(57 Posts)
CheerfulYank Wed 20-Mar-13 20:38:59

I kind of like beloved grandmother was Melba and I like that it has the same letters.

What are your thoughts?

I'm due in May and don't really love any girls' names yet...our front runner so far is Margaret with Maggie as a nickname. We already have a Sam.

FriggFRIGG Wed 20-Mar-13 20:46:24

I love Mable (my nans mn) Or Mabel....either way,just lovely grin

Mabel is gorgeous. 100% yes from me.

janie2 Wed 20-Mar-13 20:48:36

Like it! Know a little girl called Mabel (she lives in Germany) and it also reminds me of a poem my grandma had in her bathroom by Lucie-Mabel Attwell :-)

cupcake78 Wed 20-Mar-13 20:48:59

I love Mabel! I'm in the middle of trying to persuade dh that's its great grin

pansyflimflam Wed 20-Mar-13 20:50:42

Eww no. Put the pregnancy hormones down and walk away please. Maggie on the other hand is a winner

Myliferocks Wed 20-Mar-13 20:53:20

My DS2 is 8 and he goes to school with a Mabel

I really like it. I like Margaret too and it does have a bigger choice of diminutives but then I don't think Mabel really needs any.

If pushed I'd go for Mabel

Sam and Mabel?
Sam and Maggie?

Think Mabel goes better as the "a" is pronounced differently whereas in Maggie (or Margaret) iy is pronounced the same. Although I do like Rita or Meg instead smile

StellaNova Wed 20-Mar-13 20:58:07

I know a 5 year old Mabel. It's pretty and so is she. And there's the "may" sound for being born in May. I might be overthinking this!

CheerfulYank Wed 20-Mar-13 20:59:15

grin Pansy. I also like Chrysanthemum with Xanthe as a nn, but that I think really is hormones.

I just think Mabel is sweet...DH probably won't agree! We both really do like Maggie, but it was the name of SIL's dog that died a few years ago, as well as one of my childhood dogs, so that's a sticking point.

Dauphin Wed 20-Mar-13 21:16:56

I think Mabel is sweet too. Also like Esme and Margot. Other faves are Nancy and Miriam...I have 3 DCs so wishful thinking now!

LeslieWink1e Wed 20-Mar-13 21:29:47

I love Mabel. Dauphin, you have my taste. Can I add Meryl to your list? Or is that a step too far !? Personally I like it. So many names are neglected.

LeslieWink1e Wed 20-Mar-13 21:33:03

cheerfulyank that is pregnancy hormones! I like Magnolia and Dahlia when I was pregnant and whilst there are crazier names out there, and Magnolia could be Maggie for short (which I still love), Dahlia is a little fanciful for my non-hormonal state, which would be ........ for the rest of my life now! smile

My Mum's dogs had lovely names btw, and they kept popping into my head when I was prg. I think it was because dogs were small cute but needy creatures that need care, and a baby .... well, need I finish that?

TheBuskersDog Wed 20-Mar-13 21:34:14

My friend has just named her pug puppy Mabel.

olivertheoctopus Wed 20-Mar-13 21:34:38

Mabel is brilliant!!

LeslieWink1e Wed 20-Mar-13 21:34:49

I mean Chyrsanthenum btw. Your other choices are lovely.

Bambi86 Wed 20-Mar-13 21:36:38

Love it!

sunnysunnyshine Wed 20-Mar-13 21:36:48

Mabel's lovely.

mejon Wed 20-Mar-13 21:42:56

Lovely. I have a Welsh Mabel - Mabli - and she's lovely too grin.

birdofthenorth Wed 20-Mar-13 22:12:52

Love love love it. The rest of the world may be less keen than Mumsnet at first. They are wrong smile

BeeBopDingALing Thu 21-Mar-13 00:02:38

Mabel is a horrible old lady name. Maggie is really nice, sweet but quirky without being weird.

Greenshootsandleeves Thu 21-Mar-13 00:12:13

I prefer the more whimsical version Maybelle blush

I HATE Maggie. Horrible.

OohShinyChocolateHollowBunnies Thu 21-Mar-13 00:21:52

Mabel was my second choice of girls name. Maggie is lovely too though.

louisianablue2000 Thu 21-Mar-13 00:24:52

Mabel good, and Margaret, but not so keen on Maggie.

MerryMingeWhingesAgain Thu 21-Mar-13 00:30:14

Love Mabel. DH vetoed it though and DS turned out to be a DS so we didn't pursue it. Mabel and Penelope (not together obv) remain my shortlist names for the DC3 we won't have!

ripsishere Thu 21-Mar-13 01:07:01

Noooooo. It's awful IMO. Maggie or Peggy are great. Specially Peggy.

ScumbagCollegeDropout Thu 21-Mar-13 02:12:36

Like it smile

Do prefer Maybelle though...

emmyloo2 Thu 21-Mar-13 03:14:51

Love it. I want it for DD but have not been able to convince DH to even let it on the list so have had to let it go. Also wanted Margaret but again that was a no. Very jealous that you are considering both!

Between the two - I would probably go Margaret just because it's a little more classic and elegant. Mabel is quirkier though.

sleepywombat Thu 21-Mar-13 03:26:20

Far prefer Margaret, Maggie, Meg, Peggy etc.

Mabel just sounds too plain to me (as in would suit an unprepossessing maid!). I like Amabel, from which it comes, though.

notimefors Thu 21-Mar-13 03:35:31

I like it, and Mavis too.

buckingfollocks Thu 21-Mar-13 04:11:26

I really like it, but it is fairly unusual so guess it depends how confident you are

moreyear Thu 21-Mar-13 04:52:06

Adore it.

anonymosity Thu 21-Mar-13 05:57:40

I love it but it is in that category of fashionable names like Molly and Alfie, isn't it? I wouldn't be surprised if in 15 yrs it was like Sarah or Jennifer were.

buttercrumble Thu 21-Mar-13 06:07:02

Mabel is lovely , Maggie is hideous

CheerfulYank Thu 21-Mar-13 17:26:37

DH says it reminds him of an old woman in curlers and an apron, making eggs for her mean husband hmm. Which apparently rules it out...

Beatrixpotty Thu 21-Mar-13 20:20:54

Sorry ,don't like it,had a great aunt called that and to me it is v old lady.I actually prefer Melba!

Frikadellen Thu 21-Mar-13 20:42:21

I dont mind it reminds me of Mad about you the sit com (not sure if any recalls it) they name their baby Mabel as it is short for an anagram of " Mother Always Brings Enormous Love"

Yes, I love it. I love Mavis too.

I hate Maggie and Peggy

Coffee1Sugar Thu 21-Mar-13 20:54:44

My mums dogs called Mabel confused

anonymosity Thu 21-Mar-13 22:34:34

Melba? As in Melba toast? (that must age me, terribly)

Trinpy Thu 21-Mar-13 22:52:35

I love old lady names but I don't think Mabel is very pretty. Reminds me of the char lady in the BBC series You Rang M'Lord

Obviously not an association for your dc's generation though. If you love it and you think your dd would love it then go for it.

BlueBowTie Thu 21-Mar-13 22:54:48


thegreylady Thu 21-Mar-13 23:00:24

I love Mabel too.I know one aged 3 nn Mabs smile

Mabel sounds very old lady and the opposite of a strong character to me. Am i the only person who thinks 'Thatcher' when they hear Maggie? Meg is ok and i love Esme.

tigerdriverII Thu 21-Mar-13 23:15:10

No, she is a tweeny in some dreary bonnet drama like Downton. More ambition needed! Maribelle is nicer and more modern and sounds the same but isn't a very old lady.

anonymosity Thu 21-Mar-13 23:22:38

Maribelle is poncy.

tigerdriverII Thu 21-Mar-13 23:24:36

My pal Maribel isn't poncy. Sorry, shouldn't have added the le at the end.

anonymosity Thu 21-Mar-13 23:26:19

I do think that makes a lot of difference, like with Isabel etc.

tigerdriverII Thu 21-Mar-13 23:27:11

Yy agree. Tired and emotional here as they say.

MidnightMasquerader Thu 21-Mar-13 23:41:57

You are way ahead of the curve with names like Margeret and Mabel, Cheerful.

In another 5-10 years' time, everyone will be going for names like these, as the trend for frilly, feminine names starts to wane. Well, it already is.

Get in now and when your DD is a teen she'll have a name that's the height of chic. wink

CheerfulYank Fri 22-Mar-13 01:20:45

Yup, Anon, her name was Melba like the toast. smile

I remember Mad About You, frika. I was actually thinking of that yesterday! I was a kid when their Mabel was born and I remember thinking "ewwwwwww." grin

Also I am American so Margaret Thatcher (and Princess Margaret) don't immediately jump to mind.

TanteRose Fri 22-Mar-13 01:27:33

Hey there CY

I don't mind Mabel, but was thinking maybe it wouldn't go quite so well with your surname? too many "b"s?

only a few weeks to go...

bet you can't wait to meet your little girl smile

Manoodledo Fri 22-Mar-13 09:41:25

I like Mabel, there is one in DS1's school. I love Maggie. Before DS1 was born DH's dad had been doing their family tree and the name Maggie Bella appeared on it several times, short for Margaret Isabella. We were so tempted by it, family were horrified, alas no girls yet and now we have a Magnus, so we can't really have a Maggie as well (currently pregnant with no. 3).

CheerfulYank Fri 22-Mar-13 16:19:51

I hadn't thought of that Tante, but it is rather a lot of B's.

It's coming up so quickly! Only 62 day until my due date apparently. shock

LeslieWrinkle Fri 22-Mar-13 16:37:01

does your sur name begin with B? that might not sound great. Mabel Barker. hmm. buhbuhbuh.

AThingInYourLife Fri 22-Mar-13 16:43:31

I love the name Mabel and have since I was a girl.

mewkins Fri 22-Mar-13 20:45:29

I think it's just ok. A friend's mother used to apply the rule that if it sounds like a "maid's name" it was no good. Thought this was very snooty...but can sort of see her point - Mabel and Margaret (a name I loathe) both sound like they should be bellowed by the housekeeper in a costume drama.

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