Hello! Pregnant with no2. No1 is Araminta. Need an equally frilly, unusual, English name for no2! Also needs a good nickname as DH's family shorten everything! Any suggestions?
Here's my list: Pandora - almost name of DD1, no nickname put us off Theodora Eulalie (not sure on "Lalie" nickname, bit like popular Layla, Lola names) Jessamine - too similar to my sister Jasmine's name Pomeline - French and not French Claudine -ditto Melisanda -ditto
Want to avoid "A" names and "M" names (as nickname Minty for no1) as well as Rose names (I'm Roxanne).
Hard to comment as we obviously have very different tastes in names. Cassandra would be ok if shortened to Cassie. Thea rather than Theadora. Claudine quite nice but very french. Pomaline silly. Ditto Pandora. Eulali sounds like Ukalele. I have a friend who has a Millicent which I love, and she doesn't shorten it to Millie. But you don't want M names so not much help! Sorry.
Gosh, I've got a child with a pretty fancy name, but once you start listing them like that, it all starts to look a bit much! If you like Pandora, you could call her that, and find a nickname in her adorable character. Or Panda.
Thanks surgeonsmate, Does the story behind Pandora put you off? Think that was what ultimately decided no for me with no1 - although could be seen as a powerful or peaceful name (only hope left in the box)?
I'm a huge fan of Cassandra or Cassidy but I think DH would need some convincing - we're finding it easier to agree on boys names, though our choices aren't very inspired (I'm 14+5 with DC1). We're both from Yorkshire originally and have both lost our accounts for the most part as we've lived in Oxfordshire for years. But some members of my family have very strong Yorks accents so all names need to be run through the Yorkshire filter before being selected!
Although actually I've just realised that you can't really have Perdita Alice as the double A sound is really jarring. I have a friend whose name ends in 'a' and her middle name is 'Ann' - she hates it. Alice probably isn't as bad as Ann for the effect though as it has two syllables at least!
Tatty I really like Penelope too - unfortunately in my case one of my cats is called 'Penny' (she came from a rescue centre with her name already in place). Having said that, legend goes that I'm named after a mean spirited dog belonging to my great-grandmother...
Pandora -- nice, and nn possibilities are nice too Theodora -- LOVE Eulalie -- too close to ukelele Jessamine -- prefer Jasmine Pomeline -- 'Mrs Pommelhorse, I want to get down now.' Claudine -- All the 'Claude' names sound harsh to my ear Melisanda -- prefer Melisande Cassandra -- Cassie/Cass nice, Sandra/Sandy horrible. Perdita -- 101 dalmations
Theodosia? Mahalia? Constanza?
Cassidy is trailer parkish -- please avoid. It jars terribly with the classical/French first names.