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NeedANameNow's baby name shortlist

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NeedANameNow Sat 04-Dec-10 17:46:51

I'm a namechanger (Pombears, Penguin, Terry Wogan's Cock etc)

Here's the shortlist of baby names I'm considering that I generated with Mumsnet's Baby Name Finder. Let me know what you think.



Me and my DH cannot decide on names! I said I'd post our shortlist on Mumsnet and let the MN jury decide!

conkertree Sat 04-Dec-10 17:48:25

My favourites from your lists are Noah and Miriam or Jennifer - but I don't actually hate any of them.

gallicgirl Sat 04-Dec-10 17:52:59

I like Nathaniel but think it's a bit long, and I like Noah.

I like all your girl's names apart from Mariana which I'm afraid doesn't help you much.

5GoldenFimbos Sat 04-Dec-10 17:54:07

I prefer Sam to Samuel so that would be my choice.


MuffinMouse Sat 04-Dec-10 17:54:44

Elijah - ok
Nathaniel - bit of a mouthful
Noah - sounds a bit weak (but others here love it)
Oliver - bit over used but ok
Samuel - same as above
Tristan - love

Ffion - ok
Jennifer - bit ordinary
Josephine - fine if you don't mind Jo
Mariana - LOVE
Miriam - nice but prefer Mariam
Tamsin - great

thisisyesterday Sat 04-Dec-10 17:56:18

Elijah- lovely name
Nathaniel- love it!
Noah- nice, but a bit over-used
Oliver- see above
Samuel- very popular but still nice!
Tristan- love it

Ffion- meh
Jennifer- really like this, underused right now
Josephine- like it
Mariana- not keen
Miriam- love it
Tamsin- s'ok

thisisyesterday Sat 04-Dec-10 17:56:57

josephine could be shortened to josie which is very sweet

panettoinydog Sat 04-Dec-10 18:06:43

Elijah - don't like, odd sound
Nathaniel - don;t like, Daniel or Nathan would be better
Noah - don't like
Oliver - don't like, mimsy
Samuel - like, Sam is good
Tristan - a bit mimsy

Ffion - don;'t like
Jennifer - don't like
Josephine - Josie is quite nice
Mariana - don;t like but do like Marina
Miriam - nice sound, good
Tamsin - nice sound, good

NeedANameNow Sat 04-Dec-10 18:09:52

Ooh forgot to put the nn we would like to use:

Elijah (Eli)
Nathaniel (Nate)
Oliver (Ollie)
Samuel (Sam)
Tristan (Trist)

Ffion (Ffi)
Jennifer (Jennie)
Josephine (Josie)
Mariana (Mari)
Miriam (Mim)

We just cannot choose!

Middle name would be:

James or George

Joan or Ruby

They are family names so would be nice to use.

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Also DS1 is called Thomas (Tom) but realise now it is quite popular so would like something a little bit less so for DC2!

philly82 Sat 04-Dec-10 18:14:32

I love Nathaniel (and your choice of nn as Nate, tho think it's quite versatile so could have Nat or Nathan too) and Noah, even if it has become more popular it's my favourite.

Love Miriam from your girl's list.

Think all three sound good along with Thomas/Tom and good with any of your middle names too smile

SoupDragon Sat 04-Dec-10 18:16:39

I don't like Tristan or Ffion at all.
The rest are fine.

KenDoddsDadsDog Sat 04-Dec-10 18:45:49

Samuel and Tamsin for me.

Dexterrocks Sat 04-Dec-10 18:49:34

Elijah and Tamsin or FFion are my favourites.

thereisalightanditnevergoesout Sat 04-Dec-10 18:52:07

Elijah - just reminds me of hobbits
Nathaniel - Hmm - it's OK
Noah - I like it, but I wonder if it's a bit dated?
Oliver - too popular for me, though nothing wrong with it
Samuel - I quite like this despite it being popular
Tristan - I like this though knew a naughty Tristan at school and Tristan Shandy is a bit unfortunate.

Ffion - not keen
Jennifer - I quite like this - underused, but pretty and everyone knows how to spell it.
Josephine - love it and love nn Posy
Mariana - not too keen
Miriam - not too keen
Tamsin - love it.

BarbieLovesKen Sat 04-Dec-10 19:25:54

Elijah (Eli) - gorgeous, love it (its on our boys list, love Eli as a nn)
Nathaniel (Nate) - gorgeous
Noah - I wouldnt use this myself, but dont exactly know why I wouldnt. Lovely name.
Oliver (Ollie) - lovely.
Samuel (Sam) - perfectly fine name, I just never liked it to be honest, bit meh.. ordinary and boring.
Tristan (Trist) - really dont like

If I had to pick, either Elijah or Nathaniel.

Ffion (Ffi) - huh? no. Definately not.
Jennifer (Jennie) perfectly fine name. Very, very ordinary and boring.
Josephine (Josie) fine. Boring.
Mariana (Mari) Ok.
Miriam (Mim) - hate it. Sorry
Tamsin - definately not.

Im really sorry but Im not mad about any of your girls names at all. I cant really pick any if Im honest.

Middle name would be:

James or George - both are really gorgeous. Elijah James or Nathaniel James are both really, really stunning in my opinion.

Ooooh... I love both of those names.

Joan or Ruby - both lovely. Either or really. I actually like these both much more than those on your first name list. Would you use Joan Ruby or Ruby Joan? or is that an option?

NeedANameNow Sat 04-Dec-10 21:29:19

Thanks for all the comments!

Joan or Ruby aren't really contenders for first name because one is my Mum's name and the other is DH's sister's name!

I've just realised what if Tamsin was shortened to Tam cause then it would be Tom and Tam!

Think that is that one out of the running

DH is loving Mariana because he is a bit of a Tennyson geek but he also loves Jennifer

I adore Josephine because it is really elegant in my mind but also like Jennifer...

However do you think Jennifer Joan would be too alliterative?


BarbieLovesKen Sat 04-Dec-10 21:40:50

I think it depends on your surname - what letter it begins with and its length. I think for Jennifer Joan to work it would have to be a longer surname, imo.

What are you thinking for a boy now? have you shortened your list at all? (hint hint Elijah James or Nathanial James...!!!)

NeedANameNow Sat 04-Dec-10 21:48:45

Surname begins with a F and is 4 syllables but is very English iyswim?

I really do adore Nathaniel because I love the meaning - God has given and one of my favourite authors is Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Scarlett Letter).

Sanesometimes1 Sat 04-Dec-10 22:41:06

ok - just asked my 13yr old dd - and she has said that all of the boys names would get them bullied hmm, and girls names- ffion is ok, but fifi is just awful, she thinks it like fifi and the flowertots, the rest are awful, especially miriam she wonders why any one could possibly curse their child with that ! sorry x she likes:-
boys: plain names that will see them through life normally and girls names have an ordinary first name nothing that would make them stand out too much - just get bullied - but if you like have a more interesting middle name, if they don't like it, they don't have to tell anyone ! and theregoes the opinion of my 13 yr old dd.

swanandduck Sun 05-Dec-10 17:17:21

I like Oliver and Jennifer. Mariana is also quite nice. Not mad on the other names.

Komondor Sun 05-Dec-10 19:34:36

Nathaniel (Nat as nn) and Jennifer (Jenny as nn)

LittleCheesyPineappleOne Sun 05-Dec-10 19:35:57

My favourites are Oliver and Josephine. I quite like Mariana but prefer Marianne.

BelligerentGhoul Sun 05-Dec-10 19:38:47

Like Elijah. Love Noah, Oliver, Samuel and ADORE Tristan.

Love Jennifer - not fond of the other girls' names but do love Marianne rather than marianna. Not convinced by Jennifer Joan - but then again, nobody really mentions their middle name past babyhood!

ShoppingDays Sun 05-Dec-10 19:39:28

Elijah (Eli) - like a lot, but a bit of a mouthful if followed by James or George
Nathaniel (Nate) - very nice
Noah - OK but rather faddy
Oliver (Ollie) - OK
Samuel (Sam) - OK
Tristan (Trist) - like

Ffion (Ffi) - don't like
Jennifer (Jennie) - like
Josephine (Josie) - like
Mariana (Mari) - OK but prefer Marianne
Miriam (Mim) - like
Tamsin - not keen

My favourite combinations would be:

Nathaniel James
Tristan George
Samuel James

Miriam Joan
Jennifer Ruby
Josephine Ruby

Hulababy Sun 05-Dec-10 19:42:11

My favourite is Oliver

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