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Opinions on my girls name ideas please

(28 Posts)
hzgreen Wed 03-Oct-12 03:59:00

i'm 36+4 and hopefully having a girl but am really struggling with names, i have two that i think i like hmm but one is very unusual and one is very traditional. I'm genuinely struggling with this so would appreciate some input:

a) Elizabeth - you can do a lot with it but i can't stand Lizzie!
b) River - i think i love it but the suggestion was met with horror at work!

As a late outsider Florence is a remote possibility, it's growing on me a bit...

Second name is Green if that helps.

swooosh Wed 03-Oct-12 04:01:18

River Green far too 'nature-y' I like Florence

peggyblackett Wed 03-Oct-12 04:19:17

I like Florence too.

nooka Wed 03-Oct-12 05:14:00

Elizabeth is lovely, with a lot of possibilities. If you really don't like Lizzie (I don't know any Elizabeth's that are called Lizzie btw) then you could use the Elisabeth spelling which might make it less likely.

I agree with swooosh River Green doesn't really work. Plus I think of River as being a guys name because of River Phoenix. Florence works well too.

ripsishere Wed 03-Oct-12 05:15:29

Both names are lovely of the two I prefer Elizabether NN Betty., River is not, certainly not with your surname anyway.
Good luck.

ShobGiteTheKnid Wed 03-Oct-12 05:25:12

Love Florence (is my DD) and love Elizabeth too. River is a shocking combination with your surname.

hzgreen Wed 03-Oct-12 07:13:13

Betty, oh no i hadn't even thought about that one - i was so preoccupied with trying to avoid Lizzie sad.

Yes the second name combo is unfortunate with River which is a real shame becasue i really like it (although i'm the only one apparently hmm).

Re Florence i'm just not sure i can get passed the Aunt Flow connection. i hate being so awkward but this has really got me stumped.

Badgerina Wed 03-Oct-12 07:13:45

I really like River Green. It's very memorable smile

hzgreen Wed 03-Oct-12 07:15:41

sorry shobgite just reread and realised your DD is Florence, I didn't mean to be so rude

OrangeFireandGoldashes Wed 03-Oct-12 07:18:05

There are loads of nicknames for Elizabeth that don't inv

OrangeFireandGoldashes Wed 03-Oct-12 07:21:47

Whoops, sorry! Don't involve Liz or Betty: Beth, Betsy, Elspeth...even Lily and Isobel / Izzy were NNs for Elizabeth back in the day.

Florence doesn't make me think of Aunt Flow at all. I just think beautiful Italian city or Magic Roundabout. My colleague's daughter is Florence and she gets Florrie, not Flo.

BigusBumus Wed 03-Oct-12 07:25:49

River Green makes me think of green stagnant water I'm afraid. I know a very lovely dog called River too, but not a person ...

Eliza and Elsie are also nns for Elizabeth. I like Beth the best of the nns.

Florence is ok but a little overdone in my area.

exoticfruits Wed 03-Oct-12 07:32:27

Elizabeth is lovely- it has lots of other nicknames. (Whatever you choose you have no control over nicknames and Lizzie is miles better than Flo or Flossie etc)
Don't like River - especially with Green.

YouMayLogOut Wed 03-Oct-12 07:39:32

1. Florence
2. River
3. Elizabeth

VBisme Wed 03-Oct-12 07:42:14

Sorry I'm not keen on River either.

Love Elizabeth and gives your DD plenty of NN options.

hzgreen Wed 03-Oct-12 15:50:22

i had the same concerns about the stagnant water thing bigus but was hoping it was just me sad i have no qualms about naming her after the dog though!

thanks for your input, although i am no closer to choosing a name (except that it looks like River is off the table...)

Jusfloatingby Wed 03-Oct-12 16:43:22

Libby is a lovely nn for Elizabeth and would go well with Green.

I agree with the comments on here re River.

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Wed 03-Oct-12 16:59:07

Libby Green is lovely, I agree with Justfloatingby.
So Elizabeth out of your choices.
I don't know a single Lizzie by the way and I know a few Elizabeth's.

Nicknames of those I know are, Elise, Betty, Lisa, Essie, as well as the others mentioned.

Elise is nice too IMO.

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Wed 03-Oct-12 17:00:15

That should have read Betts not Betty.

MadBusLady Wed 03-Oct-12 17:07:22

Bess is another good nickname.

Elizabeth is a lovely classic name, but I think with your surname I'd take the opportunity to go for something a bit more unusual. Florence is nice and can be Florrie and Flora as well as Flo/Flossie etc (but it is VERY common round my way).

WinkyWinkola Wed 03-Oct-12 18:24:40

Betty is a great nn. Cute.

Or Elspeth?

StellaNova Wed 03-Oct-12 18:35:26

If I had an Elizabeth I would call her Libby.

I do love River, but I agree it isn't great with your surname. Also I would assuem you were a Doctor Who fan. Which may be true!

hzgreen Wed 03-Oct-12 19:35:02

i'm not a Dr Who fan, is there a River character in that? at least 50% approval for my favourite name makes me feel a bit better, even though i feel it is now off the table.

i didn't realise Florence is quite so common...

My DS is called Felix which is (obviously a name I love and) quite unusual but not "out there" so i guess i was hoping to find something in the same vein for a girl but seem to be missingthe mark by a mile at the moment. sigh

VBisme Thu 04-Oct-12 00:24:08

Please don't have a Florence and a Felix, my brother and I have similar starts to our names (think Mat and Kat) and it was a pain when we got shouted - couldn't tell who was wanted.

NeDeLaMer Thu 04-Oct-12 00:31:13

Just don't call her Rachel grin

I don't like 'thing' names (sorry, not sure what else to call them!) like Apple, Sky, River, Summer etc but that alone, you just can't with your surname!

I prefer Elizabeth out of your current options.

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