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Daphne, Diana, Penelope

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Any thoughts on these names? Or any other similar suggestions gratefully received. Thanks.

n0ne Sun 18-Nov-12 13:25:34

Going with the Greek theme, Persephone or Phoebe? I like that the nn for Persephone could by Percy (have a thing about masculine nicknames for girls)

gnocci Sat 17-Nov-12 21:20:49

If I have another DD she will be Daphne. I already have a Nancy smile

NauseousKitty Sat 17-Nov-12 21:13:48

I have a Daphne. She is as beautiful as her name as far as I am concerned!

(Just have to say that I find it really rude when people say they 'hate' a name. They are entitled to their opinion, but it's not very kind or polite.)

ditsydoll Sat 17-Nov-12 14:38:41

I love Daphne but my mum laughed so hard when I suggested it that it kind of put me off. All three names are lovely smile

reallacecurtains Sat 17-Nov-12 05:39:40

Daphne, dd2. Absolutely no regrets and love the name (and the child, of course) more and more each day.

UltraBOF Sat 13-Oct-12 22:54:05

Diana is lovely, and quite under-used, I think.

LonelyCloud Sat 13-Oct-12 22:51:34

I love Penelope.

Diana is still a bit too much Princess of Wales for me, but it's a lovely name. Not keen on Daphne.

nkf Fri 12-Oct-12 21:53:35

I like Diana and Penelope. Not so sure about Daphne. It makes me think of the word daft. Josephine nice. Not sure about Posy. Josie?

imperialstateknickers Fri 12-Oct-12 21:52:19

Forgot to say that she would go ballistic if called Di, as is of the generation who thought Diana Princess of Wales had let the side down badly by blubbing all over ITV.

imperialstateknickers Fri 12-Oct-12 21:50:04

I have a RL friend called Dinah - she's ok. In the sense of actually pretty cool. We NEVER call her Di, always Dinah or Na.

Rhubarbgarden Fri 12-Oct-12 21:40:15

I like Daphne.
Or how about Frances?

Popsandpip Fri 12-Oct-12 15:38:17

I really like all the names - very feminine and quite timeless.

My grandmother was called Daphne. No one called her anything but Daphne - no nn. She always introduced herself by that name and didn't answer to anything else. My DD's middle name is now Daphne and we get really positive comments about it. People say it's a very 1930s kind of name.

We short-listed Penelope but decided that we wouldn't use it in the end because it would get shortened to Penny. sad

PfftTheMagicDraco Fri 12-Oct-12 00:10:21

Can we start a Penelope quiche?

phlebas Wed 10-Oct-12 15:42:36

I like them all too smile we seriously considered Diana for 3yo dd2 but thought the Princess Di connection was still to strong (discounted Camilla for the same reason) - anyway dd2 is Penelope & we still love it. She's Nell/Nelly/Nella rather than Penny.

PfftTheMagicDraco Wed 10-Oct-12 12:16:17

Plus Penn is an awesome nickname!

PfftTheMagicDraco Wed 10-Oct-12 12:15:14

Whilst her friends will always shorten it to whatever they want, and not care if you dislike Penny, you can control what you call her, and what the teachers call her. We have always been asked "is she a Penelope or a Penny, or something else" - mainly because it took forever until she could manage the whole mouthful of a name :D

nappyaddict Wed 10-Oct-12 12:03:59

Penelope is my favourite but like them all:

Sylvie, Jeannie, Ana, Patricia, June, Cynthia, Rosemary, Rita, Lillian, Wendy, Tulip, Gillian, Darrell, Sally, Gwendoline, Mavis, Mabel, Minnie, Maggie, Judith/Jude, Janey, Clara, Anastasia, Rosa, Audrey, Miriam (Mimi), Hazel, Dorothy, Jenna, Stefya, Peggy, Alison (Ally), Margot, Frances, Betty, Angelina, Angelica, Maree, Teresa (Tessa/Tessie), Natalia, Belinda, Millicent, Tatiana, Loretta, Enid, Bessie, Bethan, Lispeth, Esther, Elsa, Elise, Elodie, Louisa, Luisa, Annabella, Cora, Pansy, Flora, Rowan, Delilah, Deliah, Carlotta, Nancy, Claudia, Henrietta, Harrietta, Etta, Nell, Beatrice, Beatrix, Vera, Susannah, Edith, Olive, Seraphina, Sefarina, Julietta, Josephina, Ethel, Petula, Dixie, Phoenix, Elvira, Miranda, Hilda, Barbara, Pearl, Hillary, Tabitha, Opal, Emmelina, Isadora, Theadora, Kitty, Genevieve, Helena, Lillith, Rosalind, Cordelia, Lisbet, Arabella, Claribel, Clementine, Norah, Evelina, Lucinda.

Yika Tue 09-Oct-12 20:51:16

I like all three. I love Daphne!

baskingseals Tue 09-Oct-12 17:48:27

Diana i like more and more.
i also like Daphne. Penelope is not really my cup of tea.

i love Margot and Sylvie.

what about Hope or Constance, nickname Coco.

MaBaya Tue 09-Oct-12 16:46:26

Penelope is back in usage again isnt it? A lovely name.

I do like Diana but it is so linked to Princess Di - dont know if that is an issue for you?

Daphne is awful.

Pasiphae Tue 09-Oct-12 14:06:01

I love Penelope.
Diana has aged a lot and not gone vintage yet.

In two minds about Daphne, I like the idea, but it always makes me think of someone sneezing. Plus it's a bit nerdy and not in a cool way.

CaptainHetty Tue 09-Oct-12 12:08:09


I'm slightly biased, though, mine is totally gorgeous grin
She does get called Penny a lot, but I don't mind that so much, it's a nice name.

RnB Tue 09-Oct-12 11:59:57

I think Daphne is gorgeous

I love Margo and Sylvia / Sylvie BedHog.

Daphne seems to be a love it or hate it name, I think 5 years ago I would of really disliked it but i've heard it mentioned on mumsnet here and there for the last 6 months and it's really grown on me. I probably don't have the bottle for it if i'm honest.

I think Penelope is still top of my list, very classic and capable name imo.

Diana I also love and it would be more unusual than Penelope though maybe doesn't have it's class.

BedHog Tue 09-Oct-12 11:17:21

They are all baby boomer names. Look at names lists from 1945-55 for more ideas. Some others...


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