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(30 Posts)
monkeymoomoo Thu 18-Nov-10 10:40:54

I'm looking for classic names which will not date. Wondered what people think about these:



randomimposter Thu 18-Nov-10 10:46:04

Agree they are all classic

Kathryn - irrationally have never liked this spelling - much prefer Catherine or Katharine
Harriet - bit dull and prissy for me
Eva - like it, but can't help but think of braun
Alice - went to school with a really annoying one, hence not personally keen
Elisa - LOVE Eliza, how are you pronouncing Elisa?
Anna - used to think it was a bit meh, is actually really growing on me.

monkeymoomoo Thu 18-Nov-10 10:48:06

Elisa pronounced El-liss-a

monkeymoomoo Thu 18-Nov-10 10:52:44

I meant to add Sophia to the list too.

tummytickler Thu 18-Nov-10 10:58:57

I would not personally call ELisa classic, Eliza yes, Elisa no.

Kathryn is ok - agree I don't like this spelling. Kate is a nice nn, but i do not like Kitty or Katie.
Harriet - lovely, great nn's
Eva - dull
Alice - lovely. Really pretty, but grown up at the same time.
Elisa - horrid
Anna - alright, prefer Anne.

My favourite 'classics' - Margaret, Victoria, Iris, Jane, Louisa.

tummytickler Thu 18-Nov-10 11:00:37

oooops - forgot Mary! Top of our list for dd!

ellesabe Thu 18-Nov-10 11:00:57

I always think of these as classics:


Edmundo Thu 18-Nov-10 11:18:41

Elisa and Eva are not classic. Eve is more classic. Eva is very current as is Elisa.

I love Anna.

Ephiny Thu 18-Nov-10 11:35:22

Elisa makes me think of the biochemical lab technique Eliza is more of a classic name, or what about Elizabeth?

MrsBuble Thu 18-Nov-10 11:45:50

Kathryn- I much prefer the other spellings, but is a classic nice enough name.

Harriet- Lovely and LOVE Etta as a nickname.

Eva- Its okay but I much prefer Evie of Eve.

Alice- I know some beautiful girls called Alice so really like it.

Elisa- Not my cup of tea

Anna- Boring

Ineedsomesleep Thu 18-Nov-10 12:00:36

Kathryn - not keen on this spelling but ok.
Harriet - love
Eva - will date very quickly. Lots of Evas Evies and Avas around here.
Alice - love
Elisa - ok
Anna - not keen.

monkeymoomoo Thu 18-Nov-10 12:49:43

Ineedsomesleep - do you think just Eve will date though? I thought it was pretty timeless.

Looks like Harriet and Alice are the preferred ones then which is good as I love them both.

Ineedsomesleep Thu 18-Nov-10 12:51:22

Know quite a few Eve's too I'm afraid. Think the whole Eve/Evie thing will date pretty quickly.

MelinaM Thu 18-Nov-10 15:39:47

Katherine/Catherine -lovely
Alice -a personal favourite of minesmile
Anna- lovely but a little plain perhaps?
Harriet -okay but not classic enough for me
Elisa/Eva- very common at the mo.
Sophia-lovely but again very common at the mo -espec the Sofia spelling of.

How about Elizabeth, can be shortened to Eliza which is quite like Elisa?!

Charlotte, Rachael, Victoria, Beatrice, Helena, Louisa ...

monkeymoomoo Thu 18-Nov-10 16:15:36

I like Eva as we have Mediterranean roots. It works well with our surname so it's shame about the popularity thing. Maybe I could get over that though?!!

When I was at school most of the girls were called some form of Kathryn - Kate, Katie, Catherine/Katherine and now it's on my list!

Rockbird Thu 18-Nov-10 16:16:53

Harriet is a great name and won't date

Rhubarbgarden Thu 18-Nov-10 19:02:41

I like Harriet, Alice and Anna best. Also Katharine.

mathanxiety Thu 18-Nov-10 20:04:12

Kathryn -- love this spelling and only this spelling for some irrational reason
Harriet -- A bit twee and clunky. Prefer the nn Harryo
Eva -- Love
Alice -- Love
Elisa -- not classic English, more Italian; dislike the Elissa pronunciation
Anna -- Love
Sophia -- Prefer spelled with an F (again irrational)

SE13Mummy Fri 19-Nov-10 19:13:40

My favourites are Harriet, Alice and Anna. I have a Harriet(nn Hattie) and don't encounter others that often. Alice is one of my DD's closest friends and, with their classic bobs and old-fashioned shoes they make a fairly 'classic' looking pair!

MamaVoo Fri 19-Nov-10 19:19:18

What about Victoria? It's my name and I was really surprised not to see it in the top 100 this year - as it's usually there - so it won't be common.

Mrsmackie Fri 19-Nov-10 19:55:34

I have an Alice (2 yr old) and we do get lots of comments about what a lovely name it is - very classic and timeless.
I also realy like Harriet, Kathryn and Beatrice?

ThatllDoPig Fri 19-Nov-10 20:24:01

I love all those names (except Elisa - sounds like a brand name for something medical), but the others are lovely. Happy deciding!

EsmeWatson Sat 20-Nov-10 10:28:42

Kathryn - Dislike strongly but love Catherine
Harriet - Like
Eva - Like
Alice - Love
Elisa- Not keen at all but love Eliza
Anna - Like
Sophie - Like

Ephiny Sat 20-Nov-10 21:32:02

Just had the thought that while I don't like Elisa, I think Lisa is a lovely name and doesn't seem to be too common these days.

boodleboot Sat 20-Nov-10 21:49:28

my Alice Elizabeth is 10wks old and everyone we encounter coo's at the name saying how beautiful it/she is....

i also love Emma Harriet Rose and Cecily...

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