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good, classy English girl names...

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EmilyRoo Fri 06-Apr-12 01:37:17

I'm looking for classy* English girl names that aren't absolutely common like Elizabeth, but aren't stuffy and past their prime, like Muriel. Combination of scullery maid names and lady of the house names wanted, but more the latter!

Current List:

Georgiana
Henrietta
Cordelia
Harriet
Imogen
Beatrix
Clementine...except having doubts about this on an adult
Flora
Hermione-I know this and Penelope are Greek, but they also seem English, if that makes sense.
Penelope

*By "classy" I mean a name that isn't trying to hard, but isn't fished out of the gutter either.

PercyFilth Fri 06-Apr-12 01:43:37

You've got a few Shakespearian names in there. Some to add are

Mariana
Marina
Miranda
Rosalind or Rosaline
Paulina
Juliet
Diana
Lavinia

.... there are more

MishiMoshi Fri 06-Apr-12 02:33:27

Clementine Churchill was only ever really 'known' as a middle aged adult and then older and the name was fabulous for her wink. What's putting you off it? It's not a name used much so not common.
I almost called my daughter Cordelia instead though.

saffronwblue Fri 06-Apr-12 02:56:13

I have a soft spot for Mabel.
Clodagh
Victoria
Caroline

Iggly Fri 06-Apr-12 03:02:06

Emma
Emily
Charlotte
Olivia
Penelope
Verity

HillyWallaby Fri 06-Apr-12 06:21:27

I think you've got most of the best ones there already!

My personal favourites that fit the brief are:

Georgina or Georgiana (but not Georgia)
Penelope
Cordelia
Evangeline
Felicity
Lois
Cecilia
Clementine
Xanthe
Edith (a bit too popular now though)

But also lovely are:

Caroline
Elizabeth (I don't think it is particularly common, is it? Just very well known)
Juliet
Jemima
Camille
Estella
Marianne

CheerfulYank Fri 06-Apr-12 06:37:49

you knkow you wanna name yourself Clementine, kiddo!

Jsut do it!

baskingseals Fri 06-Apr-12 07:36:12

lovely lovely names

what about Ophelia? or Alexandra? know it's greek, but it is a beautiful classy name

EmilyRoo Fri 06-Apr-12 17:08:03

@CheerfulYank I'm afraid I do, really, but sometimes the fact that it is also the name of a fruit puts me off...it has much more history than Apple, though! Will think on it. smile

I don't need more Shakespearean names, as they are beautiful but I've already got a whole list of them! Caroline, Jemima (can't use here sadly), Camille, Edith (except for the Edith on Downton Abbey gets on my nerves...), Evangeline and Charlotte are beautiful!

Thanks for all of the suggestions. smile

PercyFilth Fri 06-Apr-12 17:32:23

But surely the fruit was named after the name Clement, iyswim, rather than the name of the fruit being borrowed as with (Apple).

Clément Rodier

Georgiana - love
Henrietta - hate
Cordelia - not over-fond
Harriet -love
Imogen - like
Beatrix - hate but love Beatrice
Clementine...hate
Flora - ok
Hermione- love
Penelope-like

pinktrees Fri 06-Apr-12 17:49:33

Georgia
Charlotte
Sophie/Sophia
Natasha

Not sure if they are all English!

BackforGood Fri 06-Apr-12 17:56:05

Catherine
Sarah
Charlotte
Victoria
Margaret
Elizabeth (I know you've ruled that out, but I think it fits with this group wink)

NannyMcJane Fri 06-Apr-12 19:26:49

I think they're all wonderfull.
Maybe these . . .

Isla
Rosemary
Violet
Belle
Phillipa
Olive

popsypie Fri 06-Apr-12 19:43:07

Emilia

allagory Fri 06-Apr-12 19:45:14

Lily

BillyBollyBandy Fri 06-Apr-12 19:47:41

Claudia
Emmeline
Isadora

BBQJuly Fri 06-Apr-12 19:59:55

Alexandra
Sophia
Beatrice
Abigail
Josephine
Aurora
Lily
Anne
Philippa
Francesca
Frances
Rowena
Anastasia
Jennifer
Emmeline
Olivia
Isabella
Susannah
Xanthe
Florence
Victoria
Marina
Millicent
Louise
Diana
Penelope
Arabella
Rebecca
Georgina
Georgia
Miranda
Amelia
Annabel
Zara
Cassandra
Constance
Margaret
Camilla

charlottery Fri 06-Apr-12 22:57:23

Adelaide

EmilyRoo Fri 06-Apr-12 23:05:42

I like your list BBQjuly very respectable names!Violet is pretty especially because Violet Bonham Carter is such a good role model, Constance has old fashioned appeal too (also We Have Always Lived in the Castle is one of my favorite novels!)

I think, however, that I'm aiming for names that manage to be somewhat "quintessentially" English too, since those kinda of names are sort of proper yet quirky. Isla is just a Spanish word to me, not a name really, I like Pippa and Emmelime, and I'm adding Alice to my list! smile

tiptoptally Fri 06-Apr-12 23:26:23

Amelia
Nancy
Rose
Helen/a
Louisa
Diana
Josephine
Frances
Sarah
Marie
Katherine/Kitty
Eleanor
Sadie
Juliet/Julia
Monica

saffronwblue Sat 07-Apr-12 03:46:36

Look at the Queen!
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
( just reading a biography of the Queen Mother).

pluckingupcourage Sat 07-Apr-12 04:04:34

Georgiana is amazing <glares at masculine household>

BellaOfTheBalls Sat 07-Apr-12 04:42:32

Florence

Emily
Charlotte
Grace
Julia
Harriet
Arrietty
Roberta
Phyllis
Alice
Beatrice
Violet
Georgina/Georgiana
Rebecca
Catherine
Anna

saffronwblue Sat 07-Apr-12 05:33:30

Maud
Celia

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