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Violet or Iris

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LolliLouLou Thu 13-Dec-12 22:45:11

Which do you prefer?

CharlieBoo Mon 17-Dec-12 20:38:00

Violet by a LONG way... Don't like Iris at all. Agree it's prim and dull.

AuntieShirley Sat 15-Dec-12 22:30:40

I have an 11 year old Iris and dd2 was nearly a Violet. We don't know any other Iris' and only 1 Violet, so neither are super popular at the moment.
Both are elegant and grown up. I agree with Squoosh that Lily and Ruby are cutsie, and seem to have a broader appeal.
Mumsnet is not representative of the world at large I don't think! So whilst Mumsnet says Lily (or whatever) is too popular, and over done, most people don't agree and call their kids Lily (or whatever) anyway. I don't think anything outside the top 100 can be seen as too popular.

proofreader Sat 15-Dec-12 22:03:30

I do quite like Violet because of the girl in 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' but it is very close to 'violent'

squoosh Sat 15-Dec-12 21:58:57

It's hard to know, but I doubt it. Lily and Ruby are cutesy names whereas Violet is slightly more niche, it's more grown up.

LolliLouLou Sat 15-Dec-12 21:51:30

Do you think Violet is going to get super popular? I think it is at 115 in 2011 that works out at 500 ish babies with the name last year! I would hate if it went the way of lily or Ruby!

chinglebellsbatmansmells Sat 15-Dec-12 00:06:45


squoosh Sat 15-Dec-12 00:02:59


florencepink Fri 14-Dec-12 22:39:01


flossy101 Fri 14-Dec-12 21:47:25


forgetmenots Fri 14-Dec-12 21:31:32

Love both, would be a gorgeous twin or sister pairing. If I had to pick without knowing surname I'd say Violet.

scarlettsmummy2 Fri 14-Dec-12 18:04:23

I like both but iris is very popular, there are three in my daughters class at nursery.

lovethesun1 Fri 14-Dec-12 18:02:55

Iris-absolutely love it! Violet sounds too like Violent to me.

InTheBoonies Fri 14-Dec-12 11:42:04

Iris as you have the classical Greek connection which adds a bit more to the name that just a flower.

InNeedofSomeSleep Fri 14-Dec-12 11:36:06

I really want Violet if we have a girl but husband wont have it coz our surname is a colour to.

LondonElfInFestiveCheerBoots Fri 14-Dec-12 11:27:02

Iris, but I love them both. Iris Violet works very well IMO if you wanted to use Violet, and I like the Greek Rainbow Goddess association of Iris.

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Fri 14-Dec-12 10:00:17

Both very pretty smile

BikeRunSki Fri 14-Dec-12 09:54:32

Iris. The only one I know is 6.

Heavywheezing Fri 14-Dec-12 09:51:55

Depends on your surname

AnathemaDevice Fri 14-Dec-12 09:50:38

Violet. I wanted to use this for (as yet unborn) DC3, but DH doesn't like it. So please use it for me!

Bonsoir Fri 14-Dec-12 08:56:53


telsa Fri 14-Dec-12 08:46:58

Oh most definitely Violet. It is a gorgeous name, a lovely flower, a lovely scent. Iris is just too eyebally and prim.

vintageviolets Fri 14-Dec-12 05:11:57

Violet x

cafecito Fri 14-Dec-12 05:09:01

<unhelpful comments from me, sorry!>

cafecito Fri 14-Dec-12 05:06:02

Actually no, I prefer Violet!

cafecito Fri 14-Dec-12 05:05:08

To me, Iris is anatomical and Violet looks too much like violent


I love Viola or Violetta...

But out of the two I'd go for Iris, if I had to

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