Please help me shorten my rather long short list

(62 Posts)
oldbutnotpastit Thu 23-Jan-14 10:43:42

ds5 or dd6 is due in July

GIRLS
Miranda
Persephone
Georgiana
Cecilia nn Celia
Winifred love this
Theodora or Dorothea or Dorothy (ds4's suggestion)
Hester or Esther i love these but our surname starts with West so don't think it will work
Clarissa
Genevieve
Merewen nn Merry or Winnie
Josephine nn Posy
Cassandra
Miriam
Priscilla
Keziah
Rosanna nn Posy
Rosemary nn Posy
Romilly
Greta
not sure about mns yet

BOYS
Edmund /Edmond
Jeremiah nn Jem
Ambrose
Cedric
Wilfred
Raphael
Zebedee/Zebediah
Frederick
Josiah
Llewellyn

boys first mn will be Peter

ThePartyArtist Thu 23-Jan-14 10:46:08

What are the names of your other children?

pygmy Thu 23-Jan-14 10:56:25

I love Winifred and Greta; Edmund and Wilfred.

MummyPig24 Thu 23-Jan-14 11:00:34

Girls: Theodora, Rosanna or Josephine.
Boys: Wilfred or Josiah.

ShanghaiDiva Thu 23-Jan-14 11:05:53

Girls - Miranda and Georgiana
boys - Edmund, Raphael, Frederick

oldbutnotpastit Thu 23-Jan-14 11:06:04

other dcs name are
B la ke
L e igh ton
T u d or
G ab rie l
their middle names which we can' t reuse are in no particular order are Felix , Christopher, Aubrey , Samuel , Pascal , Willliam , Andrew , Cillian

B e t ha ny
L ydia
T abi tha
P ho ebe
A rabell a

Their middle names which again we don't want to reuse are in no particular order
Naomi . Evelyn ,Cecily , Hannah ,Clodagh Grace ,Margaret , Felicity Samara and Juliet

I love Genevieve and Edmund.

Also, I am in absolute AWE of you having DC10!

UriGeller Thu 23-Jan-14 11:08:28

You have 9 other children?!

UriGeller Thu 23-Jan-14 11:09:18

I love all your dcs names, whatever you choose its going to be fabulous grin

HyvaPaiva Thu 23-Jan-14 11:09:53

My favourites from your lovely list are:

Cecilia nn Celia
Josephine nn Posy

Raphael
Frederick

NoSquirrels Thu 23-Jan-14 11:14:24

That's a lot of DCs! And a lot of names!

From your lists, and to go with your other DCs first names, I like:

Boy: Llewellyn, Raphael, Edmond
(I love Wilfrid, but think it doesn't sound like your other DC's names in tone, somehow.)

Girl: Josephine, Miriam, Miranda, Winifred

ViviPru Thu 23-Jan-14 11:15:24

TEN! <faints>

My god OP I LOVE these:
Persephone
Cecilia nn Celia
Winifred
Theodora
Hester
Merewen nn Merry or Winnie (ESPECIALLY love this)
Josephine nn Posy
Rosanna nn Posy
Romilly
Greta

Jeremiah nn Jem LOVE
Zebediah
Josiah

oldbutnotpastit Thu 23-Jan-14 11:21:34

i really love Cecilia would have usedit for dd5 but dh didn't want to use it . he now he is happy to use it but there was alot of tension involved in naming her , So i'm a bit concerned opening healed wounds iyswim . also dd5 mn is cecily so not sure we can use Cecilia

i love winifred's meaning and am strangely drawn to it despite it's old lady clunky image

i really like all the boys names butespecially ambrose ,although dh will need persuading on that one but none really stand out as the one . Zebedee is the wild card it's strangely appealing but know it would raise eyebrows.

squoosh Thu 23-Jan-14 11:22:23

Girl - Greta

Boy - Raphael.

Job done. You're welcome!

poppydaisy Thu 23-Jan-14 11:24:09

Love Persephone, Cecilia and Cassandra!

And Ambrose and Cedric! Cool, classic and not overused.

oldbutnotpastit Thu 23-Jan-14 11:30:22

Merewen i love and it's meaning splendid joy is perfect but iis it do unusual .
hester i love but with are surname Beginning i worry it might rhyme and that's putting me off using it as a first name.

nosquirrels i know what you mean about wilfred not felling quite right with the other names but it is lovely .

TheNunsOfGavarone Thu 23-Jan-14 13:38:30

I've whittled these down to my favourite three of each:

GIRLS
Cecilia
Genevieve
Josephine nn Posy

Please don't call her Winifred! I am probably influenced by my grandmother and my great aunt here, they were both called Winifred, both hated it and insisted on being called other names. My grandmother always said it made her think "whiny Fred" hmm

BOYS
Edmund /Edmond
Raphael
Josiah

oldbutnotpastit Thu 23-Jan-14 13:53:32

i think i've now ruled out Keziah , priscilla,
, Rosemary , clarissa
so the new short list is
Miranda
Cecilia nn Celia
Winifred love this
Theodora or Dorothea
Genevieve
Merewen nn Merry or Winnie
Cassandra
Persephone
Miriam
Romilly
Georgiana
Cassandra
Josephine nn Posy
Cassandra
Rosanna nn Posy
Greta

your opinions have been really helpful

for boys i have Zebedee /zebediah are to different
so we're down to

Edmund /Edmond
Jeremiah nn Jem
Ambrose
Cedric
Raphael
Wilfred
Frederick
Josiah
Llewellyn

ThePartyArtist Thu 23-Jan-14 14:08:33

Frederick for a boy I reckon... and you say Winifred is one you love, so why not go for that! Have you tried picking them out of a hat / tossing a coin? Go with your gut reaction when you see what you've picked and that'll tell you how you really feel about it!

noodlebum Thu 23-Jan-14 14:15:58

From your list I like:

girls:
Genevieve
Rosemary
Greta

boys:
Cedric (at a push)

mummytobejuly2014 Thu 23-Jan-14 18:13:46

greta and cedric get my vote smile

TheNumberfaker Thu 23-Jan-14 18:20:20

Your surname is West and you are seriously considering Rosemary or Frederick?

oldbutnotpastit Thu 23-Jan-14 18:22:22

I' m really surprised 2 people have gone for Cedric , i thought it would be universally flamed . i f truth be told it is probably one of my favourites along with Edmund and Raphael.
the response to Winifred has also been much more positive than i expected . i think Winifred , Miranda , Cecilia , Greta and Merewen are our front runners for a girl .

oldbutnotpastit Thu 23-Jan-14 18:26:53

thenumberfaker no surname is not West it begins with West but has another 4 letters on the end . I do think even that might be too close for comfort to use Frederick or Rosemary , thanks for pointing it out as i had not considered that association at all .

Rhythmisadancer Thu 23-Jan-14 18:34:37

My dd is Miranda, and I love it. It means "to be admired" and was invented by Shakespeare. Most of his heroines start off with flaws, and have to meet the hero to learn something - but Miranda was perfect to begin with it smile. Her middle name is Dorothea. Yes, I'm an English graduate!

Rhythmisadancer Thu 23-Jan-14 18:35:46

Who puts random "it"s in sentences blush

oldbutnotpastit Thu 23-Jan-14 18:41:38

i love the names Miranda , Dorothea and Theodora. Dh , however 'needs to be convinced of their merits. If i don't get to use either of them as a first name i'm almost certain her mns will be Miranda Dorothea or Miranda Theodora .Although i will definitely avoid the initials W M D .

FloatingHandle Thu 23-Jan-14 18:44:38

Cecilia
Greta

and

Raphael

TheFutureSupremeRulersMum Thu 23-Jan-14 18:51:11

Winifred and either Edmund or Cedric

brokenhearted55a Thu 23-Jan-14 19:43:11

Miriam and Jeremiah are my favourites

Algorithm Thu 23-Jan-14 19:48:29

Cassandra and Jeremiah

GIRLS
Miranda - like
Persephone - no
Georgiana - yes
Cecilia nn Celia - yes
Winifred love this - no
Theodora or Dorothea or Dorothy (ds4's suggestion) - no
Hester or Esther i love these but our surname starts with West so don't think it will work - love Hester but think you're right
Clarissa - no
Genevieve no
Merewen nn Merry or Winnie - like Merry
Josephine nn Posy - love Posy
Cassandra- yes
Miriam - no
Priscilla - no. no, no
Keziah - horrible. sorry
Rosanna nn Posy - no
Rosemary nn Posy - no
Romilly - hate this sorry
Greta - no
not sure about mns yet

BOYS
Edmund /Edmond - Edmund is lovely
Love Jem
Ambrose - no
Cedric - awful
Wilfred - yes
Raphael - no
Zebedee/Zebediah - bloody awful
Frederick - yes
Josiah - no
Llewellyn - awful

BikeRunSki Thu 23-Jan-14 20:04:46

Josephine, Ambrose

Job done

Frikadellen Thu 23-Jan-14 20:08:22

I really like Winnifred Clarissa is also lovely & Celia has been on my short list for my own dds they are my favourite of your girls names

Boys names I really love Cedric

Willfred and Edmund would be my other prefered from your list

aGirlDownUnder1 Fri 24-Jan-14 05:02:27

Girls:
Miranda
Genevieve
Cassandra

Boys:
Llewellyn

FixItUpChappie Fri 24-Jan-14 05:37:40

It like Miranda and Cedric the best out of the choices.

MissPryde Fri 24-Jan-14 05:58:06

I love Winifred. And you could use the nickname Winnie you mentioned later.

For boys I like Edmund and Frederick.

Also, ten children! You must be wonder woman!

Oriunda Fri 24-Jan-14 07:24:35

What a fabulous list of girls' names!

I love Persephone, that was my first choice if DS had been a girl.
Cassandra and Cecilia also good (although prefer Celia, As You Like It being one of my favourite Shakespeare plays .... Have you considered Rosalind?)
Miranda and Georgiana fine too.

Not so keen on boys' but like Edmund and Raphael.

oldbutnotpastit Fri 24-Jan-14 11:29:41

we can't use Rosalind as an immediate close family member has that name but i do really like the idea of Shakespearean name .
i really like Persephone and Cassandra but the meaning of Persephone bothers me and the mythological story of both is not exactly positive .
Miranda and Celia both have lovely meanings which is important to me . This baby was a surprised I really don't want him or her to feel short changed by their name iyswim which is why i would like the name to have a positive meaning .
Cecilia is a favourite but i have a slight lisp and i worry it might be to sibilant.
Greta simplicity and the fact that it is strong yet feminine also make it a contender .
Josephine is also lovely because it has so many potential nns i especially like posy .It's potential to suit any character from tomboy to dainty is in its favour .
I've also thought about the name Sabrina today and wonder what anyone thinks ?
for boys i really like Edmund nn Ted /Teddy as a baby/toddler but i'm not keen on Ed /Eddie as nns and once their named you have minimal control about how nns evolve and that once you love your child any nn that occurs you'd embrace as it is their name. Having said none of the other children like to be called by anything but their full names .
i like Raphael but wonder if it is to much of a theme with Gabriel and might be a bit twee .
Naming babies while fun just doesn't get any easier . i think i may have just keep trying names out and see which one sticks .

Oriunda Fri 24-Jan-14 12:33:17

See I think of Persephone as being the bringer of spring.The 6 months she spends in the underworld are autumn/winter, then she returns to the surface and everything starts to grow again.

oldbutnotpastit Fri 24-Jan-14 12:36:44

oriunda that is a much more positive meaning . i needto start persuading dh that it is a useable and lovely name,

MadIsTheNewNormal Fri 24-Jan-14 12:39:10

Raphael or Frederick for a boy.

Georgiana, Cecelia, Theodora or Genevieve for a girl.

oldbutnotpastit Fri 24-Jan-14 21:13:10

i have at last managed to reduce the shortlist to
your feedback has been really helpful

GIRLS
Miranda
Sabrina
Cecilia nn Celia
Winifred love this
Clarissa
Genevieve
Cassandra
Greta
not sure about mn

BOYS
Edmund /Edmond
Jeremiah nn Jem
Ambrose
Cedric

ladypete Fri 24-Jan-14 21:17:45

Girls : not keen on any so can't help there
Boys: Jeremiah, Josiah

MadIsTheNewNormal Fri 24-Jan-14 21:17:54

Sabrina is lovely and totally under-used.

squoosh Fri 24-Jan-14 21:21:27

Sabrina is one of those names that half my brain associates with Audrey Hepburn and the other half associates with that topless Italian popstar who sang Boys Boys Boys.

Oriunda Fri 24-Jan-14 21:32:33

Miranda, Cassandra, Cecilia, Clarissa ..... prefer Cassandra
Edmund

oldbutnotpastit Fri 24-Jan-14 21:36:39

squoosh never heard of the italian popstar but i do associate Sabrina with the Teenage witch not sure whether that's a positive or negative especially as we already have a Tabitha.

ODearMe Fri 24-Jan-14 21:37:23

Rosanna or Wilfred

MajesticWhine Fri 24-Jan-14 21:39:35

Miranda and Edmund.
But preferred Theodora and Raphael from your original list

BabyMummy29 Fri 24-Jan-14 21:39:39

Nope, don't like any of those at all. They're all a bit fancy for my liking.

oldbutnotpastit Fri 24-Jan-14 21:46:02

ohdear i was quite keen on rosanna and wilfred until someone further up the thread pointed out that with our surname beginning with West Rose or Fred might not be a good idea.
majedtic i Really like Theodora and Raphael but Dh thinks they are "Poncy" and won't be persuaded otherwise

ODearMe Fri 24-Jan-14 22:05:55

Lol, that is v true!!! Best to avoid ��

I don't think Raphael is poncy, my friend has baby Raphie, which I think is sweet.

oldbutnotpastit Fri 24-Jan-14 22:16:01

i don't think Raphael is poncey . dh ,however, has a very active but not necessarily accurate "ponceometer" . he ruled out Gabriel for ds4 for the same reason but when ds arrived he looked like a Gabriel (still does for that matter ) and dh then agreed so there may yet be a chance to change his opinion .

AGoodPirate Sat 25-Jan-14 08:08:11

Greta
Ambrose

pencilsharpener Sat 25-Jan-14 12:26:07

If you like Sabrina but are not sure of the connotations, what about Serena as an alternative? Maybe Nina as a nn?

I like Miranda and Josephine (nn Posy) from your list of girls. Not at all keen on Winifred (sorry) which sounds far too old granny to my ears.

I think Edmund (Ed, Ted, Ned etc), Wilfred and Jeremiah (Jem) are the most usable out of your boys' shortlist.

pencilsharpener Sat 25-Jan-14 12:27:52

Just thought - maybe Wilfred would get shortened to Fred too, so perhaps best avoided?

newyearhere Sat 25-Jan-14 17:38:08

From the shortlists I like Miranda, Cassandra, Jeremiah, Edmund.

oldbutnotpastit Sun 26-Jan-14 12:31:16

dh and i wrote a shorlist and a few ames appeared on bot lists so we may have a shorter short list .

girls
Clarissa
Cecilia
Winifred
Merewen

boys
Edmund
Cedric
Jeremiah
Llewelyn

i have rediscovered the name Trevelyan which might i like .

oldbutnotpastit Sun 26-Jan-14 12:32:00

names not ames and both not bot

Oriunda Sun 26-Jan-14 14:13:07

Cecilia
Edmund

oldbutnotpastit Sun 26-Jan-14 16:59:49

i adore Cecilia but dh needs more persuading of it's merits . he like it but prefers some of the other names .
Edmund is probably in the top 2 on both are lists . Would Edmund Peter have too much of a Narnia theme ?

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