Tabitha & Jemima

(59 Posts)
ZeroTolerance Wed 28-Aug-13 20:35:55

I have always liked both these names. What do they say to you?

Auntfini Wed 28-Aug-13 20:39:46

I don't mind tabitha but I taught a few horrible jemimas, so that name is ruined for me!

YoungBritishPissArtist Wed 28-Aug-13 20:41:54

Solidly middle-class grin Not that that's a bad thing.

FriskyHenderson Wed 28-Aug-13 20:52:30

I prefer Tabitha with Lydia, and Miranda with Jemima.

Dilligufdarling Wed 28-Aug-13 21:02:42

Always have loved Tabitha - I'd put it with Artemis

Littlecherublegs Wed 28-Aug-13 21:30:14

First thoughts are:

Tabitha - cat
Jemima - puddleduck

Prefer Jemima.

RobinSparkles Wed 28-Aug-13 21:31:59

They say to me that someone has read a lot of Beatrix Potter!

I prefer Jemima. smile

AnythingNotEverything Wed 28-Aug-13 21:32:26

I like Jemima. I've never met one.

Tabitha makes me think of a cat.

Biscuitsneeded Wed 28-Aug-13 21:34:38

I think they work better on animals. Sorry!

Diddle82 Wed 28-Aug-13 21:51:53

Love tabitha (this is the name i wanted all through my last pregnancy but we had a boy in the end) only slight thing that put me off was not so keen on it being shortened to tabby

CityGal29 Wed 28-Aug-13 22:33:36

Beatrix Potter grin

kiwik Wed 28-Aug-13 22:35:31

Animal names. DH is a vet, so has vetoed Tabitha every time.
Jemima I love though - reminds me of the rag doll in Play School.

PatriciaHolm Wed 28-Aug-13 22:37:43

Tabitha is a cat, Jemima is a playschool doll ;-)

Saffyz Wed 28-Aug-13 22:40:29

Safe aspirational North London names from several years ago. I'd put Matilda and Cordelia on the same list.

ZeroTolerance Wed 28-Aug-13 22:58:21

Ouch Saffyz.

Tattva Wed 28-Aug-13 22:58:27

I love them both. Both front runners for DD.

sleepywombat Thu 29-Aug-13 05:50:17

I dislike them. Sound prissy. And better for woodland animals in pinafores.

ZeroTolerance Thu 29-Aug-13 17:40:22

Woodland animals in pinafores! grin And there's me thinking they're dead classy wink

MrsSchadenfreude Thu 29-Aug-13 18:08:18

Not together! Otherwise people will think Tabitha Twitchit and Jemima Puddleduck. Either or, but not both.

ZeroTolerance Thu 29-Aug-13 18:36:18

I never meant together - only one baby coming! Should have said "or" not & grin

Yonionekanobe Thu 29-Aug-13 19:12:29

Both on my list. Both vetoed by DH who clearly has no taste wink

efffy Thu 29-Aug-13 19:19:21

Live them both, but Jemima pips it for me smile

JamieandtheMagicTorch Thu 29-Aug-13 19:40:30

They say posh and a bit prissy . Sorry

JamieandtheMagicTorch Thu 29-Aug-13 19:41:56

I'm North London and Middle Class. But clearly not following the party line when it comes to names

BigKicker Thu 29-Aug-13 22:20:45

I love Tabitha but decided against it as really can't stand the NN Tabby. Not really a fan of Jemima I'm afraid!

LickleLemon Thu 29-Aug-13 22:21:53

Tabitha - 7 Jemimas in my DDs school of only 200 children.

Writerwannabe83 Thu 29-Aug-13 22:22:10

I love both of those - Tabitha more so but they are both really nice.

I think I'm going to suggest Tabitha to my hubby smile

thamesk8 Thu 29-Aug-13 22:44:10

Love both of these.

Licklelemon - where are you??

LauraChant Thu 29-Aug-13 22:46:07

I know two sisters with those names.

magicstars Thu 29-Aug-13 22:51:34

Love both.

ZeroTolerance Fri 30-Aug-13 20:00:20

My main concern with Jemima is we do have family in the US and I gave heard it has racial connotations there plus something about syrup but I'm not sure we should obsess over that.

I mean, I liked Pippa till MN informed me it means all sorts of inappropriate things in other language!

littlemog Fri 30-Aug-13 20:04:59

Had a friend called Tab. Lovely name. Jemima reminds me of the fat ugly Playschool doll!

littlemog Fri 30-Aug-13 20:06:57

Hang on, maybe that was Hamble! Was Jemima the cool one in stripey tights...?!

Mrsindecision Fri 30-Aug-13 22:10:37

I really like both names, however the North American racial thing would be enough to put me off using Jemima (particularly with family in the US) so personally I would go with Tabitha.

selsigfach Fri 30-Aug-13 22:26:23

Could someone explain the racial issue please?

DalmationDots Fri 30-Aug-13 23:02:54

All a bit twee, beatrix potter ish for me.
Don't like tabitha at all, tabby is a horrible nn and it all just reminds me of a cat.
Jemima is ok but ruined for me by every Jemima I've met being a bit bossy, know-it-all types!

Jakeyblueblue Sun 01-Sep-13 18:27:03

I love them both and suggested them to dh before we knew ds was a boy but he vetoed them.
He said that Jemima was a ducks name and tabitha was a cats name. grin

shockers Sun 01-Sep-13 18:31:59

I love them both. Jemima is DD's middle name and would have been her first name, had she not arrived ready supplied with one of her own!

serin Sun 01-Sep-13 18:38:29

I like them both and they were both 'possibles' for DD.

ringaringarosy Tue 08-Oct-13 10:55:41

I havea Tabitha and am due another girl in december,i am thinking of calling her Jemima!I quite like the beatrix potter connection i think its cute!

ringaringarosy Tue 08-Oct-13 10:56:23

And i dont mind about the Tabitha-cat thing either,i like cats,ive got 4!

DitsyDonkey Tue 08-Oct-13 11:51:57

Love both and both are on my list!

GatoradeMeBitch Tue 08-Oct-13 14:05:42

They are 'Cath Kidston' pretend vintage bunting type names. I know three under-five Tabithas, and one Jemima.

They're not quite as ubiquitous as Lily and Amelia though.

ringaringarosy Fri 11-Oct-13 19:22:01

im pretty sure tabitha and jemima were around before cath kidston.

GatoradeMeBitch Sat 12-Oct-13 20:47:34

Of course they were... So were Maud and Vera, but they don't fit in with the cutesy-wutesy retro fad.

ringaringarosy Sun 13-Oct-13 08:09:10

i dnt think tabitha and jemima are that cutesy,not as much as daisy,lily,poppy,rosie etc.their also quite classic,Jemimas in the bible!

ringaringarosy Sun 13-Oct-13 08:09:20

in fact so is tabitha!

TallulahBetty Sun 13-Oct-13 17:47:36

Tabitha is awful and a cat's name. Jemima lovely.

Emmabombemma Sun 13-Oct-13 18:15:09

Tabitha is a biblical name, not a cats name.

TallulahBetty Sun 13-Oct-13 19:05:38

I know 3 cats called Tabitha. <Gavel> grin

Emmabombemma Sun 13-Oct-13 19:06:43

My cats are Toby and Oscar- does that make them cats names?

TallulahBetty Sun 13-Oct-13 19:23:25

Yes, if you know lots of them - the OP asked what the names said to us, didn't she? To me, they are cat names.

TallulahBetty Sun 13-Oct-13 19:25:32

Well, just one is. I know no cats called Jemima wink

ProfondoRosso Sun 13-Oct-13 19:27:00

Tabitha is good - it can sound like quite a strong, dignified name.

Not keen on Jemima, I'm afraid - I just keep thinking Puddleduck!

Emmabombemma Sun 13-Oct-13 19:30:36

Fair enough. Op - to me Tabitha is a strong, biblical name which is classic and not too popular. You will always get the cat comments because people are unimaginative, but If i were you I wouldn't let it stop you using it. It is just a name like any other which some people chose to use it for their pets (It's not tiddles or fluffy FFS) x

TallulahBetty Sun 13-Oct-13 19:35:52

Not unimaginative, just know lots of cats called that name. Geez wish I'd never commented now, was a light-hearted comment grin

Emmabombemma Sun 13-Oct-13 19:39:11

Sorry Tallulah I don't mean you, just in general people seem to have the same opinion. Just sticking up for the Tabithas smile

TallulahBetty Sun 13-Oct-13 19:43:43

Haha ok, well of course it's all just opinions isnt it, if we all agreed then all our kids would be called the same 10 names smile

Rhubarbgarden Sun 13-Oct-13 19:50:04

I think Tabitha is a beautiful name. I don't like Jemima.

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