Enid

(172 Posts)
Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 20:18:08

I have suddenly decided that I love this name above all others and frankly don't care what DP thinks on the matter.

The only weensy hitch is I'm not sure about the assonance that exists when it's used with my surname: Enid Stephens.

Thoughts?

You can tell me your thoughts on Enid too, if you like. Though I shan't listen to you unless you are wholly positive about it, obviously. wink

BrianTheMole Tue 18-Mar-14 20:20:23

I like Enid. Not sure it flows that well with your surname, but its not dreadful. A middle name would help.

whereisthewitch Tue 18-Mar-14 20:22:44

Reminds me of sweet valley high!

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 20:22:50

I love the Mumsnettiness of "it's not dreadful". grin

Full name will be Enid Marian Stephens. But folk don't often use their full name like that, do they?

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 20:23:49

Oh yes...vaguely recalling. Was she the terribly one in SVH?

MuffTheMagicDragonButter Tue 18-Mar-14 20:23:55

Not for me I'm afraid, sounds very snipey and harsh, but then I hate Agatha for the same reason.

Perhaps you could put a ´ on it and pronounce it Aynid. grin

invicta Tue 18-Mar-14 20:24:34

Lovely! Everyone knows it because of Enid Blyton, but it's also unusual. Good choice.

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 20:25:11

terribly mean one in SWH?

HaymitchAbarnathy Tue 18-Mar-14 20:25:39

Love Enid. It's my name of choice if I ever had a dd although my dh has pre-vetoed it unfortunately.

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 20:26:46

I'm quite snipey and harsh, so perhaps the genes dictate, Muff.

Aynid. NO. grin

pizzachickenhotforyou Tue 18-Mar-14 20:28:34

Love it. I think of Enid Coleslaw before blyton.

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 20:30:00

Well we're all agreed that Enid is quite the coolest name ever <shuns Muff>.

But what about the surname assonance issue?

Pinter Tue 18-Mar-14 20:31:37

Edith?

BabyMummy29 Tue 18-Mar-14 20:31:44

Oh no - Enid is just too old-fashioned

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 20:32:38

I have just texted my friend and she says no on the grounds that it it "goes horribly with" my daughter's name.

This is not a valid reason is it? Is it?

DD's name is Agnes.

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 20:33:16

Not Edith. Too simpering.

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 20:33:45

Old fashioned be blowed!

wizzler Tue 18-Mar-14 20:33:46

I like it...

melonribena Tue 18-Mar-14 20:35:31

Enid Rollins was originally a nice girl who was friends with Elizabeth and then went funny when they went to uni!

Cuxibamba Tue 18-Mar-14 20:36:49

Not for me at all, sounds very dated to my ears. And Enid Stephens doesn't really flow imo. However, my own personal name taste isn't actually good so listening to me is probably a bad idea. blush

furlinedsheepskinjacket Tue 18-Mar-14 20:37:50

edith is much nicer plus edie is a sweet nn

MuffTheMagicDragonButter Tue 18-Mar-14 20:38:41

I offered you a solution to the assonance issue!

Or you could marry someone else.

<helpful>

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 20:39:28

Definitely know to Edith. And DEFINITELY no to Edie. I don't like sweet names.

MuffTheMagicDragonButter Tue 18-Mar-14 20:40:12

What about Ena? Similar idea but somehow works better with the surname, even though it's 'ee' again.

MuffTheMagicDragonButter Tue 18-Mar-14 20:42:01

Evadne?

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 20:42:46

It was the worst solution ever, Muff.

I often do think about marrying someone else. Someone artistic maybe, with red hair and stubble who knows a lot about wine and reads T S Eliot.... <breaks reverie> However, the Stephens is my name so I'll keep it even if I ditch DP for my red fox.

Only1scoop Tue 18-Mar-14 20:42:57

I love Enid it's a beautiful name smile

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 20:44:14

Ena Stephens? Is that EEE-nah or ENN-ah?

If it's EEE-nah then I declare you to be a piss-taker, lady.

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 20:44:54

I have a horror of names beginning with 'Eva'. Sounds like kittens.

bigkidsdidit Tue 18-Mar-14 20:45:53

I LOVE Agnes but don't like Enid at all, sorry. Ignore me!

MuffTheMagicDragonButter Tue 18-Mar-14 20:47:10

No, it's definitley EEEEEE-nah, but somehow I think it gets away with the assonance better than Enid.

Same with Evadne, I'm not sure it's the repeated 'ee' that's the problem.

Honestly, I really am trying to assist! grin

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 20:48:26

Ok, here are the variables:

1. Enid (name she'll be called all the damn time)

2. Enid Stephens (name she'll use a good bit)

3. Enid Marian Stephens (name she'll rarely use, only on formal docs)

4. Agnes and Enid (sibling names together)

5. Agnes and Enid Stephens (sibling names together with surname)

Issues?

furlinedsheepskinjacket Tue 18-Mar-14 20:49:06

oh ok

<runs away>

ArtexMonkey Tue 18-Mar-14 20:50:31

Love it, and I think it sounds fine with your surname.

My friend has an Enid (named after the character in Ghost World); she is ADORABLE and very cool.

ArtexMonkey Tue 18-Mar-14 20:51:14

I think Agnes and Enid go really well together.

You have rockin taste in names op.

MuffTheMagicDragonButter Tue 18-Mar-14 20:52:25

1) That's for you to decide, it's your 83 year old woman child.

2) Not disastrous, not like Robert Robertson or anything

3) Nowt wrong there, but, as you say, whoever takes any notice of middle names

4) Perfectly charming

5) The addition of Agnes hasn't mitigated point 2), but see point 2.

Only1scoop Tue 18-Mar-14 20:53:26

Perfect Op question your choice no further <Blimey....I don't often say that on a name thread> blush

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 20:53:28

Come back, Furlined! I'm only being mean because I haven't eaten within the last ninety seconds! Mea Culpa! <third trimester>

Bluestocking Tue 18-Mar-14 20:58:23

You couldn't call your second daughter Edith, even if you liked it, unless you are actively channelling Gru from Despicable Me.
I have been won over by the name Enid, and Agnes and Enid is seriously hardcore. I see them in my crystal ball, sixteen years from now, wearing whatever the equivalent is of full-on grungewear, and toting an electric bass (Agnes) and a tenor saxophone (Enid).

MuffTheMagicDragonButter Tue 18-Mar-14 21:08:00

Good point Bluestocking, but then OP could go for number 3 and use Margot, which is lovely.

I do think having an Agnes actually adds something to Enid, if that makes sense.

furlinedsheepskinjacket Tue 18-Mar-14 21:08:50

smile

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 21:12:23

Yes. That's what I'm after! Unequivocal affirmation all the way.

My girls will be super kickarse. They will not be called the likes of Ellie.

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 21:15:05

So my friend is stupid wrong allowed to disagree with my name choice of course, but MN is agreed that Agnes and Enid is the coolest sibset ever?

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 21:15:57

I like Margot. Maybe I'll have another baby after this one. Beats going to work.

furlinedsheepskinjacket Tue 18-Mar-14 21:16:04

we're just all scared of you now

TeamEdward Tue 18-Mar-14 21:18:04

Bloody love Enid, Agnes, Edith, Ethel, Margaret and Cornelia.
Hard-as-nails old lady names rule my roost.
but really pissed off as I seem only able to bear boys

ArtexMonkey Tue 18-Mar-14 21:18:56

That sounds about right smile

You can't take any notic of friends btw. When I was overdue with my ds, one of my friends commented "he doesn't want to be born because he's heard what you're going to call him"

My friend's dcs' names are both, you know, top ten most popular, say no more. wink Sometimes people like to playa hate.

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 21:19:29

Yeah, you should be. I'm about twenty seven stone and haven't had any wine for eight months.

Artandco Tue 18-Mar-14 21:20:02

I like Enid but prefer Edna

Edna Stephens sounds better IMO.

I also think Marian looks better as Marianne

Edna Marianne Stephens

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 21:23:52

Ha! DD put in a late appearance because I think she'd started to get an inkling of the shambles I was going to make of parenting her. Nothing to do with her name. She is disdainful of anything classic. Her doll is called Telephone Stephens.

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 21:26:15

I'm not keen on 'ah' endings as a rule. Also I can't resist cheap puns and would be constantly threatening Edna Vice. <adolescent>

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 21:26:51

Marian infinitely superior to Marianne.

HuevosRancheros Tue 18-Mar-14 21:27:28

Esme?

eatyourveg Tue 18-Mar-14 21:27:52

In my family has an Enid but she has always been Enn- need rather than EE - nid. Ee-nid is too hard for me.

If you have an Agnes would you go for a Martha? I shall also throw in Dorothy nn Doris seeing as you seem to like old names

I like it. Enid is also Mildred's lovely eccentric friend in the Worst Witch books.

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 21:33:00

Esme is too...too something. It ain't no Enid.

I don't just like old names! The previous forerunner was Ramona. I remained loyal for a good six months but now my head has been turned by Enid's charms.

Thepoodoctor Tue 18-Mar-14 21:33:23

You could pronounce it Welsh - which I am pretty sure is En -id (first bit rhyming with hen) rather than Eenid.

That gets rid of the assonance for you. Also channels the story of Geraint and Enid in the Mabinogion. Welsh literary vibe rather than Enid Blyton vibe which would sell it to me.

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 21:34:49

Martha has that 'ah' ending, you see.

Though so does Ramona, which just goes to show that I can spout authoritatively about theories of naming which I've just made up all I like; it doesn't mean I have the faintest idea what I'm talking about.

Only1scoop Tue 18-Mar-14 21:34:52

Oooo tell us what your boy choices would have been....I'm intriguedsmile

whereisthewitch Tue 18-Mar-14 21:35:15

I think Enid was the studious and very serious one in SVH....not such a bad thing smile
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Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 21:36:01

No to ENN-id. Sounds wickerey and margeriney.

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 21:37:48

Ralph for a boy. Maybe.

eatyourveg Tue 18-Mar-14 21:42:49

Maud then?

PunkAssMoFo Tue 18-Mar-14 21:46:54

Ramona is amazing.
I like Margot too.

Enid sounds clunky.

How about Maude?

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 21:49:47

I like Maude. But is it better than Enid? NO IT IS NOT.

I do still like Ramona, and I thought it went well with Agnes. But it's not Enid, which is officially the best name in the history of names.

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 21:50:14

Clunky? CLUNKY?

Petitgrain Tue 18-Mar-14 21:54:47

Enid is only cool if the person is cool, IMO. Otherwise it's a thickset bookkeeper with a permanently runny nose who sucks mints noisily. Maude on the other hand is just beautiful regardless.

AlternativeMoniker53 Tue 18-Mar-14 21:56:05

Merle! Does anybody know any? Has it outpaced Isabel and Lily while I've been avoiding children not paying attention? I'd have called either of mine Merle, given the chance, and one's a boy!

Only1scoop Tue 18-Mar-14 21:56:18

Petit grin

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 21:57:28

She is totally cool. Trust me on this one.

MuffTheMagicDragonButter Tue 18-Mar-14 21:59:12

Mavis? See Hotel Transylvania for a very cool vampire one.

Daphne?

MuffTheMagicDragonButter Tue 18-Mar-14 21:59:57

God, I love Merle.

Speaking of which, what about Pearl?

Artandco Tue 18-Mar-14 22:02:10

Our girls list (seeing as we only have boys)

Etta
Leonore
Margot
Thora
Mabel
Greta

Any help?

AlternativeMoniker53 Tue 18-Mar-14 22:02:32

I was just thinking the disadvantage to Merle is that these Victorian maids' names are now so popular and it sounds like Pearl.

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 22:06:03

Merle. No. It looks stupid written down.

Daphne is great but hate the nickname Daff beyond any kind of reason.

I used to like Pearl but now it makes me think of the song Sadness is a Blessing which makes me a bit squirmy about it.

Mavis I dislike and it goes badly with Stephens.

Universal Tue 18-Mar-14 22:06:06

Love it. Beautiful and individual. If I heard the name in real life I would love it and feel slightly jealous.

LePetitPrince Tue 18-Mar-14 22:07:47

I haven't read the entire thread in case people are being mean about this name smile. I absolutely LOVE the name Enid on many fronts - my favourite author EVER, my kids' favourite author EVER and the name of a very dear (sadly deceased) elderly woman I knew.

(I don't like Maude though)

Catsmamma Tue 18-Mar-14 22:09:37

how are you supposed to say it..i never know

EeeeNid or Ee-nah (surely not Ee-narr?)

I like the Ee-nah pron. best.

Catsmamma Tue 18-Mar-14 22:10:22

and now i am

eee-nar....eeeenarrrr ....eeeennnnaaaaaaaaaaaaarrr-ing like a mad minion.

BrunoBrookesDinedAlone Tue 18-Mar-14 22:12:35

Hmm to Enid - sorry. There is something clunky about it. That's why Agnes improves it.

Call her Muriel. Or Ragnar.

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 22:13:34

What? Ee-nah? That would be entirely wrong. Ee-nid. EE-NID.

Great, isn't it?

BrunoBrookesDinedAlone Tue 18-Mar-14 22:14:19

Mabel is GREAT.

Agnes and Mabel.

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 22:14:30

It's not clunky. It's steel coated.

BrunoBrookesDinedAlone Tue 18-Mar-14 22:15:24

On the Ragnar theme, you could go Icelandic and have Hildur.

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 22:15:32

Mabel shmabel. Too Islington for my liking.

BrunoBrookesDinedAlone Tue 18-Mar-14 22:16:09

But how would you feel about her ending up shortened to Eee?

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 22:16:58

She might be nick-named Mo.

AlternativeMoniker53 Tue 18-Mar-14 22:19:05

Hildegarde?

BrunoBrookesDinedAlone Tue 18-Mar-14 22:19:19

Did you just go off Ramona? That's a good one. How about Merryn? Aggie and Merry.
Priscilla!

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 22:19:38

(As in Eeny Meeny Miney Mo)

BrunoBrookesDinedAlone Tue 18-Mar-14 22:20:48

Eee-Mo?

Frieda?

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 22:20:51

I still really like Ramona. But Enid has captured my heart. Mind you, I'm eight months pregnant - I could say the same about Dairylea on toast.

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 22:22:10

We call Agnes by her full name mainly, but sometime Aggie or Ags.

Aggie and Mo is cool.

Merry is fucking revolting though I don't mind Merryn.

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 22:22:27

No to Frieda.

BrunoBrookesDinedAlone Tue 18-Mar-14 22:23:00

Hmm. You have to be careful about mad 8-month choices. Agnes and Ramona are brilliant. I think the mist might clear from Enid in a few months time and you might regret it...

BrunoBrookesDinedAlone Tue 18-Mar-14 22:25:27

I think part of the problem with Enid is that although it's unusual, it's still a short name beginning with E - ie basically the girl name craze of the decade. Ellie. Eva. Esme. Ella. Evie. Enid!

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 22:26:18

No, I genuinely love Enid.

Also genuinely love Dairylea on toast, of course. But not same thing at all.

Artandco Tue 18-Mar-14 22:27:32

Ida
Hazel
Elsa
Vivienne
Opal

Parmenides Tue 18-Mar-14 22:27:35

Is that really a problem though? I'm not exactly calling her Olivia.

Cezella Tue 18-Mar-14 22:33:03

Agnes and Enid- I want to hate them OP but I love them!

OddFrog Tue 18-Mar-14 22:33:34

Enid is utterly brilliant. (D)H vetoed it for us, so I'll throw Sylvia into the mix as it's my lovely DD's name and also Esther, which I love. I'm not wild about Ramona, but the nn Mo is pulling me round.

BrunoBrookesDinedAlone Tue 18-Mar-14 22:33:54

No, not at all really! I doubt that Enid would ever get as popular as any of those. Mind you, I bet they said that about Ava six years ago.

Doreen?

redrubyindigo Tue 18-Mar-14 22:36:16

Ermmm no

Artandco Tue 18-Mar-14 22:36:59

Or Rita!

Oh, I love Agnes and Enid together!

I am a massive fan of Maude. And Celeste. DD's middle name is Winifred.

TeamEdward Tue 18-Mar-14 22:52:13

Can I chuck Hester into the mix?
DH decreed it ugly, but I reckon any girl with enough moxy to pull off the Scarlet Letter vibe is cool in my estimation.

BrunoBrookesDinedAlone Tue 18-Mar-14 22:56:26

Wilmid.

Edbel.

Iveen.

wigglesrock Tue 18-Mar-14 22:58:48

Enid according to my 6 year old will be the name of her baby. She has plans to have girls & call them after the characters in the Worst Witch series. Enid is her favourite.

DancingLady Tue 18-Mar-14 23:01:48

Rowan, Hildy, Ramona, Hadley, all nicer than Enid imo. My sister's Agnes (when anglicised) and hates it.

Viviennemary Tue 18-Mar-14 23:04:50

I'm not very keen on it I'm afraid. It's just not a very attractive name IMHO.

williaminajetfighter Tue 18-Mar-14 23:13:26

OP you've got good taste. Agnes is lovely and Enod is gorge but sadly I don't think it works with Stephens. I also don't link howitzer might be shortened to 'Eeny' IYSWIM.

I just had DD2 and sad I didn't go with certain fave names-do you like any? They were: Rumer, Medea,Carmen, Marlo.

Fwiw I think Ramona Stephens is really lovely and flows better and Margot Stephens is gorgeous, ditto Marlo Stephens.

DancingLady Tue 18-Mar-14 23:24:07

I love the name Marlo. And I agree that Enid Stephens sounds odd; a bit 'ee' 'ee', iyswim. Rowan Stephens, Marlo Stephens, etc etc sound really strong and cool.

AlternativeMoniker53 Tue 18-Mar-14 23:34:05

Merle Stephens! <still plugging away>

Mireio Tue 18-Mar-14 23:56:10

I think Enid is great.

EugenesAxe Wed 19-Mar-14 00:04:29

I love the name Enid but for some reason if I say aloud it seems to frequently come out as Enid Sneevens. It's because the 'd' and 'st' are similarly formed sounds; my tongue really does seem to twist a bit with them.

Agnes Stephens is great. Or of course you could further tap into the Worst Witch name compendium and go for Mildred Stephens or Maud Stephens.

squoosh Wed 19-Mar-14 00:16:47

Enid is hideous, Just typing the name has caused blisters to appear on the tips of my fingers.

Ramona is wonderful. I advise you in the strongest possible terms to reignite your love for Ramona.

Capitola Wed 19-Mar-14 00:24:56

Enid is fabulous. I have a colleague with it as her middle name & she's embarrassed about it, but I think it's a great name.

Ramona, however, is beyond ghastly.

hunreeeal Wed 19-Mar-14 00:31:53

I prefer Ramona to Enid.

Enid Stephens - too many e and n sounds

Ramona Stephens - sounds great, go for this!

hunreeeal Wed 19-Mar-14 00:32:21

Or Rowena?

HippoCritic Wed 19-Mar-14 04:06:10

Enid sounds VERY dated to me, don't like it, sorry.

Esther?

BitOutOfPractice Wed 19-Mar-14 04:14:00

Enid is the name of a rather marvellous song by the Barenaked Ladies and for that reason alone it gets a big thumbs up from me

PunkAssMoFo Wed 19-Mar-14 06:51:03

Dairy lea on toast Stephens has a nice ring to it. No hyphen obvs.

baskingseals Wed 19-Mar-14 07:04:47

Gloria?

Wish I'd thought of it for dd.

noodlebum Wed 19-Mar-14 09:23:12

I don't see the problem with it with your surname, is there an obvious one? I like Enid, bit different smile

Only1scoop Wed 19-Mar-14 09:26:14

"Calling Gloria"....<sings>
Always have to when I hear that name....love it.
Child of early 80's blush

GoWestcountry Wed 19-Mar-14 09:28:19

I love Ramona (biased) but also think Enid is lovely and goes better with Agnes. I don't see any problem with it going with your surname either.

GoWestcountry Wed 19-Mar-14 09:48:47

Also you clearly have excellent taste in names, care to share some boys name choices? I really struggle with boys names!

HSMMaCM Wed 19-Mar-14 09:50:35

I love Enid. I had a great aunt Enid and she was lovely (wonders why it wasn't on my list).

oldbutnotpastit Wed 19-Mar-14 11:50:34

can i throw gladys ( love this but dh vetoed it and suggested it was the hormones) or winifred into the mix both have a similar feel to enid imvho

MerryMarigold Wed 19-Mar-14 11:54:34

Don't like Enid. Don't like Edna. Don't like Mavis.

The 'd' and the 'st' are quite hard - you wouldn't want to say it over and over very quickly!

So there!

Burren Wed 19-Mar-14 12:15:10

Enid Stephens goes perfectly well, and Enid is cool. Enid is the kind of girl who can read hieroglyphics and save the world on her lunchbreak while wearing designer glasses.

And I have never understood why anyone feels sibling names should 'match' - that's just weird, like they're a floral three-piece suite or something.

MerryMarigold Wed 19-Mar-14 12:25:04

I know 3 brothers called Ricky, Eli and Donny. Now, tell me Eli isn't the odd one out here!

But anyway, does Enid have a sib yet?

MerryMarigold Wed 19-Mar-14 12:28:29

Oh, yes, I see Agnes. I love Agnes. I hate Enid. Enid will always be jealous of Agnes' name (which imo, is pretty, soft and sweet). You can't say Enid without a slight whine. Not sure why.

MerryMarigold Wed 19-Mar-14 12:28:57

[Ramona and Margot are great, if you care about my opinion]

StormyBrid Wed 19-Mar-14 12:36:25

I've never been keen on Enid, but Enid Marian Stephens... I like it! My grandma was an Enid, and has always threatened to come back to haunt anyone who named a daughter after her. So I say go for it, but have the number for the Ghostbusters on standby just in case.

squoosh Wed 19-Mar-14 12:37:24

Margot is gorgeous.

Enid wears support stockings, goes on brass rubbing holidays and is having a not very torrid affair with Clive who is the chair of the local Rotary Club. She spends her days thinking up ways to bump off Clive's wife Marjorie.

SisterChristina Wed 19-Mar-14 13:02:55

Really don't like Enid. Short and hard, and seems like going for a granny name just for the sake of it.

I've known loads of grannies/ great grannies called Enid and never once has anyone said 'wow, what a beautiful name'!

Dh has just said it sounds too much like 'penis', fwiw!

I guess if a girl was incredibly, incredibly cool she would be able to carry it off but that's quite a gamble.

Burren Wed 19-Mar-14 13:11:11

But squoosh, Margot is practically Margo, and the missing 't' is the difference between Margot 'exquisite ballerina' Fonteyn and the queen of Oldies and Irish, Daniel O'Donnell's big sister, and a lot of unwise eyeshadow.

hunreeeal Wed 19-Mar-14 14:37:35

It's also practically Maggot.

everlong Wed 19-Mar-14 15:33:04

It's completely hideous.
Actual ugly.

Poor kid.

Bonsoir Wed 19-Mar-14 15:42:01

I'm afraid that I think "Enid" is bordering on child abuse cruelty.

Ethel sounds ugly. Enid doesn't.

vivatregina Wed 19-Mar-14 15:51:51

There is a girl called Enid in my daughter MARTHA's class - she is known as Nid Nod.

BalloonSlayer Wed 19-Mar-14 15:52:45

Never tell her you were going to call her Ramona but decided on Enid instead.

She will hate you forever.

My mum has a name similar to Enid (it has been mentioned on this thread). She hates it so much and is embarrassed to tell people what her name is. She has felt like this - through many changing fashions - for over 80 years. Careful about possibly making your DD feel like that just so that strangers on the internet think you are cool.

jellybeans Wed 19-Mar-14 15:54:52

too old-fashioned

pilates Wed 19-Mar-14 16:02:54

Sorry it's awful

Burren Wed 19-Mar-14 16:25:50

But names previously considered 'old lady' are terribly chic these days. I've met babies called Ursula, Violet, Maud, Ethel, Edna and Elsie-May (the last three are not triplets, though it looks like it when you write them together) in the last few years. And quite a few Ediths.

They're not massively to my personal taste - though the lack of frilliness is nice - but 'Enid' is hardly way out in that company, or excessively elderly.

sandberry Wed 19-Mar-14 17:47:38

Enid is great and goes perfectly with Agnes
Love Ramona but don't think it goes with Agnes at all, completely different styles.
Stick with Enid, it will be top 100 in 10 years anyhow and all the haters will love it.

Bluestocking Wed 19-Mar-14 19:40:21

I've written you a poem, OP:

Not Ellie, not Lily
Not Mia, Maia, Maya
Not Roxy, not Jasmine
Not Scarlett, not Keira

Not Ottolie, not Cecily
Not Bryony, not Melody
Not Clementine, not Madeleine.
Agnes and Enid.

everlong Wed 19-Mar-14 19:47:03

You might as well have Enid if you've got an Agnes.

I absolutely love the name Enid. It sounds perfectly fine with your surname. Lovely strong name, go for it!

Parmenides Wed 19-Mar-14 19:51:29

That's quite the best poem I have ever read, Bluestocking.

Parmenides Wed 19-Mar-14 19:52:05

Hey, what's wrong with Agnes?!

Parmenides Wed 19-Mar-14 19:55:58

Someone upthread suggested Gloria, which was on an early longlist. I do like it. But the prospect of it being abbreviated to 'Glore' upset me.

Bluestocking Wed 19-Mar-14 19:56:15

Why thank you, Parmenides! smile

Parmenides Wed 19-Mar-14 20:03:20

GoWestCountry, boys names are harder, aren't they?

On our shortlist were:
Benedict
Lucas
Ralph
Edmund
Tobias

But didn't love any of them...

Ohhelpohnoitsa Wed 19-Mar-14 20:04:53

How about Ingrid ? I like it a lot and it goes well with Agnes .

Parmenides Wed 19-Mar-14 20:09:19

I had a recent obsession with this song by Ingrid Michaelson which led to a brief flirtation with the name, Ohhelpohnoitsa.

But - alas - it's not for her.

redrubyindigo Wed 19-Mar-14 20:10:55

A bad poem.

What is wrong with Enid, Freda, Margot, Arthur?
Or Alf the name of my dear Grandfather?
Ethel, Mabel, Edna, Bill
Cecil, Albert or even Gill?
Tracey, Jane, Sharon or Wayne
Dean or Duane or even Shane?
Holly, Molly, Millie, Mandy or come to that even Sandy
The answer I think is always the same
Will your child like their name?

Blanche? Mumsnet needs a baby Blanche.

Parmenides Wed 19-Mar-14 20:24:55

Here is my poem, based on my own true life experiences, redrubyindigo grin

It's called: 'My Parents Named Me Laetitia'.

They wanted me to be classy
But alas, I defied their wish
Since late June 1973
I have always been known as Tish

You make what you want of your name, I reckon. There are few very truly absolutely terrible ones that can't be improved with a bit of creative nicknamery, in my view.

Parmenides Wed 19-Mar-14 20:27:20

I have a friend called Blanche! She's French and very stern.

BrunoBrookesDinedAlone Wed 19-Mar-14 20:37:30

It's a pity Marlo seems a bit made up because Marlo Stephens is great.

Enid Stephens just doesn't work.

BrunoBrookesDinedAlone Wed 19-Mar-14 20:40:31

Blanche, Blythe and Brima are great.

You cannot have Esther or Hester Stephens. How many 'stuhs' can a name have? Though I don't like Enid, still makes me think Sharples, I'm afraid. How about Millicent or Getrude?

Sorcha1966 Wed 19-Mar-14 21:22:36

Enid is a HORRIBLE harsh old biddy name. Please dont do that to your daughter. Marian is much better...

invicta Wed 19-Mar-14 21:58:43

But Old biddy names are fashionable, and all names go in cycles. When I grew up, names such as Harry and George were considered old, and now we have princes with those names.

everlong Wed 19-Mar-14 22:04:57

There's old biddy names and old biddy names.
Enid is not Florence or Alice.

GoWestcountry Wed 19-Mar-14 22:07:04

Thanks Parmenides, am going to add a couple of those to my list. Boys names are much harder, infact I think the only one I really like is my brother's name and that doesn't go with my married surname at all!

bouncingbelle Wed 19-Mar-14 22:09:29

I would hate to be called Enid.

And Enid Stephens just seems to have too many "ee" sounds close together, if that makes sense.

What about Ines? Or is that Agnes in another language? :/

bouncingbelle Wed 19-Mar-14 22:14:04

Ramona is FABULOUS!!! I'm stealing it!!!

Sharaluck Wed 19-Mar-14 22:20:07

I'm sorry but Enid doesn't sound like a name, more of a mumble.

I think you need to go with something different as Agnes is much much nicer! I would feel sorry for Agnes's little sister named Enid.

Edith?

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