Fussy parents need names advice!

(33 Posts)
tumdedum Sat 02-Mar-13 12:37:06

I've got about 5 weeks to go before my second child arrives. It could be a boy or a girl. I'm really panicking that we haven't settled on any names that we both like yet. We're very fussy and I seem to find an excuse not to like anything confused

We want something unusual, but not silly.

The considered list so far goes something like this:

Girls
Alice - Not unusual, but I like this as it was my Great Grandma's name. Husband isn't keen. (Although it could be a middle name)
Orla - We both loved this but we have no Irish connections. Also, I went off it when I realised it would probably spellcheck to Oral.
Francesca - Possibly a bit too 'posh' for us. Although like the nn Frankie
Clara - Love but a good friend recently used for her daughter.
Lilou - Like a lot, (it's French for Lilly) but I think people might not realise it's pronounced Leelou and think of Lilo-Lil.
Lydia - Nice name, but doesn't feel like the one
Eleri - Nice name, but doesn't feel like the one
Eliza - This is in my family tree so there's a nice connection, but again, it doesn't feel like the one

Boys
Rocco - We were quite settled on this, until we realised that a google search for this name with our surname returns hundreds of hardcore porn websites shock
Oakley - I like this but Husband isn't too keen. Wouldn't want people to think son was named after a sunglasses brand.

That's it. Any help or suggestions gratefully received.

raisah Sat 02-Mar-13 12:50:11

how about Alicia instead of Alice?
Anyaa
Anna
Eleanor
Serena

To me, both your boys names border on "silly" rather than unusual.

However, the only one I hate from your girl list is Lilou which does indeed make me think Lilo. smile The names you don't think are "the one" may seem right when you see your baby (if she is a girl)

cakebar Sat 02-Mar-13 13:13:42

If you want unusual rather than silly I'd rethink Lilou and Eleri. The rest are nice. FWIW there are a few Francesca's in my dd's reception year. There are none of the other names (although we do know other children with the other names, but they are not common).

I agree the boy's name nborder on silly rather than unusual.

noblegiraffe Sat 02-Mar-13 13:16:47

Isn't Oakley the name of the tree in Everything's Rosie?

CruCru Sat 02-Mar-13 13:34:18

For girls, if you like Clara would you consider Lara? Or Claudine? Or Eleanor?

For boys, if you like Rocco, what about Milo? Or Rufus?

Girls:
Carla instead of Clara?
Carenza/Kerenza
Celeste
Delia
Francis

Boys
Emerson
Innes
Kirk
Romeo
Jenson
Miles
Piers
Austin

Blanketsandpillows Sat 02-Mar-13 18:52:44

I agree with notadragon-to me both of your boys names fall into the 'silly' camp. Love your girls names-particularly Orla and Lydia

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Sat 02-Mar-13 19:49:37

Coralie perhaps?

Love Orla and Alice/Alys

For boys how about Reid, Drake or Cole?

outtolunchagain Sat 02-Mar-13 19:52:25

Lorelei
Leonie
Christobel

Not sure about boys not keen on either suggestion really but if you like them that's all that matters

tumdedum Sun 03-Mar-13 10:41:37

Thanks for your comments and suggestions everyone.
For the girls name Orla, do you think it matters that we have no Irish connections?

I've been convinced all the way through this pregnancy that I'm having a girl. It's only really hit me in the last few weeks that I could equally be having a boy - I need to put some more work into thinking about boys names!

Blanketsandpillows Sun 03-Mar-13 10:52:31

I don't think it matters that you don't have Irish connections. If you like the name, go for it!

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Sun 03-Mar-13 11:32:54

Doesn't matter. Look how popular the name Connor has been, lots of those boys' parents don't have Irish connections I bet.

Going back to Frankie what about Frances if Francesca feels OTT?

lljkk Sun 03-Mar-13 11:52:06

Go for Orla I hate it but don't think that matters. I don't know any little Islas or Isobels whose parents have obvious Scottish connections.

Like Alice and Lydia; like Eliza as a nn and love Clara.

Don't like the boys' names at all, sorry.

gillian88 Sun 03-Mar-13 12:43:03

I don't think Orla matters if there's no Irish connections, I'm from Ireland, the usual Irish spelling is Órlaith or Orlagh

DickdastardlyAndMutley Sun 03-Mar-13 13:24:05

Love Lilou but none of your boys names

DessieLou Sun 03-Mar-13 22:56:16

The Irish thing doesn't matter so I'd go for Orla. What about Una? Francesca was on our list. Francine?
I don't like your boys names, I'm afraid.
Phoebus
Fletcher
Fifer
(I have a thing for F's!)

aufaniae Mon 04-Mar-13 00:31:59

tumdedum are you me?!

I'm also very fussy and like unusual names. Before we has DS, I read 8 baby names books and rejected all the names in all of them!

We've considered some of your names too.

DP is keen on Lilou too, and I do really like it the way Milla Jovovich says it. But I think in reality people will end up saying it Lee-Lou, with the same emphasis as see-saw IYSWIM, and I don't like that nearly as much.

Eleri - I agree it's a nice name, we did consier this, but it doesn't feel like the one to me either

Alice - is a family name for me too, my mum would be delighted if I used it. But it's too ordinary IMO. Maybe as a middle name.

How about some of these?

Eira (snow)
Esme
Milla
Nia
Siobhan
Aoife (prnounced Ee-fa)

Inigo
Oisín (Irish - pronounced Ush-een)
Osian / Ossian ( Welsh / Scottish - pronounced Osh-an)
Cerith
Torin

For the girls name Orla, do you think it matters that we have no Irish connections?

Personally, I only think it matters if you go for one of the names with really complicated proper Irish spellings.

I have three children, one has a Scottish name, one Irish and one Welsh - all fairly normal names and Anglicised spellings though. Only the Welsh one has any sort of legitimate claim behind it smile

BikeRunSki Mon 04-Mar-13 07:27:05

Innes for either sex.

mewkins Tue 12-Mar-13 22:49:41

How about Eddison for a boy? Oakley is a bit naff imo - not keen on names that sound like a brand.

Or Francis for a boy, Frances for a girl?
Instead of Clara, a Claire? Or a Constance?

Any good to you?

iheartmycat Wed 13-Mar-13 01:18:20

Thea?
Xanthe?

Fwiw, I actually really like all the girls names on your own list!

mathanxiety Wed 13-Mar-13 04:25:10

Cora
Cara
Carys
Camille
Camilla
Laura
Lyra
Laurel
Lara
Leonora
Eleanor
Eloise
Elodie
Elsa
Elisa
Ellen
Helena
Rowan
Rowena
Willow

I love Alice and Frances though. I like Orla too -- it's an easy name to pronounce, soft sound, would travel well. (All the Irish Orlas I know spell it just plain Orla).

Leo
Arlo
Ezra
Raphael
Gabriel
Cormac
Owen
Ronan
Fintan
Fergus

Shr0edinger Wed 13-Mar-13 21:00:34

Lydia and Eliza are lovely.

Have you Italian ancestors? Rocco ok, but I prefer Roscoe
Oakley sounds stupid. Sorry.

buttercrumble Wed 13-Mar-13 21:04:36

Love Orla its a beautiful name...

AgathaPinchBottom Wed 13-Mar-13 21:40:09

Flora? Cecily?
Love Lydia and Lilou!

What about Hector, Ralph, Rocky, Bear?

Lucia2013 Sun 24-Mar-13 09:28:47

I also think Alicia instead of Alice! It sounds more interesting I think. My daughter is called Isabella and I love girl names that end in A. They sound really sophisticated. My son is called Sebastian and my baby boy will be called Santiago. Unusual but not difficult to pronounce and no different pronunciations. Hope it helps x

forgetmenots Sun 24-Mar-13 09:56:02

We have Irish connections and Orla is our first choice. All the Orlas we know in Ireland spell it this way, it depends exactly how old you want to go with the Irish, Orfhlaith for example! I don't think you need Irish links, it's a lovely name.

Alice over Alicia 100% but I'm the opposite from Lucia above in that if there are two versions I always prefer the simpler one (Claire over Clara, Isobel over Isabella, Helen over Helena etc etc)

Lucia2013 Sun 24-Mar-13 10:19:31

Fair enough! Everyone is different :-)

MortifiedAdams Sun 24-Mar-13 10:25:04

As someone who.wants to use Aoife woth no Irish connection, then Id say go for Orla. I also love Alice. Not fussed on the rest.

I dont really like the boy names but can I suggest
Rex
Otis
Gus
Travis

forgetmenots Sun 24-Mar-13 10:46:41

Indeed Lucia - but it's funny that both the names I like for girls end in A! usually I go the other way smile

peacypops Sun 24-Mar-13 15:58:29

Alice is a lovely name -and not overly popular (i.e. there are always quite a few around but it's not a faddy name) Definitely would go for Alice over Alicia - you will always get people questioning the pronunciation of Alicia too (as I have know some people to pronounce it Aleesha).
Lydia too is a very pretty name and not over-used. How about Elodie - one of my favourites? Isobel/Isabelle are nice too - although very very popular which would put me off.

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