(63 Posts)

I genuinely adore the sound of this name...and it has a lovely meaning.

I get the HP reference isn't great and the rhyming perhaps...but I'd love to use it...

Siblings are Arlo and Skye,is Myrtle just too different? Do they sit oddly together?

<dons hard hat>

experimental Wed 19-Jun-13 01:46:22

Yes they do sit oddly. It doesn't sound a pleasant name it is hideous

Arlo & Skye seem more on the cool end of names. Is there anything else you like?

MortifiedAdams Wed 19-Jun-13 01:48:24

Sounds too close to Mirkin for my liking.

MortifiedAdams Wed 19-Jun-13 01:49:44

A sibling for Arlo and Skye (I remember your previous posts and know Skye wasnt your choice, mch as I, would be Liv.

Mila would be better, maybe? Or Martha, Marta, Mariam, Miriam, Marla. Myrtle is very old-lady ish and doesn't sound pretty, I think she'd be teased sad

I think it's pretty (pretty flower too) and works with Arlo and Skye. People may think Moaning Myrtle the first time they hear it, but soon the first association will be your dd.

moreyear Wed 19-Jun-13 02:17:58

I think it's very sweet.

ZolaBuddleia Wed 19-Jun-13 02:32:47

It's one of those old lady names like Maureen and Gladys, it's just not made the shift into granny chic.

When are you due, by the way, I often look at your name threads! I think we have similar taste (apart from Myrtle!).

Elquota Wed 19-Jun-13 02:48:29

I like it!

If older-style names such as Agnes, Martha, Daphne and Maud can be popular on here, then I don't see why Myrtle shouldn't be.

Radiator1234 Wed 19-Jun-13 02:50:28

Makes me think of Myrtle Beach.

bugsybill Wed 19-Jun-13 04:29:15

I can't really see it on a person, sorry. I just think myrtle the turtle. Doesn't really go with the siblings names either.


marriedinwhiteagain Wed 19-Jun-13 04:41:31

I knew a Myrtle once. The name has lovely Greek mythological history - she told me. But no - she was moaning myrtle grown old and I still shudder when I think of her and inwardly remember the groan when she came out as I put my key in the lock to go in. Cross eyes, heavy boned, lace-ups, headscarf knotted under her chin, checked shopping bag.

I can't help it OP but no, just no. Bugsy bill has some good ideas though.

Anri Wed 19-Jun-13 05:37:21

I actually like Myrtle, but I think it might be hard to wear, and I don't think it goes well with Arlo and Skye at all. It seems to me like it's on the extreme end of the "so old and fusty that it's ready to be cool again" trend, and I feel like only a certain kind of child could pull it off.

I sort of like Myrto, the name of the wife of Socrates. That may be too far out there, though.

HoneyandRum Wed 19-Jun-13 06:56:54

Go for it! So many people all like the same names on here that it's very easy to predict what are/will be popular names. If the MNers think it's old-fashioned it will be perfect as it won't be rediscovered for at least another decade.

I remember when I mentioned at work (two decades ago) that I liked the name Olivia everyone was horrified and moaned on and on. When my first dd went to primary there were no less than 6 Olivias in the class above! I didn't use it because I realized how popular it would be.

If no one likes it and can't imagine using it - I consider that a positive thing!

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Wed 19-Jun-13 06:59:42

My main concern would be Moaning Myrtle. Speaking as someone who got called Moaner Lisa every time I had a (perfectly reasonable) grump in my teens!

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Wed 19-Jun-13 07:01:14

You can't be serious?

You can't do that to a child.

ArabellaBeaumaris Wed 19-Jun-13 07:04:31

I know a Myrtle who must be about 2 by now. Have to say I remain unconvinced.

exoticfruits Wed 19-Jun-13 07:13:53

I automatically see Myrtle as a very wet individual,of indeterminate years, dressed in beige! I can't change it to picture a baby or child.

Vatta Wed 19-Jun-13 07:32:13

Sorry, it's terrible.

TheToysAreALIVEITellThee Wed 19-Jun-13 07:40:18

It's a baby turtle!! Don't do it to your child, do you hate her already?

Bonsoir Wed 19-Jun-13 07:45:04


Most of those are or have been,on my list Bugsy
I have plenty of other names on my list,but none I like as much,I know lots of people don't like it,but I love the sound of it,I think it's very pretty.

I'm due the beginning of December Zola

I honestly don't see what's so horrible about's a perfectly lovely name...just as nice as Agnes,Enid,Maud,Beatrice...

JumpingJackSprat Wed 19-Jun-13 07:51:13

What about Merle? Sounds similar but much better imo

tigrou Wed 19-Jun-13 07:57:00

I knew a lady once called Myrtée (French Canadian). I like that.

bootsycollins Wed 19-Jun-13 08:10:37

Imagine it being said in a spouse accent " Meeeeeeeeeeeeertle"

I would cry if my name was Myrtle, then get it changed by deed pole.

squoosh Wed 19-Jun-13 10:47:02

Honestly I think it's an awful, awful name. On a par with Beryl or Gertrude.

Also it sounds totally at odds with your other kids names, not that they have to match or anything, but I'd assume you'd named her after a rich elderly relative in the hopes of getting in her will good books.

squoosh Wed 19-Jun-13 10:49:05

Merle as suggested above is lovely though!

Really? Seriously? Yikes.

bigkidsdidit Wed 19-Jun-13 10:53:22

I like old lady names in general. But Myrtle is dreadful.

natandmat Wed 19-Jun-13 11:25:24

I really like it!

HoneyandRum Wed 19-Jun-13 11:56:08

Actually I will revise my gushing post above after asking DCs all ardent Harry Potter fans. They do all immediately think of Moaning Myrtle the whiney, annoying ghost.

What about Vera?

HoneyandRum Wed 19-Jun-13 11:57:37


Vita on the list already,I don't like Vera.

I like Mabel (my grandmothers middle name) ,but I'm worried its going to get very popular...

squoosh Wed 19-Jun-13 12:09:51

Vita is lovely!

GirlsonFilm Wed 19-Jun-13 12:10:15

My sil is Myrtle and hates it - is a policewomen and is referred to by the local population as Myrtle the Turtle (and worse turtle-head) and also feels the myrtle shurb is round, fat and plain (all her sisters have flower names and she feel she got the short end of the deal).

GirlsonFilm Wed 19-Jun-13 12:11:15

ps she is known by family and friends a Myr

bugsybill Wed 19-Jun-13 13:17:16

How about Myrrh?

experimental Wed 19-Jun-13 13:21:09

Vita is a million times nicer and goes with Arlo & Skye.

TWinklyLittleStar Wed 19-Jun-13 13:25:30

I had a really ugly doll as a child and my daddy gave it what he thought was the worst name he could think of, so my doll was called Myrtle. Please don't.

rolypolydoll Wed 19-Jun-13 21:58:30

Love Myrtle and Vera. Both sound pretty to me.

I like the name, its a nice nature name to me.

I would love to use it but DH would not agree, so my beautiful funny cat is called it. She's very sweet and affectionate and it suits her so well.

I like your suggection of mabel, I think it will become more popular but not overly. I think Maybelle will be though.

Have you thought of other nature plant names


GwenCooper81 Wed 19-Jun-13 22:10:31

Nope don't like it. I generally love old lady names but Myrtle isn't nice at all -infact it makes me think of boiled cabbage and blocked toilets-
Merryn is lovely and goes with your other dcs names. smile

Lucielou123 Thu 20-Jun-13 09:43:14

I agree with it not suiting Arlo and Skye. They are both really modern so the next name should be too. What about Maia pronounced my-ah. I think it goes nicely smile

Nivet Thu 20-Jun-13 09:47:49

I LOVE it but I am a fan of Granny chic names. I think it does go with Arlo and Skye.

Lots of people did the hmm face when I chose DD's name (Dorothy), sod them, if you like it then do it.

exoticfruits Thu 20-Jun-13 10:03:40

I find that many of the Grannies with the 'Granny chic' names don't care for them and use a nickname.

I was going to suggest Myrrh, which goes with your other two nicely I think.

squoosh Thu 20-Jun-13 10:30:05

Tansy or Aster are nice nature names.

rockybalboa Thu 20-Jun-13 20:49:37

Oh I think it's really pretty!

nectarini1983 Thu 20-Jun-13 21:20:47

Myrtle just awful....especially when your other kids have such lovely names.....moaning myrtle.. . Yuck x 1, 000, 000!

RaRaZ Fri 21-Jun-13 09:16:53

I don't much like it I'm afraid... Aside from the Moaning Myrtle ref, I used to read James Herriot when I was a wee kid, and Myrtle was a dog with a neurotic and hypochondriac owner :-/

I think it goes with your other uncommon names but I immediately think of moaning myrtle and I think it'd be unfair to lump a child with this.

curlew Fri 21-Jun-13 09:23:44

Mabel, Maud, Edith, Vivica, Martha. Violet.

Myrtle, I am afraid will be turtles or Harry Potter for the foreseeable future.

Branleuse Fri 21-Jun-13 09:24:15

i love it

curlew Fri 21-Jun-13 09:25:13

"I was going to suggest Myrrh, which goes with your other two nicely I think."
Please not, unless you can guarantee she avoids Christmas carols for her entire life!

Well the same could be said of Holly, Ivy, Mary...!

IfUSeekAmy Fri 21-Jun-13 09:50:53

I think it's awful, sorry. Your other childrens' names are too modern sounding for it to go with them. Please have Romy! I love that one!

ClartyCarol Fri 21-Jun-13 09:56:51

No no no. The Harry Potter books are destined to become children's classics which will be read by your dd's classmates and every other child she meets - the Moaning Myrtle reference will never go away and will, in all probability, end up being her nickname. Don't do that to your little girl!

curlew Fri 21-Jun-13 09:58:20

Holly. ivy and Mary are not substances used to cover the smell of decomposing corpses.................!

curlew Fri 21-Jun-13 10:00:41

"Myrrh is mine, it's bitter perfume
Sheds a light in gathering gloom
Sorrowing, sighing
Bleeding, dying
Sealed in a stone cold tomb"

MolotovCocktail Fri 21-Jun-13 10:17:22

I absolutely love Myrtle. My friend had a lovely cat named Myrtle (her sister was Wysteria, just FYI) and I always thought what a cute name it was.

I think Arlo and Myrtle go well together, but Skye and Myrtle? Not so much. I think you may well need to go for something a little less 'antiquey' sounding <not too sure what, mind you> not much help, sorry

GoodtoBetter Fri 21-Jun-13 10:22:49

just makes me think "turtle" I'm afraid.

My thoughts exactly Molotov sad

I have another thread with many more options...someone should use Myrtle's so pretty.

wigglesrock Fri 21-Jun-13 10:29:25

It's not my cup of tea at all. But as other posters have said don't underestimate the power of Harry Potter. It mightn't bother you but I'm not sure I'd be over the moon if my daughter was known as Moaning Myrtle who lived in a toilet for most of primary school.

Your older childrens names are lovely, I'd also be thinking that as some pointed the child would turn round to me and seethe "why did I get the granny name?"

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