Hebe Theodora or Dulcie Clementine?

(172 Posts)

Pick your favourite please grin


(Dulcie Theodora might work too,but I don't like Hebe Clementine)

gazzalw Tue 06-Aug-13 08:58:18

I like all of them except for Hebe - in our family Hebe is grandparents' stone garden statue and isn't it the name of a plant too?

All the others are lovely! I would put Dulcie in a slightly different category of names to Clementine and Theodora though....

What do you mean by different category?

Rowlers Tue 06-Aug-13 09:03:12

To me they both sound like names from a joke period drama. Sorry don't like either!

omri Tue 06-Aug-13 09:03:47

Dulcie clementine - fantastic name!!

And yes Hebe is the Name of a plant and the Godess of youth in Greek mythology.

PoppyAmex Tue 06-Aug-13 09:04:42

Individually they're nice names, but together it sounds a bit try hard. Sorry, OP.

S'alright,I certainly don't expect everyone to like them.
We do though wink

WilmaFingerdoo Tue 06-Aug-13 09:08:24

Sorry frigg really am but neither.

trolleycoin Tue 06-Aug-13 09:09:20

Seriously?

<sigh>

What's wrong with them then? We certainly aren't 'try hard' people,we just like these names.

DP prefers Hebe,and I prefer Dulcie.

Whatwhatwhat Tue 06-Aug-13 09:13:16

Very very very try hard. Sorry.

sonlypuppyfat Tue 06-Aug-13 09:15:04

I'm sorry they are not easy names to like

Bah.

We're not trying for anything except a name we both bloody like.

JC74 Tue 06-Aug-13 09:15:27

Dulcie Clementine smile

<wanders back to the drawing board>

Well at least 2 of you like one of them wink

PoppyAmex Tue 06-Aug-13 09:17:54

Frigg, I think the combination is just too much, but they could potentially work well with simpler middle names?

Rowlers Tue 06-Aug-13 09:18:41

Well choose whichever names you like! We are all just random strangers, after all.

minipie Tue 06-Aug-13 09:18:54

I like Hebe and Dulcie but combined with the middle names it's a bit much.

how about with a plainer/less unusual middle name...?

minipie Tue 06-Aug-13 09:19:25

x posted with Poppy!

bridgetsmum Tue 06-Aug-13 09:21:50

Don't like any of them,
Agree it's trying too hard.

Not keen on the combinations but love Theodora.

hatsybatsy Tue 06-Aug-13 09:23:21

Hebe - only know one - not for me.

Dulcie - only know one - think this is ok actually.

Personally, I'd go for a shorter simpler middle name - to give her options when she's older. Clementine and theodora are both a bit of a mouthful.

PetraBaelish Tue 06-Aug-13 09:23:58

I like both Hebe and Theodora. And I don't think the combination is too 'try hard' or something (although who knows, the MNers would probably faint if they heard my DC's names; so maybe I'm not the right person to reassure you! grin)
I'm not keen at all on Dulcie; and Clementine is ok but a bit meh.
Really don't know what's so wrong with Hebe - I love Roman/ Greek gods/goddess names.

Smartiepants79 Tue 06-Aug-13 09:25:57

Agree, like ALL of them on their own.
Think Hebe is the best.
It's the combinations that don't work for me.
Just too 'much'

noddyholder Tue 06-Aug-13 09:26:36

I like hebe and dulcie know 2 teenagers but they are both fairly common where I live. Not keen on the full names too much and agree a bit pretentious. Love theodora and clementine on their own though

trolleycoin Tue 06-Aug-13 09:32:50

Sorry. Hebe: she will spend the rest of her life saying "Hebe not Phoebe. You know as in the plant that slugs love".

All a bit try too hard.

MrsOakenshield Tue 06-Aug-13 09:38:06

oh, one of our cats is Hebe! <completely outs self> (we have a lot in our garden). Greek goddess of good fortune, I thought? But I don't like any of those names for an actual child, sorry.

If you like them, that's enough, isn't it?

ZutAlorsDidier Tue 06-Aug-13 09:39:49

I don't think you should name someone after the goddess of youth because no one is young for ever. shows the same lack of foresight as when they named New College Oxford.
Otherwise, do what the hell you like. who cares what we think?

sparkle12mar08 Tue 06-Aug-13 09:41:48

Heebie jeebies?! Are you nuts? Kids will find anything to pick on, I get that, but please don't hand them something like that on a plate... Otherwise Dulcie, Clementine and Theodora are all fine on their own, but in combination, no. Really, no.

TheSecondComing Tue 06-Aug-13 09:43:18

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

To be honest, Theodora and clementine are on the 'plainer' side for us.

We aren't trying to be cool,we just like these names.
we don't think they are torturously awful for the child to bear,are easily pronounced,and all 'real' names and are unusual.

We both have very different naming styles so its hard to balance...DP likes what I'd refer to as 90's hippie names,and I like what he'd call 'granny' names (as a child I named my favourite doll Mildred...) so these are a compromise.

And have been whittled down from a list of about 200...

Abra1d Tue 06-Aug-13 09:46:49

I'd have either of each of those pairs, not both. With a simpler second name.

LeGavrOrf Tue 06-Aug-13 09:48:46

Hebe Theodora is LOVELY. Or the other way around, Theodora Hebe.

I don't think Dulcie Clementine goes together, but they are both lovely names separately.

I love grandiose names for girls. I had to really reign myself in when naming dd. I remember really liking Cassiopeia for a while. Dd is very glad she has the name she has and wasn't called Berengaria or something. grin

HormonalHousewife Tue 06-Aug-13 09:49:10

I know a 16 year old Hebe - she is vair posh

LeGavrOrf Tue 06-Aug-13 09:50:45

Kids will always find something to make a name into, you can't avoid that. My daughter was called Sophia diarrhoea when she was in junior school.

sparkle12mar08 Tue 06-Aug-13 09:55:43

Well your idea of 'tortuously awful' and most peoples must be vastly different then!

I love Constance too, would that be a runner?

Yes,I expect it is sparkle

LeGavrOrf Tue 06-Aug-13 09:58:58

Kids will always find something to make a name into, you can't avoid that. My daughter was called Sophia diarrhoea when she was in junior school.

LeGavrOrf Tue 06-Aug-13 09:59:30

Sorry for double post.

minipie Tue 06-Aug-13 09:59:48

Hmm. lots of granny chic names would work well as a second name.

Hebe Mabel
Hebe Constance
Dulcie Edith
Dulcie Pearl

GigiDarcy Tue 06-Aug-13 10:00:06

DH says my tastes run to the unusual but I love both, especially Dulcie Clementine. You rarely hear first and middle names together anyway if that's what's putting people off. Both are unusual but known names, go for it if you like them! For what it's worth, have never taught a Dulcie or a Hebe.

I like almost all of those mini I just don't know if DP will...

noddyholder Tue 06-Aug-13 10:02:02

You have to go with what suits you and your family and not listen to others. My son'r name is regularly ridiculed on MN and I have been told it was virtually abusive to name him it and he should expect a lifetime of bullying He is 19 and so far so good grin

grin

<wonders if Noddys DS name should be on my backup boys list>

noddyholder Tue 06-Aug-13 10:05:31

It is not very 'out there' at all considering our first choice initially was Elvis (which i regret not using now as ds so could have carried it)

Still18atheart Tue 06-Aug-13 10:05:31

I really like Dulcie Clementine

LeGavrOrf Tue 06-Aug-13 10:06:14

Dulcie Iris
Dulcie Minerva
Dulcie Evelyn

Clementine Louisa
Clementine Nancy
Clementine Frances

LeGavrOrf Tue 06-Aug-13 10:06:55

I love Elvis.

(What's your son's name) <nosy>

Dejected Tue 06-Aug-13 10:07:16

I love Dulcie and I love Theodora. I am not sure how you pronounce Hebe. Clementine is ok but not my favourite out of the options!

gymboywalton Tue 06-Aug-13 10:07:30

clementine is pretty
the rest are bloody awful sorry

hebe?? can you really say the name hebe and not automatically think 'heebie jeebies?'

maybe you should have a poll and ask people what their first thought is when hthey hear hebe? i bet a lot of [people will thik hebiee jeebies!

noddyholder Tue 06-Aug-13 10:08:52

Theodora nn teddy is lovely. My son is called Jesse which is a MN no no!

HystericalParoxysm Tue 06-Aug-13 10:10:17

Where I come from, hebe means bogey. Dulcie is probably the least awful of those names.

LeGavrOrf Tue 06-Aug-13 10:11:07

Hebe rhymes with Phoebe dejected.

I don't think heebie jeebies, just know it is a name of a goddess and a plant.

LeGavrOrf Tue 06-Aug-13 10:11:32

What the bloody hell is wrong with Jesse? It's a lovely name.

We can't have a long first name as the surname is double barrelled.
So clementine and Theodora have to be mn if they're to be included.

I have to say,despite most people hating it,I do still really love Dulcie Theodora ...although DP would take some convincing to not use Hebe.

minipie Tue 06-Aug-13 10:13:00

What kind of names does your DH like? you said 90s hippy names... in my head that means India, Scarlett, not sure what else...

noddyholder Tue 06-Aug-13 10:14:10

What about Blythe (tried to live out own fantasy girls name via someone elses child)

Jesse is lovely,and actually is already on my boys list grin

I did have a thread about Hebe actually gymboy it didn't go as badly as this one wink

noddyholder Tue 06-Aug-13 10:14:59

tries even!

Dejected Tue 06-Aug-13 10:16:11

Thank you LeGavrOrf I wasn't sure if it was pronounced heebee or heb.

UpThe I think Dulcie Theodora is a lovely name.

Jellyandicecreamplease Tue 06-Aug-13 10:16:56

Sorry don't really like them. Although I know 1 Dulcie. Hebe makes me think of the plant in our garden.

Do the shop test - can you imagine yourself shouting X come here in a crowded shop - if you can't it is not the right name

noddyholder Tue 06-Aug-13 10:17:59

I NEVER shout in shops (shudders)

gymboywalton Tue 06-Aug-13 10:19:13

for me, i try to imagine the child as a teenager or adult walking into a room full of strangers and introducing themselves.

' Hi, i am hebe'.....[cue lots of people wondering i they have heard correctly and saying 'phoebe?' ]

Love Blythe,DP doesn't.

He doesn't offer up many suggestions but for this and previous DC he has liked

Devendra (b)
River (b)
Phaedra (g)
Willow (g)
Phoenix (b)
Rune (b)
Papillon (g)
Sky (g)
Summer (g)
And he loves Hebe.

Our current DC are called Skye Matilda and Arlo Phoenix,so he did get to use some of them....

OrangeJuiceSandwich Tue 06-Aug-13 10:24:08

Dulce Theodora.

Clementine is frilly and poncy...not a good combo.

Jellyandicecreamplease Tue 06-Aug-13 10:24:29

Glad to hear it noddyholder - neither do I but it puts the name into perspective - would you be embarrassed by the name itself?

Jellyandicecreamplease Tue 06-Aug-13 10:25:36

Also need to think what they would sound like when attached to a 40 year old (as well as a baby)

LeGavrOrf Tue 06-Aug-13 10:26:28

If he likes Sky what about Schuyler (Dutch name, pronounced sky-ler).

I like the sound of Phaedra but the Greek myth it comes from is a bit grim, so wouldn't like the connotations.

If he likes Papillon what about Phalene (grave accent above the first e which i can't work out how to do on an iPad), means moth as opposed to butterfly.

Personally I really like Hebe, i think it is really beautiful. Willow is also really pretty.

No,of course I wouldn't....why would I name my child a name I was embarrassed of? confused

noddyholder Tue 06-Aug-13 10:26:48

I don't think you need to consider any of these things Not how it sounds as a 40 yr old or if she is a solicitor blah blah It just doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. If you like the name that is enough.

Theas18 Tue 06-Aug-13 10:28:20

Hebe Theodora for me, it's lovely!

Actually I think they all " go" with your other childrens names well and are all " real" names. Greek goddess names are cool!

LeGrav. Skye is our DD's name,so it might be a bit odd wink

Also,I just really don't like any of the similar names,and I don't want two nature themed DC,it's just a bit much even for me

noddyholder Tue 06-Aug-13 10:28:54

I like a few of your dp's choices Met a little girl recently called spirit really suited her and didn't seem unusual at all in their family. Like your other childrens names too smile

pygmy Tue 06-Aug-13 10:40:32

I don't think they are try hard at all. I dislike Dulcie, so I would go for Hebe Theodora. There is a Hebe in my sons' school, and as far as I know, she has never been picked on because of her name.
Mabel is way superior though! wink

I love Mabel.... stupid DP won't agree though.

Ponders Tue 06-Aug-13 10:53:17

fwiw Peaches Geldof's son is Phaedra confused

(too much sidebar-of-shame knowledge...blush)

Ponders Tue 06-Aug-13 10:58:52

What about Thea instead of Theodora? Spelt Theia (but don't do that to the poor child - imagine trying to get all those vowels in the right order in Reception!) it means goddess - as well as being an accepted short form of Theodora

Thea Clementine?

I know ponders hmm weird eh.

WilmaFingerdoo Tue 06-Aug-13 11:03:13

I've had a think about this and decided that I really like Theadora as a first name. It's lovely.

I have no idea how to pronounce Hebe.

Unless she will be born with a cabbage perm and a set of bifocals I just can't get to grips with it.

imagining the two shits you give smile

DP has a slight lisp,he can say Theodora,but not Thea unfortunately.

WilmaFingerdoo Tue 06-Aug-13 11:04:18

It being Dulcie

WeAll Tue 06-Aug-13 11:05:05

Dulcie Clementine

We can't have Theodora as first name,our surname is too long.

Viviennemary Tue 06-Aug-13 11:08:20

Don't like either. To me they sound very silly and pretentious.

outtolunchagain Tue 06-Aug-13 11:16:52

I love all these names but especially Hebe , also love Dulcie but do think it sounds a bit heavy with Clementine attached , I prefer a shorter middle name but I think they are gorgeous .

Pearl and Iris are lovely shorter mn suggestions...any others?

TenthMuse Tue 06-Aug-13 11:46:33

FWIW I really like Dulcie, and think it goes really well with your other DCs' names. Hebe is nice too, and doesn't make me think of 'heebie jeebies' at all - I imagine the goddess and then the plant. Not quite so keen on the mns, but that's just because I'm not sure about how they sound together - Hebe Theodora in particular seems a bit of a mouthful with a double-barrelled name.

As for the 'pretentious'/'try hard' comments, I think some people will say that about pretty much anything that isn't Sophie or Jack, or another name in the top 50 or so. I'm a teacher, and have taught numerous children whose names have initially seemed outlandish (and occasionally downright ugly) to me. In most cases their peers don't bat an eyelid - in fact, the only name-related teasing I've come across has been with children whose names are very familiar and easy to find rhymes for (for example William gets Willy-related jokes; Ellie gets 'Smelly Ellie'; Louise gets called 'Poo-ise' etc.). Admittedly this is London, in schools where children are used to a broad ethnic and social mix, but as long as the names aren't actually cruel or completely made-up (which yours absolutely aren't) I say go with what you like smile

How about Hebe Margot? Tis what ds would have been called had he happened to be female.
Our families thought it was awful.

Edith
Cissy
Ada

I like hebe

If theadora is liked what about Dora? Or too explorer-ish? It wouldn't bother me.

Fwiw I love your dcs names. We just couldn't pull off arlo here in Scotland. Skye is beautiful (place and name).

Do you say dulcie as dul-chee or dul-see? They should funny in my accent, but I realise you probably don't talk like I do!

Thanks smile

Skye was born in Scotland,and we visited Skye whilst we lived there,it is indeed beautiful.
Dulcie is Dul-see. (Home counties accent)

I like Edith and Ada....also love Maude...

Layl77 Tue 06-Aug-13 12:04:07

I quite like dulcie clementine. As long as its dul-see.

Hebe Margo is lovely Maggie

Maud to me is a village near where I'm from and is pronounced mad!

Not mad keen on dulcie, but its not horrible. I prefer Hebe.

How long have y got to go?

Oh a while yet,I'm due the beginning of December. smile

Plenty time to wear dh down then! wink

chattychattyboomba Tue 06-Aug-13 12:16:31

I have never heard the name Hebe before... And I don't like it. Sorry OP. it's just a weird sounding name. Gives me the hebe jeebies wink
Might I suggest Hester?
Clementine... Meh. I knew a clementine, she called called Clem... Also chlamydia. Very pretty and lovely girl though.
Constantine maybe?
Love Theodora though. That name wins for me.
Dulcie is cute but Darcie is better IMO (it can be a girls name too).

I think the name combinations you have chosen though do not go together in the slightest.
Theodora and Clementine being lovely long classic, traditional and feminine names.
Dulcie and Hebe... Going for the cutesy alternative almost masculine sounding names.

FingersCrossedLegsNot Tue 06-Aug-13 12:17:11

On gosh...don't make me choose!!! They are both gorgeous! I really cannot choose a favourite.

5madthings Tue 06-Aug-13 12:19:41

I like Hebe Theodora smile

Also love clementine.

I agree they possibly do seem a bit of a mouthful together but actually when saying them put loud they sound fine smile

I like old lady named as well, what about Hebe violet?

My dad is merryn (you knew that already!) Middle names Lola Eden. Do wanted Lola, I wanted Eden.

I like Edith and Esme and Felicity. I also like Bonnie, if I ever have another and its a girl bonnie is on my list.

Seriously Frigg you have to choose what you like, mnet doesn't like all my kids names either, men they get lots of lovely positive comments in RL. And WE like them!

minipie Tue 06-Aug-13 13:41:30

Seren? Means star, might be sufficiently 'nature-y' for your DP.

Aster also means star as well as being a plant.

or what about Astrid?

Laquila Tue 06-Aug-13 13:49:10

Dulcie doesn't really do it for me but I love the other three, in all combos. In fact Theodora would be on our list if it didn't sound weird with our surname. (Althea is a current frontrunner for us though.)

I'm prob not as keen on Dulcie as I don't really like giving nicknames, or what sound like nicknames, as birth cert names.

I'm intrigued as to what people mean when they describe such names as "trying too hard" - trying too hard to what? To choose an unusual name?

sleepywombat Tue 06-Aug-13 14:06:21

'trying too hard' yes - I would say trying to choose an unusual name and to sound upper class. Not saying you're doing that OP, just that what the names connote to me.

I have a lovely friend Dulcie, but have always disliked her name - really wet sounding.

Clementine I've always disliked just due to the phlegmy & clammy sound.

Theodora is nice, a bit frilly for my liking, but nice.

Hebe just sounds silly (but not overly keen on Phoebe either).

LOVE Skye Matilda, though - couldn't you choose something more like that?!

Pobblewhohasnotoes Tue 06-Aug-13 14:16:38

Theodora and Clementine are nice, the other two aren't. Although I prefer Thea.

snickersnacker Tue 06-Aug-13 16:11:37

LOVE Dulcie Clementine

MissingMyMarbles Tue 06-Aug-13 17:11:38

Definitely Hebe Theodora.

ImaginaryHat Tue 06-Aug-13 17:29:04

Love Dulcie, not at all keen on Hebe. I'd also use a shorter middle name, especially with a double barrelled surname.

I think Dulcie Pearl or Dulcie Iris are lovely.

Kikibee Tue 06-Aug-13 17:40:10

I know someone who has a hebe Theodora, and she has a double barrelled surname! I love it smile

forevergreek Tue 06-Aug-13 17:59:29

I prefer Hebe Theodora

One of our ds have Arlo as a middle name ( x2 middle names)

Our boys list included:
Arlo
Aslan
Thaddeus
Conrad
Arthur
Theodore
Leonidas

We used a few of them.

Girls: Nova, Arielle, Eira, Thalia, Estelle

LynetteScavo Tue 06-Aug-13 18:00:32

I like Hebe Clementine.

Kiki how very odd!! I mean,there aren't many Hebe's about...let alone with the same mn and a double barreled surname!

Forever Alot of those were on the list at some point,all discounted for various reasons sad they're all lovely though.

This thread seems totally split,everyone either hates both,or much prefers one over the other...I obviously like very marmite names.... grin

LoriGrimes Tue 06-Aug-13 19:19:26

I have a Dulcie Dora. I think it's a beautiful name.

Coconutty Tue 06-Aug-13 19:34:48

I like Hebe, or Sadie Theodora.

Dulcie reminds me of a shoe shop tbh.

Love Sadie smile but I'm trying not to duplicate initials.

Lori Dulcie Dora is gorgeous!

SleepyCatOnTheMat Tue 06-Aug-13 21:02:29

Dulcie Theodora, like Dulcie much more than Hebe.

sandberry Tue 06-Aug-13 21:33:19

Hebe Theodora. Hebe has the ie/y sound without being cutesy like Dulcie is and isn't that common or that way out at least not where I live and Theodora is perfectly sensible as a middle name.

ZolaBuddleia Tue 06-Aug-13 21:53:55

Margo(t) Clementine?

I think you need to take into account how popular Phoebe is, if you go with Hebe. DD has a name that rhymes with a v popular name and it makes me angry when I hear it being called in parks etc.

If DP like nature names what about Marnie? Derivative of Marina (sea), yet a bit retro for you.

BrianTheMole Tue 06-Aug-13 21:58:53

I don't like Hebe. But the others are good. Dulcie Clementine is growing on me. I quite like it.

fuzzle Tue 06-Aug-13 22:20:23

I think the middle names are fine. I would use either one of those as the first name. Theodora is gorgeous. Clementine is sweet. But a fruit. which may or may not be annoying for your daughter. Clem is a nice nick name though. There is the French name Clemence. I think Dulcie Clementine sounds a bit like a dessert in a fancy restaurant - sorry. How about Annabel, Elodie, Claudia, Victoria, Raphaelle, Cristine, Cristina, Amélie, Alexandra, Maeve, Theresa, Catriona, Clara, Sabrina, Stella, Léonie, Charlotte, Bethany, Bryony...

I think you can basically pick whatever you want as a middle name, Even if other people or even your child think its terrible thats the whole point in middle names. So if you went Theodora (first name) Hebe/Dulcie (middle name) or Clementie (first name) Hebe/Dulcie (middle name) (still the sounding like a dessert issue tho) then you'll be fine.

Or go simpler for middle names e.g. Hebe Louise, Dulcie Claire. But I really think the middle names Theodora and Clementine are much nicer than Hebe and Dulcie.

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 06-Aug-13 22:47:26

I'm all for an unusual name but Hebe and Dulcie are...too much.

Theodora or Clementine with either Hebe or Dulcie those as a middle I could get behind. But I think both your first name choices could be difficult to carry off for the average little girl.

notanyanymore Tue 06-Aug-13 22:54:22

I love the name Clementine, my mum wanted it for me but DF put his foot down, I wanted it for all 3 of my DD's but DP was completely unconvinced. I like Dulcie, except it reminds me of the shoe shop (although probably only because I worked there as a teen)

Could you have Clementine Dulcie? wink

For some reason Hebe always sounds like a male name to me, and with Theodora too...

Doesn't sound 'try hard' to me either, personally I couldn't give a faff what people call their kids but I never get why its ok to be a reverse snob, but not a snob! its basically the same thing hate mail judgey

As I have said at least twice on this thread,we do not want to have a long first name because our surname is too long.
Also,I don't like any of those names. My name is Louise and I hate it. Its boring,for a start.
DP has a very unusual (and feminine)name and he's always got on just fine with it,he likes it.
I've never heard of the shoe shop...hmmm....

The shoe shop was Dolcis but mostly pronounced Dulcie.

I like Hebe and Dulcie, know a little girl called Dulcie and it is sweet. I think I prefer Theodora as a MN though.

Thanks Scone

At the moment I still love Dulcie Theodora but DP prefers Hebe.

HahaHarrie Wed 07-Aug-13 10:21:01

Love Clementine Theodora for a shorter version, how about Clemence Theodora?

Or Hebe Theodora Clementine.

Not keen on Dulcie at all. Sorry.

Yes, Dulcie Theodora is lovely. I think you should go for it.

Disclaimer - each of my dc have 3 middle names and I didn't and don't give a toss that this is not The Done Thing. grin

Keztrel Wed 07-Aug-13 16:08:43

Dulcie is lovely! Also love Theodora and Clementine, and all three in any combination are great.

alicetrefusis Wed 07-Aug-13 16:38:18

No. I'm afraid it reminds me of Hinge and Bracket. Sorry OP.

Clementine-Theodora. Clemmy-Dor.

Eh?!

Clemmy-door WTAF?

I'm not even proposing to use clementine and Theodora together hmm

stickortwist Wed 07-Aug-13 16:54:06

Hebe is lovely.

I wouldnt stress about middle names too much. You never use them in real life anyway.

UnevenTan Wed 07-Aug-13 17:01:45

Hebe is lovely. Clementine is also nice, but not together.

Theodora and Dulcie are dire, and the combinations do not work, especially with a double-barrelled name.

Iris is nice.

Hebe Margo is ok.

Hebe Edith might work smile

TheRealFellatio Wed 07-Aug-13 17:02:40

I like them all except Dulcie. I think Dulcie is awful, sorry.

BigBongTheory Wed 07-Aug-13 18:31:01

I find Dulcie really unattractive sounding and don't get why people on love itmso much. DD's name often has the same said about it tbf and it's on this page smile.

All of the others are nice but Hebe Theodora sounds harsh to my ear and a bit repetitive dorsome reason. I like Hebe Clementine.

TheRealFellatio Wed 07-Aug-13 18:39:15

I do too BigBong It always conjures up an image of a loud fishwife with a hacking smoker's cough to me. grin

Yeah,well I also love Myrtle and Mildred so I obviously like the dusty/fishwife sort of names wink

Currently falling in love again with Ivy...it was on our list last time (but DC2 was DS)
I'm due in December....to twee?

Laquila Wed 07-Aug-13 19:36:58

I don't dislike Ivy, and don't particularly think it's twee, but for me it always makes me think of evil Ivy Brennan in Corrie, and certainly if I used it that would be the first comment from every single member of my extended Mancunian family hmm

Do you like Hebe Dorothea?

BeehavingBaby Wed 07-Aug-13 19:37:23

Hebe is such a prosaic plant is the problem for me, more of a shrub? Love dulce and ivy smile

I have never,ever,seen corrie,or east enders or any other intentionally depressing soap operas. thank god So I don't particularly care about characters therein wink

No,not hugely keen on Dorothea....which is odd I suppose.

Girls names are doing my head in...I might move on to boys names for a bit....seeing as the baby refused to perform for the camera and is only 'probably' a girl hmm

<wanders off>

Ivy lovely. Ivy hasn't been in corrie for about 20 years. Wouldn't worry about it. I like the winter association.

UnevenTan Wed 07-Aug-13 20:11:22

Hebe Myrtle would be really sweet smile
Ivy Clementine also lovely

UnevenTan Wed 07-Aug-13 20:12:38

Iris Theodora sounds ok to my ear too smile

teatimesthree Wed 07-Aug-13 20:21:15

Hebe is great. Strong, versatile.

I agree with whoever said Dulcie was wet. It is a very 'girly' name, and what if she isn't?

I like all of those names. I prefer Dulcie and I think it goes with either middle name. If I had to pick one I would go with Dulcie Theodora. You rarely say someone's whole name together so I don't think it matters having a long middle name and double barrelled surname.

I don't think of Dulcie as girly at all....I'm not at all girly,though DD1 is...so I know it's not a genetic thing grin

oohdaddypig Wed 07-Aug-13 20:36:00

I like Hebe. I like Theodora. Clementine mmm yes maybe.

But if you combine any of these I think it sounds...pretentious? Perhaps a bit affected?

But I like quite plain things and plain names so who gives a hoot as to my bollocks opinion.

But Dulcie is truly awful. "Dulcet" tones. It just sounds a bit vomit like. Sorry OP.

Hebe. that's lovely. Hebe Jane. A nice plain middle name to offset the flowery first one.

I think two flowery OTT names spoil each other. Bit like having strawberry and chocolate at the same time....

Christ, I'm rambling. Long day.

Strawberry and chocolate are Luffley together grin

<misses point spectacularly>

LongTailedTit Wed 07-Aug-13 21:17:43

This thread has been rather enlightening! MILs middle name was Dulcie so it's a strong contender for DC2 if its a girl. I'd never heard it before, and I still hear 'dull' when it's spoken. Hmmmmm!

OP I'd go for Hebe or Ivy as a first name - especially as you have a long surname.
Margot is lovely for a mn, I don't dislike any of your other names, just find them a bit long.

Yy to Hebe Myrtle.

Hebe Myrtle is absolutely lovely...

LongTailedTit Wed 07-Aug-13 21:50:30

For your consideration OP, another lovely old lady name: Ada

I love Ada,especially for the Lovelace connection,sadly DP is not a fan.

oohdaddypig Wed 07-Aug-13 21:54:47

Hebe myrtle is lovely....

Actually hebe is lovely and unusual full stop. <jealous> would love another baby

As long as the middle name isn't phoebe..

Or jeebie wink

formicadinosaur Wed 07-Aug-13 23:40:31

Celeste

formicadinosaur Wed 07-Aug-13 23:43:18

Sylvie?

Or one long name

Dolcie Theodora clementine lastname

LongTailedTit Wed 07-Aug-13 23:49:55

OK OP I have raided my girls names list! grin Any good?

Vivian
Valentine/a
Martha
Matilda
Esme
Lillian
Evelyn
Honey
Penelope
Juno
Sadie
Cornelia
Cora
Cecily
Audrey
Verity
Rosalie
Kitty
Iris
Genevieve
Caroline

diddl Thu 08-Aug-13 09:29:03

Hebe is fantastic.

I love, love, love it!

Unfortunately, my husband didn'tsad

I wanted Hebe Lucia.

Leeds2 Thu 08-Aug-13 09:50:27

I would use Thea instead of Theadora.

Don't mind Dulcie.

Don't like Hebe.

I like Clementine (nn Clemmie), but I'm never certain as to whether the proper pronunciation is Clemen-teen, or Clemen-tyne.

Clemen-Tyne IME.

DP can't say Thea,so that's out.

BlueStarsAtNight Thu 08-Aug-13 12:26:06

I started off thinking I hated both names, but as I've read the thread Hebe has really started to grow on me! I do think Theodora may be a bit 'much' with it, but love the suggestions of Hebe Myrtle or Hebe Margot (also love Ivy with either of those middle names).

Dulcie makes me think instantly of the snobby spoilt cousin in Noel Streatfield's Dancing Shoes, so I don't like it!

pygmy Thu 08-Aug-13 12:58:10

How about Dora?

Dora Clementine?

Hebe Theodora

Mollie272 Thu 08-Aug-13 19:44:52

Hebe Theodora is lovely - not very keen on Dulcie as I associate it with a former pupil who was very hard work!

Love Clementine as well.

alicetrefusis Thu 08-Aug-13 21:09:12

Dulce - hmm - but what if she's really loud?

OutragedFromLeeds Thu 08-Aug-13 21:40:11

Dulcie Clementine actually made me lol. It sounds like a bad orange 'oh I've got a dulcie clementine, are there any others?'

Hebe is also terrible imo

Dulcie Theodora would be my favourite from those 4

Out there, but not toooo far out there suggestions

Kendra
Kendal
Ailsa
Lydia
Mirrin

Nevis
Cairn
Merrick

sparklechops Thu 08-Aug-13 23:50:12

I really like Dulcie Clementine. I think it rolls off the tongue nicely.

5madthings Tue 13-Aug-13 10:08:15

Frigg I have checked the ons baby name statistics, only 11 girls were called Hebe last year. So no worries that it will get really popular! grin

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