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For DD3: Freya, Isla, Iona, Carys, Cora or any others please!

(29 Posts)
ScottishLassAboutToPass Fri 18-Jan-13 10:35:52

DD's 1 & 2 both have gaelic/ celtic names and we would like to continue along similar lines...

We live in a part of Scotland where gaelic/ celtic names are the norm so no worries about pronounciation etc.

DD3 due any day now - Please help!

Light100 Fri 18-Jan-13 10:40:41

Love love love Iona

DrMcDreamysWife Fri 18-Jan-13 10:46:37

All lovely names...Freya my favourite

I also live in Scotland and really like Isla and Iona but both I think depend on surname because they run through and can sound a bit silly eg if your surname is Smith... Iona smith sound like I own a smith and Isla smith says isle of smith.

Carys is welsh is it not? Haven't heard of it in Scotland so it would be more unusual. Cora sounds very grown up pretty but not very little girlish

ariane5 Fri 18-Jan-13 10:50:11

My dd2 is Carys so out of the names you mentioned I'd def go for that one! People always comment that it is a lovely name.

Littlecherublegs Fri 18-Jan-13 11:15:24

Love Cora!

Isla and Freya also nice though more popular.

emblosion Fri 18-Jan-13 14:16:35

Love Iona and Cora.
Would Cara be in with a shout?

badtime Fri 18-Jan-13 14:59:05

Freya is Germanic and Cora is Greek in origin - is it more celticy-sounding names you are looking for?

Jemimapuddleduk Fri 18-Jan-13 15:20:00

I like Cora best of all your choices. I think it would suit a baby and is a v cool name to grow into too. I don't know any Coras so seems to be under used too.

toffeelolly Fri 18-Jan-13 15:28:16

my little girl is called carys i love it and you do not hear it a lot ! love names you do not hear all the timewink wink

ScottishLassAboutToPass Fri 18-Jan-13 15:43:53

We love Cara but it's already taken within the family (although not so close family that Cora would be inappropriate).

Badtime - yes we started with soley gaelic/ celtic names then broadened the net wider, hence Cora and Freya!

Cora is DH favourite, don't know why I'm apprehensive about using it though...

Do you think Carys is OK to use outside Wales?? That's my concern with that one.

Do you think Iona sounds harsh?

Thanks in advance!

toffeelolly Fri 18-Jan-13 17:33:11

no connection with wales live in northern lreland but liked the name carys so would not worry about not being from wales if you like the name go with it wink so hard at times to all agree on a name ! good luckwink

Selks Fri 18-Jan-13 17:37:19


DessieLou Fri 18-Jan-13 19:20:24

Cora and carys were on my list for dd but also love Iona so any of those get my vote!

LittleDonkin Fri 18-Jan-13 19:42:57

Erin or prehaps Tara, I have only just learnt that Tara is gaelic isnt it?

AyeOopMoose Fri 18-Jan-13 21:05:58

Iona= don't like it. Sound like "I own a..." v careful with surname!

Carys= love it, was on my list

Cora= like it

Isla & Freya DDs names so obviously I like 'em!

Also on my list were:

Faye, Mimi, Fleur, Flora

I would keep your shortlist & wait and see what she looks like. Good luck.

forgetmenots Fri 18-Jan-13 22:13:13

I like most of your names and I'm in Scotland too! Not keen on Iona.

Others on my list - Orla, Martha, Roisin, Morvern, Eilidh, Flora, ...

Like Cora a lot. Dora (Isadora) also lovely smile

PointyDogs Fri 18-Jan-13 23:00:53

Freya, Isla, Iona and Cara were all on our shortlist - we went with Niamh in the end (Irish background). Looking at DD, she could easily have been a Freya though! Love Freya and Iona most from your list.

amck5700 Fri 18-Jan-13 23:20:57

I like Carys or Cerys


hopefulgum Fri 18-Jan-13 23:31:36

I love "Freya" (my daughter's name) and I have a daughter called Lily. Love Isla, and some of my favourites (though not Gaelic): Annika,Sasha, Saskia, Ruby.

Lucky you having DD3! Lovely.

Startail Fri 18-Jan-13 23:33:06

Carys is beautiful and works fine my side of the border.

We have Caitlin's and Bethan's too.

I did suggest Angharad (beloved) to DH, but he turned it into anhydrous - stupid chemist that he is. So perhaps that doesn't work outside Wales wink

blondieminx Fri 18-Jan-13 23:45:19

Carys is lovely. Prettier than Cora IMHO.

I know 3 little girls called Isla, all under 2. Freya also v popular round here.

amck5700 Fri 18-Jan-13 23:49:37


Nospringflower Sat 19-Jan-13 07:25:52

I like Cora out of your choices - not too popular but still a lovely name. I dont automatically think of it as Scottish though ((and I am Scottish) so depends a bit how it fits with your other children's names.

weegiemum Sat 19-Jan-13 07:35:10


Funny our kids are educated in Gaelic and we used to live in a very Gaelic speaking area, but I know a huge amount more about boys names (even though I've got 2xdd, 1xds). Think it because where we lived, girls names tended to go down the add -ina or -a route even now, I taught murdina, donalda, donaldina, roberta and also a shedload of Jessies!

ScottishLassAboutToPass Sat 19-Jan-13 10:52:32

Thanks. Our 2DD's names are both mentioned above, as are all my nieces names. I think we'll just have to wait and see what she looks like as still no closer to agreeing on a name.

BH really ramping up now so hopefull not too long to go. Thanks for your help!!

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