A sister for Persephone

(299 Posts)
SmallOrangeGiraffe Sun 11-Aug-13 18:38:36

Not coming up with names with agree on, and Persephone is a hard name to top!

So far we've got Serafina (altho not liking the nn of Sera/Sarah) and Anastasia.

Any other suggestions welcome

DoItTooJulia Sun 11-Aug-13 18:39:47



Coconutty Sun 11-Aug-13 18:42:42

Araminta? Octavia, Augusta, Hero?

Coconutty Sun 11-Aug-13 18:43:19

Cassiopeia, Honour?

ThursdayLast Sun 11-Aug-13 18:45:28


LizzieVereker Sun 11-Aug-13 18:46:12

Athena, Andromeda, Circe?


Seraphina is really nice and the nn can be Fi.

LynetteScavo Sun 11-Aug-13 18:49:50




LynetteScavo Sun 11-Aug-13 18:50:59



gandalfcat Sun 11-Aug-13 19:00:56


niffernaffer Sun 11-Aug-13 20:15:49


DonkeysDontRideBicycles Sun 11-Aug-13 21:21:02


MadameJosephine Sun 11-Aug-13 21:23:17


weirdthing Sun 11-Aug-13 21:25:19




Nyla Sun 11-Aug-13 21:25:46


WrongendoftheSTIX Sun 11-Aug-13 21:26:29


Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 21:26:50

Pretentious? confused

LucyBabs Sun 11-Aug-13 21:28:50

grin Hayleyh34

mrsharrystyles Sun 11-Aug-13 21:29:26


crumpet Sun 11-Aug-13 21:30:12


Fairyloo Sun 11-Aug-13 21:31:28


megsmouse Sun 11-Aug-13 21:33:13

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Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 21:33:19

Fairyloo grin grin grin You could imagine the Royal Family's distaste at these awful middle class names!!!

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Sun 11-Aug-13 21:34:18

DS1 went to nursery with a Tisiphone, known as Tisi.

Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 21:34:28

Sorry , to clarify - people are always thinking they're being so posh with these names. They're not!

Yes to Calypso.

JacqueslePeacock Sun 11-Aug-13 21:35:22

Telephony. They would make a great pair!

childcarehell Sun 11-Aug-13 21:39:41


MrsFrederickWentworth Sun 11-Aug-13 21:41:47


LauraChant Sun 11-Aug-13 21:41:59


LauraChant Sun 11-Aug-13 21:42:40

Epic crosspost Mrs F W!

Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 21:47:28

Juniper !!! <faints>

shellyf Sun 11-Aug-13 21:49:13


Hayley? Who is trying to posh?

Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 21:51:13

Sorry Exit , don't understand

childcarehell Sun 11-Aug-13 21:52:31

Get out more Hayley!

My kids have plain names, but I've heard them all and cared little.

Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 21:53:29

Ummm, don't see why I need to get out more. Jus don't like pretentious names.

LauraChant Sun 11-Aug-13 21:53:53

Hayley, Hayley. So they aren't your sort of names. If we all liked the same names it would be a very dull world and also kind of confusing what with the preponderance of Georges, Alexanders or what have you.

The OP asked for names that are kind of like Persephone. She is getting names that are kind of like Persephone. She didn't say "Please give me posh names."

Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 21:54:17

And I'm not the only one on this thread that feels this way wink

Missed out the word 'be'.

You seem to be implying that people think these names are trying to be posh. And find that amusing. No?

Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 21:55:35

Absolutely Laura, so why aren't I entitled to my opinion?

Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 21:56:47

Absolutely exit, I just didn't understand your message

childcarehell Sun 11-Aug-13 21:57:20

I dislike these sort of names too, but I'm not naming my own.

You're sounding like a broken record now.

Yes of course you are. And we all judge. I judge posters with a number in their name.

Graceparkhill Sun 11-Aug-13 21:57:32

Hero, Hermione, Ariana?
I think Persephone is a lovely name by the way.

Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 21:58:21

Exactly Exit, we all judge.

GobbySadcase Sun 11-Aug-13 21:58:30


Passthesaltdear Sun 11-Aug-13 22:01:14

Cordelia Theodora Isadora

everlong Sun 11-Aug-13 22:02:27

Cordelia or Seraphina.

Here Hayley have some salt for that chip.

Consider yourself judged Hayley.

<dons white wig>

Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 22:03:12

Because I don't like a name I have a chip on my shoulder. Oh dear

charitygirl Sun 11-Aug-13 22:03:19

How rude and unkind, Hayley. OP - I would be tempted by stay on a classical tip, so Calliope, Chloe, Phoebe?

Hello everlong.

NationMcKinley Sun 11-Aug-13 22:03:57


everlong Sun 11-Aug-13 22:04:45

Hey up Exit!

TheYamiOfYawn Sun 11-Aug-13 22:08:40

Allegra, Ginevra, Juno, Hero.

You could shorten Serafina to Rafi.

idiot55 Sun 11-Aug-13 22:08:52

Is this a joke thread? Are these real names?

If not I'm with hayley

What's with the new puppy?

stickortwist Sun 11-Aug-13 22:10:13


Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 22:10:19

No, Exit we're just not allowed to express an opinion. Sigh

Am just off to look up Persephone,

but meanwhile I like Phoebe, Sophia, and Allegra.

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WillowKnicks Sun 11-Aug-13 22:12:30


Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 22:12:40

Oh it would appear that you have a chip on your shoulder. It's all just opinions, if you like the name that you chose then it's all good. However calling people "peasants" for not agreeing with you totally shows what you are

JacqueslePeacock Sun 11-Aug-13 22:14:44

Artemis? Pandora? (Perhaps not - you will panic every time she opens anything) Hestia? Rhea? Ida?

gazzalw Sun 11-Aug-13 22:15:02

Our cats are called Hermione and Persephone but the latter proved to be a tomcat so now called Percy instead...

PeriodMath Sun 11-Aug-13 22:16:45


And what would that be Hayleynumber?

I see that Persephone is goddess of spring growth, so perhaps either something seasonally inspired, or another goddess name could be good choices ?

Zoe means life (and Greek based)
Chloe means blossom, but you may think they don't match the style ?

CruCru Sun 11-Aug-13 22:19:56


You know Anastasia is the name of the girl in 50 shades of grey, right?

formicadinosaur Sun 11-Aug-13 22:21:55

Clementine or Josephine. Like serophine though. Also Callisto, Electra, hero, hermionie, Jocasta, Orpheus, pandora,

Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 22:22:47

Well exit animal, it would seem that you can't take someone who has a different opinion to you, so that would make you a child. A name is a name. I don't like it, plenty do. So what?

everlong Sun 11-Aug-13 22:23:09

Oh he's beautiful Exit.

formicadinosaur Sun 11-Aug-13 22:23:28

Athena, Cressida, daphne,

Viviennemary Sun 11-Aug-13 22:23:53

I was thinking it was a bit too dare I say posh. But quite like some of the names here. Like Pandora, Cassandra and so on. I hope I'm not a peasant. grin

How about Misaki - meaning beautiful blossom in Japanese ?
or google for other pretty Japanese names related to spring growth and blossom
Or even "blossom" ? (perhaps for a nickname ?)

Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 22:24:17

Just awful to call people peasants confused

YonilyDevotedToYou Sun 11-Aug-13 22:24:56


What is he Ever?

<ignores Hayley>

everlong Sun 11-Aug-13 22:27:40

Hayley I reckon you started all this by saying it's pretentious and folk thinking they are posh.

What's wrong with posh anyway.

everlong Sun 11-Aug-13 22:29:08

He's an Italian Spinone -orange roan.

8 weeks old.

Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 22:29:27

Oh everlong, nothing wrong with people thinking they're posh. It was just my opinion. In my opinion none of these names are posh. I just don't like them.

Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 22:30:14

I would still never refer to a human being as a peasant. To me that is awful

SantanaLopez Sun 11-Aug-13 22:30:52

Would Hera be cruel? One queen of heaven and one queen of the afterworld?! grin

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 11-Aug-13 22:31:21


So the fuck off doesn't bother you but the peasant does?

<shoots self>

He sounds lovely Everlong. Have you still got the spaniel?

BoreOfWhabylon Sun 11-Aug-13 22:33:37


everlong Sun 11-Aug-13 22:33:45

But but but Hayley you said ' people are always thinking they're being posh with these names ' nobody else mentioned posh.

Vagazzled Sun 11-Aug-13 22:34:14


Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 22:34:39

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everlong Sun 11-Aug-13 22:35:36

Oh yes still got my cocker.. she's slowly coming round to him.

Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 22:35:37

But posh isn't an insult??? Peasant is??

formicadinosaur Sun 11-Aug-13 22:35:39

Guinevere, Isolde, aurora, Augustine, eveline, hebe, Hera, Ianthe, Eugenie, Juno, oceana, ondine,

WishYouWereMine Sun 11-Aug-13 22:35:39

sad My daughter is Persephone. I just really loved the name. Didn't choose it to be 'pretentious'. I actually fell in love with it in Malorie Blackman's books.
So :P

dufflefluffle Sun 11-Aug-13 22:37:12

Calpurnia; Arabella; Pursefone?

everlong Sun 11-Aug-13 22:37:27

I took your posh reference to be insulting Hayley tbh.

Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 22:38:02

Riiiiight. Why?

Do that makes me superior and inferior?

Pretty level then.

Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 22:39:46

Still don't get why posh is an insult. My point was about people thinking these names were posh. Nothing more, nothing less

Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 22:40:25

And I don't. That is all.

Who said they thought the names were posh?

Iamnormalish Sun 11-Aug-13 22:41:09


Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 22:41:54

I did. That's the point. It's my opinion. Just like you have yours. Don't understand why it upset you so much but then again I'm a peasant...

I'm not upset Hayleynumber.

Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 22:44:05

Suppose i should add that I'm a peasant who has an old Etonian for a husband and went to Heathfield school myself. But apparently I have a chip on my shoulder hmm

everlong Sun 11-Aug-13 22:44:12

Because it's a dig, having a go at someone thinking they are something.

It's not nice just calling someone a chav isn't.

Ha ha ha

Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 22:44:52

That's why I would never call you a Chav

Viviennemary Sun 11-Aug-13 22:45:31

Me. I'm the one who said I thought it was posh. So blame me if anyone!

Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 22:45:48

What's the matter exit - not living up to your stereotype???

everlong Sun 11-Aug-13 22:46:36

If you don't like the names Hayley fair enough. But mentioning that people who use them think they're posh is having a sly dig imo.


No. I just can't believe you have just posted that.

devonsmummy Sun 11-Aug-13 22:47:23


Hayleyh34 Sun 11-Aug-13 22:48:20

Really exit??? And you call people peasants

everlong Sun 11-Aug-13 22:48:41

Sorry Viv but Hayley beat you to the posh insult.

SoMuchToBits Sun 11-Aug-13 22:48:43

I would go for Andromeda. Lovely name, and could be Andie for short if you wanted.

Anyone see "Saturday kitchen - best bites" this morning where Keith Floyd told the lady in whose home he was cooking that she was a peasant for flipping her omelette - better to leave it un-flipped apparently !

dd thought that was a little rude of him since he was her guest

You've lost me Haleymumber

OP. Apologies that your thread has been hijacked by this bizarre conversation. I love classical names and hope you find one you are happy with.

formicadinosaur Sun 11-Aug-13 22:52:08

Celeste or Cecily

Mumber 😱

everlong Sun 11-Aug-13 22:53:24

Paloma would be quite nice too come to think of it.

formicadinosaur Sun 11-Aug-13 22:53:56

So which ones do you like OP?

HappyJustToBe Sun 11-Aug-13 22:54:46


RussiansOnTheSpree Sun 11-Aug-13 22:55:57


As for people boasting about what school they went to - or what school their husbands went to - blimey. If it's not St Pauls love, don't bother. hmm

MrsOakenshield Sun 11-Aug-13 22:57:13

I think Seraphina is lovely and goes well with Persephone. Does it have to be shortened?

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 11-Aug-13 22:57:55


LauraChant Sun 11-Aug-13 22:58:26

Hayley you are entitled to your opinion. I just think a thread where someone has said what their daughter is called and asked what names go with that is perhaps not the place to express the opinion that that name, and similar ones, are pretentious and that people
choose them thinking they are posh, but they are not.

Just seems a tad rude.

everlong Sun 11-Aug-13 22:58:34

Antigone - Tiggy is nice.

MummytoMog Sun 11-Aug-13 23:02:57

Please stick to classical names! I have a friend who has two classically named children, and then a random not classically named one in the middle. Drives me spare!

Iphigenia? Although that does give you Iffy as a NN ;)

How about xanthe - meaning bright, yellow.

zippey Sun 11-Aug-13 23:07:37

Most of these names are awful and a bit chavy. Like calling your child Porche or Mercedes or something.

I don't get the whole peasants thing but I'm with Hayley.

MikeOxard Sun 11-Aug-13 23:09:55


everlong Sun 11-Aug-13 23:10:00

Hilarious Zippy, really you are.

MummytoMog Sun 11-Aug-13 23:10:04

Well that's simply charming. Mercedes is a lovely name, and if I could make everyone say it with a Spanish accent, I would definitely use it.

And surely chavvy takes a double v.

formicadinosaur Sun 11-Aug-13 23:26:07


ohforfoxsake Sun 11-Aug-13 23:32:25

Otterley. (Or Otterly - not sure of the spelling).

Persephone and Otterley.

I think that works rather well.

everlong Sun 11-Aug-13 23:40:09


Iamnormalish Mon 12-Aug-13 03:08:36

Since when on a baby name thread did we have to start explaining where we went to school.

FYI - I went to my local comp. Not sure what this means for my earlier suggestions, but can only imagine it must mean I am a chav making chavvvy suggestions????? grin

Secretswitch Mon 12-Aug-13 03:23:06

Phoebe and Asteria. Both Goddesses. I knew a really lovely Penelope years ago.
Let us know what name you choose for your sweet baby smile

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mathanxiety Mon 12-Aug-13 05:51:52

How about -
Charis (one of the graces)
Echo (maybe a long shot...)
Theodosia (A Christian name of Greek origin, meaning God's gift)
Pernilla (Swedish but a lovely name with similar soft sound to Persephone imo)

Mendi Mon 12-Aug-13 06:09:45

Are we all assuming there has to be an Ancient Greek theme then?

If so, can I suggest the lovely Helen? Going "stealth" on the "theme".

I did Ancient Greek at school/uni. Love love love lots of the Danes but have never forgotten the ghastly middle-class moment 10 years ago when I heard a mother shrieking across a packed park "Priam! PRIAM! Will you PLEASE stop doing that to Lysander??"

Little Priam was busy poking his brother Lysander in the eye. For some reason this very ordinary childhood behaviour was rendered ridiculous by the names. But I am sure they will make excellent politicians one day.

sleepywombat Mon 12-Aug-13 06:11:10


Persephone doesn't sound posh to me, but that's because when I read it its always 'Percy - phone', as it was when read in books as a child, before knowing its true pronunciation.

The true pronunciation reminds me of toddlers trying to say 'spaghetti'.

Have no suggestions (apart from Mo), not v au fait with Greek mythology.

Mendi Mon 12-Aug-13 06:14:39

I meant love lots of the names of course. Not Danes. Though, some of them are quite nice too. Could go with a Scandi theme on the name for a change? Freya, for example?

NapaCab Mon 12-Aug-13 06:24:25

Demeter would be the obvious choice.

If you're just going for a Greek theme in general however, my favorite name would be Hypatia, the name of a famous Greek (female) mathematician and Neoplatonist philosopher who lived in Alexandria.

If I had a daughter next time around I would love to go for Hypatia but I don't have the balls to name my child something that pretentious grin. You sound like you already have the necessary cojones, OP, since you went with Persephone first time around so I invite you to use Hypatia!

(You're welcome)

SmallOrangeGiraffe Mon 12-Aug-13 06:27:39


Thank you for your useful suggestions everybody.

And to everyone else, if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all!

How utterly rude! And hurtful! I thought this was a nice friendly forum, please can you go and hijack someone else's thread if you have nothing better to do than slag off my daughters name! Yes, everyone is entitled to opinions, but at least have the willpower/common curtesy to keep them to yourself.

Again, thank you to everyone for your positive suggestions.

Somethingyesterday Mon 12-Aug-13 06:31:23

I think it should be a rule.

On requesting or suggesting a baby name you MUST declare the name of your parents schools, past and current partner's schools, your own and your siblings school(s). And, of course) the name of each if your existing children and any intended names.

Just so there can be no misunderstanding.

Thumbwitch Mon 12-Aug-13 06:32:44

Love how the classical Greek names appear now to be "pretentious" hmm

I like Ariadne. It's sadly under-used.

I wouldn't use Penelope though, as Penny can be a nn for both Penelope and Persephone.

Somethingyesterday Mon 12-Aug-13 06:39:10

Partners' schools (but of course they might all have been to the same one....)

brightonbythesea Mon 12-Aug-13 06:55:58

I met a beautiful lovely little girl called Cressida the other day. I think it goes nicely with persephone. laughing at the idoiotic subthread on here, what a waste of time. hope you find a name soon smile

FoxyRoxy Mon 12-Aug-13 07:14:11

Seraphina was my first thought. Allegra, Evangeline, Cressida?

treaclesoda Mon 12-Aug-13 07:17:08

I think I might be a peasant, but can someone explain how to pronounce Persephone?

And in the spirit of this discussion, may I just point out that I went to a very posh grammar school? wink

As it happens, I love classical type names, I'm just not sure of the pronunciation of this one.

katydid02 Mon 12-Aug-13 07:21:17


katydid02 Mon 12-Aug-13 07:21:44


baskingseals Mon 12-Aug-13 07:25:54


Skoggy Mon 12-Aug-13 07:27:28

Thea is a nice name. I went to school with a girl called Thea. The greek version is Theia.
Someone said Hera. Thats a nice one as well. I think the whole "Heaven and Hell" thing would be great.

NationMcKinley Mon 12-Aug-13 07:31:54

Aurora? I love the name Persephone BTW - do I need to add schools etc? grin

Thumbwitch Mon 12-Aug-13 07:34:21

Just vaguely remembered that someone scoffed at the names Mercedes and Porsche as well - Mercedes were named after Mr Benz's daughter, Mercedes (it was a name before it was a car) and the Porsche was named after Mr Porsche, but is also a girls' name (sadly meaning pig, so not an ideal appellation!)

If you're going to scoff and sneer at people's name choices, it's probably a good idea to see where they come from first.

Thumbwitch Mon 12-Aug-13 07:36:59

And that'll teach me to rely on memory - NOT Mr. Benz's daughter. Mr Emil Jellinek's daughter Mercedes. Sound principle, just inaccurate memory.blush

treaclesoda Mon 12-Aug-13 07:38:46

Thank you!

When I first read the thread I thought it was prounounced 'perse-phone' blush and it wasn't until another poster mentioned pronunciation that I realised I'd got it all wrong. Correct pronunciation makes all the difference, its rather nice when said correctly. Strong but feminine.

My own favourite classical name is Xanthe, I went to school with a girl of this name and thought it was so coolto have a name starting with X. I still do, if I'm honest.

katydid02 Mon 12-Aug-13 07:40:32

Xanthe is nice.
I have to ask, who knows whyI suggested Florence? smile

Skoggy Mon 12-Aug-13 07:56:08

Is it to do with Florence meaning to flower and Persephone being the Goddess of Spring?

Oriunda Mon 12-Aug-13 08:01:29

I have always loved Persephone (favourite Greek myth) and a DD would have had that name. Aurora is also great. Aurelia is also nice. Any of the other Greek goddess names would be fab though. Hebe and Cassandra in particular are lovely.

WeAll Mon 12-Aug-13 08:08:19


WeAll Mon 12-Aug-13 08:10:52


Laquila Mon 12-Aug-13 09:33:16

To be fair, none of us have any idea of the OP's background - for all you know, Hayley, she could be a Duchess or she could work down a coal mine. She could be Zara Phillips, or she could be Jordan. She likes the name Persephone - maybe likes its rhythm, cultural associations, nicknames, who bloody knows? And more to the point, who really cares? The thread is not called PLEASE JUDGE ME AND MY CHOICES.

Of course you're entitled to your opinion, but on a thread that's not asking for your opinion, why bother giving it? Everybody's names choices say something about them, and it is no less rude to judge people for "being posh" than it is for being (perceived as) lower-class, a la Katie Hopkins, for example.

OP, I think Serafina goes well with Persephone and agree it shortens nicely to Fi or Fina. Also what about like Jocelyn, Annabel, Corina, Anwen? Love Cordelia too but Cordy not a great nn, IMO.

Mendi Mon 12-Aug-13 09:52:58

I wouldn't go with Demeter. She was Persephone's mother, so would be a bit odd to have sisters one with the name of the "mother" of the other.

How about keeping it on an Underworld theme and going with Eurydice?

aufaniae Mon 12-Aug-13 10:23:56

To go onto someone's name thread and insult their existing child's name is pretty fucking low.

Hayley do you spend time in RL insulting children's names, or only when you can hide behind a screen?

FWIW we considered Persephone for DD and only didn't go for it as we know an adult Persephone quite well and it would have been a bit weird! Lovely name smile

Nyla Mon 12-Aug-13 10:35:14

How about Isis? I know its not on the Greek theme but love that name. Sissy is a cute nn.

mimitwo Mon 12-Aug-13 11:43:15

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I know mimi. Tis my fault as I seem to have goaded her [shamefaced]

<degree educated>


katydid02 Mon 12-Aug-13 13:07:21

Florence Nightingale's sister was called Persephone. I know I'm sad very well educated grin

katydid02 Mon 12-Aug-13 13:10:36

If you want another Greek name, how about Melissa?

Persephone being the goddess of spring and Melissa meaning bee seems to make the two names work together.

night1971 Mon 12-Aug-13 13:23:51

Florence Nightingale's sister was Parthenope. Similar to Persephone & easily mixed up.

night1971 Mon 12-Aug-13 13:28:32

Persephone and Aminta
Persephone and Athena
Persephone and Artemis

Guess I have a thing for the letter A!

onlysettleforbutterflies Mon 12-Aug-13 13:30:01

Glad someone pointed out out you pronounce Persephone, its so pretty and much nicer than the way I was reading it in my head lol - gorgeous choice OP.

Out of all the suggestions I like Seraphina best, they go lovely together.

katydid02 Mon 12-Aug-13 13:32:28

Oh heck, I knew that, it must be summer holiday brain!
I am so mortified that I have to name change or go and hide under a stone somewhere. blush

night1971 Mon 12-Aug-13 13:36:31

Persephone and Augusta

katydid02 - I have terrible memory apart from recalling very useless facts. Left the back door wide open the other night and then did it again last night!

burberryqueen Mon 12-Aug-13 13:38:07


EldritchCleavage Mon 12-Aug-13 13:45:31

I love Hera, but DH vetoed it. I love Thea too.

However, I'm not keen on 'themed' names. Any name ill do, as long as there are no unfortunate connotations when said with the sibling's name.

What about:
Noa (girl's version, though not generally used outside Israel I think)

(Can you tell I generally like short names?)

everlong Mon 12-Aug-13 14:03:18

Poncetastic! ( disclaimer I like ponce )

MrsOakenshield Mon 12-Aug-13 14:20:42

personally, I wouldn't go for Demeter - it's been a while since I read my Greek myths, but wasn't she Persephone's mother? Seems a bit odd to have mother-and-daughter sibling names.

Please go for Seraphina/Serafina - Serafina Pekkala rocks!

thesaurusgirl Mon 12-Aug-13 14:43:50










thesaurusgirl Mon 12-Aug-13 14:50:27






I win at this game, that classical education is finally useful grin

Everlong If I had know that DD would be born in October then she would have been Octavia. She was due in September and we had already picked her names.

thesaurusgirl Mon 12-Aug-13 14:55:45

Please tell me you called her Septima, Exit? I LOVE that name!

Noooo. She has a dull first name and an interesting middle name. I just liked Octavia but understood it was always intended for the 8th child confused

I also once read a book where the main character was called October and I thought it was the coolest of cool thing (I was about 9) and would really have liked to call DD that but didn't feel I could get away with it in the desolate and culturally deserted North West wink

everlong Mon 12-Aug-13 15:04:31

All the best girls are born in October Exit wink

ilovebabytv Mon 12-Aug-13 15:05:06


Viviennemary Mon 12-Aug-13 15:06:39

Heavens! It's like a Debs coming out ball on this thread. grin

thesaurusgirl Mon 12-Aug-13 15:10:51

I'll have you I acquired my classical education in that desolate cultural desert, Exit hmm. Grin.

I have a classical first name (think Macedonian conqueror and English princess) but wish the parents had gone for something a bit more unusual. I've always fancied Jocasta or Ismene but can understand the objections!)

Vivienne is underused.

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 12-Aug-13 19:04:55

We're a bit late coming to this but would remind you all that while names are OBVIOUSLY subjective (mine has been listed here grin) this is not fight club.
Our guidelines
Peace and love all


baskingseals Mon 12-Aug-13 19:06:31

I hope it helps!

PinkGlove Mon 12-Aug-13 20:00:00

When I saw the title I immediately thought Seraphina!

Coconutty Mon 12-Aug-13 20:11:05

Some fucking idiots on here. Anyone care where I went to school, what school my DCs are at and my disposable income?

Thought not.

Very late Olivia. Have you been busy on other stuff?

JacqueslePeacock Mon 12-Aug-13 20:30:28

Olivia is a nice name...

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 12-Aug-13 20:32:12


Very late Olivia. Have you been busy on other stuff?

Have been busy doing shock RL
Potty training today hmmwine

Anyway peace and love all.

WeAll Mon 12-Aug-13 20:42:04

I quite like Hope or Honor.

SoftSheen Mon 12-Aug-13 20:48:39

Aphrodite (nn Affy?).

I actually really like Seraphina and think it goes well with Persephone.

SoftSheen Mon 12-Aug-13 20:50:35

Also love the thought of a little baby called Britannia grin

Oh yes. The potty. Have fun!

NapaCab Mon 12-Aug-13 21:00:32

In my head, Persephone and Demeter are always linked because I first encountered those two names when reading the myth and thought they both sounded lovely. So go with Demeter, OP, and you can call her Demi for short!

yourcruisedirector Mon 12-Aug-13 21:03:10

Peace out ladies thanks

Loooove so many of these names, but then I get bogged down in the associated myths or modern adaptations and feel I can't use them. I have a Shakespearean name for DD which we love but I may be a bit braver next time and go classical. Hardly anyone knows the background anyway grin

OP I think perhaps a shorter name for your next DD might be nice, as two four-plus syllable names might sound a bit much. Thea is lovely; Helen, and there are loads of lovely names above.

I do like Andromache, Calliope and Cressida though smile

Do you like anything new from the thread OP?

yourcruisedirector Mon 12-Aug-13 21:09:29

Cleopatra's sisters were:

And her daughter was Cleopatra Selene.

I always imagine the nn 'Arsi' for the first one wink

NationMcKinley Mon 12-Aug-13 21:17:05

Isis is lovely. I also love Honor. If you wanted to step away from the classics, then what about Jemima?

Came on here to say Jemima. Think it goes really well

BigTravellingClown Mon 12-Aug-13 22:09:10


PipkinsPal Mon 12-Aug-13 22:10:25

Pandora or Cassandra

Nyla Mon 12-Aug-13 22:25:04

I meant to say earlier, now I know the correct pronunciation or Persephone I think its one of the prettiest names I've ever heard. (I'm not v good at spelling etc and was thinking it was pronounced like telephone.lol)

Another names that's popped into my head is Anais x

bonbonpixie Mon 12-Aug-13 23:57:06

OP it's a lovely name. It's classic but unusual. I understand the difficulty you must be having to come up with another equally beautiful name. I knew a family growing up, they had three children. Octavia, Ariadne and Jo... Just Jo.
As for the rest of the rubbish on this thread, well surely any word can be insulting. In your context Hayley the posh quip seemed insulting. Just as using the term peasant. But then I believe it was used to insult you....
I think you are entitled to an opinion but my goodness people say it once and move on!! How bloody boring, sniping back and forwards. Move on and stop spoiling this lovely naming thread.

Oriunda Tue 13-Aug-13 07:13:24

I love Isis! If Persephone hadn't been accepted by my DH (if DS had been DD) then my next name would have been Ophelia. If that was still a no, then Aurelia would have been next. I have also always loved Circe but has since been ruined by Game of Thrones and I also know pronounciation would have be an issue!

SmallOrangeGiraffe Tue 13-Aug-13 10:59:53

Thanks again guys! I do have a son with a two syllable name, just wanted the girls to have 4 to match. Can't use Jemima as that name is already in the family.

We do like Seraphena, but as our DD nn is Sephie, think they sound so similar (my DH has trouble with our names as it is lol!), even if her nn is Fifi (Sephie & FiFi - think his brain would explode!)

Still leaning towards Anastasia - but just don't like that she may get called Stacey when she's older. I like Circee (never seen/read game of thrones, but think that would be too obvious). Have given all the other suggestions to my husband, again nothing we agree on - I'm quite liking Pandora at the mo too!

If it were up to me would call her Beatrix - love that name, but husband has veteod that one!

I really appreciate all your suggestions thanks, again doesn't have to be from Greek mythology or any other connection. Will keep working on DH, see if he'll change his thoughts on all the other suggestions grin

TwllBach Tue 13-Aug-13 11:27:55

I'm late to the thread, but I adore the name Persephone - I found it first in the Malorie Blackman books like someone up thread, and I love Seraphina as well smile

I realise I'm not helping at all, but I have stored a lot of these names for future use grin

Oriunda Tue 13-Aug-13 12:43:47

Anastasia is lovely. If it helps, I would never think of shortening it to Stacey ..... More likely Ana/Anna.

aufaniae Tue 13-Aug-13 12:54:56

Anastasia is lovely (we considered it also!) but are you aware it's the name of the main character in the (undeservedly IMO) popular 50 Shades?

There will probably be a rise in them (2012 stats are out, would be interesting to see if there was) and are you comfortable with people thinking that she's named after appallingly written 50 Shades?

MissBetseyTrotwood Tue 13-Aug-13 12:58:03

Phoebe I think would go well.

You can pass down all the P stuff then too.

Bowlersarm Tue 13-Aug-13 13:06:11

Cecelia? Araminta? Arabella? Have they been mentioned.

OP - am very shocked that Hayley had the atrocious manners to be rude about your already named daughter. How very very rude of her. (She or her old Etonion DH wink should know better)

Persephone is a great name.

Rooners Tue 13-Aug-13 13:17:08

Oh there are some lovely, lovely names on here. I hope you find something suitable.

One name I can't stand is Hayley, actually. That's quite ironic isn't it. smile

But that's not on the list so that's Ok.


EldritchCleavage Tue 13-Aug-13 13:35:09

I like Larissa too

DeeLighted Tue 13-Aug-13 13:39:31

How about

Delphine/ Delphi

MissBetseyTrotwood Tue 13-Aug-13 13:46:17

I like Aphra lots, and Leda.

I would always think of the Vauxhall Sapphira though!

Pinupgirl Tue 13-Aug-13 13:51:27

I do think Persephone is a bit try hard but it is a lovely name none the less.

I like

My dd is named one of the abovewink

Couldn't help seeing Aufanaie - suggested by thesaurusgirl as Orphan Annie - just so you know the weird associations one poster may make !

BeCool Tue 13-Aug-13 14:00:12

my first thought was Seraphina

Minion Tue 13-Aug-13 14:16:05

Persephone and Alexandra
Persephone and Natalia
Persephone and Josephine
Persephone and Isolde

If you really must use names based on nn potential, then...
Seffie and Lexy (prefer Andra myself)
Seffie and Talia (potential name in itself)
Seffie and Josey/Phine
Seffie and Issy

I've got to say, I'm loving all the classical names. Good work girls.
If I can get my DH to agree I'm going with them too.
I love Aurora the best though. How nice, a new child meaning 'dawn'!

Slavetominidictator Tue 13-Aug-13 14:39:11

Absolutely love Persephone.

How about Perdita? Although two names beginning with per could be impractical/annoying... Love nn Perdy (although Dalmatians link not ideal).

Another poster suggested Damaris and I think that is stunning too. If I had a more imaginative / malleable dh, I would absolutely have gone for that name.

winkygirl Tue 13-Aug-13 17:20:13

Rosamund? Madeleine?

mathanxiety Tue 13-Aug-13 19:49:27

I like Anastasia and Persephone.

mathanxiety Tue 13-Aug-13 19:55:56

OP, the Anastasia I know very well is not known as Stacey despite the fondest wishes of her grandmother, whom she was named after and who always wanted that nn for herself [no accounting for taste]. She is known by a name she herself made up as a baby when asked her name in a spirit of fun well before anyone suspected she understood what anyone was saying - it was a perfectly nice nn and it stuck, more in the Ann direction but not Ann.

aufaniae Tue 13-Aug-13 20:18:49

JugglingFromHereToThere I never thought of that! grin

NationMcKinley Tue 13-Aug-13 20:30:24

I know a beautiful Adelina which (IMO) works well with Persephone

TiggyD Tue 13-Aug-13 21:29:23

Persephone 2.

TheFillyjonk Tue 13-Aug-13 22:22:18

..... Xochiquetzal? Xochipilli? grin

< waves to aufaniae smile >

specialmagiclady Wed 14-Aug-13 07:14:58

Bypassing the ridiculous snobbery going on here, please subject your name choices to the "holler test." Can you go into a park and shout them at the top of your voice as a pair? Along the lines of: "Persephone ! Stop putting sand in Attalanta's hair!"

If you are happy to be that woman, go for another long and classical name that "goes with" Persephone. Bear in mind, though, that something simple might go just as well.

Ps Serafina is pretty - Seffie as nickname?

TobyLerone Wed 14-Aug-13 07:38:59

This thread is hilarious grin

I love Persephone and it's on our list (along with Cordelia, Evangeline and several others mentioned) for DC3.

But what do I know? I only went to grammar school.

What the hell is a 'try hard' name anyway? Trying hard to what? Name your kid is the only thing I can think of.

And am shocked at astoundingly rude posters slagging the name of an existing child. That's unnecessarily nasty.

Personally I think something simple and classic like Helena although there are some lovely names suggested here.

nurseneedshelp Wed 14-Aug-13 08:25:32

Peresphone? Seriously?

Fucksake hmm

MikeOxard Wed 14-Aug-13 08:34:59


Thumbwitch Wed 14-Aug-13 10:59:15

ABsolutely, GML.
How very fucking rude, nurseneedshelp.

TobyLerone Wed 14-Aug-13 11:05:43

To be fair, Peresphone is a stupid name.

SmallOrangeGiraffe Wed 14-Aug-13 11:07:34

Exactly - what is wrong with people, are they being deliberately thick?!

Did I say 'please slag off my 2 year old daughters name in the op title' have they even read the whole of the thread - I doubt it!

I know what, lets all post our kids names and then I can slag them off! hmm

SmallOrangeGiraffe Wed 14-Aug-13 11:10:28

Hi mods, please delete and close this whole thread!

I don't see how its fair to slag off my 2 year old daughter on a public forum - utterly shocked at some of the members on here!!!

Mumsnet has totally gone down in my estimation, some people are complete tools!!!

TobyLerone Wed 14-Aug-13 11:13:36

OP, perhaps you ought to calm down a bit.

Nobody is 'slagging off' your daughter.

A few rude twats people have made fun of her name. Most people have said how lovely it is, and given you some helpful suggestions.

Ignore the idiots. Get some perspective. It's the internet.

SmallOrangeGiraffe Wed 14-Aug-13 11:16:47

Thats fine - but I don't have to read all this venom about my childs name, hence I'd like the thread closed and deleted!

Nothing wrong with that is there? People can then move on to other threads to troll - if you can't say anything nice - don't say anything at all as my mother used to say.

SmallOrangeGiraffe Wed 14-Aug-13 11:18:09

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TobyLerone Wed 14-Aug-13 11:20:34

Ok. Whatever. But you're massively overreacting. It's not 'venom'. It's stupid people being stupid. They're everywhere.

You need to report your thread and ask MNHQ to delete it. I'm not sure they just delete every thread they're asked to, especially where there aren't personal attacks or anything, but you can ask.

TobyLerone Wed 14-Aug-13 11:21:18

Sorry? Where have I been rude? I said it was a lovely name and one we were considering!

SmallOrangeGiraffe Wed 14-Aug-13 11:23:27

This one:

TobyLerone Wed 14-Aug-13 11:05:43

To be fair, Peresphone is a stupid name.

gillywillywoo Wed 14-Aug-13 11:25:22

Actually OP, I think Toby was making a bit of fun of another poster (nurseneedshelp) when she said "peresphone" is a stupid name.. Because the other poster spelt it wrong and Toby was making light of that!!!!

Somethingyesterday Wed 14-Aug-13 11:26:04

OP Look carefully at what Toby actually wrote. She was mocking the wrong spelling of another poster. Not your Dd's actual name. I had to read it twice myself smile

TobyLerone Wed 14-Aug-13 11:26:43

Calm down. Read it again.

I was taking the piss out of the person who spelt the name wrong (nurse whatever -- can't be arsed to go back a page.)

Perhaps being slightly irrationally ragey made you miss the deliberate misspelling. Or temporarily stole your sense of humour. It happens.

How ironic that I am the only one who is having actual personal attacks thrown their way grin

SmallOrangeGiraffe Wed 14-Aug-13 11:26:51

Ok well if thats the case I've obv. missed it and I apologies to Toby

gillywillywoo Wed 14-Aug-13 11:27:06

Exactly OP. I think you need to read the posts before you have a go at Toby.

Nurseneedshelp misspelt Persephone as "peresphone" and Toby was saying "yes, PERESPHONE IS stupid".

TobyLerone Wed 14-Aug-13 11:27:13

X-posted. Thanks smile

Choccyhobnob Wed 14-Aug-13 11:27:59

I'm totally late to this but I can't stop thinking H names for some reason!


Would all be beautiful with Persephone smile

gillywillywoo Wed 14-Aug-13 11:28:00

Ps HELLO TOBY!!! smile
Hope you're well. See how I came to your rescue? LOL.

TobyLerone Wed 14-Aug-13 11:29:55

Hi gilly grin

I'm grand thanks! And much appreciated wink

Every now and again I spy on the old threads. Fx for you flowers

OhDearNigel Wed 14-Aug-13 11:31:17


gillywillywoo Wed 14-Aug-13 11:32:16

Thanks Toby ! grinsmilethanks

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 14-Aug-13 11:47:03
everlong Wed 14-Aug-13 12:01:45

Good lord.

Who'd have thought the name Persephone could cause this much drama?!

Have you had any more thoughts OP?

PearlyWhites Wed 14-Aug-13 12:21:50

Petrova is lovely from ballet shoes

EldritchCleavage Wed 14-Aug-13 12:28:06

Oh, ignore the wind-up faction, OP, best way to annoy them.

What about:


NationMcKinley Wed 14-Aug-13 13:21:33

I know it's not 4 syllables, but how about Dido? Please come back and let us know what names you like!

I love Helena. So elegant.

I had missed Toby's irony as well.

<cleans glasses>

thesaurusgirl Wed 14-Aug-13 14:18:10

I've thought of another few, some not quite on your deity theme, but still from the Latin/Greek/Sanskrit/Arabic:




Suriya (or Soraya)



thesaurusgirl Wed 14-Aug-13 14:21:57

And to digress slightly, I'm amazed that there is a Mumsnet poster called Aufaniaie (sp?)

In which case, I also offer Nehellenia and Germania.

thesaurusgirl Wed 14-Aug-13 14:38:44

Some more that popped into my head (I need to get a life):












Artemisia (TWO feminist icons in one name)


everlong Wed 14-Aug-13 14:40:56

Love Leonora.

umbrellahead Wed 14-Aug-13 14:52:55

I think that because you've used the (gorgeous) nickname Sephie for your DD that Serafina is probably not useable this time. Instead, how about -


Labootin Wed 14-Aug-13 15:03:17

I know it's not been an official suggestion but an author mentioned on this thread but I'm really beginning to like Malorie (Blackman)

I'm a complete pleb though so it's probably a blokes name.

wow - really long thread with some 'interesting' diversions.

OP - I know of a little Anastasia with the NN Tasie, Sephie and Tasie would be fine to shout in the park (PP's holler test) and Persephone and Anastasia go together really well.

My other suggestion, which I think was mentioned ages ago but may have been missed in the confusion is Hermione (although you would then have 2 DD's with potentially mispronounced names, if that would bother you)

Allthatglitters789 Wed 14-Aug-13 15:23:38


SmallOrangeGiraffe Wed 14-Aug-13 18:49:35

Malerie's quite nice, granny-chic - will test out the suggestions and others on DH - I have a feeling its a no, lol!

nurseneedshelp Wed 14-Aug-13 21:24:34

I didn't actually say it was a stupid name!
Just "unusual" !

BetsyBell Wed 14-Aug-13 21:27:13

Serafina can be shortened to Sefa, which is lovely.

BetsyBell Wed 14-Aug-13 21:29:59

Hmm, I guess I posted that without reading much of the thread then... As you were.

pussycatwillum Wed 14-Aug-13 21:51:24

Persephone and Stephanie

You could shorten the (beautiful) Seraphina to Fee?

How about
Aneira (An eye raa)

I seem to be liking names beginning with A!

Or Angelina?

SaucyJack Wed 14-Aug-13 23:23:09

We already have a Persephone (Sephie) and an Ophelia (Fifi). Our next bubba will be Isolde (Issy) or Aloysius if he's a boy.

And I live in a council flat.

TheBleedinObvious Thu 15-Aug-13 03:50:03

I would stay away from all names that would be shortened to something with ss/ff sounds that would be too similar to your dd's nickname. May i suggest?





Nicknames: nina, Lina, vina, eva, Evie

mathanxiety Thu 15-Aug-13 04:15:10

Cornelia (Roman)

SoleSource Sat 17-Aug-13 10:44:42


Dimitiesofblue Sat 17-Aug-13 22:22:23

Don't take it personally, OP, not easy I know. They're just commenting on the name, they don't know you or your daughter.

I didn't see this thread before I posted mine (asking for opinions on Persephone). But I'd put an Octavia as a sibling or an Isadora.

What are reactions to the name in real life, Smallorange? And do you constantly have to spell it for people?

WinkyWinkola Sat 17-Aug-13 22:25:49

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WinkyWinkola Sat 17-Aug-13 22:51:14

Love Isadora.

mathanxiety Sat 17-Aug-13 22:55:40

They're commenting on themselves and their own insecurity.

TobyLerone Sat 17-Aug-13 23:39:12

Excellent. Take the moral high ground by calling someone names hmm

dontputaringonit Sun 18-Aug-13 00:01:54

Wow what a load of bollocks on this thread!

I was going to say Angelina too.

Holler test: 'Seff! Ange!' Perfect.

ps if your husband went to Eton and isn't PM or MoL, he failed. wink

dontputaringonit Sun 18-Aug-13 00:04:34

I really want an Ophelia. I hope it isn't number one in the charts by the time I end up getting up duffed.

pencilsharpener Sun 18-Aug-13 18:28:18





Ohhelpohnoitsa Sun 18-Aug-13 23:06:08

octavia & juliette

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