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Impressions of names on our shortlist?

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NotJustKangaskhan Tue 16-Aug-11 15:06:03

I think we've cut it down to the final shortlist. I would like to know what would be your first impression of hearing a child or adult with these names? Which ones do you think fit best with my other children's names (Owen, Alexandra, Mirabelle).

Boys
Cyrus
Emmett
Franklin in full or with the nickname Frankie?

Girls
Winifred
Gwendolen or Gwendolyn in full or with the nicknames Gwen or Wendy

magicmelons Tue 16-Aug-11 15:11:59

Frankie is my fave, not sure about the others to be honest but i would choose gwen over wendy.

ragged Tue 16-Aug-11 15:29:40

I guess Gwendolyn is okay, I even like Franklin a little.
Cyrus & Emmett make me want to heave if I'm honest.

InstantAtom Tue 16-Aug-11 15:31:22

Cyrus and Winifred.

oohlaalaa Tue 16-Aug-11 15:43:09

Cyrus - hmmm. its okay i guess. Billy Ray Cyrus comes to mind for me.
Emmett - I like.
Franklin - prefer Francis, with Frank as nn.

Winifred - horredous
Gwendolen - I like, with Gwen as nn.

Out of the above, I think Frank and Gwen are very nice.

oohlaalaa Tue 16-Aug-11 15:43:52

Franklin is okay, I just dont like as much as Francis. I think of Francis as English and Franklin as American.

ElmMum Tue 16-Aug-11 16:08:01

Boys
Cyrus - I think of Miley Cyrus, and it sounds very American (not necessarily a bad thing)
Emmett - again, sounds very American to me, a bit country and western, sitting on the porch chewing tobacco
Franklin in full or with the nickname Frankie? - Franklin doesn't make me think of anything in particular, so no associations good or bad. I think it fits best with your other children's names.

Girls
Winifred - makes me think of an old lady, sorry.
Gwendolen or Gwendolyn in full or with the nicknames Gwen or Wendy - makes me think of the Enid Blyton character from Mallory Towers, who was a non-sympathetic character and always whining. I do like Gwen, though and think it works nicely with the other names.

Hope that helps! smile

CurwySwide Tue 16-Aug-11 16:19:53

Cyrus - no - just reminds me of Miley/Billy Ray
Emmett - like this - reminds me of the Back To The Future
Franklin - no

Winifred - I actually rather like this and think Winnie is a cute nickname
Gwendolyn/Gwendolen - Gwen is ok but really don't like Wendy

LaTristesse Tue 16-Aug-11 17:06:39

Cyrus - Love it, because of Cyrus Jones, a character in the DMB song Gravedigger (- I appreciate this might not work for you!) grin
Emmett - Back to the Future, not keen
Franklin - yup, like this!

Winifred - don't like - Winnie (the Pooh), or Fred as NNs - not keen on those either!
Gwendolen - don't like - reminds me of either someone from a Malory Towers book or the nutter from Wallace and Grommit (I think she's Wendolene or something though...) As an aside, Gewn is far nicer than Wendy imho!

Don't like any of the boys' names but am v fond of Gwendolyn.

Cattleprod Tue 16-Aug-11 17:35:14

Cyrus - I would assume you were a Billy Ray fan and quite possibly had a mullett, with children having matching mini-mulletts
Emmett - Brown handknitted jumper and cord slacks.
Franklin - Mint? Probably a collector of 'the life of Christ in cats' dinner plates!!

Girls
Winifred - A very prim middle aged lady, lives in a village and helps out with the sunday school.
Gwendolen or Gwendolyn - A rather large, lumbering girl who attempts to do ballet dancing without much grace.

brodanbell Tue 16-Aug-11 18:02:01

I played word association and these are the honest answers I came up with...

Cyrus - Billy Ray
Emmett - Brown (as in Dr. Emmett Brown from Back to the Future)
Franklin - D. Roosevelt

Winifred - prim old lady
Gwendolen - I immediately think medieval princess, wearing a tall pointy hat with a silk scarf flowing from it.

So I suppose Gwendolen is the nicest in terms of images, but I don't love the name tbh.

babycham42 Tue 16-Aug-11 18:03:45

Like Frank and Winnie.

brodanbell Tue 16-Aug-11 18:04:27

oh and should add I didn't read anyone elses responses before I wrote my reply.

PercyFilth Tue 16-Aug-11 18:12:01

The Billy Ray/Miley thing is a bit off-putting, but how about Cyril?
Gwendolyn is OK but a bit ponderous, I prefer Gwyneth.

(I do realise you have arrived at a shortlist, so perhaps it's rude to make other suggestions, but I only offer variations or similar names rather than completely different ones.)

minipie Tue 16-Aug-11 18:12:25

Gwendolyn and Franklin are the best by far IMO.

mayanna123 Tue 16-Aug-11 18:43:33

I really like Cyrus - classic, cool and quite underused these days.

I'm not keen on either Gwendolyn or Winifred - both don't sound very feminine imo.

Camerondiazepam Tue 16-Aug-11 20:21:58

Am I the only person thinking Cyrus the Virus from Con Air?

Emmett would be my pick of the boys' names but not keen on either of the girls' names I'm afraid and don't think they go with your other kids' names either, sorry. Agree with the poster who suggested Gwyneth, much more forgiving.

PercyFilth Tue 16-Aug-11 21:33:12

Isn't emmet a word for some sort of insect?

MrsvWoolf Tue 16-Aug-11 21:50:49

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

RosemaryandThyme Tue 16-Aug-11 22:03:53

Have always thought baby names should be issued by the hospital.

Pregnant ladies just can't cope with this level of responsibility.

Scrub your list completley, make a new one when babe is about a week old.

manicinsomniac Tue 16-Aug-11 22:37:52

I like Cyrus.

Really dislike all the others sorry, they sound like Granny and Grandad names.

TheSecondComing Tue 16-Aug-11 22:43:49

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SaffronCake Wed 17-Aug-11 13:54:03

Cyrus and Emmet have the same associations for me as the posters above.
Franklin with Frankie for short is nice, if your last name goes.

Winifred isn't nice, sorry. Gwen (with Gwendolyn on the birth certficate) is nice.

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