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Billie... for a girl?

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LoulouCapone Thu 09-Dec-10 13:20:11

We have a Ds called Jesse, and a Dd called Ellie (she's older - it took off the year she was born... now she's starting to have issues with having a popular name).

We're expecting another little girl, and we really want to avoid popular names no matter how much we like them as we're keen to avoid the issues we're having with DD1.

At the same time I don't want anything too out there - although I like unusual names, we'd like something that fits with us as a family, and with the other Dc's names.

So what's the happy medium? smile

Others we've considered are...

Lois
Hattie
Lila

Some more I can't remember!

mopsyflopsy Thu 09-Dec-10 13:22:53

"now she's starting to have issues with having a popular name"

what problems does your dd have with the popularity of her name?

I love Lois, and Billie and Lila are cute. Hattie has a very 'trendy' feel to it, being a common nickname for Harriet - I know 2 under 3.

LoulouCapone Thu 09-Dec-10 13:34:07

She's one of four just in her science class, two of them have the same surname initial. Our surname isn't great - I'd tell you but I don't want to completely give myself away. So a lot of people have been reverting to her surname or a mix of the two names - again not a great combination. Her friends do it in an affectionate way - much the same actually as Dh's friends do to him - but obviously there are a number of idiots who are doing it maliciously, and it's upsetting her.

It's early days, I'm trying to get her to rise above the morons rather than making a bigger issue of it... so we'll see.

LetThereBeRock Thu 09-Dec-10 13:39:36

I love Billie for a girl. Billy seems weak for a man,but a good,strong name for a girl.

I also love Hattie.

DasherandSmugly Thu 09-Dec-10 13:49:23

I know a girl called Billie - think it's really nice. Not keen on Lila but like Hattie and Lois.

mopsyflopsy Thu 09-Dec-10 13:50:55

Oh, I see Loulou. Does your dd have a middle name that she could conisder using (perhaps when she moves to her next school/college)?

From your suggestions I think Lois is the least common one and sounds elegant and very classy imo. Billie is also nice, but a bit more 'cutesy' than Lois.

monkeyflippers Thu 09-Dec-10 14:09:51

Billie is lovely.

CharlieBoo Thu 09-Dec-10 14:30:24

I really dislike Billie for a girl...just awful...sorry. I Like Lois though...

Suncottage Thu 09-Dec-10 14:33:47

I like Lois and Hattie but i dislike but I dislike Billie.

I am not keen on girls having 'boys' names, such as Toni, Terri, Bobbi etc

i dont like Billie for a girl but like Lila, Hattie and Loissmile

chipmonkey Thu 09-Dec-10 15:33:21

I like Billie for a girl. I know one and she's lovely.smile

ShoppingDays Thu 09-Dec-10 19:50:08

Lois and Hattie are great, not keen on Billie though.

bibbitybobbitysantahat Thu 09-Dec-10 19:53:57

Billie for a girl is truly FAB!

babysbreath Thu 09-Dec-10 20:12:53

I always think of Billie as a boy name. I don't wish to be rude but Jesse I think as a girl name, I suppose because of Jessica - sorry.

MerryMarigold Thu 09-Dec-10 20:15:27

I like Billie, but it is definitely a certain 'style' (Brighton?). Lois nice too, fairly popular but check last year's numbers, it's unlikely to go completely mental if it's quite low down.

LoulouCapone Thu 09-Dec-10 21:18:53

mopsy dd does have a very solid but unusual (family) middle name, so we have suggested that as an option for the future. In the meantime we're staying positive that it will wear off. It does make me smile on these threads now though when posters all gang up to suggest you're setting your child up to be bullied by giving them an unusual name, when really bullies will target any name.

Thanks for all your feedback, we're still looking at other options but Billie is going to be a strong contender I think.

MadamDeathstare Thu 09-Dec-10 21:22:19

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melpomene Thu 09-Dec-10 21:35:37

I like Billie, but that would mean that all your dc's names would end with an "ee" sound - which may or may not be a concern for you.

chaya5738 Thu 09-Dec-10 22:08:50

I have a male friend calle Jesse and his sister is called Billie!

I really like Billie but feel like it should be short for something...

AlpinePony Fri 10-Dec-10 06:52:31

I have a grown-up friend Billie who is actually a Belinda.

LoulouCapone Fri 10-Dec-10 12:09:43

YY the EE sounds have put me off a bit - it's never been our intention, just how it ended up.

Not too worried about it being short for something. I a little bit don't "get" the whole formal name on birth certificate thing. There was a poster on here once who'd given her Dc's names that had about five different variations "just in case they didn't like x,y or z" but potentially they might also not like any of those five either - where do you draw the line? Also as someone else here has recently pointed out in pretty much any very formal career choice you would be known as Miss or Mrs .....

One of my closest friends admits that she doesn't like her Ds's full name, but "it looks better on his papers". Erm looks better to who? Not you clearly. hmm grin

And no, the middle initial won't be B it will be P in any instance. grin

AllieW Fri 10-Dec-10 13:23:09

Billie is a bit too boyish for my liking. LOVE Lois and it's not too popular I don't think.

TransatlanticCityGirl Fri 10-Dec-10 17:15:39

I like Billie.. I think it's original and cute and a nice strong name for a girl.

I also love Lila but that's starting to become a popular name too. Some friends have just had a baby and named her Lila.

I'm not keen on Lois (something about the way in which it doesn't easily run off the tongue like the others) or Hattie which will sound quite different depending on the accent of the speaker saying her name.

JamieLeeCurtis Fri 10-Dec-10 17:47:54

I really like Billie

And I like Lois too

In a similar vein, what about:

Stevie
Robyn

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