Classic, strong but elegant girls names

(62 Posts)
emmyloo2 Tue 12-Feb-13 07:41:22

Ok, give me your best strong, classic, elegant, timeless girl's names. Preferably nothing to frilly, too cutesy or too long. Some examples of what I like are Alice, Margaret, Ruth, Elizabeth, Alison (family name) and Audrey. My DH likes Rose and won't open his mind to other options. I have a DS George and I want a short, old fashioned strong name like this, but I am having a girl.

I am really starting to get quite annoyed with DH because he won't agree that my suggestions are fabulous! shock.

All suggestions gratefull received because I feel like I am going around in circles and I thought naming a girl would be easy!

ohfunnyhoneyface Tue 12-Feb-13 07:47:26

Valerie
Roisin (means little rose?)
Elsbeth
Katherine

EssieW Tue 12-Feb-13 07:48:38

Love your names.my Dd has two of them

Harriet and Ellen also names that spring to mind.

CabbageLooking Tue 12-Feb-13 07:49:20

OK, I'm going to tell you this one but I'm a bit worried because if I have a girl next time round this is the name I want to use partly because it's not very common. So if you use it please promise not to move to Wiltshire.

Anna.

I think it's classic and elegant and rather beautiful.

Floralnomad Tue 12-Feb-13 07:49:34

Grace
Cressida
Karen
Not keen on any of yours except Elizabeth and don't like Rose .

JumpJockey Tue 12-Feb-13 07:51:06

Eleanor (as long as you avoid Ellie nicknames)

Beryl
Imogen
Faith
Jane
Constance
Pearl

There's always the "Rosa-" names, but they might be a little frilly?
Like Rosamund, Rosanna, Rosanne, Rosalind.

emmyloo2 Tue 12-Feb-13 07:54:55

Oh Cabbage - I love Anna as does my DH except his colleague (actually a guy who works directly for him) is having a baby and they have already announced that it will be called Anna. DH reckons we can still call the baby Anna but their baby is due a month before ours and it will look silly I think!

I also like Harriet but I know a few of these already. Catherine will be the middle name, but can't be the first name due to family reasons.

My DH won't provide any other suggestions, other than Emma. Lovely name except it's my name. hmm He was serious as well. This is what I am working with people!

babaloulou Tue 12-Feb-13 07:58:12

Louisa
Harriet
Anna

Boonyjinkies Tue 12-Feb-13 08:02:28

Cora
Amy
Laura

SchmancyPants Tue 12-Feb-13 08:04:29

Cordelia. I LOVE Cordelia.

Boonyjinkies Tue 12-Feb-13 08:06:17

Beth
Josephine

You've already mentioned Margaret, can you tell Little Women is one of my favourites! smile

wiltingfast Tue 12-Feb-13 08:06:55

Clara
Laura
Lorna
Julia
Judith
Christina
Rachel
Rebecca
Maria

Fwiw, I love Anna and I don't you should allow yourself to be put off by a work colleague using it. After all they could move on at any time and you'd never see them again and you would have not used a lovely name for v transient reasons!

ohfunnyhoneyface Tue 12-Feb-13 08:09:56

Oh use Anna! Work colleagues are temporary- he might leave next month!

Anna is beautiful.

emmyloo2 Tue 12-Feb-13 08:12:58

Boony - Amy is my sister's name but good suggestion. Little Women is one of my all time favourites, hence I have Elizabeth (Beth) and Margaret (Meg) on the list. I also like Josephine but fear it may be too long.

Good suggestions Wilting - I like Clara a lot. Laura is another my DH likes.

The colleague is also a friend of his and so we have them over to our house and she got pregnant just before me. It's her late mother's name, and so I think they would think we were copying them if we chose Anna. DH thinks it's perfectly fine to use it but I suspect men think differently about these things!

BeanstalkandBump Tue 12-Feb-13 08:28:38

Well massive thumbs up her for Alison grin grin though I think I've longed to be an Alice I stead for years smile
I love Elizabeth with Nice nn of Beth or Libby
Also like:
Hazel
Edith
Elsa
Rosa
Emmeline/Emmy
Clara
Anna...... Could raise eyebrows at work for a week or two but after that nobody will care! Know of this case with two Jasmines and neither party bothered at all.
Sylvie
Meredith/Merry/Edie

GooseyLoosey Tue 12-Feb-13 08:32:26

If I had another girl, it came to me the other day that I would call her Verity. I'm not going to so I thought I would pass it on.

Sunnysummer Tue 12-Feb-13 08:39:09

Could you go for Hannah? Or even Susannah? Very similar to Anna, old fashioned but also a bit more uncommon, and no clash with colleagues. Love Clara too (though that might just be my childhood love of Heidi).

BikeRunSki Tue 12-Feb-13 08:47:56

Beatrice
Charlotte
Josephine
Emily
Madeleine
Rachel
Emma
Isla
Jennifer
Catherine (and its spelling variants)
Evelyn
Martha

Lionsntigersnbears Tue 12-Feb-13 09:25:33

How about Sara?

momb Tue 12-Feb-13 09:30:27

I gave you all my classic suggestions when you asked last week but looking at the more esoteric lists this week, why not something simple but just out of fashion like Rachel or Jane or Helena ?

akaemmafrost Tue 12-Feb-13 09:33:57

Alexandra.

amck5700 Tue 12-Feb-13 11:14:38

Leonora
Hannah
Avril
Celeste

staverton Tue 12-Feb-13 11:23:36

Louisa
Thea
Clara
Tess
Edith
Elsa
Cecily
Rosalind
Mara
Lara

badtime Tue 12-Feb-13 11:43:33

Juliet
Theresa
Rosa
Maura
Madeleine
Adela
Tara
Veronica
Abigail
Maria
Bryony
Emmeline
Jocelyn
Cecilia/Cecily/Cicely
Camilla
Monica
Serena
Viola
Patience
Eliza

happyhorse Tue 12-Feb-13 11:53:19

Margot

Rose is lovely though

Pasiphae Tue 12-Feb-13 11:56:51

Hermione, Veronica, Harriet, Juliet, Josephine, Lucinda, Lucille, Beatrice?

movamum Tue 12-Feb-13 12:00:48

I love Joanna, it is an old fashioned name, a Bible name in fact, with a lovely meaning.

SuckingDiesel Tue 12-Feb-13 12:03:56

Genevieve.

jkklpu Tue 12-Feb-13 12:04:57

Olivia
Marianne
Constance
Grace
Faith (or others on this theme)
Alex(andra)

Squeakygate Tue 12-Feb-13 12:16:23

Jane
Ruth
Rachel
Rebecca

Emilythornesbff Tue 12-Feb-13 13:36:38

Grace
Rose
Eve (my total fave but dh has vetoed)
Charlotte
Jane

Emilythornesbff Tue 12-Feb-13 13:37:16

Ooh, Harriet's nice too
And juliet

emmyloo2 Tue 12-Feb-13 22:20:35

Thanks everyone - great suggestions. I like Lucille (never thought of that one), Camilla, Helena. Juliet was on the list some time ago but seemed to drop off. I am not sure about it......

WhiteHairReally Tue 12-Feb-13 22:59:05

Maud
Edith
Frances
Mary

Strong, straightforward, non frilly.

iheartmycat Tue 12-Feb-13 23:29:12

Melanie
Monica
Alannah
Joanna
Keren
Julia
Paula
Bernadette

iheartmycat Wed 13-Feb-13 01:17:46

Deborah, Caroline, Lorna, Francesca, Maria, Mairead?

FactuallyI Wed 13-Feb-13 01:22:55

Matilda?

EsmeWatson Wed 13-Feb-13 02:07:52

Eliza Catherine = perfect!

worm77daisy Wed 13-Feb-13 03:38:31

Jocelyn
Felicity
Emma
Charlotte
Kate
Megan
Gemma
Jennifer

emmyloo2 Wed 13-Feb-13 03:42:49

Esme - Eliza is one I have thought about before. I love this.

MusicalEndorphins Wed 13-Feb-13 03:54:37

Ava
Annabelle (and call her Anna, the name you both like as a nickname)
Amelia
Sophia
Alexandra
Lauren

CheerfulYank Wed 13-Feb-13 04:01:34

I love Margaret, it's what I'm calling my bump. smile

I like Frances too.

claraschu Wed 13-Feb-13 04:21:42

What about Anya?

VictorAndBarry Wed 13-Feb-13 05:04:50

Emily?

emmyloo2 Wed 13-Feb-13 05:17:56

Cheerful Yank - are you calling your daughter this? I am so jealous. It's my favourite but I am yet to convince DH. I am working on it.

Alexandra is a great suggestion. DH likes this.

CheerfulYank Wed 13-Feb-13 05:39:59

I think so! We would probably go with Maggie for a nickname though as I am Megan, so Meg would be too similar. I'm worried Megan and Maggie are too close already. sad But I love Margaret so much!

Imaginethat Wed 13-Feb-13 06:00:10

Anna
Sarah
Elizabeth

BellsaRinging Wed 13-Feb-13 06:12:53

Mary.
Eve/Eva.

MiaowTheCat Wed 13-Feb-13 09:26:32

Anna was what DD1 was going to be called, until a very random 8am conversation in bed one morning where we discussed something else - and she decided to arrive that day so obviously preferred that suggested name.

MolotovCocktail Wed 13-Feb-13 09:38:19

Lots of lovely name suggestions here. My personal favourites of this type are:

Grace
Laura
Eleanor
Charlotte
Jennifer
Amy
Juliette
Louisa
Sophia
Francesca

wiltingfast Wed 13-Feb-13 19:02:18

Lots of great suggestions, think a george needs a strongly named sibling, really like eliza actually,

eliza and george!

They work really well together smile

emmyloo2 Thu 14-Feb-13 03:25:08

Yes Eliza is starting to grow on me. Is it super popular???

CheerfulYank Thu 14-Feb-13 03:36:30

I don't know any little ones. smile

Gingerbreadlatte Thu 14-Feb-13 04:27:40

Esther.

If you go with Alexandra think of a better shortening than the default Alex. (Years of dislike here!!) - something more feminine like Alexa or Lexi.

emmyloo2 Thu 14-Feb-13 04:38:54

Ginger - Esther is a great suggestion and one DH actually likes. I think it might be a mouthful with our surname though...

I used to love Alexandra but it has had a surge in popularity where I am from and I know a few little Alexandras which has put me off.....

My current shortlist is now:

1. Margaret (still my deep down favourite)
2. Eliza
3. Rose (I am keeping this in there)
4. Alison
5. Hmmm..not sure. Maybe Edith?

Infestedwithcats Thu 14-Feb-13 07:45:01

Christabel

Gingerbreadlatte Fri 15-Feb-13 09:22:17

Margaret is my favourite from your list now. Lots of shortening options.

Edith is very harsh and there are lots of Edies around. Not keen on other suggestions

MortifiedAdams Fri 15-Feb-13 09:26:41

Ooh OP, I adote Little Women and have a Meg (just Meg). Her MN is Alice too so needless to say I think you have great taste.

Saying that, I also love Rose and its not at all popular as a first bame roubd here (though is used a LOT as a MN).

Seems your DH likes short names. What about Tess?

emmyloo2 Fri 15-Feb-13 11:01:46

Mortified - Meg is brilliant. This is the nickname I would use if we went with Margaret. I just love it. I like Tess as well but DH doesn't. Boo!

He has proposed Thea which I am starting to like. Not as much as Meg though....

MortifiedAdams Fri 15-Feb-13 11:06:45

«beams»

She totally suits it. Margaret in general is great as she could get Meg, Maggie, Peggy, Greta.

DH disliked Meg before we were ttc but by six months pg he was using it as his benchmark "Nah, not as nice as Meg" grin

Helen?

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