Primrose, Daisy or Alexandra?

(84 Posts)
Benchmark Fri 02-May-14 10:59:03

Hi all,

I've already asked opinions on Primrose and most were positive but I'm still not 100% sure so thought I'd see what you all prefer out of my top 3 names.
So which is your fave and why out of Primrose Daisy or Alexandra??

Please also add a middle name if you like. Options for middle names (all family names) are:

Thanks smile

TEACUP123 Fri 02-May-14 11:18:15

Alexandra is my absolute favourite! Elegant, classic, just beautiful! Lots of nicknames for a baby/little girl, and a "serious" grown-up name. Also recognizable in most countries.

I wouldn't choose Primrose because of the "prim" bit, and because it makes me think of Hyacinth Bucket (sorry, but you've asked!). I like Rose very much though.

I wouldn't choose Daisy either - cute for a baby/little girl, but not great for a grown woman IMHO.

evamummy Fri 02-May-14 11:21:11

I like Sylvia best.

janie2 Fri 02-May-14 11:30:41

I love Alexandra. Elegant and classic.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 02-May-14 11:33:15

Timeless, classic, Alexandra.

I love Daisy but it has been popular, if you like flower names then Primrose is that bit more unusual.

I was discussing names with someone weeks' ago, she mentioned her cousin or some relative was considering Lotus for her as yet unborn DD.
"Oh" I said, "Very spiritual, is she a Buddhist?"
Blank look, "No her boyfriend's into cars, he wants her called that or Elise".

NigellasDealer Fri 02-May-14 11:33:22

out of those three I would choose Alexandra

Benchmark Fri 02-May-14 11:40:27

haha brilliant donkeys!!

To be honest deep down I know Alexandra is the most sensible choice. I've always liked it, so I know I'll never go off it. I do love flower names though. I love flowers and nature and would have loved a flower name myself so I think I'm naturally drawn towards them.
I'm concerned with Primrose that she would get picked on for being 'prim' and my main concern with Daisy is it rhymes with crazy and lazy and sounds like Dozy, I do think it's beautiful though.

Anyone with children with these names that like or loathe their names?!

Wishfulmakeupping Fri 02-May-14 11:44:36

Primrose is a great name maybe better as a middle name though. Daisy seems like too much of a child's name to me.
Think Alexandra Primrose world be gorgeous smile

Clearlymisunderstood Fri 02-May-14 11:48:50

I adore the name Primrose. I actually really like Lily Primrose as a name.

ajandjjmum Fri 02-May-14 11:48:54

I've got an Alexandra Ann!

She's Alex but there's a massive choice of nicknames, which is always good.

squoosh Fri 02-May-14 11:52:14

I love Alex on a girl so would go for Alexandra. It's timeless, classic and works well on all ages.

Daisy is sweet if a bit too cutsie for me.

Primrose is dreadful.

I like Sylvia best of all though! Gorgeous name.

Benchmark Fri 02-May-14 11:52:45

Wishful - I love that idea! It makes it slightly more feminine.
I do want to get a family name in there too as it's traditional in our family to honour relatives with mn's.
Maybe Alexandra Primrose Mary? Is that too long? Our surnames only one syllable beginning with F (car manufacturer)

Wishfulmakeupping Fri 02-May-14 11:56:01

I think that would be lovely smile its a very classic name but still unusual iykwim

Benchmark Fri 02-May-14 11:57:41

Sylvia's my mums name, it's beautiful but wouldn't choose it as a first for that reason.

Alexandra Ann is lovely smile Alex is my favourite shortening of Alexandra too. Like Ali as well. Not keen on Lexi but wouldn't hate it if she chose to use it.

squoosh Fri 02-May-14 12:01:00

Oh yes, Ali is lovely too! I'm with you on Lexi, I always think it sounds a bit tacky. Sexy Lexi, ugh.

Indith Fri 02-May-14 12:02:56

Alexandra might be the sensible choice but so what? Go for what you love.

Primrose is very pretty, you don't have to go for "prim" as a shortening, she could be a rose or rosie.

My dd is a Daisy (short for Margaret). At the moment she likes Daisy best though I call her Meg too.

Anyway, nicknames as they get older often have nothing to do with their names but come from characteristics or a daft in joke or something instead. A couple of friends of mine who were both called Rachel were known as Crazy and Lazy.

ajandjjmum Fri 02-May-14 12:03:49

Sandy would also be a possibility. DS always calls DD Ali, but we stick to Alex - or occasionally Al!

Mybellyisaneasteregg Fri 02-May-14 12:07:01


Bowlersarm Fri 02-May-14 12:07:57


DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 02-May-14 12:18:30

You could have Alexandra Liliana thereby honouring a Lily and an Anna <cunning plan>

RiverTam Fri 02-May-14 12:26:06

Daisy Anne (don't like Ann)

or you could go for Margaret, nn Daisy and if she felt it was too cute when she gets older she's got other options (Meg is lovely).

Benchmark Fri 02-May-14 12:44:17

Thanks donkeys! That would actually honour both sides too! smile

BlueKarou Fri 02-May-14 12:46:57

Alexandra Lily would be my choice - elegantly pretty, with so much potential for nicknames (My own name is similar in that I've had different nicknames as I've grown up, which I've enjoyed/appreciated.

I have a cat named Daisy, and do think it's very twee.

Primrose is very pretty, but brings to mind Prim from the Hunger Games; not necessarily a reason not to use it, just what comes to mind.

Thurlow Fri 02-May-14 12:54:31

Alexandra, definitely. We have an Alex, occasionally an Allie. Never a Lexi! I hold out hope that as Lexi is currently in favour, when DD gets to school she won't want to change from an Alex to a Lexi because there will already be other Lexi's there.

Also, 'Alex' is a hugely amusing name when you have a newborn baby in a neutral babygrow and people ask their name in the hope of working out the gender that way grin

Alexandra Primose is lovely.

Benchmark Fri 02-May-14 13:01:24

I like Alexandra Lily!

With Primrose, Prim in hunger games actually made me like the name more as I think it's made it more mainstream. I know that would put some people off.
Plus she was a great character.

Haha thurlow! Good way to confuse people grin

Thurlow Fri 02-May-14 13:13:57

I used to do it deliberately - I do quite like introducing her by her full name as she is so rarely called it, but when temptation struck I did enjoy saying "Alex" and just grinning at them!

Megrim Fri 02-May-14 13:29:21

My sister was an Alexandra Mary, so that would be my favourite combination. She was always known as Alex (or Alexandra Mary when naughty).

TEACUP123 Fri 02-May-14 13:30:58

Alexandra Marianne is another nice combo (With Mary and Anne combined)

flavourflave Fri 02-May-14 13:50:40

Primrose was on my list, posy for potential nickname... Before I came to my senses.

Primrose Shipman.

Alexandra has lots of nickname potential, Lexi being my fave

Benchmark Fri 02-May-14 14:05:52

Primrose shipman doesn't put me off. I hadn't even heard of her and doubt the next generation will.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 02-May-14 14:10:13

OP's surname isn't Shipman. Unless someone is thinking of Adolf I don't get why you would seek out bad associations with names intended for any newborn.

BurdenedWithGloriousPurpose Fri 02-May-14 14:20:29


Alexandra sounds like she could rule the world, while Primrose and Daisy would be her minions. wink

squoosh Fri 02-May-14 14:20:37

Poor old Primrose Shipman, she's hardly Rose West, she didn't do anything wrong except unwittingly marry a serial killer!

HenI5 Fri 02-May-14 14:40:27

I was going to suggest Marguerite as a middle name. It goes nicely with Alexandra and is the French form of Daisy.

Chocolategirl7 Fri 02-May-14 14:43:56

I have an Alexandra Louise although her current nickname is Lexie Lou. I'm hoping it will lengthen again when she gets a bit older.

Love Alexandra Primrose but not sure about Primrose as a first name. grin

Pobblewhohasnotoes Fri 02-May-14 14:58:52

Alexandra is lovely. Really not keen on Primrose.

flavourflave Fri 02-May-14 15:36:37

Sorry, but that shipman documentary was on the other night and it did put me off the name!

How about Penrose? Cool unisex name like Alex, place in Cornwall, fresher than Primrose.

squoosh Fri 02-May-14 15:45:26

Wasn't Penrose the name of Dangermouse's side kick?

BurdenedWithGloriousPurpose Fri 02-May-14 15:46:07

That was Penfold. grin

squoosh Fri 02-May-14 15:47:33

Oh yes Penfold! grin

Loved that little guy.

flavourflave Fri 02-May-14 16:58:13

Penfold also great!

RabbitPies Fri 02-May-14 17:00:39

Alexandra. It's lovely,and a strong name too.

Daisy is ok.

Primrose is awful. Ugly but twee.

Benchmark Fri 02-May-14 17:15:44

I've come back to the thread and now penfold is on the table! grin not quite the style I was going for but thanks!

flavourflave Fri 02-May-14 17:24:50

Alexa? Antonella, Nell for short, Cristobel, Wren, Posie, Iris?

Middle name I love Sylvia. Sylvia for first name would be great! Does popularity bother u? Do u want classic or something different?

Benchmark Fri 02-May-14 17:43:02

Love Posie, would probably shorten Primrose to Posie but see it as a nn.
Wren is lovely but surname is one syllable so want at least a 2 syllable first name.
I tend to prefer nature names or quirky names. The only classic name I'd consider is Alexandra (I think)
Not keen on overly popular names, but equally don't want something too unusual or silly. I actually really like Xanthe, but DH doesn't.

Lannypanny123 Fri 02-May-14 18:34:05

I love primrose by far the best loverly name xx

Starbright24 Fri 02-May-14 18:37:35

I love alexandra lily...names that I have been thinking of myself but still loads of time to go.
also like rose and rosie

Montsti Fri 02-May-14 18:55:30

Alexandra! Daisy is sweet but too cutesy IMO and Primrose isn't to my taste.

foofooyeah Fri 02-May-14 19:01:42


loveisagirlnameddaisy Sat 03-May-14 12:29:51

My DD is Daisy (can you guess from the NN?!). I love it and it's growing with her so I don't think it will feel twee for her as an adult's name. But we have had thar comment made to us before. Her middle name is Elizabeth.

Other than that I do love Alexandra. Primrose doesn't do it for me.

funnyoldonion Sat 03-May-14 19:30:35

If you're not sure in primrose don't use it cos it's a bit of a marmite name and you have to really love it in order to have to stick up for it when people don't like it. I love it though x

KitKat1985 Sat 03-May-14 20:15:54

Alexandra is my favourite out of those three. xx

Graciejoylove8 Sun 04-May-14 04:19:19

I like Daisy Anne, followed by Primrose Anna,
Pretty and whimsical smile

Benchmark Sun 04-May-14 11:41:45

Nice to see some people like Daisy as well! smile think it's such a pretty name and not childish at all but lots of people seem to find it very twee.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Sun 04-May-14 11:50:49

Alexandra of those three

Other nature names I like:

Loveleopardprint Sun 04-May-14 11:56:48

My DD is Daisy Hope. I have never regretted her name and not seen it as twee or cutesy. I also like your other two names though do not much help here!

TidyDancer Sun 04-May-14 18:57:14

Alexandra is by far the most beautiful. Daisy is very cute, but only on a little girl, not so much for an adult IMO. Primrose....not really a fan tbh.

loveisagirlnameddaisy Tue 13-May-14 12:08:16

I know an adult Daisy and she really suits her name. I imagine everyone saying that it only works on a little girl have never met any adults called Daisy.

Think Daisy Lowe. And Daisy Donovan. Nothing twee about either of them.

Viviennemary Tue 13-May-14 12:15:54

I think Sylvia is very nice and deserves a revival. I agree that Daisy is a bit twee. Nothing wrong with Alexandra but I certainly don't love it. Not very keen on Primrose either but it's OK.

itfcbabe Tue 13-May-14 12:21:18

I love the name Primrose but reminds of Primrose Shipman,Daisy is lovely but Alexandra is timeless or you could have Alexandria a bit more unusual.xx

MargotLovedTom Tue 13-May-14 12:32:41

If you love Sylvia but don't want her to have the same name as your mum, then what about Sylvie? I actually much prefer it to Sylvia; it has a certain chic style to it.

MargotLovedTom Tue 13-May-14 12:34:23

Primrose would not remind me of Mrs Shipman - I didn't even know that was her name!

I see Rose suggested on here plenty of times yet Rose West is notorious confused.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 13-May-14 13:05:19

Alexandra Sylvia would be my choicesmile

RabbitPies Tue 13-May-14 13:31:50

Rose is a much more common name than Primrose,so has other associations for most people.

MargotLovedTom Tue 13-May-14 13:36:33

Fair enough, but I'm guessing many people aren't aware that Harold Shipman's wife was called Primrose, and as PP said it's not like she was a murderer herself.

Eva is very popular, though probably not something you'd go for if your surname is Braun wink.

Primrose is awful - prim and proper.

I'd go for Margaret or Marguerite so that Daisy is an option for a nickname, but loads of others if she doesn't like it when she's older.

I've never met an Alexandra who wasn't known as Alex.

Bonsoir Tue 13-May-14 13:48:57

Primrose is unconscionable.
Alexandre is boring.
Daisy is pretty but you need a strong personality to pull it off and not get drowned in the sweetness.

PunkAssMoFo Tue 13-May-14 14:02:50

Sylvie primrose!

flavourflave Tue 13-May-14 14:05:59

In regards to Primrose... Sorry, think Shipman too. Know it's wrong to but that's my first thought. Second thought is Darling Buds of May, 3rd thought is prim and proper and forth thought is Fifi and the flower tots.

It was on my list with Posy as potential nickname. Then I went off it.

Vote for Alexandra

twinjocks Tue 13-May-14 23:20:45

I'll add my support for Daisy (my own 19-year-old DD's name, love it). I like it with either Anne or Anna out of your middle name list.

mathanxiety Wed 14-May-14 02:24:49

Alexandra Daisy isn't bad imo.
Alexandra Primrose.
Alexandra Marguerite would be great.
Or Sylvie Alexandra?

You would get the classic and the floral or naturey. (Sylvie and Sylvia refer to woodland).

Benchmark Wed 14-May-14 08:27:11

I won't be using Sylvie as a first name. I actually love the name but I think my mum would think I'd gone a bit nuts, she goes by Sylvie all the time.
Marguerite, although nice, isn't really my style of name.

At the moment Alexandra definitely seems the most popular but I'm leaning more towards the other two grin
Posy on it's own??

Rtfairy Wed 14-May-14 09:41:53

Daisy, I love it and it's my DD's name, she suits it. she is a baby right now but I do think it will grow with her don't personally agree with all this names are only for babies crap!

burgatroyd Wed 14-May-14 10:26:58

I know a Posy on its own. Why not?

LePetitPont Wed 14-May-14 21:28:55

I personally think Alexandra is a bit clunky / wannabe royal
family. But Alex is fab - we had Alexa on our shortlist. A bit fresher somehow...

Prefer Primrose to Daisy. No clue about Harold Shipman's wife and Prim from the Hunger Games is a lovely character. Not sure about Daisy Anna, does take it a little bit twee.

Posy is adorable! Posy Penfold would rock

As a counter arguement, I do a lot of partnership working with senior people and the ones with the more fun / unusual names stick in my mind far more than the myriad Catherine and Sarah's.

Drunkendonut Sat 31-May-14 00:36:24

I have a 3 year old Daisy. She's a feisty little thing!
I've never had a bad reaction to it.
Like a pp her mn is Elizabeth.

Hogwash Sat 31-May-14 06:02:19

Alexandra - but definitely go with what you love, not what you called 'sensible' earlier!

FeelingIrie Sat 31-May-14 06:35:36

I love Primrose and would want to use it if I have another DD. DH not so keen though... I agree it's a bit 'marmite', I have an Iris and that is too, but I'm quite happy with that as it means it won't become too popular.

Your other two names are lovely too. And I think if you are spoiled for choice use two middle names!

Enjoy your baby girl x

brokenhearted55a Sat 31-May-14 17:13:17

Alexandra. The rest are ridiculously twee.

Linguaphile Sun 01-Jun-14 12:56:51

Alexandra is the most distinguished and sensible. Lovely. Primrose is sweet and unexpected (if a bit closely connected to The Hunger Games). We considered both for our dd, actually! I think a person could easily tailor Primrose to meet their needs as they got older--Rosie or Prim for a little girl, Rose for when she gets older if she wants something more serious and sensible on her office door, though Alexandra takes it by an inch I think. Personally, I love your idea of Alexandra Primrose Mary, though if it were me I would try my best to make sure people avoided the nickname 'Alex', which I'm not a fan of.

MrsBungle Sun 01-Jun-14 14:05:55

I love primrose. I like daisy but agree with others that it's twee. Alexandra I find dull personally. Sylvie primrose is beautiful.

Benchmark Sun 01-Jun-14 20:02:05

Linguaphile - did you choose something similar in the end? What were your reasons for discounting them? Interesting as you seem to have a very similar opinion as me on the names.
I actually mentioned Primrose to my friends yesterday, just dropped it in to gauge reactions, and they said 'you're not naming a cat you can't call her that!' Then they realised I was serious and moved swiftly on. I know people would come round to it, but surprised to get such shocked reactions in RL!

lambbone Sun 01-Jun-14 20:10:17

Alexandra Primrose is splendid!

My Alexandra's MN is Hermione (outs self). Still love it.

Benchmark Sun 01-Jun-14 20:13:59

Hermione is lovely! Does your Alexandra get shortened at all?

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