Margaret (nn maggie) - can we?

(52 Posts)
Kittykatmacbill Fri 03-May-13 08:49:34

Can we call our dd Margaret, without people thinking we are crazy thatcherites? This is a the genuine concern of my dh! It is has been my favourite name for absolutely years, it is vaguely a family name (grandfather's wee sister) and after loads of great woman...

Dh had agreed before death of mrs t, but now feels that other people might think we are honouring her, which would not forgiven by either of our parents.

Not sure what our plan b names are, but these are what we have discussed:
Anne (mil middle name)
Judith (dh says is too prim)
Daphne (ditto)
Eve / Evelyn (far to popular and I know my mother hates)
Uma (bit left field?)
Vivienne (bit over pretty)
Ailsa (family name both like it but a close friend called her dd this in feb)

Any thoughts? Have been stuck on this for months and now baby is due in a fortnight!

emmyloo2 Fri 03-May-13 09:04:57

Oooh you must use it, simply because I adore it and my DH will not agree to it. I am Australian though so I don't see any connection with Margaret Thatcher.

My thoughts on your other name:

Anne (mil middle name) - love this.
Judith (dh says is too prim) - bit too mummsy for me
Daphne (ditto) - as above. Not my favourite.
Eve / Evelyn (far to popular and I know my mother hates) - Eve way too popular. I really love Evelyn but it's really popular here
Uma (bit left field?) - Nup. Immediately think Thurman.
Vivienne (bit over pretty) - like it. DH wants this for our DD due in 3 weeks but am not convinced it's right for me.
Ailsa (family name both like it but a close friend called her dd this in feb)
- this is ok but quite different in style from Margaret, if you know what I mean.

Good luck!

MortifiedAdams Fri 03-May-13 09:09:09

I have a Meg, which is a nod to DMs name of Margaret. I like Maggie on its own too (not putting Margaret onto the BC), but you do get a broader range of NNs with Margaret.

The Thatcher connection wouldnt put me off - by the time LO is old enough to care, MT will be old news.

I like your other names but would only use Evelyn. Can I also suggest Sylvia / Sylvie?

barnet Fri 03-May-13 09:09:16

Margaret is sweet. Vivienne is lovely, i find it a strong name rather than too pretty.

Fairyloo Fri 03-May-13 09:11:05


emmyloo2 Fri 03-May-13 09:18:07

Mortified - I love Meg. I am so jealous!

Good suggestion of Margot as well. I like that.

Cravingdairy Fri 03-May-13 09:20:52


from your options, I like Judith and Vivienne.

I would also throw into the pot


I like Margaret but I'm with your OH - i would hate to think anyone even considered that it was after Thatcher.

bassingtonffrench Fri 03-May-13 09:23:30

yes do it!

Thatcher will be hardly be in the news from now on.

middle names are irrelevant IMO

SwishSwoshSwoosh Fri 03-May-13 09:25:05

A marvellous tribute to the iron lady grin

thermalsinapril Fri 03-May-13 09:25:24

Anne, Daphne, Eve and Ailsa are all lovely.

Ailsa is the most unusual I think. If it's a family name then it's not as if you are copying your friend (not that I think it matters!)

ABirdInTheBush Fri 03-May-13 10:54:07

Margaret is lovely - go for it.

I was not a fan of Mrs T (understatement of the century) but I would never associate the name with her!

I also like Daphne - DH says no because of Daphne from Neighbours - if anyone remembers that far back?! grin

FreedomOfTheTess Fri 03-May-13 11:18:48

Kitty - DH and I are having the same dilemma at the moment. We're expecting a girl in July, and although Mary is our front-runner at the moment, we also adore Margaret.

We definitely are not Thatcherites, and coming so soon after her passing, we wouldn't want anyone to think that if we used Margaret it would be after her.

However, as my mum pointed out, if anyone commented as such, all we would need to do is put them straight. (In our case it's a family name).

So that would be advice, if you really love it, go for it and put people straight if they ask if it was after Thatcher.

MummyBurrows Fri 03-May-13 15:00:13

Given the timing I think quite a few people would make the assumption that you named dd after Thatcher but if its a family name then at least you have a retort to anyone that mentions it...doesn't mean they will believe you of course but as long as you know she is named after family that's all that matters.

Plus give it a few months/years and it probably won't ever get mentioned! smile

OkayHazel Fri 03-May-13 15:56:41

Vivian as a less frilly take on Vivienne?

BabsAndTheRu Fri 03-May-13 16:01:07

Love Margaret, its my mums name, she gets called Meg, also love Maggie, always think of Maggie Mae not thatcher and have a friend called Mags.

louisianablue2000 Fri 03-May-13 16:13:23

Go for it, DS would have had it as a middle name if he'd been a girl. If anyone comment on the Thatcher connection give them a hard stare and tell them it's after DH's beloved Great Aunt and that will shut them up.

portraitoftheartist Fri 03-May-13 20:01:17

I think Margaret very hard and harsh-sounding, Maggie even more so.

TallulahBetty Fri 03-May-13 20:04:42

I know a baby Maggie. Never considered the Thatcher link (although recent events may change this for others)

Megsdaughter Fri 03-May-13 20:17:30

As my name suggests, my Mother was Margaret, my niece has it as her middle name (she was born six weeks after Mum died.

Her cousin my youngest niece, has just called her new born Margaret, nn Meggie smile

cathpip Fri 03-May-13 20:22:05

I was worried about naming my dd Pippa (Phillipa) just before that wedding but no one comments they just say what a lovely name. I do have a friend called Margaret, nn Miggie.

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Fri 03-May-13 21:18:00

Names like Margaret are going to be coming back big time.

Get in now, ahead of the curve. So much nicer than all the over-used popular names around at the moment. smile

Clawdy Sat 04-May-13 17:27:27

Maggie or Margaret will always mean Thatcher to me,I'm afraid. But Meg is lovely.

Frikadellen Sat 04-May-13 23:28:40

Go for it I doubt it will be a issue.

LittleMissLucy Sun 05-May-13 02:20:55

I really like the Irish name Mary Margaret or in reverse, Margaret Mary.

ravenAK Sun 05-May-13 02:25:32

Actually, - & I would previously have avoided it - I think Margaret may have even been de-toxed a bit now Mrs T's pushed off.

It's a lovely name, anyway. Probably time to reclaim it. smile.

LuisGarcia Sun 05-May-13 02:34:35

6mo dd's middle name is Margaret. It's a family name. No one has ever mentioned the former PM to us.

Do it.

LittleMissLucy Sun 05-May-13 03:48:28

To be fair its been around a lot longer than Thatcher was around and she was better known as that, Thatcher.

mathanxiety Sun 05-May-13 06:42:14

Anne -- nice, esp if Annie is a nn
Judith -- lovely, and Judy is too
Daphne -- sweet name, very nice
Eve / Evelyn -- lovely names -- Eva is nice too
Uma -- nice but I think 'left field' too
Vivienne -- Lovely, imo not over pretty
Ailsa -- this one is out if a close friend had one recently; shame because it's lovely

I really love Margaret though, and I would pick it without a moment's hesitation if I were in a position to. It's a big family name in my family. Loads of Margaret Marys...

Sunnymeg Sun 05-May-13 16:13:15

As a Margaret, I have been called many things,Maggie, then Meggie now Meg, but when I was at school it was Maggots. Perhaps something to think about.

mathanxiety Sun 05-May-13 19:59:50

The Margarets I know (fellow students of the DCs and girls I went to school with too) are mostly 'Maggie' with one 'Meggie' and two who are always 'Margaret'. There are also a few Maireads.

Indith Sun 05-May-13 20:05:06

my dd is a Margaret. our surname is Thatcher's maiden name. she gets the nn daisy. or I'll call her meg or meglet. Margaret is a lovely name, don't be put off by Thatcher.

CheeseStrawWars Sun 05-May-13 20:09:33

Maggie is more associated with Simpson than Thatcher in my mind.

TheSecondComing Sun 05-May-13 21:38:43

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ds was going to be maggie but obviously was wrong type of baby.

PenelopePortrait Sun 05-May-13 21:44:18

There was a Margaret in DS's class at secondary (he's 19 now), I thought it was a fab name every time he said it. She was the only one in the school. I never once thought of Margaret Thatcher.

There was a Vincent too.

Margaret Evelyn. Absolutely lovely.

Trazzletoes Sun 05-May-13 21:49:20

DD's middle name is Margaret. Obviously I think it's lovely!!!

sashh Mon 06-May-13 04:43:02

I thought you were a royal fan. It's a lovely name.

Meringue33 Mon 06-May-13 05:09:29

What about Margaret nn Peggy?

MrRected Mon 06-May-13 06:10:18

What about Maggie on it's own. DD had one in her class last year and it suited her down to the ground - a really cool name for a really cool kid :-)

mewkins Mon 06-May-13 22:39:01

I like Meg and Maggie but I have a real dislike of Margaret I'm afraid. On the plus side, it does have decent shortenings. I think I would also assume there may be aTory cconnection!

Kittykatmacbill Fri 10-May-13 23:13:45

Thought you might like to know what happened, we were still discussing girls names ...with me totally convinced we were having a boy so thinking all a bit academic anyway... When my waters broke at 38 wks, in the 40 hours that it took for our baby girl (!) to arrive, 22 were spent labouring (very hard post inductions) 1 hour was having an emergency c section which I suppose did leave 17 hours to discuss but we didn't... So just before the c section began we suddenly thought of Annie (as Mil mn is Anne) which thought felt nice... So she is Annie after all that! Thanks for all your thoughts really appreciated!

SwishSwoshSwoosh Fri 10-May-13 23:21:30

Massive congratulations on the birth of Annie!

Decoy Fri 10-May-13 23:36:45

Congratulations! Annie is a lovely name smile

LuisGarcia Fri 10-May-13 23:58:36

Hi Annie!

edam Sat 11-May-13 00:04:35

Congratulations, Kitty, Annie is a lovely name. smile

shufflehopstep Sat 11-May-13 00:22:06

I grew up in the 1980s and my middle name is Margaret so I got bit of stick then but nobody makes the association now. It was my Gran's name and her nickname was Meg.

shufflehopstep Sat 11-May-13 00:24:21

Sorry, only skim read first page so missed your update. Congratulations to you all on the birth of Annie. flowers

ChippingInLovesSunshine Sat 11-May-13 00:28:03

Annie is lovely - does she have red hair grin I hope you are both doing well and DH has recovered from the shock.

JojoMags Sat 11-May-13 17:31:26

Course you can use Margaret. It is classic, lovely and unusual amongst children atm. Maggie or Meg are great nn.

tutu100 Sat 11-May-13 17:34:55

I like the sound of Margaret Anne. And I love the nickname Maggie. Although it's an old name you don't hear it much now and I think it would be a really cool name for a little girl.

Also Maggie and Margaret don't make me think of Thatcher even though i grew up with her in power. They actually make me think of baby maggie from the Simpsons (which I like).

tutu100 Sat 11-May-13 17:35:56

Just posted before reading your update! Congratulations, and an inspired idea with the name Annie.

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