Help me find a retro-ish name!

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Not Jean grin

I'm 6 weeks pregnant with DC2. Just playing around with names smile

If baby is a boy he will most likely be Frank after my granda.

A girl is more difficult! DD is Cassie and we love her name. Not on the dreaded top 40 list but wacky not wacky either.

I like straightforward, pretty but non-flowery names with a retro feel.

I love Betty (and Betsy) but stupidly named the dog that not anticipating any more babies!

What do we think of my current favourite, Cherry? Not to everyone's taste I know but I'm in love with it right now grin.

I also like Dulcie, Violet, Maggie (my father would disown me for Thatcher) and Ivy and I like Dahlia but DP doesn't.

Any ideas?

EarlGreyCuppa Fri 29-Nov-13 11:34:08

How about:

Merle
Lillian (Lily)
Pearl
Kitty
Edith
Cordelia

I like Maggie too, despite thatcher connotations hmm

HyvaPaiva Fri 29-Nov-13 11:35:10

Margot rather than Maggie perhaps?

Middleagedmotheroftwo Fri 29-Nov-13 11:35:16

Not Cherry or Dahlia

What about a 60s name like Karen, Sally, Susan, Jane, Deborah??

Merle - I don't like. Sounds too masculine.
Lillian (Lily) - Like Lillian. Lily is too popular. Although this is DD's choice!
Pearl - Love it!
Kitty - Not keen and DD is named after a relative called Catherine so too samey.
Edith - do not like.
Cordelia - too posh!

Maggie is lovely. Hmm.

Rhubarbgarden Fri 29-Nov-13 11:36:54

Marjorie?

Don't like Margot.

Really don't like any of those Middle - too drab.

LittleMissRed Fri 29-Nov-13 11:39:11

I love Dulcie and Violet.
What about Bette?
Belle/Bella
Phoebe
Mabel I love
Lydia
Annabel
Jess

Ooooh thanks Little! Mabel is another on our list! Forgot that one. I love it!

Bette is too close to the puppy and I don't like any of the others.

Kantha Fri 29-Nov-13 11:42:51

Shirley
Sylvie
Irene
Eileen
Annie
Ginette

Love Annie.

That's a definite contender!

Sidge Fri 29-Nov-13 11:44:24

Frances or Francesca (Frankie/Franny)
Nancy
Cleo

Edie
Dora
Dolly
Dinah

Dolly is amazing - do I have the nerve?! grin

Sidge - I love Frankie for a girl and my Mum is Frances so that's a good suggestion. Thank you smile

Enb76 Fri 29-Nov-13 11:48:25

Nancy
Martha
Sandra
Dawn
Valerie
Andrea
Penny
Phyllis
Audrey

Not keen on any of those Enb but thanks for having a go smile

They're very 70's. My taste is more 50's kitsch and movie stars.

Hmmmm, the little old ladies in my Scottish dance class include:

Phyllis
Jean
Vivian
Sadie
Lucy
Daphne
Agnes
Elma

And from my own family tree, I always loved Cora and Aphra

Another one I've remembered. Marnie. I love that.

Kantha Fri 29-Nov-13 11:51:12

Miriam (Mim)

Love your list Melanie!

What awesomely named old ladies!

LittleMissRed Fri 29-Nov-13 11:53:30

Ooh, Frankie for a girl is fab!
Bonnie
Doris
Peggy
Dorothy/Dotty

BillyBanter Fri 29-Nov-13 11:57:10

Thelma
Bibi
Gloria
Gigi
Marlene
Betsy
Peggy
Jessie
Lana
Ava
Ginger!

I love Peggy. Also like Lana but DP not keen.

Ava is a definite no. Every single baby girl here is either Ave/Eva/Evie or Isla confused

MrsBungleScare Fri 29-Nov-13 12:02:42

Love marnie.

I'm not really sure what retro is but my contribution is wren.

nf1morethanjustlumpsandbumps Fri 29-Nov-13 12:03:45

I love Annie and DH loves Penny

I would say that's more a hippy nature name MrsBungle

Pretty but not my taste. I like Willow.

RobinSparkles Fri 29-Nov-13 12:04:16

Some of my mum's friends:
Maureen
Stella
Linda
Patricia
Christine
Barbara
Jan
Marie
Margie

There are quite a few Jeans!

They're all born late 40s/50s/60s.

I'm loving Annie.

Not keen on Penny and it makes me think of this every time I hear it grin

Not keen on any from that list Robin.

BoreOfWhabylon Fri 29-Nov-13 12:06:11

Janet/Jeannette
Norah
Shirley
Barbara
Vera
Glenda
Lorraine
Sylvia
Deborah/Debbie
Veronica
Virginia
Theresa/Terri

I love Nora but one of my best friend's has just named his baby that.

Grrr wink

The others are too middle aged woman-y.

Mckayz Fri 29-Nov-13 12:10:06

I love Cherry and Marnie.

In fact I am putting Marnie on a 'if we have DC4' baby name list.

MrsBungleScare Fri 29-Nov-13 12:10:29

I'm obviously not v good at working out what genre a name is! grin I really like marnie, though. I also love Lana, I considered it for dc2 but dh vetoed it as it spells anal backwards hmm he always bloody notices things like that.

BoreOfWhabylon Fri 29-Nov-13 12:11:47

Julie
Sheila
Karen
Lindsey
Olivia/Libby
Diana/Dinah/Deanna
Audrey
Josephine/Josie
Bernadette/Bernie
Elaine
Carol/Carole/Caroline

grin at anal backwards!!!

Marnie is DP's favourite.

I still love Cherry but I'm a bona fide weirdo and that's just fine by me grin.

No to that list Bore

It reads (to me) like a 1970's school roll call.

tweetytwat Fri 29-Nov-13 12:14:13

Penelope
Lucy
Dulcie
Clementine
Eliza
Letitia

I love Violet.

MortifiedAnyFuckerAdams Fri 29-Nov-13 12:15:47

Olive
Tess
Meg
Alice
Norah
Pearl
Francesca

I like Lucy. It's a safe backup name.

Love Clementine (Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine) but don't like Clem as a nn. It sounds like a toothless yokel in the deep south.

Dulcie is already on my list smile

tweetytwat Fri 29-Nov-13 12:15:53

Margot
Maud
Edith/Edie

I love Dulcie, Violet and Ivy. And Peggy and Maggie (although I don't think I would do it because of Thatcher).

Elsie
Connie
Olive
Judy
Martha

??

VivaLeBeaver Fri 29-Nov-13 12:16:59

Nancy.

I think I'd rename the dog and call the kid Betsy as that's a fab name.

PeterParkerSays Fri 29-Nov-13 12:17:11

Frank and Dolly sound great together - go for it if you have a DD.

Aw I can't do that Viva. She's a mad puppy and is only just starting to recognise her own name!

I do love Betsy though <wails>

I don't like Nancy.

VivaLeBeaver Fri 29-Nov-13 12:18:16

Effie?

I have a great aunt Effie.

VivaLeBeaver Fri 29-Nov-13 12:19:09

Dogs don't recognise their names, they recognise the tone of your voice when you call them. If you called her Ketchup in the same tone she'd look up. grin

Frank and Dolly do sound fab.

I'd have to have another DC after this pregnancy to make that dream happen. Not sure I can handle it grin.

Effie is ok. Makes me think of Effie Trinket.

RobinSparkles Fri 29-Nov-13 12:19:20

What about Dana?

I like Cherry.

VivaLeBeaver Fri 29-Nov-13 12:19:47

Yup, my dog responds to Ketchup. and Betsy

grin Viva

<<puts Betsy back on the list>>

tweetytwat Fri 29-Nov-13 12:20:08

Mabel was on my shortlist but DH vetoed itsad luckily it turned out to be a DS that time

Dana is Sigourney Weaver in Ghostbusters.

There is no Dana only Zuuuuul!

That's a no. Ahem.

VivaLeBeaver Fri 29-Nov-13 12:21:42

Honestly if you rename the dog now by the time the baby's born everyone will have forgotten it was ever the dogs name. Inc the dog! If you love it you should call your baby that name otherwise you'll always regret it.

VivaLeBeaver Fri 29-Nov-13 12:22:31

Millie?
Meredith?

ivykaty44 Fri 29-Nov-13 12:22:59

Jane
Melanie

VivaLeBeaver Fri 29-Nov-13 12:23:40

Nell
Clara
Lydia

BoreOfWhabylon Fri 29-Nov-13 12:24:26

Undaunted, I offer a further random list:
Bibi
Gloria
Shelley
Betsy
Jeanne
Alma/Dulcie/Jessie (great aunts of mine!)
Suzanne
Loveday
Ankaret
Jana
Mary
Marisa
Yvonne
Gigi
Zizi
Zoe

FastWindow Fri 29-Nov-13 12:27:20

I love Dulcie and Cherry!

How about Darcy?

You like B so..
Belinda
Bryony
Buffy (Elizabeth)

Penelope already mentioned. Pretty. Oh but Penny was out wasn't it?

Felyne Fri 29-Nov-13 12:27:21

Ethel?

Moira, Maeve, Hilda, Hedda, Avery

TalkativeJim Fri 29-Nov-13 12:30:18

Annie!

Cassie and Annie - perfect.

And of course could be short for Anna, Annamaria, Annabel etc. (Anna!)

But I think Annie on its own is just amazing.

RobinSparkles Fri 29-Nov-13 12:31:10

Susan (Suzy)
Jane.

I think my favourites that have already been mentioned are
Betsy, Annie and Marnie.

Millie?
Meredith? No - both too frilly.

Jane
Melanie - too 70's.

Nell - not keen.
Clara - too popular.
Lydia - too posh.

Bibi
Gloria
Shelley
Betsy - On my list!
Jeanne
Alma/Dulcie/Jessie (great aunts of mine!) - as is Dulcie!
Suzanne
Loveday
Ankaret
Jana
Mary
Marisa
Yvonne
Gigi
Zizi
Zoe - don't like any of the others.

Belinda
Bryony
Buffy (Elizabeth) - not keen on any of these.

Ethel - definitely not.

Thank you all - this is really really helpful! And hurrah at another vote for Cherry grin.

kawaii Fri 29-Nov-13 12:32:30

Margot

Penelope (nickname Penny).

Sally

It would just be Annie Talkative.

I'm not one for having a 'proper' name and then shortening it. The idea of Cassie as a Cassandra or Cassiopaea makes me laugh. Far too posh!

GideonKipper Fri 29-Nov-13 12:34:25

Jeannie? wink as in 'I Dream of...'

Daphne?
Sadie?
Sylvie?
Verity?

TheLostPelvicFloorOfPoosh Fri 29-Nov-13 12:35:21

I absolutely love Dulcie!

How about Mamie or Bertha (Bertie)?

Mckayz Fri 29-Nov-13 12:36:05

I begged DH for Betsy for DD. But his brother and SIL had just named their dd Maggie after DH's gran. So he thought Betsy would be copying them as DH's Nan is Elizabeth.

BoreOfWhabylon Fri 29-Nov-13 12:36:13

Judy
Rita
Gaynor
Belinda

Personally, would go with Dulcie or Dolly (had a great-great Auntie Dolly - she was a dancer in her heyday!)

Yeah Dulcie is high up on my list Pelvic (loving your name btw!).

Mamie and Bertha both make me think of large elderly ladies. How do we do this with names?? confused

Mckayz Fri 29-Nov-13 12:38:34

Bertha makes me think of large old ladies too. Probably because I know one.

I like Jeannie smile

Loving the sound of your Aunt Dolly Bore!

DP has taken Mabel off the list.

He says Dolly might grow on him grin.

Marrow Fri 29-Nov-13 12:40:01

Peggy
Joy
Liz
Dorothy
Agnes
Agatha
Marilyn
Edith
Joyce

Misfitless Fri 29-Nov-13 12:40:11

Haven't read all 60-odd posts, OP, but just thought I'd point out that to some people, the word 'cherry' has implications of virginity/losing virginity/female anatomy.

This is quite old fashioned, and i doubt many people use it to mean this now, to be honest but it's worth taking this into account as obviously nobody wants their daughter to have a name with that sort of association.

Maybe this has already been mentioned. It's a cultural thing, it might not mean that if you are not in UK.

I'm not bothered about that Misfit.

People will find negative associations for most names. I wouldn't let it affect my decisions.

Within reason. Obviously I wouldn't call my son Dick if our surname were Head or anything. That would be silly grin.

TheLostPelvicFloorOfPoosh Fri 29-Nov-13 12:43:17

Rhonda?

cantthinkofagoodone Fri 29-Nov-13 12:43:33

My first thought when reading your OP was Frankie

I think by retro you mean old-fashioned as the 60/70s names aren't seeming to be so popular

Martha
June (although not sure if you have a July/August due date)
Joanie
Lizzie or just Elizabeth so then you have Liz, Lizzie, Libby, Beth, Betty & Betsy!
Virginia AKA Ginnie
Jenny

No way to Rhonda! Do not like!

<<sings>> Help me Rhonda help help me Rhonda!

Misfitless Fri 29-Nov-13 12:44:23

I'm wary of this because my sister has travelled to a country where my friend's DD's nickname means something quite obscene. My sister has pointed this out to me, and now her nickname has been a bit spoiled and my dsis and I only ever use her full name as once it's in your mind you can't forget it! Obviously I haven't mentioned it to my friend - she'd be devastated, and it doesn't apply in this country, anyway.

I didn't realise there was a difference between retro and old-fashioned confused.

I mean cute and unusual 40's/50's inspired names as opposed to what are, imo, very dated 70's names like Deborah and Lindsey.

TheLostPelvicFloorOfPoosh Fri 29-Nov-13 12:45:42

grin

Wilma?

Misfitless Fri 29-Nov-13 12:48:03

Sorry - this was the second message, the first one got lost.

To some people, the word 'Cherry' has associations of losing your virginity/female anatomy.

This is quite an old fashioned term, but a lot of people would still have this association with the word 'cherry' imho.

CrazyThursday Fri 29-Nov-13 12:49:12

Jemima
Tabitha
Martha
Iris
Polly
Phoebe
Hazel
Dora
Flora
Olive
Maeve
Elsie

Though saying all these I think you need something one syllable to go with Cassie....

TheLostPelvicFloorOfPoosh Fri 29-Nov-13 12:49:40

ooh ooh Bunty?

DoesZingBumpLookBigInThis Fri 29-Nov-13 12:50:10

Jethro

coz it sounds like retro!grin

JumpingJackSprat Fri 29-Nov-13 12:51:23

I like cherry smile

BillyBanter Fri 29-Nov-13 12:52:35

Retro is in. Old-fashioned is out. Old-fashioned is always out. Retro is old-fashioned enjoying a comeback.

I know a Cherry and she is great.

And she loves her name.

blackandwhiteandredallover Fri 29-Nov-13 12:53:41

Polly
Audrey
Josie/Josephine
Sadie
Pearl
Violet

Oooh two more votes for Cherry grin

Yay!

JumpingJackSprat Fri 29-Nov-13 12:55:46

If you introduced your child as cherry I hardly think anyone will jump to the losing your virginity association! I had a teacher at school called cherry and I never heard any of my secondary school aged peers day anything remotely like that! !

Sunshinelaulau Fri 29-Nov-13 12:56:08

Love cherry and dolly how about Mavis? Cassie and Mavis sound lovely together smile

BoreOfWhabylon Fri 29-Nov-13 12:59:26

Great great Auntie Dolly toured the music halls with her dance partner/gentleman friend. They even went to the USA! At one time they were billed as the World's only ski-dancers - there are pics of them, dancing on skis! She then retired and sank into an alcoholic mist for several decades but think she must have been quite a girl.

I think what you actually need are babies' names from the 1920s/30s as they would then be young adults in the 50s iyswim

Any of these take your fancy?

Oh, and I went to school with a girl named Cherry. She was Not Nice, so am afraid I cannot approve of it as a name for your DD.

I agree Jumping

Not keen on Mavis. It was the silly nickname for a friend of mine called Maeve.

Loving that link Bore.

Ruby jumped out at me - it was my favourite name for years but is far far FAR too popular now.

I bet this baby will be a boy now that I have all these fabulous girls names at my disposal sad grin .

BoreOfWhabylon Fri 29-Nov-13 13:05:17

Nina
Opal
Jewell
Mitzi

Wannabestepfordwife Fri 29-Nov-13 13:12:13

Moya
Edina
Maura
Josephine
Blanche
Connie
Magdalena/ magda
Beatrice

I like Mitzi Bore. Not sure DP would though!

I'm not bothered by having another name ending in and ee sound. There aren't many single syllable names that I like.

Don't like any of that list Wannabe. Thanks though.

Pointeshoes Fri 29-Nov-13 13:15:09

Darcy . I'm in loovvee with this name and want a baby girl just so I can use it , not having any more any time soon though!

I quite like the sound of Darcy but really don't like how popular it is.

GideonKipper Fri 29-Nov-13 13:18:11

Hmmm, you see Mitzi puts me in mind of a Yorkshire Terrier.

What about Sylvie which I also suggested up thread? <pushy>

Cassie and Sylvie sound good together.

stopprocrastinating Fri 29-Nov-13 13:19:19

Alice

I don't think I'd use Mitzi. I just like it's retro feel.

Don't like Sylvie.

Oscar, Millie and Tilly are all dog names to me! Westie names!

stopprocrastinating Fri 29-Nov-13 13:20:19

Ada

Don't like Alice. Too English.

Gawd I'm fussy blush .

GideonKipper Fri 29-Nov-13 13:21:54

I knew a cute Westie called Alfie (RIP Alfie).

You need to rename your dog Cherry and the baby Betty/Betsy. It's a win-win.

PainAuxRaisins Fri 29-Nov-13 13:25:11

Gloria/Sylvia. Perfect 40s/50s glamorous names which aren't toooo common....I think Darcy is probably getting a bit popular thanks to that ballerina woman.

I don't like full on lady names Pain. I need a wee bit of cuteness thrown in. Gloria and Sylvia are too mature.

GideonKipper Fri 29-Nov-13 13:27:45

OP doesn't like Sylvie so prob wouldn't like Sylvia.

What about Peggy?
Or Meg?

BoreOfWhabylon Fri 29-Nov-13 13:27:51

Right then, I really really think you should go with Dulcie or Dolly.
(just don't let Dolly become a dancer!)

GideonKipper Fri 29-Nov-13 13:28:31

Trixie?

MortifiedAnyFuckerAdams Fri 29-Nov-13 13:28:44

Stella
Robyn
Phoebe
Willow
Fern
Juno
Pippa

Wannabestepfordwife Fri 29-Nov-13 13:36:22

Queenie
Marcy
Heidi
Greta

MummyBeerest Fri 29-Nov-13 13:38:39

What about Bunny? smile

Or Maisie if you like Maggie?

Or Greta (ala Garbo)

Beehatch Fri 29-Nov-13 13:40:01

Ida
Iris
Agnes, or the old form Annis (which would give you Annie as a nn)
Edna
Coco

I like the style of Queenie (similar to Dulcie) but as ardent anti-royalists it's a no grin .

Maisie is another doggie name to me and too cutesy.

Don't like Greta. It sounds harsh to me.

Trixie might be veering into stripper territory grin .

I have a relative who is known as Dolly, nothing like her actual name, but a childhood nickname that stuck. She is late 20's now, I never use her real name, she is just Dolly!

Beehatch Fri 29-Nov-13 13:42:29

Bunny is great
Which reminds me of Queenie which is awesome

My nans nn was Binty confused

GideonKipper Fri 29-Nov-13 13:44:41

Nah, you want Patricia for the stripper wink.

Actually, what about Pattie/Patty?!

Queenie - was she not Bert Baxter's gf in Adrian Mole? Definitely an old lady name.

ABitterPIL Fri 29-Nov-13 13:47:18

Joanne
Ellen
Ivy
Lorna

Bunny makes me think of The Secret History. It's a bit rich lady on the upper west side. I couldn't use it in real life.

Patty is a no. Makes me think of Patty in The Simpsons grin .

GideonKipper Fri 29-Nov-13 13:49:53

Right, last try - Lana? (Turner)

Artandco Fri 29-Nov-13 13:52:47

Gretal
Delphine
Thalia
Iris
Dora
Alma
Juliet
Cora
Violet
Martie ( had a great aunt Martie)
Etta
Georgia
Lena

I mentioned Lana upthread somewhere! I like it but DP doesn't.

I feel pretty confident I'll choose one of the names from this thread if baby does turn out to be a girl!

Tentative shortlist:

Cherry
Dulcie
Dolly
Marnie
Violet
Annie
Frankie

Thanks everyone smile .

Wannabestepfordwife Fri 29-Nov-13 13:55:08

Taffy- I know it's normally a girls name but it's cutesy

BoreOfWhabylon Fri 29-Nov-13 13:59:21

Oh, I've just re-read your OP and see that you are very newly pregnant!

Congratulations flowers

And welcome aboard to little Dulcie/Dolly/Frank grin

GideonKipper Fri 29-Nov-13 14:00:00

I love Marnie on your list. Wish I'd used it for dd.

Good luck! It's bound to be a boy after all this time and effort wink

curlew Fri 29-Nov-13 14:02:54

Please, please, please give her a full name as well. No adult woman wants to be called Dolly or Bunny,

Dolly was traditionally a pet name for Dorothy, by they way.

No curlew I won't be giving her a long name. Like I didn't with DD1.

Thanks though.

curlew Fri 29-Nov-13 14:04:11

Queenie is a pet name for Victoria. Could be Elizabeth too.

And thank you Bore smile

It's very early days but I love thinking about names!

Felix90 Fri 29-Nov-13 14:05:03

I love Cherry!

So many names mentioned already that I now want.

The only input I have is Birdie. Not sure what it's short for though? Our girl is due in January and we decided on Sylvie Beatrix months ago but now I want to call her Birdie hmm

LOVE Birdie Felix!!!

Busy Phillips has a wee girl called Birdie. And one called Cricket. A step too far!

Wannabestepfordwife Fri 29-Nov-13 14:06:44

felix I've known birdie to be nn for Bridget

I have a great aunt who is Bridie as opposed to Birdie. Her full name is Brigid.

comemulledwinewithmoi Fri 29-Nov-13 14:08:18

You do realise Violet is a flower? confused

comemulledwinewithmoi Fri 29-Nov-13 14:09:05

Love Cherry. What about Sylvie?

Felix90 Fri 29-Nov-13 14:09:28

Damn, I don't like Bridget sad

Arabesque1 Fri 29-Nov-13 14:09:36

Lottie
Tilly
Belle
Judy
Sukie

Sorry, what*comemulled*??

A flower as a girls name?? How shocking.

Someone better tell all parents of girls called Rose, Daisy, Poppy, Lily and the numerous other flower names.

hmm.

comemulledwinewithmoi Fri 29-Nov-13 14:10:36

Your taste in names us spookily the same as mine! I have a v I o l e t!!!

Connie
Betsy
Maud
Hettie
Flossie (Florence)
Enid
Winnie
Cora
Dulcie
Edith
Matilda
Vera
Dolly

I'm confused comemulled grin

Violet is a gorgeous name though.

ppeatfruit Fri 29-Nov-13 14:14:02

Marianne
Natalie
Lois
Louise Or Louisa
Isabel or Isabella
Elaine
Paula or Pauline

comemulledwinewithmoi Fri 29-Nov-13 14:15:16

I have one op! Your op said non flower names, did it not?

Wannabestepfordwife Fri 29-Nov-13 14:15:43

Last suggestions I promise

Tippi like Tippi Hedren
Missy

Arabesque1 Fri 29-Nov-13 14:15:46

Ruthie
Babs
Jilly
Peggy

comemulledwinewithmoi Fri 29-Nov-13 14:16:22

Yes you said non flowery names in your original message, I too am confused? confused

No I meant not flowery as in frilly and overly girly names!

Not flower names. I love some of those! grin.

Arabesque1 Fri 29-Nov-13 14:17:26

How about Posy then?

comemulledwinewithmoi Fri 29-Nov-13 14:18:03

Don't like marine. Dolly nice as nickname, call the dog dolly and the baby Betsy?

comemulledwinewithmoi Fri 29-Nov-13 14:19:04

Oh I see!!! Ok, we'll Violet defintley a strong name!!

Arabesque1 Fri 29-Nov-13 14:19:24

Meg or Josie?

Butterytoast Fri 29-Nov-13 14:19:59

Iris
Rachel
Lilith
Stella
Annette
Mary
Martha
Edith

comemulledwinewithmoi Fri 29-Nov-13 14:20:18

How about Bunny? [ grin] I adore Frankie.p

ppeatfruit Fri 29-Nov-13 14:21:57

Linda Lyn or Lynne
Beverley
Joanne or Joanna
Brigitte or Brigid
Glyn or Glennis
Sadie
Lydie or Lydia
Alex or alexandra

comemulledwinewithmoi Fri 29-Nov-13 14:22:37

Primrose... Is frilly though?
Susie..love it, know a 4 year old and a grown up, suits both.
Theodora ...Teddy?
Vivian
Valerie
Audrey...too cute!

Arabesque1 Fri 29-Nov-13 14:22:40

MillyMollyMandy? smile

GideonKipper Fri 29-Nov-13 14:22:45

ppeafruit sorry but Pauline. Seriously?

stickysausages Fri 29-Nov-13 14:23:22

I read a book with an Adith in it, loved the name smile

Also love Ada.

Harriet (hattie)

Lottie, violet, April, pearl, ivy... love flower & nature names!

comemulledwinewithmoi Fri 29-Nov-13 14:23:46

Please don't use Lucy ...soo boring....when you have all these fab ideas!

Arabesque1 Fri 29-Nov-13 14:24:03

How about Sandy or Roxy? Grease is the classic 1950s film.

comemulledwinewithmoi Fri 29-Nov-13 14:25:56

Rose? I think Rosie is very frilly but Rose is very pretty and strong.
Ada
Vera
Iris

GideonKipper Fri 29-Nov-13 14:26:20

Audrey? Cute?!

Sorry if i sound scornful, just names such as Pauline and Audrey are, to me, very middle aged and retro in a not-good way.

comemulledwinewithmoi Fri 29-Nov-13 14:27:34

Ohhhh I think a little Audrey is fab!

Agree with Gideon. Not loving Pauline and Audrey type names.

Rose is gorgeous but is DD1's middle name after my aunt!.

Sandy and Roxy are a step too far grin .

ppeatfruit Fri 29-Nov-13 14:28:49

Pauline is better than a fat old lady name like Ada grin Gideon's

comemulledwinewithmoi Fri 29-Nov-13 14:30:03

Spoil sport grin

Not keen on Ada or Ida.

Ivy though is gorgeous.

ivykaty44 Fri 29-Nov-13 14:33:31

Ivy Katy is a fab name wink

capsium Fri 29-Nov-13 14:34:10

Genevieve
Gertrude
Hattie
Mabel
Prudence
Judith
Sally
Marion
Enid

ppeatfruit Fri 29-Nov-13 14:34:14

Of course I'm not dissing fat old ladies grin Like my ex MIL name of DOLLY grin

SpookedMackerel Fri 29-Nov-13 14:48:05

Mattie
Libby
Willa
Mona
Trudy
Billie
Judith
Nina

Arabesque1 Fri 29-Nov-13 15:24:35

Libby is gorgeous.

RobinSparkles Fri 29-Nov-13 15:58:46

My DD's name has been mentioned a few times on this thread. I never knew we were considered retro! How cool! smile

C'mon Robin spill!! grin

Fwiw I don't like Libby. Its a perfectly nice name but a bit dull.

babyfedleaning Fri 29-Nov-13 16:02:07

Hester
Rae
Etta?

Love Cherry and Marnie

babyfedleaning Fri 29-Nov-13 16:04:23

Or...
Sylvia
Iris
Vi (violet/ viola/ vivienne)

RobinSparkles Fri 29-Nov-13 16:08:33

She's Lottie <<whispers>> although officially she's Charlotte as I loved both when I was pregnant but now the only person who calls her Charlotte is my mum!

ppeatfruit Fri 29-Nov-13 16:10:17

Libby is the ,famous many years ago, name of a maker of evaporated milk (showing age now!).

LoreleisSecret Fri 29-Nov-13 16:14:00

Lorelei.
It is the most wonderful, underused name ever.
One day I'll have a little Lorelei I can only produce males ��

Lottie is lovely smile. Good choosing grin .

I'm stuck on Cherry, Dulcie or Marnie.

Or Frank grin .

Pinupgirl Fri 29-Nov-13 16:14:38

My dd was very nearly Cassie bunny-how strange!-would have been short for Cassandra though which dh loves but I changed my mind at the last minute which I regret a wee bit now!

I love Cherry! also like Annie.

I like Rita or Veronica but fear they may be too grannyish for you!

OMG I love Lorelai!!

As an obsessive Gilmore Girls fan I wanted to call DD1 Lorelai (Rory) but DP said no angry .

No way PinUp!! You have impeccable taste wink grin

In more than just frocks!

nevergoogle Fri 29-Nov-13 16:18:56

Nothing wrong with Pauline.

Cherry
Dulcie
Violet
Iris

All lovely.

WoollyNortherner Fri 29-Nov-13 16:26:06

I have an auntie called Iris and she's a lovely lady and it is a lovely name. If I would have had a dd, that would have been top of the list smile

What about Connie, Florence, Violet or Esther?

I don't like Iris.

Too vowel-y and makes me think of eyeballs.

DP has ixnayed Florence.

AngelaDaviesHair Fri 29-Nov-13 16:28:12

You like 'ee' names don't you? OK, here goes:

Ginnie
Laurie
Phyllis
Clarice (Clarrie)
Sylvie
Syrie
Marti (Caine, remember her? OK, p'raps not best example)
Toni
Winnie (love this one)
Ivy
Judy
Jeannie (I know a Jeannie, seems a fun name, so different from Jean)

CheeseStrawWars Fri 29-Nov-13 16:29:14

Before you commit to Cherry, you know it is fairly widely used as slang for virginity/hymen? As in "have you still got your cherry?", "have you lost your cherry?", "have you popped your cherry?" E.g. see onlineslangdictionary.com/meaning-definition-of/cherry Fine if you still want to go ahead with it, just be aware.

BikeRunSki Fri 29-Nov-13 16:29:33

Libby
Mabel
Gladys

Arthur
Stanley
Eric

I love Winnie but had an absolute horror of a great-aunt called Winnie who once told me I was fat.

Can't use it grin.

Yes someone has already pointed that out Cheese and like I said I'm not overly bothered about it.

People will always find negative things about names if they want to. And if they want to then they're assholes. Not my problem.

Plus I think that expression is on the wane, culturally speaking. You don't hear teenagers referring to popping their cherries anymore.

GideonKipper Fri 29-Nov-13 16:33:22

There's nothing wrong with Pauline, of course there's not, it's a perfectly normal name. But to me it's very 'of it's time' in a way that isn't cool or retro or cute, which after all was the OP's brief.

Pauline, to me, is akin with names such as Joan, Brenda, Norma, Sandra, June and Eileen. Names that are usually prefaced with 'Aunty' because there's frequently one in the family, or amongst your mum's friends or your friends' mums.

AngelaDaviesHair Fri 29-Nov-13 16:33:58

Abbie/Abby
Babs (ha ha)
Dyllis (sp?)
Edwina
Pamela
Emmeline
Sheila
Sheridan (Sherry to her friends. Fino at home)
Felicia
Margery (this must win your approval, OP. It is magnificently 'old lady' and ends with an 'ee' sound).

Mefisto Fri 29-Nov-13 16:55:32

Love Cherry and Marnie and Frank.

Dolly is cool but also puts me in mind of reminds me of the film Personal Services - Dolly! You've got a willy!.

Bonnie (channelling Faye Dunaway)? Or how about Faye (Wray)?

LoreleisSecret Fri 29-Nov-13 17:02:02

Could you just get rid of your DH and have Lorelei anyway ? that's my plan

I love Gilmore girls too! The name seems to follow me.

Mckayz Fri 29-Nov-13 17:07:19

Oh I love Lorelei!!

LittleMissRed Fri 29-Nov-13 17:08:04

Love Bibi but maybe would make two dds with initials C and B a bit "CBBC"ish iykwim.

Also love Lottie and Elsie.

Polly
Emmie (I know one and think it is lovely. Nor short for Emma/Emily)

If we had had a DD it was to be Esme, but that was back in the day when it was quite rare - hear it a lot now.

Rumplestiltskinismyname Fri 29-Nov-13 17:09:18

Not read the rest by how about...
Sally (my all time fave!)
or
Miriam (nn. Mimi)

Cloudminnow Fri 29-Nov-13 17:17:09

Barbara
Belinda
Clary
Polly
Rachel
Mildred
Jane
Prudence
Deirdre
Wilmet
Ianthe
Esther
Marcia
Letty

Mefisto Fri 29-Nov-13 17:23:15

Georgina nn Georgie?

Noggie Fri 29-Nov-13 17:29:58

I really like cherry- the girl that acts as the new Katie morag on cbeebies is called cherry grin

Noggie Fri 29-Nov-13 17:30:41

I had a lovely aunt called Effie x

SilverSixpence Fri 29-Nov-13 18:29:17

I like Mabel too, such a pretty name

tethersend Fri 29-Nov-13 18:54:20

Congratulations, Bunny! When are you due?

how about:

Diane
Bonnie
Darlene
Rita
Vivienne
Laurie
Leslie

I'd add Shirley, but it's DD2's name and I love it even though nearly everyone hates it grin

Idreamofsunshine Fri 29-Nov-13 18:57:10

Not read the whole thread but how about Bonnie, Violet orEstelle

Kaekae Fri 29-Nov-13 19:34:30

Delilah
Polly
Jemima
Ada
Iris
Emily
Gina
Lara
Lizzy
Patsy

Umpire Fri 29-Nov-13 19:37:35

Lois or Hazel

Toptack Fri 29-Nov-13 20:07:54

Honour
Darcy
Merrie
Lainey

Bunty?

Auntierosemary Fri 29-Nov-13 20:32:47

April
May/Mae
June?

VivaLeBeaver Fri 29-Nov-13 20:34:50

Cunty Bunty?

I wouldn't. Kids can be mean.

grin grin @ Cunty Bunty daughter of Bunny grin .

Not loving any of the newer suggestions but thank you everyone.

Jemimapuddleduk Fri 29-Nov-13 21:10:30

Loving Marnie, Annie and Violet.
How about Ethne, Agnes, Cora or Joy(ce)

RipMacWinkle Fri 29-Nov-13 21:22:01

Not sure if anyone else had suggested already....

Blythe
Blanche

Plus another Gilmore Girls fan here. I occasionally work with a US colleague called Lorelei. I am well jel smile

T100 Fri 29-Nov-13 22:37:01

I love cherry. Somehow sweet and punk at the same time.

CheshireSplat Fri 29-Nov-13 23:06:37

How about Ellen. I think it's pretty, but not flowery/frilly.

usualsuspect Fri 29-Nov-13 23:07:33

Tracy?

NannyPlumForPM Fri 29-Nov-13 23:09:22

I heard a Claudia/ Claudie today at playgroup for the first time- that was quite cute grin

BananaHammocks Sun 01-Dec-13 10:04:08

Bessie
Winnie
Maxie
Nellie
Minnie
Ginnie
Bonnie
Hattie
Hettty
Ada
Cora
Shirley
Marcie
Sadie
Lila
Tess
Cleo
Goldie
Rita
Marilyn

youaremychocolatecake Sun 01-Dec-13 11:24:45

Iris or Elsie?

VivaLeBeaver Sun 01-Dec-13 11:45:49

Esme

lemonpoppyseed Sun 01-Dec-13 15:20:00

Sorry if this has already been suggested (there are so many names on this page!), but I like Edie.

miffybun73 Sun 01-Dec-13 18:36:59

Felicity
Celia
Belinda
Penelope
Daphne

BeigeBuffet Sun 01-Dec-13 21:27:20

I love some of your names, Marnie, Mable, Kitty and Penny are all fab.

How about Minnie?

BillyBanter Sun 01-Dec-13 21:28:14

Emerald.

Gloria
Doris
Vivienne

fluffaduck Sun 01-Dec-13 21:49:31

Lucille
Ginger
Cary
Cyd
Loretta
Elsa
Dana
Ruth
Greta
Hattie
Carmen
Madeleine
Elenor

kiki88 Tue 31-Dec-13 22:36:38

love betsy, mia, marnie, marcie, pearl, eimear, aoife (eefa), caoimhe (keeva). adore arthur but oh half and mil hate it. also like patrick

kiki88 Tue 31-Dec-13 22:42:17

also Edna

janey68 Wed 01-Jan-14 11:00:26

Dora
Hetty
Romy
Lila
Lulu
Lola
Zosie
Emmie (Emmeline)
Ruby
Tess
Stella
Lorna
April
Vida
Mirabel

... Not sure they all fit the retro bill, but these sprung to mind

telsa Wed 01-Jan-14 11:37:30

Gilda

JustAnotherChristmasBauble Wed 01-Jan-14 11:42:54

I adore Dulcie! And (in my mind) goes quite well with Cassie

JimmieBimmie Wed 01-Jan-14 19:09:47

Maimie
Bibi
Dusty

haveyourselfashandy Thu 02-Jan-14 22:44:26

Love Cherry,also like Annie,Winnie and Peggy.

haveyourselfashandy Thu 02-Jan-14 22:46:22

I also love the name Cookie too.

Applefallingfromthetree2 Thu 02-Jan-14 23:02:37

40's/50'sinspired
Wendy
Linda
Susie
Arline
Mary
Carol
Dottie/Dorothy
Barbara
Joan
Christine/Chrissie
Pauline
Teresa
Joy
Patricia/Patti
Jane/Janie
June
Elaine

freerangeeggs Fri 03-Jan-14 00:48:00

Ooh I like your list. Cassie is gorgeous too - Cassie and Frank are great together!

Perla
Polly
Sylvie
Biba
Jeannie
Nellie
Bess/Bessy

squoosh Fri 03-Jan-14 01:31:51

Lucille (Cece)
Judy
Candy
Hedy
Dorothy (Dottie)
Loretta
Harlow
Bebe
Billie
Sally
Cleo

squoosh Fri 03-Jan-14 01:44:12

I've just noticed that some of mine are repeats! Don't be cross.

Skrifa Fri 03-Jan-14 03:42:05

Out of Cherry, Dulcie and Marnie, I would go for Cherry. I think it ages best and is more beautiful- cherry blossom etc;

beckylouise91 Fri 03-Jan-14 13:43:15

I have a short list of names which I love some of them are quite modern but I must admit the more olde worldy names I am slightly more in favour of ....

Thoughts on Elsie for a girl?
And Freddy for a boy?

Find out what I'm having hopefully Jan 17th and I feel once I know B/G I'll have more of an intuition towards a definite name as it's all a bit up in the air atm!!

Some people wait to see they're baby before naming it but I personally think one name suits all, your baby makes the name it's own it's the one who has to live with it for the rest of their life!!

TheLittleFriend Fri 03-Jan-14 14:20:52

I know a Lorelie ('ee' sound at the end), slightly different to Lorelai so maybe dp would prefer? Her nn is Laurie smile

Ooooh loads more posts! Thank you all!

I'm still in love with Cherry. I like your cherry blossom comment Skifra Its my favourite plant. The house I grew up in had a huge one right outside the living room window smile and I have a big cherry blossom print my my bedroom wall.

Dulcie is still up there too. Have gone right off Marnie though.

Of all the new suggestions I like Minnie (but that damn mouse!), Kitty (which is a no go as Cassie is named after a Catherine), Dottie, Cleo and Pearl.

Billy I think Emerald is pretty fabulous actually but DP snorted his tea when I mentioned it [anger] grin.

I just know that now with all these beautiful girl's names in my arsenal it's going to be a boy grin.

I had a dream last night that I gave birth to a baby girl and called her Cherry Frances (my mum is Frances).

grin

Nataleejah Sun 05-Jan-14 10:37:00

My MIL is Iris

I don't like Iris but thank you Nata smile.

Now that I think about it, I don't really like names that begin with vowels or overly vowel-y names.

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