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Hesper, Cecily, Daisy?

(28 Posts)
Flossie2 Sat 20-Aug-11 09:50:22

Hello! We have other children with quite unusual but old English names.. What do you think of names on shortlist above? Thanks for reading!

mrswoodentop Sat 20-Aug-11 09:54:53

Like Cecily and Hester (not sure about Hesper),too many Daisys around here.What about Hebe or Margot

Ephiny Sat 20-Aug-11 10:32:25

Not keen on Hesper at all (have never heard that as a name) - Hester is slightly better but not great. Daisy is a bit cutesy for my taste, and though twee little flower names seem to be popular right now, I wonder if they'll date badly.

Cecily, however, is lovely! I'd definitely go for that one. Cecilia is nice as well.

wearenotamused Sat 20-Aug-11 10:58:52

There seems to be too many Daisy's. It's alright not amazing (a bit like Maisie/Maizie)

Hesper just reminds be of Hester which is too ghost story like. And a old (as in a old lady) name. But I like the nn of Hetty/Hettie. I prefer Ester or Asta/Astrid/Asteria/Astria

Cecily is the best out of the three. Actually Cecily/Cecilia/Ceila/Cecelia/Cesia are all good (esp if you are musical :P )

scarlettlips Sat 20-Aug-11 11:18:15

Hesper....hmm what Hester, Hattie, Herbie etc
Cecily - IMO faddy name but pretty enough
Daisy - very popular but the best on your list.

mrswoodentop Margot is very sweet.

What are your other DC's called?

scarlettlips Sat 20-Aug-11 11:18:50

Whoops typos...! blush

BluddyMoFo Sat 20-Aug-11 11:25:17

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MeconiumHappens Sat 20-Aug-11 12:56:07

Daisy, too common, hesper, wtf, cecily very pretty smile

CharlieBoo Sat 20-Aug-11 13:08:58

Love Cecily and Daisy and Daisy especially is a beautiful old English name (but not unusual if that's what you're looking for).

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sat 20-Aug-11 13:12:29

Don't like Hesper at all but love the other two (and I have one of them!). Hester is one of my favourite names but dp didn't like it.

SaffronCake Sat 20-Aug-11 15:04:22

Hesper doesn't feel right to me. Hester makes a crisper, less muddled sound and so I prefer it to Hesper. Hester still isn't a name I am much fond of though. Cecily is lovely. Apparently it has it's roots in a less-than-great meaning (blind) but then Claudia's roots are similar (lame) and so does it really make much difference? It's the nicest of your suggestions, classy, pretty, different.
Daisy is a name that to me means a little, dull, stepped on thing that people spray with herbicides. As flowers go daisies are nice, but they don't hold thier own in the respect stakes like perhaps violets or primroses or other small flowers. This puts me off. Besides, it was so trendy for ages, I'm bored of it now.

freerangeeggs Sat 20-Aug-11 15:45:32

I love Hesper! But nobody else ever seems to like it. I find it really bizarre because I don't even like it an an 'old lady' or 'weird' way - I just think it's a beautiful name sad It sounds like 'whisper' and it has lovely associations with the evening star etc. I would choose it from your list, definitely, but other people's reactions would give me pause.

I love Cecily (and Cicely too). Pretty and unusual.

Daisy is a nice name but a bit too popular just now I think, if that bothers you.

mopsyflopsy Sat 20-Aug-11 16:13:38

I think Hesper is the nicest - classic, traditional, feminine and not overused.

Cecily - dislike the meaning (cecil - blind, I think in Latin)

Daisy - overused and too cutesy

GetOrfMoiCarbsClaire Sat 20-Aug-11 16:16:15

Hesper is a lovely name, Cecily is OK but prefer Cicely, Daisy is ghastly.

greenzebra Sat 20-Aug-11 21:37:08

the more I hear Hesper the more I like it and the meaning is beautiful 'evening star'

Cecily is a very pretty name

Dont really like daisy its what my friend DD calls her lady bits. lol (sorry to all the daisys out there)

exoticfruits Sat 20-Aug-11 21:52:36

I have never heard of Hesper, so would stick to Hester but don't like either. Daisy always makes me think of cows. Cecily is best.

TheOnlyWayIsEnfield Sat 20-Aug-11 22:00:41

I love Cecily. It is on my shortlist if I have a girl. Some lovely suggestions on here.

DesertOrchid Sun 21-Aug-11 09:41:24

I had Hesper on my long list too - nearly made it as a middle.
Cecily is nice.
Daisy is too twee, imo.

freerangeeggs Sun 21-Aug-11 16:56:58

I am genuinely excited that I now know of five other people who like the name Hesper smile

You have lovely taste, OP

Ephiny Sun 21-Aug-11 17:06:04

Is Hesper really a classic, traditional name? Am I the only one who has never in my life heard of it? When I saw the thread I thought the OP had misspelled Hester! blush

I agree it's a very pretty meaning. Maybe I just need to get used to it being an actual name...

freerangeeggs Sun 21-Aug-11 17:15:15

Yes, Ephiny, Hesper has its roots in Greek mythology. The Hesperides were nymphs and one of them was often given the name Hespere/Hesperia/Hespera. Hesperis is the personification of evening and the evening star is Hesperus.

Thanks wikipedia blush

InstantAtom Sun 21-Aug-11 17:44:25

Daisy by a mile.

Ephiny Sun 21-Aug-11 18:20:54

Thanks freerangeeggs smile

I did think Hesperus actually, but didn't really make the connection, that makes sense now I think about it. Never heard 'Hesper' used as a name though, so a bit surprised that it's considered a classic! Just my ignorance, most likely...

survivingsummer Mon 22-Aug-11 10:06:54

Cecily is lovely. Haven't heard of Hesper but like others on here I like Hester a lot! Daisy is my least fav of your list.

hester Mon 22-Aug-11 10:10:26

Hester is obviously a totally cool name. (And not mine in RL, though I quite wish it was.)

I'd not heard of Hesper, either. I rather like it, though everyone will think it's Hester. Cecily is quite nice, though a bit little miss for me. Daisy is very pretty, but popular if that is an issue for you.

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