Clementine or Avery for a girl

(64 Posts)
judyandthedreamofdonkeys Thu 27-Feb-14 16:54:32

just that really which do you prefer smile

marmitelover Thu 27-Feb-14 16:55:06

Definitely clementine! Really pretty name

LeslieKnope Thu 27-Feb-14 16:55:28

Clementine. It's gorgeous.

Avery is horrible. Masculine and American.

judyandthedreamofdonkeys Thu 27-Feb-14 16:55:50

just to add clementine would be shortened to em or emmie...not clem

avery to ava


NadiaWadia Thu 27-Feb-14 16:57:11

Clementine is very pretty. Avery I like but did you know it is often used for boys (a character in 'Nashville')? Does sound more feminine to me though. So I would go with Clementine.

curiousgeorgie Thu 27-Feb-14 16:59:06

I love them both..

You could have Clementine Avery?

HSMMaCM Thu 27-Feb-14 16:59:52

Clementine. Isn't Avery a type of printer label?

Sundaedelight Thu 27-Feb-14 17:01:02

Clementine! Have known a few and it is gorgeous!

Pinkandwhite Thu 27-Feb-14 17:03:20

Definitely Clementine out of the two names. The only Avery I know is a boy.

BabyMummy29 Thu 27-Feb-14 17:04:34

Reminds me of oranges or aviaries

mathanxiety Thu 27-Feb-14 17:29:40

I love them both. I would not use either of the nicknames you like though.

If you want to call her Ava then call her Ava and forget Avery.

And in school a Clementine will be Clemmie. If you want Em or Emmie then call her Emma, Emmeline or Emily.

Bunbaker Thu 27-Feb-14 17:32:41

Not Avery.

I hope your surname is not label grin

MyCatIsFat Thu 27-Feb-14 17:36:38

Avery make scales and are/were a hire car company.

manicinsomniac Thu 27-Feb-14 17:43:09

I love Avery.

Clementine is ok but it's too orangey for me.

Bunbaker Thu 27-Feb-14 17:47:17

"were a hire car company."


mrsbug Thu 27-Feb-14 17:49:13

Definitely Clementine

KatherinaMinola Thu 27-Feb-14 17:50:22

Definitely Clementine!

KatherinaMinola Thu 27-Feb-14 17:51:48

Although I think Em/Emmie is a bit of weird shortening - and kind of takes away from the lovely unusualness that is Clementine - makes it into Emma/Emily etc (nice names, but more common).

pilates Thu 27-Feb-14 17:59:43

Clementine or Ava def not Avery.

SuperScrimper Thu 27-Feb-14 19:12:48

Why would you call a Clementine 'Emmie' that's just really confusing? Go for a name like Emmeline if you want to use Emmie.

It's like calling a child Penelope and announcing she's to be known as Nancy.

RalphRecklessCardew Thu 27-Feb-14 19:14:29

Avery. Definitely Avery. Clementine's nice but a bit too nice IYSWIM. Avery kicks ass.

mumbaisapphirebluespruce Thu 27-Feb-14 19:18:13

I love Avery. It's true in the US it is a unisex name but becoming more popular for girls recently. I would use it for another DD if I have one. I too don't understand the need to shorten. Avery is so lovely you don't need to. If you like Ava then go for that. Clementine is ok. Agreed with others if you like Em, then Emma or a derivative seems the obvious option.

judyandthedreamofdonkeys Thu 27-Feb-14 19:32:04

sorry i didnt say im not intentionally going to shorten either its just there always becomes a shortened nick name doesnt there like jennifer to jen etc...
avery would naterally shorten to ava but clementine to clem which im not keen on but ive heard of it shortened to em...not that i have much control over nick names really

judyandthedreamofdonkeys Thu 27-Feb-14 19:33:37

that grammar is awful i meant sorry i didnt specify im not intentionally shortening

mumbaisapphirebluespruce Thu 27-Feb-14 19:36:17

Ok that makes sense then. You are right you can't really control nns, so if I were you I'd go with Avery ( and because it's so great). The Avery's I know (am in Canada) are all just that. No nick names ok well apart from Aves maybe.

buttercrumble Thu 27-Feb-14 19:36:27


SuperScrimper Thu 27-Feb-14 19:38:00

A Clementine WILL be Clem. I know 3 and they have all ended up Clem or Clemmie as has the Clement I know.

That and Clammy Clemmie and Phlegmy Clemmie.

Definitely Clementine, the only Avery I know is a boy wink and American (which is great if you're American!)

hatebeak Thu 27-Feb-14 19:44:03

Avery is great. It's definitely a name for a girl - an old variant of Aphra / Affery, I think?

SimplySara Thu 27-Feb-14 19:52:47

I'm not sure how people are associating Avery with America and not Clementine. You have all heard the song "oh my darling Clementine" which is an American traditional song about the California gold rush right? Usually sung in a faux strong American twang?

That being said I really really like both of them. Plus with Clementine you get a lullabye built in

weebleswillwobble Thu 27-Feb-14 20:08:03

Clementine, nn Clemmie

ClancyC Thu 27-Feb-14 20:14:08

Clementine. The name has grown on me loads recently

haleyalannahxo Thu 27-Feb-14 20:16:43

Clementine for sure! All the Avery's I know are boys. X

Bunbaker Thu 27-Feb-14 20:21:55

AverY Office Products manufacture printer labels and desktop sundries. Please don't use Avery.

TheresLotsOfFarmyardAnimals Thu 27-Feb-14 20:22:33

Am I the only one who thinks its too similar to ovary?

Clem is a fruit.

BEEwitched Thu 27-Feb-14 20:23:13

Clementine is nice but I really prefer Avery.

RoseHoney Thu 27-Feb-14 20:29:45

Avery automatically makes me think of Ovary which is a shame as it's a pretty name.

kerala Thu 27-Feb-14 20:51:44

Clementine is beautiful (biased I have one). Don't use it though don't want it getting popular! Prefer pronunciation to rhyme with "wine" not "teen".

I prefer Avery, who wants to be a type of orange???

There is also Ainsley which has a similar vibe to Avery?

Seminyak Thu 27-Feb-14 21:14:19

AVERY!!!! My 83 year old, British, female nanna's name. Might call my own daughter Avery nn Ava smile

florascotia Thu 27-Feb-14 21:19:16

Clementine could always be Clemence - a good name in its own right. Or even Clea (can't do accents on this computer - should be an acute on the 'e'. )

Am not so keen on Avery (I read it as 'a very'). And 'Ava' is very, very popular, if that matters to you. But that's just one opinion. Both are intrinsically really nice names.

RonaldMcDonald Thu 27-Feb-14 21:26:54

Love Clementine

Both of these are on my girls list! Lovely names.

I think DH has vetoed both though for 'sounding like a fruit, or somewhere to keep pigeons' hmm

I think I liked Avery best.

kerala Thu 27-Feb-14 21:58:00

The fruit thing as an objection to clem is daft. A priest named a type of orange he developed after a pope the name hugely pre dates the fruit. Anyway what's wrong with the fruit link? Nobody bats an eye at daisy rose or poppy why are flowers ok but not fruit?!

The fruit thing is no more daft than people saying about Avery and printer labels - most names will have some kind of association to some people.

Avery is bad. Clementine is nice, but nicknamed Em is a bit odd.

kerala Thu 27-Feb-14 22:35:11

Exactly. I really like the name flora sod the margarine. A girl in dds class has the same name as a brand of washing powder but I think good for the parents reclaim it

IHaveSeenMyHat Thu 27-Feb-14 22:38:01

I love Clementine.

I think your intended nicknames sound really unnatural though (Avery, to me, shortens to Ave and not Ava) and I agree with whoever said you should go ahead and choose Ava or Emma/Emily/Emilia if that's what you prefer.

DramaAlpaca Thu 27-Feb-14 22:39:41

Clementine is lovely.

Ava is much nicer than Avery.

I think of Avery as a boy's name or a surname.

ZombiesAreClammyDodgers Thu 27-Feb-14 22:42:20

Avery is lovely!

kerala Ariel?

I think where the name was originally a name and has then been taken over by a product, it is still a proper name and can be used.

Where the opposite is true and the product came first, then naming your child the same is a bit weird - desperately thinking of an example here!

Maybe I mean that something like Clio is still okay but Xerox isn't?

kerala Thu 27-Feb-14 23:09:02

Don't want to out myself but not Ariel begins with l...

LimeLelloLizard Thu 27-Feb-14 23:20:55



Sorry, I know everyone is always really kind on this board, but this is what came to my mind.

RoseHoney Fri 28-Feb-14 00:01:01

I want to know the name of the washing powder! This is driving me bananas, I've even googled lol.

NadiaWadia Fri 28-Feb-14 01:13:02

Lenore? That has been a name for a long time, never mind the fabric conditioner.

nooka Fri 28-Feb-14 03:03:11

To me Avery is a boy (the slightly wild brother from Charlotte's Web) so I'd not choose it for a girl.

I'm not very keen on Clementine either. I have Clemency for a middle name and I just don't think the 'clem' sound is terribly nice.

CalmTheFarm Fri 28-Feb-14 03:08:21

Defiantly Avery

Perpelxedandoverwhelmed Fri 28-Feb-14 13:14:00

We have a 6 year old Clementine. We love her name, although we do get the occasional 'orange' comment, which has never bothered us. She's occasionally called Clem by classmates, but never Clemmie or any other derivative.

CaptainHindsight Fri 28-Feb-14 13:16:52

Love Avery, it is one of my favorites.

DH likes it because of American Dad hmm

enriquetheringbearinglizard Fri 28-Feb-14 13:31:02


Clementine was the name of Winston Churchill's wife.

Nottheshrinkingcapgrandpa Fri 28-Feb-14 20:45:19

Averyis fantastic smile

Bonsoir Fri 28-Feb-14 20:46:00

Clementine is lovely!

peachysweet Sat 01-Mar-14 21:42:03

Clementine is v pretty.

They are v different names. I wouldn't imagine that the one person would be choosing between these two as the styles are so different.

SorryInAdvance Sat 01-Mar-14 22:18:03

Very different names. Not a fan of either- Avery sounds more like a boy name to me, I like Ava though. Clementine feels a bit too frilly or over the top (I can't explain it, it's just not my personal taste) but I live the nickname Em/Emmie. I'd say Avery is my favourite out of the two.

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