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Mary with a 1-syllable plain surname?

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delilah88 Tue 02-Oct-12 13:10:29

Do you think that's be cute or not enough name to work with?

BlueChampagne Tue 02-Oct-12 13:12:00

Absolutely fine. Would you go for a middle name?

delilah88 Tue 02-Oct-12 13:12:56

Yes they will have rather a long family one, prob not much used unless in formal situations!

YoullLaughAboutItOneDay Tue 02-Oct-12 13:13:16

Nice. I love Mary. I don't think it is 'cute' as such, but it's a great name that works well in many settings. I'm not actually a fan of 'cute' names.

delilah88 Tue 02-Oct-12 13:14:13

Yes cute was the wrong word - I meant is it a good choice...!

Gwennan Tue 02-Oct-12 13:17:48

I am sure it sounds fine.

That said, my grandmother told me about a relative named Mary Lizzie (presumably Mary Elizabeth) and, despite not liking hyphenated names as a rule, I think it's adorable.

delilah88 Tue 02-Oct-12 13:19:38

Yes I was just going to add the question --

do you prefer Mary to Elizabeth?

HiHowAreYou Tue 02-Oct-12 13:19:43

I like it.

I do slightly prefer Maria myself.

YoullLaughAboutItOneDay Tue 02-Oct-12 13:23:52

I prefer Elizabeth to Mary, but massively prefer Mary to Liz, so I would always go with Mary IYSWIM.

delilah88 Tue 02-Oct-12 13:26:24

Me too! I hate Liz but like Elizabeth!

YoullLaughAboutItOneDay Tue 02-Oct-12 13:27:44

If you hate Liz, don't use Elizabeth. You can have some degree of control over childhood nicknames, but not adult ones. Liz is so ubiquitous for Elizabeth that she will likely be a Liz at some point.

delilah88 Tue 02-Oct-12 13:28:11

Yes ok - it's such a tricky business isn't it!

delilah88 Tue 02-Oct-12 13:28:35

But since I'm due v soon I won't have much longer to procrastinate over names, at least!

YoullLaughAboutItOneDay Tue 02-Oct-12 13:28:57

Totally. Glad my two are named and sorted!

Gwennan Tue 02-Oct-12 13:32:15

For what it's worth, I had a friend in primary school called Katie. When we started secondary school, I learnt that she was actually a Catherine! Even now, I think she seldom uses her birth name. I think if you come up with a suitable nickname for Elizabeth (e.g. Bessie, Betsy, Libby), you're unlikely to get 'Liz' as a shortening of it - more likely Bess, Bet, Lib.

delilah88 Tue 02-Oct-12 13:32:28

Did you go in with a shortlist and wait til you saw them, or completely decide in advance?

Ithinkitsjustme Tue 02-Oct-12 13:32:51

We got so desperate that DS3 was named after the goal keeper in a football match! grin I hated coming up with names that we both liked, that my DF wouldn't turn into a stupid nickname, and that wasn't too ridiculous, boring or difficult to spell (for teachers that is! - I can't believe how many teachers have spelled our DC's names wrong over the years)

YouMayLogOut Tue 02-Oct-12 13:33:58

It will be fine - simple and classic smile

Personally I prefer Mary to Elizabeth.

Ithinkitsjustme Tue 02-Oct-12 13:34:39

Mine were all 6 weeks before we decided definitely on their names, and never had anything seriously in mind until after they were born. I found the girls easier than the boys, and would still change 2 of the boys names if I had the chance.

YoullLaughAboutItOneDay Tue 02-Oct-12 13:50:14

We had a shortlist. DD2 got the name that was top of the shortlist, but DD1 got a name which hadn't even made the shortlist. None of the others suited her.

OrangeFireandGoldashes Tue 02-Oct-12 16:28:02

I prefer Elizabeth to Mary. I know four Elizabeths and only one of them is known as Liz. The others get Betty, Beth and Elizabeth (never shortened) respectively.

thegreylady Tue 02-Oct-12 19:41:48

I know a Mary Matilda (v short common surname) it sounds lovely IMHO. One of my dad's best friends was Mary Hope xxxx.

thegreylady Tue 02-Oct-12 19:42:17

Dd not dad!

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