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Making Girls' name short list - verdicts please?

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BoyMeetsWorld Mon 01-Oct-12 20:41:15


So I already have a thread going re: pronunciation of one of these names. However, DH and I are trying to narrow down our girls' short list (boys already sorted) & would like opinions please just re:favourites, not whether you hate them all :p

*Arabella (Belle)
*Esmeralda (Esme)
*Emilia (Emmie)
*Emerald (Emmie)

Please could you advise on Top 2 preferences from this list? X

oreocrumbs Mon 01-Oct-12 20:44:20

Emilia and Arabella

nasara Mon 01-Oct-12 21:13:52

Emilia, Juliette, Clara are my favourites.

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baskingseals Mon 01-Oct-12 22:10:18

Emerald and Juliette. i love Emerald and don't know why it isn't more popular - why is it so different to Ruby? also have a soft spot for Topaz.

bethjoanne Mon 01-Oct-12 22:10:44

1st juliette -beautiful, classy,elegant name.

2nd clara

delilah88 Mon 01-Oct-12 22:40:05

Emilia or Juliette

Littlecherublegs Mon 01-Oct-12 22:46:28

Clara and Emilia

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Mon 01-Oct-12 23:15:55

Clara is my fave and second choice Emilia.

MrsCarrieC Tue 02-Oct-12 09:10:47

Just a thought. A beautiful and much underused name that is almost a mixture of all the names you like is Ameral.
I think it's lovely.

Finbert Tue 02-Oct-12 09:12:43

(Like Ameral too as suggested by MrsC)

kweggie Tue 02-Oct-12 09:19:47

AAArgh! Why do unusual names suddenly get trendy? I chose Emilia for my daughter 15 years ago a) because she was born with masses and masses of beautiful dark hair(cf Shakespeare's 'Dark Lady') b) it was UNUSUAL (and c) I'm a tiny bit pretentious LOL). No one had heard of it. No one could spell it. Now it's on Mumsnet!How does this happen? Did the same thing with 'Abigail' 27 years ago............<gosh!(blush) am I a trendsetter?>

1stbabyat30 Tue 02-Oct-12 09:47:30

Emelia and Clara are lovely.

BoyMeetsWorld Tue 02-Oct-12 10:26:48

kweggie this is my problem too. I adore the name Emilia but don't really want an overly 'trendy' name. I'm a huge Shakespeare fan (did my dissertation on Othello) so have reason etc. none of the other Shakespearean names quite cut it for me - do like Juliet but its my sister's 'official' name.

Out of interest kweggie how do you pronounce your DD's name?

birdofthenorth Tue 02-Oct-12 10:28:44

Esme, Juliet (prefer that spelling) and Clara are all lovely.

Gwennan Tue 02-Oct-12 10:31:20

Love: Juliette & Clara

Like: Arabella & Emilia

Dislike: Esmeralda & Emerald

MadBusLady Tue 02-Oct-12 11:13:20

Esmerelda and Emerald! Beautiful words, beautiful jewel.

But they mean the same thing so I'm going to count them as one and award myself a third choice, which would be Juliette (though I probably wouldn't bother with the extra "-te" personally, it'll just be a spelling headache.)

OrangeFireandGoldashes Wed 03-Oct-12 07:15:38

Juliet - but spelt the traditional way and Emilia - pronounced the traditional way.

TheFallenMadonna Wed 03-Oct-12 07:30:17


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