Help need a classic, not dull or not too popular girls name for DD2

(123 Posts)
orangeone Thu 24-Jan-13 09:23:38

That's it really.

Found out we are having a 2nd girl yesterday. Our 1st DD is Anna Isabelle, both classic not too popular and family related names.

However really struggling with DD2 name. Like Rose/Rosa and Sophia but too popular. (I had a popular name in the 70s and hated being known with my surname). DH has suggested Doris (which is NOT happening!!!).

Any ideas oh wise MNnetters????

Thanks

prettypolly1 Thu 24-Jan-13 09:28:36

Eleanor?

NotInMyDay Thu 24-Jan-13 09:30:43

Megan
Leah

Ladyflip Thu 24-Jan-13 09:31:08

Ha, read the thread title and was going to suggest Anna!

How about Katherine, Phoebe, Martha, Natasha, Emily, Grace, Elizabeth, Georgina, or Philippa?

(My DD is Anna and I love it)

ISingSoprano Thu 24-Jan-13 09:36:03

Imogen, Lucy?

Pinkflipflop Thu 24-Jan-13 09:37:28

Thea Grace?

Rooble Thu 24-Jan-13 09:44:25

Mary? Hannah? Katherine? Sarah? Naomi? Victoria? Susannah?

HelpOneAnother Thu 24-Jan-13 09:56:42

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TwinTum Thu 24-Jan-13 10:01:55

Where I live Isabelle is (when you take into accoutn variant spellings) a much more popular name than Sophia, so I am a bit surprised that you regard Sophia as too popular when you are ok with Isabelle. I think Rose/Rosa Sophia is lovely. Rose is popular as a middle name, but i dont think either Rose/Rosa is overly popular as a first name (similar to Anna I would say) and I think Sophia is no more popular than Isabelle (and dont see why popularity shoudl really matter for a middle name which is rarely used).

Admittedly, my kids and children I come across are a bit older so it may be that my views on what names are popular is a bit out of date.

MrsBungleBear Thu 24-Jan-13 10:04:25

Harriet?

MrsBungleBear Thu 24-Jan-13 10:04:45

Charlotte?

LadyMud Thu 24-Jan-13 10:14:19

Are you looking for names to "match" DD1's names - short and then long? Such as Isla Annabelle? Not actually suggesting those, but just trying to clarify what you're looking for . . .

(Congratulations btw )

greenpostit Thu 24-Jan-13 10:22:26

Caitlin
Olivia
Nina
Catherine
Emily
Louise

Lollybrolly Thu 24-Jan-13 10:32:42

Elizabeth
Alice
Frances
Charlotte
Alexandra
Alexandria
Susanna
Louisa
Victoria
Florence
Margaret
Mabel
Harriet
Violet
Sara
Sarah
Mary
Nancy
Dorothy
Clara

wigglesrock Thu 24-Jan-13 11:44:26

Josephine? I have an Anna and her elder sister is one of the name you mentioned in your OP but spelt differently (clear as mud grin) Just to say the two names are lovely together when you write them in a card, shout them in the street, playground, up the stairs grin. My other daughters name (I have 3) is on greenpostit list and it goes lovely as well.

wigglesrock Thu 24-Jan-13 11:46:01

Oh what about Juliet or Claudia (this was my husbands choice for our dd3)

strandednomore Thu 24-Jan-13 11:47:35

Emma

EuphemiaLennox Thu 24-Jan-13 11:54:06

Claudia

Helena

Susannah

EuphemiaLennox Thu 24-Jan-13 11:54:34

Penelope

Lydia

EuphemiaLennox Thu 24-Jan-13 11:56:25

Dilys - we considered using this bit had boys, I've mentioned it lots of times to people with encouragement but no takers, I think it sounds lovely and has been overlooked in the old name revival.

tomatoplantproject Thu 24-Jan-13 11:56:55

Beatrice? Phoebe? Naomi?

SunbathingintheRain Thu 24-Jan-13 13:06:53

Francesca
Miriam
Louisa
Antonia
Violet
Iris
Rebecca
Miranda
Meredith
Selina

Also agree with pp that Rose/Rosa no that popular (but on the rise I think)

Roseformeplease Thu 24-Jan-13 13:09:24

Martha?

Iggly Thu 24-Jan-13 13:11:29

Emma?

WhatAGoat Thu 24-Jan-13 13:12:09

Rosie? Similar but I only know one

Ponyinthepool Thu 24-Jan-13 13:29:38

Scarlet
Sarah
Francis
Alice
Evelyn
Leanna
Elizabeth
Claire
Emilie

NAR4 Thu 24-Jan-13 13:32:16

Harriet
Ellen
Charlotte
Daisy
Penelope
Phillipa
Francis
Gemma
Clarisa

SoggySummer Thu 24-Jan-13 16:40:25

Alicia
Katy
Lucy
Lucinda
Eliza
Helen
Helena
Evelyn
Rachel
Georgina
Chloe
Megan
Octavia
Josephine
Polly
Emma
Henrietta
Clara
Hazel
Miranda
Abigail
Belinda
Iris
Bella
Ruby
Teresa
Matilda
Juliet
Victoria
Samantha
Frances
Selina
Jessica
Penelope/Penny
Lily

Frikadellen Thu 24-Jan-13 19:00:22

I would agree with the poster who said Isabelle is a well known name.

What about Rowena
Vivienne
Nicola
Eloise/a

Allthesanityinme Thu 24-Jan-13 19:04:32

Jane
Harriet
Clara
Lydia

orangeone Thu 24-Jan-13 19:21:54

Wow love MN! Some great ideas here to get DH away from Doris!!!

Some of the names mentioned really like but beaten to them by family and friend (due to years of infertility, we are one of the last of our family and friends to be having children). Love the fact that a few posters have even mentioned my name as a classic (!)

Don't mind if the middle name is popular (hence we chose Isabelle for DD1 as love the name and it's got a family connection). However, keen for DD2 to have a first name that's not one of several in her class.

Keep them coming and thank you all sooo much for ideas so far - will let you know what we decide..

RobinSparkles Thu 24-Jan-13 19:29:52

Emily
Victoria
Harriet
Catherine
Katy/Kate (you could use as a shortening for Catherine but I prefer it on it's own)
Lucy
Elizabeth (although it is the same as Isabelle pretty much but doesn't really matter as your DD only has Isabelle as a middle name)
Charlotte (I love this but I may be biased as I have one, known as Lottie, I also have an Isabel in fact!)
Mary
Rosa
Gabriella

iheartmycat Thu 24-Jan-13 20:19:25

Connie
Grace
Rebecca
Monica
Keren
Lucy
Carey
Rosalind

Viviennemary Thu 24-Jan-13 21:22:04

Well here's a few I like

Pearl
Violet
Pandora
Isabella
Iris
Veronica

AliAmble Thu 24-Jan-13 23:45:46

Anna was on my shortlist!

I wanted the same things as you from girls names so here are a few suggestions:

Kate (although list was drawn up born before Kate Middleton became a princess...! don't know how popular the name is now)

Grace

Emma

Eliza

Susannah

You made a great choice for DD1 - I'm sure you'll find the perfect name for DD2!

emmyloo2 Fri 25-Jan-13 02:58:56

My criteria are exactly as yours for my DD due in May. We have Elizabeth, Rose, Juliet, Josephine and now possibly Alice on our list. Also Margaret.

I am leaning towards Elizabeth at the moment.

Anna is lovely and this would be on my list except my DH's colleague's wife is due one month before me and they are having a girl and are calling it Anna after her mother.

Agree Sophia is very popular. Rose is very very very popular as a middle name but not so much as a first name. However, I too have concerns it might be too popular and may fall into the bucket of Lilys, Rubys etc. Hence I am leaning away from it towards Elizabeth. Until I saw a thread on Alice today and suddenly thought perhaps Alice would be good.

Our middle name is going to be Catherine which is also a good option for a first na,e.

Ladyflip Fri 25-Jan-13 13:36:45

All Annas are traffic-stoppingly beautiful and frighteningly intelligent.
Fact.
That is why I named my DD Anna, and she is living up to her name.

Listmaker Fri 25-Jan-13 13:47:07

Madeleine
Alexandra
Elizabeth
Florence
Celia
Selina
Victoria
Josephine

Beaditsback Fri 25-Jan-13 13:49:38

Emmeline
Elspeth
Heidi
Francesca
Elena
Eleanor
Claudia
Hazel
Robyn
Clara
Sylvie
Elodie
Felicity

I don't know of a single Rosa or Sophia so I wouldn't rule those out because of popularity. Especially like Rosa or Rosalie with Rosa for nn

NC78 Fri 25-Jan-13 16:43:17

Helen is a nice classic name that doesn't seem to be used much these days. I also like Helena.

RobinSparkles Fri 25-Jan-13 18:27:45

Ladyflip I knew that I should have been an Anna - I so live up to that wink.

HouseOfBears Fri 25-Jan-13 21:52:05

Personally I wouldn't have Rose/Rosa as when you say their names together it will sound like "Rosanna" (though I guess Anna would come first, still, it would bug me!). I like:

Charlotte
Harriet
Lindsay
Hayley
Caitlyn
Melanie

UrsulaBuffay Fri 25-Jan-13 21:58:28

Elisabeth Grace

UrsulaBuffay Fri 25-Jan-13 21:59:44

Evelyn Joy

ThePathanKhansWitch Fri 25-Jan-13 22:01:37

Elsa
I also have an Anna, love what Ladyflip said.grin

Kitty?
Nancy?

My two faves!

Felicity, Dorothy and Connie are three names I absolutely loved and kept in my "One day" list. I loved the idea of a little freckly girl called Dotty!

What about Faith?

legallyblond Fri 25-Jan-13 22:11:38

Sophie is the most popular name I have come across in DDs age group (she's 2) along with Ava/Evie etc, Amelia, Ruby and Freya. But I wouldn't get too het up about popularity. I personally think that the range of names used these days compared to when we were young (I am early 30s) is far wider, so that outside the top 5, "popular" names just aren't that common.

There's a whole thread at the mo about DDs name (Matilda) with people saying its "overused".... But in fact it's number 47 and we've not net more than 2 in 2 cities over 2 years. Plus I LOVE her name! Incidentally, I have met 4 Elizabeths.....!

So it's all a bit random and I would just pick what you love! I love Rose by the way (more than Rosa).... Rose is on my ridiculously early names list (am 5 weeks preg with DC2... But of a surprise!!!)

orangeone Mon 28-Jan-13 21:15:28

Lady flip- love your definition of Anna, obviously suits our DD1 perfectly!

Thanks for suggestions, love Elizabeth but can't have it as have niece already called this.

DH has just said randomly he likes Mary. Not sure, classic for sure but abit dull? Could be Mary Louise (family name 2nd). Obviously rules out Rose (due to ship).....

This is really hard!!! How does anyone ever choose?

Viviennemary Mon 28-Jan-13 21:21:35

Verity is nice too. And I can't think there are very many of them around.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Mon 28-Jan-13 21:28:29

Elodie

Classic French but not very common in England. Means 'white blossom'

Goes well with Anna IMO.

weegiemum Mon 28-Jan-13 21:32:51

I've got a Katherine and a Rachel?

mummybare Mon 28-Jan-13 21:37:15

We have an Elizabeth and Anna was on our shortlist, so perhaps we have similar taste, OP...

On that basis, other names we discussed are:

Iris
Penelope
Helena
Etta
Cecelia
Beatrice
Imogen
May
Juliet

HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 22:02:23

Serena

PPT Mon 28-Jan-13 22:17:04

Sally
Ruth
Rachel
Emma
Emily
Tabitha
Laura
Jennifer
Lorna
Simone
Stephanie

qumquat Mon 28-Jan-13 22:45:17

Rose and rosa aren't very common as first names I don't think, check out the league tables. I only know one of each and they are both older - 10 and 12. They are both beautiful and go perfectly with Anna.

Definitely Alexandra. Classic but not over-popular.

Also like Juliet and Miranda, classic but not over-used. Or maybe Francesca, Rosamond...

trixymalixy Mon 28-Jan-13 22:58:31

Madeline
Victoria
Margaret
Sarah

livealoha Mon 28-Jan-13 23:03:34

Charlotte
Lucy
Victoria
smile

HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 23:13:37

Virginia (nickname Ginger)

Januarymadness Mon 28-Jan-13 23:18:47

Ruth
Jane
Sarah
Dawn
Elizabeth

HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 23:19:02

Celeste is beautiful and is a nice contrast to Anna Isabelle

SilverSixpence Mon 28-Jan-13 23:24:14

Emmeline? Sylvia?

Dulcie
Violet
Cassandra
Nancy

orangeone Sat 02-Feb-13 09:34:26

Ok after lengthy discussion me only suggesting names I like DH and I are thinking Eliza Rose (links to family name Elizabeth nicely)....
Thoughts please oh wise MNetters????

forgetmenots Sat 02-Feb-13 10:02:33

Lovely and goes well with your DD1. Eliza is quite underused IMO.

CruCru Sat 02-Feb-13 10:04:06

Nice.

ZenNudist Sat 02-Feb-13 10:12:04

Elise

mummybare Sat 02-Feb-13 14:27:03

Ooh, that's very pretty, OP. Love it! smile

iheartmycat Sat 02-Feb-13 15:14:06

Eliza rose is a gorgeous name! Wish I was called that! Also sounds nice with Anna?

ThePoorMansBeckySharp Mon 04-Feb-13 07:41:20

Eliza Rose is beautiful.

Ladyflip Mon 04-Feb-13 13:25:11

A lovely name. smile

SE13Mummy Sat 09-Feb-13 20:16:31

Eliza Rose is very pretty...so long as you aren't bothered by Rose being a fairly popular middle name. Other names I think go well with Anna and aren't over-used are Sarah, Rachel, Louisa, Hope and Imogen.

orangeone Sat 25-May-13 12:01:13

Hi all

Sorry to revivie an old thread but disaster has occurred on the name front. Am 39+3 and 'D'H has woken up this morning and said he hates the name Eliza now. Given that I am refusing the name he likes of Doris (!), I can't force him to like Eliza (or can I if labour is long???!!) so panicking that soon to be born DD2 will be nameless!

Anyway, after some conversation he has stated he quite likes another diminutive of Elizabeth (the family name we both like but can't have because of 2 nieces - one on each side with that name). So now thinking either Elsa or Elsie.

Also complicating issue is that due to recent loss in thefamily, I would like to have the middle name Alice from my grandmother so name would be [name] Alice Rose.

My question(s) is which oh wise MN sounds better with that combination of middle names - Elsa or Elsie?

Also would it be too weird to have Elsa (which I slightly prefer), given that DD1 is an Anna?? (thinking of shouting names in playground?)

Or at this point should I just give up and resign my fat hormonal pregnant state to accepting Doris??? :-(

orangeone Sat 25-May-13 12:02:11

Hi all

Sorry to revivie an old thread but disaster has occurred on the name front. Am 39+3 and 'D'H has woken up this morning and said he hates the name Eliza now. Given that I am refusing the name he likes of Doris (!), I can't force him to like Eliza (or can I if labour is long???!!) so panicking that soon to be born DD2 will be nameless!

Anyway, after some conversation he has stated he quite likes another diminutive of Elizabeth (the family name we both like but can't have because of 2 nieces - one on each side with that name). So now thinking either Elsa or Elsie.

Also complicating issue is that due to recent loss in thefamily, I would like to have the middle name Alice from my grandmother so name would be [name] Alice Rose.

My question(s) is which oh wise MN sounds better with that combination of middle names - Elsa or Elsie?

Also would it be too weird to have Elsa (which I slightly prefer), given that DD1 is an Anna?? (thinking of shouting names in playground?)

Or at this point should I just give up and resign my fat hormonal pregnant state to accepting Doris??? :-(

StrangeGlue Sat 25-May-13 12:10:34

Lucy, Sarah, Laura, Josephine, Katherine, Harriet, Charlotte, Alison, Jessica

Haven't heard any babies round here called these and are all classics!

MortifiedAdams Sat 25-May-13 12:14:26

Elsa Alice Rose.

KingRollo Sat 25-May-13 12:16:33

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

KingRollo Sat 25-May-13 12:18:48

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Elsie is lovely but there seem to be a lot of baby elsies around. Elsa is nice too but Elsa alice doesn't roll off the tongue very well because of the two A's.

how about Alice as a first name?

otherwise if dh likes Doris hmm how about Dorothy or Dolores (nn Lola)?

or as you say after you have given birth you can just smile at him and say 'she looks just like an Eliza, doesn't she?'. it would be a hard hearted man who would turn you down.

KingRollo Sat 25-May-13 12:19:44

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

emmyloo2 Sat 25-May-13 12:24:01

I like Elsa but Elsie sounds more like a nickname to me.

What about Alice as a first name?

We have very similar criteria and I am 40 weeks tomorrow and we have finally decided on Victoria. I adore the name Anna.

Bearandcub Sat 25-May-13 12:26:55

Catriona

In my opinion Elsie Alice Rose flows a little better than Elsa Alice Rose, just because of the "a" sounds but if you are like me it is unlikely that you will use all her names at once on more than a handful of occasions.

Other derivatives of Elizabeth include:
Betty
Betsy (Betsy Alice Rose sounds nice)
Libby
Lisa

I hope you don't have a mega long labour, though.

orangeone Sat 25-May-13 12:29:13

I did think of having Alice as a first name but thought that would be too close to Anna?? both starting with A's

This is a nightmare!! confused

lottieandmia Sat 25-May-13 12:30:59

I would go with Alice.

Bearandcub Sat 25-May-13 12:31:27

Sorry didn't read your last post.
I personally think Elsie has become too popular so would vote for Elsa given your original criteria.

But agree with PP who suggested Alice as a first name. It's such a lovely name.

Bearandcub Sat 25-May-13 12:32:02

No Anna and Alice sound fine together.

lottieandmia Sat 25-May-13 12:33:20

I don't think it matters that they would both begin with A.

Anna and Alice sound fine together, better than Anna and Elsa IMO

CityGal29 Sat 25-May-13 14:04:54

Susan - very rare and cute nicknames like Suzie

JojoMags Sat 25-May-13 18:06:50

Meredith, Edith, Kitty (short for Katharine), Esme

My fave name for a girl at present is Nancy.

DH likes Gabriella, Kitty, Lottie and Claudia.

Anna and Nancy sound nice.

MiniPenguinMaker Sat 25-May-13 18:22:01

Elspeth is pretty, and a version of Elizabeth too I think?

LaChaiseVerte Sat 25-May-13 18:27:26

I LOVE Mary! I don't think more simple, classic names are dull at all, I think their beauty is in their simplicity.

Ellen
Alice
Ruth
Harriet
Kate
Martha
Juliet
Sarah
Imogen

MrsFrederickWentworth Sat 25-May-13 18:31:11

If you have Elsa, you can use Elsie as a nn.

But no, Alice and Anna are fine.

Other Elizabeth diminutives

Lily
Beth
Bette
Elise

I too like Elspeth, esp if you are Scots.

QueenOfCats Sat 25-May-13 18:32:43

Charlotte, Alice or Helen/Helena?

Bonsoir Sat 25-May-13 18:33:28

I'm an Anna Catharine and my DD is Flora Elisabeth Zoe. I think Flora goes well with Anna.

Snog Sat 25-May-13 18:48:35

Rosamund
Roseanna
Rebecca
Alice
Henrietta
Georgina
Felicity
Cassandra
Frederica
Penelope
Petronella

CarriMarie Sat 25-May-13 22:55:59

What about Eleanor Alice ?

WhiteHairReally Sun 26-May-13 12:41:40

Julia Alice

KittenofDoom Sun 26-May-13 13:48:13

Yes, I was going to say Julia. Beautiful, simple, classical, timeless and not much used atm.

sandiy Sun 26-May-13 14:02:50

Alice spelt alais the French way Ilove it if I had another daughter that would be her name.

sweetkitty Sun 26-May-13 14:50:50

I was thinking Beth too

I like Kate (obviously getting more popular) but have always liked it.

Zara
Zoe
I know siblings called Anna and Alice
Grace

VioletStar Sun 26-May-13 15:04:32

yy to poster above about Grace (Grace Rose?)

GRW Sun 26-May-13 18:14:41

What about Elise- short for Elizabeth and nicer than Elsa or Elsie IMO

bridgetsmum Sun 26-May-13 18:17:51

Bridget
Catherine
Susan

Wishfulmakeupping Sun 26-May-13 18:21:50

Phillipa
Katherine
Victoria
Georgia
Arabella

Moxiegirl Sun 26-May-13 18:22:05

Eloise or Catherine

Wishfulmakeupping Sun 26-May-13 18:35:37

Meant to add Frances

leobear Sun 26-May-13 21:37:16

Sophie

HoneyandRum Sun 26-May-13 23:45:22

What about Elise? (El-eese) a beautiful name and I heard it used by a friend of my DD who must be about 12 now. You don't hear it very often but is lovely. Is very pretty contrast to Anna. They are so many girls names ending in "a" (I have two!) I think it's nice to have a contrast.

We have a niece called Julia who is three. Another wonderful classic name.

Asparagui Mon 27-May-13 18:39:13

Elsa sounds like ulcer to me so I would opt for Elsie. I do think Alice and Mary are nicer though, as was Eliza.

Other names we considered alongside Anna & Rosa which were on our lists were:

Dorothea
Nina
Beatrice
Matilda
Iris

miffybun73 Tue 28-May-13 12:10:32

I love Julia too, beautiful, classic and underused.

bubbatime Tue 28-May-13 12:20:37

Can't wait to hear what you have gone for Orange...grin

samuelwhiskers Tue 28-May-13 12:21:20

Florence, Rosie, Matilda, Eliza, Beatrice, Grace, Alice, Sophie, Elsie, Isla

Turniptwirl Tue 28-May-13 19:27:08

Megan
Louisa
Amy (only if you like matching initials)
Sophie
Clare
Rachel

MadBusLady Tue 28-May-13 20:41:45

I'm quite annoyed with your DH. grin Elsa/Elsie Alice just doesn't really work IMO and Eliza is lovely (as is Elspeth).

looseleaf Tue 28-May-13 20:48:56

I have an Eliza Alice and love it (not helpful if your DH still off the name !!)

I love Flora and Imogen too, and quite like Georgia

looseleaf Tue 28-May-13 20:50:11

Or Iona?

jamtoast12 Wed 29-May-13 17:47:33

Elsie and elsa are very popular near me and get grouped with all the other ell... Names.

I'd go for anna and Alice..much better than any others and two As is nice together

outforlunch Thu 30-May-13 09:17:50

I have an Anna, middle name Beth, and my short list for other girl's names includes:
Kathryn
Megan
Connie (current fave)

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