Aaaaargh GIRLS name :(

(73 Posts)
BoyMeetsWorld Thu 27-Jun-13 19:37:18

I'm going (possible pregnancy led) bonkers!!!!

I've put so many posts on here, so many shortlists & had to delete the recent (most helpful) one because in my baby brained state I revealed my highly unusual surname.

I just loathe virtually all girls names sad and those I do like, DH detests sad he's French...that's important in our choice.

Please help us pick before baby arrives!!

Current short list = Aurora, Isolde, Jasmine or Juliette. I accept that Juliette is the most mainstream of those & therefore likely to be the favourite but I'm concerned it's becoming popular v fast plus I don't like the fact it means 'little Julie' (has to be the French version). None of our short list names feel 'perfect'.

Also v open to other suggestions I might like based on that short list - please think outside the box!!!

Thank you so much, someone has to be able to figure this out for me!

melesmeles Thu 27-Jun-13 19:42:45

Hmmm... I'm not keen on Juliette and Jasmine. Becoming more common and I think the others are much more imaginative.
Are you looking for French names then?

BoyMeetsWorld Thu 27-Jun-13 19:44:24

Either French (but I've not found any french names I've really clicked with yet) or something that will sound good with our famillies' French accents.

For example, I also like Emerald, Autumn and Delilah...but all sound awful in French

MultipleMama Thu 27-Jun-13 19:46:00

I'm having the same problem!!

But I need to pick 2 girl names (in case twins are girls), I want something Russian and DH is picky. We short listed yesterday and now we're back to square one!

I like Jasmine but I do quite like Isolde!

peanutMD Thu 27-Jun-13 19:52:05

Julianna, Esme, Rene, Celeste, Francesca, Erica.

Sorry if these are all crap but my friend used to be an au pair in France so trying to recall some names.

sleepdodger Thu 27-Jun-13 19:55:34

Love it

BoyMeetsWorld Thu 27-Jun-13 19:55:48

I love love love Juliana. But it's one of the names DH has said a definite no to confused Celeste I like the idea of but dont actually like the sound of...

hedgehogpickle Thu 27-Jun-13 20:05:44

Josephine/Josephina - bit old fashioned but could be shortened easily (Jo/Josie) and sounds beautiful with a french accent.

Or Reina. Clementine. Maelys.
Love Isolde out of your short list.

binzle Thu 27-Jun-13 20:06:43

Amelie - please don't slate if "too popular" as my daughters name

BoyMeetsWorld Thu 27-Jun-13 20:14:26

Amelie is a beautiful name - I love the film, so that helps. The "popular" thing is just a matter of personal taste - I think because I was one of many with the same name in all my classes growing up!!! So for me I want something outside of the top 50...possibly even outside the top 100. Which is a shame as we both loved Emilia but then it became very very popular. But your DD's name is lovely smile

Yama Thu 27-Jun-13 20:19:43

One of the teens who helps out at one of dd's clubs is called Joely. It has really grown on me. Maybe because she's lovely.

MollyBerry Thu 27-Jun-13 20:23:15

I love Aurora it's so pretty!

BoyMeetsWorld Thu 27-Jun-13 20:25:55

Aurora is my personal favourite, though I don't think it's v popular on Mumsnet (too Disney apparently confused). DH however only really likes it spelt the French way - Aurore - which I'm far less keen on...


Coconutty Thu 27-Jun-13 20:25:57

Camille, Penelope and Delphine

Norfolknway Thu 27-Jun-13 20:28:48

Marjorie sounds amazing in a French accent

WLmum Thu 27-Jun-13 20:33:55


I love juliette though, what's wrong with little Julie?

WLmum Thu 27-Jun-13 20:34:20


AnythingNotEverything Thu 27-Jun-13 20:38:45

If you like Aurora, what about Aurelie?

HenriettaPye Thu 27-Jun-13 20:42:48

Karina (means Pure)

IAteTheCake Thu 27-Jun-13 20:47:35



AmIGoingMad Thu 27-Jun-13 20:48:59

How about Elodie? It's our current front runner!

Zoomania Thu 27-Jun-13 20:49:11


MustafaCake Thu 27-Jun-13 20:49:50

Ooh, liking Joely a lot.

These sound nice in English and French:


mixedmamameansbusiness Thu 27-Jun-13 20:52:09

Isolde Isolde and Isolde again. It is a stunning name.

Elquota Thu 27-Jun-13 20:53:53


JumpingJackSprat Thu 27-Jun-13 20:58:52

You seem to have similar taste in names to me i love jasmine and aurora. i also love francesca and claudia which coulld sound good in french? Also like aurelia.

JumpingJackSprat Thu 27-Jun-13 20:59:20

What about sylvie as well?

NaturalBlondeYeahRight Thu 27-Jun-13 21:01:00


PixelAteMyFace Thu 27-Jun-13 21:07:57


PixelAteMyFace Thu 27-Jun-13 21:09:26


BoyMeetsWorld Thu 27-Jun-13 21:17:04

Claudia is nice but can't get past the 'claw' sound in English. DH said no to Sylvie.

For those loving would you pronounce it? My main concern is its a name that could get pronounced a million ways and when first announced people might just go "eh???"

LynetteScavo Thu 27-Jun-13 21:28:28

I know some have already been mentioned, but...


Juliette is lovely (Jasmine is very popular around here,. DS! would hve been Jasmine, and I'm now glad he is a boy...)Isolde is too German for English/French prents, IMO. Aurora is a bit like roar...I personally prefer Aurelie.

I also love Julietta.

Zeenah Thu 27-Jun-13 21:41:18

in the year 2000 Juliet was 623
in the year 2001 Juliet was 564
in the year 2002 Juliet FELL back to 593
in the year 2003 it was at 602
in 2004, # it fell back to 649
in 2005 #588
in 2006 # 581
in 2007 #518
in 2008 #453
in 2009 #319
in 2010 #285
in 2011 #250
in 2012 # fell back slightly to #253

These stats are American but they show that Juliet's rise up the charts is really steady. If you compare that with almost any other name that is in fashion now, it would have jumped higher quicker.

MortifiedAdams Thu 27-Jun-13 21:45:09

Prefer Juliet to Juliette and love Aurora but can I suggest Aurelia? Just sounds less Disney.

Really like Isolde. Not certain on the pr. but would hazard a guess at Iz Old Uh

lastnightidreamt Thu 27-Jun-13 21:46:11

Quite like all of your names, but love Aurelie!

MortifiedAdams Thu 27-Jun-13 21:46:20

I worked with a Fabienne andalways lived that name

KateCroydon Thu 27-Jun-13 21:48:49

love Isolde.

BoyMeetsWorld Thu 27-Jun-13 21:53:49

Thanks for those stats Zeenah that's really interesting. I wonder if the uk is the same? The name just seems to be cropping up on every other mumsnet names post ATM!

NutsinMay Thu 27-Jun-13 21:56:30

Solange, Clotilde, Camille- Beautiful French names

Yasmine is a French name similar to Jasmine.

frutilla Thu 27-Jun-13 21:57:31

I love Isolde. Beautiful.

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Thu 27-Jun-13 22:01:53

I like Claudia (but if you can't get past Claw...) Elodie, Matilda, Nathalie.

ELR Thu 27-Jun-13 22:13:31

I love Juliette!

Love Isolde


Elquota Thu 27-Jun-13 22:18:11


BoyMeetsWorld Thu 27-Jun-13 22:26:03

Wow surprised Isolde is so popular! That's interesting.

You don't think it's too Germanic for a half French baby?

Fantail Thu 27-Jun-13 23:21:17

Why are you concerned about top 50/top 100? Remember there is always the chance, no matter how unusual your choice is, that there will be another girl with the same name in your child's class at school.

I do like Isolde too. Remember that Germany and France fought various times, so there will be some crossover with names.

Also I am sure that you will be aware that the pool of French names is smaller because of the tradition of naming after saints and of name day celebrations.

Breton names might be worth a look? Maelle for example.

peanutMD Fri 28-Jun-13 00:25:28

Clarissa, Melodie, Darcey, Cally, Elena.

Fantail Fri 28-Jun-13 02:39:33

Actually, I think that Isolde is Celtic in origin, rather than French.

BumbleBee2011 Fri 28-Jun-13 04:05:43

We have a similar situation (I'm French and DH British, I was veto-ing a lot of his favourites as they sounded awful in French).

Isolde is lovely, would be "Izz-old" in French though rather than "Izz-ol-duh" (that's the more German/English pronunciation)

One of the things I wanted to avoid was names that sounded completely different in either language, so for example nothing starting with H (where you'd drop it in French) and nothing too heavy on the R front (so of course DH wanted Harriet confused)

We wanted "unpopular" names so have a Beatrice and an Emmeline, were also considering Emilie, Cecilie/Cecilia, Louise...

I love Breton names but DH wasn't keen - there are some beautiful and definitely unusual names which are easy to pronounce in English.

Good luck smile

fuckwittery Fri 28-Jun-13 04:19:29

Here's a stats graph for Juliette popularity in the UK since 1996
717th 1996
482nd in 2010

To put that into context, there were 84 baby Juliettes in 2010 in England and Wales

May I offer my current favourite which is Emmeline

fuckwittery Fri 28-Jun-13 04:23:59

Arianne - v underused but lovely! (1731st, 10 babies in E&W 2010)

fuckwittery Fri 28-Jun-13 04:26:26

Would you not pronounce claudia as in cloud, not claw, or are you just worried about the anglicised pronunciation?

BumbleBee2011 Fri 28-Jun-13 05:31:27

Claudia is "claw" in French too, "clou" as in "cloud" is German (tbh most names sound better with German pronunciation wink)

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Fri 28-Jun-13 05:56:13

I love Celine, but it may well be dated in France.

As well as Aurelie, there is Aurelia.

BoyMeetsWorld Fri 28-Jun-13 06:00:39

Bumblebee, as you sound so similar to my situation....which Breton names do you like, which your DH has vetoed? Perhaps my DH would like some!

nooka Fri 28-Jun-13 06:13:13

dd has a Julienne in her class (although she is mostly known as Julie) I thought that was pretty and unusual. Personally I prefer the look of Juliet to Juliette, but wither way it's another pretty name.

I would have thought that Jasmine was more commonly used that Juliette.

LittlePebble Fri 28-Jun-13 06:19:56

Isolde is so beautiful please choose it

larsandtherealgirl Fri 28-Jun-13 06:30:29

My friend is English and her husband is French and they called their daughter Solveig (pronounced Solvay). It's a Scandinavian name but sounds beautiful in English or French.

HoneyandRum Fri 28-Jun-13 09:27:22

Love that Lars.

baskingseals Fri 28-Jun-13 09:38:58

I think Agnes sounds absolutely beautiful in French, I would have used it for dd except I couldn't justify it at all, sadly having zero French heritage.

Also really like Solange, Delphine and Fabienne.

Eskino Fri 28-Jun-13 09:39:58

I know a French 'Marcelle'. I think its a beautiful and strong name.

mixedmamameansbusiness Fri 28-Jun-13 10:52:24

I like Edith too, but only in pronounced in the French way Ee dit.

In Tristan and Isolde, Isolde is Irish and doesn't have the duh sound at the end.

Either way though I will say it again stunning stunning name.

BoyMeetsWorld Fri 28-Jun-13 11:43:31

The other name I do really like is Eliana (I have Hebrew roots) meaning 'of the sun or 'God has answered'. Probably with Juliette as the mn...

What do people think of that option?

Julienne is also lovely thanks to whoever suggested that, I'll see what DH thinks of it

LittlePandaBear Fri 28-Jun-13 13:26:47

I think Eliana is really pretty, but you'd have to be preapred for it to be shortened to Ellie, of which there are many.

BoyMeetsWorld Fri 28-Jun-13 13:41:54

Do you think it could be shortened to Annie instead or would Ellie be inevitable?

Elquota Fri 28-Jun-13 14:31:27

Eliana Juliette would be a lovely combination. And what a great meaning too.

Chantal (always quite liked it since French lessons at school!)

Like Julienne too.

How do you pronouce Isolde?

BoyMeetsWorld Fri 28-Jun-13 15:07:56

Lily - we'd pronounce it Izz-Ol-Duh

BumbleBee2011 Fri 28-Jun-13 17:24:04

In the Breton names I quite liked Nolwenn/Nolwene (tbh there are lots of spellings/variations of most Breton names, you can usually pick your favourite!)

Also Maela/Maelie (pronounced mah-eh-la/mah-eh-lee)

If you google "prenoms bretons" a few sites list them alphabetically for boys or girls.

MortifiedAdams Fri 28-Jun-13 17:26:36

What are Breton names and why are they called that?

Slavetominidictator Fri 28-Jun-13 17:35:57

Love love love Isolde - I have a Claudia and Isolde is on my short list for dd2 yet to be conceived.

Fantail Fri 28-Jun-13 19:41:55

Mortified - Breton names are from Brittany in France. Breton is a Celtic language.

MortifiedAdams Fri 28-Jun-13 19:51:02

Ah ok thanks Fantail. Onoy just worked out what a Breton top is, to then find out they have Breton names too.

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