(43 Posts)
Beachballfamily Wed 19-Feb-14 23:11:27

Going in for a c-section tomorrow. We know its a girl. After much agonising, think we've decided on Stella. DH is particularly keen and I really like it too - my only worries are the connection to the beer, and the fact that it can't really be shortened. What do you think? Can you reassure me?

Other options are Tessa and Merryn, if anyone thinks those are much better!

SomethingAboutNothing Wed 19-Feb-14 23:13:33

Sorry but it makes me think of the beer.

I quite like your other suggestions though.

NadiaWadia Wed 19-Feb-14 23:41:35

Stella is lovely. It was a classic name long before the beer. One day the beer will be forgotten.

NadiaWadia Wed 19-Feb-14 23:45:54

After all a manufacturer can name their product anything they like. When I was a kid there was car called a Marina. So people may have hesitated before naming their daughters that. But now probably hardly anyone remembers that car, and would just think of Marina as a nice name. Products are ephemeral.

AbiRoad Wed 19-Feb-14 23:59:34

I don't think it matters that a 2 syllable name can't be shortened. Shortening seems to be more prevalent for longer names - 1 syllable names get lengthened, 3 syllable names get shortened and 2 syllable names (for girls anyway) often survive just as they are. For boys i acknowledge 2syllable names are oftened shortened -tom, will, matt, joe etc.

I wouldn't worry about the beer, but I equally like the name flora and dont think margarine. I don't think of beer when I think of Stella McCartney or Stella tennant, , and the latter has 2 beer names!

ummingandahhing Thu 20-Feb-14 00:06:23

When I hear Stella, I think of Stella Gibbons, the author that wrote Cold Comfort Farm. Absolutely fabulous book!

squoosh Thu 20-Feb-14 00:53:17

It doesn't remind me of the beer. I just hear a feisty and feminine name.

Cezella Thu 20-Feb-14 02:34:12

My best friend is called Estelle but I always always call her "Stell" so it does have a shortening after all!!

meditrina Thu 20-Feb-14 04:54:54


GertBySea Thu 20-Feb-14 05:01:19

I didn't think of the beer, but I so prefer the other two. We know a Merryn shortened to Merry, which is cute for a little girl.

Beachballfamily Thu 20-Feb-14 05:47:47

Hmm, not as reassuring as I was hoping. I appreciate the honesty though! Can I throw Zoe into the mix as well? Stella is the front runner, followed by Tessa, Merryn and Zoe. Not sure how to reach a decision on this one..

Iheartcrunchiebars Thu 20-Feb-14 05:50:43

I didn't think of the beer at all.

Thrillybumsmum Thu 20-Feb-14 06:24:29

I love Stella. I think it's very elegant and classy. If I thought of anything It would be Stella from a street car named desire or Estelle from Great Expectations. Good luck!

AuntieStella Thu 20-Feb-14 06:33:12


(I thought my homage would be obvious!)

SS3J Thu 20-Feb-14 07:14:36

I definitely prefer Stella to all your others. Lovely name, and there are enough well-known Stellas that the beer thing isn't a problem imo. All the best for today!

AnythingNotEverything Thu 20-Feb-14 07:16:28

I really like Stella. Good luck with your section!

capercaillie Thu 20-Feb-14 07:19:21

I love Stella. Know an 18 year old one wig is lovely!

YouCanTakeAHorseToWater Thu 20-Feb-14 07:21:19

Stella screams lager to me I'm afraid. Merryn is rather lovely though...

Thrillybumsmum Thu 20-Feb-14 07:21:45

I love Stella. I think it's very elegant and classy. If I thought of anything It would be Stella from a street car named desire or Estelle from Great Expectations. Good luck!

Yika Thu 20-Feb-14 07:22:05

I love Stella, and don't think of the beer (but then again, I don't drink beer).

atthestrokeoftwelve Thu 20-Feb-14 07:22:42

Beer=- she would be popular with men in pubs with a name like that- sorry.

bakingtins Thu 20-Feb-14 07:23:05

Much prefer Merryn, but who cares what we think? Good luck today!

PlumSykes Thu 20-Feb-14 07:23:11

I love Stella, and Zoe too, actually. One of my best friends has a little Stella, it's a beautiful name. It makes me think of Stella McCartney, not a lager.

baskingseals Thu 20-Feb-14 07:23:27

Stella is by far the loveliest name on your list. Beautiful name.

Cezella Thu 20-Feb-14 08:23:07

I think Stella is the loveliest name on your list followed by Merryn, then Tessa and then Zoe. Good luck with your c section! Come back and let us know what you decide to go for!

Blueuggboots Thu 20-Feb-14 08:30:18

I LOVE Stella. I think it's a fantastic name. Merry is nice but I think Tessa and Zoe come a long way down the list after those two.

Edgarallan Thu 20-Feb-14 09:17:29

Stella is a beautiful name- classic and timeless x

HyvaPaiva Thu 20-Feb-14 09:21:58

From your list, I love Merryn, it's beautiful!

Stella is too beery. I really love 'Estelle' though.

Don't like Zoe (to me it sounds dated) or Tessa. Sorry OP!

AnnabelleDarling Thu 20-Feb-14 09:31:24

I don't think of beer, I think of stars. It's a beautiful name. In my experience of MN, people are far too concerned about what other people will think of the name when what really matters is what you think of the name.

Anyone who would tease a young girl because her name reminds them of a beer is an idiot who doesn't deserve the time of day.

My friend wanted to name her dd Flora, her mil was dead against it, saying she would be teased because of the margarine. Well, Flora is 10 now and no-one has ever mentioned margarine to her.

Call her Stella if you love it, it is a beautiful name.

florascotia Thu 20-Feb-14 10:01:10

Agree that Stella is lovely. It means 'star' - what a great name to give a baby! As others have said, it certainly hasn't hindered Stella Macartney's career. Her clothes are elegant and classy and unfussily feminine - all good associations. And Stella Gibbons' Cold Comfort Farm is vv funny.

In western Scotland, it would be the 'Tennent' part of Stella Tennent's name that made people think of beer, anyway. Not the Stella! Tennents is the name of a massive brewery in Glasgow, where beers of various kinds have been made for centuries. One can even go on guided tours...

florascotia Thu 20-Feb-14 10:13:06

Just as a ps - you could use more than one of your choices. Stella Merryn or Stella Merryn Zoe (depending on your surname) would make a good combination.

Sundaedelight Thu 20-Feb-14 11:37:38

Stella is a wonderful name and I have it on my secret future list as number 1! Hope you get to meet your little Stella soon - maybe you have by now! Have known two Stellas, one old, one young. Never made any association with a beer and no one around did either. STELLA!

aoife24 Thu 20-Feb-14 11:39:17

Lovely name, only idiots would bother her by referring to lager.

MrRected Thu 20-Feb-14 11:45:35

I have never encountered any teasing about my name. It was my grandmas name too.

SilveryMoon Thu 20-Feb-14 11:50:04

I love it. Stella is a beautiful name.

squoosh Thu 20-Feb-14 11:51:31

That's funny florascotia about Stella Tennent, never occurred to me she had a double beer name!

KatherinaMinola Thu 20-Feb-14 11:55:49

Superb name. A name for a strong woman. Makes me think of Stella McCartney, Stella Rimington (former head of MI5), and Stella Gibbons. And Stella Maris. Absolutely timeless, and by far the pick of the bunch of the names you've mentioned. Zoe is nice, but Stella is fab!

YouGrateMyCheese Thu 20-Feb-14 13:45:25

Go for Stella! She'll love the meaning and you can teach her the Sir Philip Sidney sonnet: "Stella, the only planet of my light, Light of my life, and life of my desire..." And who wouldn't love Marlon Brando screaming their name? grin

DramaAlpaca Thu 20-Feb-14 13:48:01

Fabulous, feisty, graceful, strong girl's name if it can be all those at the same time grin

As you might have guessed, I love it!

Davidhasselhoffstoecheese Thu 20-Feb-14 23:54:45

Stella is nice. Tessa is stunning though

DIddled Fri 21-Feb-14 00:00:55

Stella is a beautiful name- would be no 1 if I would have had a daughter. And I love beer as well. Xx I know a Stella, an older lady who is truly inspirational x

DIddled Fri 21-Feb-14 00:02:52

Stella Maris = star of the sea. How lovely is that? X There is a lovely hymn which references this.

akachan Fri 21-Feb-14 11:09:23

I love the name Stella.

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