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(31 Posts)
Oopsie Sun 12-Jun-11 15:33:24

What do you think? We want something unusual and have rarely heard this used.

rachel1970 Sun 12-Jun-11 15:39:58

I prefer Richarda

MsTeak Sun 12-Jun-11 15:40:49

erm, there's probably a reason its not well-used. Sounds like one of those "we much make a girls name out of a boys name" names.

rachel1970 Sun 12-Jun-11 15:44:07

But lots of girls names are female versions of male names e.g.
Victor - Victoria
Charles - Charlotte
Thomas - Thomasina
Stephan - Stephanie
Laurent -Laurence
Michael - Michaela

rachel1970 Sun 12-Jun-11 15:44:41

Alexander - Alexandra

MsTeak Sun 12-Jun-11 15:45:38

I know, but IMO this is one that sounds forced, like Nigella ( I know thats not just from a boys name) and Thomasina. Just my opinion. smile

Oopsie Sun 12-Jun-11 15:49:07

I know what you mean MsTeak.

Funnily enough, Nigella's sister was called Thomasina and her other sister was Horatia.

pinkthechaffinch Sun 12-Jun-11 15:54:14

Isn't there a 'Richenda does something or another at the Chalet School?'

Quite like it

Northernlurker Sun 12-Jun-11 15:57:48

Yup 'Richenda at the Chalet School' has her name shortened to Ricki....

Now I like Richenda but Ricki is awful!

nagynolonger Sun 12-Jun-11 15:59:57

Richard is a nice name for a boy but IMO there is no way it coverts well into a girls name.

reikizen Sun 12-Jun-11 16:06:03

Richenda? Sounds like someone who wears very sensible shoes and has a bowl haircut to me! Or a german witch. sorry, but you will ask complete strangers their honest opinions!

SloganLogan Sun 12-Jun-11 16:35:08

Some of the other Ric names for a girl are more feminine IMO. Richella, Richele, Richenza, Richina?

Oopsie Sun 12-Jun-11 16:38:18

Don't apologise reikizen. I appreciate honesty and would much rather discover the truth now than after we've got the birth certificate.

iskra Sun 12-Jun-11 16:41:14

is it pronounced like it's spelt? Sounds like "which enda?" to me.

Oopsie Sun 12-Jun-11 16:46:54

Tia pronounced Rishenda, said all in one breath.

LawrieMarlow Sun 12-Jun-11 16:52:50

My first thought was Chalet School as well smile

That one was Richenda Fry named after Joseph Fry's daughter (he of chocolate and Quaker roots). Think she was alive during the 1800s.

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TheMonster Sun 12-Jun-11 17:24:02

I don't like it at all.

meditrina Sun 12-Jun-11 17:28:07

I wouldn't go for it, but I think it's OK.

How about Richmal?

ragged Sun 12-Jun-11 17:29:45

Then I would spell it "Rishenda".
But I'm getting flamed for daring to suggest phonetic spelling on another thread, so probably best to ignore me! blush

I had a cat called Thomasina and am quite fond of that one, actually smile.

Nancy66 Sun 12-Jun-11 19:54:31

It's horrible - sounds like some naff ladies hairdressers

Bandwitch Sun 12-Jun-11 20:46:08


I really like Richard for a boy (Richie/Rich) but Richenda and also Richarda or Rishenda) oh good grief no.

Bandwitch Sun 12-Jun-11 20:47:39

Was Nigella lawson's sister called Richenda?? and the other one Thomasina?

Wow. they just stuck an a on to a boys name.

TheRealMBJ Sun 12-Jun-11 20:50:06

Hmm... My first thoughts were 'Urgh' but the more I say it to myself, the more I like it.

Does Nigella have a brother?

Bandwitch Sun 12-Jun-11 20:58:47


(They should have called him Dominique)

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