Anyone remember me and my Beauden thread?

(101 Posts)
frettingmum Wed 14-Aug-13 22:34:07


Does anyone remember me? You wonderful people totally put me off the name Beauden and gave me a really tough time ; )). In the end we had baby Skyler who is now almost three!!!

Well, here I am again. And I need help. Again. How about Beauden; ). Seriously, I need another girl's soft nature name. I've considered

Luna (someone said it seemed dark with the moon links and now not sure)

Echo (probably just too crazy)

Indigo (someone mentioned the Indigo children)

Meadow (bit too much like a clump of grass)

Any thoughts on these? And any other ideas. I've got a feeling this little one will be having a nature name starting with 'I' or 'E' but I haven't found it yet!!

SingingSands Wed 14-Aug-13 22:42:31


Knew a little girl called this once, always thought it was a fab name.

SingingSands Wed 14-Aug-13 22:44:00

Think it could be Anari too?

devonsmummy Wed 14-Aug-13 22:45:43


LauraChant Wed 14-Aug-13 22:46:37

Estelle (star)?

devonsmummy Wed 14-Aug-13 22:47:26


pongping Wed 14-Aug-13 22:47:54

Inari is a type of sushi!

devonsmummy Wed 14-Aug-13 22:49:23


LauraChant Wed 14-Aug-13 22:50:59


SanityClause Wed 14-Aug-13 22:53:23

Luna is lovely.

When we see the moon, we always say "Luna!"

Although Skyler and Luna sound a bit samey together, I think, so maybe not.

KittenCaboodle Wed 14-Aug-13 22:53:40

Ember is lovely!

How about Willow or Ianthe?

BikeRunSki Wed 14-Aug-13 22:54:53


Eben (boy's name, means Stone)
I rather like Echo


gallicgirl Wed 14-Aug-13 22:57:08


NotInGuatemalaNowDrRopata Wed 14-Aug-13 23:13:00

Sorry, but wouldn't Luna be called Lunatic all the time? I would hate my daughter to have a nickname like that.

Tortoise Wed 14-Aug-13 23:19:13

I love Indigo.

Rhubarbgarden Wed 14-Aug-13 23:32:09

I remember your thread. Congratulations.

I like Echo actually, or how about Anemone? It's a bit out there but I love it.

formicadinosaur Wed 14-Aug-13 23:34:01

Willow hero

formicadinosaur Wed 14-Aug-13 23:34:29


Coconutty Wed 14-Aug-13 23:38:36

Eden is a nice name. Bit different but still a real name.

I like Indiana too or Ebony or Raine.

smother Thu 15-Aug-13 00:07:22


frettingmum Thu 15-Aug-13 01:03:41

Thank you so much for some great input already. I liked Eden but dh hates it. Some lovely suggestions. So I'm not crazy afterall liking Echo??

MartyrStewart Thu 15-Aug-13 01:07:57

I love Rowan.

BetsyJPierce Thu 15-Aug-13 01:12:06

Eden. Convince DH! smile

prissyenglisharriviste Thu 15-Aug-13 01:52:46

We have friends with children Forest, Meadow, Ocean, Meadow and Willow.

All are fine. You'll have to keep on popping babies to make anyone bat an eyelid at samey nature names in these parts.

Oh, my favourites are Wolf and Rainbow, the most adorable brother and sister who look like catalogue kids. Wolf is exceptionally cherubic.

Mine was going to be Hebe.

mathanxiety Thu 15-Aug-13 06:23:43

Congratulations! Doesn't time fly? Seems like only yesterday you had baby Skyler. Your thread is one that stands out in my mind. Hope he is a great little 3 yo.

I really like Echo. However, the practical side of me is shaking her head.

How about
Aven (a small, blue mountain flower)
Glen (not a boys' name any more)
Eirlys (Welsh for snowdrop)
Zytka (Polish 'rosebud')
Cassia/ Keziah

Rhubarbgarden Thu 15-Aug-13 07:54:51


I remember!
Can't believe Skyler is 3 already!

I have no suggestions to make...I haven't had any coffee yet...I'll get back to you grin

Oh I love Aven!

<steals for own list>

I like Meadow too...brings such lovely images to my mind smile

There's a little girl at pre-school called Ishtar - lovely name

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Thu 15-Aug-13 08:28:40

What about a middle name for Echo?

Echo, echo, echo, echo....

Kezztrel Thu 15-Aug-13 08:52:45

I like Echo too! It is a bit out there, but it looks and sounds nice and is soft and naturey without being cutesy.

littlepeas Thu 15-Aug-13 09:18:50

I liked Boden when I was pregnant with ds2! We didn't use it though (too scared).

Clover or Aurelia.

Sunnysummer Thu 15-Aug-13 10:22:49

Love Echo! And it's got the classical side as well as the hippy one (and while Echo may have been a bit of a silly nymph, the same could be said about plenty of the other Greek mythological names too).

Meadow is not my personal cup of tea, but to me it's my preference of the others and also goes well with Skylar.

Luna is pretty but may not give her a distinct enough name from her big sister.

RalphtheTimid Thu 15-Aug-13 10:48:02


Teamjavert Thu 15-Aug-13 10:52:27

Don't call the poor kid Echo. She'll have people thinking that they're funny and saying her name twice. Meadow is lovely. Indigo is nice.

I can't believe your ds is almost three. I remember the thread well.

CoteDAzur Thu 15-Aug-13 10:56:34

Boden? shock

Is this how "names" like Bailey, Chardonnay etc start, I wonder...

Please don't do it. And don't name your child Echo.

RiceorChips Thu 15-Aug-13 12:22:06


Bullets Thu 15-Aug-13 12:30:35


FoxyRoxy Thu 15-Aug-13 12:50:44

I really like indigo and indi is a lovely nn.

BoreOfWhabylon Thu 15-Aug-13 12:52:15

I really like Echo but if you like Luna, how about Selene? Selene was Greek moon goddess, equivalent of Roman Luna.

FoxyRoxy Thu 15-Aug-13 12:52:33


littlepeas Thu 15-Aug-13 13:31:31

Boden is a proper name - it is French and means messenger!

CoteDAzur Thu 15-Aug-13 14:30:19

I live in France, speak fluent French, and have never heard this word "boden" you say means "messenger".

Here is Le Dictionnaire, where you can see that a search for the word "boden" yields zero results.

"Messenger" in French is.... Messager (Surprise! smile)

Theas18 Thu 15-Aug-13 14:31:56

REad the myth before you name a child Echo

MummyPig24 Thu 15-Aug-13 15:20:01


mathanxiety Thu 15-Aug-13 15:29:44

YoureAllABunchOfBastards grin

mathanxiety Thu 15-Aug-13 15:31:52

Irish for Echo is Macalla, pronounced Mock-OLL-a

littlepeas Thu 15-Aug-13 15:45:22

I don't mean it is a French word that means messenger, I mean that the name originates from France and the meaning of the name is messenger. It is also a Scandinavian name, meaning shelter - here since we are proving things with links.

It is not clever to belittle people on the Internet, even if you do speak fluent French.

mathanxiety Thu 15-Aug-13 16:30:20

I would take explanations of Boden with a huge dollop of salt.

'Saint Bodey' in Thinkbabynames is in fact Blessed John Bodey

CoteDAzur Thu 15-Aug-13 16:54:35

Well, there is no such French name, either. Old or new. If there were, I suspect French baby name websites would have some record of it.

Instead, they all seem to say "This name doesn't exist in our database". This, this, and this are the top three hits when you search for "prénoms" and they all say "no such name".

I'm sorry that you felt intimidated by the fact that I speak French. I mentioned it to show where I am coming from (I.e. not a position of ignorance) not to "belittle" you.

CoteDAzur Thu 15-Aug-13 17:02:29

By the way, when a message ends with smile, that is a sign that it is light-hearted. How you thought that was "belittling" is beyond me, but then again, MN is weirdly touchy at the moment.

thegreylady Thu 15-Aug-13 17:06:41


LePamplemousseMousse Thu 15-Aug-13 17:09:45

I really love Indigo, Indie for short. Colour of the sea on a perfect summer day...

SeeBoobies Thu 15-Aug-13 19:25:55


Rtfairy Thu 15-Aug-13 20:29:20

Love your taste in names OP, love Indigo or Luna. How about Willow?

frettingmum Thu 15-Aug-13 22:51:55

Thanks everyone. Such helpful suggestions. I'm still liking Luna but don't like the loonie connotations or the fact some link it with dark magic etc. So that probably won't be the one. Also, I've just looked at the character of Loonie Lovegood and it's all a bit sad.

I still like Echo but it's not going to happen. Too much potential for name calling and I didn't like the mythology story either.

Actually, Indigo has grown on me. But I just need to look into this Indigo child saga - I don't know what it is. Why do all the names I like have bad backgrounds? I really liked Cypress for a boy until I read it's a tree commonly found in graveyards.

I also like the suggestions of Meadow and Willow but dh thinks they are too weak and wishy washy.

So tonight's favourite in this house is Indigo. See what tomorrow brings. Still love Arizona (adore Scottsdale) but again know it's daft.

mathanxiety Thu 15-Aug-13 23:08:35

Sage (like Paige but not Paige)
Rosemary (so old it's new)

Neva (the river, flows through St Petersburg)

The Indigo child thing is very woo.

frettingmum Thu 15-Aug-13 23:27:16

Ok. This Indigo child saga is new to me. Wondering if it would put you off calling your child Indigo? Similarly, would the dark side of Luna and the character Luna Lovegood who lost her mum at 9 put you off the name Luna? Or am I just thinking too much? : ))

KittenCaboodle Thu 15-Aug-13 23:48:44

Indigo -yes, don't go there. Personally I think Echo is less 'out there' than Luna. Luna is awful, and the Harry Potter associations not good.

Have you abandoned Ember? That's a good one and Amber is also fab.

How about:

Rilla or Rillia

Tortoise Fri 16-Aug-13 00:33:23

I know a girl called Arizona, nn Ari.

I don't know the Indigo child saga thing so wouldn't let it put me off a name.

Tortoise Fri 16-Aug-13 00:37:27

Ok, I googled so I could see if it would put me off.
This is what it says Indigo children, according to a pseudoscientific New Age concept, are children who are believed to possess special, unusual and sometimes supernatural traits or abilities.

This does not put me off at all. Just a shame I'm not likely to have anymore dc.

mathanxiety Fri 16-Aug-13 04:49:26

This is from wikipedia:
"...A variety of books, conferences and related materials have been created surrounding belief in the idea of indigo children and their nature and abilities. The interpretations of these beliefs range from their being the next stage in human evolution, in some cases possessing paranormal abilities such as telepathy, to the belief that they are more empathetic and creative than their peers.

Although no scientific studies give credibility to the existence of indigo children or their traits, the phenomenon appeals to some parents whose children have been diagnosed with learning disabilities and to parents seeking to believe that their children are special. Skeptics view this as a way for parents to avoid proper (and generally pharmaceutical) pediatric treatment or a psychiatric diagnosis. The list of traits used to describe the children has also been criticized for being vague enough to be applied to almost anyone..

...Descriptions of indigo children include:

the belief that they are empathetic, curious, strong-willed, independent, and often perceived by friends and family as being strange;
possess a clear sense of self-definition and purpose;
exhibit a strong innate sub-conscious spirituality from early childhood (which, however, does not necessarily imply a direct interest in spiritual or religious areas);
a strong feeling of entitlement, or "deserving to be here."

Other alleged traits include:

a high intelligence quotient, an inherent intuitive ability; and
resistance to rigid, control-based paradigms of authority.

According to Tober and Carroll, indigo children may function poorly in conventional schools due to their rejection of rigid authority, being smarter (or more spiritually mature) than their teachers, and a lack of response to guilt-, fear- or manipulation-based discipline"

In other words, they are the children of parents who treat them as deities whereas they are in fact badly behaved who have never herd the word no, who are disruptive in school and probably very unpopular among their peers - what their parents may call 'misunderstood'. It is PFBism run amok.

mathanxiety Fri 16-Aug-13 04:49:42

heard, not herd

mathanxiety Fri 16-Aug-13 04:51:17



frettingmum Fri 16-Aug-13 12:12:07

Indigo - too much baggage

Luna - too many dark moon connections and the Loonie Lovegood

Echo - still like but bit out there and mythology story is sad.

Into the bin they go : ((

Haven anyone? Meadow too weak? Raine too depressing? Aagh. Got a boy's name but this little bean is a girl, I strongly suspect : ))

frettingmum Fri 16-Aug-13 12:16:06

By the way I quite like Ember but we have an Amber in the close family so would be confusing. Oh, and I like Celeste - but isn't it a contraceptive pill brand ; ))

frettingmum Fri 16-Aug-13 12:18:36

Ok. It's spelt Cilest. Too close though for my liking. Good job I'm not looking for a boy's name because I have just noticed the advert for Boden at the bottom of the page. By the way, Skyler isn't quite 3 - few weeks to go.

mathanxiety Fri 16-Aug-13 13:45:57

Haven is gorgeous.

There is Celestine or Celestina?

flakjacket Fri 16-Aug-13 13:53:32

There's an Echo at school and she's never had any problems with name calling...

JacqueslePeacock Fri 16-Aug-13 19:35:00

Iris is lovely. What about Aspen? Elm? (I like trees!) Ivy? It doesn't begin with a vowel, but Linden is beautiful.

KittenCaboodle Fri 16-Aug-13 19:50:20

Haven is a holiday camp... Don't go there!

KittenCaboodle Fri 16-Aug-13 19:58:26

How about:


frettingmum Fri 16-Aug-13 22:27:03

Thanks for the replies. Tonight's update. Think I've dismissed all my old ideas. Ha ha. I know Haven is a holiday camp. Also dh pointed out that Mrs Haven has shaven in it but that's just daft. Still liking Echo but perhaps i am looking for something a bit prettier. Also love Aspen for a boy but dh says it would be shortened to Ass. He puts me off all my names : ((. I also still like Meadow because of the nice images it conveys but dh says it conjures up cow pats to him. Ho hum. Thanks for the other suggestions although some are just a bit too out there for me (believe it or not).

omg yes! i remember Beauden!!!

Skyler is a fantastic name, love it!

I love the names Luna and Indigo.. .indigo children link wouldn't put me off in the slightest, it's not really a well-known thing is it?

in fact, yes, Indigo is great. you could call her Indie for short

Coconutty Fri 16-Aug-13 22:30:16

What about Summer?

Coconutty Fri 16-Aug-13 22:30:29

Or Autumn?

Susandeath Fri 16-Aug-13 22:40:24

Seren - Welsh for star. my phone autocorrected to Serenity, which I also think is nice.

Tortoise Fri 16-Aug-13 22:40:49

thisisyesterday Nice to see someone else who thinks the same as me re indigo. Indie is a cute nn.

Rhubarbgarden Fri 16-Aug-13 23:00:11

How about Satine? I think it goes very nicely with Skyler.

frettingmum Fri 16-Aug-13 23:17:29

Hmm. Some nice suggestions there. Perhaps I should hang on to Indigo for now. Coconutty - I already have an Autumn. I have two others as well but didn't want to name them all for recognition. They're all nature names though and I love them all.

frettingmum Fri 16-Aug-13 23:19:35

By the way, if Skyler had been a girl we had a name we loved - Sonnet. But I told my mum when Skyler was born and she said "good job it's a boy. Sonnet sounds like 'sod it' : /

TiredyCustards Sat 17-Aug-13 07:46:36

I know a little girl called Nova.

Has anyone said Wren?

cuillereasoupe Sat 17-Aug-13 11:53:00

FWIW, I've never encountered Boden as a name in France either, but Bote means "messenger" in German.

VelvetStrider Sat 17-Aug-13 12:06:31

I remember you! Arizonagirl/Mike1964?

Do you want a more abstract, general nature name rather than the name of a specific plant, rock, cloud formation etc?

I'll have a think! smile

Iamnormalish Sat 17-Aug-13 12:17:33


KittenCaboodle Sat 17-Aug-13 13:20:06

>Do you want a more abstract, general nature name rather than the name of a specific plant, rock, cloud formation etc?

Love this as an idea...

Cumulonimbus nimbus???! grin. (Sorry OP)

Rhubarbgarden Sat 17-Aug-13 15:00:48

Actually, Cirrus is rather nice.

JacqueslePeacock Sat 17-Aug-13 18:33:03

What about Linnet? At least as nice as Sonnet, without the "sod it" problem. And a Linnet is a beautiful bird.

mathanxiety Sat 17-Aug-13 18:34:22

I know someone named Symphony, Simi for short. Twouldn't be my cup of tea but not an unattractive name (inspired by recall of the name Sonnet).

And your old name makes me suggest Nevada.
Which makes me think of Sierra...

HansieMom Sat 17-Aug-13 18:37:09

How about Bree? Could remind you of gentle breeze.

frettingmum Sat 17-Aug-13 21:21:21

Thanks so much for taking the time to think and then post your suggestions!!! I feel so guilty that nothing else has grabbed me yet : ((. Actually, that's not quite true. Kind of like Linnet and Cirrus but for a boy. Again River is lovely for a boy. And I like Summer but not with Autumn. A reason I discounted Winter for a boy. You have also identified one of our two top names for a boy - Aspen. Dh thinks he might be nicknamed Ass though.

Favourites tonight are still Luna and Meadow.

dinkydonky Sat 17-Aug-13 22:51:13

Dahlia (or Delia?)
Calla (I LOVE this!)

Bit more mainstream

ZolaBuddleia Sun 18-Aug-13 08:03:22

I remember you too!!

Astrid - or would your DH be totally unreasonable worried about the 'ass' thing too?

FrauGrau Sun 18-Aug-13 09:02:30

Echo can also be spelled Ekho. Somehow I prefer that

kelda Sun 18-Aug-13 09:12:12

I remember the Beauden threadgrin

What about Isabeau?


cuillereasoupe Sun 18-Aug-13 12:13:19

How about Bree? Could remind you of gentle breeze.

Or cheese...

Talking of breezes, how about Zephyr or Sirocco?

largeginandtonic Sun 18-Aug-13 12:22:50

Beau. Great name for a boy.

Like Echo, Rainbow and Wolf. Wolfie was on the list for my last baby.

JacqueslePeacock Sun 18-Aug-13 18:17:19

I knew a beautiful girl called Aster once, after the flower. Would that work? She never had it shortened (to ass or anything else), as far as I know.

Linnet is definitely a girl's name, not a boy's name. Have you read the great Children of Green Knowe books? There's a girl in there called Linnet.

Alternatively, what about Sorrel? That's a nice nature name for a girl.

JacqueslePeacock Sun 18-Aug-13 18:18:24

BTW, if you are worried about nicknames, I'd say Loony from Luna would be much more obvious a problem than Ass from Aspen, Aster, etc.

KittenCaboodle Sun 18-Aug-13 22:18:37

Meadow makes me think of a cow. It just isn't a child's name.

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