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rezzle Sun 28-Oct-12 21:47:12

Sorry for the vague title, I'm just really struggling to describe the type of name that we're after!

Ideally, we want a name that is subtly pretty, but not in your face girly so a future DD would have choices to suit her personality.

So if anyone has managed to decode what I mean through my sleep deprived, pregnancy brain jumble, please could you suggest some names that might suit? Currently considering Elliot, Eden and Asha.

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 28-Oct-12 21:54:24

Eden and Asha are lovely! Eden Asha sound rather nice as a first name middle name combination.

Elliot isn't a non girly girls name,it's boys name.

I'm not very good at suggesting non girly girl names because I'm at the opposite end of the scale to you smile

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 28-Oct-12 21:57:23

I've thought of one! Seren,feminine but not frilly. Welsh for star.

PickledFanjoCat Sun 28-Oct-12 21:58:02

Erin?

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Sun 28-Oct-12 21:58:41

How can you have choices to suit her personality if she is not born?

My name doesn't suit my personality but it's what my mother loved and gave me.
You are over thinking this

rezzle Sun 28-Oct-12 22:01:37

Thanks for the suggestions, they're both lovely. I suppose my reasons for this are that I hated my name growing up - it was so frilly, couldn't be shortened and just didn't suit me. I think that maybe a more understated name would be better for suiting any personality, IYSWIM?

PickledFanjoCat Sun 28-Oct-12 22:02:37

What about a name like Elizabeth with loads of nn potential?

CappuccinoCarrie Sun 28-Oct-12 22:02:48

Niamh/Neve?
DS has a female Elliotte in his playgroup, not really a fan tbh.
Elizabeth/Beth?

RubberNeckNibbler Sun 28-Oct-12 22:05:28

Leona/Leonie - strong but pretty

PickledFanjoCat Sun 28-Oct-12 22:05:34

Matilda? You have a few options there. Tilly, mattie.

PickledFanjoCat Sun 28-Oct-12 22:05:55

Leah?

ISeeThreadPeople Sun 28-Oct-12 22:07:22

My favourite girls name is Josephine which is fairly feminine but nickname potential is vast. Jo and Phin are a little less frilly and Josie, Posey, Sephie are good frilly options.

Also like...

Miriam
Aphra
Merryn
Scout
Derryn

crackcrackcrak Sun 28-Oct-12 22:07:37

If you want non frilly go for a short name - 2 syllables at the most.

rezzle Sun 28-Oct-12 22:08:43

Loving these - thanks! Scout is another one I love, but DH isn't sold.

Heavensmells Sun 28-Oct-12 22:08:58

I really like Elliot as a girls name. It's gorgeous

akaemmafrost Sun 28-Oct-12 22:09:24

I like all your names. What about Alex?

marshmallowpies Sun 28-Oct-12 22:10:15

Rowan
Juniper
Lauren
Laurel
Hazel

Funny how plant and tree based names seem to me to be 'strong'!

PickledFanjoCat Sun 28-Oct-12 22:10:44

Alex! That's a good one.

Alexa is lovely.

Lexie if she wants girly and Alex otherwise.

ScabbyColdCrustyCatPuss Sun 28-Oct-12 22:12:54

Bernard. thats not girly!

PickledFanjoCat Sun 28-Oct-12 22:13:15

grin

jaffacakehips Sun 28-Oct-12 22:14:42

Leigh
Rory or Leo aka Leonora
Avery
Frankie aka Francesca
Charlie
Sam
Robin / Robyn
Billie

Mmmm that me done, can't think of any more!

MummyVicky18 Sun 28-Oct-12 22:17:23

Ashley or Anya

(Not sure if is a different spelling for a female Ashley?)

marriedinwhite Sun 28-Oct-12 22:20:03

What's wrong with traditional names. I don't think the following are girlie:

Edith
Jane
Margaret
Alexandra
Phoebe
Davina
Cordelia
Hermione
Harriet

etc..

Yet they are all traditional names.

GoldPlatedNineDoors Sun 28-Oct-12 22:22:43

I have a Meg, which is un-frilly. I also like Elliott and Juno.

Georgia
Tara
Jude

badtime Sun 28-Oct-12 22:32:14

I like some unisex names. Elliott is perhaps too associated with boys though; would Ellis be a possible alternative? (It was used in the middle ages as a variant of Alice, before they invented spelling).
Other unisex names : Morgan, Meredith, Robin, Vivian, Rowan.

I also like Hero and Leto.

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