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greengoose Wed 03-Aug-11 13:58:25

Here's the shortlist of baby names I'm considering that I generated with Mumsnet's Baby Name Finder. Let me know what you think.

Boys
Arlo
Brodie
Flynn
Guthrie
Harvey
Marlo
Noah

Girls
Constance
Dori
Hannah
Hester
Inez
Louisa
Martha
Rita
Rosa
Roxanne
Sabine
Vida

niccibabe Wed 03-Aug-11 14:08:06

Oh no... not Guthrie - poor boy would be called Guffy, Farty, Gushie, Gussets and all sorts!

Brodie is a dog's name.

Noah, Flynn, Arlo all nice

Don't like Rita
Dori reminds me of a fish (sp Dory)

Hester-fester etc

Rosa, Sabine, Louisa all nice

minipie Wed 03-Aug-11 14:17:27

I actually quite like Brodie, though it's very American.

Arlo, Noah, Flynn all fine.

What about Marlon instead of Marlo?

Girls - Martha, Sabine, Louisa are my favourites.

greengoose Wed 03-Aug-11 14:24:44

Ok, Guthrie is a family name, but I see your point..... I really liked it though..... Brodie, also Scottish (Im Scottish) I really like Flynn and Rosa and Hannah the best... (still way too early to be doing this)! We live in rural South Devon, along with lots of families decamped from London, a bit hippy, a bit lovely around here. Lots of 'interesting' names.... need more boys names....

Cattleprod Wed 03-Aug-11 14:25:53

Those are very varied lists you have there, the girls range from 1980s prostitute (Roxanne) to the lady that makes the teas at the Womens Institute meetings (Rita), and the boys range from the little thug with a buzz cut and a gold hoop earring (Harvey) to the Boden-clad middle class boy with sensible shoes (Noah)!

My favourites are Flynn and Martha (although prefer Marsha)

HowNowKernow Wed 03-Aug-11 14:29:17

I love, love love Guthrie!
I like Martha best out of the girls names, love Dori too though.

BlueChampagne Wed 03-Aug-11 14:33:56

Rosanne is an alternative to Roxanne. I like Louisa and Sabine. How about:

Meredith
Meryl
Tamsin
Tamara

For boys, I like Arlo and Harvey (though not Cattleprod's Harvey!) You might be able to get Guthrie in as a middle name. How about:

Aidan
Alasdair
Laurence
Ross
Or, get thee to the various Scottish names threads

greengoose Wed 03-Aug-11 14:37:02

cattleprod harsh....harsh

InstantAtom Wed 03-Aug-11 14:38:26

Arlo - like
Brodie - reminds me of Miss Jean Brodie or Broderie Anglaise
Flynn - too surnamey
Guthrie - again, too surnamey for my taste
Harvey - surname again
Marlo - quite nice
Noah - OK but getting a bit overdone

Constance - like
Dori - not keen
Hannah - like
Hester - not keen, prefer Esther
Inez - don't like
Louisa - like
Martha - a bit dull
Rita - OK
Rosa - like
Roxanne - not so keen
Sabine - OK, Sabrina and Serena nice too
Vida - not keen

hollyw Wed 03-Aug-11 14:40:26

Boys
Arlo - I think I quite like it
Brodie - not for me
Flynn - Like
Guthrie - not for me
Harvey - quite like
Marlo - ok, but doesn't grab me
Noah - Love

Girls
Constance - on my list
Dori - not really
Hannah - like it, but I prefer more unusual names for myself
Hester - not for me
Inez - like
Louisa - ok
Martha - like
Rita - not for me
Rosa - prefer Rosie
Roxanne -
Sabine
Vida

Not too keen on the last 3. Just my opinions though xx

greengoose Wed 03-Aug-11 14:52:53

Thanks fro the votes ladies... I think Arlo looks pretty popular, along with Martha.... Its just so hard. We made a mistake with our second boy, and called him something that we loved but later was picked up and got so over used within the next few years that I wish we had chosen differently. It still suits him, but an unusual name that goes mainstream is the worst....Thats why Im worried about Noah and Arlo, they are of similar type. Hell, its a minefield. I wand something not too common but easy to say, nothing worse for a kid than having to repeat their name when another person asks what it is... (IMO)!

HowNowKernow Wed 03-Aug-11 15:04:36

If you don't want common (as in frequent) then I'd avoid Noah, I know about 4 already!

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 03-Aug-11 15:14:43

I like all of your girls' names except Dori and Rita. I love the name Sabine/Sabina but have never met one I liked. There is a Romanian name, Roxana, which is softer and a bit less hookerish than Roxanne (also Ruxandra, but I think that's a bit much). Prefer Vita to Vida.

greengoose Wed 03-Aug-11 15:27:20

OK, Roxanne is now crossed of the list. One too many hooker references. not the career of choice for DD. (Even in Devon, where its hard to get a job).

greengoose Wed 03-Aug-11 15:28:18

Noah is also (sadly) off.

manicinsomniac Wed 03-Aug-11 22:13:04

Boys
Arlo - very weird sounding as a name. Not umpleasant though, quite cute.
Brodie - quite like it. Bit gender amibiguous maybe.
Flynn - lovely.
Guthrie - hideous, sorry.
Harvey - Not overly keen
Marlo - Really don't like it.
Noah - Love it. One of my favourite boys' names.

Girls
Constance - Not keen, a bit prissy.
Dori - stupid fish from finding nemo?
Hannah - Love it. One of my favourite girls' names.
Hester - Okay, a bit harsh sounding.
Inez - Don't like it.
Louisa - Not keen.
Martha - Quite sweet.
Rita - Don't like it.
Rosa - Pretty
Roxanne - Ugh, really dislike.
Sabine - Sounds very French? Not overly keen
Vida - Never heard it, don't really like it.

I would choose Noah and Hannah, hands down. The only others I'd consider would be Flynn, Brodie, Martha and Rosa.

Rhubarbgarden Wed 03-Aug-11 22:17:27

I love Inez, and Constance is pretty.

Mollydoggerson Wed 03-Aug-11 22:22:22

BRODIE, RITA AND LOUISA are my favs.

mathanxiety Wed 03-Aug-11 22:27:11

Boys
Arlo -- nice
Brodie -- nice but reminds me of 'broody'
Flynn -- too 'now' and a bit random if you're not Irish and have no family background with the name Flynn
Guthrie -- nice but a tongue twister for a small child
Harvey -- very common
Marlo -- very nice; I prefer the spelling Marlow
Noah -- glad this is off your list. I find it a very wet name

Girls
Constance -- lovely, also love Constanza
Dori -- prefer Dora
Hannah -- a bit bland and 70s
Hester -- lovely
Inez -- lovely
Louisa -- lovely
Martha -- makes me think of hens, clucking and feathers
Rita -- LOVE -- very attractive imo in a retro sort of way
Rosa -- lovely
Sabine -- lovely
Vida -- lovely

Very hard to choose from your girls' names. Some really lovely names there.

Would you consider Marley for a boy?

ensure Wed 03-Aug-11 23:19:24

I like Harvey, and Inez and Rita best.

Nice list of names. smile

greengoose Thu 04-Aug-11 08:42:34

This is really helpful... I need to be having name discussions with OH, but he doesnt care as much as I do (IYKWIM), and once hes settled its hard to shift him. So I want to be a little more clear in my own mind, rather than a huge list. He liked Noah, but I am firm its off now, and can give good reasons, so thats really helpful!! Thanks ladies. Im glad Rita is liked by at least some, although around here Ive noticed a few lately.... also there is a bit of an ongoing trend for girls names that end in a soft 'A' sound... It annoys me at playgroup!

pilates Thu 04-Aug-11 08:47:19

Agree with cattleprod, a very mixed bag of boys names and her descriptions.

I like Constance, Martha and Louisa.

How about Jared, Caleb or Solomon?

greengoose Thu 04-Aug-11 09:52:58

I really like those boys names pilates, but first two are too like my DS, and last one been used by a friend, shortened to Sol, which I love as well!

megkat Thu 04-Aug-11 10:33:23

Arlo and Constance are my faves on that list

birdofthenorth Thu 04-Aug-11 10:36:03

Great lists!

Love Arlo, Marlo/ey/n, Noah & Flynn

Love Vida, Rita & Roxy too.

Great shortlists!

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