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purpleiris Tue 28-Dec-10 23:37:08

Matilda
Harriet
Imogen
Eleanor
Elizabeth

Oliver
Isaac
Wilfred
Sebastian
Blake

Thanks!

NoahAndTheWhale Tue 28-Dec-10 23:43:39

They make me think of girls' names and boys' names

Matilda - wife of King Stephen?
Harriet - sister of boy in DS's old class
Imogen - know a few who are 5 and under
Eleanor - know an 11 year old one
Elizabeth - my sister

Oliver - know a few; one of them is the new brother of an Imogen
Isaac - one in DD's class - I always worry I will spell it wrong
Wilfred - brother of the Eleanor I know. I also had a toy sheep called Wilfred when I was little
Sebastian - Brideshead Revisited
Blake - poet's surname

NineLadiesDancingThroughLife Tue 28-Dec-10 23:47:28

Matilda - Roald Dahl book and the annoying girl who played her in the film
Harriet - Smith from Doctor Who blush
Imogen - meh
Eleanor - girl from school
Elizabeth - DD's middle name

Oliver - Oliver, never before has a boy wanted more
Isaac - Hanson. Nuff said.
Wilfred - Owen, famous WW1 from round these parts.
Sebastian - Faulks
Blake - didn't he have 7 of something or other? wink

HTH grin

NineLadiesDancingThroughLife Tue 28-Dec-10 23:48:08

Sorry, WW1 poet blush

MrsColumbo Tue 28-Dec-10 23:55:00

Sebarstian - Brideshead Revisited
Blake - mad poet
Wilfred - poet, obviously, but also any old man who wears zip-up cardies
Harriets are prefects and have dark brown hair
Elizabeth - isn't she a queen of somewhere?
Eleanor - Rigby
Isaac - Newton, invented gravity with William Tell

purpleiris Tue 28-Dec-10 23:56:12

Well well, interesting responses for a few reasons wink

euracantha Wed 29-Dec-10 00:09:03

Matilda - Roald Dahl heroine and I know about five tillys
Harriet - My friends daughter lovely girl known as Hattie.
Imogen - I know four who are 19 now most known as imy.
Eleanor - I mnow an 18 year old who I was nanny to known as Ellie or els.Lovely name.
Elizabeth - The Queen and I know a thirteen year old known as Lizzie.
Oliver - The only Oliver I`ve known tried to hit me with a cricket bat,or please sir I want some more Oliver Twist.
Isaac - I know a seven year old
Wilfred - owen WW1 Poet,and I know a six year old known as Wilf
Sebastian - Iknow three and Lord Coe.
Blake - Carrington was it dynasty?

cece Wed 29-Dec-10 00:11:02

Matilda - the book
Harriet - nice girl
Imogen - ditto
Eleanor - ditto
Elizabeth - ditto

Oliver - over anxious mother
Isaac - OK but please not shortened ro Zac
Wilfred - my friend's dog
Sebastian - what was that programme? Brideshead?
Blake - SEVEN!

maktaitai Wed 29-Dec-10 00:12:58

Haven't read thread in order not to be influenced, so sorry if I repeat stuff.

Matilda - Waltzing Matilda
Harriet - Posh, arty, 'striking' (as in Harriet Vane from the Lord Peter Wimsey books)
Imogen - Posh, arty, beautiful (as in Imogen Stubbs)
Eleanor - American/Eleanor Farjeon
Elizabeth - Basically fantastic, but depends slightly on the shortening used

Oliver - posh, pleasant
Isaac - popular
Wilfred - 99 years young and the cheekiest chap in the nursing home
Sebastian - Brideshead
Blake - silver haired oil billionaire

maktaitai Wed 29-Dec-10 00:14:51

BTW probably my choices if restricted to those would be Imogen and Isaac.

mrsfollowill Wed 29-Dec-10 00:16:04

I love all of them apart from Wilfred and Blake. Wilfred - don't know why-
Blake - just think of Blake Carrington (another showing my age! Dynasty) or Blake's Seven
Please don't use these! Would be a crime when you have so many other fab names.

purpleiris Wed 29-Dec-10 00:19:28

Haha these responses are making me giggle! These are names I either love (for possible future DC) or already have!!! So interesting to hear your thoughts!! thanks lots smile Keep them coming!

MsElleToe Wed 29-Dec-10 00:20:01

Matilda - Roald Dahl book. Bit matronly
Harriet - my (deceased)cat
Imogen - a lovely girl (my DD) grin
Eleanor - common (as in prevalent) two in every class
Elizabeth - a lovely middle class girl, prefer the Elisabeth spelling

Oliver - a boring boy with a boring name
Isaac - Hayes - Shaft (or chgef from South Park). Mummy thinks it's funky.
Wilfred - an old man, not grampa chic at all, would feel sorry for a boy called Wilfred (even though one of DS's midle names is Fred!)
Sebastian - brother of Dominic
Blake - Carrington, Dynasty - yuk yuk yukkity yuk

SarahStrattonsBaubles Wed 29-Dec-10 00:21:34

Jilly Cooper tbh.

SevenAgainstThebes Wed 29-Dec-10 00:34:44

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Dreya Wed 29-Dec-10 00:34:48

Matilda - Roald Dahl and rice...Tilda rice!
Harriet - pleasant but plain girl
Imogen - name of girl next door and 'Imagine'
Eleanor - Rigby
Elizabeth - Hurley - I really like this name the more I say it

Oliver - I just think Oliver sounds like 'A liver', Twist.
Isaac - Newton & Hayes
Wilfred - don't know. Not very nice sounding.
Sebastian - the character from Little Britain
Blake - Carrington

mathanxiety Wed 29-Dec-10 03:18:39

Matilda -- I remember a cautionary tale (or was it a cautionary poem?) about a girl named Matilda who burned her house down and all that was left was her little red shoes sad. It really fascinated me as a child -- I apparently drew many pictures of houses on fire and pairs of red shoes hmm. I love the name -- Matilda was a very spunky, headstrong little Edwardian gal as far as I remember; if she had survived the fire I like to think she would have grown up into a Bright Young Thing of the 20s.
Harriet -- has a nice 18th century ring to it; stylish, imo, and I like the nn Harryo as in the DD of Georgiana 'the Duchess'.
Imogen -- plain Jane name, in the same category as Megan in my book.
Eleanor -- nice -- "Eleanor of Aquitaine' springs to mind. I think of it as an elegant medieval name.
Elizabeth -- Classic, eternal sort of name.

Oliver -- I think of this as an early modern Europe name; lovely sound.
Isaac -- lovely and lovely meaning. I think of Victorian self-made men from the North when I hear this name. Non-conformists.
Wilfred -- old man name that is only popular because there are too many Alfies and people are casting around for something along those lines but not 'Alfie'.
Sebastian -- martyr, Brideshead revisited, tragedy and off-putting skin conditions.
Blake -- American escapist TV series of the 70s or 80s; no positive thoughts, therefore. William Blake is edged out by the thoughts of 80s fashions and hair.

Tortington Wed 29-Dec-10 03:23:15

Matilda - the book
Harriet - harman
Imogen - i don't like it
Eleanor - like it
Elizabeth - like it

Oliver - common
Isaac - like it
Wilfred -owen
Sebastian faulks
Blake seven ( shows age)

Thanks!

mathanxiety Wed 29-Dec-10 04:46:26

ooooops -- twas Harriet and the matches and the little red shoes I was thinking of, from Sruwwelpeter. But I think Matilda would have fit into the story perfectly well too...

chelleyve Wed 29-Dec-10 08:39:23

Matilda - Makes me think of my little sister's obsession with the film - watched millions of times over and over (ARGH!!)
Harriet - Know a grown up Harriet who is very headstrong
Imogen - I like it but no think of a BB 'star'
Eleanor - hmmmm
Elizabeth - My best friend as a child, who my little sister (she appears alot in my tales) called Dizzy as she couldn't pronounce it.

Oliver - The sweetest little boy I know - who is stubborn, headstrong but completely funny and adorable. (Is a contender for our LO)
Isaac - in the band Hanson? (showing my age)
Wilfred - the poet.
Sebastian - Ryan Phillipe character in Cruel Intentions
Blake - Gossip Girl character???

ZZZenAgain Wed 29-Dec-10 08:54:33

Matilda - awful book
Harriet - the spy
Imogen - nothing
Eleanor - Eleanor of Acquitaine
Elizabeth - mother of John the Baptist

Oliver - Twist
Issac - Bible sacrifice story (Abraham and Isaac)
Wilfred - nothing
Sebastian - a runner (Coe)
Blake - William

Of those I like Imogen, Eleanor and possibly Sebastian though not wild on it

How do you like Eloise for something different?

HelenaRose Wed 29-Dec-10 12:16:25

Matilda - Swinton
Harriet - Jones, Doctor Who
Imogen - my GP, whose name is Imogen
Eleanor - my choice for a future DD
Elizabeth - my mother's name

Oliver - Twist
Isaac - future DS
Wilfred - Owen
Sebastian - a friend of mine
Blake - SEVEN! grin

Actually, I don't think any of that would have been helpful to you. They're mostly just people I know.

lifeinagoldfishbowl Wed 29-Dec-10 12:20:02

Matilda - the book by Roald Dahl
Harriet - the book Harriet the spy
Imogen - little girl I once looked after
Eleanor - like it - but don't like the abrviation Ellie
Elizabeth - the queen

Oliver - Oliver Twist
Isaac - Newton
Wilfred - little old man in a flatcap
Sebastian - character from little mermaid
Blake - Home and away surfer

lifeinagoldfishbowl Wed 29-Dec-10 12:28:09

mathanxiety this?

Nightstar Wed 29-Dec-10 13:09:10

Matilda - I like it, shortened to Matty or Tilly, but it does remind me of Aussie song Waltzing Matilda

Harriet - Fab, shortened to Hatty

Imogen - Cold

Eleanor - Dull

Elizabeth - Pride and Prej, lovely English name

Oliver - Over used

Isaac - Good idea, classic but under used

Wilfred - Seriously?

Sebastian - Will grow up to be a doctor

Blake - Dynasty, too American

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