(51 Posts)
Dimitiesofblue Sat 17-Aug-13 17:34:49

Would love honest opinions on this name, please. Not sure how popular it is really, so if anybody knows of a Persephone that would be interesting to hear.
Apparently you can also spell it Persephonie to help others with pronunciation, but I think personally if you're going to have to spell it out anyway you may as well use the proper spelling.

And is Posy a far fetched nickname?

I think Posy is an acceptable nickname from Persephone personally. I like the name as well but it would need a certain sort of surname to follow it to not sound too OTT! How many syllables is your surname?

Bakingtins Sat 17-Aug-13 17:38:31

I know an "Effie" who I always assumed might be a Persephone (or possibly Josephine?) It's a bit of a mouthful for a baby, but certainly unusual. I doubt there would be another in her class.

Dimitiesofblue Sat 17-Aug-13 17:38:44

Two syllables.

Dimitiesofblue Sat 17-Aug-13 17:39:09

Would two syllables work do you think?

Possibly! Again, it would then come down to the sounds and whether they flow nicely or seem a bit overkill! I think it could work with a lot of two syllable names though.

I'd be concerned about the nickname Posy as she gets older though. I think it sounds quite baby-ish so she might want an older sounding shortened version of her name but I'm not sure what she would be able to get out of Persephone. She might just be happy with Persephone though and not be too bothered about it being such a mouthful!

Panzee Sat 17-Aug-13 17:44:48

Percy is quite a funky nickname.

Meggymoodle Sat 17-Aug-13 20:07:35

I love the name and would go with the proper spelling. Everyone managed Hermione after a while didn't they?! Percy would be the coolest nickname ever.
Posy...not so much.

Mumblyboo Sat 17-Aug-13 21:12:35

Yes I know one. The name is gorgeous as is she! Persey for short.

PourquoiPas Sat 17-Aug-13 21:16:21

I love it! I wanted touse it for DD but DH used his veto sad nn Sephy or Percy.

LeGavrOrf Sat 17-Aug-13 21:19:09

I think it is a lovely name. Definitely don't change the spelling though, that would be awful IMO.

You never really know what nicknames you will use with your children. My dd is called Sophia yet her family nickname is Johnny for obscure reasons. Her friends call her Phia.

Percy is a very cool short version I think.

Go for it, I think it's a beautiful name.

tywysogesgymraeg Sat 17-Aug-13 21:20:01

Persephone was queen of the underworld. I think it's a bit pretentious. Sorry.

I thought Percy would be a cool nickname but it isn't to everyone's taste. I think names seem cooler when you are an adult but a teenage girl being called Percy? Might not go down well at school :p

Pinupgirl Sun 18-Aug-13 11:10:03

Unless you are old money,own horses and play polo then it is very try hard imo. Screams mc wannabe. Lovely name but I just cant imagine any child on a council estate being called Persephone.

But if you love it then use it.

Dimitiesofblue Sun 18-Aug-13 11:22:27

So the middle classes, working classes and people on council estates (from various classes I'm guessing?) can't use classical/mythological names? I'm afraid I don't understand.

Pinupgirl Sun 18-Aug-13 12:21:20

Yes you do. You are just being disingenuous. I live on a largely council estate btw before I get accused of snobbery. Op asked for opinions and imo Persephone is a name that unless you live in a certain circle will drawhmm looks from people.

charleslingus Sun 18-Aug-13 15:28:25

Looks from people are unimportant. If you go through life not doing things you want to in order to avoid 'looks from people' You're in for a boring time.

I think it's a beautiful name, I have a similar 'p' mythological name and always get a positive reaction. Each to their own and as long as you know people will have their own opinions about it go ahead and use it happily, confidently and unapologetically whilst not giving a stuff.

Dimitiesofblue Sun 18-Aug-13 16:11:52

Hmm. I'm boringly middle class, lower middle if you like. It might make me seem aspiring to climb the rungs of the middle class ladder?

And I really am grateful for opinions, good or bad. Just mulling over some interesting points. It seems a bit old fashioned using names of the social class we belong to? Should we care?

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 18-Aug-13 18:20:11

I really like it.

Pinupgirl Sun 18-Aug-13 19:33:36

As I said in my previous post I think its a lovely name. Its one I would use myself possibly if I had a lot more money and lived in a far more affluent area! But to suggest that people wont and do judge and that one of the first things they will judge is a name.

I think it's gorgeous. As it's an old classical name, there's not as much "how do you spell that?" stuff, and agree - Perse or Percy for short is cool! Posy is fine too.

ViviDeBeauvoir Sun 18-Aug-13 19:51:47

I love it and I love the nicknames too.
Far from being unusable, if you go by the baby name threads on here I believe it's getting quite popular.
(I mean that in relative terms, not that there will be 15 Persephones in her class at school)

LEMisdisappointed Sun 18-Aug-13 19:59:46

Love love love it - i am working class with aspirations towards middle class grin But that has nothing to do with it, i just love the name.

I haven't encountered any persephones, yet - i suspect it will be pretty popular!

Oriunda Mon 19-Aug-13 12:14:15

If DS had been DD 'she' would have been called Persephone, with Percy/sie as her nn. Beautiful name. She is also the reason (in greek mythology) that we have spring and summer as well as autumn and winter, not just known as quen of the underworld.

Bowlersarm Mon 19-Aug-13 12:21:15

I don't think you should not use the name you like because you don't want to appear aspirational (I think that is what Pinupgirl has basically said). Aspirational isn't bad.

If you like it, use it. I know of one shortened to Persy (unsure how she spells it). I think Sephie is a lovely nn for it. But Posy is fine.

TheBleedinObvious Mon 19-Aug-13 12:56:09

I think it would be lovely for very rich, very bohemian or very eccentric families.

For just ordinary people of all other social classes it would be too much or too try hard in my opinion.

TheBleedinObvious Mon 19-Aug-13 12:56:42

I quite like posy though.

SaucyJack Mon 19-Aug-13 22:43:45

My Persephone is a Sephie or Sephers

And we live in a cahncil flat....... (tho we are in the burbs of Brighton)

YoniSingWhenYoureWinning Tue 20-Aug-13 19:15:06

I think it's...uh...somewhat pretentious. Somewhat.

YoniSingWhenYoureWinning Tue 20-Aug-13 19:16:48

Mumsnet is such a funny place at times.

There is no other place in the world you could ask people how they feel about the name Persephone and get a response other than shock


minitoot Tue 20-Aug-13 19:19:51

I absolutely love it and am jealous smile (I have a boy) Posy would be a great shortening.

Lintilla Tue 20-Aug-13 19:23:19

I love it. It my all time favourite name but DH said no. I hope this doesn't put you off but I've just named my new puppy Persephone as he wouldn't let me use it for a baby!

LauraChant Tue 20-Aug-13 19:25:22

There was a Persephone thread just last week. It did not go well.

Personally I like it.

flatmum Tue 20-Aug-13 19:25:54

I love this name, no more syllables than Isabella of which there are millions. Mispronunciation would be an issue at first but people would soon get to know (my sister thought Persephone was Percy-phone and hermione was hermy-onee silly moo) - as you say everyone got used to saying hermione with the HP films.

I know an 8 y old Persephone. when she was little she was called Sephie but now prefers Persephone which really suits her.

jammydodger Tue 20-Aug-13 19:26:07

I know a baby a few weeks old, and her name is Perse. Not even Persephone, just Perse, (pronounced Percy, obviously)..It could work. Personally I don't like it and can foresee a lifetime of her having to explain her name on the phone etc, Yes, I really am called Percy....I wouldn't do it but other friends who know the baby say it's growing on them...

LucyHoneychurchsView Wed 21-Aug-13 23:18:57

Lovely name, although I am biased. Mind you, DD has three middle names and the words 'horsey' and 'pretentious' have been mentioned in reference to our choices...

CoolStoryBro Wed 21-Aug-13 23:26:28

I think it's, out of all the MN stupid nanes, the wankiest of the lot. That said, if you like it, why do you care what a bunch of ransoms on the Internet think?!

CoolStoryBro Wed 21-Aug-13 23:26:59

*randoms NOT ransoms!

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 21-Aug-13 23:30:51


You haven't seen Ptolomy suggested then clearly. Now that is a wanky name.

mewkins Fri 23-Aug-13 19:41:15

I personally think it's too much. It just seems like it's too big a name for anyone to live up to.

Back2Two Fri 23-Aug-13 19:50:59

I think it's a bit of a mumsnet name too, as in only on mumsnet would people say "what? Persephone is a perfectly standard and classless name" accompanied by a hmm face.

It's very middle class and seems a bit try hard too. Each to their own however on those counts. Other than that I think it's clunky.

p.s and how of her life would be spent spelling it out?

Haribojoe Fri 23-Aug-13 19:53:28

Love the name. Really wanted it for DD (traditional spelling with Percy as nickname) but DH vetoed it hmm

thehomesecretary Fri 23-Aug-13 19:58:21

I have a brand new Persephone and love her name every time I say it! She is Sephy at the moment but I also love Percy as a nickname.

Bumblebee78 Fri 23-Aug-13 20:03:33

Im not keen on having a name just to shorten it. Persephone wouldnt be a name that i would choose, i think it sounds snooty.

Each to their own, i suppose from reading the comments on here it is a marmite name. People will either love it or hate it, with not many in the, its ok, middle ground.

It is your choice, id just say wait til baby pops out and see if the name suits her.

SaucyJack Fri 23-Aug-13 22:25:49

Bit uncalled for CoolStoryBro

That is mine and other people's kids you're talking about.

dementedma Sun 25-Aug-13 09:28:12

Think its awful.'sorry, but you did ask

singmelullabies Sun 25-Aug-13 09:35:31

Makes me think of Sephy in Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (the new Children's Laureate).

Noughts and Crosses

BabyBrainMom Sun 25-Aug-13 10:16:15

Donot like it, sorry, how about Hermione?

peggyblackett Sun 25-Aug-13 10:23:20

I like it.

What about Peronelle (old English name that sounds rather French!)? Similar, but more unusual.

Solo Sun 25-Aug-13 10:42:47

Lovely! I like it a lot. If you love it OP, then choose it for your Dd. People quickly adjust and it's a good unusual name, not a common 'Chardonnay' type 'unusual' hmm name imo so pay no attention to anyone that pooh pooh's it smile

Leeds2 Sun 25-Aug-13 12:16:48

I know one (mid 20s now). Always been known as Seffi.

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