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Difficulty choosing girls names.....views please!

(24 Posts)
Toots33 Sun 19-Jun-11 20:56:20

Expecting and awaiting arrival to discover sex - boys name sorted but struggling w possible girls names aside from middle name has to be 'Audrey'.....

Discussions include:

Matilda - ive wanted this for around 15 years but think now a no as too popular
Jemima - husband loves this but I hate the idea of 'Jem' as a nickname as do not like the name Jemma at all
Florence - we both like this
Pandora - we both like this but wonder if its too brave....

Any similar suggestions gratefully rcvd - would rather a name that is not the same as half the class at school.....

cece Sun 19-Jun-11 20:58:17


kittencuddles Sun 19-Jun-11 21:03:13

Matilda- I still love it, always have done as it was my Great Gran's name. If you love it go for it!
Jemima- I have a friend who is a Jemima and has Mima or Mim as a nn, we wouldn't dare call her Jem!
Florence- is beautiful, as is Flo.
Pandora- makes me think of a joke from Love Actually. "Knew a girl called Pandora once, never got to see her box though!"

How about:

Hulababy Sun 19-Jun-11 21:04:19

Maltida - love it and ove nn Tilly
Jemima - not keen
Florence - love it, my favourite
Pandora - not keen

Hulababy Sun 19-Jun-11 21:04:40

I like Florrie as nn for Florence.

WhipMeIndiana Sun 19-Jun-11 21:04:50

Pandora is v v Jilly Cooper grin

for girls like


meditrina Sun 19-Jun-11 21:09:27

With "A" as the middle initial, you'll need to make sure the initials don't spell out anything risible.

I think Matilda is lovely, and Florence is OK - they're not "half the class names", but there are quite a lot around. I love the name Jemima, but it really sounds as if you don't. And I think Pandora is lovelytoo, and I don't think you'd have to be brave.

How about: Cecilia, Rosalind, Miriam, Christabel, Daphne, Susannah, Tabitha?

Toots33 Sun 19-Jun-11 22:05:22

Wow thanks for response - great to get an objective point of view! So far the few parents and friends we have asked have either loved our choices or ridiculed them! We are thinking Pandora and Florence are front runners - good as grown up names as well as little girls we think?

lockets Mon 20-Jun-11 12:49:43

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feckwit Mon 20-Jun-11 12:52:01

I've a Matilda (Tillie) and she is one of only 2 in the school if that helps? Last school she was the only one...

Trizelda Mon 20-Jun-11 12:52:02

We have a Jemima .......she calls herself Jemmy.

tammytoby Mon 20-Jun-11 12:59:20

Pandora is lovely and not as overused as the others. Florence in particular has become very popular (perhaps due to the Camerons) as has Matilda. So I'd vote for Pandora smile. Theodora is lovely too.

BlueChampagne Mon 20-Jun-11 15:45:31

To throw into the mix


Meditrina's right - can you tell us what letter your surname starts with? Pandora makes me think of Adrian Mole, but perhaps that's my age.

BlueChampagne Mon 20-Jun-11 16:11:53

Just remembered one from our list: Corinna

MelinaM Mon 20-Jun-11 18:02:45

Love Jemima and Pandora, if you don't want your potential DD called Jem, just stand firm with the full Jemimasmile

Pandora is fab!!

Do like Florence and Matilda, but as you say they are both rising in popularity.

Some more suggestions for your list:

Perdita - Perdy

Tillyscoutsmum Mon 20-Jun-11 18:08:24

I have a Matilda and she will be the only one in her primary school. I also love Florence. DS would have probably been Florence if he hadn't been a DS. I too get the Pandora's box joke when I hear Pandora <<juvenile sense of humour>>. Jemima is sweet.

Others on our list were:


emsies Mon 20-Jun-11 18:25:33

I would avoid pandora but the others are lovely smile

BikeRunSki Mon 20-Jun-11 18:32:07

Pandora = Adrian Mole's unrequited love

blushingm Mon 20-Jun-11 20:45:08

what about cordelia?

vess Mon 20-Jun-11 23:33:54

Florence goes best with Audrey.

Toots33 Fri 24-Jun-11 22:25:27

Sirname begins with a C so will need to watch out for spellings! I love Tabitha and Theodora but husband not keen....I love Perdita too so thank you for that one! We still both love Pandora but dont want to sound like we are trying to be something we are not (ie incredibly wealthy) but we want a name that a daughter would be proud to say, I keep thinking of potential names as adults introducing themselves at a job interview and Pandora does have a certain weight and originality that I like. I also agree that Florence goes best with Audrey - finishing on an 'a' and starting doesnt sound great.

Hope88 Sat 25-Jun-11 08:35:24

Florence by far. It goes well with Audrey.
I don't like Pandora at all.

Catsu Sat 25-Jun-11 08:43:56

Not keen on pandora at all.
Love love love jemima, would bs nice shortened to mima if not keen on jem? Or could easily not shortern at all.
Florence is lovely
Matilda quite a bit more popular than your other choices and tilly as nn is v v popular! I would avoid tbh

ragged Sat 25-Jun-11 08:59:34

lol @ Matilda being popular. I don't know any, anyway.
I don't think any of them go with Audrey, btw.
I've at least met a few young Florries in the last 12 yrs, though, that's the closest to popular on your list.
Audrey Hepburn's middle name was Kathleen, any good? Kathleen is quite original nowadays.

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