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(38 Posts)
Bagabee Fri 29-Oct-10 21:01:51

Laurie
Benjamin (NOT Ben)
Gilbert
Bob
Tom

Albertine
Florence
Audrey
Beatrice
Elizabeth
Leonora
Merrilees

Thanking you! x (not yet conceived but still obsessed!)

MrsvWoolf Fri 29-Oct-10 21:07:59

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MrsSchadenfreude Fri 29-Oct-10 21:08:26

Albertine is hideous. Merrilees sounds like a horse. The rest are a bit dull. Elizabeth and Beatrice are OK-ish.

Bagabee Fri 29-Oct-10 21:10:43

Appreciate the candid views! If all so hideous (Mrs S), what names do you favour??

thisisyesterday Fri 29-Oct-10 21:13:04

Laurie is lovely
Benjamin is nice.
Tom ok

LOVE Leonora, that's my fave of your girl's names

also really like Florence and Beatrice
Audrey and Elizabeth are ok
don't like Albertine or Merrilees

Goingspare Fri 29-Oct-10 21:13:32

I you really dislike Ben, I'd caution against Benjamin - it'll get shortened at some point.

weepootle Fri 29-Oct-10 21:16:30

Laurie - nice
Benjamin (NOT Ben) - sounds wet to me
Gilbert - no
Bob - NO!
Tom - nice

Albertine - awful
Florence - love!
Audrey - don't like, think of Corrie!
Beatrice - nice
Elizabeth - nice
Leonora - awful, fabric conditioner
Merrilees - possibly the worst name I've ever heard, never heard this before.

Bagabee Fri 29-Oct-10 21:25:12

OMG, Merrilees is a lovely Scottish famanily name for us.

It's hard to choose original names that are not utterly pretentious!

tummytickler Fri 29-Oct-10 21:25:23

Gilbert is fabulous - I love it!
Benjamin is ok, but i do not htink it is realistic to say he will never be a Ben (which is a shame) maybe call him Benji as a nn yourself to avoid Ben?
Tom and Bob - no!
Laurie - ok

Albertine - cute
Florence - no, boring we know sooooo many(dd1 has 3 in her year, dd2 has 2 in her class, and there are more younger siblings in the playground too)
Audrey - LOVE it!
Beatrice - boring
Elizabeth - nice, cute nn
Leonora - no
Merrilees - no

KenDoddsDadsZombieDogsNotDead Fri 29-Oct-10 21:32:24

Bob but prefer Rob
Audrey or Elizabeth

Mumcentreplus Fri 29-Oct-10 21:33:52

Laurie - hugh anyone?
Benjamin (NOT Ben)- ok
Gilbert- naf
Bob - even naffer and not a real name
Tom - as above but even more boring

Albertine - old lady
Florence - as above
Audrey - as above with added Little shop of Horrors

Beatrice - cute
Elizabeth - also cute
Leonora - nope
Merrilees - sounds like dodgy sweets/shell-fish

Mitchymum Fri 29-Oct-10 21:43:34

Laurie - lovely
Benjamin (NOT Ben) - quite nice
Gilbert - ooo noo
Bob - ooo nooo
Tom too common

Albertine nah, not really
Florence quite cute
Audrey too middle aged
Beatrice okay
Elizabeth too plain
Leonora okay but prefer Leoni
Merrilees - nope, but like Meredith.

DuelingFanjo Fri 29-Oct-10 21:48:02

Laurie - ok, not a favourite but not awful
Benjamin (NOT Ben) - I like it but it will be shortened by some people and your child may decide he prefers ben
Gilbert - not a favourite of mine
Bob - Lovely. We have decided to use Bob, not Robert
Tom - like it but know too many so I wouldn't choose it myself.

Albertine - Really not a fan
Florence - is ok but so over used now
Audrey - My favorite on your list
Beatrice - Not a fan, again quite over used
Elizabeth - Classic but boring. I like the NN Betty though
Leonora - No, too flowery and floncy for me
Merrilees - Is it made up? Not a ran at all.

DuelingFanjo Fri 29-Oct-10 21:49:02

I am LOVING the negative reaction to Bob grin
makes me even more determined to use it.

DurhamDurham Fri 29-Oct-10 21:50:17

Laurie-ok
Benjamin (NOT Ben)-he WILL be called Ben!
Gilbert-urgh
Bob-the builder
Tom-lovely

Albertine-not my cup of tea
Florence-beautiful
Audrey-she'd have to grow up elegant to carry it off
Beatrice- Sarah Ferguson/Heather Mills
Elizabeth-beautiful but will prob be shortened
Leonora-fabric conditioner
Merrilees- never heard it, can't decide!

You'll change your mind hundreds of times even before you've conceived!!

Francagoestohollywood Fri 29-Oct-10 21:54:57

Laurie lovely
Benjamin (NOT Ben) not keen
Gilbert no!
Bob nice
Tom nice, though it reminds me of Tom Cruise and that's not good

Albertine lovely
Florence I like it
Audrey lovely
Beatrice Not keen
Elizabeth nice
Leonora ok
Merrilees no

NoahAndTheWhale Fri 29-Oct-10 21:55:10

Laurie - Not keen
Benjamin (NOT Ben) Benjamin is most excellent and it is possible to have one that isn't a Ben (nearly 7 years so far, although he does sometimes get called it.)
Gilbert - makes me think of Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables
Bob - this is what DS is known as by me as a nickname. Am not sure why.
Tom - perfectly nice

Albertine - no
Florence - quite nice
Audrey - not keen
Beatrice - quite like it
Elizabeth - my sister's name. Has a lot of potential for shortened versions although I know some who are always known as Elizabeth
Leonora - not keen
Merrilees - was she a gypsy? Read a book recently where one of the main characters was known as this by another main character

FakePlasticTrees Fri 29-Oct-10 21:59:23

Boys:
Laurie - cute for a little boy, not sure if it will work for a 20somthing, perhaps as others have said, go for Laurence and have Laurie as a nickname.

If you call your DC Benjamin, he will be called Ben.

Bob and Tom - I'm not a fan of calling someone a nickname as a full name, because they will spend their life explaining that it's their full name.

Girls -
I like Audrey, Beatrice and Leonora. I think Leonora is the nicest.

I like Elizbeth, don't like Liz as a nickname, but do like Beth.

pinguwings Fri 29-Oct-10 22:00:42

Laurie - Like this, would use Laurence as full name, reminds me of Laurie Lee
Benjamin (NOT Ben) - Like but people will call him Ben, which is nice too
Gilbert - HIDEOUS
Bob - No
Tom - Nice but would use Thomas

Albertine - Nope
Florence - nice
Audrey - frumpey
Beatrice - ok
Elizabeth- nice
Leonora - too fussy
Merrilees - Nope

rachel1970 Fri 29-Oct-10 22:26:34

You cannot call a child Benjamin or Benedict without him being called Ben! It is just too long imo, which is a shame as Benjamin is lovely (whereas I find Ben dull and overused).

I like Gilbert and Audrey best.

BelligerentGhoul Fri 29-Oct-10 22:28:23

Laurie - lovely but maybe Laurence as full
Benjamin (NOT Ben) - yes
Gilbert -hideous
Bob - no
Tom - nice but Thomas better woth Tom as nn

Albertine - horrid
Florence =- nice
Audrey - ok
Beatrice -lovely
Elizabeth - brill
Leonora -ok
Merrilees - horrible

BelligerentGhoul Fri 29-Oct-10 22:29:00

DD1 would have been Laurie, had she been ds

Bagabee Fri 29-Oct-10 22:52:56

Many views, for which, thank you!

Personally, Laurie and Elizabeth.

As a final wild card, Nancy, anyone...?

mathanxiety Sat 30-Oct-10 05:17:57

Laurie -- roo girly
Benjamin (NOT Ben) -- it will be Ben, or else you'll go round calling him Benjaminnotben.
Gilbert -- nothing specifically wrong with it that I can see, but I think Albert has aged better.
Bob -- NO unless Robert
Tom -- NO unless Thomas

Albertine -- worse that Ernestine
Florence -- too housemaidy and now famous too
Audrey -- Gorgeous
Beatrice -- Gorgeous
Elizabeth -- can't go wrong
Leonora -- Gorgeous
Merrilees -- A riding academy

BeccaandEvie Sat 30-Oct-10 08:18:41

Nancy IMO seems like an 'old' name. Its lovely though. I like Florence out of your other list, not keen on any of the other.

I know a Benjamin and he's 8 - he's not called Ben.

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