Not 'girly' girls names. Might as well call her Geoff...

(183 Posts)
OkayHazel Sat 12-Jan-13 03:25:36

Help! I can think of loads of boys names, and could name about 12 sons given the chance, but I'm really struggling with girls names and am hoping for suggestions to add to my list.

I really like girls names with harder sounds. Lots of consonants rather than vowels and nothing too long - probably two syllables tops. This means nothing girly, cutesy, flowery, overly pretty (Aurelias, Olivias, Florences), ending in I, IE, Y, IA (you get the gist).

The general trend is one or two syllables, ending in En or El (or other 'finite') sounds. Nothing too popular would be fab, but I insist on using a 'real' name and not an improper noun as a baby name. Any nationality is fine by me - open to ideas. (Though Greek mythology probably won't suit me either).

Names I do like include:

Hazel
Bronwyn
Jude
Merle
Morgan
Olive
Violet (Probably bucks the trend, but I like the hard 'let' sound at the end)

I've also noticed that I really I like unisex names, but only for girls. The more masculine/androgynous the name for my baby girl the better. Any suggestions would be very welcome as I've not come across many yet.

At this point in time I'm so frustrated, Geoff is really seeming like a good idea - maybe choose something a little more appropriate with your help smile

Thanks and good luck naming your babies too!

DessieLou Sat 12-Jan-13 03:35:56

I really like hazel from your list and violet. How about Peyton, Cameron, fifer, morven, christie, Harriet? I know of a little girl called Everest which I think is a good strong name.

DessieLou Sat 12-Jan-13 03:37:23

Oh and I heard of a Terran the other day which I really like. will keep thinking! :-)

OkayHazel Sat 12-Jan-13 03:40:12

Love Cameron from your suggestions Dessie.

Not so sure about Everest though - not sure I like the idea of my child being synonymous with the world's most difficult challenge!

deleted203 Sat 12-Jan-13 03:45:03

Georgie?
Rowan?
Lesley?
Frankie?
Stevie?
Alex?
Brogan?
Cameron?
Casey?
Drew?
Marley?
Mackenzie?
Maddison?
Robin?
Riley?
Sidney?
Tyler?

(appreciate a lot of these are maybe to 'eee' on the end but it's late and I'm knackered). Shall we just go with Geoff? grin

Charlie
Laurel
Estelle
Rachel
Gabrielle
Elle

Eden
Gwen
Helen
Hayden
Lauren

DessieLou Sat 12-Jan-13 03:56:54

Hmmm, rather like Cameron myself, may stick that on the future child list! Stella, Esther, Blythe?

OkayHazel Sat 12-Jan-13 03:58:43

Geoff it is I think sowornout!

Probably right, not very keen on the 'eeee' endings. Likewise, names ending in 'elle' are far too girl for my taste. Don't want boring and safe either - which is what Rachel, Lauren and Helen are to me - very used, and very typically female.

Big fan of Haydn (how I would prefer to spell it) but knew a horrid child growing up.

Drew and Gwen are growing on me. Like the W.

OkayHazel Sat 12-Jan-13 04:00:37

Dessie Blythe is brilliant!

Stellan is very near the top of my boys list, but can't warm to Stella for some reason. I blame How I Met Your Mother.

TobyLerone Sat 12-Jan-13 04:09:17

Jane
Bethan
Jesse
Erin
Meg

GeeinItLaldy Sat 12-Jan-13 04:10:09

Alex
Juno
Megan
Zara / Cara
Vivienne
Cora
Frances
Fiona
Judith

You're right. This is difficult. And Geoff does have quite a nice ring to it...

Emandlu Sat 12-Jan-13 04:12:16

Petra
Sara
Peta

ThinkAboutItOnBoxingDay Sat 12-Jan-13 04:16:39

Eleanor?

Megan?

Morag? (not sure on spelling but you seem to quite like welsh names)

Rosalind?
Regan?
Hero?
beatrice?

Getting into a Shakesperean swing here...

FellatioNels0n Sat 12-Jan-13 04:17:13

Bronwen and Hazel are both beautiful. What about Heather?

Ellen
Erica
Erin
Elsa
Elspeth
Iona

are all names which I think do not sound cutesy or girly.

Rowan
Robyn
Rae
Linden
Elizabeth
Kristen
Blaise
Pearl
Iris
Simone
Justine
Ruth

DessieLou Sat 12-Jan-13 04:18:54

I've always loved Blythe but doesn't sound right with out surname so I'll be very pleased of you use it! I LOVE stellan for a boy.

OkayHazel Sat 12-Jan-13 04:31:30

BoxingDay I do like Welsh names!

Ones so far that are either already on my extended list, or have just been added to it include:

Vivienne
Morag
Blaise
Pearl
Iris

Loving that Linden and Regan have been suggested - I specialised in the American presidency during my degree - pretty sure those will get vetoed though!

FellatioNels0n Sat 12-Jan-13 04:32:34

Lois

FellatioNels0n Sat 12-Jan-13 04:42:52

Delyth and Lilith are nice too.

Lorna
Morwenna
Sage
Rose
Sapphire
Isis
Delphine
Della
Cleo
Carmen
Imogen
Juliet
Raine

FellatioNels0n Sat 12-Jan-13 04:46:24

Marianne
Esther

FellatioNels0n Sat 12-Jan-13 04:48:58

Oh, and of course who could forget the beeeoootiful Downton names, Sybil and Edith?

GeordieCherry Sat 12-Jan-13 04:50:28

Norah
Scarlett

MidnightMasquerader Sat 12-Jan-13 05:09:06

Just for the record, I would assume Haydn was pronounce Hi-din, as in the composer.

I love the name Merryn, but suspect it might be too feminine for your tastes.

sashh Sat 12-Jan-13 05:38:00

Helen
Maud
James - has occasionally been used for a girl
Peta (pronounce Peter - Australian name)
Karen
Ethel

George - you could put Georgina on the birth certificate if you want 'propper'.

Evelyn - is that too girly?

Bethan
Meryl
Carol
Lauren

googietheegg Sat 12-Jan-13 05:58:47

Alex
Jodie
Demelza
Tara
Astrid

Lamazeroo Sat 12-Jan-13 06:05:54

Hadley
Hollis
Anwen
Pip
Rowan
Grace
Henrietta
Kim

Allinonebucket Sat 12-Jan-13 07:52:49

Morven?

niceupthedance Sat 12-Jan-13 07:55:36

Marion
Dylan

Bearandcub Sat 12-Jan-13 08:03:01

Maud
Enid
Erica
Roberta (Bobbie)
Gert
Regina (reggie)
Rae
Alberta (Bertie)

Allinonebucket Sat 12-Jan-13 08:07:55

Noor
Annick

Iwillorderthefood Sat 12-Jan-13 08:08:28

Rowan is gorgeous, like Iris. I am afraid Blaise makes me think of the X-men and makes me giggle.

aimingtobeaperfectionist Sat 12-Jan-13 08:08:57

What about James? I've heard a few girls called that and I quite like it.

Catsu Sat 12-Jan-13 08:10:54

Oh this is so similar to my taste! I had a girl after 2 boys and could only think of boy like names.
I liked Francesca, frankie
Charlotte, Charlie
Alex
Violet
Harriet, Harry, hattie

Ended up choosing philippa and call her pippa

ThinkAboutItOnBoxingDay Sat 12-Jan-13 08:59:15

Welsh names then,
Arwen
Anwen
Ceris

baskingseals Sat 12-Jan-13 09:02:58

Astrid

Lois

Ines

Agnes

catnipkitty Sat 12-Jan-13 09:06:22

Harriet (my sister's middle name)
Katrin

I love Olive, and wanted Liv for dd (couldnt decide on just Liv or go.for Olive).

In the end we have called her Meg.

Some other names we liked and I feel arent too girly
*Nell
*Jess
*Stella
*Tess
*Veda

cryhavoc Sat 12-Jan-13 09:18:06

I have a Ffion. My criteria was simila to yours, we also considered Tegan, Morgan, Alex, and Harriet.

MineOrk Sat 12-Jan-13 09:24:36

We had this with my youngest DD, OH likes American/ tomboy names for girls. Top of his list was Elliot or Finn, the others have already been listed here. I do love Rowan and Iris, Astrid and Juno. I am less keen on boys names for girls but did end up using Robyn as her middle name.

As you seem to like the Welsh influence I hope you don't mind a wee list. I grew up with a lot of Bronwens and Rowenas but you never see them now.

Arwen
Eirlys
Catrin
Carys
Elwen
Bethan
Bronwen
Dilys
Gaenor
Enfys
Ffion
Gwynn
Haf/Hafwen
Olwen
Rhian
Seren
Taryn

Ps I love Hazel!

Elliott

Yika Sat 12-Jan-13 09:37:07

Piper
Bryony
Elin

BillyBollyBrandy Sat 12-Jan-13 09:38:48

Piper

BillyBollyBrandy Sat 12-Jan-13 09:38:56

Jude

Yika Sat 12-Jan-13 09:39:58

Malin
Kirsten/kerstin
Meryl

Weissdorn Sat 12-Jan-13 09:40:33

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Yika Sat 12-Jan-13 09:41:11

Damaris
Laurel
Meredith

LegArmpits Sat 12-Jan-13 09:46:09

I love Roberta, Briony, Georgina, Vivienne, Jocelyn. We named DD one of them with similar criteria to you.

DontmindifIdo Sat 12-Jan-13 09:50:18

I like Esther, Beth, Thea and Robyn.

OP - if you like 'boy' type names, how would feel about a long 'girly' name with a boyish nickname?

Was thinking Persephone nn Percy, or names like Christine/Christina nn Chris, Joanna/Josephine nn Jo, Bertina/Alberta nn Bertie. Georgina nn Georgie/George, Francessca nn Frankie etc.

I'm sure if you gave us your favourite boys name list we could find you the feminine versions!

Yika Sat 12-Jan-13 09:52:02

Dale
Leigh

(warming to the theme but no patience to come up with a full list before posting - sorry for the multiple posts!)

TheBeanAndTheBee Sat 12-Jan-13 09:53:32

Liv
Eve
Beth

Yamyoid Sat 12-Jan-13 09:54:46

Scarlet
Marley
Ripley

tourdefrance Sat 12-Jan-13 09:59:57

My criteria were similar but ended up with two ds so no chance to use them. We considered lots of the names above and also Sarah which I don't think has been mentioned. The final choices though were Jennifer (can be shortened to Jen as well as Jenny) and Miriam. May not fit your criteria as quite long names though

DieWilde13 Sat 12-Jan-13 10:00:18

I love Ffion, Frances, Piper and Lois.

There is a Freddie in my dd's class, not sure whether it's just her nickname, though.

Fearne to me doesn't sound girlie, either.

Yika Sat 12-Jan-13 10:04:21

Jan
Gael
Carey
Mishal/michal
Ashling
Daryl

Stevie.

Selks Sat 12-Jan-13 10:11:50

Zetta
Tara
Billie

Ilovecheeseandlovinglife Sat 12-Jan-13 10:19:16

I love boys names for girls too.
My DN is called Rory smile

Fern
Beth
Cooper
Elin
Harriet(nn Harrie)
Jude

thegreylady Sat 12-Jan-13 12:50:40

Seren
Erin
Tegan
Megan
Morag
Ffion
Rhian
Jane
I love Morgan though

meala Sat 12-Jan-13 13:04:10

Innes
Charis
Simone

SageBush Sat 12-Jan-13 13:11:17

Rowan
Imogen
Tamsin
Erin

(I feel the same as you, OP, and dislike the very frilly, girly names which seem popular at the moment. The above are top of my list for the daughter I most likely will never have!)

I'm also a fan of non girly-girl names, but unlike you OP, I don't like androgynous names, and I loathe to see boy's names on girls; Cameron and James for example, are strictly all boy in my eyes and always will be.

I really like Hazel, Olive and Violet from your list, they're proper girl's names, but they're not super frilly like Isabella (for example).

My DD is Sarah, which DH and I opted for, because while it's clearly a girl's name it isn't girly-girl. It's just a solid sounding name. MIL was quite disappointed and lamented our choice, and wanted us to go for someone more 'cutesy', especially because her other two granddaughters are called Poppy and Kitty. She actually had the nerve to say, "Sarah doesn't seem as 'jolly' as Poppy and Kitty, I can see P & K doing the things little girls should like playing princesses, and Sarah will be the one reading a book in the corner." I gave her a wry smile and told her that's what we were going for. She's lucky I didn't smack her though.

I'm currently expecting our fourth (and last) child and the girl names we're considering are:

Mary
Margaret
Elizabeth
Lois

These fit mine and DH's criteria to a T. We also like Marianne but can't quite decide if it's frilly or not. I don't think so, but DH thinks it is.

I probably haven't been any help to you OP, but just wanted to let you know, you're not alone in wanting to avoid girly-girl names.

NB: I think my appreciation of non-frilly names, stems from the fact I myself have such a name, I'm just Tess. It's straight to the point/fuss free and I've always liked that.

charlottery Sat 12-Jan-13 14:07:27

I like these kind of names too, really like Hazel. How about

Marit
Ingrid
Manon

badtime Sat 12-Jan-13 14:42:48

I like the same kind of names. My hypothetical girls names are Rowan, Ellis, Robin, Morgan.

Other names I like that my partner would never agree to would include names like Hero, Leto, Fox and, oddly, Constance.

badtime Sat 12-Jan-13 14:44:01

Now I have posted that, I realise that a lot of the virtue names, such as Faith or Hope are spectacularly ungirly.

Yika Sat 12-Jan-13 15:08:47

Taking inspiration from celeb city:
Blake
Paris
Harper
Harlow
Janis

Queazy Sat 12-Jan-13 15:15:00

I think Erin and Violet are really pretty. My faves are Martha and Scarlet though - not sure if they're a bit cutesy, but top of my list

badtime - I like Constance, which is another name that is obviously a girl's name, but isn't overly girly. Perhaps that's because of its meaning; steadfast/constant, so it doesn't seem flighty/frilly etc.

zipzap Sat 12-Jan-13 15:32:10

My darling gran (rip) was called Olive and hated it - right the way up to her late 90s when she died, which has left me biased against it.

How about Hester for a nice but not girly name?

Jasbro Sat 12-Jan-13 15:40:38

Lois, Honor, Mabel, Greta, Iris, Dana, Jean, Frida, Joy

HelpOneAnother Sat 12-Jan-13 15:45:58

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charlottehere Sat 12-Jan-13 15:47:27

Love violet and like jude.

Olive
Robyn
Lois

Startail Sat 12-Jan-13 16:38:28

I love Hazel and Harriet

Rebecca (ok A at the end, but sharp sound, also if have loved a Becky, but DH went out with one and vetoed it)

Megan, I know two brilliant Meg's.

Helen, Bethan can somehow be strong or flowery to suit the DD.

Bridget
Tiegan
Lauren (which I hate for no rational reason).
Eleanor and Elizabeth
Esther

ChristineDaae Sat 12-Jan-13 17:13:48

I heard today for he first time of a girl called Campbell. I love Hadley, Harper Addison, and Piper too

tacal Sat 12-Jan-13 17:23:13

Cody

MadBusLady Sat 12-Jan-13 17:45:09

I've always loved Joan, it sounds strong and sorted and glamorous, but realise I may be in a minority. grin

I have a unisex name and would steer clear of them TBH. There's plenty of strong non-frilly unambiguous girls' names.

LaCiccolina Sat 12-Jan-13 17:50:30

If I were u I'd go for a long name that shortens. So Terran to Teri. Etc then if she ends up a girlie girl u have a name that suits her too.

This is far too much about you here and nowhere near enough about who she might be.

heidihole Sat 12-Jan-13 17:50:38

I like Cameron. As in Cameron Diaz

Cameron
Mirren
Agnes
Margo/Margot
Arran
Autumn
Peta

mathanxiety Sat 12-Jan-13 17:51:22

Morag goes far too far into non-girly territory imo. The Morag I knew hated her name and used to mumble when asked for it.

I don't like Merle or Jude for girls either. And Bronwyn makes me think of a brontosaurus.

The other names on your lists are nice. I like non-frilly names.

Suggestions:

Kendall
Emerson
Avery
Arden
Lark or Larkin
Devlin

Alix
Beatrix
Margaret
Honor
Harriet
Frances
Agnes
Edith
Greer
Elke
Juliet
Iseult/Isolde
Ines
Sybil
Colette
Kathleen
Noelle
Romy
Journey

Juno
Charis

Miriam
Judith
Ruth
Tamar

Niamh
Roisin
Angharad
Sigrid
Dagmar
Brunhilde
Hilda
Astrid
Mairead
Muireann/ Merryn
Maebh (Maeve) or better still Medb (very ancient spelling)
Elin
Eirlys
Kirsten
Kirsty

A-ending names that you might consider?
Mila
Vita
Vida
Una
Beulah
Dinah
Ursula
Elsa
Agatha
Saskia
Mahala
Eliska
Lida
Frida
Elfrieda
Magdalen(a), Magda
Aphra
Zytka
Irina

heidihole Sat 12-Jan-13 17:52:17

Harper
Brooklyn
MacKenzie
Chester

BigGums Sat 12-Jan-13 19:30:04

Wren

OkayHazel Sat 12-Jan-13 20:08:42

LaCiccolina 'She' is still hypothetical. So I'd much rather choose a name I love, even if that act is 'about me', than choose a name I don't like on the assumption that my child 'might' be a girly girl.

She still might be a he. 'She' as far as I'm concerned doesn't really exist yet. 'She' will grow up with a name I love and no matter her traits, her name will be special.

I refuse to name a child on 'maybes' and 'mights' when what I know I love is solid.

pixi2 Sat 12-Jan-13 20:12:20

Quinn.

I love this. My nephew loves this too but we agreed not to tell dh as as (also nephews godson) name ends in 'in' too.

pixi2 Sat 12-Jan-13 20:13:16

Sorry, as ds name ends in 'in'.

TheCrackFox Sat 12-Jan-13 20:19:06

Edith
Sylvia
Margot

Rhubarbgarden Sat 12-Jan-13 21:20:35

Anouk

amck5700 Sat 12-Jan-13 23:57:40

Avril
Tierney
Nairne
Logan
Inez
Lorna
Mabel
Merrick

Reaa Sun 13-Jan-13 00:19:22

Harri

volvocowgirl Sun 13-Jan-13 01:37:08

Prudence
Payton
Tegan
Bronwyn
Harriet
Mabel
Gwen

bootsycollins Sun 13-Jan-13 02:34:24

Everest? Oh dear.

I've always thought Amber is a really cool name. Love Nina, Layla and Uma too.

SashaSashays Sun 13-Jan-13 02:37:22

I don't like girly names either and none of my dds have those kind of names, i prefer quite American (according to mn) often androgynous names so have spent quite a bit of time researching this niche.

Names we used or considered are:

Lois
Rae
Ellis
Margot
Parker
Olive
Reese
Marnie
Dallas
Harper
Tinsley
Sloane
Dylan
Mason
Greer
Alexis
Celine
Spencer
Blake
Blair
Ingrid
Astrid
Marlowe
Casey
Devon/Devin

Will try and think of others.

Have you considered Meredith, Edith or Tanith if you like 'ith' names?

roundtable Sun 13-Jan-13 02:55:22

Josephine? I love that name, but I don't have any dd's and I'm unlikely too.

Harriet
Georgina
Phillipa
Francesca
Christine/a

I 'mtrying to think of names that have male counterparts.

Yika Sun 13-Jan-13 08:33:43

Fallon

NippyDrips Sun 13-Jan-13 08:58:30

Sorry if these have been mentioned already, I didn't read all of the replies yet.

Robyn
Harriet
Scarlett
Francessca
Tyler
Taylor
Riley
Georgina/georgie
Alexandra/alexis
Pheobe

NippyDrips Sun 13-Jan-13 09:01:05

Imogen
piper
Blake
Regina
Chris
Clair

ImNotaPheasantPlucker Sun 13-Jan-13 09:05:07

Phillipa (Pip)

NippyDrips Sun 13-Jan-13 09:05:10

Elspeth
Dawn

JumpingJackSprat Sun 13-Jan-13 09:11:04

what about francesca, frankie for short? i dont think it fills many criteria so feel free to.ignore!

I have similar criteria to you! Currently TTC DS2 so have a handy list on my phone for names, I will c+p my girl names below in case it is any help:

Gala
Iris
Elsa
Etta
Amy
Vera
Eden/Edie
Ines
Rosa(line/lie)
Ida
Ariadne
Lenore (NN Lenny/Leni - also my grandfather's name so nice tribute)
Aster
Eris - Greek goddess of destruction!
Esther
Lotte
Kindra
Olive
Nova
Evren

Snog Sun 13-Jan-13 09:18:23

Beryl
Meryl
Marion
Merrion
Sharon
Shannon
Sheryl
Dallas
Carol
Susan
River
Brooke
Karen
Sam
Kim
Daryl
Farron

OhIWishThereWasABook Sun 13-Jan-13 09:24:56

Saxon? Daughter goes to school with one and I just thought, wow what a strong name.

LPplusOne Sun 13-Jan-13 09:43:12

I actually know a lovely American woman named Jeffery.

I've known her for years and must say that it's really a fantastic name for her - cute in a non-cutesy way when she was younger, then it was appropiately 'cool' when she was a teenager, and now it is quite sultry/sexy in her late 30's.

Go for it!

BouncyPenguin Sun 13-Jan-13 09:43:35

Gwen
Eve
Kit
Ruth
Jill
Fred
Dee
Quinn
Beth

dizzydixies Sun 13-Jan-13 09:46:50

Anna
Cleo
Dylan
Saskia
Ellis
Taryn

piebald Sun 13-Jan-13 09:54:00

I have always thought Dennis would be a really nice name for a girl

Dionne
Fran
Glenn
Meriel
Saffron

Theas18 Sun 13-Jan-13 09:57:10

Judith the ultimate kick ass female in the old testament for me!
Ruth also not"girly" I think

Flojobunny Sun 13-Jan-13 09:57:14

Ellen or Robyn?

OhIWishThereWasABook Sun 13-Jan-13 10:07:39

Who wants a bet that this child will be the pinkest, frilliest girly girl EVER. grin

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Sun 13-Jan-13 10:43:43

Petra - means stone/rock
Leanne
Yvonne

dizzydixies Sun 13-Jan-13 11:29:49

OhIWishThereWasABook, our youngest who has the masculine name refuses to leave the house in anything less than full princess get up, handbag & (if I would let her) heels!! Yet middle daughter has cropped hair, wears boys clothes and tells everyone her name is the male version - you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't!!!

Viviennemary Sun 13-Jan-13 11:31:32

Well I like

Hazel
Violet
Coralie
Pearl

or even Vivienne.

TameGaloot Sun 13-Jan-13 11:35:33

Blodwen is hard sounding

It's bronwEn btw
I know you like masculine sounding names but putting the male y in just seems like you didn't know

RillaBlythe Sun 13-Jan-13 11:37:42

Both of my DDs names are on here smile

My tutor at university was a woman called Christopher - she went by Kit.

lifesrichpageant Sun 13-Jan-13 11:38:42

Dale & Rae still faves for my fictional DD

AThingInYourLife Sun 13-Jan-13 11:39:24

Blanche

EvenIfYouSeeAPoppy Sun 13-Jan-13 11:43:39

Hazel, Ellen, Frances and Rowan are great - classic and classy but not flowery.

Not keen on 'surname' type names for either gender, but particularly not for girls.

Please don't forget that your daughter may not feel the same as you about names and may dislike a name she perceives as too 'masculine', particularly if all her contemporaries are called Lily, Evie, Poppy, Amelia, Ava etc.

amck5700 Sun 13-Jan-13 11:44:37

I knew a woman called Kevin, think she was Canadian.

jobnockey Sun 13-Jan-13 11:48:05

if I ever have a dd I will also go for something unfrilly. I love the name hester. also love olive, and I have a dn called astrid, which is great too.

shriekingnora Sun 13-Jan-13 11:52:18

Alice
Harriet
Ruth
Nora(h)
Ellen

amck5700 Sun 13-Jan-13 12:02:07

Jaime

Glimmerberry Sun 13-Jan-13 12:55:25

Scandinavia is a good source of non frilly names -I like Osla.

Glimmerberry Sun 13-Jan-13 12:59:42

Also, has anyone said Glenn yet? Great androgynous name, I think.

BikeRunSki Sun 13-Jan-13 13:03:16

There 's a girls at nursery with DS called Leni. Not short for Leonora, just Leni.

Yika Sun 13-Jan-13 13:03:29

Dutch names too eg Lien, Griet.

dizzydixies Sun 13-Jan-13 13:55:29

DD1 was almost Arywn

millymae Sun 13-Jan-13 14:14:46

Sorry I've not read the whole thread - has anyone mentioned Eryl or Judith. I have a friend called Lesley and her sister is Peta - would they be any good?

cheddarcheeselover Sun 13-Jan-13 14:28:34

Both mine and my dd's names are heregrin
If you use Robyn do spell it with a y- with an i it's a boy's name, with a y it's a girl's...

OkayHazel Sun 13-Jan-13 15:01:37

OhIWishThereWasABook She probably will be. I'm a really girly woman. She'll still have a girls name.

dizzydixies Sun 13-Jan-13 15:38:09

OkayHazel any ideas from the thread?

milkandribena Sun 13-Jan-13 16:05:23

I have a 'masculine' sounding name and am known by a boys name - I don't like frilly names.

Kit
Aleit
I like Jude
Brigette
Hilda
Heike
Drew (?)
Nora
Olga
Esther
Ola
Bronwyn should be Bronwen though.

Reaa Sun 13-Jan-13 16:16:13

Kitanna, using kit for short

Snog Sun 13-Jan-13 17:52:47

Ruth
Kristen

BillyBollyBrandy Sun 13-Jan-13 18:46:52

Erin

CruCru Sun 13-Jan-13 19:11:56

Darrell - as in Malory Towers.

OkayHazel Sun 13-Jan-13 21:28:57

dizzydixies Yeah, doing quite well. List has expanded, as I'd hoped.

List currently stands at:

Hazel
Bronwen (Not Welsh, didn't know spellings - so thanks!)
Jude
Merle
Morgan
Olive
Violet
Blythe
Allegra
Vivienne
Morag
Blaise
Pearl
Iris
Charis
Wren
Briar

The Ruths, Beths, Laurens and Sarahs being suggested don't really fit my bill - as you can probably tell. Too safe, and I've known tonnes of people with those names over the years.

I've never met anyone in real life whose name is on my list, and I really like that.

hawkmcqueen Sun 13-Jan-13 21:39:15

Carver
Torrence
Torin

SashaSashays Sun 13-Jan-13 21:44:54

Completely agree re the safe names, I can't use names of anyone I've ever met as I just picture them.

I like Morgan, Blythe, Olive, Iris, Pearl and possibly Briar the best on your list. Allegra is nice but it doesn't seem to fit with the rest of your choices.

I think Blaise would be really hard to carry, I don't know how someone introverted or quiet would cope with that, or if a 55 year old Subo lookalike could pull it off.

Also really don't like Morag. I think it sounds like asking for 'more rag' and just the rag part of it sounds awful. But hey guess its all personal taste.

OkayHazel Sun 13-Jan-13 21:52:01

Sasha Agree with you about Blaise actually, its a very tricky one. To me it just screams middle name. .

Much prefer Morgan to Morag, its again a matter of combinations. Morag is one I've thought about for years, as she was a character I admired as a child. Can't think where from though.

Seems silly, but I'm a huge fan of dramatic and 'difficult' middle names. I have a friend whose middle name is Vulnavia. I don't like the name, but love how unexpected it is. There are a few names which fall into this category for me, which I'd be happy to use.

This is just as much about choosing the right/ interesting combination as it is picking nice names.

OkayHazel Sun 13-Jan-13 21:54:10

Also, just given Morag a google - and it's a loch monster. Will not be naming my child Nessie's equivalent!

SashaSashays Sun 13-Jan-13 21:59:45

Blaise would be a good middle name.

What you've said reminds me of a boy I went to school with, Graham Elvis Isambard Smith.

With my DC I've always gone for a slightly more fussy middle name, as I tend to use shortish first names and then a hebrew name (as am Jewish) which again I like to be a bit unusual so something like Rae Emmelienne Damaris Surname.

Morgan Blaise Whatever sounds quite good, although I guess it depends on your surname and if you have other middle names you want to use too.

ratbagcatbag Sun 13-Jan-13 22:02:10

Harlow
Toni

Erm that's all I can think off right now. smile

MummytoKatie Mon 14-Jan-13 04:01:43

Tomasin. (Tommie for short.)

Weissdorn Mon 14-Jan-13 06:46:35

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Rhubarbgarden Mon 14-Jan-13 07:52:25

I agree about fabulously unexpected middle names. A former colleague called his son Timothy Apollo Surname. Isambard and Vulnavia are bobby dazzlers.

Dualta Mon 14-Jan-13 14:54:58

Rowena
Carson
Ailish
Dara
Fran
Orla

StrawbRhi Mon 14-Jan-13 18:18:30

Im also sensing a celtic theme to your choices, so I'll put forward;

Rhiannon (my name, never thought of it as girly)
Olwen/Olwyn (My sister, 'Oz' as a nickname)
Igraine
Morgause
Blodeuwedd (doesnt sound girly but means flower face!)

Okay, perhaps Blodeuwedd is a tad 'out-there' but Ive always loved it!

eilonwy Mon 14-Jan-13 18:38:45

Adrian
Delyth
Gwawr (Dawn in Welsh - you said you like W's)
Gwyneth
Tarryn
Tamar
Gaynor
Non

NoGinorWine4Mu1berry Mon 14-Jan-13 18:42:55

Blainaid (blonnid)
Nollaig
Siún (shoon)

love Olwen

Juliet - not masculine but a strong female name.

Love Hazel from your list.

eilonwy Mon 14-Jan-13 18:50:34

If you have a penchant for Welsh names you could go to town. A lot of them sound quite "hard" -
I think Rhiannon is a really girly welsh name though.

Eirionedd
Mererid
Morfydd
Lindel
Caridwen
Heledd
Ceirwen
Glesni

mathanxiety Tue 15-Jan-13 04:55:38

'Unexpected' is not the word that sprang to my mind when I read 'Vulnavia'.

How about:

Winter
Luz
Arantxa
Bellamy
Lilac
Finch
Garnet
Damaris
Aven
Ayelet
Elowen
Mayim
Morven
Signe

Irish names:
Liadan
Bevin/Beibhinn
Davnat/Damhnait
Doireann
Dechtire
Aifric

ripsishere Tue 15-Jan-13 05:10:07

Erica is a brilliant name.

dizzydixies Tue 15-Jan-13 07:04:44

Celeste is lovely but with quite a 'hard' sound

EvenIfYouSeeAPoppy Tue 15-Jan-13 07:08:50

Damaris is fab.

Darksideofthe80s Tue 15-Jan-13 15:14:51

Rhuari (Rory, Rhuaridh)

AmandaPayne Tue 15-Jan-13 15:46:44

How about

Angharad
Rowena

Some of your names are a bit more 'whimsical' (Wren, Iris, Allegra). In that vein, Lilac, Hyacinth?

Frikadellen Tue 15-Jan-13 18:10:36

Bronte

NowPlayingZone Fri 18-Jan-13 18:59:14

Dont like frilly names myself, dd is one off your list- but def not morag! Currently loving Ramona, Meredith & claudia c

Stixswhichtwizzle Fri 18-Jan-13 22:06:58

Harriet?

UrsulaBuffay Fri 18-Jan-13 22:11:12

Dylan

Beehatch Fri 18-Jan-13 22:25:45

More Welsh ideas:
Tyrion
Taryn
Nest

Or:
Agnes/Annis
Leona
Fern
Petra

MoelFammau Sat 19-Jan-13 21:13:47

DD is Robin, nn Bob.

Names we also bandied around were:

Margo
Patrina (Pat)
Ronja (Ronnie)
Erika
Teresa (Terry)

iclaudius Sun 20-Jan-13 14:59:31

Morag is heaven
Margot equally
Roberta
Petra
Patience
Prudence
Claire

iclaudius Sun 20-Jan-13 14:59:52

Erica is uber cool

MoelFammau Sun 20-Jan-13 19:51:59

Should point out DD is half German, hence slightly off-beam spelling.

mathanxiety Sun 20-Jan-13 20:02:37

Robin is very sweet.

OP, would you go for the slightly retro Kim?

OkayHazel Mon 21-Jan-13 01:04:38

Nah hate Kim.

Know I Kim. Easily the biggest bitch I've ever met.

FellatioNels0n Mon 21-Jan-13 05:14:03

Morag, heaven? Really? I think it has a really hard, ugly sound, and conjures up am image of a sour, dour, boot-faced old scots woman. Ditto Agatha.

Don't like Agnes either. It's the 'ag' sound in all of them - it's too harsh.

Anjou Mon 21-Jan-13 15:49:33

I too like 'strong' names for girls. I see Agatha and Agnes have both been mentioned. I love both. I'm English, living in Scotland, and was surprised to find that here, Agnes is considered a bit of an 'old wifey' name! It's often reversed to the nn Senga, which I think is fab but all Scottish folk assure me is the ultimate 'fishwife' name! Shame, as I love it.

I really like Inez, Angharad and Idris (which is a guys name, but i love it for a girl). I've not read all of the above replies, so apologies if these have already been suggested.

Good luck deciding!

Roisin (pr. Rosheen)
Evelyn (too girly?)

You might like to look at some of the American baby name sites as the trend for boys names for girls seems much stronger there.

iclaudius Tue 22-Jan-13 10:44:28

The only morag I ever met was a beauty

MJandherdog Tue 22-Jan-13 10:48:38

Go for Bronwen! It rrrrrrocks!

NomNomDePlumPudding Tue 22-Jan-13 10:58:49

dd1 is catherine - i thought she'd wind up being called kit, which i love, but no, she's definitely catherine. we discussed dara (or daragh) for dd2, a unisex irish name, she wound up with something else, but still love dara.

i also love robin.

Jojobump1986 Tue 22-Jan-13 11:05:21

Just as a side note, please don't call her Geoff! wink I know a Geoff & he gets called Jeff or Geof more often than his actual name!

AnnIonicIsoTronic Tue 22-Jan-13 11:46:10

Xanthe
Ada
Dorothy (dot)
Thekla

RillaBlythe Tue 22-Jan-13 12:34:54

jojobump I don't understand your post at all - aren't Geoff and Jeff pronounced the same?

Jojobump1986 Tue 22-Jan-13 14:44:25

Pronounced but not written. He regularly gets post & even birthday cards from family members written incorrectly!

KirstyoffEastendersweirdtoplip Tue 22-Jan-13 14:52:36

Andrea?

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 23-Jan-13 00:40:02

Devon
Dakota

Vulnavia, for real?!

Wren?

amazingmumof6 Fri 01-Feb-13 12:49:45

if you want masculine how about Bruiser or Buster?

Rhiannon or Meredith

Antigone

TrickyWoo Fri 01-Feb-13 14:52:26

What about Rowan?

MistressofPemberley Sat 02-Feb-13 08:00:45

Farron
Finn
Kit
Gretel
Lorne
Gertrude
Rowan

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