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Avalon, Astrid, Astor/er

(34 Posts)
ImogenBow Tue 30-Oct-12 12:24:14

Hi everyone...

The bub is due just before Christmas my original list was as long as my arm but have narrowed it down to one or a combination of the following...

Aster or Astor

With potentially Rose, Rosetta (my middle name) or Carolyn (my mum/OH's mum is a Lyn) as middle name.

I really like Ivy but reluctant to use as it sounds a bit too foliage themed coupled with surname Bowers!

OH particularly likes Astrid (after Kirchherr as is a big Beatles fan) and Avalon (we both like the Arthurian connection as he is Gavin > Gawain)

Anyway, all words of wisdom/opinions appreciated! Thanks :D

ellesabe Tue 30-Oct-12 13:05:52

I LOVE Astrid! Also think Ivy is lively but Avalon sounds too much like a beauty product to me.

ellesabe Tue 30-Oct-12 13:06:11


WitchesTit Tue 30-Oct-12 13:12:59

I love the 'A' names.

Winter Bowers sounds like a florists special themed window for the season.

What's the meaning of Odessa? I can only think of that spy film. How about Odette or Odile?

Sylvia and Sylvie are both lovely and potentially the same name shortened.

SamSmalaidh Tue 30-Oct-12 13:13:19

Don't like Avalon, Winter or Odessa - Aster is ok but not Astor.

squoosh Tue 30-Oct-12 14:06:41

Love Sylvia. Aster is nice too.

Don't like Astrid one little bit.

Pasiphae Tue 30-Oct-12 14:44:51

Love Aster and Astrid.
Like the link for Avalon, but it's a bit "cheesey".
Odessa is too sad, I only think of the massacre during WWII.
The others are nice, but not as special as Astric or Aster.

crazybutterflylady Tue 30-Oct-12 14:48:39

I adore Aster. I wanted it for DD1 but DH vetoed sad I love that it means star, but isn't as common as Stella. Gorgeous gorgeous!

stowsettler Tue 30-Oct-12 15:11:24

Astrid, Astrid, Astrid! I absolutely love this name, classy and very elegant. Not sure I'd have the guts to use it though, we're in the South Wales valleys and I suspect people round here would think it 'weird'.

Dogsmom Tue 30-Oct-12 15:48:08

Aster is my favourite from your list, our local car dealership is Avalon and I didn't realise it was a name, although unless you live round here nobody would have that connection.

It would probably get shortened to Ava too and she'd be one of many.

Leeds2 Tue 30-Oct-12 16:01:13

Would choose Astrid from your list.

Love Ivy, but not with your surname!

sillymillyb Tue 30-Oct-12 16:04:39

I know an asta. Love the a names you have!

manicinsomniac Tue 30-Oct-12 17:35:45

Astrid - love it. One of my favourites
Aster or Astor - It's ok
Avalon - don't like it as a name. I didn't know it even was a name
Ivy - lovely but yeah, not with Bowers
Odessa - Quite like it
Winter - like it but again, not with Bowers
Sylvia - not keen
Sylvie - not keen

baskingseals Tue 30-Oct-12 17:39:37

really like Astrid and Sylvie. like both your middle name choices as well, especially Rosetta - very pretty.

AreYouAbleMabel Tue 30-Oct-12 22:02:49

Astrid or Winter would be my pick.....beautiful and uncommon!

mathanxiety Wed 31-Oct-12 02:18:28

They are all nice but no, I think you are right about Ivy. It wouldn't be good with the surname Bowers. I don't think Winter Bowers or Odessa Bowers would really go -- both sound like tourist attractions in Ukraine.

Aster (the flower) is nicer than the hotel or the Viscountess or a cinema I seem to remember from the mists of time (Astor).

I like Astrid, Sylvie and Sylvia best.

messtins Wed 31-Oct-12 08:06:29

I'd avoid Ivy, Winter and Rose with Bowers.
I like Sylvie and Astrid, the others not so much.

Snowflakepie Wed 31-Oct-12 10:41:04

What Messtins said. Any nature name is likely to sound a bit weird. Sylvie is my favourite.

Nellabutterfly Wed 31-Oct-12 13:23:40

Sylvia/Sylvie means "of the woods" and is the name of an ancient Roman nature goddess - so also linked with your surname, but in quite a nice, subtle way imo - Sylvie Carolyn would be my pick!

LizLem0n Wed 31-Oct-12 13:43:05

Avalon - no, makes me think of the Gallaghers at the height of their squabbling and excess. Did one of them name their house Avalon?

Astrid - ok, but very harsh. Certainly not girly. I like the style of it but it's ugly.
Aster or Astor - ok, much prefer Esther though.
Ivy - not keen
Odessa - oh no oh no. I like Edel though? vaguely your style perhaps?
Winter - kind of like it. NOt sure.
Sylvia - ok, I had this on my list til my brother said it reminded him of saliva.
Sylvie - I really like this one.

tbh if it's not too blunt, Bowers is a tough sur name. I would put something pretty with it. Sylvie Bowers is nice. Winter Bowers doesn't work. It doesn't sound like a name in the same way that Winter Smith instantly would. I would think, what's that? a make of bathroom suite? a Belfast sink? an intestinal complication of a gastric band?

LizLem0n Wed 31-Oct-12 13:44:41

ps, rosalyn would honour both you and your MIL?

LizLem0n Wed 31-Oct-12 13:45:06

as a mn I mean.

Sylvie Rosalyn Bowers

HaggisMcNeeps Wed 31-Oct-12 15:04:12

Have you considered Avery? Fits in with your list IMO

manicinsomniac Fri 02-Nov-12 09:42:26

Avery Bowers sounds like Ivory Towers ...

B1ueberryP1e Fri 02-Nov-12 12:04:24

It does. I agree.

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