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Catherine or Penelope?

(36 Posts)
IzzyWizzyletsgetbusy Fri 16-Sep-11 16:30:42

DC3 due in 10 weeks, don't know if boy or girl so trying to pick possible names for each and thought I'd canvass opinions on possible girls names.

I have always loved Catherine (has to be that spelling!) and almost used it for DD - only put off slightly by royal wedding association. I was fairly set on it this time round but now I'm also finding myself increasingly drawn to Penelope. Middle name would be Hope. Surname is short and begins with D.

So it would be:

Catherine Hope D... or
Penelope Hope D...

Any thoughts?

tummytickler Fri 16-Sep-11 16:33:18

Penelope, as I can't stand any of the nn for Catherine.

minipie Fri 16-Sep-11 17:32:15

Catherine. Don't worry about the royal thing, the name has been a classic for ages and will be for ages to come. Penelope is quite nice but she'll be Penny which is a bit blah to me.

rachel234 Fri 16-Sep-11 18:05:50

Penelope is lovely and less widely used than Catherine which is a little dull in comparison. I particularly dislike Cathy.

pilates Fri 16-Sep-11 18:12:34

Catherine, dislke Penelope.

My niece is Catherine and has never been called any of the awful nicknames.

LetThereBeRock Fri 16-Sep-11 18:33:41


ThenameisBlack Fri 16-Sep-11 18:33:49

Penelope is a fantastic name. Catherine is a bit plainer.

MelinaM Fri 16-Sep-11 21:16:39


pinkytheshrinky Fri 16-Sep-11 21:21:43

Catherine - it is much more versatile. Penny is a bit bleurgh and little girly.

exoticfruits Fri 16-Sep-11 21:33:17


Offspring Fri 16-Sep-11 23:33:19

I really like both but lean slightly more to Penelope, nn Nell

CurwySwide Sat 17-Sep-11 09:13:54

Catherine. Love it

Penelope reminds me of Penelope Pitstop. Sorry

IzzyWizzyletsgetbusy Sat 17-Sep-11 16:35:24

Thanks all for your feedback so far - although no obvious consensus confused

If it helps, other DCs are Isaac and Sophie...

FessaEst Sat 17-Sep-11 16:38:00

Catherine all the way for me!

brodanbell Sat 17-Sep-11 22:41:03

Catherine is the better option here. It is a classic and i don't think you should be worried about Kate Middleton associations.

Penelope is not for me I'm afraid. I really dislike Penny as the inevitable nickname.

SlinkingOutsideInSocks Sat 17-Sep-11 22:46:02

Definitely Catherine, and yes, spelt with a C!

CollieandPup Sun 18-Sep-11 11:55:58

<waves to izzy >

Penelope for me I'm afraid! In think Penelope Hope sounds lovely. I think Carherine is very nice, and will be popular, but having said that wouldn't really worry about Royal associations. I just think Penelope has a little more about it. Yes, coud be called Penny, but Carherine coud become Cath, or Cathy which I personally don't like.

Penelope = PHD grin that's got too be a good sign!! grin

grin @ Isaac, I love this! Very high contender for us!!!

FrankH Mon 19-Sep-11 01:49:35

Catherine is based on the Greek word for "pure".
Penelope is ancient Greek for a sort of duck - a wigeon to be precise.

NotADudeExactly Mon 19-Sep-11 12:03:13


Catherine is really, really bland.

reallacecurtains Mon 19-Sep-11 17:11:16

Penelope, my mother's name, she was named after a ship. Gorgeous.

reallacecurtains Mon 19-Sep-11 17:13:04

I thought Penelope meant 'weaver' in Greek, FrankH, pene being the weaving 'pen'

Hassled Mon 19-Sep-11 17:14:03

More nn options than the inevitable Penny.

Meteorite Mon 19-Sep-11 17:19:01


DontTellAnyonebut Mon 19-Sep-11 17:37:24

Both on my list! Penelope over Catherine.

ViviPru Mon 19-Sep-11 23:47:56

Penelope for sure - Penny is not necessarily inevitable if she becomes an Nell (utterly lovely nn).
Or you could really push the boat out with Persephone smile

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