Ok - so what do you think of Diana, Juliet or Susannah?

(64 Posts)
emmyloo2 Tue 05-Mar-13 05:49:21

I posted recently about my recent list for DD due in 11 weeks. I wanted Mabel, Maude, Iris and Florence on the list. All bar Florence have been outright rejected by DH. So our new current short list is:


I like the old-fashioned grandma names but DH doesn't. He honestly thought I was joking when I suggested Maude. hmm

So this is the new short list. I love Diana and Susannah but are they a little dated? They are certainly not cracking the top 50 list in my neck of the woods where it's Olivia, Ava, Lily or Chloe.

Florence is the only old-fashioned one he likes. I have tried Edith, Esme, Mabel, Maude, Olive, Iris, Audrey. Nup. All rejected.

Our DS is George and so I wanted another old-fashioned name. However, unless it's Florence, it doesn't appear to be possible. Oh, he does like Rose however I rejected that on the basis of popularity.

Your thoughts, suggestions appreciated.

WildRumpus Tue 05-Mar-13 06:13:11

I love love love Mabel! Florence is enormously popular which would put me off. From your new list I like Juliet best.

nooka Tue 05-Mar-13 06:56:40

George is to me a classic, and so not particularly old fashioned. It's also quite popular (just outside the top 10 for a good few years). Maude is very old fashioned on the other hand, one of the more obscure 'grandmother' names. Definitely not everyone's choice. I'm not too surprised by your dh's reaction, although I can see it makes you sad that he didn't warm to it.

I do think it's a little odd that you think Susannah and Diana might be dated, but Mabel and Maud less so! Personally I think that Susannah is a fantastic name, and I like Juliet too. I'm not so keen on Diana, and think that's still got a lot of attached baggage. I don't like Florence.

CzarChasm Tue 05-Mar-13 07:00:08

I adore the name Susannah!

ChompieMum Tue 05-Mar-13 07:03:20

Ooh Diana is a lovely name! Due for a revival I think

birdofthenorth Tue 05-Mar-13 07:03:30

Juliet is beautiful and I like Susannah too. Diana is a great name but very associated with Princess Di still.

How about some more classic old lady names like Alice, Mary, Elizabeth or Rose? I feel sorry that your DH is vetoing the others... DD has a very old lady name and pending DS will be a little old man! Love your original list of Maude, Mabel and Iris!

saintmerryweather Tue 05-Mar-13 07:03:58

I think all 3 of your new names are very dated.

birdofthenorth Tue 05-Mar-13 07:05:00

PS I'm not mad keen on Florence either, sorry. It has had it's comeback moment now IMHO.

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Tue 05-Mar-13 07:14:19

Florence is lovely, the others are really awful.

emmyloo2 Tue 05-Mar-13 07:18:14

Ooh mixed responses here. It's so hard to choose.

bird - he loves Rose and Elizabeth but I think Rose is a bit "done" in terms of a middle name, although I do love it. Elizabeth - we sort of went off it. Not sure why. He has said no to Alice and Mary, both of which I like. Perhaps I need to revisit these and push a bit harder.

I live in Australia so Diana doesn't have the same connection here. However, I am just not sure.

Florence is not popular here at all, so I wonder whether it is still original enough? I suspect not...

Nooka - I know it's odd that I think they are dated whereas I don't think Mabel and Maude are - I guess it's just that old lady names are now back in fashion whereas the 1940s/1950s names are not really yet having a revival. So they still feel a little dated. They are the names of my parent's generation rather than my grandparent's. I don't want to saddle the child with a dated name - a friend of mine who is in her mid 30s is a Barbara, and I always think that's quite a dated name for my generation (born in 1970s). DYSWIM?

DH has also proposed Anna which I love, but I don't think it necessarily "goes" with George and his colleague/friend is also having a baby girl a month before us and is naming their baby Anna.

flopsy1974 Tue 05-Mar-13 07:52:06

Juliet all the way. Truly beautiful name. Not keen on any of the others smile

nectarini1983 Tue 05-Mar-13 07:54:53

I agree with your husband im afraid
Can't understand why you'd want to give a new baby an old lady's name but each to their own! I would just die if my name was Mabel or Maude...#changebydeedpoll!!!

My best friend at school is called Suzannah and she is cool as.....

What about Savana? Bit more modern?

They are all beautiful names.

My own personal preference would be:
In that order. Perhaps I am influenced by DD1's friend from school who is a very elegant, caring and sweet young woman called Susannah.

Popular names are popular because they are usually classic and timeless and lots of people like them and use them. I say this as the mother of two children with names in the UK top 10, and a third with a name in the top 100. smile

If you like Rose and you like Anna, have you considered Rosanna?

SoMuchToBits Tue 05-Mar-13 08:11:54

I really love Juliet and quite like Susannah/Susanna. I also think Alexandra is a great name - classic, but doesn't particularly date and isn't overly popular.

ChompieMum Tue 05-Mar-13 08:14:18

Anna is beautiful. Best of them all I think.

ChompieMum Tue 05-Mar-13 08:16:09

Ps think it goes well with George and unless she is going to be best friends with the other Anna, doesn't matter at all. Annie is lovely too

saintmerryweather Tue 05-Mar-13 08:22:00

Anna is the best one out of those. what about anna-maria? I wouldnt not choose a name i loved if a colleague was picking it, unless he is your dps best mate

farmersdaughter Tue 05-Mar-13 08:42:40

Anna and George is a delightful combination.

Agree that Florence has had its day. I like Juliet, would you consider spelling it Juliette?

Don't dislike Susannah but not made keen on Susie.

What about:

farmersdaughter Tue 05-Mar-13 08:44:29

Whoops didn't mind to hit send.

Whist my suggested additional names aren't old lady(ish) Roughly in the same vain as your list but nowhere near as popular

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 05-Mar-13 08:57:42

I don't know about names in Australia but like Juliet as much as Florence.

Other names that could go with George, (leap in the dark, may be completely unpopular in OZ)
Alexandra (Alex, Lexy)

emmyloo2 Tue 05-Mar-13 09:05:48

Thanks everyone.

Re the colleague/friend - we aren't that close to them but we have them over every now and then and they always bring a nice gift for our son. They announced some time ago that their baby will be called Anna after her mother who passed away. Hence I just wondered whether it would be odd that a month after their baby is born, we have our baby and say "guess what, we have gone with Anna as well!". I do love it though and it's lovely with our surname.

Donkeys - good suggestions. Emma is my name! Alexandra is nice but getting popular here and is the name of my DH's cousin.

I still like Susannah. More than Diana I think. I actually don't mind the nn Susie, but don't like Di at all. Juliet is ok but I don't think it's my favourite.

Perhaps I should just agree to Anna??

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 05-Mar-13 09:12:25

Hi Emma!

Now you have explained more about your friends and their reason for choosing Anna, if you see a lot of them I might personally go for a different name.

Try Susannah: George & Susannah, think family updates, shouting her name in the park, filling out forms with her name, writing your name and DH's and George and Susannah on your Christmas cards... Any good?

MidnightMasquerader Tue 05-Mar-13 09:12:52

Susannah is nice. I'm Antipodean and know of a baby Susannah. I think spelling it with two Ss, rather with a Z makes it way less dated/more current. Susie is definitely not an inevitable nickname.

Florence is over, honestly.

Juliet and Diana are fine.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 05-Mar-13 09:13:55

George & Susie.... Susie, Suze, ZanZan....

brackengirl Tue 05-Mar-13 09:16:08

What about Rosanna? This is my DD1's name and is what I came up with after a close family member used Anna which I loved. DD2 due in 7 weeks was going to be George if she was a boy.

emmyloo2 Tue 05-Mar-13 09:33:21

I like Rosanna......I will run it by DH tonight. I also proposed Francesca but we thought perhaps it sounded quite Italian and we are certainly not Italian.

Good idea Donkey - I always try and think about saying the name in the park and at swimming lessons etc. I love my son's name so I just want a name I love as much, that is elegant and strong and classic. A name that will carry her through adulthood.

I think George and Susie work well together.

Bonsoir Tue 05-Mar-13 09:39:23

Juliet and Susannah are both lovely.

cuillereasoupe Tue 05-Mar-13 09:46:03

Susannah all the way.

BankWuggery Tue 05-Mar-13 11:24:42

What about Flora instead of Florence?

pooka Tue 05-Mar-13 11:27:33

I prefer Susanna to Susannah.

It's my favourite name in your list.

Susie as a nickname is lovely.

saintmerryweather Tue 05-Mar-13 12:26:54

I love francesca i dont think you need to be italian to use it

peppertree Tue 05-Mar-13 16:59:01

please don't settle for anna!
Susannah is a beautiful and timeless name
How about susannah Juliet
Hope all goes well

WowOoo Tue 05-Mar-13 17:06:05

Susanna/h is lush.

Plus, you can shorten it to Anna or Sue or Suzy - more options.

Have a very lovely friend called Susanna - it has good vibes for me.

flossyflo Tue 05-Mar-13 17:17:04

Florence is my name. Always loved it... when I was growing up so many people commented on it being a nice name. It does get shortened to Flo though - what is your view on this?

And my brother is called George!

Which is weird.

However... it is getting more popular now (thanks to Florence and the Machine me thinks, but you could have worse name ambassadors, at least she is quite cool). And assume it's not so popular in Australia as much as here?

Anyway, like Diana... although not Di so much.

LadyLech Tue 05-Mar-13 18:50:59

Another vote for Susannah - it is a gorgeous name, but I am biased as it is my daughter's middle name.

Personally, I prefer the Juliette spelling, but dependent on surname, Susannah Juliet/te sounds like a great name.

I prefer Susanna with the nn Anna, which I also consider to be beautiful.

Good luck.

WormCanner Wed 06-Mar-13 00:47:25

You would think that Diana would have had a burst of popularity in the 1980s, but it never did for some reason. It doesn't seem to have ever been especially popular, and for that reason I certainly wouldn't see it as dated, more timeless.

Much the same applies to Susannah, although Susan and Suzanne have had their moments.

Juliet is OK, but I prefer Julia. Another underused classic.

Florence is very faddy at the moment and will date dreadfully. My great grandma was Florence, she was a Victorian and it was a popular name then after Florence Nightingale.

emmyloo2 Wed 06-Mar-13 03:27:04

Thanks everyone. I do love Susannah but DH is now moving away from it. He has decided he likes Flora as an alternative to Florence.

I think this is more in keeping with the style of name that I want.

Does Flora get the thumbs up? He wanted Laura and likes Florence so he has decided this is a mix between the two. To be honest, if he had his choice it would be Rose but I can't get over the fact that I think it is going to have a massive uptick in popularity and is the middle name of choice at the moment. It's a beautiful name, don't get me wrong.

Flossyflo - thanks for your perspective! I like Flo as a nickname although like Flossie as well. Do you think Flora would get shortened? It's really starting to grow on me as a nice compromise....

NoTimeForS Wed 06-Mar-13 04:02:57

My favourite is Susannah, then Juliet. I don't really like Diana (dislike Di) and can't warm to Florence or Flora I'm afraid. I don't like Flo as a nn.

NoTimeForS Wed 06-Mar-13 04:05:36

Oh sorry Flossyflo blush. That was rude of me. I didn't spot you until I had already posted.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 06-Mar-13 10:40:39

Flora is delightful.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 06-Mar-13 10:41:47

Unless your name is MacDonald perhaps.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 06-Mar-13 10:42:39

Heck, so what, it's lovely and sounds nice with George!

Ginebra Wed 06-Mar-13 10:59:59

Juliet and Susannah are loely. not keen on diana.

Susannah is the only one I really like, I'm not a fan of old lady names (having been saddled with one as a middle name and endured an awful lot of teasing as a result, I still admit to it as rarely as possible in my 40s.

I prefer Laura to Flora or Florence. Laura I have always loved because of the Little House books.

DawnOfTheDee Wed 06-Mar-13 11:11:01

Just to throw it out there my given name is Diane and i have never been nicknamed Di. It's always been Diane or Dee smile

TheComputerClub Wed 06-Mar-13 11:25:01

I personally love Esme from your original list. Maybe your DH would like Roise (Irish for Rose and pronounced Rocha) which is what my baby girl is called. Good luck smile

Beamur Wed 06-Mar-13 11:31:03

I think all three of your names are good and your DH is side stepping some lovely but rather over used names.
Out of the three I probably like Juliet the most, then Susannah (I like Susie as a nn) and then Diana.
I'm not keen on Florence, Flo is just a dreadful nn (apols to anyone who loves it/has one) but I love Eliazabeth - what about Eliza?

monica77798 Thu 07-Mar-13 09:40:48

Diana will be good, as she may be the same age as the future Queen Diana.

OkayHazel Sat 09-Mar-13 01:09:14

ANYTHING but Sue. Can't call a child Sue.

TheCatInTheHairnet Sat 09-Mar-13 01:15:30

Love Susannah. Prefer Julia to Juliet. But that's because DDs BFF is Julia and it struck me as a cute name!

PearlyWhites Sat 09-Mar-13 01:29:25

I love Mabel

thezebrawearspurple Sat 09-Mar-13 01:36:17

Juliet; love it but hate Julia/Julie and there are so many people with those names and they're so similar that they'd turn me off.
Diana; keep thinking Princess Di or old lady who runs a pub, not sure if I like it.
Susannah; Would prefer Suzanne or Suzanna.
Rosanna; pretty
Florence; pretty
Flora; margarine

Susannah and Juliet sound lovely with George.

possibles if your DH and you can't agree on Rose

Sunnysummer Sat 09-Mar-13 02:01:22

Susannah is beautiful, and I think on the good (Iris, Florence) side of old fashioned.

Diana is a little 80s to me, and I've never like Juliet as a name because when we studied it at school i thought the character was a silly little fool, but that is very personal! grin

2aminthemorning Sat 09-Mar-13 02:09:59

I like Susanna very much too, but Juliet has poise. I have to say, at the end of the day it's always hard to beat Anna. Juliet is one of our names too, as is Louisa, Cecilla (after Papa) and Beatrix (DH likes it). Then for the outlyer, there's a Linnet.

Sanjifair Sat 09-Mar-13 05:47:21

If you like Anna, how about Hannah?

whyno Sat 09-Mar-13 06:55:21

Love them all. My preference is Juliet, Flora, Susannah then Diana. And I have a George!

MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Sat 09-Mar-13 07:51:13

What about Rosemary? He gets Rose, you get something a bit more unusual/old fashioned.

MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Sat 09-Mar-13 07:51:36

Love Flora too

baskingseals Sat 09-Mar-13 09:26:18

really like Diana and Juliet.

i think Rosanna is absolutely gorgeus. what about Marianne?

also like Susanna - but not so keen on Flora and Florence.

NadiaWadia Sat 09-Mar-13 18:23:37

Susannah is gorgeous - great name with lots of lovely short names you can make from it - eg Sukey. Juliet is lovely too.

Diana is a bet meh really - don't know why.

I know Florence has been really popular in recent years but I find it a bit stodgy. Flora is a much nicer alternative. Unfortunately there is the margarine connection though.

NowPlayingZone Mon 11-Mar-13 09:57:00

Love Juliette & Susannah & jealous of af anyone who has them (vetoed by my DH :-( )

HorribleMother Mon 11-Mar-13 13:20:01

Diana gets my vote.

everlong Mon 11-Mar-13 14:52:26

Juliet, it's gorgeous. I like Anna and what about Clara? Both very lovely.

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