honest (but kind) baby name opinions please.

(77 Posts)
ldt87 Tue 05-Mar-13 20:43:20

Hi everyone. My husband and i are discussing baby names at the moment. Its still early days in my pregnancy but we enjoy talking about all we can anyway. Its taken us nearly 2 years to conceive so no time like the present to start planning! Anyway the names we seem to agree on are:

Isabella paige
Jacob Philip

Can you all let me know what you think of these names and if there are any associations i should know about. We are open to suggestions except from Philip which is my dads name.

GloriaPritchett Tue 05-Mar-13 20:46:36

Both lovely!

They're both fine.

BabyRoger Tue 05-Mar-13 20:50:23

Both nice.

bootsycollins Tue 05-Mar-13 20:50:44

Both lovely, congratulations thanks

sparkle12mar08 Tue 05-Mar-13 20:55:11

I don't particularly like Isabella Paige, no specific associations, but Isabelle and it's variants is incredibly popular and just a bit over done for me. Paige I rather dislike tbh. Jacob Philip is okay but I prefer Philip Jacob by far.

ldt87 Tue 05-Mar-13 21:00:02

Im not sure on paige myself but its one that's popped up a couple of times that we both agree on. Unfortunately if i had my way a girl would be more likely to be Maggie which my husband hates. Isabella has ended up being all that is left when we narrow down names we don't like for whatever reason and the only thing that puts me off is the popularity. I don't think that alone is a reason not to use it though.

I wouldn't use Philip as a first name surely as it is my dads name so would be a bit strange.

ldt87 Tue 05-Mar-13 21:02:00

Im not sure on paige myself but its one that's popped up a couple of times that we both agree on. Unfortunately if i had my way a girl would be more likely to be Maggie which my husband hates. Isabella has ended up being all that is left when we narrow down names we don't like for whatever reason and the only thing that puts me off is the popularity. I don't think that alone is a reason not to use it though.

I wouldn't use Philip as a first name surely as it is my dads name so would be a bit strange.

Any suggestions along the same lines would be appreciated

Edma Tue 05-Mar-13 21:02:21

I find them both a little bit dull, sorry.

ldt87 Tue 05-Mar-13 21:02:33

Sorry about the double post my phones playing up.

Svrider Tue 05-Mar-13 21:04:02

I think they are both lovely names smile

ldt87 Tue 05-Mar-13 21:05:08

Dexter Jamie Isaac neeve Frankie Francesca Sebastian Lewis Rupert maggie Jacob Jesse Imogen miley lucas nate missy pippa lydia izzy mya fern violet ivy paige suzy Elliot Blake

This was my original list with no narrowing down.

Not keen on Isabella Paige - there are a lot of Isabellas at the moment, what shortened form would you be happy using? I just don't like Paige, it feels a bit 90s to me and doesn't sound very classy to me. What about Philippa as a middle name for a girl? Not with Isabella as that would be two names ending in "a".

Jacob is ok, but I am not keen on Jake, would this be your preferred short version?

Edma Tue 05-Mar-13 21:07:15

On your list I love love love Neeve and Violet and like Francesca, Lewis, Maggie, Imogen and Blake. Not sure this is very helpful grin

breadandhoney Tue 05-Mar-13 21:09:41

Both lovely!

I love Isabella - popular or not, it's a beautiful name. Paige is nice and it's refreshing to see a middle name that is more than just a "filler" (think Rose, May, etc)

I think it's nice to be honouring your dad in your boys name.

ldt87 Tue 05-Mar-13 21:11:55

I originally liked Philippa as a girls middle name but discarded as it didn't go with Isabella. Im just not sure. The popularity of it does unsettle me, i would shorten to bella personally. With Jacob i like jay. Its hard, especially when you have a fussy husband!

ldt87 Tue 05-Mar-13 21:14:54

I currently have grace eleanor and Emily Diane if it makes any difference

ladymia Tue 05-Mar-13 21:28:40

They're both nice inoffensive names

Isabella very overdone and Paige just awful, sorry!

FWIW, I also really liked Phillippa!

ripsishere Wed 06-Mar-13 04:47:08

Lydia and Violet and Lucas are the only names you've suggested that I like.
I am a fussy mare though.
If I had my time again, DD would be either Anna or Ellen, had she been a boy she would have been Adrian, Gavin or Duncan.
Don't like Phillipa at all.

nooka Wed 06-Mar-13 06:25:38

Nothing wrong with Isabella and Jacob, but they are both strongly associated with Twilight which may be where some of their current popularity comes from (especially Bella).

Your long list looks quite short to me smile

Antidote Wed 06-Mar-13 06:37:07

I agree with the Twilight connotation for Isabella & Jacob (especially if you have another and use both sets!)

I am caught in the same trap with DS (edward) and another brewing (alice or isolde if a girl).

Antidote Wed 06-Mar-13 06:39:05

But they are nice names.

From your list I also like Lucas & Ivy.

Eskino Wed 06-Mar-13 06:42:51

LOVE Isabella. There's a reason why some names seem to be everywhere, that's because they are gorgeous!

Paige is nice and I can see why you'd want a single syllable name after Isabella. Is there a connection to this name? I think middle names are a good way of honouring someone or showing creativity, which I wouldn't have the balls want my son/daughter to be saddled with called. Maybe something a it less "safe"?


Jacob Phillip is lovely and the middle name proves my point above.

Coconutty Wed 06-Mar-13 06:43:19

Pippa is much nicer than Isabella. Two classes in our school have 3 Isabel/a variants in. So overused that it's become dull.

Jacob is nice but again very popular here.

Sleepyfergus Wed 06-Mar-13 06:47:42

I have an Isabella, and I've yet to meet another one! (And we live in Edinburgh, so plenty big enough!)

We shorted it to Izzie and most folk I know think its a sweet name.

I like both your choices. Go with your heart and don't worry what people think. It's very hard choosing names that both you and DH like! And congratulations on your pregnancy!

ldt87 Wed 06-Mar-13 07:45:31

Thanks everyone for your opinions. Paige has no connections just seemed to flow with Isabella. I like Philippa and i like fern as a middle name. The thing is, as has been said its hard to agree on names with two different tastes!

How about noah for a boy? I prefer it to Jacob but again it is very popular.

There are 3 Noahs in DD's nursery class, so it is really popular, or at least it is in this part of the country.

abbyfromoz Wed 06-Mar-13 18:43:30

Love the name Jacob. Isabelle is lovely too- but tbh it's very very popular... I suppose for good reason. Its one of the sweetest girly girls names there is! My husband didn't like it for this reason hmm

twinklestar2 Wed 06-Mar-13 23:49:35

Both lovely. Congratulations.

There are a lot of Isabella/Isobel/Isabelles around. But that's partly because it's a pretty name! She will spend a lot of time being spelt or pronounced wrong, potentially, or known as Bella S.

I don't like Paige at all - it makes me think of Knots Landing which nobody else will remember (my mother made me watch it; I'm not that old). There are much prettier names, and if you'd use a family middle name for a boy, why not use a family middle name for a girl?

I don't like Jacob, for reasons I can't quite put my finger on. It feels very Old Testament to me (like Noah, Isaac, Joshua, etc) and I prefer New Testament or more modern than that wink but again it's a well known and well liked name.

Philip is an excellent middle name in its own right, but particularly with the family link.

Good luck!

Startail Thu 07-Mar-13 00:21:35

I like Isabella Paige, DD knows a 14y one.

Jacob is lovely and surprisingly not as common as the less nice Josh.

Startail Thu 07-Mar-13 00:23:19

14y Paige almost all the Isabel/ Isabella's are younger and there are a fair few.

pansyflimflam Thu 07-Mar-13 00:41:25

They're both nice inoffensive names - Ladymia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Damning with feint praise.....

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Thu 07-Mar-13 00:48:42

As you have two DDs already you are probably aware of what's popular at playgroup/nursery/school.

I like both choices so far. Will you find out at your scan or wait until birth to see what you're expecting this time?

It's tough choosing when you & DH find so few names you agree on. Is he leaning to traditional less 'trendy' names?

Instead of Paige which is nice enough but you don't seem convinced by, how about a middle name of Violet or, more daringly, Poppy?

FriedSprout Thu 07-Mar-13 01:12:47

Love the name Isabelle, nn Izzy?, prefer it to Isabella which seems to fussy somehow. Not sure I would want to spend life spelling it out though.

Love the suggestion up thread of Isabelle Poppy.

Liking Phillipa, but please not Phillipa Fern.

Like Philip as middle name, and like Jacob too, not sure if they flow together very well though. They sound better reversed.

How about Anthony Philip, or Alexanda Philip?

Still18atheart Thu 07-Mar-13 01:13:04

Isabella lovely not sure about the paige bit.

I'm a Philippa so biased but I don't like it as a middle name it a more a first name type name. But that maybe because I'm so used to it being a first name. Perhaps Pippa would be a better middle name.

FriedSprout Thu 07-Mar-13 01:25:24

How about Isabelle Joceyn?
Phillips Joceyn?

FriedSprout Thu 07-Mar-13 01:26:01

That should be Phillipa Jocelyn

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Thu 07-Mar-13 09:29:16

Hi me again, see you liked Lucas for a boy how about Lucy for a girl, either Lucy Isabella or Isabella Lucy?

Just to put a cat among the pigeons I came back to this thread and thought I bet OP has a boy [wink[

ldt87 Thu 07-Mar-13 10:23:00

We aren't finding out what we are having this time as it will be our last. There are no family names for girls that i like really. Diane is my mum's name and i have already used it. Isabella is my husbands grandmas name who is no longer with us. Maybe Isabella as a middle name? I like violet a lot. Poppy and Lucy are both names of pets in our family. Lots to think about...

Piemother Thu 07-Mar-13 12:44:16

Too many Isabella's sorry. In her class at school she will always be Isabella B it whatever your last initial is. Paige is nice I work with a fabulous Paige grin

ldt87 Thu 07-Mar-13 12:49:28

Ok, as a revised list how about

Violet, Imogen, Arthur, dexter, Evan, Owen, Finn, pippa, penny, neeve, Jacob, Isaac, Jude,

Still open to more suggestions.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Thu 07-Mar-13 16:10:41

I was going to suggest Kate as a middle name for Isabella or Imogen, <tardy>.
How about Violet Neeve?

Still like Jacob Philip but instead of Jacob suppose you went for Owen Philip?
Grace, Eleanor and Owen.

ldt87 Thu 07-Mar-13 16:35:54

I like Owen Philip a lot actually and it goes with my daughters. Good suggestion donkeys, you may have sold me on that one! My girls are grace and Emily by the way, eleanor is a middle name smile

I equally like violet and Imogen, possible middle names- neeve, fern, philippa,
Surname is 2 syllables and begins with t.

All replies are much appreciated, ultimately i know it is our choice, but here is a good place to get an idea of what people will think, which does matter to me. I also don't want my child to be known by surname because they share their name with so many other children. Although my other two have popular names, they weren't really when i named them, and extreme popularity does put me off.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Thu 07-Mar-13 16:37:40

Sorry about that ldt87 brain fatigue after skipping round the Baby Names board smile

ldt87 Thu 07-Mar-13 16:41:57

Haha dont worry, my brain is full of names at the moment!

What do you think of phoebe and Maggie?

ldt87 Thu 07-Mar-13 16:43:57

Ooh forgot to add, also pondering amber.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Thu 07-Mar-13 16:48:22

Now that is odd I was just on another thread and nearly suggested Amber. Love it. Quite different to Emily and Grace?

ldt87 Thu 07-Mar-13 16:56:20

Yeah i think it is a bit different, it has been nearly 8 years since i have been thinking about baby names though, so my tastes have changed a bit! As long as this one doesn't sound out of place different doesn't bother me too much. I really like Amber, not sure what middle name would go with it though?

gerbilsarefun Thu 07-Mar-13 17:16:00

I like both names, good classic names, although I do prefer Isobel to Isabella. Nothing wrong, IMO, with calling a child a popular name, I have a Rebecca.

Please don't use Neeve. If you like the name, spell it properly, Niamh.

Varya Thu 07-Mar-13 17:37:43

Am now hooked on Jolyon for a boy (honest and kind) and Jocelyn for a girl (ditto)

Varya Thu 07-Mar-13 17:42:02

Vanessa comes to mind now ...............

BlingBubbles Thu 07-Mar-13 17:49:32

We have a Isabella grin and have yet to meet another one. Don't like Paige as a middle name, we were going to call our DD Isabella poppy but my MIL died while I was pregnant so we used her name as DD's middle name instead of poppy. I also love Francesca, Frankie for short.

For me boys names are so difficult, I don't like Jacob, I don't know why I just don't. Can't help you out with boys name unfortunately, god help me if I ever have a boy.

MortifiedAdams Thu 07-Mar-13 17:53:09

Ooh was just about to suggest Phoebe but see you are considering it yourself.

I like Phoebe Isabella.

Boys wise im not fussed on your name (but then I dont need to be grin ). Wjat about Henry Phillip?

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Thu 07-Mar-13 18:10:47

<Runs in, shouts> Chloe? <Runs out again>.

ldt87 Thu 07-Mar-13 18:28:44

Added chloe to my list and phoebe, i think this will end up being a situation where we meet baby before deciding on a final name. It frustrates me in a way because both girls had names before birth, but in this case, i think we will just end up with a short list.

bouncysmiley Sat 09-Mar-13 22:22:25

Isabelle Paige is lovely but Jacob is waaay too popular

everlong Sat 09-Mar-13 22:30:42

Not keen on Paige.

But the others are nice.

shockers Sat 09-Mar-13 22:51:28

I love the name Philippa, but I could be biased wink.

DonderandBlitzen Sun 10-Mar-13 17:51:56

I like Isabella, Jacob and Philip, but not Paige.

INeverSaidThat Sun 10-Mar-13 17:56:05

Both lovely but both were the number 1 name in the US a few years ago. I don't think that matters though smile

Isabella is very popular but it is a lovely name.

PickleSarnie Sun 10-Mar-13 18:24:03

Love Maggie!

Misfit13 Sun 10-Mar-13 20:21:49

Philip shortened to Pip?
Philippa shortened to Pippa? (tho I prefer Penelope/Penny)
Don't think it's odd to use a parent's first name (or a derivative) - my dad is John; DS2 is Johnny.
Personally, I would hold out for Maggie - as that's what Johnny would have been had he been a girl - short for Mary-Margaret; Mary being my mum's name)

ZolaBuddleia Mon 11-Mar-13 16:05:47

Of your list I like:

Frankie (only for a boy)

EvenIfYouSeeAPoppy Mon 11-Mar-13 16:12:17

Your boy's name is fab. Isabella is lovely, Paige isn't - very of its time.

Glaikit Mon 11-Mar-13 16:14:33

Love phoebe and maggie. Dh granny was maggie-bella (Margaret Isabella was too posh according to her father) but one of his cousins bred before us and nabbed maggie!

Phoebe was DSs name if he were a dd!

AmberSocks Mon 11-Mar-13 16:28:00

Jacob is a great name but soooo popular,there are 4 in my sons class,same as Isabelle,lovely but i feel its lost some of its loveliness as its getting more ad more overused.

ldt87 Mon 11-Mar-13 20:51:53

My husband is coming round to Maggie so it is firmly back on the list. Now looks as though it will be Maggie or Imogen for a girl, boys still a bit undecided. Christopher may be in the running for a boy.

ldt87 Mon 11-Mar-13 20:56:13

What's the general opinion on the name Nathaniel or Nathan Nickname Nate?

almapudden Mon 11-Mar-13 21:05:48

I like Isabella and Philip. Not keen on Jacob (boring) or Paige (a bit, well, common).

nectarini1983 Mon 11-Mar-13 21:42:20

Are you a twilight fan??

Bella and Jacob?? You just need Edward and youve got a set.

I dont like Paige for some reason but better than Rose/ May ... the usual drab middle names.

I know a Nathaniel who is always that in full. I wouldn't use it but I like it. I do not like Nathan - feels dated and a bit geeky.

I really wanted Christopher nn Kit for DS2 but DH talked me out of it. Like it a lot.

ldt87 Mon 11-Mar-13 21:59:02

Not a twilight fan nectar its pure coincidence and actually puts me off. I haven't even seen the films or read the books! The middle name will be a proper stand alone name rather than a filler if you know what i mean. What it is just depends on the first name.

The only family name i have left i would like to use is glenda after my grandma, which i would not in a million years name a baby! Have considered glen for a middle name though.

ldt87 Mon 11-Mar-13 22:00:20

Christopher is my husbands middle name which is why it has entered the equation. Kit is a good nickname for it, a name we liked on its own actually.

GirlOutNumbered Mon 11-Mar-13 22:07:40

I called my DS1 Jacob, had never read twilight or been interested. However, we later found out that His birthday was the release date for the movie! We tend to call him Jay or JB.

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