could be used as a girls name?

(49 Posts)
toni1bump Sat 20-Jul-13 14:32:56

OK. So im PG with a girl, my first child - very excited!

We were going to name her Alyssa as we both love it. But my DHs best friend has recently traumatically passed away and DH and i were thinking about using his name as a remembrance/respect kind of thing.

His name was Bailey --
I cant decide whether its nice when used as a girls name or not? my mum mentioned maybe changing the spelling to Bailea -- but not sure on that either!

I love the name and the sound but not sure what others would think??
advice please! and be as kind as poss! lol

MagicBaguette Sat 20-Jul-13 14:37:50

Bailey is fine I think - I wouldn't choose it myself, but wouldn't be shocked and appalled if I knew someone who named their child that!

Bailea is awful though grin

Actually, the more I think about it, I quite like Bailey smile

Especially with nn Bea

toni1bump Sat 20-Jul-13 14:41:10

Bea pronounced as in bumble bee?

yeah im not keen on Bailea either but thought the 'lea' was a bit more girlie?

I think i might just start saying both names out loud and see which one rolls off the tongue better with our accents! lol (manc/scouse mix lol!) x

You could use it as a middle name Alyssa Bailey sounds really good

toni1bump Sat 20-Jul-13 14:51:24

doya know what i didnt even think of that. sounds a bit of a mouthful though with surname -- would be Ashworth x

muppetthecow Sat 20-Jul-13 14:54:58

I've only known two people called Bailey and they were both girls. It never seemed odd to me really; I think with it being not being a run-of-the-mill sort of a name there's a lot more scope for gender freedom.

muppetthecow Sat 20-Jul-13 14:56:36

That seems very oddly worded... Sorry! I just meant, people are less likely to think "But that's a boy's name" because it's not a top ten one... smile

thegreylady Sat 20-Jul-13 14:58:22

I love it as a middle name and think it goes well with Alyssa.I don't think it is a mouthful with Ashworth I think the three names flow well together.

elQuintoConyo Sat 20-Jul-13 14:59:44

I think Bailey sounds really pretty.
I wouldn't spell is Bailea it looks horrible! And she'd be constantly having to spell it.
If you used it as a middle name, you coul add another beginning with B, for example:
Alyssa Bailey Barbara Ashworth
So her initials would be ABBA

Sorry, the heat is getting to me!

Congatulations, OP thanks

toni1bump Sat 20-Jul-13 15:02:32

Haha ABBA would be a pretty cool initial! :P

Im liking Alyssa Bailey now tbh! Will run is by DH when he gets home. Although he has his heart set on Alyssa Rose, bless him!

thankyou elQuintoConyo smile! x

ZolaBuddleia Sat 20-Jul-13 15:02:39

Hhm. Would stay away from Bailea, you're into cre8tive spelling territory there.

I think it'd be fine for a girl (I know a female Harley), it's like Riley in that respect. Much more female than the other surnamey names like Mason/Logan.

toni1bump Sat 20-Jul-13 15:03:05

muppetthecow i got what u meant, no worries! :D :P x

ZolaBuddleia Sat 20-Jul-13 15:03:26

Ooh! Alyssa Bailey is much nicer than Alyssa Rose, Rose is one of those meh middle names that's just a filler, like Grace.

fluffyraggies Sat 20-Jul-13 15:03:48

I've known 2 Baileys, one boy and one girl. My youngest DD 'married' the boy Bailey in reception class grin They separated a month later as she had 'married' someone else during break time, lol.

Anyway, sorry - not much help -

I think Alyssa Bailey sounds lovely OP smile

toni1bump Sat 20-Jul-13 15:05:06

zola he wanted Rose as first name. i put my foot down and said no but would settle for middle name. Im gonna push for Bailey now, if we hyphenated both our surnames it would be ABBA!! but i reallllly dont agree! lol x

toni1bump Sat 20-Jul-13 15:05:41

fluffyraggies that made me chuckle! :P

Alyssa Bailey Rose Ashworth sounds even better!

toni1bump Sat 20-Jul-13 15:07:42

i he's just suggested Alyssa Bailey Rose Ashworth via text!!!
im very uncertain on 4 names though!! :P x

elQuintoConyo Sat 20-Jul-13 15:09:10

Now I really want an ABBA baby <stamps feet>
DS is OGD, very boring - or not, if you like Countdown! Hurrah!

toni1bump Sat 20-Jul-13 15:11:11

mines TB! :| very morbid! ABRA sounds good! :P like, abracadabra! or could get mickey taken "haha you're a bra!' ... i work with kids! i know how mean they can be! :P x

elQuintoConyo Sat 20-Jul-13 15:13:51

As long as she doesn't marry a man who's surname is Cadabra ... Abra Cadabra! You are going to have one very cool daughter grin

Alyssa Bailey Rose Ashworth is a stonking name, pretty, it flows well, it has a name you both chose (Alyssa) plus your DP's friend's name, plus DP's choice (Rose).
I don't understand the problem with two middle names, my sister has them and it has never been an issue in forty years!

elQuintoConyo Sat 20-Jul-13 15:15:41

Cross-post! Takes me too long to type on phone! smile

toni1bump Sat 20-Jul-13 15:16:22

i think it just sounds a little 'mum couldnt decide' ... i do like the flow of it when i say it outloud though. im sat here talkin to myself haha! x

I like two middle names I have two as does my brother and my DD1 has too. I've pursuaded DH to do it again for DC2.

dufflefluffle Sat 20-Jul-13 15:19:57

Bailey Ashworth is a great name - pronounceable, straightforward and distinctive. Also, there won't be another one in her school. Plus a name with a significance attached is lovely. We named dd after someone who was deeply insulted though and so we had to change it!

I always think of myself has my first name and my two middle names. But I'm also my first name and my married name. Its like that's who I am, and the three names make me unique. If that makes sense.

toni1bump Sat 20-Jul-13 15:23:52

thats a nice was of thinking about it smile

i deffinately want Alyssa and Bailey. but then DH still wants Rose. so looks like it could be a 4 named-name!!
would be so much easier if i was having twins! :P x

toni1bump Sat 20-Jul-13 15:24:03

nice way* oops x

tigerlilyboo21 Sat 20-Jul-13 18:06:29

I think Alyssa Bailey Rose Ashworth is a beautiful name and not a mouthful at all!

I don't have any middle names and I was always envious of people who did. I agree with fanjodisfunction, I think having two middle names adds something unique to a person, especially if their first name is potentially quite a popular name at the time. (Although I haven't met any Alyssa's or Bailey's for that matter so not that you'd have a problem there!)

Whatever combination you decide sounds lovely though! smile

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Sat 20-Jul-13 18:09:18

I wouldn't normally go for Bailey, but Alyssa Bailey Rose does sound lovely

TruJay Sat 20-Jul-13 18:20:07

My sis has 4 names and one is her dad's name, not changed to sound more girly at all and that was all the more special, esp to her as he died just before she was 2, she loves having that as a connection. No-one has every commented on 4 names being too much, only questions about where the male name comes from out of curiosity really.

And when do we ever use people's middle names when addressing them anyway, her friends are hardly gonna be shouting all 4 names across the playground and the ones u have chosen all flow lovely together, go for it! X

JumpingJackSprat Sat 20-Jul-13 18:24:31

Alyssa bailey rose is gorgeous i prefer alyssa to bailey as a first name but altogether its probably one of the best names ive seen on here smile

PeriodFeatures Sat 20-Jul-13 18:57:27

I know a female Bailey.

toni1bump Sat 20-Jul-13 19:13:55

Aww thankyou everyone! smile! Glad you all approve! I knew id get the truth on here!!! Lol x

GW297 Sat 20-Jul-13 22:11:25

I've taught a Baileigh (girl)

Choccyhobnob Mon 22-Jul-13 13:53:49

I know a Bayleigh-Rose but Alyssa Bailey Rose Ashworth is a lot nicer!

toni1bump Mon 22-Jul-13 13:56:14

Thankyou! smile its decided now. Just not telling my family yet!! They will try and put me off lol. 19 weeks left til shes here anyway! :p

RoadToTuapeka Mon 22-Jul-13 14:02:28

Bailey is lovely for a girl; Bailea is ghastly and just makes me want to say it oddly, and looks awful written down.

PistachioTruffle Mon 22-Jul-13 14:31:52

Alyssa Bailey Rose Ashworth is lovely, I don't have any middle names and was always really jealous of those who did - I'm giving DCs middle names!

Maud2011 Mon 22-Jul-13 14:41:51

Bailey sounds good as a middle name.

Please not Bailea!

Backpaw Mon 22-Jul-13 14:51:08

I know a couple of american women called Baily/Bailey.

toni1bump Mon 22-Jul-13 15:05:40

Id never heard of it.as a girls untill i posted this! Im happy now :p x

NowPlayingZone Tue 23-Jul-13 13:03:43

Am really bored of the name rose, but in this case Alyssa Bailey rose Ashworth sounds lovely.

AmandaPandtheTantrumofDoom Tue 23-Jul-13 13:08:14

Bailey is not my personal taste, but totally fine for a girl or boy. The only one I know is female (and lovely).

I'd go with Alyssa Bailey.

Not Bailea though. Reminds me of Dairylea. grin

ThatsSoVanquish Tue 23-Jul-13 13:25:18

I think it is OK as a first name for a girl, I have met a girl called Baily before. Agree to stick to that spelling rather than Bailea.

Also works really well with Alyssa and Ashworth as a middle name. Also with Rose. I think I prefer it as a middle name with Alyssa as first name.

ThatsSoVanquish Tue 23-Jul-13 13:25:59

sorry that was i have met a girl called Bailey.

toni1bump Tue 23-Jul-13 15:10:44

Crazy thing happened today! I met a girl called Bailey!! Haha! Never met one in my life -- strange coincidence!

Onesleeptillwembley Tue 23-Jul-13 16:04:00

It's nice as a surname. It's awful as a first name on male or female.

toni1bump Tue 23-Jul-13 16:41:24

Its middle name anyhow smile

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