middle names: DD1 is FA and DD2 is GE so it appears we are working through the vowels so DC3 should have the initial HI...

I am one of three girls and we all have names that were in the top 10 in the early 70s when we were born so I guess my DMum would pick very popular current names. I am not sure what she thinks of our choices but I know she struggles to like Dnephew's middle name which is Arthur. We also did a house swap with a family with DDs names Agnes and Beatrice (two names I loved until they became 'attached' to other people we knew) and DM thought those were 'unusual' hmm

emsyj Thu 03-Jan-13 21:21:07

Ooooh I like Aurelia too - it means 'golden haired'. The French version Aurelie is gorgeous, but would be mis-spelled and mispronounced all over the show (including by me blush).

Cressida is CRESS (like in egg & cress) - i (as in 'in') - da (as in dad) - I think! So yes, I think your pronunciation is right.

I've never really thought about where the emphasis should sit with Celestine - I would pronounce it with the emphasis on the second 'e' but I don't know if that's right...

Dysgu Fri 04-Jan-13 17:25:46

I am really liking Celestine but would emphasise the first syllable, I think, like celebrate!

Went through all lists with DP last night - apart from a few he doesn't like, all the others are 'fine' hmm

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