Aaah - feel like I am back to the drawing board - girl's name to go with George

(45 Posts)
emmyloo2 Wed 06-Feb-13 09:06:13

Hi, this naming thing is so difficult. I always think I have settled on a name but then I change my mind. Nothing seems right.

Our current list for DD due in May is Elizabeth, Rose, Margaret, Alice, Victoria.

I had my heart set in Rose and this is what my DH wants, but I just think it might be a bit overdone with every middle name being Rose. I really want a name which is not "now" if that makes sense. So then I moved to Elizabeth as a more "classic" name but that doesn't feel right. I like Alice but DH is not as keen. I also like Margaret but is that too "old lady". I like classic, royal names. Victoria is an outlier because I hate Vicky and I think it will inevitably become Vicky.

Any other suggestions? I want it to "match" George. So that they sit nicely together. Should I stick with Rose or are my concerns valid? Is it really "now"? I was at a nursery today settling in my son and every name seemed so "now" and it just made me want for something a little more underused. So no cutesy names, no Rubys, Lilys, Charlottes, Avas, Lilas, Lolas, Evas, Evies etc. I like these names but I want something a little less common, if you know what I mean.


DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 06-Feb-13 09:15:57

Margaret is one of those names I'd have called 'quaint' (politer than 'old-fashioned') about 10 years' ago but I think those names are returning, how do you feel about Maggie or Mags?

Beatrice is another royal name, any good?

emmyloo2 Wed 06-Feb-13 09:21:19

Thanks Donkey - I love Maggie and also like Meg. I really like Margaret but I think DH will take some convincing. He is dead set on Rose.

Beatrice is gorgeous. I had that on my list for my son (when I didn't know it was a boy obviously). I don't think it goes particularly well with our last name which is similar to Simpson or Samson. Lots of "s's". Might be a bit of a mouthful. Perhaps Beatrix?

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 06-Feb-13 09:22:53

Beatrix is sweet too, I was about to come back and suggest Louise but perhaps the 's' problem rears its head again?!

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 06-Feb-13 09:25:30

Caroline, Emma....

HobKnob Wed 06-Feb-13 09:25:33

Please call her Peppa. grin

Strawbezza Wed 06-Feb-13 09:26:14


DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 06-Feb-13 09:26:30


How about Margaret with nn Peggy?

Or Lucy?

emmyloo2 Wed 06-Feb-13 09:31:50

Emma is lovely but tis my name!

Caroline was also floating around in my head......

What is the reference to Peppa? confused

amck5700 Wed 06-Feb-13 09:34:20

How about Rosamund, Rosalee or Roseanne? Then you could still have Rose or Rosie for short but wouldn't have the "popular" Rose thing. However, I think the popularity seems to be as a middle name which only a handful of people ever even know after the baby is a couple of months old so it probably is not used that much.

As for other you other list - Elizabeth is lovely or you could have just Eliza or use Beth as a nn.

I Like Alice and Alison as well for what its worth.

Margaret or Meg is lovely

Victoria is ok if you can encourage Tori as nn - I don't like Vicky either.

Other thoughts:


What about a longer name that could be shortened to Rose?


Or completely different - Emily or Helena.

Looking at the names of the consorts of the King Georges for inspiration you could choose

Caroline (x2)

amck5700 Wed 06-Feb-13 09:36:33

Rebecca - hate Becky tho

HobKnob Wed 06-Feb-13 09:37:41

Sorry OP, couldn't resist- Peppa Pig's brother is called George. <watches far too much kids TV>

HobKnob Wed 06-Feb-13 09:38:39

Mary is underused but lovely and classic.

My SAme is George If SAme had been a girl, he'd have been Rosie. So I say stick to your first choice! smile

DS1 & DS2...

jkklpu Wed 06-Feb-13 09:41:20

I know a Rosa whose nn is Rosie, which is slightly different
Margaret - still has Thatcher associations for me so very divisive
and I really like Nina

annach Wed 06-Feb-13 09:45:50

Hannah and George
Rosalind (Rosie for short?) and George
George and Sophia (v popular but what a great name anyway!)
Lucy and George
Matilda and George
Martha and George

badtime Wed 06-Feb-13 10:45:59

More royal names:

(a couple of those are going quite far back)

momb Wed 06-Feb-13 10:56:23

I thought Alice before I opened the thread and saw it was already one of your options.
Margaret is classic and shortens well to Meg for a child.
These names from my family tree as they seem to fulfil your criteria:
Elizabeth Margaret
Violet Ann
Elizabeth Ann
Mary Elizabeth
Jane Louisa
Catherine Mary
Margaret Elizabeth

TenthMuse Wed 06-Feb-13 10:56:39

I know a lovely (young adult) Margaret Alice, nn Meg, plus a couple of primary age Maggies. Your current list is lovely, full of timeless classics that won't date. Especially like Alice and Elizabeth.


DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 06-Feb-13 10:57:49

From other posters' suggestions,
Marianne, combines Mary and Anne, both classics
Violet - that's sweet, makes a change from Rose!
Eleanor, Ellie or Nell, not as sugary as some?
Matilda, seems popular, would that put you off? Tilly and George, can picture that.

Read something today suggesting the name Elizabeth might be a contender if the Duchess of Cambridge has a girl, I guess royal babies often have lots of names so wouldn't be all that surprising.

As amck mentioned, how about Catherine or Katharine?

PS If you didn't mind explaining how it's pronounced when people see it written, there's Roisin (RO-sheen) meaning little rose.

TenthMuse Wed 06-Feb-13 11:13:17

Or Harriet?

Arithmeticulous Wed 06-Feb-13 11:29:16

Pippa (Philippa)
Margaret Rose

I like Elizabeth.

TalkativeJim Wed 06-Feb-13 11:38:04


Rhubarbgarden Wed 06-Feb-13 12:53:05

I love Margaret. I know an adult Victoria who is firmly a Victoria - anyone calling her Vicky gets short shrift. Names don't have to be shortened if the person called it doesn't want it to be.

Other classic suggestions: Anne (so elegant, I love it), Ruth, Naomi, Clara

nextbaby666 Wed 06-Feb-13 13:09:45

I think George and Rose is lovely

NowPlayingZone Wed 06-Feb-13 13:56:48

In support of other suggestions I like Caroline or Helena for lovely names that aren't 'now'. I also like Joanna or Josephine.

Might be a few ideas you have missed here:

raisah Wed 06-Feb-13 19:51:04


FoofFighter Wed 06-Feb-13 19:52:44

Alice is lovely smile

Gugglebum Wed 06-Feb-13 19:53:35

As you said, OP, Rose is used a lot, as a MIDDLE name, so why not use it as a first? You loved it, your DH loves it, and I bet there won't be many others anywhere she goes. It's lovely, simple and classic. <giggles at the thought of a baby Peppa>

CarriMarie Wed 06-Feb-13 20:15:42

Rosalie Alice or Alice Victoria.

Primrose123 Wed 06-Feb-13 20:18:25

I misread your post OP. I thought May was one of the names, but then realised that your little girl is due in May.

How about May as a name? I think it sounds very pretty.

pod3030 Wed 06-Feb-13 20:18:34

i agree, george and rose is lovely. smile


I think Princess Margaret was Margaret Rose , which is a lovely name ( IMHO )
How about Marguerite , or Margarita ?
I have a George , his sister is Jennifer .

Lollybrolly Wed 06-Feb-13 20:29:17

You could go with a variation of Rose as already suggested. Here are some:


or perhaps double barrell it??? Cant think of any good ones myself though tbh.

Other suggestions I have are:


cavell Wed 06-Feb-13 21:02:43

You seem to have similar taste in names to me - if I had had a boy, then my preferred name was George,
For our girls, I liked Victoria (but hate "Vicky" - and "Tori" is even worse, imo). Also considerd Alce, Elizabeth and Margaret but all ruled out for various reasons.
What about:
Emma, Emily, Rebecca, Lucy, Sophie, Julia, Caroline, Philippa, Matilda or Mary?

LexyMa Wed 06-Feb-13 21:22:40

Been lurking as I have a George too and one on the way. I also love royal names (both mine and my mother's names are 20th c queens of England) so I like Charlotte (not common here), Caroline, Anne and have got a lot of other good ideas from this thread! Only 10 weeks so a bit early but if I have another boy my main requirement is to avoid "Thomas the tank engine names"! So no James, Edward, Henry... but there seems so much more variety in girls' names.

WickWackThurso Wed 06-Feb-13 21:53:50

I know a Rebecca & George, and a Kate (Katharine) & George

emmyloo2 Thu 07-Feb-13 03:58:51

Thanks everyone - some great suggestions. I also love Mary which a few people suggested by it has been declared a "bit boring" by the DH. I think it's fabulous though.

Catherine will be the middle name, which some have suggested for the first name. This is after my dear late aunt and will definitely be the middle name. Can't be the first name due to family reasons.

Anne is lovely but I don't think it goes with our surname.

Alice is now gearing up to be my favourite I think.

I do love Rose although I really do wonder whether it will date in a way that Elizabeth, Alice, Margaret, Mary etc will not....any thoughts?

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Thu 07-Feb-13 09:50:43

Rose as a first name would be pretty and doesn't pop up as a first name very often. Unlike Beatrice and Alice it has more of a 'z' sound so if you are happy it works with your multiple 's' surname, it goes nicely with George.

FranglaisMaman Thu 07-Feb-13 15:02:23

From your choices...

George and Alice, I think that would make a lovely sib set.

If popularity is an issue for you, then sadly I do think Rose is becoming too popular as everyone is jumping on the bandwagon of using it as a middle name for girls.

Flossy78 Thu 07-Feb-13 15:13:32

I have an Alice. Lots of people comment on how lovely her name is and we've met no other little Alice's yet. So I know I am biased but its a great name. She's nearly 2 now and can say her own name without any difficulty smile

happynappies Thu 07-Feb-13 15:23:21

My dh is George coincidentally... I've got three girls: Elizabeth, Sarah and Charlotte, and a ds - Edward. The names all sort of go together I think. We started off regal, than didn't want to choose Victoria (because of the Vicky possibility) and used Mary as a middle name... it's difficult to strike a balance between classic/not too popular and the 'not too boring'... George and Alice sounds lovely though. We know a George and Freya, and a George and Jessica, and George and Amy...

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