Argh just can't find 'the' name:

(45 Posts)
lchats Tue 05-Nov-13 18:23:42

So if you've seen my previous posts you know that my unusual name for Dd1 plus a picky list of requirements means that I'm struggling to find a name for dd2.

Here's our not so short list rather than whether you like them or not (as I realise I have an acquired taste smile) but if they 'go with' dd1 called Briar?

Nb by 'match' I am looking for a name that is underrated/unique-ish rather than have a nature/floral theme etc...

Elizabeth (Effie)
Helena (Nell/Leni)
Cassidy (Cassidy)
Julia (Jules)
Hester (Hettie)
Margaret (maggie)

Sorry I know it's long but I am lost and confused and 38 weeks!!!

brunette123 Tue 05-Nov-13 18:30:05

Helena and Talitha go well with Briar in my opinion - I think a two syllable name sounds better rather than a one syllable and those are my favourite from the two syllable names. It is hard to answer this question without some preference creeping in. Hope that helps.

TooTryHard Tue 05-Nov-13 18:51:47

Preferences aside, I think Talitha goes well. What about Lena (pn Layna) as short for Helena?

I think most of them are too well known to match Briar but Ellis, Enis, Hester and Talitha tick the same boxes.

I think Jude and not Judy would be better for your criteria too.

Kaygunner Tue 05-Nov-13 18:52:53

Love nancy if I was having a girl this time she would have been either nancy or Thea

lchats Tue 05-Nov-13 19:11:06

Thx....interested to hear preferences but just think with such a long list it's so subjective! smile

MortifiedAnyFuckerAdams Tue 05-Nov-13 19:14:26

Hester and Lois go best imo.

I see you have Margaret on your list, what about 'just' Meg?

Briar and Meg.

lchats Tue 05-Nov-13 19:17:51

Thx - could be Meg, dh loves maggie tho...

brunette123 Tue 05-Nov-13 19:37:28

sorry meant 3 syllables - am tired - apologies

Rhubarbgarden Tue 05-Nov-13 19:50:32

I love Briar and Margot together. I think they have the same 'feel', and they sound nice together.

eatyourveg Tue 05-Nov-13 20:27:56

rhubarb that makes me think of Richard Briers and Margot Leadbetter - they go together in the good life.

I'd go with Hester from your list and maybe Effie (but not Elizabeth)

Harrin Tue 05-Nov-13 22:35:56

I think Eloise and Lois go well with Briar. I think the names that 'match' the least are Stephanie and Margaret, but Maggie works

halecromp Tue 05-Nov-13 22:58:07

Briar is lovely, the two names that jumped out at me from your list were Cassidy and Meredith

FloatingHandle Tue 05-Nov-13 23:21:14


I like Hester the best.

Yika Wed 06-Nov-13 20:35:54

Briar is very androgynous and I'd go for something in that vein, so Cassidy and Leigh would be good from that perspective, or perhaps Ellis/Enis (though I prefer the first two). Meredith would also make a nice combination.

Littlecherublegs Wed 06-Nov-13 20:37:46


CarryOnDancing Wed 06-Nov-13 23:24:51

I love Felicity, Lois, Helena and Eloise (all appear on my own list).

However I think Eris or Xanthe go best with Briar. I think Lois would be in third place as best suited.

lchats Thu 07-Nov-13 08:36:53

Thx all really helpful looks like Hester, Helena, Talitha, Eris/Enis/Ellis/Effie, Margot, Cassidy and Lois are coming out top... Mmm interesting!

jobwoes Thu 07-Nov-13 12:08:22

I personally would go for another nature name. I like names like Felicity and Margot but I don't think they go with Briar. So what about:


lchats Thu 07-Nov-13 14:01:37

Thx nice names but not sure I want to go with a theme, esp nature as I'm not very 'in touch' with nature, if anything I prefer the androgynous idea proposed before so Robyn works... Prob why I like Elis or Eris....

Hazelbrowneyes Thu 07-Nov-13 14:09:20

Briar and Felicity
Briar and Helena (Nell/Leni)
Briar and Xanthe
Briar and Carrie
Briar and Stephanie
Briar and Nancy
Briar and Eloise
Briar and Meredith
Briar and Georgina
Briar and Leigh
Briar and Talitha

These are my favourite combinations from your list.

MrsT2007 Thu 07-Nov-13 14:36:09

I have a Lois, it's feminine without being girly. I really struggled with girls names!

LaRegina Thu 07-Nov-13 14:40:34

Completely unhelpful I know, but if none of those names are jumping off the list at you, I would say none of them are 'the' name.

lchats Thu 07-Nov-13 16:59:20

No you're prob right Laregina that's my big fear, and I'm due on the 17th confused But nothing else is sitting well either, I'm hoping for a miracle!

jobwoes Thu 07-Nov-13 17:24:32

In that case what about Hadley?

Retroformica Thu 07-Nov-13 18:00:01

Nancy is lovely.

Book the registry office for 6 weeks after the birth and in the mean time tell everyone the baby is nameless and try out different names

lchats Thu 07-Nov-13 18:21:03

I LOVE Hadley! ... Unfortunately I know one, my cousin's ds

The only issue of waiting to register to the name is my dd1 I worry no name then suddenly a name will confuse her! : /

nevergoogle Thu 07-Nov-13 18:32:38

we like similar names. eris, hester, celia and hadley are on our list.

also iris, adelaide, polly, and amy i that helps.

LaRegina Thu 07-Nov-13 19:39:50

My sister had the same problem when she was expecting her DD. She ended up using our Great Grandma's middle name (Della). Not saying you should use that name grin but it might be worth finding out what names go back in your family because you may love one of them and it will also have a lovely meaning for you smile

devonsmummy Thu 07-Nov-13 20:22:58

Harri (Harriet)
Berti (Alberta)

lchats Thu 07-Nov-13 22:10:21

Love that idea laregina although this is our 'pickings' no joke.... Pauline, Doris, Geraldine, Susan, Eunice, Cynthia, Hilda.... : /

CuntWagon Thu 07-Nov-13 22:18:43

I like Briar and Xanthe.

jobwoes Fri 08-Nov-13 09:23:40

What about:

Finley (love this for a girl)
Aubrey (still used for boys more than girls here but a top 20 girls name in America)

jobwoes Fri 08-Nov-13 09:38:29


Gervaise (pronounced 'jur-vace' with the emphasis on 'vace')

jobwoes Fri 08-Nov-13 09:39:27

Or Carlisle - nicknames could be Carly or Isla.

jobwoes Fri 08-Nov-13 10:39:26

P.S. Have you heard of Emmott Syddall? If not google her - beautiful but sad story.

brackengirl Fri 08-Nov-13 12:41:23

What about:
Elise or

From your list I think
Ellis, Xanthe and Talitha go well, I love Talitha and wish we had considered it longer for DD2. We crossed it off because we thought people might pronounce it like Tabitha rather than Tal-leetha but it is a beautiful name

Wednesbury Fri 08-Nov-13 12:59:40

I think you are talking about a poetic sort of 'match' for Briar? I think that is the reason the more traditional names don't go well, as lovely as some of them are. It is a short name with strong structure and not a traditional 'pretty' name. I think the names like Tanith, Eris and Talitha go for this reason, and also because they don't have lots of different letters, if you see what I mean, which the 'pretty' names have but the 'strong' names don't. I like Talitha because it uses the 'i' and 'a' vowels, and has a repeated consonant 't' in that same way that Briar has the repeated 'r', so that gives it a match (to my mind!). I also like Cassia mentioned above.

Other suggestions: Aster, Seren (two star names there!), or Nina (poss sounds too similar to Briar)?

Wednesbury Fri 08-Nov-13 13:02:03

I also like Xanthe because the X makes it rather prickly ... just like Briar?!

BelleOfTheBorstal Fri 08-Nov-13 13:30:13

How about Erin? Goes very well with Briar.
And also maybe Siddalee? She is the principal character in The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

BelleOfTheBorstal Fri 08-Nov-13 13:31:02

And on that note, what about Sydney?

Brodicea Fri 08-Nov-13 14:25:35

I love Hester, but Margot is also nice.

As for Hadley, it happens to be a pretty crappy bit of my old home town so I have bad associations - if you're not from the midlands though, go for it!

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 08-Nov-13 17:23:14

I'm not keen on the name Effie but think Hester or Ellis would go well with Briar.

Love the name Nancy.

How about Morgan? Or Sydney?

lchats Sat 09-Nov-13 19:16:41

Thx all! How do we feel about Nina?

EerieCompadre Sun 10-Nov-13 08:19:29

When I read the OP I was really hoping that Eira would be on the list as it was the immediate name that jumped out at me as a lovely name to go with Briar. However, it's not there, so in that case I'd definitely say Elis/Eris are another lovely combination.

And I love nina too! You have great taste!

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