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A rose by any other name?

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PullyWoolOver Tue 04-Oct-11 18:24:23

I'm trying to think of an alternative to Rose for a middle name. It is gorgeous but a few of my friends have recently used it so I'm trying (in vain) to find something else that is equally pretty!

First name will either end in 'ie' or 'a' so a name with a different ending is a must.

All I can think of is May.

Any other suggestions gratefully received!

oohlaalaa Tue 04-Oct-11 18:28:11


comedaygoday Tue 04-Oct-11 18:31:21


IvyAndGold Tue 04-Oct-11 18:38:31

Well obviously if you were to pick a first name ending in 'ie' then you could have Rosa, which I love but DP wouldn't let me have <sulk>

Primrose? Still a flower, and with Rose in there.

hugsmummy Tue 04-Oct-11 18:39:07


therewasalittlegirl Tue 04-Oct-11 18:43:55


MelinaM Tue 04-Oct-11 19:38:55

What is the name(s) you are thinking of for your DD? it'll make suggesting a mn much easiersmile

pilates Tue 04-Oct-11 20:18:55

I was just about to say that smile

birdofthenorth Tue 04-Oct-11 21:34:05


DesertOrchid Tue 04-Oct-11 21:44:34

Kate has the same length and classic style.

PullyWoolOver Tue 04-Oct-11 22:02:09

Thank you so much everyone for your help and suggestions, I really appreciate it!

The names we're considering are:


Am sure we'll find a winner now smile smile

MrsOzz Tue 04-Oct-11 23:06:44

Matilda Kate! My fave!

Ruby Fleur

Flora Faith

Not so keen on Minnie. It's cute but I can't imagine her at 27 years old and applying for a senior position with the name Minnie.

lollystix Tue 04-Oct-11 23:24:01

I once knew a marigold. What about dhelia?

Arrogantcat Wed 05-Oct-11 00:07:01

Minnie? Isn't it an Essex word for vagina? Ruby and Matilda are nice. Ruby Grace? Matilda Jane?

SlinkingOutsideInSocks Wed 05-Oct-11 02:01:54

OP - clearly you haven't been here for all the Minnie threads...

Please, if you can, do avoid Rose and May - they are both this generation's default middle names, as Louise was to ours.

You can use pretty much any name you want as a middle name, within reason - I don't understand why so many people seem to think that only Rose or May/Mae work as middle names. confused

If it's single-syllable you want, well, there's loads to choose from. But anyway, why restrict yourself to just one syllable? Also, any family names that you'd like to pass down? Maybe have a look at your family trees for some inspiration.

CheerfulYank Wed 05-Oct-11 02:17:50

Flora Penelope?

Ruby Eleanor

Matilda Joy/Matilda Jane

manicinsomniac Wed 05-Oct-11 03:16:05

Minnie Eliza
Minnie Sophia
Minnie Victoria

Ruby Anne
Ruby Elise
Ruby Faye
Ruby Jane
Ruby Kate
Ruby Niamh

Matilda Eve
Matilda Faith
Matilda Grace
Matilda Hope
Matilda Jade
Matilda Paige

Flora Amelia
Flora Charlotte
Flora Evelyn
Flora Imogen
Flora Kathryn
Flora Matilda
Flora Savannah

PullyWoolOver Wed 05-Oct-11 09:01:33

Thanks again all! There are some really lovely names there that I shall put to DP for his verdict.

Arrogantcat just spat my tea over the computer at your post...perhaps I will rethink Minnie if it means that in Essex!

Slinkingoutsideinsocks will have to satisfy my curiosity about the Minnie threads now as must have missed them <slopes off to have a gander>

ShoutyHamster Wed 05-Oct-11 15:03:15

It means that in Wales too! However, I still like it, especially as a nn for Minerva

Meteorite Wed 05-Oct-11 17:56:17

I like Ruby best from your shortlist smile

Ruby Melissa
Ruby Georgina
Ruby Hannah
Ruby Amelia
Ruby Carina
Ruby Juliet
Ruby Olivia
Ruby Emmeline
Ruby Serena

Catsu Wed 05-Oct-11 18:01:04

Minnie def means fanny!

PullyWoolOver Thu 06-Oct-11 19:01:24

meteorite Ooh love Hannah, thanks!

catsu argh so glad I found out before it was too late! Couldn't saddle poor child with that one now could I?!

mathanxiety Thu 06-Oct-11 19:34:11

Don't go near those Minnie threads!!!

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