My shortlists for DC4, due in November, is still in flux and needs whittling. Since those around me I'd either rather not discuss it with or have been no help at all (My husband, for starters, pretty much only cares that it's old/has a bit of history to it - can only get an 'it's okay' or unhappy face out of him), I'm braving Mumsnet for some British general public opinion of the names (as I'm an American ex-pat, and don't want names to come out American-y).
So which names do you like, dislike, and which do you think go with our current DCs Owen, Alexandra, and Mirabelle?
Boys: Emmett Cyrus (Owen's choice) Zakiah Ilan (ee-lan - would this get mispronounced a lot?) Ulric Doran (family name) Franklin (family name)
Girls: Winifred Irena Teresa Honora Hester Elanor Gwendolen
Boys: Emmett - Like a lot, but DH doesn't because of Back to the Future Cyrus (Owen's choice) - allright - actually quite like (ie it has grown on me in past 30 secs!) Zakiah - don't like it Ilan (ee-lan - would this get mispronounced a lot?) - yes Ulric - don't like Doran (family name) - personally not keen, but like using family names Franklin (family name) - personally not keen, but like using family names
Girls: Winifred - don't like Irena - don't like Teresa - like, but NOT TERRY for short (maybe Ti (pronounced "tea"), Tia) Honora - don't like Hester - like Elanor - don't like - seems quite popular at the mo Gwendolen - don't like
Cyrus, Emmett or Zakiah for a boy, Teresa or Honora for a girl.
Emmett - fine Cyrus (Owen's choice) - like Zakiah - nice but is it ZAK-ee-uh or Za-KEE-uh? Ilan - yes, would be mispronounced a lot Ulric - don't like the sound Doran (family name) - quite nice, although similar to girls' name Dorian Franklin (family name) - OK but too surnamey and yes, very American (since you ask)
Girls: Winifred - too "old lady" for my taste Irena - don't like Teresa - lovely, and you can have Tess/Tessa as nickname too Honora - very nice, like Honor too Hester - don't like, although Esther is OK Elanor - nice but Eleanor spelling much more usual Gwendolen - do you have a Welsh connection?
Boys: Emmett I like a lot but in the UK it can have slightly whimpish suggestions. (not British myself) Cyrus (Owen's choice) I like a lot Zakiah not my cup of tea at all Ilan (ee-lan - would this get mispronounced a lot?) I like and yes to begin with it will but people learn Ulric I love but uncommon in the UK Doran (family name) I like Franklin (family name) less keen on
Girls: Winifred cute Irena like a lot Teresa to nun fo me im afraid Honora love it (prefer honaria laughs) Hester I like it Elanor not my cup of tea Gwendolen very sweet but will she be gwennie for a nn?