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Can't do girls' names... here's my maybe pile

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BeardyHammerclaw Tue 02-Oct-12 13:52:26

I've got two boys names I love and if this baby is a boy, I will just go with whichever of those he looks like grin

However, I'm not so good with girls' names and I'm not sure any of the ones we've come up with are just right. Please let me know what you think of this list and if you can think of any others we might like. We are hoping for a classic English name but not something overused. I don't want a really frilly name.


Helena is my fave really but I am unsure about whether she will spend her life correcting the pronunciation.

BorisJohnsonsHair Sat 06-Oct-12 22:46:52

A few more suggestions:


All lovely but my favourite is Harriet - wanted it for dd2 but dp wouldn't be persuaded!

Arabellasmella Sat 06-Oct-12 21:41:42

Like them all apart from Imogen which doesn't seem to have the same feel.

BoyMeetsWorld Fri 05-Oct-12 19:40:12

Definitely Helena

cardibach Fri 05-Oct-12 19:33:35

I like them all, but am used to Meredith (Meh-RED-ith, not MEH-redith) as a Welsh name, so wouldn't use that.

MoonHare Fri 05-Oct-12 14:11:21

Love your list!

Hard to give preferences but I think this is the order I like them best:


As a Helena she probably would spend her life correcting people but on the other hand all the people she knows best will pn correctly and that's what matters. I wouldn't be overly worried about it if Helena is what you love.

EllenParsons Fri 05-Oct-12 13:47:31

Lovely list. I think I would go Martha but all really nice choices. I agree with you on the pronouncing of helena as Helen-a but I'm not sure how often you would have to correct it.

pastahat Fri 05-Oct-12 13:18:17

Lovely shortlist! We have a 2 yr old Helena, pronounced as you would and it's been much less of a problem than I was expecting ( the pronunciation that is, not her!)
She does get called Helly quite a lot, despite there being nicer nicknames out there - but it seems to suit her anyway..

messtins Thu 04-Oct-12 15:53:28

I love the name Miriam but very put off to find it means "bitter" sad

nappyaddict Thu 04-Oct-12 11:29:27

Helena is also my favourite out of all those. If you're not 100% how about any of these?

Bessie, Bethan, Lispeth, Esther, Rosa, Elsa, Elise, Elodie, Louisa, Luisa, Annabella, Cora, Tulip, Pansy, Flora, Rowan, Delilah, Deliah, Carlotta, Nancy, Claudia, Henrietta, Harrietta, Etta, Penelope, Nell, Beatrice, Beatrix, Vera, Susannah, Maggie, Edith, Olive, Minnie, Sylvie, Seraphina, Sefarina, Julietta, Josephina, Ethel, Petula, Dixie, Phoenix, Elvira, Miranda, Hilda, Barbara, Pearl, Hillary, Tabitha, Opal, Emmelina, Isadora, Theadora, Kitty, Genevieve, Helena, Lillith

JunoViolet Wed 03-Oct-12 18:12:42

I LOVE Meredith nn Merry and seriously considering using it myself. I taught a Merry a few years ago. Gorgeous. I currently teach a 5yo Helena which is also a lovely name - never considered pronouncing it hel-ay-na and everyone says helen-a to her as far as i know. Also teach 5yos Harriet, Alice, Martha if that's of any interest! All gorgeous names though that are not unheard of in my area but not overly popular either.... just right.

Miriam is cute, dont know any young Miriams. Would be lovely with nn. Mimi!

Jusfloatingby Wed 03-Oct-12 16:56:03

Meredith - Don't like at all
Helena - Lovely
Harriet - Okay
Alice - Absolutely lovely
Martha - Okay
Imogen - Very nice
Miriam - Noooooooo

LemonBreeland Wed 03-Oct-12 15:40:14

I like Meredith, Harriet and Martha.

Narked Wed 03-Oct-12 15:37:20

Ivanapoo, Hattie is another shortened form.

MadBusLady Wed 03-Oct-12 13:30:09

Merry is a lovely nickname!

I would say the common pronunciation of Helena would be stress on the first syllable: HEL-en-a. Does that sound right to others? If that's where you intend to put the stress, there shouldn't be any problem with pronunication (unless people mishear it as "Eleanor" but that can happen with all sorts of names).

ivanapoo Wed 03-Oct-12 13:20:39

I like them all, would say Imogen least favourite as shortened to "immo" a lot which I don't like.

I went to school with a Meredith nn Merry. Which is nice.

Harriet will be Harry, which might put some people off.

NimChimpsky Wed 03-Oct-12 12:50:23

My favourite aunt was Annie Miriam and I adore the name Miriam. I know one who is a Mirry usually. I also love Meredith and know a really lovely Imogen. It's a pretty name.

Helena is okay but I'm not massively moved by it. My cousin is Helen and is invariably known as 'Hels' which is just a bit bleurgh. She has spent years trying to avoid it but school friends, workmates etc all just abbreviate it accordingly.

lilibet Wed 03-Oct-12 12:45:52

Miriam!! Oh yes, it's a gorgeous name and I keep suggesting it to everyone. Much nicer than the others on your list.

minipie Wed 03-Oct-12 12:42:57

Lovely list (apart from Harriet which I - probably irrationally - dislike)

Meredith and Helena are my favourites. I think Hel-en-a (not Helayna) is the more usual pronunciation so if that's the one you want, you should be fine.

SoupDragon Wed 03-Oct-12 12:09:11

I worked with a Helen-a and she was hugely pissed off when people called her Helayna in error.

Ebb Wed 03-Oct-12 12:04:20

Meredith is lovely. I knew a Meredith nn Merry and was just gorgeous. I also like Harriet, Alice and Helena. Not keen on Imogen. I also really like Martha.

TitWillow Wed 03-Oct-12 11:59:38

Meredith is lovely! Alice also great.

Narked Wed 03-Oct-12 11:20:08

You can do girls' names grin

Helena and Harriet are my favourites. And Alice is classic.

Helena can be pronounced in different ways - but sounds lovely however it's said.

nickeldaisical Wed 03-Oct-12 10:56:20

I have a name that's pronounced differently in foreign languages.
I normally use the english version, but find that I quite like the "exotic" version is someone accidentally calls me that! grin

that rule could work for Helena too.

Frikadellen Tue 02-Oct-12 21:09:09

Meredith gets my vote but I do also like Helena a lot

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