Drumroll...we have the final three - Florence, Victoria or Henrietta

(50 Posts)
emmyloo2 Fri 12-Apr-13 03:29:11

After much discussion and twoing and froing, we have locked in the final three for our DD due in 6 weeks.


Middle name will be Catherine and DS is George so I would like it to go with George.

Thoughts, input much appreciated!


saffronwblue Fri 12-Apr-13 03:37:22

3 lovely names.

I think my order would be henrietta then florence then victoria. But all are gorgeous. I know one adult henrietta who is really lovely.

ImYoniHappyWhenItRains Fri 12-Apr-13 03:40:43

Henrietta (Etta for short) would be my choice.

emmyloo2 Fri 12-Apr-13 03:41:49

Thanks Saffron - your ranking is exactly the same as mine. Unfortunately DH's runs the other way - Victoria, Florence and Henrietta. Henrietta is my favourite and it's only a late addition to the list because he rejected it at first but has decided he now likes it.
He just loves Victoria.

birdofthenorth Fri 12-Apr-13 03:46:54

Oh I'm really in two minds between Henrietta and Victoria! I have entertained both in the past. Prefer the nicknames for Henrietta -Hettie, Etta, Henry- to those of Victoria -Vicky, Vic, Tori- but if you only plan on using the full names either is great. I'd say Henrietta is rarer but Victoria more classic, both go with George nicely although George & Victoria are very regal together!

I do like Florence but know lots of little ones and it seems faddy to me now despite obviously still being a classic (I actually know a George £ Florence sibling combo too!).

birdofthenorth Fri 12-Apr-13 03:48:31

PS If I had had a Victoria we would have nicknamed her Vita, like Vita Sackville West

saffronwblue Fri 12-Apr-13 03:50:45

The Henrietta I know I was at school with and she did get called Henry at school.

DD, 11, has a friend called Victoria and it is never shortened. IN fact I would put Florence last on your list because it is much more high frequency.

emmyloo2 Fri 12-Apr-13 04:05:28

Thanks all! Much appreciated. Florence is not too popular here (Australia) as we are about 10 years behind you guys!! However, I sense it will become popular and I think Victoria and Henrietta are more classic so perhaps they will be the final two.

I also just can't get past how lovely George and Victoria sound together. Particularly Victoria Catherine. Very regal! I think we would try to stick to Victoria but it may be difficult not to have it shortened. If I did shorten it it would be to Vita, Vika or Vicks. Or maybe Plum, that's a cute nickname, but perhaps a little naff.

sleepywombat Fri 12-Apr-13 07:14:04

Really dislike Victoria - all the Victorias I've known have been bitchy though, so biased!

What happened to Flora? I liked that one. Henrietta probably my next fave.

NotTreadingGrapes Fri 12-Apr-13 07:19:22

Florence or Victoria.
I find Henrietta odd (sorry!) because it sounds masculine at the front and frilly at the back grin

NotTreadingGrapes Fri 12-Apr-13 07:19:40

(love the other 2 though, 2 of my favourites!)

OrangeFootedScrubfowl Fri 12-Apr-13 07:19:44

I like Florence the least.

exoticfruits Fri 12-Apr-13 07:26:00

Don't like Henrietta - how about Harriet?

RobbinyoureastereggsSparkles Fri 12-Apr-13 07:26:57

I have a friend who has a George and a Victoria (Tori). smile

I like all of your names but I think I like Henrietta or Victoria the best. I love Hetty as a nickname.

FriggFRIGG Fri 12-Apr-13 08:13:59


It's so much nicer and less well used than the other two.

SurreyWithAFringeOnTop Fri 12-Apr-13 08:58:55

Henrietta is just lovely, and I adore both Hetty and Etta as nicknames.

Victoria is a bit stuffy for my tastes, and I really dislike Vicky.

Florence is very pretty, love Florrie as a nickname too.

Umlauf Fri 12-Apr-13 09:00:33

I love Henrietta and thought instantly of Hetty as the nn!

emmyloo2 Fri 12-Apr-13 09:36:29

Thanks all.

sleepywombat - we had decided on Flora and then I had some wobbles when I asked a friend about it. So we decided it wasn't the one (much to DH's disappointment).

I am hopeless when it comes to making a decision. I have promised DH I won't discuss names again for another 4 weeks. So we have parked this as our final list. Although today I heard someone had a baby called Ivy and I though...oooohhh, now that's nice. blush

everlong Fri 12-Apr-13 09:42:24

I love Henrietta. Beautiful.

Do it smile

emmyloo2 Fri 12-Apr-13 09:55:35

Thanks everlong. I really really love Henrietta. Always have. DH has agreed I can choose from these final three so I think this might be my pick. I adore it!

BackforGood Fri 12-Apr-13 10:15:53

Really don't like Henrietta - no reason, just personal opinion! grin
I think Florence became very popular when the Camerons used it for their dd.
I'd go with Victoria from them smile

AssamAndDarjeeling Sat 13-Apr-13 22:49:12

I vote henrietta! Lovely.

Victoria always = vicky, which I don't like much.

Snazzynewyear Sat 13-Apr-13 22:52:33

I really like Victoria and it goes well with George. Don't like Henrietta nearly as much. I know a Victoria whose family used the nn Plum too and it is very cute.

thermalsinapril Sat 13-Apr-13 23:21:03

Love Florence and Victoria! Both fabulous classic names.

I don't like Henrietta at all, it's rather prim and harsh sounding.

MagratGarlik Sun 14-Apr-13 00:32:46

Victoria would come first, then neither of the others. Florence reminds me of the magic roundabout (maybe my age), would prefer Francesca.

Sunnysummer Sun 14-Apr-13 00:46:20

Henrietta! Etta is cute, but I love Henry as a girl's nickname, it always makes me think of a gorgeous 1920s Katharine Hepburn type who flies planes for fun wink

The others are also lovely and classic, but there are SO many little Florences right now, and so many Victorias at every age (and agree with previous posters about the almost-inevitable Vicky, although I know a Vix, which is much more fun!)

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Sun 14-Apr-13 00:53:45

Victoria was my arch nemesis when I was a kid! <<shudders>>

thermalsinapril Sun 14-Apr-13 01:33:57

Ivy is nice too!

DessieLou Sun 14-Apr-13 03:54:17

Definately Henrietta! And I love it even more now with the suggestion of Etta as a nn! Gonna put that on my list. grin
Henrietta Catherine is gorgeous!
Florence is in second place followed by Victoria. She will inevitably be Vicky which is just awful (the Vickys I knew at school were all known as Sticky Vicky hmm)

fussychica Sun 14-Apr-13 16:42:18

Florence for me - then Henrietta, then Victoria. Whichever goes best with your surname.

KittenOfDoom Sun 14-Apr-13 23:01:48


I really dislike the other two.

Still18atheart Mon 15-Apr-13 19:37:33

Victoria - Love love love
Henrietta - Love
Florence - Meh

WeAreSix Mon 15-Apr-13 19:44:00

One of them is my name ;)

Interesting to hear other people's opinions on it...

Wishfulmakeupping Mon 15-Apr-13 19:49:44

I like Victoria the best- I also really love ivy too smile
If you like those both you might also like iris, Elizabeth, or Elsie

Wishfulmakeupping Mon 15-Apr-13 19:51:54

If I were to have another dd Victoria would be a possible don't like vicky at all so I would be encouraging the nickname Tori

Thirstysomething Mon 15-Apr-13 20:12:20

My sister is called Tor, she has never been Vicky! I dont think Bocky is inevitable if you dont like it... If I called a dd Victoria, I think Vivi is sweet - or Plum would have been great except my dd2 is known as Plum despite her name having no connection with plums at all!

Thirstysomething Mon 15-Apr-13 20:12:49

Vicky not Bocky!

KittenOfDoom Mon 15-Apr-13 22:54:03

Tori is dreadful, but there is no need to shorten Victoria. I've never heard the Beckham one shortened, for instance.

emmyloo2 Tue 16-Apr-13 08:30:02

Thanks all. I think it's down to Victoria or Henrietta now. I have promised DH I won't speak of it again until I am 38 weeks (another 3 weeks) and then I will tell him which I have chosen....Poor sod is tired of me changing my mind.

My gut feeling is that I will go with Victoria because I just love it with George but I prefer the nicknames for Henrietta.

I just don't know how easy it will be to avoid Vicky for Victoria or whether we could push for another nicer nickname or just no nickname at all....

GibberTheMonkey Tue 16-Apr-13 08:46:50

Another vote for Henrietta

thegreylady Tue 16-Apr-13 09:50:52

Henrietta is absolutely gorgeous and goes beautifully with George. Florence is very popular now whereas Victoria is very 80's I think and she will certainly be Vicky at school. My cousin's dd is Victoria (born 1975) and she wanted Tori as a nn but as soon as she went to school it became Vic or Vicky. There was a nasty phase when some boys used to shout "hey Vicks rub my chest!"
Please go for Henrietta :-)

MooMe Tue 16-Apr-13 11:13:39

I like Florence.
Victoria is a bit too classic for my taste but still v nice.
Re Henrietta, I agree with thermalsinapril- prim and harsh. Don't like it at all.

Fifi2406 Sat 20-Apr-13 14:01:10

Henrietta!!!!!!!! ❤

Knuffels Sat 20-Apr-13 20:22:20

With regards to nns, we have a Florence and she's Floss or Flossie. My bf is a Victoria and she's Vix or Vixen to her friends and Tor at home. Henrietta is my least favourite of the three, but I love Etta as a nn for it!
I would maybe wait until you see her, Floss was going to be an Isobel, but she just didn't look like one when she came out.

squoosh Sat 20-Apr-13 20:38:01

Victoria is so much nicer that Henrietta.

SO much nicer.

simplesusan Sun 21-Apr-13 23:03:28

I think Victoria is the nicest.
Henrietta reminds me of the woman in Four Weddings and a Funeral.

JumpingJackSprat Sun 21-Apr-13 23:10:01

Love victoria. i know one and shes either vicky, tor or toria.

moreyear Sun 21-Apr-13 23:12:03

I am in NZ and I know about 50 little Florences, it is a lovely name though. I prefer Henrietta to Victoria.

PunkyPod Tue 23-Apr-13 10:57:31

I'm a Victoria! My family don't shorten it but amongst my friends I'm Vix or V. I'm NOT a Vicky and no one calls me it.

PunkyPod Tue 23-Apr-13 10:59:44

Btw I've never had any teasing about being called Victoria and all the other ones I know haven't either.

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