DD (2) is 2 days old. Help me with her name please!

(103 Posts)
NarcolepsyQueen Fri 04-Jan-13 21:26:07

She looks like she would suit a robust name, iykwim? I like:


Which do you prefer? Ideas for middle names welcomes! Would like a short middle name!

Thank you so much - we are struggling!

Permisson Fri 04-Jan-13 21:30:34

Oooh congratulations! smile

My fave is Theodora.

How about

Theodora Joy
Theodora Hope
Theodora Jane
Theodora Anne
Theodora Pearl

Maybe try out one name for a few hours and see if it suits her? Would you abbreviate Theodora?

Lilyloo Fri 04-Jan-13 21:30:44

Our robust dd is called Martha and her bf is called Matilda smile

MikeLitoris Fri 04-Jan-13 21:32:02

I love Theodora. Very nice.

MoonHare Fri 04-Jan-13 21:35:16

Tabitha! Fabulous name, although I don't see it as 'robust'.

NarcolepsyQueen Fri 04-Jan-13 21:40:19

I am slightly leaning towards Theodora at the moment. How popular is Matilda do you think? What about Bo and a middle name? Rae? She is luffly!

Matilda. Don't like Tabitha or Theodora much.

Matilda Joy
Matilda Faye
Matilda Claire
Matilda Louise
Matilda Faith
Matilda Hope
Matilda Eve
Matilda Dawn

rhondajean Fri 04-Jan-13 21:42:19

Bo Rae would get doh a deer sung at her...

KittyBreadfan Fri 04-Jan-13 21:42:27

Matilda is just on the right side of unusual I would say, there are a few but not LOADS. I love Matilda Rae!

Congratulations btw. smile

I like Rae.

KittyBreadfan Fri 04-Jan-13 21:43:49

Theodora is nice, didn't Robbie Williams call his daughter that recently though? Could have a surge in popularity.

sweetkitty Fri 04-Jan-13 21:44:16

Matilda nn Tilly

Have a lovely friend called Rae and my goddaughter is called Tabitha so
Tabitha Rae for me.

MikeLitoris Fri 04-Jan-13 21:47:42

I do like Tilly.

Startail Fri 04-Jan-13 21:48:10



Those are what spring to mind as robust, but Feminine names.

SecretNutellaFix Fri 04-Jan-13 21:50:03



NarcolepsyQueen Fri 04-Jan-13 21:50:19

I meant Rae or Bo as a middle name rather than first names. 'Bo Rae' made me laugh! A quick Google search says that Robbie Williams called his daughter Theodora Rose. Bugger. Do you think that will make it 2 a penny now?

ethelb Fri 04-Jan-13 21:51:33


Middle name Ivy, Ida, bea,

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RobinsBaubleSparkles Fri 04-Jan-13 21:54:04

I like Matilda.

Theodora is lovely but you might get a lot of "ooh like Robbie Williams" or "do you like Robbie Williams" etc.

AmandaPayne Fri 04-Jan-13 21:55:15

Theodora is lovely.

Theodora Anne
Theodora Alice
Theodora Hope

Not massively keen on Rae personally. May? Faye?

AmandaPayne Fri 04-Jan-13 21:56:04

No - I don't think there will be a massive surge because of Robbie Williams. You're fine.

smornintime Fri 04-Jan-13 21:57:17

Tabitha. I also like Meredith.
Middle names....Kate? Anna/Anne? May? Ellen?

GeordieCherry Fri 04-Jan-13 21:58:11


I like Matilda best from your list but might not get to use mine at all, so just thought I'd add them smile

i love martha, matilda and tabitha and dd's middle name is rae so i love your choices. smile

Permisson Fri 04-Jan-13 22:19:38

Don't think there will be a surge due to Robbie. Don't let that put you off.Dorothea is great too though.

Do you want other robust names suggestions? Just in case...!

Like Rae as a middle name, not keen on Bo.

Sirzy Fri 04-Jan-13 22:21:27

Matilda or tabitha

comeonbishbosh Fri 04-Jan-13 22:49:03

Seriously, a surge because of Robbie Williams?!!!!

I think the only 'celeb' couple anyone need worry about is Kate and Wills, and you'll be making a decision before them I suspect.

KatherinaMinola Fri 04-Jan-13 22:52:43

Yes, I thought Ramona or Dorothea too.

RibenaFiend Fri 04-Jan-13 22:53:45

Congratulations OP!!!

NarcolepsyQueen Fri 04-Jan-13 23:19:10

All 3 are pretty neck and neck so far then! I find girls names so tricky! DD1 is 8 and has the same name as a French film about a quirky girl and she has the middle name Mai, if that helps?

NarcolepsyQueen Sat 05-Jan-13 07:46:29

The other name I love is Eloisa, but DH has said no to that one. Weirdly - I don't like Dorothea, but do like Theodora!

steppyhen Sat 05-Jan-13 09:24:07

theodora ivy!

I love Matilda with Tilda as a nn. Matilda Joy Surname.

Also, Harriett, Ramona, Juno, Beatrix

orangepudding Sat 05-Jan-13 09:27:37

Love Matilda.
How about Francesca?

FergusSingsTheBlues Sat 05-Jan-13 09:32:09


RustyBear Sat 05-Jan-13 09:37:51

I didn't realise that Simon LeBon had called his daughter Amber a few months before DD was born, and I got quite a lot of 'are you a fan' remarks, and there was a bit of a surge in popularity. But 23 years later, it's pretty much just another name.

The only problem now is that she shares her name with a rather notorious character who has sprung into prominence since, but there's nothing anyone can can do about that! In fact in some ways it's an advantage, because if you google DD's name, all you get is this other person, so I suppose in a way it protects her privacy...

I like Theodora Rae, and Tabitha. Matilda for me still recalls Hilaire Belloc's 'Matilda told such dreadful lies', but that's just me showing my age, I suspect!

Allalonenow Sat 05-Jan-13 09:54:37

Theodora is my favourite.

Lucy Ellen Fleur for middle names?

rhondajean Sat 05-Jan-13 10:00:33

What about Eloise without the a? My very first doll was named that by me when I was about 18 months for some reason, it is a very pretty name and I think would match your older daughter.

SpikyLikey Sat 05-Jan-13 11:43:11

Theodora is nice, but agree the Robbie Williams 'Teddy' thing means it will definitely gain popularity.

Love Dorothea.


Tillylils Sat 05-Jan-13 11:50:57

Congratulations!! My dd is Matilda Lily, nn Tilly so she's Tilly Lily. Also love Theodora, nn thea

NarcolepsyQueen Sat 05-Jan-13 16:03:18

Oh God! This is sooo tricky! Thank you all so much for your suggestions. I was hoping that the feedback would leave an obvious forerunner! Love Matilda, but worry that there will be a few (I work in education). Love Theodora, but don't like the Robbie Williams link. Love Tabitha, but will I get too many Bewitched cat comments?

nearlypregnant Sat 05-Jan-13 16:11:13

I like Tabitha and Matilda. Not so keen on Rae, I prefere Wren.

Congratulations by the way!! smile

littleacceb Sat 05-Jan-13 16:12:52

I'm a fussy mare but I think all three are gorgeous. Congrats on having the same taste as me! If I had to choose... Theodora - Teddy for short. Sounds like the sort of girl I had enormous girl-crushes on when I was 16.

Middle names are a great opportunity to recognise a deceased relative, if that helps.

SoggySummer Sat 05-Jan-13 16:24:56


Theodora out of all those. Not keen on Matilda - know several school age Matildas already. Tabitha is Ok but does not grab me like Theodora.

One of my closest friends is called Rae and I know of one other too - both adults though.

So Theodora gets my vote and my middle name suggestion


Rhubarbgarden Sat 05-Jan-13 16:40:28

Tabitha. Theodora is ok but the extra syllable makes it too long in my book. Matilda is too overdone - my two year old has three friends called Tilly, in quite a small circle of friends.

How about Roberta?

sandberry Sat 05-Jan-13 17:42:53

Theodora is great, lots of potential shortenings and nice meaning, if you went for Beau as a middle name (or Belle for that matter), it would (with some poetic license) mean beautiful gift of god.
Matilda is lovely, quite popular but a strong name.
Tabitha is nice but will get cat comments

Congratulations BTW

MahnaMahna Sat 05-Jan-13 18:11:10

I like Tabitha. I knew a girl who was quite punky and she called herself Tabby for short. Rae is lovely as a middle name.

We wanted quite a strong name for our DD that could be shortened whilst she is small. We went for Beatriz Rosa in the end. Beatriz means voyager, and we went for Rosa after Rosa Parks (the black lady on the bus.)

We call her Bea for short. She's so cheeky it suits her to a T.

Congratulations!! x

Reaa Sat 05-Jan-13 18:18:18

Thea smile

nannyof3 Sat 05-Jan-13 18:36:35

Matilda rose .... Tilly rose

nannyof3 Sat 05-Jan-13 18:37:03

Theodora Jane

nannyof3 Sat 05-Jan-13 18:37:28

Tabitha jean

Grange Sat 05-Jan-13 18:43:00

Nannyof3- Matilda Rose is the name of my DD. Love it. Good choice ;)

orangepudding Sat 05-Jan-13 18:47:49

Most girls at the moment seem to have either Rose or May/Mai as a middle name so I would avoid both of them!

Grange Sat 05-Jan-13 18:52:37

If I like a name it wouldn't bother me at all if it was ubiquitous. Go with what you feel suits her.
Congratulations BTW

BardOfBarking Sat 05-Jan-13 19:01:35

Tabitha Rae - no contest.

everlong Sat 05-Jan-13 19:01:54


Those are robust to me. Congratulations smile

NarcolepsyQueen Sun 06-Jan-13 00:31:38

Right. Think I am almost sold on Theodora as a first name!

Theodora Rose?
Theodora Grace?
Theodora Bo/Beau?
Thoedora Belle?
Thordora Rae?

manicbmc Sun 06-Jan-13 00:35:21

Agatha Grace

LadyStark Sun 06-Jan-13 00:50:11

I have a Matilda but if I hadn't used that I really like Cordelia with nn Dilly.

ChippingInLovesChristmasLights Sun 06-Jan-13 00:55:50

Matilda Eloise

Theodore Roosevelt - nah

Tabitha - definitely gives me a twitchy nose grin

Of course she's your adorable DD, so you get to choose, but Matilda Eloise is what you should choose!!


CatPussRoastingOnAnOpenFire Sun 06-Jan-13 01:03:17

If I have another DD she will be Elinor.

MyLittleAprilSunshine Sun 06-Jan-13 01:04:03


Out of yours Theodora Rae sounds best smile


Lollybrolly Sun 06-Jan-13 01:13:01

Theodora Rose gets my vote

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 06-Jan-13 01:15:55

Theodora Grace.

I had never even considered this name until recently. Robbie Williams is in no way still famous enough to have an impact on people using the name imo.

I've recently warmed to Theodora a great deal.

GanglyGiraffe Sun 06-Jan-13 01:18:01

Theodora, love it!

williaminajetfighter Sun 06-Jan-13 01:20:23

Matilda! Mt six year olds name and still love it. Goes by Tilda or Tildy.

Love Tabitha and was our second choice (so good taste OP!) but not great if you have a lisp!

I love the name Pearl and
Matilda Pearl sounds a great combo!

Or call her Winter. Cute! smile

AuntyAnna Sun 06-Jan-13 01:21:23

I like Theodora nickname Thea smile
Theodora Anne is nice do you have any family names you would like to use?
Theodore Willa, Theodora Ruby, Theodora Fay, Theodora June, Theodora Letty.


dizzydixies Sun 06-Jan-13 01:25:20

Love love love Tabitha nn Bitsy smile

DDs MN is Rae smile

What about
Cecilia nn Cece
Teresa nn Tess
Delphine or Seraphine nn Finn
Imogen nn Mim

Middle names

Congratulations btw!

williaminajetfighter Sun 06-Jan-13 01:30:45

If you want some cool strong names that are quite strong mythic Greek goddess types I have known both an Elletra and a Medea. Both fabby names.

louisianablue2000 Sun 06-Jan-13 01:40:02

Love Theodora, I spent an entire episode of Graham Norton (the one with Robbie Williams on it obviously) raving about the name. A very classy and strong name.

delilah88 Sun 06-Jan-13 16:19:27

What about Tabitha Elodie?
I think that sounds good.

PepsiCoco Sun 06-Jan-13 16:20:58

Matilda. It was my name for DD but she was a DS!

booklava Sun 06-Jan-13 16:27:49

Like Tabitha, was going to have Matilda for DD1 but found Matya instead which is so unusual (don't know any other) so she is Matya Kate nn Matty

SE13Mummy Sun 06-Jan-13 23:16:59

All three are lovely but, assuming your DD1 has the name I think she does <mysterious> I think the 'ma' in Matilda may make for more mix-ups than will occur with a different sounding name.

I know a Theodora who is known as Thea - it's a great name. However, Theodora Belle sounds a bit like 'the adorable' (which I've no doubt your baby DD is) so I'd avoid that combination.

Does DD1 have any good ideas for middle names?

Just in case you're not yet sold on Theodora and need more suggestions, how about Imogen, Harriet, Naomi, Miriam, Felicity, Freya or Hannah? Or even Talitha if you like Tabitha but not the twitching!

NarcolepsyQueen Mon 07-Jan-13 21:32:10

Thank you everybody! Still not decided I'm afraid. Swinging more towards Matilda now! I prefer Tilly as a nn, rather than Thea. Matilda Rose?

Permisson Mon 07-Jan-13 22:51:10

Which seems to suit her better?

ShowOfHands Mon 07-Jan-13 23:01:03

As Rose and May/Mai are THE middle names for girls atm and you've already used one of them, I'd avoid using Rose this time round.

And if you choose Bo, spell it Bo as Beau is a boy's name (French masculine term).

I have a Mathilda Beatrice who is Tilda or Tild. It means mighty in battle which suits her down to the ground and she was known as Tilda Tank as a baby. Personally can't abide Tilly. It's delicate and twee which dd isn't. The odd person has shortened her name to Tilly and she just scowls.

AndOnAndOnAndOn Tue 08-Jan-13 00:15:43

Tabitha Rae for me

Congratulations smile

NarcolepsyQueen Tue 08-Jan-13 08:23:12

She looks like a Matilda I think. It is such a responsibility naming children isn't it?! I found boys names so much easier (if this had been DS 2 rather than DD 2 he would have been Rex or Hugo).

besmirchedandbewildered Tue 08-Jan-13 08:27:52

Matilda Leigh?

melika Tue 08-Jan-13 08:31:38

How about some retro Matilda anne, Tilly-Anne for short?

persephoneplum Tue 08-Jan-13 09:10:38

There's no way Theodora will become uber-popular. I absolutely love it - look no further!

So tired of all the usual middle names - how about:

Theodora Ivy

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 08-Jan-13 09:24:16

Matilda is a lovely name OP! smile

FergusSingsTheBlues Tue 08-Jan-13 13:22:22


DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 08-Jan-13 13:48:41

I was going to suggest Constance but see you have decided on Matilda, very nice. It often comes down to how they look.
For a second name how about Rae as you suggested earlier or Faith?

elleephant Wed 09-Jan-13 00:10:34

I just love Matilda, tilly and tilda are lovely nn too.

Matilda Rosa is beautiful name. I think you have found your answer OP! And the nn's work with it too, go for it smile

NarcolepsyQueen Wed 09-Jan-13 14:25:51

I keep going back and forth between the two! Def either Theodora or Matilda. Why oh why do we have to make these decisions when we are still hormonal from the birth!!

thegreylady Wed 09-Jan-13 15:28:23

Theodora Rose
There are so many little Matildas around atm-I know 3 under 4-one Mattie and two Tillys.

williaminajetfighter Wed 09-Jan-13 17:03:17

Why don't you name her both? Matilda Thea? Or Theodora Matilda?

Then you can decide which she looks most like? or Matilda Rose Theodora?

that gives you license to change or switch names if you fancy it. Any consolation my daughter's middle name is Jetfighter. So I know what it's like to be hormonal and being pushed by DH into choosing cool name!!

NarcolepsyQueen Wed 09-Jan-13 17:03:39

Is Matilda really that popular? I know people say it oughtn't matter, but it does to me!

Sirzy Wed 09-Jan-13 17:05:10

I only know one Matlida. I think in coming years Theodora will be more popular due to Robbie Williams

DitzyDonkeySillyMonkey Wed 09-Jan-13 17:05:26

I prefer Matilda from your list

williaminajetfighter Wed 09-Jan-13 17:06:28

I named my daughter Matilda - live in Scotland - and she is the only one I know. Only one at daycare, at both schools she's been too. Unlike the raft of Ellas... Rubys...

I like Theodora but come from a family with lisps. Theodora can be a real tongue twister and could sound like Feeadora

williaminajetfighter Wed 09-Jan-13 17:07:14

Matilda is also a lovely story/movie and conjurs up a magical, spunky child!

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 09-Jan-13 17:08:35

There's only one thing for it, OP, back to Tabitha wink

NarcolepsyQueen Wed 09-Jan-13 17:36:09

Jetfighter? Can your daughter pull it off? Brave choice lady!

I like Theodora, but my DP has a business is East London, and I'm not sure that the name will translate into the local dialect well.

What did you go for OP? We have a Tabitha which I love (obviously) and we haven't come across another in RL yet. I get so many compliments on it and i've definitely grown to love it even more in the 19months we've had her!

I know a few Matilda/Mathilda, and though I love the name it does put me off slightly. I'd definitely use an 'h' if I chose the name. I am currently 8m pregnant with DD2 and struggling with names. Mathilde is on my list, the French isn't as popular here. I love it. I also love Theodora but have to say Robbie put me off it a little...for info his was Theodora Rose, nn teddy.

It's so difficult. Good luck!

Oops sorry, x-post. You're still deciding I see!

chartreuse Wed 09-Jan-13 17:55:30

I really love Tabitha, great name

NarcolepsyQueen Wed 09-Jan-13 19:21:06

Crazy - does your DD have a nn?

MarmaladeSkies Wed 09-Jan-13 21:02:10

Theodora is my favourite.

Matilda is lovely.

Tabitha is ugly.

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