Opinions on Florence please?

(54 Posts)
evelynj Sun 09-Jun-13 23:21:39

hi all, I'm due in 5 weeks & almost set on this name if its a girl, our surname is Jones. NN would be Flora, Florrie, flossie, Flopsie, Flo.
What does everyone think of this?

Other possibilities are Elizabeth/Betsy, (worried royal baby may have this tho), Georgia, Jasmine, Penelope.

3yo son is Dylan

Thanks in advance smile

Elquota Sun 09-Jun-13 23:29:42

Florence is a lovely name. Your other choices are all nice too, especially Jasmine and Georgia.

bridgetsmum Sun 09-Jun-13 23:30:37

I love the name Florence.
Plus we went there on honeymoon so means a lot xx

Foosyerdoos Sun 09-Jun-13 23:38:54

I prefer Elizabeth/ Betsey or Georgia to Florence, it reminds me of the Magic Roundabout.

evelynj Sun 09-Jun-13 23:50:41

Thanks folks-I don't mind the magic roundabout connotations, although only realised yesterday-esp. with having Dylan already, ho hum, love the show.

Saw Bridget spelt in stones on the beach today & thought it a lovely name, then realised it would be bad with Jones!

Wish I was having more children as I don't want to let any of the names go but going to use 2 family names for middle names. It's hard to find something enough unusual without being weird.

We haven't been to Florence tho Rome was our first holiday together-its on the to-do list.

Cheers smile

HystericalParoxysm Mon 10-Jun-13 00:16:18

Florence is very common where I am, there are 4 in DS' nursery! Depends if that bothers you.

ChasingStaplers Mon 10-Jun-13 00:17:29

If you already have a Dylan you should definitely choose Florence! grin

SugarandSpice126 Mon 10-Jun-13 00:30:26

Florence is beautiful. Also love Elizabeth

FetaCheeny Mon 10-Jun-13 08:54:18

Roma? grin

I prefer some of your other choices personally but Florence is perfectly nice name with lots of nn potential. My only concern with it is it's quite 'of the moment', whereas your other options aren't IMO but that shouldn't put you off if you love it.

IShallCallYouSquishy Mon 10-Jun-13 09:00:51

Adore Florence. Would have loved it for DD but DH used a veto hmm

Moominsarehippos Mon 10-Jun-13 09:01:13

I love Florence (and Flora) not Florrie, Flossie or Flo (or Flo-Jo like Florence Johnston).

I didn't immediately link the Dylan but it is making me smile now!

Moominsarehippos Mon 10-Jun-13 09:02:25

I don't know any Florence's. Don't think I've ever met one either.

CitrusyOne Mon 10-Jun-13 09:06:19

Florence was our first choice as we'd had some really happy times there, then dp's cousin called her baby Florence so we ended up with an Elizabeth. I love the name Elizabeth but there are still times I pine after a little flo

Do not give your child the nickname flopsie! That's a rabbits name!
I looked after a Florence when I worked in a care home. She was a proper bossy character and I really liked her. As a name I'm not overly keen but all the older names are in fashion at the mo so it wouldn't be unusual. I met a baby Florence to too long ago.

bootsycollins Mon 10-Jun-13 09:07:08

Florence is beautiful and goes lovely with Dylan.

seeker Mon 10-Jun-13 09:10:03

Florence is lovely. But please not Flopsie. It's either a rabbit, or a nice-but-dim- posh Chalet girl.

loads of other nice shortenings though. I'm sure she'll choose one she likes.

HMT13 Mon 10-Jun-13 09:21:49

You have very good taste in names, love them all!

yomellamoHelly Mon 10-Jun-13 09:23:00

Florence is pretty and dh adores it. But will qualify with having met quite a few since naming our dd Flo and there's a chance she'll be one of two in her class when she starts school.

MERLYPUSS Mon 10-Jun-13 09:41:56

I dont like the other choices but Florence is fantastic and all the derivation (except perhaps Flopsie - rabbit?) are great.

BlueStarsAtNight Mon 10-Jun-13 09:44:38

I think Florence is beautiful, don't really like any of the nicknames except Flora though. I also love Georgia from your list but not sure it goes so well with Jones, too many 'jeh' sounds for me.

Dysgu Mon 10-Jun-13 09:48:22

We love the name and chose it for DD1. She tends to go by Florrie most of the time but now, at 6, she prefers to use the full Florence quite a lot too. She will also introduce herself as Flo sometimes... I occasionally call her Flossie but am the only one to do this. Within the extended family she also gets called Flo-jo and Flodge!

We have never come across another one although it has really risen up the popularity charts since we chose it back in 2006.

I think it goes well with your surname too.

Fairylea Mon 10-Jun-13 09:51:23

It would have been our choice for a dd but we had a ds smile

However, I now know 6 Florences! So I'd say it's very popular... but depends if that bothers you or not.

evelynj Mon 10-Jun-13 11:12:43

Thanks all. The only concern is the upcoming popularity as I know it's in the top 50-100 but we live in Northern Ireland & don't know any here as yet. I hate the idea of someone I know using the name before us but at least we have other choices if they do.

Nice to have some positive feedback as all the family hated it when I threw it out there a couple of months ago. There's a lot to be said for not discussing names in RL until baby arrives as they don't tend to say 'that's an awful name' by that stage!

P.s. Wouldn't use flopsie as proper nn - I have a one syllable name that I've always hated so abbreviations count for me!

Thanks & will let you know when the time comes all being well smile

fussychica Mon 10-Jun-13 14:51:23

Nice names and a Magic Roundabout pairing to boot!

HystericalParoxysm Mon 10-Jun-13 22:21:45

You know you would have to call the next one Zebedee though, don't you? wink

3boysgirlontheway Tue 11-Jun-13 02:39:10

My 15 month old is Florence, we moved from Ireland to Australia when she was 9 months old. We have never yet met another Florence. I was sure I would call her Floss or Florrie, but, the full name is sticking for now. I had some minor reservations but, also didn't have any names I preferred (it's my husbands grandmothers name) but, now I could not love it more and DD is such a Florence it's so perfect for her.

raisah Tue 11-Jun-13 02:55:44

All of the names are lovely, bare in mind that Florence (Flo) is becoming quite popular. There are 2 in my dds playgroup.

How about Eliza instead of Elizabeth to avoid the royal connection.

Florence gets my vote.

Iusedtowearmakeup Tue 11-Jun-13 07:07:01

Florence is v v popular at moment. I did read on one website that it had risen to top 15 in the first quarter of 2013 so I don't know if that's an issue for you?
Can't go wrong with a good solid name like Elizabeth, so many options for nicknames too!

Wishfulmakeupping Tue 11-Jun-13 07:37:47

I prefer Georgia or Elizabeth really like Betsy as nn

aoife24 Tue 11-Jun-13 15:49:54

Florence is lovely, strong and elegant and Flossie as nn (as a kid, even if slightly spanielesque smile

PestoSwimissimos Tue 11-Jun-13 15:53:03

Gorgeous name smile

Timetoask Tue 11-Jun-13 15:59:28

Florence is great! Really lovely.

samuelwhiskers Tue 11-Jun-13 16:13:37

Love Florence, I have one aged 10, we call her Floss/Flo and Florence

squoosh Tue 11-Jun-13 17:53:53

Much, much, MUCH prefer Georgia or Betsy to Florence.


Tickledyellow Tue 11-Jun-13 18:45:06

It is extremely popular in our area and, how do I put this politely, used by a very wide cross section of society too...!

Tickledyellow Tue 11-Jun-13 18:45:47

But I meant to add I really like it despite knowing of about six!

AThingInYourLife Tue 11-Jun-13 18:51:40

I love Florence.

I'm in NI and know 1 Florence, aged 5.

ToTiredToBeWitty Tue 11-Jun-13 18:53:19

I regret not using it for dd2. But dh wouldn't.

poppydaisy Thu 13-Jun-13 10:25:40

About 5 years ago I didn't know a single Florence under age 80. Now we know about six little Florences, so it is becoming hugely trendy around here!

Coconutty Thu 13-Jun-13 20:38:45

I like it but the one I know gets called Flo Rida.

3boysgirlontheway Fri 14-Jun-13 02:14:00

Tickledyellow surely almost every name is used by a wide cross section of society? How do you know what section of society the OP is even from smile

KLou1105 Wed 26-Jun-13 22:52:56

I really like Florence but seems to be becoming more popular i also love flora and Penelope x

scarlettsmummy2 Wed 26-Jun-13 22:59:41

I am from NI originally and have a sixteen month old Florence Ottilie. I preferred Ottilie but other half thought people from NI would pronounce it Ot lee, so Florence it was! We haven't met another yet, and she suits it perfectly!

othersideofchannel Thu 27-Jun-13 06:56:21

Er know of 3 Florences born in the past year!

Notsoyummymummy1 Sat 29-Jun-13 22:55:16

Florence is so dull - your other options are lovely especially Betsy!

Jojay Sat 29-Jun-13 22:58:18

I love Jasmine, much nicer than Florence.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 29-Jun-13 23:01:22

I really like it.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 29-Jun-13 23:02:11

I lovePenelope, is more unusual.

Hate Jasmine. It's so 90's.

notanyanymore Sat 29-Jun-13 23:15:16

You've got a list of names you like, just wait and see which she suits best when she arrives

FingersCrossedLegsNot Sat 29-Jun-13 23:19:57

scarlettsmummy2 Florence Ottilie is so so beautiful!

AllegraLilac Sat 29-Jun-13 23:28:55

78 year old Granny is a Florence. Would love to use the name for that reason.

evelynj Sat 29-Jun-13 23:51:04

Thanks for comments-I can't really believe that she'll look like a name when she comes out but I guess we'll wait & see.

In utero she's baby Jemima (DS was jeronimo) so maybe I'll ask dh if we can stick to that for first couple of days until we're sure of a choice. When our son was born we went with Dylan but remember feeling overwhelmed & kind of pushed to make a decision!

2 weeks to go anyway. Can't wait!

ZZZenagain Sat 29-Jun-13 23:52:08

I like FLorence

evelynj Sat 29-Jun-13 23:57:34

Sorry tickledyellow-I don't understand the cross section of society comment either. Is it as in its chavvy like Chardonnay? (hoping not to offend anyone with a child called Chardonnay!!)

It's difficult to know as I don't want popularity to be an issue if I like it & have done for years but top 15, eek, that's really high.

Mind you I also like Grace, Bridget and Nora but not going to happen with a surname like jones!

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