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JessieEssex Fri 25-Jan-13 09:22:58

I'm 30+5 with DC2 and haven't found out the gender. DD1 is Imogen Elizabeth.

We have decided on.......

Samuel Raymond
Penelope Rae (Ray?)

DH's much missed late Grandad was Raymond so the middle name is definite.

Any thoughts? I'm renowned for changing my mind so although I say we have decided, I'm still open to ideas!

Marcheline Mon 28-Jan-13 13:00:33

Obviously not 'xxx' as a name, but something you love just because it is a pretty name. Hope that makes sense but my brain isn't working properly.

Marcheline Mon 28-Jan-13 12:58:51

Exactly. But I also don't think that it is a good idea to use a name just because of a lovely relative if you don't like the actual name.

Have you thought about giving two middle names? Penelope xxx Joyce could work.

JessieEssex Mon 28-Jan-13 12:54:53

Hmmm, you're right Marcheline it's a difficult balancing act! There doesn't seem to be much point in veering so far from the name that the link to the family member is lost.

Marcheline Mon 28-Jan-13 12:25:50

Not really a fan of Penelope Joyce, much prefer Penelope Joy.

But we are possibly using Penelope for DD2 and she will have a family middle name, so I understand how important it can be to get the compromise between honoring the rlative and the sound of the name right.

JessieEssex Mon 28-Jan-13 11:50:38

Raya's really pretty, thanks.

DH has now said that he loves Joyce as a middle name. Penelope Joyce? It's quite pretty but is Joyce taking the old lady name trend a tad too far? It is the name of his lovely Nan, who we all adore, and would be beyond delighted if we used her name, but....Joyce?....

MoelFammau Mon 28-Jan-13 11:37:00

Yep! Or Raymonde actually. Both used. I liked Raymonde a lot but have German in-Laws and they'd pronounce the 'e'.

ZolaBuddleia Mon 28-Jan-13 09:46:42


MoelFammau Sun 27-Jan-13 19:57:22

I had a try at fitting Raymond into a girls name for DD. The options I found were:


Any use?

ZolaBuddleia Sun 27-Jan-13 18:43:39

Not a fan of Penelope but LOVE Rae.

FellatioNels0n Sun 27-Jan-13 18:02:44

Penelope Joy is gorgeous.

JessieEssex Sat 26-Jan-13 23:30:51

Whoops! jkklpu and fellatio I love Joy instead of Joyce, great idea. Penelope Joy. Lovely.

I agree that Sam is a bit run of the mill but I really like it anyway. Good solid trustworthy name and not mega mega popular.

JessieEssex Sat 26-Jan-13 23:28:55

Hi all, thanks so much for taking the time to reply. *jkkp

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sat 26-Jan-13 22:38:17

Samuel Raymond is lovely.

Ray for a girl doesn't work imho but I do like Rae.

Please don't use Wendy - it is my middle name and I loathe it.

jkklpu Sat 26-Jan-13 22:32:07

How about Joy instead of Joyce?

Stixswhichtwizzle Sat 26-Jan-13 20:44:45

Lovely names OP

FellatioNels0n Sat 26-Jan-13 16:23:19

Sorry I meant to say I love Penelope Rae. Although I prefer the speliing Raye for a girl, but if it's a middle name it's neither here nor there.

LittleChimneyDroppings Sat 26-Jan-13 16:22:54

I like both names. And I like Margaret too.

FellatioNels0n Sat 26-Jan-13 16:21:24

Penelope is to DIE FOR. I LOVE it. grin

Samuel Raymond is ok. I love the name Sam but it's quite run of the mill. Why not just have Raymond?

I hate Joyce but I love Joy. Joy sounds elegant, romantic, timeless and sassy. Joyce sounds like the fat woman who works in the bakers.

BarbieDahl Sat 26-Jan-13 16:21:07

I think Ray or maybe Raye is lovely and unusual for a girl

AmandaPayne Sat 26-Jan-13 16:19:13

Joyce or Margaret for me.

Mellymog Sat 26-Jan-13 15:30:33

Definitely Joyce. The rest have too many syllables.

CarriMarie Sat 26-Jan-13 15:29:11

I think Joyce or Laura go best with Penelope (might depend on the surname).

JessieEssex Sat 26-Jan-13 14:06:07

Grrr, DH has decided he doesn't like Ray for a middle name for a girl. Sigh. Other family names that we could use are -


Not really a hotbed of great ideas...!

Don't really want to have a random middle name with no connections, would rather have none. Thoughts?

AmandaPayne Fri 25-Jan-13 11:28:59

Lovely. I especially love Penelope.

I agree about Ray. I know it is closer to the boy's name, but since you are honouring a grandfather I think that is nice. And, as has been pointed out, there is 'ray of sunshine' etc. I'm not particularly keen on Mae (prefer May) which is probably colouring my view too.

JessieEssex Fri 25-Jan-13 10:30:40

Thanks all, and I agree about Ray over Rae for a girl. Thanks for the input!

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