Hope, Poppy, Pippa....?

(47 Posts)
looki Wed 24-Apr-13 21:47:08

I like all of the above names but I don't love any of them. What other names fit in this category. I like the name Victoria but hate the nicknames Vicky, Tori etc but read Poppy is a nickname? I also prefer classic older names and none of the above fit this idea. Are my hormones all over the place to even think of them? I really like the simplicity of the name Hope and I don't know anyone of this name but DH thinks it fits into the bracket of names such as Winter, Willow etc and doesn't rate it at all. I also like the name Tess but it doesn't feel right as our surname is also four letters and longer names definitely suit it more or at least two syllables. I like the name Pippa but DP doesn't like the idea of our baby having the same name as Pippa Middleton (he is impossible!), the same for Imogen becaues of Imogen Thomas. Any suggestions anyone please?

ComposHat Wed 24-Apr-13 21:55:25

Pippa is a nickname too - why not go for Philippa instead? You are less likely to get 'what after Pippa Middleton?'

Ooopsadaisy Wed 24-Apr-13 22:02:09

Tessa? There's your extra syllable.

If I had a DD now (not going to happen) she would be Esther.

Ohmydarlin Wed 24-Apr-13 23:04:29

How about Penelope nn Poppy?

kneedeepindaisies Wed 24-Apr-13 23:07:22


I was just saying on another thread how popular Poppy is.

BikeRunSki Wed 24-Apr-13 23:09:40


xyla Wed 24-Apr-13 23:10:46

how about....Petra.

looki Wed 24-Apr-13 23:18:20

I don't like Penelope unfortunately although it is the kind of name I like ie long, not particularly used much etc. When I say it out loud, all I can hear is Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory saying 'Penny Penny Penny'.

BTW apologies for the original paragraph less post. I posted it thinking I was previewing it and then I couldn't figure out how to edit it. It makes for difficult reading.

I like Tessa but I think it looks like it is a shortened version of a longer name. I don't particularly like Esther or Theresa.

I also like Lucinda nn Lucy but again its a very popular name. I like Alexandra nn Alex but a relative is after calling her son Alexander. I like the look of Elizabeth but I have finally accepted that I don't like the actual name very much.

It is such a difficult task. I loved the name Honour previously but heard somebody calling their daughter in the park and went off it immediately. I must now appear a huge fan of verity names which isn't the case at all.

I like the name Harriet but DH thinks its a lesbian name (as you can see he is very set in his views).

I think the problem is that I really don't 'love' any name!

Harriet is lovely. Nn Hattie?

Lesbian name - what planet is your husband on? How can a name be gay??

looki Thu 25-Apr-13 11:53:11

I questioned him about this and I 'think' he means he sees it as quite a masculine name and in his mind the name suits a large girl stomping around. He likes Chloe which I dislike a lot.

Zoe is a possibility but I prefer classic names.

I like Isabel but dislike its popularity and therefore have completely ruled it out.

HortonHEARSaboo Thu 25-Apr-13 14:08:48

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fussychica Thu 25-Apr-13 14:20:49

Alice, Laural, Charlotte, Bryony

crocodilesmiles Thu 25-Apr-13 14:44:11


Wouldntyouliketoknow Thu 25-Apr-13 21:45:17

Elizabeth/Eleanor/Charlotte/Alice if you like classic names? Otherwise Jessica was the first name I thought of after seeing your list. Don't be put off by Imogen Thomas (Imogen's a lovely name) - she's not exactly an A-lister and probably won't be around in a few years.

Still18atheart Thu 25-Apr-13 21:48:41

Philippa - biased grin

looki Thu 25-Apr-13 22:14:32

Thank you all for the further suggestions. After Horton's comment on the name Hope, I have completely turned off it sad

I like Philippa nn Pippa a lot but...always thought I'd use this name as ex was called Philip. Obviously no longer with ex and dislike the thought of 'honouring' him by using his name (although obviously it wouldn't have anything to do with him, I would use it because I like the name). What do you think?

I'm not keen on Roberta, Jessica or Gabrielle. I like Lucinda. Eleanor is already in the family. I always liked it but detest the shortened versions Ellie/Ella etc. I have never heard of the name Coral. On reflection though, it reminds me of the name Pearl which I don't particularly like. I like Charlotte but fear it would be mispronounced and/or abbreviated - neither of which I can control of course but would like to lessen the chances at the same time.

This is just impossible sad Perhaps I am just impossible sad

How can Charlotte be mispronounced?

Birdies Thu 25-Apr-13 23:02:21

You're not impossible, you just want the perfect name for your baby!

Ignore DH though, I've always got my own way when it comes to names! You need to settle on your favourite and then keep mentioning it until to him it'll start to sound normal smile

In the meantime, enjoy trying to find names. Write 'Pippa' on a post it and stick it on your fridge door for a few days and see how it feels after that.

Gwennan Fri 26-Apr-13 09:50:40

Pippa, Poppy, Hope, Victoria and Tess make me think of:
Elizabeth nn Bess, Bessie
Felicity nn Fliss

HortonHEARSaboo Fri 26-Apr-13 10:40:56

I know a little Pippa who is just Pippa its a lovely name and really suits a little girl but also a woman.

I like Lucinda sophisticated feminine name that can also be shortened to Lucy Or Cindy.

GirlsonFilm Fri 26-Apr-13 10:52:23

Pippa means BJ in Greek - interesting if you go on holiday there and have to shout it down the beach blush

Stokey Fri 26-Apr-13 11:39:18

What about Tamsin?
To me it is a bit like Tessa but more formal and very pretty.

littleginger Fri 26-Apr-13 11:52:00

I had this struggle when I was expecting my LO. I thought the name part would be exciting and EASY which it wasn't. Me and OH were completely incompatible with regards to names. I liked Selena a lot. It means moon goddess and can be shortened to Lena which I also liked. Wasn't too common nor too unusual. I also wanted to buy a greek mythology story book which included stories on Selene to read to LO. Anywho OH wasn't having any of it with my 'fancy' name sad which I'm now wondering if I'm still bitter about confused

Another name I loved which was pooh poohed - Madeleine nn Maddy. Judging from your OH's comments re Pippa and Imogen it would be a no go in your house too.

Kaekae Fri 26-Apr-13 11:56:07

Pippa is lovely. Really like this, this was on my sisters shortlist but she had a boy.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 26-Apr-13 13:38:07

I was also thinking of Phoebe and Zoe.

Lottie (short for Charlotte)

willyoulistentome Fri 26-Apr-13 13:40:02


squoosh Fri 26-Apr-13 13:55:55

Not Pippa, what with its 'colourful' meanings in various languages, Greek (blowjob), Swedish (shag), Italian (wank).

I love Tess.

looki Fri 26-Apr-13 17:05:13

Thank you all again for your replies.

I've never heard of the name Posy? Its not the name for me but out of interest, is it short for something?

DH thinks Saskia is a Russian name but I like it. I like the name Maddie but would always be reminded of Madeline McCann. I'm not keen on Holly tbh. Corinne is ok but on another thread there was a name mentioned 'Cordelia' which I really like but fear it would be shortened to Delia means I wouldn't use it. Charlotte is nice, I could put up with the name Lottie I guess but it wouldn't be my preference to use the shortened version.

Callie was mentioned - is this short for Callista? What are MN's views of Zoe? Too boring?

I'm mixed about the name Elizabeth. The nn Bess was mentioned which reminds me of a cow. If DD2 is a 'big girl', Bess/Bessie would be cruel.

DD1 is Anna which I love. I want a name that can't be dated and one that isn't the 'current fashion' if you know what I mean?

Exhaustipated Fri 26-Apr-13 17:17:51

Unfashionable/timeless names...


Any good? Also agree Zoe fits into this category. Nice name.

looki Fri 26-Apr-13 17:29:58

I have considered Bonnie an awful lot recently but what if she isn't a bonny girl? I like Catherine but I know so many people who have called the daughters Kate or Katie that for a time, I started to actually wonder if it was obligatory! I'd opt for Zara over Sarah but I have mixed views about it. I think this is why I started to think about the name Zoe but is it too similar to Chloe. Is it the same 'type' of name? Chloe is popular around here (working class area) which turns me off it. That sounds terrible snobby of me and I apologise to all the mums of Chloe's because it is of course a very pretty name. I know though that where I live, it would be popular enough.

I don't love the other names on the list although very nice names.

I don't particularly want unfashionable names, rather names that aren't hugely popular really. I don't want her to be one of ten in the school type of thing. Also I don't want people to be able to date it.

When naming DD1 she was named as soon as I got a BFP. Why is it so hard this time? I have to love more than one name surely?

Exhaustipated Fri 26-Apr-13 17:35:47

I'll give it another go (time on my hands!)

The name Anna makes me think of...


Other random suggestions...

Dorothea (Thea)

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 26-Apr-13 17:37:57

Anna and Juliet
Anna and Sophie
Anna and Zoe
Anna and Honor? they sound too similar.

(Anna - quite Russian I'd have thought, shame DH doesn't rate Saskia).

KittenofDoom Fri 26-Apr-13 19:23:47

Chloe and Zoe are both ancient classical names. Chloe was hugely popular in the 80s & 90s but not Zoe so much. I think Zoe is a much nicer name. Chloe sounds like someone attempting to eat a third cream cracker.

MortifiedAdams Fri 26-Apr-13 19:29:31

I love your DDs name, OP, and would suggest Megan to go with it.

I really like Pippa and wanted it for DD however she was born same time as Kate and Wills engagement/wedding so I was worried it would 'take off'. As it happebs it hasnt and is now firmly at the top of a list for DD2. I never thought about it being a 'nickname' but then DD1 has a nickname as her 'real' name.

KittenofDoom Fri 26-Apr-13 19:55:05

Saskia is Dutch/German, not Russian. He is probably thinking of Sasha.

Cornelia is like Cordelia but avoids Delia.

I love Tamsin, but it's hardly "formal" as it was originally a pet form of Thomasina. (There's a Thomasina/Tamsin in Thomas Hardy's Return of the Native.)

Yika Fri 26-Apr-13 20:01:26

I also love Tamsin and have a family member called this.

How about Sasha or Coralie? (slightly random suggestions)

Yika Fri 26-Apr-13 20:02:08

Oh cross posted re Sasha.

Yika Fri 26-Apr-13 20:03:25

I love Zoe too. It means life and I find it a very affirming name.

ttcnumero3 Fri 26-Apr-13 20:07:26

If you like the look of Elizabeth, do you like Merideth ? Similar look...!

KittenofDoom Fri 26-Apr-13 20:21:34

Classic name, not too popular, will work in any country (like Anna) .... how about Marina?

KitNCaboodle Fri 26-Apr-13 20:28:53

I like the 3 names in your OP.

How about:

HSmithy Thu 02-May-13 16:52:36

Iv got a Hope and her middle
name is Ava! X

Catlike Thu 02-May-13 17:21:07

What about...


Frikadellen Thu 02-May-13 17:43:15


Catlike Thu 02-May-13 18:26:04

Michaela (nn Kayla)
Matilda (nn Tilly)

tinypolkadot Thu 02-May-13 18:40:08

I like Elizabeth with Libby for short, lovely and classic I think.


cathpip Thu 02-May-13 18:45:33

I have a dd called Pippa (Phillipa on birth certificate). I also liked the names Ayda and Anna but dh poo pooed them.

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