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Rachy91 Fri 03-Dec-10 21:45:49

hey guys!

what does everyone think of Orla-Rayne? me and OH cant decide so as a comprimise i suggested putting our 2 fave names together so what does everyone think? i dont want to ask friends and family yet so honest opinions please!

also do you think it needs a middle name? i promised my friend baby would take her name (louise)as a middle name but i wasnt banking on a double barrelled first name!

Rindercella Fri 03-Dec-10 21:48:49

Really like the name Orla (couldn't use it myself as someone close to me is called this). Do not like Orla-Rayne at all. Dislike Rayne as a name, but also dislike hyphenated names too.

Sorry, you did ask!

Orla Louise is sweet smile

SoupDragon Fri 03-Dec-10 21:53:36

No. It sounds like "Or Lorraine?" like you're asking a question.

And I really dislike Rayne as a first name.

arabellamillerscaterpillar Fri 03-Dec-10 21:54:32

I love both names individually... But unfortunately together they sound rather like 'Our Lorraine'. Sorry, I know it's horrible when you really like a name and someone is negative. Who likes Orla and who likes Rayne?

TheNextMrsDepp Fri 03-Dec-10 21:56:19

Oh Lorraine!
Orla-Rayne in Spain falls mainly on the Plain!

BelligerentGhoul Fri 03-Dec-10 21:57:56

Not fond, sorry.

Much prefer Louise.

BarbieLovesKen Fri 03-Dec-10 22:01:10

Was going to say the same as Soupdragon - it sounds like "or Lorraine".

I dont like Rayne to be honest and really, really hate hyphenated names.

Sorry for being so negative.

On the other hand, I love Orla and Orla Louise is very very nice. smile

Rachy91 Fri 03-Dec-10 22:02:53

hahaha dw i did ask for honest opinions! i dont want to lumber her with a rubbish name!
i like orla and OH likes rayne. he only likes Rayne and Ruby and is so stubborn!! im not keen on ruby though, i like it for a baby but then for a toddler then again for a teenager its a bit of a spoilt brats name if you get me? (no offence to anyone!!) also its way to common now and i want her to have soemthing different but not wierd

hokeyhokeycokey Fri 03-Dec-10 22:16:36

IMO some names that are popular remain 'classy' (Jack, Oliver, Harry, Sophie)... Others lose a bit ot classiness (Olivia, Ruby, Jayden). Which I do think is a shame because they are actually very nice sounding names! Rayne is different and I like it, but I like a name you can shorten or nickname, so I would be tempted to have Rayne as a middle. I do really like Orla... And I know what it's like trying to keep the DH happy! Not much help, and sorry for the ramble!

Rachy91 Fri 03-Dec-10 22:31:13

haha dont worry! i know what you mean about losing classyness, Rubys a lovely name but now its so popular its almost chavvy which is such a shame! same with lexi and evie although not so much with evie...

i love orla because its pretty and cute as a baby name, cool as a teenager name and then sophisticated for an adult name for when it needs to go on a business card (we can dream!!)

he is definetly going to need to learn to comprimise! though i do quite like rayne as a middle name in my family the middle names tend to be family names and i doubt many of my family have ever even heard of rayne as a name!!

busybusybumblebee Fri 03-Dec-10 22:53:55

Yes that's it with Ruby... you said chavvy, not me grin And definitely Lexi's the same! Evie is a bit of an Olivia I think, can go both ways (so not really 'chavvy'), but very very popular!

I agree that Orla is beautiful. 'Though I never really consider the age thing TBH!! Maybe I should! I just think of a name like a tattoo - even though an old lady with a tattoo would look random today - in 50 years, a lot of old ladies will have them (grin funny thought)

In fact my DH likes Raine. Apparently this was Princess Diana's mother, according to family (showing my ignorance, oops) So the oldies might well have heard of it, is what I'm trying to say!

I'm now trying to think of a name I think you'd both like!! smile

Rannaldini Fri 03-Dec-10 22:55:32

immediately made me think of purple rain by prince
terrible unless you are carny folk

Rachy91 Fri 03-Dec-10 23:41:01

hahaha i like the tattoo idea!! thats a good way to think about it

i prefer your way of spelling rayne actually, an i never knew bout p. dianas mam so maybe they will have heard of it :S

naming babys is so hard!!

BluTac Fri 03-Dec-10 23:43:33

Louisa is nice

Rachy91 Fri 03-Dec-10 23:47:58

bit posh for me tbh, dont get me wrong im not a chav or anything!

HowTheGrokeStoleChristmas Fri 03-Dec-10 23:54:38

Raine Louise is pretty and actually quite classy.

Orla Louise has too many 'L' sounds at once, it doesn't flow well imo.

busybusybumblebee Fri 03-Dec-10 23:57:48

What about Ava Raine? Or I also really like Farah... Farah Louise is pretty?

Rachy91 Sat 04-Dec-10 00:15:12

i love farrah but OH doesnt like it

ava raines pretty too but avas very popular in my area

raine louise is pretty but i dont like raine as a first name on its own

i agree with the to many Ls in orla louise though

any other suggestions guys?

busybusybumblebee Sat 04-Dec-10 00:26:19


Hannah/Hana (the 2 have different meanings I believe)

I also really like Mabel, but not sure you will? (Think it's a bit controversial, but I like it a lot!) Mabel Raine...? Hmm, not really sure of a middle name for Mabel, maybe Elizabeth...

busybusybumblebee Sat 04-Dec-10 00:28:01

When my DH suggested Raine, it was as Adalyn Raine, which I think is gorgeous...?! Don't know why I've only just thought of it!

catinthehat2 Sat 04-Dec-10 00:32:32

WHy only one middle name?
Orla Rayne Louise Bumblebee
Done. Easy. Looks & sounds v nice.

thenightsky Sat 04-Dec-10 00:33:15

I immediately thought of Raine, Princess Diana's stepmother. Her that was the daughter of Barbara Cartland.

thenightsky Sat 04-Dec-10 00:34:18

Apparently Princess Diane and her siblings called her the Raine in Spain (behind her back)

Rachy91 Sat 04-Dec-10 00:44:26

mabels a dogs name :p

and my middle names elizabeth
and freyas very pretty

elizabeth and louise are front runners for middle names

adalyns a very pretty name, especialy when put with raine

Sixer Sat 04-Dec-10 00:46:37

Orla is a lovely name,although you might find nosy parkers asking about your Irish connection! What about Phillipa? Pippa, Pipps, Philly when baby/toddler, Phil can be added as a choice for a teenager, even better IMO with a good ballsy handshake when needed and the greeting "I'm Phillipa"! Would be taken seriously.

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