Posy Ethel

(165 Posts)
AmberSocks Tue 02-Jul-13 10:33:05

I have a Tabitha,middle name Marion,after mil.NOt foud out sex yet but if its a girl we definitly love Posy,very small possibility of using Josephine officially just in case and also because its dils mothers name.

All my children have family names as middle names and theres only really NIcola,Karen,Eleanor and Ethel left.I dont like the first two so i am thinking ethel?

I know its very old lady like but i do love granny chic?Also love Percy for a boy but dh doesnt like it and whenever ive mentioned it ive had looks of pure horror,so lets hope its a girl!

Sunnysummer Tue 02-Jul-13 10:47:46

I also love granny chic, but not Ethelx For me it's on the Mildred and Deirde. Eleanor is lovely though, or if you're not such a fan could you do a 'version' of this like Ella, Elle, Elinor, Eleonora etc?

ElleCloughie Tue 02-Jul-13 10:50:09

I think Posy is lovely, I've liked it ever since I read Ballet Shoes when I was little (about three sisters, Pauline, Petrova and Posy). My husband hates it though. I think Ethel or Eleanor would both work well, and are really nice names, and it's lovely to use a family name as a middle name -we're doing the same! I'm with you on Nicola and Karen, but at the same time although I hate my middle name, as I have grown up I really appreciate and respect it because it is after a close family member who had passed away before I was born. The personal connection means more to me than it being a pretty name!

FingersCrossedLegsNot Tue 02-Jul-13 11:51:45

Oh Posy Ethel is gorgeous. It is the nicest combination I have seen posted in here for a long time!

Choccyhobnob Tue 02-Jul-13 12:07:33

Sorry i really REALLY dislike Ethel! Eleanor would be lovely though!

sonlypuppyfat Tue 02-Jul-13 12:09:52

What ARE you women thinking of?

BrianTheMole Tue 02-Jul-13 12:12:16

Oh no, sorry I don't like the combination of the two. I can imagine that getting ripped apart by children at school.

kilmuir Tue 02-Jul-13 12:13:58

Eleanor is lovely

glastocat Tue 02-Jul-13 12:18:59

Posy is twee, Ethel is just dreadful.

pinkmagic1 Tue 02-Jul-13 12:20:50

Ethel really is taking granny chic to another level, Elenor however is a beautiful name that won't date.

SorrelForbes Tue 02-Jul-13 12:22:33

Lovely names, but then I would like Posy, wouldn't I wink

Justfornowitwilldo Tue 02-Jul-13 12:27:11

Posy is not a name I can see on an adult.

MarthasHarbour Tue 02-Jul-13 12:32:10

I dont like either of them sorry. Way too twee and trying too hard.

night1971 Tue 02-Jul-13 12:34:00

Adorable. Very feminine.

SandraClegane Tue 02-Jul-13 12:35:38

I'd choose Eleanor over Ethel. Not keen at all on Posy though, sorry!

Gumps Tue 02-Jul-13 12:36:40

I love Posy and I too loved the story of Ballet Shoes.
If you and your dh love it do it. When we named ds2 my mum said no really what's his name?! But it suits him down to the ground and now even mum loves it. Or so she says...

RosesInTheRain Tue 02-Jul-13 12:37:32

I think Ethel is too harsh compared to Posy, if that were her full name. But imo Josephine Ethel sounds good.

Onesleeptillwembley Tue 02-Jul-13 12:38:03

Posy is OTT twee, and not a name to grow into. Ethel - hmmm, I personally don't like it but it's inoffensive. To reiterate; Posy - just don't.

PetiteRaleuse Tue 02-Jul-13 12:39:12

Granny chic !!! Why not just say old fashioned names?


<shuffles off thread>

ladymontdore Tue 02-Jul-13 12:45:20

Don't normally post on name threads but felt I must for the sake of your baby. Posy Ethel is a DREADFUL name, please don't do it!

Posy sounds like Posey(sp?) as in someone who is a poseur (sp? again). I know it means small bunch of flowers but that isn't the first think that comes to mind! And Ethel is awful. You might as well call her Stuck-up Muriel or something!

ChasedByBees Tue 02-Jul-13 12:54:38

Really don't like it, sorry.

LadyIsabellaWrotham Tue 02-Jul-13 13:29:08

I think Posy-short-for-Josephine is lovely. Ethel would be a bit hmm as a first name, but as a middle name, why not?

NowPlayingZone Tue 02-Jul-13 13:30:43

Posy & Ethel are bith a bit marmite. If you're gonna go with posy, then I'd use Eleanor as a middle name, it would be easier on your dd in the long run.

NowPlayingZone Tue 02-Jul-13 13:31:34

Also think Josephine itself if much nicer than posy.

Betrayedbutsurvived Tue 02-Jul-13 13:32:34

Sorry but Ethel is dreadful.

Scruffey Tue 02-Jul-13 13:43:14

Posy is embarrassingly cutesy. It's ok on a baby, but no older.

Ethel is not really granny chic, it just conjures up visions of a grumpy old woman.

If you like those sorts of names, perhaps go with Ella, Poppy, Daisy, Annie, Evie...something a bit more usable.

mrstowers Tue 02-Jul-13 15:00:07

What about Primrose Eleanor? nn Posy?

AmberSocks Tue 02-Jul-13 15:58:32

poppy daisy etc are too common,there are at least two of those in every class in my childrens school.

TBH im not really after opinions on Posy,thats already decided,i know its not going to be popular with everyone,but we love it,if i was a people pleaser i would go with something in the top ten.Also i dont feel she will get bullied for it,i guess it depends on what kind of area you live in.

Its between Ethel and Eleanor then!

CPtart Tue 02-Jul-13 16:50:31

Josephine is lovely.
Posy is not.

Onesleeptillwembley Tue 02-Jul-13 16:56:48

I live in, and come from 'naice' areas. I've lived in not as nice areas. I have friends in frankly rough areas, I also deal with people from every strata of society professionally. I honestly do think Posy will not be well received (putting it mildly) wherever you live or aspire to.

Ethel is an actual name.

Posy is not a name and utterly awful.

Sorry, just seen your x-post.

I now want to slap you with a wet fish Amber grin

Come onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn, you can't call your child Posy - you just can't.

I work in an uber posh area - a place where I know 2 new babies called 'Manlove' and I still think you can't get away with Posy.

ilovemulberry Tue 02-Jul-13 17:03:00

I like both Posy and Ethel but I think Posy Eleanor sounds a bit better than Posy Ethel. I think Posy is adorable!

redrubyshoes Tue 02-Jul-13 17:03:52

Posy Ethel? Neither does it for me.

Percy means 'arse' in Finland so rethink if it is a boy and he wants to go to Lapland to meet Santa. wink

usualsuspect Tue 02-Jul-13 17:05:20

Ethel is awful

I like Posy though

Idreamofsunshine Tue 02-Jul-13 17:09:24

Definite no to Ethel from me sorry, its one of the worst names ever

SpecialAgentTattooedQueen Tue 02-Jul-13 17:10:50

I think Ethel Posy is much lovelier. smile

ladymontdore Tue 02-Jul-13 17:11:55

At least her middle name isn't rosie I suppose. OP I hope your surname isn't a noun. I really am hmm that you would discard people telling you it's an awful name. Can you really not see that being called posy will sound to lots of people like posy as in 'that's posy new car' meaning show-off?

Love, love, love Posy. Please have Posy - I wanted it for dd2 and dp wouldn't let me. A little bit of me has still not forgiven him!

Ethel is bloody awful though, sorry.

Eleanor much, much nicer. Posy Eleanor is fab - I adore it.

mrstowers Tue 02-Jul-13 17:21:51

redrubyshoes grin grin grin grin

lililon Tue 02-Jul-13 17:23:54

Posy Ethel is beautiful. Well done on choosing such a lovely name.

usualsuspect Tue 02-Jul-13 17:26:02

Ethel is the least beautiful name ever.

Damnautocorrect Tue 02-Jul-13 17:26:36

Love Ethel,
I've noticed an influx of Enid's so think Ethel's in the same sort of group.

SorrelForbes Tue 02-Jul-13 17:31:02

Posy is a name! <senses Noel Streatfeild spinning>

hollyisalovelyname Tue 02-Jul-13 17:32:06

Posy lovely
Ethel awful

Polyethyl Tue 02-Jul-13 17:37:05

I think Ethel is a splendid name. As you can see from my user name.

My parents named me polyethyl as an interim name whilst they were deciding what to put on my birth certificate - and as you can see the name stuck.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my unusual an old fashioned name.

AmberSocks Tue 02-Jul-13 17:46:39

Ive mentioned Posy to all my friends and they all love it!Not the kind of people to just smile and nod either,they havnt been shy about taking the piss out of my other names!(like percy!)

Justfornowitwilldo Tue 02-Jul-13 17:48:12

Are your friends 12?

sleepingbeautiful Tue 02-Jul-13 17:48:22

I like Posy but DH vetoed it, as with Primrose (which I would have used Posy as a nn for instead of Josephine, which I'm not keen on).

Ethel is horrid. A frumpy dumpy name. Eleanor is lovely.

kelda Tue 02-Jul-13 17:49:11

I think you have very polite friends.

Posy Ethel is very try hard.

AmberSocks Tue 02-Jul-13 17:50:01

no.theres no need to be rude,i have actually said we have chosen posy i wanted opinions on the middle name,whether you like Posy or not is here nor there! smile

AmberSocks Tue 02-Jul-13 17:50:23

try hard for what?

Justfornowitwilldo Tue 02-Jul-13 17:52:37

You're right, it was rude. I'm sorry. Posy is a very pretty name I just can't imagine a woman of 30 called Posy.

kelda Tue 02-Jul-13 17:54:25

Rude? Is that directed at me? Have you been on the baby names forum before grin

The name Posy will divide opinions, and Ethel even more so.

Try-hard as is trying a bit too hard to be original, to be granny-chic.

Eleanor is much nicer.

LadyIsabellaWrotham Tue 02-Jul-13 17:59:43

I don't see why people have such strong feelings about Ethel as a middle name. I'm biassed because I had a much-loved great aunt of that name, but regardless of that - who uses their middle name at all once they're over the age of two?

As long as it's not Hitler, or Mucus, middle names are your chance to pick whatever the hell you like.

TallulahBetty Tue 02-Jul-13 19:00:27

Posy won't work on an adult. Ethel is grannified.

Just my opinions, clearly others love them.

carolthesecretary Tue 02-Jul-13 19:04:43

Ethel makes me think of Ethel in Eastenders.

Posy will work on an adult in that there will be an adult whose name is Posy. I don't get the, 'It won't work on an adult' thing. If a dog is called Vincent, that name works on the dog. If a cat is called Lucifer, that name works on the cat. If an adult is called Posy, or Poppy, or Daisy or Trixy Malixy or Fi Fi, or Zowie, that name is that adult.

Liking Mucus though. smile

mrbloomrocks Tue 02-Jul-13 19:16:15

I love it OP. it's a 'proper' name. In a world full of names such as Kaidon, Kale, Poppii-Mai ( yes really) etc etc i think that Posy Ethel will have nothing to worry about.

Onesleeptillwembley Tue 02-Jul-13 19:23:51

Mucus definitely wins by a nose.


miffybun73 Tue 02-Jul-13 19:30:31

Eleanor is lovely.

Coconutty Tue 02-Jul-13 19:34:58

Poser Ethel?

No, no thank you.

Don't mind Percy though. Was confused that Lily Allen called her DD Ethel, way too try hard imho.

I really, really, really hope you have a boy.

Posy is the shittest of the shit pile.

Percy? Like the dirty diesel train?

<head spins>

StrawberryMojito Tue 02-Jul-13 19:42:34

Posy is nowhere near as bad as some of the names I've heard on here.

Ethel? Granny-yes. Chic- no.

Pick Eleanor, it's lovely.

Rhubarbgarden Tue 02-Jul-13 19:43:41

Ethel is absolutely fine as a middle name in tribute to a family member.

Posy makes me cringe, personally

Sanjifair Tue 02-Jul-13 19:46:37

Prefer Eleanor to Ethel.

MustafaCake Tue 02-Jul-13 19:51:58

Eleanor is a lovely name.

Ethel is far too old lady.

Even though you don't want opinions on Posy I really really dont like it. Far too "cutesy" and try hard. Agree with other posters that it will sound ridiculous on an adult and is too like poser.

Conjures up images of a pig tailed bratty show off I'm afraid <dons hard hat>


SoftSheen Tue 02-Jul-13 19:55:08

Posy is absolutely awful; I wouldn't use it for a cat. Ethel is not much better.

Josephine is OK- how about Josephine Eleanor?

MissStrawberry Tue 02-Jul-13 20:05:06

Dozy Posy


Wahla Tue 02-Jul-13 20:09:09

Posy (Posie) makes me think of The Flumps which, all in all is no bad thing but Ethel make me think of "Little willies" - don't do it to the poor child! Eleanor is much nicer.

clippityclop Tue 02-Jul-13 20:10:54

Why not Eleanor Josephine? Ethel is truly grim, sorry.

HandMini Tue 02-Jul-13 20:11:05

Ethel is lovely.

Posy is not a proper name, far too cutesy, far too twee sounding. I really wouldn't.

Wahla Tue 02-Jul-13 20:12:17

Oh oh, if it's a boy you could stick with the Flumps theme and have Perkin... or Pootle perhaps that's pushing it a bit grin.

PuzzledBear Tue 02-Jul-13 20:14:02

I can't understand all the objection to Posy. It's a lovely name, and of course it will work for an adult. I have always admired Posy Simmonds.

Eleanor has always been one of my favourite names (I think because of Eleanor of Aquitaine) and the only reason I didn't use it for either of my DDs is that I don't like it shortened to Ellie. So as a middle name it is great, and I think it sounds lovely with Posy.

I'm not keen on Ethel really, and I think the extra syllable in Eleanor works better.

DifferentNow Tue 02-Jul-13 20:14:57

Posy Ethel is beautiful. My DD born last weekend is Posy Violet. I've had mixed reactions to the name but I absolutely love it.

flossy101 Tue 02-Jul-13 20:15:35

Love it grin

TripleRock Tue 02-Jul-13 20:17:01

Eleanor is a lovely name, although I would say that smile

Ethel is a good choice as a middle name in tribute to a family member.

Posy is actually quite dreadful but marginally better if only a nn of the actual real name. But you say you're decided on Posy so that I guess is by the by.

Posy Violet = perfect.

ladymontdore Tue 02-Jul-13 20:18:35

Eleanor is beautiful; graceful and strong. Great name of some really fantastic women from 'history' for your DD to feel proud of being associated with. Looks lovely written down too.

I think why I feel strongly about Posy is that when I say it I mean it as an insult "xxx is a bit posy" and, to me, you might as well call someone Tossy or Wanky, I use it in the same kind of way. I genuinely feel sad to imagine a child being given a name so very likely to cause teasing. Why would you call a child something with a nasty meaning? At least Poppii-Mai, Kaidon etc don't actually mean anything and although not 'classy' not actually likely to cause problems for the children. I may be alone here though as I also say "Cripes!" and I'm aware that's on a bit of a down-turn.

ladymontdore Tue 02-Jul-13 20:22:28

Eleanor Josephine! Perfect name! Feminine but not cutesy, grown up but pretty, beautiful but unaffected.
Wish I had thought of it for DD1!

AmberSocks Tue 02-Jul-13 20:24:05

Can i PLEASE point out the word Posy does have a meaning,it means a posy/bunch of flowers,theres no such word as Posy meaning someone poses,afaik.

I am very confident it wont cause her any problems,no more than ay other child anyway.I guess we just move in different circles.

I think i prefer Eleanor for middle name.I do like Ethel but my surname is 2 sllable so i think the 3 syllable name balances it out.

DifferentNow- congrats on your new baby flowers

AmberSocks Tue 02-Jul-13 20:25:46

and id ont get the grown up thing either,you just grow into your name,the only stage i can imagine it being difficult is maybe the teen years and even then it depends on personality.Posy Simmonds is an adult.

BuntyPenfold Tue 02-Jul-13 20:26:28

I have never heard anyone say 'xxxx is a bit posy'. Never ever.

However, in Ballet Shoes, wasn't the baby Posy introduced with the words 'Her name unfortunately is Posy' ? I don't have a copy to hand to check right now though.

Personally, I like it. Couldn't it be short for anything else? Persephone?

Eleanor is much nicer than Ethel though. Ethel is so Just William.

DD2 however, does say that if I had called her Posy she would either change her name or kill herself. But what does she know?!

BuntyPenfold Tue 02-Jul-13 20:27:50

AmberSocks, sorry, x-posted with you.

TripleRock Tue 02-Jul-13 20:30:01

'move in different circles' «snort!»

ladymontdore Tue 02-Jul-13 20:32:46

My circles are high!

BuntyPenfold Tue 02-Jul-13 20:34:05

Mine are not - small Devon village.

ladymontdore Tue 02-Jul-13 20:34:23

You think the only stage it might be a problem are the teen years - these are the very worst years to have a difficult name!

millymae Tue 02-Jul-13 20:39:04

Am I the only one who wonders what people who are so rude about the names chosen by others have called their own children?

I'm no shrinking violet when it comes to expressing an opinion but I think that some of the comments made about the OP's choice are despicable.

Being called Posy has certainly done Posy Simmonds the children's book illustrator, writer and cartoonist no harm. So far as I know she was born sometime in the 1940's so must be well into her 60's now.

LadyIsabellaWrotham Tue 02-Jul-13 20:39:41

"Her name is Posy. Unfortunate but true."

ladymontdore Tue 02-Jul-13 20:42:47
MissStrawberry Tue 02-Jul-13 20:44:29

"moves in different circles"

How poncey

Onesleeptillwembley Tue 02-Jul-13 20:53:06

Poncey Posy, if she's like her mother, then.

AmberSocks Tue 02-Jul-13 20:55:14

no not poncey just an observation!If they were going to a school where most kids names were kaiden and mohammed then i would have to have to consider them standing out too much,but my ds1s best friend is called Loveday fgs! smile
Posy really wont stand out round here,theres the fair share of Amelias and Harrys too though.

It does say that in the ballet shoes,it doesnt bother me tbh.

AmberSocks Tue 02-Jul-13 20:55:46

oh ffs get a grip hmm

AmberSocks Tue 02-Jul-13 20:57:55

you spelt it wrong on purpose to get the result you wanted,try using the correct spelling.

Onesleeptillwembley Tue 02-Jul-13 21:01:09

Was it the friend with Loveday that liked Posy?

MustafaCake Tue 02-Jul-13 21:05:51

Was it the friend with Loveday that liked Posy?


I have no opinions on the names - but am just wondering if you have thought through the initials. I hope you do no have a surname beginning with:

Initials can largely/are largely ignore. Unless you are a teenager and they make something that can be worthy for other teens to be cruel with.

forevergreek Tue 02-Jul-13 21:08:14

I'm not sure what 'circles' you hang out in, but I can assure you that my 'circle' including ottiline, pandora, jago, Edgar, margeax etc would still be a bit wtf!

Sorry but you asked and people have given their opinion. Posy to me means dirty tissue.

Primrose Eleanor
Eleanora Rose
Penelope Ethel/ Eleanor

Or if you want to get something engraved with their intials (both my DCs have toyboxes with their initials on)

Ragusa Tue 02-Jul-13 21:09:33

Loveday? Good grief, that's bad. Posy is perfectly nice but Ethel is just terrible. She will hate it as a teen, I would put money on it.

Ragusa Tue 02-Jul-13 21:10:03

Loveday? Good grief, that's bad. Posy is perfectly nice but Ethel is just terrible. She will hate it as a teen, I would put money on it.

MrsBungle Tue 02-Jul-13 21:15:41

Primrose Eleanor is divine.

Josephine Eleanor is also very nice.

sorry, I hate Posy and Ethel

MissStrawberry Tue 02-Jul-13 21:20:17

Who spelt it wrong?

AmberSocks Tue 02-Jul-13 21:22:35


KateCroydon Tue 02-Jul-13 21:24:22

One or t'other would be sweet, both together is a bit much. It might work for an ethereal sprite type, but what if she turns out to be a sturdy, practical type who goes hiking?

AmberSocks Tue 02-Jul-13 21:28:18

Thanks for the opinions,I think i might go for something not family related,i dont really like Eleanor,there were dozens of them at my high school and i guess i associate the name with them.I dont think our family would mind,in fact they probably dont even remember the others have their names,there are 25 grandkids so far already!and thats only dhs side my side are grandchild free.

I still adore Posy though,i KNOW there will be people who hate it,people who arent keen,there will be people who think its ok and people that love it,as demonstrated on here,thats fine with me though,i disagree it will cause her to be teased,at least not anymore than most kids are (if its not the name its something else,i remember i was one of the worst ones for it)and i love it and i think thats all thats important.

Will be giving Ethel a miss,apparently dgs nan hated it so much she changed her name to Peggy!

AmberSocks Tue 02-Jul-13 21:29:10

dhs nan!

Coconutty Tue 02-Jul-13 22:32:27

Peggy is a great name. Pick that one.

Justfornowitwilldo Tue 02-Jul-13 23:10:46

'Posy' Simmonds was christened Rosemary Elizabeth.

Ikeameatballs Tue 02-Jul-13 23:19:33

I love Percy.

Posy Ethel is not nice.

Like ladymontdore I don't usually post on these threads but: Posy? Really? That's not a name, it's what flowers come in. Why are you determined to do that to your child? For god's sake, if you must, make it a nickname contraction of something else rather than her actual real name. I assume you actually want her to be taken seriously in her chosen profession when she grows up?

I speak as someone whose mother saw fit to give her a porn-star contraction to an otherwise serviceable name. Thankfully, my birth certificate has the long version and I call myself by a different contraction now, or I'd never have been taken seriously as an adult.

I don't think parents have the right to give their children unusual names with no real option for them to use something else if they hate it. The poor child is the one who has to live with it.

AmberSocks Tue 02-Jul-13 23:50:45

Well i love it,and so does dh,and i dont agree its cruel,and im also not one of these peopl who have to use a full name all the time,if anything i prefer shortened names!

Again thanks for your opinion (which is your opinion and not fact),but i was actually asking about the middle name...

AmberSocks Tue 02-Jul-13 23:51:14

and lmao at poor child and unusual name!ffs.

Ragusa Tue 02-Jul-13 23:59:22

You asked for opinions. It's a bit daft getting shirty because people haven't said what you wanted to hear!

MiaowTheCat Wed 03-Jul-13 09:27:22

YOU might love it.

YOU aren't the person having to be called it for their life. Give them an option of a more conventional name for the future with it as a nickname if you really must use it. It's the sort of thing that will be delightful on a little four year old but a self-conscious 14 year old is really probably going to struggle with it.

No use shouting and screaming at people who've pointed out the flaws with it - because the rest of the world is FULL of people who'll be silently thinking similar and not wanting to go to an accountant called Posy or whatever.

Ethel's ghastly as well by the way - far, far too try-hard to be unique. There's not wanting to be a people pleaser - and there's saddling a child with something ridiculous because you wanted to feed your own ego and be viewed as some kind of amazingly original unique snowflake.

I would hate my mother if she had called me Posy. I really would. Luckily, this is why Deed Poll exists.

notso Wed 03-Jul-13 09:54:36

I like it. It's a shame you have decided against Ethel but understand why if DH's nan didn't like it.
For what it's worth I have a name often described as classic and timeless which I detested as a teenager because I thought it was boring.
I'm glad you aren't listening to the trying too hard and other negative comments. This topic is so fickle IMO.

KrazyKurls Wed 03-Jul-13 12:36:03

Possibly the most ridiculous name I've ever seen on MN.

I do hope your DD doesn't decide to move in a different 'circle' to you with the Kaidens and the Mohammads.

AmberSocks Wed 03-Jul-13 12:37:06


I do like Primrose.Then i could call her Posy and if she hates it when shes 13 then she can go by Primrose instead.Primros Eleanor sounds nice and like it would suit most ages.WIll discuss with dh,although obviously last say is down to me.

kelda Wed 03-Jul-13 12:41:00

TBH, if she's 13 and hates the name Posy, she'll hate the name Primrose as well.

FetaCheeny Wed 03-Jul-13 12:51:05

Really don't get this over the top reaction to the name Posy! I know a lovely little girl called Posy and never gave it a second thought. No different to Daisy, Poppy, Lily etc, just a bit more unusual.
Makes me laugh which names gets people riled up on here, when some of the favoured names (Maude for example) are considered perfectly acceptable. Imagine being a little girl called Maude amongst a sea of Evie, Poppy, Bella's etc!

Primrose is a good option too. Whichever name you choose the child may dislike it, be it grannyish, boring, dull, unisex, masculine, twee.

I say go for Posy!

apatchylass Wed 03-Jul-13 12:56:17

I'm not keen on Posy as a real name, though as a nickname for Josephine, it's fine.

What's wrong with Ethel, everyone? It's sweet.

But Eleanor tops the lot. It is an all time classic, beautiful name as are all its diminutives. You can't go wrong with Eleanor/Elle/Ella. So elegant.

Rhubarbgarden Wed 03-Jul-13 13:27:11

I love Primrose.

SoftSheen Wed 03-Jul-13 13:32:38

Primrose Eleanor is lovely.

FruitSaladIsNotPudding Wed 03-Jul-13 13:37:19

Loveday is a gorgeous name. Posy, on the other hand...please don't do it Op.

Primrose and Josephine are both nice. Ethel is old fashioned in a bad way imo, but it's middle name so it doesn't really matter.

Onesleeptillwembley Wed 03-Jul-13 14:37:21

See even someone who likes Loveday --however deluded--is saying Posy isn't good. grin

EuphemiaLennox Wed 03-Jul-13 15:06:13

There are some really over the top unpleasant comments on this thread.

Posy is a perfectly reasonable name along the lines of Poppy, Daisy, Rosie etc.

It might not be to your taste but it's hardly the catastrophe some of you are making out.

Also the OP asked for opinions on the middle name. So:

I think what middle names are really doesn't matter as they're never used, but they are a nice opportunity to make an old or loved friend or relative feel acknowledged and cherished. So OP I'd just go with whichever middle name will spread to most happiness, whether it's a crap name or not.

Both my children have middle names which I actually don't like as names but which gave each set of grandparents a little proud moment when announced.

The only time middle names are used is when that conversation 'what's your middle name?' comes up. And then it's much better to have a name with significance to explain rather than 'my mum liked it/it was fashionable in 2013.'

FruitSaladIsNotPudding Wed 03-Jul-13 15:24:33

Deluded? HUMPH. (My dh would agree though, he firmly vetoed Loveday.)

AmberSocks Wed 03-Jul-13 15:38:37

i agree there is some really over the top comments,ive never got the whole mumsnet and nest of vipers thing but i am seeing it in action!quite funny really as im guessing most of you are well into your 40s and 50s.

Onesleeptillwembley Wed 03-Jul-13 15:47:57

fruitsalad grin

Onesleeptillwembley Wed 03-Jul-13 15:52:30

fruitsalad I'm guessing you plumped for Kayden or Muhammed then. grin

FruitSaladIsNotPudding Wed 03-Jul-13 16:01:23

Something like that wink

notso Wed 03-Jul-13 16:48:56

PMSL Amber good on you for not getting too caught up in all the negativity smile

sandberry Wed 03-Jul-13 16:53:14

Posy is dead on trend. I predict it will be the next Poppy/Daisy in five years. There are a growing number either just Posy or short for Josephine or Primrose. People are bored of Poppy/Daisy/Rosie/Lily so are looking for the next thing and Posy is it and even better it has a bit of old lady chic about it.

I'd go for Eleanor as a middle name if you want her to have a choice between old lady chic and more conventional. Although Ethel is on the up too, it just doesn't have quite a nice enough sound to be really popular.

PetiteRaleuse Wed 03-Jul-13 17:06:59



farmersdaughter Wed 03-Jul-13 17:34:33

I like Posy, which is odd as I'm personally not a fan of Daisy, Poppy names. I've suggested Posy for DC2 DH not keen.

Personally I'd have Josephine nn Posy but that's just me. Not keen on Ethel but thank goddess we don't all like the same names as otherwise life would be very dull.

farmersdaughter Wed 03-Jul-13 17:36:28

Eleanor as a middle name...

Totally misses the original question grin

Posy Eleanor sounds lovely. Unusual but not unheard off, perfect.

Wahla Wed 03-Jul-13 17:55:19

I think Primrose with nn Posy is lovely.

whyno Wed 03-Jul-13 19:01:33

I know a lovely 30yr old Posy. Perfectly happy with her name she is too!

exoticfruits Wed 03-Jul-13 19:13:41

You can't give Ethel , even as a middle name- you really can't! Dire!
Posy is OK as a nickname.

Mintberry Wed 03-Jul-13 19:19:50

On a different thread I just used Ethel as an example of a name I would have killed my mum and dad for giving me, if that answers your question!

winterlights Wed 03-Jul-13 19:22:03

I don't like Posy or Ethel. I think that the granny- chic names have had their day. Sorry!

bugsybill Wed 03-Jul-13 20:02:06

I think call her Josephine Eleanor, nicknamed Posy.

I like the sound of posy but for some reason it doesn't "look' right, can't put my finger on why. It looks like a spelling error, too short or something.

I personally dont like the Prim part of primrose.

Ethel is fine as a middle name but it seems you have change s your mind on that. In my opinion the middle name can be pretty much anything, whatever you like.

How about Percival to avoid the Percy meaning of arse (if that is true) confused

MarianForrester Wed 03-Jul-13 20:06:43

Like Posy. But can't do Posy Ethel: what if she changes her name if married and her initials spell something unfortunate?? Always wary of the consonant vowel name combination.

scottishmummy Wed 03-Jul-13 20:13:07

I like those individual girl names,but not paired together
Percy, no sorry thats slang for penis

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 03-Jul-13 20:26:49

I'm 24 OP and those names are awful individually never mind combined.

CanYouGetDownPlease Wed 03-Jul-13 20:29:59

Some of the comments on this thread are way OTT and just plain rude. Life would be a little dull if we all chose the same names wouldn't it?
OP, I think Posy is gorgeous. It doesn't strike me as unusual or offensive in any way whatsoever. I think it's feminine and rolls nicely off the tongue. I can't imagine I'd bat an eyelid if you introduced your DD to me as Posy.
Ethel sounds a little too harsh in comparison to Posy. The two names don't flow. Not overly keen on Eleanor either, can't put my finger on why.

scottishmummy Wed 03-Jul-13 20:32:44

Well give she posted query shes hoping to elicit response she won't get in real life
If I heard a baby name I disliked in real life I'd never say,I'd smile and mutter platitude
So online shell get true response

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 03-Jul-13 20:34:33

is it a thing to not tell friends you don't like their potential name choice?

All my friends and I will fall at that hurdle when it comes. Honesty is best. Especially when one is hormone ridden and deluded.

scottishmummy Wed 03-Jul-13 20:37:05

Oh,yes see what you mean,I wouldn't comment if it were birth name
At pg stage yes. I'd comment freely,prior to baby birth
At baby group and since dc I've encountered ghastly names but I don't let on

Viviennemary Wed 03-Jul-13 20:43:51

Ethel is dreadful. It was even cosidered dreadful in the olden days. And it doesn't go with Posy at all. Not overkeen on Posy. It's very twee. Josephine is a better option.

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 03-Jul-13 21:20:21


Pre-birth it could be a kindness,afterwards however it's likely myself and my friends will have to bite our tongues at least once grin

ZolaBuddleia Thu 04-Jul-13 17:32:01

I love both Posy and Loveday! I can see Loveday is a bit out there, but Posy surely is along the same lines as Lily, Betsy etc?

Don't like Ethel at all, and Eleanor is rather dull, although still not a filler name like Rose/Grace/May.

Queazy Thu 04-Jul-13 20:32:58

I'm with sonlypuppyfat I'm afraid. Josephine (Josie) Eleanor is lovely. Posy Ethel really isn't imo x

rockybalboa Fri 05-Jul-13 20:48:44

I bloody love Percy!!

That's not what you asked I know. I think Posy Ethel is beautiful.

Kaekae Fri 05-Jul-13 23:43:15

Ethel is such an ugly name. Karen is much nicer. Posy not keen.

argylesocks Sat 06-Jul-13 06:46:32

I like Posy Eleanor better. It flows nicely. I've heard far worse names than Posy, I don't know why there's so much negativity.

SugarMouse1 Sat 06-Jul-13 19:35:23

Sorry but I don't like either really

I think Eleanor would be a much nicer middle name

How about:

Tulip Eleanor
Saffron Eleanor
Josie Nicole
Ivy Ellen
Iris Nicole
Violet Nicole
Tansy Ethel

BTW, I think with Posy you'll constantly be getting misheard for Rosie!

RaRaZ Sun 07-Jul-13 12:23:11

Sounds like a description to me, like Picky Paula or Dopey Sam or whatever.... I can imagine people go "Oh, is that ACTUALLY your name?!"

siluria Mon 08-Jul-13 12:01:31

Not a huge fan of Posy, but if you love it then go for it. I think it goes nicely with Tabitha.

I will never understand the sheer hatred on MN for Ethel. It's soft, pretty, classic and feminine. I love it. We're considering it for DD2's middle name smile

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