Can you help me decide if I like this girl's name?

(83 Posts)
DoodleAlley Sat 19-Jan-13 09:40:25

So we've been merrily going through this pregnancy without much thought that the product of it might need a name!

I tend to mull over names and then work out if I like it or not. Most I'll start out liking but then realise its not the name for us.

Except for one name that I can't decide if I love it or am completely not fussed.

So what do you think about... Moira?

Just general impressions if you heard it even if you wouldn't choose it would be appreciated. And is it too closely linked to the newsreader of the same name?!

Thank you!

Ilovesunflowers Sat 19-Jan-13 09:42:00

I think it's a nice name as the person gets older but not so good for a baby or young child.

millie0210 Sat 19-Jan-13 09:44:29

Moira is a lovely old fashioned name. Many of the older names are coming back into fashion now. If you like the name then use it , but if you are not sure then use it as a middle name because a lot of people are known by their middle names.
Whatever you decide, GOOD LUCK!

TobyLerone Sat 19-Jan-13 09:44:38

I don't like it.

MunchkinsMumof2 Sat 19-Jan-13 09:45:38

I don't like it either, sorry.

Well, of course the first thing that spring to mind is Moira Stewart, but there are worse people to to namesaked with.

For the above reasons, it brings to mind a studious little girl, but a nice one!

I like it, but then I like Myra too.

seeker Sat 19-Jan-13 09:47:42

I like it. And as for the not good for a baby- well, she'll be a baby for a year, a child for another 13 or so, and an adult for 70, so picking a name that suits a baby is a bit silly really. And that's why grown ups end up being called TrixieBelle and Woffles and Sunny. Because people forget their baby is going to grow up!

I'd be a bit worried about Mo, thought- not sure about that.

Nancy66 Sat 19-Jan-13 09:48:22

I think of a homeless Scottish woman in mittens....

VictorAndBarry Sat 19-Jan-13 09:48:24

I don't lve it , I am afraid. Maura is nicer.

Myra is horrible.

Ilovesunflowers Sat 19-Jan-13 09:49:15

I see your point seeker but there are lots of names that suit children and still suit them when they are an adult. Moira is an adult sounding name IMO.

carbondated Sat 19-Jan-13 09:49:37

Not keen. Sorry

DoodleAlley Sat 19-Jan-13 09:49:55

I'm not too worried about it suiting a baby or
Toddler because I feel that their cuteness tends to turn the name to being theirs.

I just don't know. We're being utterly useless at names. I feel like it could be a name I love but I don't know!!

The comments are really handy though to see things from anther perspective.

Nope, don't like it.

Uppermid Sat 19-Jan-13 09:52:02

Does it matter what a bunch of strangers on the Internet think?

You will never find a name that everyone likes - NEVER!!

So if. YOU like a name, go for it.

BlackStiltonBoots Sat 19-Jan-13 09:53:21

Sorry, I don't like it. Agree with VictorAndBarry that Maura is nicer.

ProtegeMoi Sat 19-Jan-13 09:53:41

Nice babe name. Reminds me off Moira in the L word who then had a sex change to become Max. Couldn't use it after that but it wasn't a hugely popular show.

AlexisCarringtonColby Sat 19-Jan-13 09:55:56

Moira is nice. Maura is nicer, IMO. But I definitely agree that you don't have to chose a name that suits a baby, as they are only little for a short time - you do want a name that will suit all ages.

marcopront Sat 19-Jan-13 09:56:40

What's wrong with Myra?

VictorAndBarry Sat 19-Jan-13 09:57:52

Myra Hindley has forever tainted that name. Just as, I imagine, you don't get many little Adolfs these days.

rhondajean Sat 19-Jan-13 10:00:32

Maura is beautiful!

As is mara, which means sea I think.

Any Moirai I have known have been older. It's a traditional Scottish name. Nothing wrong ŵith it but I wouldn't personally call a child it, as I too associate it with older people.

Moira to me is Moira Barton. I don't like Maura, it doesn't sound nice when saying it out loud.

Jojobump1986 Sat 19-Jan-13 10:01:55

My first thought when I see 'Moira' is that it looks like 'moist'... That would put me off but that's probably really stupid! <Helpful!>

VictorAndBarry Sat 19-Jan-13 10:02:31

Mara and Morna could be contenders.

Or my favourite, Mirrin.

TheSecondComing Sat 19-Jan-13 10:03:33

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

mrsjay Sat 19-Jan-13 10:04:39

the only Moiras I know are older women in their 50s and 60s nothing wrong with it as a name but I dont think it is on it's way back just yet , although it really is your c hoice if you like it then use it you may bring it back smile

Jemma1111 Sat 19-Jan-13 10:06:27

I can't imagine any child being happy to be named Moira tbh, its an awful name, sorry

Sugarice Sat 19-Jan-13 10:09:19

If we'd had a girl I'd have chosen Lara, it's such a pretty name. smile

StinkyWicket Sat 19-Jan-13 10:09:30

It's horrible.

There's granny chic and granny vile, that falls into the vile category.

TotemPole Sat 19-Jan-13 10:10:42

NeverQuiteSure, same here, Moira Stewart also comes to my mind. I don't think I know another Moira.

mrsjay Sat 19-Jan-13 10:11:22

you dont need to be so vile stinky it is just a name and the op was just asking jeez .

DeDevilTail Sat 19-Jan-13 10:14:46

Don't like it at all, sorry.

Borntobeamum Sat 19-Jan-13 10:19:14

Are you Scottish?
There are so many beautiful names.
I think Moira is not beautiful

TotemPole Sat 19-Jan-13 10:22:22

Go on to Google and type Moira, the first in the(very short) list is Moira Stewart. So even Google agrees that that's who Moira is.

I don't mind it but I of a Victoria wood sketch where the Moira in it was a bit posh and called herself Mwah-rah grin

mirpuppet Sat 19-Jan-13 10:23:58

One of my least favourite names.

TotemPole Sat 19-Jan-13 10:26:12

What about Mia?

DoodleAlley, how many syllables does your surname have?

Lafaminute Sat 19-Jan-13 10:27:42

I liked Mara but thought it meant bitter - which mput me off. Ditto for Myra after Myra Hindley. Moira is pretty though....and you know, your child will make the name lovely too. My friend called her son a name I thought was god-awful at the time. He's such a lovely boy that I would - 10 years later have loved the name for my son: totally converted!

DoodleAlley Sat 19-Jan-13 10:30:11

One syllable surname

carbondated Sat 19-Jan-13 10:30:31

My window cleaner has a dd called Mirrin. I thought it was so unusual and pretty. I like Mara too. But as uppermid says, it's not what other people think - if you like a name then I wouldn't let people put you off using it unless you were thinking of Hitler for a boy or something.

MarmaladeSkies Sat 19-Jan-13 10:31:27

It's a very unattractive name.

Moira is a nice name, I went to school with a girl called Mira & that was quite a common name back then.

mrsjay Sat 19-Jan-13 10:32:42

god when I had dd2 the spate of Mirrins it took over It is a strange sounding name far to many Rs especially for scots it goes on for days mirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrin grin

Myra Hindley doesn't bother me. I was born in the year of the last official investigation.

Nobody bats an eyelid at the million Rose's and Fred's being born. You wouldn't think twice about Harold, Ian, or Mary.

I quite like it, makes me think of Peter Pan - Wendy Moira Angela Darling smile

TotemPole Sat 19-Jan-13 11:37:05

Myra isn't a common name, so people associate it with the one very infamous person they know of.

They won't that with Peters & Freds because there are plenty of other people to associate the name with.

TotemPole Sat 19-Jan-13 11:38:12

The won't do that with Peters & Freds because there are plenty of other people to associate the name with.

KnightBusRider Sat 19-Jan-13 11:38:40

First of all I though NO! but then I thought of a little toddler called Moira and thought awwww.

I still don't think i could use it though.

AlienReflux Sat 19-Jan-13 11:40:36

I like Mara, and lara, but not Moira, sounds too old womany to me

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 19-Jan-13 11:42:07

I don't like it.

WeAllHaveWings Sat 19-Jan-13 11:42:20

I like Moira as a name and like more traditional names like this. (I'm Scottish so maybe that's why!).

Have known 3 Moira's in work over the years and their names really suited them. Haven't heard any children called it recently so that makes me like it even more, traditional and not overused.

weegiemum Sat 19-Jan-13 11:44:07

I like moira (had a primary school friend with that name)

Morna is lovely (my dd1s middle name - means beautiful)

CailinDana Sat 19-Jan-13 11:45:57

Moira is a pretty common name in Ireland, although it's spelt Máire. It brings Irish school textbooks to mind for me I'm afraid! Not a bad name though. If you like it, go for it.

DumSpiroSpero Sat 19-Jan-13 11:48:44

My gut reaction was yuk, tbh, but the more I think about it, the more I think it could be one of those names that once you attach it to a child would really grow on you.

It's not something I'd go for personally but I can think of lots worse and as a few people have already pointed out, Moira Stewart isn't a bad namesake!

LadyMargolotta Sat 19-Jan-13 11:50:07

Not pretty. Prefer Maude and Mara.

PPT Sat 19-Jan-13 11:53:42

I have a relative who is called Mina-think it could be another contender for you- same beginning and end sound... and it means 'love'... big ahhhhh!

PPT Sat 19-Jan-13 11:53:52
Bella88 Sat 19-Jan-13 11:55:48

Moira is a cold, tweedy knickered kind kind of name.

Mara or Marielle are much more pleasing I think.

TotemPole Sat 19-Jan-13 11:59:19

Marielle is a nice name.

I think 3 syllables goes well with a 1 syllable surname.

Marielle Smith

I only have 2 syllables for a first name, with a 1 syllable surname. I think my name is too short.sad

spatchcock Sat 19-Jan-13 12:11:04

Really, please pay no attention to what anyone thinks, except for you and your DH. You will never get a consensus with any name.

Skang Sat 19-Jan-13 12:59:52

I like it. I remember a girl from ages ago (probably early 30s now) and she was very pretty and popular.

I prefer Mara though. I would use it myself but I already have a Mari!

zukiecat Sat 19-Jan-13 13:06:11

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

12ylnon Sat 19-Jan-13 13:10:47

My mum was called Moira, i think it's beautiful and unusual.... for an adult. We did consider it for DC2, but i just couldn't imagine it on a baby!

ArthurandGeorge Sat 19-Jan-13 13:12:49

I don't like it. I just don't like the sound of the word.

AlistairSim Sat 19-Jan-13 13:15:44

I think it's a beautiful name.

Classy and elegant.

Also really like Maura and Miriam.

quoteunquote Sat 19-Jan-13 13:21:16

Moira a beautiful name, all the people I have come across called Moira have been lovely, went to school with quite a few and there are one or two in the family, never met a nasty one.

I also love the name Mairi, I know a few of those, all lovely.

Mairi Campbell superb scottish singer,

all good scottish names.

Error Sat 19-Jan-13 16:25:06

I think it's a beautiful name.

LilyBolero Sat 19-Jan-13 16:30:16

I like it.

Other possibilities;


charlottehere Sat 19-Jan-13 16:31:22

Sounds very hard to my ears <delicate>

Ruprekt Sat 19-Jan-13 16:32:29

I cannot think at any stage of my life when I would have wanted to be called Moira!!


Tis old fashioned and frumpy - like Barbara or Glenys.

EmpressMaud Sat 19-Jan-13 16:32:57

I think of Moira Shearer first, it's slightly old fashioned perhaps but I don't dislike it.

DollySisterMadeNoResolutions Sat 19-Jan-13 16:50:10

I agree with TSC, Morag is quite nice, if you're looking for that type of sound.

FWIW, no matter how odd a name sounds at first, the child soon owns it. When my mum's cousin called her dd Violet I was hmm. Now I know this vivacious, cute child I think of the name as vivacious and cute too, Iyswim?

Are you happy to tell us what other names are in the running?

sallyanny Sat 19-Jan-13 17:12:37

I like it better spelled Moyra - it looks more friendly, somehow.

hopenglory Sat 19-Jan-13 17:16:40

I was at school with a Moira, she was irritatingly beautiful and lovely with it grin. Her name suited her when she was a baby, a toddler and as she grew up

thegreylady Sat 19-Jan-13 17:20:27

Not Myra please let there be no babies with that name. I cannot listen to The Little Drummer Boy either.
Moira is sweet I think and I like Maura too.

MunchMunch Sat 19-Jan-13 17:20:44

Don't like it.

However a little girl in dd's school is called Betsy and at first I was like "urgh that's horrible, poor kid" but its really grew on me especially when dd says it.

florry88 Sat 19-Jan-13 20:15:26

I dont like it, scottish woman in 60's, overweight, greasy hair, smells of rabbits springs to mind!!

what about Morna?

bluer Sat 19-Jan-13 20:17:16

Love it!

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 21-Jan-13 09:41:28

Hi all,

We have moved this to our Baby names topic now.
Please do have a look at our Talk topics

forgetmenots Mon 21-Jan-13 10:36:17

Prefer the other similar options: Maire, Maren, Morna, Mirren, Muireann, Maura, Mara.

Not keen on Moira for the reasons mentioned above to be honest, it's in there with Barbara and Janice for me (not old enough to be back, but dated).

monica77798 Mon 21-Jan-13 10:51:16

I have to disagree. Morag is a much uglier word than Moira (sorry to any Morags reading this).

lovechocolates Tue 22-Jan-13 11:25:27

nope. not keen. reminds me of a middle aged news reader. sorry. xx

Yfronts Tue 22-Jan-13 13:29:49

I like most older names but I'm not keen sorry.

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