Help my poor nameless DD!

(50 Posts)
emsyj Fri 08-Feb-13 11:48:50

DD2 arrived on Tuesday and we still have no name agreed on! Help!!!

Ideally I would like a reasonably unpopular/unusual name, nothing top 100 and nothing too girly.

Names we like are:

Astrid (but worried about shortenings to ass??? Any thoughts?)
Cerys (but have a good friend with this name so is a bit weird to use it)
Sabina (know a child with this name so bit copycat to use it)
Hazel (don't like possible shortening to 'Haze')
Amber (clashes with surname)

I like Lucy but DH doesn't, also Jemima and Tabitha.

DD1 is called Ruth.

We seem to like foreign/Scandinavian/German type names quite a lot so any ideas about those would be fantastic.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions. smile

tiredteddy Fri 08-Feb-13 11:51:50

What about Carys?

I really like Hazel from your list too.

havingastress Fri 08-Feb-13 11:55:56

Elin?

Sorry but Amber, Lucy, Jemima and Tabitha sound like animal names to me grin I've known plenty of dogs and cats with those names.

LeMousquetaireAnonyme Fri 08-Feb-13 11:56:17

K(C)arina?

as a mix between cerys and sabina?

LadyMargolotta Fri 08-Feb-13 11:57:31

Congratulations!

Hazel is lovely. I've known a few people with the name, and it's never been shortened to Haze. Goes very well with Ruth.

What about Esther?

emsyj Fri 08-Feb-13 11:59:36

I thought Carys was a good compromise, but for some reason DH loves Cerys and hates Carys hmm.

Esther rhymes with our surname LadyMrgolotta grin! It's a shame as I like Hester, but that is one letter away from our surname with a whole lotta rhyming going on!

BellsaRinging Fri 08-Feb-13 12:00:34

Naomi goes well with Ruth and has a similar feel-not scadinavian sounding tho i admit. I love Cerys though.

Selks Fri 08-Feb-13 12:00:37

Edith
Bronya
Thea
Maeve
Tara

Wildwaterfalls Fri 08-Feb-13 12:01:09

Congratulations! I love Astrid!

Similar style:
Ingrid
Sigrid
Elise
Johanna
Lena
Sofia
Karin
Marit
Steffi
Marielle

LadyMargolotta Fri 08-Feb-13 12:02:32

Just noticed you want German/Scandinavian names:

Lotta
Liesel.

dubai71 Fri 08-Feb-13 12:03:26

CONGRATULATIONS smile I agree with Lady Margo as I also know a Hazel and have never known her name to be shortened in any way. It's a lovely name. I also like Cerys and Amber. What about Freya?

CaseyShraeger Fri 08-Feb-13 12:07:16

Cecily
Cecilia
Isolde
Tess
Verity

Badvoc Fri 08-Feb-13 12:09:12

I like Astrid!
Also Freya
Elise
Ester
Mary
Marianne
Elizabeth
?

emsyj Fri 08-Feb-13 12:11:51

I like Marit and Liesl - I like Sofia too but DH doesn't (grrr!)

How weird would you find it if you had a fairly unusual name and a good but not best friend used it for their child?? Maybe we shouldn't dismiss Astrid and Cerys yet.

CaseyShraeger Fri 08-Feb-13 12:12:58

Astrid was on my list last time and is fab. I really don't think you need to worry about the shortening.

MortifiedAdams Fri 08-Feb-13 12:13:47

Innes (In-Ez)
Anouk

Bowlersarm Fri 08-Feb-13 12:15:28

Heidi
Helena
Nancy

Any good?

FossilMum Fri 08-Feb-13 12:20:35

How about Selena or Serena? Bit like Sabrina, but not the same.
I like Astrid but could see it being mucked around with.
Don't think Hazel is likely to be shortened.
Ingrid, Marit, Liesl & Freya suggestions all sound lovely.

confusteling Fri 08-Feb-13 12:20:39

Scandinavian wise, I have lived with (amongst others) - a Nina and a Veroniqua (pronounced Vir-oh-neek-ah) both from abroad. Also know of a Malene (pronounced Mi-lay-na) ...

What about Anelise (Anna Lees) , Ingrid, Engleberta (German name), Dorethea?

ProfanityMere Fri 08-Feb-13 12:22:05

I work with an Astrid, a Lotta, a Greta and a Silke. All German/Scandinavian, all lovely!

Lollybrolly Fri 08-Feb-13 12:24:31

Regina
Carmen
Brigit/Brigitte
Savannah
Allegra
Gabrielle/a
Nina
Saskia
Katrina
Carlota
Elissa
Sacha
Adele
Bianca

Go for Astrid or Hazel

emsyj Fri 08-Feb-13 12:31:41

Thanks for the further suggestions. I like Saskia but is a bit fancy compared with Ruth - DH is doing a bit of work at the moment but when he's finished I am hoping to force a decision. Any further Scandinavian type names welcome, I am keeping Astrid, Hazel and Cerys on the shortlist and will show this to DH in hopes we can add a few more!

lockets Fri 08-Feb-13 12:33:44

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Astley Fri 08-Feb-13 12:36:27

I like Anna-Lena

Gwennan Fri 08-Feb-13 12:36:37

Congratulations!

If you like Astrid & Cerys, perhaps you'll like:
Imogen
Alice
Bess
Mavis
Carys
Frances
Ingrid
Charis
Lois
Nerys
Agnes
Augusta
Iris
Florence
Constance
Louisa
Bethan

If you like nature names like Hazel and Amber, perhaps you'll like:
Rose
Aurora
Dahlia
Calla
Delphine
Linnea
Violet
Peony
Jasmine
Fern
Heather
Laurel
Zinnia
Holly
Daisy
Olive
Willow
Scarlett
Ivy
Ruby
Poppy

If you like Sabina, perhaps you'll like:
Sabrina
Susannah
Serena
Celia
Stella
Angelica
Cecilia
Cecily
Beatrice
Lucinda
Hannah
Joanna
Lydia
Claudia
Fiona
Alexandra
Ophelia

If you like Ruth, Tabitha and Jemima, perhaps you'll also like:
Anna
Dinah
Judith
Naomi
Eleanor
Martha
Sarah
Miriam
Phoebe
Rachel

If you like Lucy, perhaps you'll like:
Emily
Sophie
Amy
Audrey
Zoe
Luna
Charlotte
Juliet
Georgia
Sadie

Wereonourway Fri 08-Feb-13 12:37:22

Lovely Scandinavian name I heard when nannying for a Norwegian family was Mille. Pronounced Mee-la. My nannying charge was called Mina.

I like miller for a girl too. Congratulations and good luck deciding

HighJinx Fri 08-Feb-13 12:39:18

Cerys is lovely and goes well with Ruth too.

I wouldn't give a second thought to it being a friend's name. I think it would BU of her to feel annoyed that you had chosen 'her' name. It doesn't belong to her.

If you really love the name then go for it.

JaneLane Fri 08-Feb-13 13:09:20

Scandinavian names:
Anja
Annelie
Britt
Carin
Carolina
Christa
Dagmar
Elin
Else
Freja
Greta
Hanna
Heidi
Hilda
Inga
Ingrid
Jonna
Karin(e)
Katja
Lena
Lisbet
Lotte
Magda
Malin
Maren
Mari
Marit
Marta
Milla
Nea
Nora
Petra
Pia
Renate
Sanna
Sofie
Sylvia
Thea
Thora
Tilda
Tyra
Viola
Vivi

Nature names:
Eden
Fern
Iris
Laurel
Coral
Ivy
Holly
Zinnia
Iona
Cara
Ailsa
Briony
Olive
Calla
Briar
Flora
Linden
Wren

Welsh names (if you like Cerys) :
Alis
Anwen
Bethan
Bron
Cadi
Catrin
Ceri
Deryn
Efa
Elen
Eleri
Elin
Enid
Ffion
Gwen
Lowri
Mari
Megan
Meredith
Morwen
Nia
Olwen
Rhian
Sian
Tegan

Latin/Ancient Roman names (as you like Sabina):
Alba
Antonia
Augusta
Aurelia
Cassia
Fabia
Julia
Livia
Marcia
Octavia
Porcia
Tatiana
Valentina
Vita

amck5700 Fri 08-Feb-13 13:24:32

Nyree
Fallon
Tierney
Stella
Heather

formerpank Fri 08-Feb-13 13:31:49

Love Astrid and also Ingrid of the Germanic names. Just discovered dh's grandmother (Ukrainian) was Aniela, which I think is beautiful but unlikely ever to have a dd myself sad

TenthMuse Fri 08-Feb-13 13:48:16

I really like Astrid. I know a lovely (not remotely Scandinavian) one who's about four now and goes by Asti. As a teacher, I've only ever come across two Hazels, both of whom went by their full names (and both of whom were among the politest, best behaved children I've ever taught, so only positive associations there!). Of your choices, I'd definitely go with either one of those two, or Tabitha.

Iggity Fri 08-Feb-13 14:11:55

Ines
Insa
Gry
Elise
Christiane
Cornelia
Cordula
Lotte
Charlotte
Tessa
Birgit

thegreylady Fri 08-Feb-13 14:32:16

Maya
Tone[pronounced a bit like turner] my Norwegian friend has a daughter called this-her granddaughter is Signe [seena]

Vashti

mrstowers Fri 08-Feb-13 18:38:16

Inge/Inga

CPtart Fri 08-Feb-13 19:07:49

Natalie
Alicia
Erin
Erica
Louisa
Josephine
Georgina

RubyGrace17 Fri 08-Feb-13 19:40:37

Do you like Iris? That's what came to my head when I read your original list smile
That would go nicely with Ruth.

Good luck in deciding!

Ruby

Trude true-duh
Minka
Celia
Ava
Enid

I have a Hazel, so I'm biased, but I love the name and have never considered shortening it to haze. She does, however, get called hazelnut but I'm sure we'll phase that out before she's old enough to know about it!

Oooh how about Martha or Marta. I know a beautiful Martha or is it too girly?

emsyj Fri 08-Feb-13 20:29:28

Interestingly, a lot of the names that have been suggested were already on my 'long' list! grin

So far DH is still gunning for Cerys. I am struggling to come up with anything that I like better that DH also likes, but will keep you posted of the final decision.

I do still very much like Hazel too, although DD2 is starting to look a little bit like a Cerys.... smile

lucywiltshire Fri 08-Feb-13 20:41:23

Hope? Goes well with Ruth although not Scandinavian! If we have a girl in two weeks she will be Hope and second name either Leonora, Senara or Kinvara.

emsyj Sun 10-Feb-13 20:22:00

For anyone still interested, we have decided on Hazel smile. With the middle name Joy, after my DSis.

Thanks for all the alternative suggestions - lots of them I liked very much, but DH very very hard to convince - feeling grateful to have made a decision at last!

thanks

Bowlersarm Sun 10-Feb-13 20:27:06

Lovely. Congrats on your choice

dancemom Sun 10-Feb-13 20:27:59

I was going to suggest Kerys instead of Cerys but congrats on your choice!

pinkandyellowbutterfly Sun 10-Feb-13 21:51:23

Congratulations!!!! Beautiful name smile

Hazel is lovely.

LadyMargolotta Mon 11-Feb-13 07:03:53

Congratulations on the birth of Hazel! It's a great namesmile

FossilMum Mon 11-Feb-13 12:06:04

Hazel Joy sounds lovely. Congratulations!

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