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Opinions on pending dd2's name list please!

(33 Posts)
Florrie2 Thu 06-Jan-11 14:37:52

Hi all,

We've found out today I'm having a DD2. We had epic battles with DD1's name and settled on Ffion which we were both ok with after a few days. I'd like to avoid this with the next one so want to decide on names before she's here.

My list
Violet (am leaning toward this)
Francesca (too Italian for welshies?)
May (babies due date in this month)

which one do u like the best?

pastahat Thu 06-Jan-11 15:04:20

What a lovely shortlist - my favourites would be Helena which i love(DD2's name)and Clara... having said that i like them all except Diana (and Francesca could be a bit tricky with Ffion?) Congratulations x

mathanxiety Thu 06-Jan-11 15:13:32

I love Helena, Jemima and Clara.

Do you like any other Welsh names to go with Ffion (lovely name)?

Sarsaparilllla Thu 06-Jan-11 15:48:15

I like Violet and Esme

Not keen on May after baby's due date

Hullygully Thu 06-Jan-11 15:49:48


ComeAlongPond Thu 06-Jan-11 16:10:41

Love Violet (and Viola), Elizabeth, Jemima and Clara. Helena is lovely too, and I think it goes best with Ffion?

Not too keen on the others tbh.

NewImprovedJollster Thu 06-Jan-11 16:12:24

my friend just had a baby girl Celyn (apparently welsh for Holly)... goes really well with Ffion?

Deciduousblonde Thu 06-Jan-11 16:17:53

I like Violet & Francesca. Not keen on the others, but of course it's your choice

How do you pronounce it like Clare-a or Clar-a?

ShoppingDays Thu 06-Jan-11 17:06:10

It can be either but the one I knew was called Clar-a, which I think is nicer sounding. Clare-a sounds a bit affected to me.

tebbles Thu 06-Jan-11 17:25:14

Violet. I like this.

Francesca. Is sharing a first initial with her sister going to be an issue?

Elizabeth. I like this

Jemima. I think Puddleduck, but you might like this association.

Clara. I dislike the confusions over pronounciation. Is it 'Clair (like air) -uh' or 'Clar (like car)- ar'?

Esme. Is it 'Ez-mee' or 'Ez-may'?

May. I dont see a problem with a January baby being called May. It is nice IMO.

Helena. Is it Hel-ay-na or Hel-ee-na or Helen-uh?

Diana. Dislike -think of the princess, sorry

tebbles Thu 06-Jan-11 17:27:52

Sorry, I just realised I had a lot of problems with the pronounciations of your chosen names, it might just be me having those difficulties (I'm not originally from the UK)

Catsmamma Thu 06-Jan-11 17:28:28

Go with'll save a fortune on name tapes and hand-me downs will already be labelled!

You know it makes sense

tebbles Thu 06-Jan-11 17:28:58

OTOH I do like Ffion a lot and am familiar with the pronounciation of it.

MardyBra Thu 06-Jan-11 17:35:47


Violet - nice not too popular
Francesca - lovely name and OK for welshies IMO
Elizabeth - OK but not my fav
Jemima - always makes me think of puddleducks and tweeness - sorry
Clara - nice name
Esme - nice name possibly getting more popular
May - nice but how long is your surname.
Helena - lovely
Diana - will always have sad Princess Di connotations for me.

Diana and Jemima are the only ones I would hmm at. the rest are perfectly good names.

ShoppingDays Thu 06-Jan-11 18:51:07

I like them all apart from Jemima and Esme.

LittleYellowTeapot Thu 06-Jan-11 18:55:42

They are all lovely names but my favourite is Jemima.

I recently met an adorable baby called Helena and the name is now really growing on me.

The only one I wouldn't use is Diana.

Eglu Thu 06-Jan-11 18:57:14

I like Jemima, Clara and Esme. Jemima is one of my all time faves, although I feel Clara may go better with Ffion, if you care about that sort of thing.

Florrie2 Thu 06-Jan-11 19:14:35

Mathanxiety- I like lots of welsh names, but family on both sides and close friends have nabbed them all.

Hullygully- in a fit of hormones once, I was toying with variants of daffodil for DD1 but thankfully dp put his foot down!

I thought there was only one way of pronouncing Helena- Helenuh iykwim. Thought Clara was Clar-a too.

Many thanks for your opinions, I've now narrowed it down to Violet, Helena, Clara and Jemima. All of which I love unfortunately.

Had a name ready picked out for a boy, what's the luck!

tebbles Thu 06-Jan-11 19:18:20

Maybe put a double 'n' in Helenna?? Makes your pronounication more obvious.

jellybeans Thu 06-Jan-11 19:26:14


Rhubarbgarden Thu 06-Jan-11 19:33:08

Love Violet, Helena and Clara. Considered them all for dd.

NewYearNewPants Thu 06-Jan-11 19:34:10

I love Francesca, Elizabeth, Clara and Diana

Def not Violet or Esme or Jemima

ragged Thu 06-Jan-11 19:34:44

I vote Diana -- what I wanted for DS3.
It's a lovely name and it's time people got over other connotations (Margaret is making a comeback, at last).

Violet is my fave among the others.

AnnOnimous Thu 06-Jan-11 20:04:30


Oh, and I actually really like Rhonda!

BelligerentGhoul Thu 06-Jan-11 20:10:25

I like Violet, Elizabeth, Esme or Helena best. Helena probably my favourite.

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